‘Unfriend’ Is 2009 Word of the Year

unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a “friend” on a social networking site such as Facebook.

As in, “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”

“Unfriend” is the choice made by the Oxford University Press USA’s New Oxford American Dictionary for the 2009 Word of Year.

And, let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to argue with that choice, particularly since “Tweet” isn’t a new word, but rather a play on an old one. Facebook trumps Twitter in this latest battle for our social media soul (although, “hashtag” did lead the list of runners up). (Read more)

Lesbian Couple Credited with Federal Law Leaves US

Via Bay Area Reporter weblogs, filed by Matthew S. Bajko

A South Bay lesbian couple credited for convincing Congressman Mike Honda (D-Campbell) to add rights for binational same-sex couples to his comprehensive immigration reform bill has left the country.

San Jose resident Judy Rickard, on the right in the photo, and her European-born partner, Karin Bogliolo, will board the Queen Mary II Thursday, November 5 and set sail for England. Bogliolo’s six-month tourist visa expired this month and was forced to jump the pond again until she can re-apply for entry to the United States.

…”No law allows me to sponsor her” for American citizenship, said Rickard, who found a housemate to take care of her home and cat while she is away. “I did apply to sponsor her through Mike Honda’s office, of course it was denied when it went to the next step.” (Read more)

Maine Marriage Setback a Call to Action for Federal LGBT Rights

Subjecting Minority Rights to Majority Vote Repeatedly Denies Equality to LGBT Families

San Francisco, CA – November 4, 2009 — The State of Maine’s rejection of marriage equality at the ballot box yesterday is being heeded as a call for federal LGBT rights by activists and organizations around the US, including Out4Immigration.

The Maine vote was 53% in support of taking away civil marriage rights granted to gays and lesbians by approval of the state legislature and signed into law by the state’s governor 6 months ago. 47% of voters supported marriage equality.

“Subjecting minority rights to majority vote repeatedly denies equality to LGBT families,” said Mickey Lim, vice president and co-founder of Out4Immigration, a grassroots organization that works closely with same-sex marriage groups for recognition of same-sex binational couple rights tied to federal immigration policies.

Out4Immigation advocates for same-sex binational couples, relationships in which one partner is American and the other is from another country and supports the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). (Read more)