Quitline begins outreach LGBT community

CVS Health today announced a $25,000 grant to the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline, operated by the Mississippi Department of Health’s Office of Tobacco Control. The grant will expand smoking cessation services to reach high-risk populations, including Hispanic, LGBT and Native American communities, such as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Updated: HB714 is a big problem!

A bill (HB 714) sponsored by Democrat Rep. Bob Evans is a big problem: “to create rebuttable presumption that it is not in best interest of child to be placed in custody of homosexual parent or person.”

5th Circuit grants speedy appeal in CSE vs Bryant. Issues stay.

On Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state’s request for a speedy appeal.

Plaintiffs Ask Fifth Circuit Court For Expedited Review

The Campaign For Southern Equality and DOMA attorney Roberta Kaplan have petitioned the Fifth Circuit Court for an expedited review of the ruling that overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage.

MS Files Request with 5th Circuit Seeking Stay

As expected, the state filed its request at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a stay pending appeal.

An Open Letter to Governor Phil Bryant and AG Jim Hood

An open letter from Unity Mississippi regarding the unconstitutional gay-marriage ban in Mississippi.

Mississippi’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge in Mississippi on Tuesday night ruled that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional — but the decision has been put on hold for two weeks.

CSE vs Bryant Transcripts Available

Transcripts from the hearing of Campaign for Southern Equality vs Bryant are finally available. Click through to download.

CSE vs Bryant – Recap

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Judge Carlton Reeves heard arguments for Campaign for Southern Equality v. Phil Bryant. If U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves doesn’t grant the preliminary injunction sought against Mississippi’s gay marriage ban, it will surprise most of the people in his courtroom on Wednesday.
Reeves grilled the state’s defense of its gay marriage ban on almost every issue raised during the roughly five hours of arguments presented in the hearing. At the same time, he appeared sympathetic to the plaintiffs who want the ban overturned.
The hearing ended …

LGBT History: The Hensons and Camp Sister Spirit

“We do not seek tolerance and acceptance. We seek freedom from oppression, intimidation and harassment. We seek justice and a legal system that is capable and willing to defend our rights” – Brenda and Wanda Henson
For decades, Wanda and Brenda Henson advocated for activists who provide food and clothing to poor communities. They protected women seeking rightful custody of their children. They were leaders of the struggle for lesbian and women’s rights in Mississippi and the South. Much of this happened at Camp Sister Spirit.
In 1993, Camp Sister Spirit was …