Nik's Stuff

Occasional ramblings, introducing Smokes (the man in my life)
gaywrites:

A colorful new patrol car is roaming the streets of Manchester in honor of Pride, decked out in rainbow stripes, the slogan “Police With Pride,” and a decal reading “Let’s End Hate Crime - Report It.” 

Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “I am very proud that Greater Manchester Police takes such a visible role at Manchester Pride.
“It sends an important message to Greater Manchester and the world that the service is committed to equality and supports the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
“Decking a police car out in rainbow colours isn’t just a colourful statement – it’s a bold one.
“It shows that GMP is on the side of equality. I also hope it will give confidence to any victim of hate crime to come forward and report it.”

(via Pink News)

gaywrites:

A colorful new patrol car is roaming the streets of Manchester in honor of Pride, decked out in rainbow stripes, the slogan “Police With Pride,” and a decal reading “Let’s End Hate Crime - Report It.” 

Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “I am very proud that Greater Manchester Police takes such a visible role at Manchester Pride.

“It sends an important message to Greater Manchester and the world that the service is committed to equality and supports the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

“Decking a police car out in rainbow colours isn’t just a colourful statement – it’s a bold one.

“It shows that GMP is on the side of equality. I also hope it will give confidence to any victim of hate crime to come forward and report it.”

(via Pink News)

emilyvgordon:

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

emilyvgordon:

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

(via thequeerlifechoseme)

Court rules that Indiana must recognize terminally ill woman's same-sex marriage

gaywrites:

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Indiana must recognize Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney’s marriage, as Quasney is battling terminal ovarian cancer. 

While Indiana’s recently struck-down marriage ban is still in legal limbo, this couple’s marriage has been recognized via an emergency order due to their circumstances.

“IT IS ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED. The appellants are ORDERED to recognize the validity of the 2013 marriage between appellees Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney on an emergency basis pending further order of the court,” the court ordered.

Quasney has battled stage four ovarian cancer since 2009, and is no longer receiving treatment, according to the couple’s attorneys at Lambda Legal. The Munster, Ind. couple, who raise two children, married in Massachusetts last year and have been together for 13 years.

All the love in the world going out to them.