Monday, September 8, 2008

Ohio and the OH Department of Public Safety launch Next of Kin Registry

I just got an e-mail from Equality Ohio. Ohio is now offering next-of kin registration in case of emergency. It's one of the first states to do so. "Partner" is one of the options available!!

From the BMV web site:
Any holder of a valid Ohio driver license, commercial driver license, temporary permit or identification card will now have the option of providing the name and information of a contact person they wish to be notified in the event the individual is involved in a crash or emergency and is otherwise unable to communicate with the contact person... Ohioans can now provide next of kin information for up to two contacts online or through any BMV deputy registrar.... This secure database will only be accessible to BMV employees and law enforcement officials.

From Equality Ohio's e-mail:
This is a wonderful opportunity for people in relationships that aren't currently recognized by the state of Ohio. Given the issues around emergency decision-making, access, etc. – this could be a really great thing for our community - particularly if the individual, when listing the name of the person to notify, includes “–Legal POA” at the end of the name. Obviously there are no guarantees on how the first responders will use the information, however, it puts us one step closer to being able to notify the ones we love in emergency situations.

If you would like to thank the Bureau of Motor Vehicles send your message via e-mail to mrankin@dps.state.oh.us or through the regular mail to

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Mike Rankin, Registrar
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, OH 43216-6520

Awesome!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bisexual Network of Greater Cleveland Announces Bisexual Fiction Contest for Ohio Residents

In honor of National Bisexuality Day September 23rd, The Bisexual Network of Greater Cleveland announce a Bisexual Fiction contest. The contest will officially open Tuesday September 23rd and close Tuesday December 23rd. Entrants can submit up to 3 short stories – no longer than 10,000 words each – based on a romantic/erotic relationship between 2 or 3 people. The central character MUST identify as Bisexual. No entry fee will be required. Open to all Ohio residents of any age, race, and sexual orientation. 1st place winner will receive $75, 2nd place $50, and 3rd place $25. Winners will be notified by February 2009.

Entries can be sent to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center of Greater Cleveland, c/o Bisexual Network of Greater Cleveland, 6600 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.
I don't know whether or not I'll enter - my fiction skills are a bit rusty. But it's something to keep in mind for all of you writers out there!

I kissed a girl and I liked it and then I went to Hell

An Ohio church makes national news with their hateful homophobic sign.
I first saw this in the Other Paper, Columbus's alternative weekly newspaper.


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Now it's on Fark. There's lots of moaning in the comments about "attention whores" and how annoying they are, of course, with little to no discussion of Katy Perry's song as a possibly valid expression of sexual exploration and ambivalence about one's sexuality. And of course there's religion bashing, because anyone who's religious is obviously backwards and unenlightened, just like the dipwad pastor that chose to put out this sign. Who apparently "didn't put up the sign to draw attention to the church." Bull.

They took down the sign after 24 hours - not because of outrage (or so they claim), but because too many people were confused and didn't know what the sign meant. Also bull, unless the people who called never listen to the radio, never watch TV and never leave the house. I heard this song playing at *Goodwill* a couple months ago.

Equality Ohio wants you to know that there are over 300 welcoming and affirming faith communities around Ohio, and the list is growing. If you know of one that should be on the list or you want to know if yours is on it, contact Kim at kim@equalityohio.org .

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Openly bisexual Jewish-American basketball player tries out for Maccabi Haifa

from haaretz.com
by Oren Kessler
Maccabi Haifa is reportedly eyeing Jewish-American forward Zach Puchtel, who came out as bisexual while playing for Harvard University last year.

The 24-year-old transferred later in the season to the University of Minnesota, where he averaged 2.3 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. Last week, Puchtel attended a training camp in Miami run by Maccabi owner Jeff Rosen, and the team's management expressed satisfaction with the American's performance.

Puchtel, who has told U.S. media he also dreams of a career playing football in the NFL, is reportedly examining the possibility of obtaining an Israeli passport to play for Maccabi.

The 6-foot-6 Jewish-American forward played both football and basketball in high school and was originally recruited to Harvard to play tight end for the Crimson football team. After leaving football after his freshman year, he transferred to Minnesota where he won a walk-on spot on the basketball team.

If Puchtel does play in Israel, the former Big 10 player of the week will surely become a media sensation, as the first-ever openly bisexual player in Israeli sports history.

In a post on his blog "The Search", Puchtel wrote "I am sexually attracted to men and women, and I enjoy being with women in intimate relationships. I think human beings are beautiful, and I try not to differentiate due to sex, race or any other minute detail. We are all humans, we are more than 99.9% similar in every way, and we all share this life together.