Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | October 11, 2012
In the fight for equality, the GLBT community needs the support of its straight allies, especially in this critical election year Today is the annual National Coming Out Day. Do your part by becoming a straight supporter. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in partnership with Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | May 17, 2012
With all that we, as Americans, should be concerned about during the upcoming presidential elections, will someone please explain to me why same-sex marriage has become such a focal point?
Honestly, most Americans have reported that they don’t care either way if gay and lesbian couples marry. In fact, most people agree that same-sex couples should [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | February 23, 2012
I attended a fabulous performance of the Addams Family last night at the Bushnell. In one scene, daughter Wednesday was begging her family to act normal for one night in order not to scare away her finance’s family. Grandma, who solves life’s problems with all sorts of mysterious potions, said in response, “define normal.”
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | October 27, 2011
For those who have not yet heard about the Give A Damn Campaign, it is an organization founded by Cyndi Lauper that is dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Lauper founded the True Colors Fund in 2008 after working with homeless LGBT youth. The Give A Damn Campaign was founded later to help [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | October 20, 2011
Millions of people are wearing purple today in support of LGBT youth and as a statement that anti-gay bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated. Today is Spirit Day.
To show your support today, please wear purple. Then point your browser to GLAAD’s page for tools to display your purple colors and to obtain Spirit [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | March 27, 2011
The infamous “God Hates Fags” cult known as Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) had planned to picket Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral last week but mercifully, they did not show up for the event. Margie Phelps, one of the merry little WBC hatemongers, twittered:
“No RIP Elizabeth Taylor who spent her life in adultery and enabling proud fags,” Phelps [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | October 28, 2010
Warning: If you find this post offensive, you are probably the very person who needs to read it most.
I’m angry. Actually, “angry” is an understatement for what I’m feeling — but I endeavor to be polite.
I’ve had it up to my big baby blues with every racist, bigoted, sexist, hetero-sexist, homophobic, religious [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | October 20, 2010
I posted a piece about gay bullying on my other blog, Lesbian and Gay Law, titled Stop Gay Bullying Now! (on October 12th). In the days since publishing that post, I’ve thought a lot about gay bullying. Specifically, I’ve pondered why an educated (and supposedly enlightened) society not only tolerates such abominable behavior [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | August 17, 2010
According to the SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle):
“A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued its ruling without explanation in a short, two-page order that imposed a stay on Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s Aug. 4 decision striking down the voter-approved Proposition 8.”
The decision came down on [...]
Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. | August 13, 2010
Judge Vaughn Walker, the Chief Justice for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, has instructed the state of California to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 5:00pm PDT on August 18th. His August 4th decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger struck down California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.