Wyoming House Committee To Consider Marriage, Domestic Partnership Bills: Cheyenne, WY. The Wyoming House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee will meet today to discuss two important bills for the state’s same-sex couples. HB0169 would provide marriage equality for the state’s same-sex couples as a civil contract beginning on July 1, 2013, while HB0168 would instead establish a domestic partnership registry which appears to open much of Wyoming’s marriage law to same-sex couples, but without conferring the name “marriage” to the union.
Both bills will get their hearing today when the committee convenes in room B63 following the noon recess of the full House. Equality Wyoming will hold a rally for marriage equality this morning at 9:00 a.m on the front steps of the Capitol Building in Cheyenne.
Richmond Barthé: 1901. Mississippi-born Richmond Barthé spent his formative years in New Orleans, where his parish priest, Father Harry Kane, encouraged his aesthetic development as a painter. But since he couldn’t enroll in art school during his teenage years because of segregation, he remained self-taught until Kane was able to get him enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago. During his senior year, Barthé discovered sculpting and never looked back. He moved to New York, won a Guggenheim fellowship (twice), and became a celebrated figure of the Harlem Renaissance. His work explored both race and eroticism. When crime in New York began rising after the war, Barthé moved to Jamaica. Which crime began to rise there in the 1960s, he moved to Switzerland for five years, then to Pasadena. When he moved to an apartment above a garage, the city decided to name the street after him. There, he worked on his memoirs and editioned many of his most important works, with actor James Garner being among his most important patrons. He died in 1989.
Bobbi Campbell: 1952. An early AIDS activist, Campbell was the 16th person in San Francisco to be diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma, one of the more common opportunistic infections associated with AIDS. He came by activism rather simply but boldly: by simply refused to hide his face, he became known as the “KS poster boy” in 1982 when he began writing a column for the San Francisco Sentinel. He gained nationwide attention on August 8, 1983 when he appeared with his partner on the cover of Newsweek. That same year, he co-founded the People with AIDS Self-Empowerment Movement, which established the Denver Principles which rejected the notion that people with AIDS (PWA) were “victims” and demanded the inclusion of PWAs in all aspects of organized responses to the epidemic, including the right to make informed decisions with regard to their own care.
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