Tag Archives: activism

Dan Savage Donates $100K To The ACLU And Refugee Relief With Proceeds From ITMFA Merchandise Sales

Dan Savage writes at The Stranger: This morning I had the distinct pleasure of mailing off checks to Planned Parenthood ($33,333.34), the ACLU ($33,333.33) and the International Refugee Assistance Project ($33,333.33)—money we raised selling ITMFA (“Impeach The Mother Fucker Already”) buttons, t-shirts, hats, stickers, coffee cups, and lapel pins at www.ITMFA.org. And I got to mail those checks out because ...

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CANADA: Activists Issue Request For Emergency Visas To Evacuate Endangered Gay Men From Chechnya

Via press release: With recent reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, a Canadian non-profit human rights organization announced today an emergency response plan to assist those in danger. Founded in 2006, Rainbow Railroad actively assists LGBTQ people escape danger through its global network of safe routes. “Since we first received ...

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BERKELEY: Pro-Trump “Citizen Militia” And Nazis Battle Anti-Trump Protesters, Riot Police Intervene [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports: About 500 pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protesters faced off Saturday morning at a “Patriots Day” rally in Berkeley, where the two groups have violently clashed on city streets twice in the last three months. About 10 a.m., dozens of counter-protesters dressed in black and wearing masks tore down a plastic netting that separated the two groups ...

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FLORIDA: Trump’s Motorcade Takes Detour To Evade Hundreds Protesting His Hidden Tax Returns [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump on Saturday reportedly took a longer route than usual on his way back to his Mar-a-Lago resort in what reporters said appeared to be an attempt to avoid large crowds of Tax March protesters. According to pool reports, Trump’s motorcade made a long loop to get back to Mar-a-Lago after leaving Trump International Golf Club ...

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Your Weekly Debrief From Matt Baume: Chechnya, Trans Rights, Gay Adoption, Housing Rights [VIDEO]

Clip recap: Gay men are being rounded up and killed in Chechnya, and US officials seem to be turning a blind eye. A European court just ruled against the mandatory sterilization of trans citizens but the practice will continue indefinitely. And same-sex couples just won new protections for adoption, and for housing in a case that could completely change how ...

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ACLU Named Grand Marshal Of New York City Pride

Via press release: NYC Pride announced today its four Grand Marshals scheduled to lead the 48th NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, and Geng Le will lead this year’s critical demonstration of LGBT Pride and protest. ● The American Civil Liberties Union has been the United States’ uncompromising defender ...

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NEW YORK CITY: David Byrne Joins Theater Community Protest Against Trump’s Cuts To The Arts [VIDEO]

Playbill reports: Members of the New York theatre community—including Broadway performers and Actors’ Equity leaders—took to the steps of City Hall April 3 to raise their voice in support of the NEA at the Rally to Save the Arts. Playbill was on hand to capture the event and discuss the importance of this program with several featured artists.. At the ...

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ARIZONA: Phoenix Pride Parade Spirals Into Ugliness After Immigration Activists Block Route [VIDEO]

The Phoenix New Times reports: For a few brief moments this Sunday, activists from Trans Queer Pueblo shut down the Phoenix Pride Parade, unfurling a giant banner that read, “No Justice, No Pride.” As Trans Queer Pueblo explained to New Times on Friday, their message was a simple one: They want Pride to be inclusive and stand up for the ...

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AUSTRALIA: Major Companies Launch “Acceptance Ring” Campaign For Marriage Equality [VIDEO]

The Australian reports: Some of the country’s biggest businesses have upped the ante in the crusade for marriage equality by asking Australians to wear a specially designed “acceptance ring” until same-sex marriage is legalised. Led by accommodation provider Airbnb and supported by Qantas, ANZ, Fairfax Media and Foxtel, the Until We Belong campaign has been billed as the “most public ...

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WASHINGTON: “Impeach Trump” Banner Unfurled At Baseball Game That Trump Refused First Pitch

Yahoo Sports reports: The Washington Nationals may have pulled off a dramatic, come-from-behind 4-2 victory Monday against the Miami Marlins, but not every fan was happy following the game. As crowds were leaving the ballpark, a group of protesters hung a sign that read “Impeach Trump #Resist” over a railing in the stadium. The Washington Nationals may have pulled off ...

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PHILADELPHIA: NOM’s Anti-Trans Hate Bus Met With Eggs And Smoke Bombs, Cops Intervene [VIDEO]

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: A peaceful rally in support of transgender people turned into a disruptive protest in Center City at about noon Saturday when an orange bus bearing anti-transgender messages on it — “Boys are boys… and always will be” and “Girls are girls… and always will be” — rolled around onto the north side of City Hall. The ...

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UTAH: Gay Democrat Trolls GOP House Rep’s Raucous Town Hall By Handing Out Rubles To “Paid Protesters”

The Associated Press reports: A crowd of more than 1,000 people in Utah’s Democratic stronghold booed Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart at a Friday night town hall as the congressman defended GOP positions on health care, public lands and immigration. Audience members yelled, “Do your job,” imploring him to investigate and denounce connections between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia ...

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Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker Dies At Age 65

Cleve Jones breaks the news on his Facebook page: “I am heartbroken. My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. I can’t stop crying. I love you forever Gilbert Baker.” No cause of death has yet been disclosed. Gilbert suffered a stroke about five ...

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BOSTON: Mayor Marty Walsh Raises Trans Pride Flag Over City Hall As Middle Finger To NOM’s Hate Bus

Patch reports: Boston is responding to the arrival of the anti-transgender “Free Speech Bus” by raising a transgender flag at City Hall in an act of solidarity. Mayor Marty Walsh had the flag raised around 1 p.m. after saying “we are always going to support our transgender community and defend their fundamental rights.” The “Free Speech Bus” rolled into town ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Resistance Groups Reach Deal With Pride Organizers For Front-Of-Parade Placement

Duncan Osborne reports at Gay City News: The organization that produces New York City’s pride parade, rally, and related events has agreed to allow groups eager to confront the Republican Party’s control of the federal government near the front of the June 25 pride parade. “I’m extremely proud of the people who came out to raise their voices about this, ...

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ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires Becomes World’s First City To Name Subway Station After An LGBT Activist

The Bubble reports: Today marked the opening of the newly inaugurated Carlos Jaúregui subway station. Located on the corner of Avenida Santa Fe and Pueyrredón, the stop was previously referred to as the “Santa Fe” stop on the H line. Following a measure approved unanimously last year by the Buenos Aires City Legislature, the station was opened under its new ...

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ARIZONA: Anti-Trump Billboard Draws Death Threats

The Arizona Republic reports: Artist Karen Fiorito knew backlash was bound to come. And it has. Commissioned by a downtown Phoenix art gallery in January to create a billboard art piece that would comment on President Donald Trump’s administration, Fiorito said what she had in mind was going to stir up a controversy. “Billboards are perfect because you don’t have ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Sean Spicer Confronted At Apple Store

The New York Post reports: White House spokesman Sean Spicer was accosted by an Indian-American woman — who peppered him with questions about committing “treason” and working for a “fascist” like President Trump — as he shopped in an Apple Store over the weekend. The encounter has since gone viral after the woman who filmed it, Shree Chauhan, 33, claimed ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Diner That Was Site Of Historic 1965 LGBT Rights Protest To Close On Memorial Day

BillyPenn.com reports: Little Pete’s is disappearing from Center City sooner than anyone thought. Although developers for the hotel that will replace the iconic diner at 17th and Chancellor had set August 31 as the deadline for vacating the space, owner Pete Koutroubas has decided to shut down earlier. He’s also throwing a farewell party. As reported by Philly Chit Chat, ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Reps Introduce Bill To Charge Protesters Who Block Streets With “Economic Terrorism”

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Protesters who damage property or block traffic could face tougher penalties under a criminal offense called “economic terrorism” proposed last week in North Carolina’s legislature. The bill from several N.C. House Republicans comes months after Charlotte faced weeks of protests following the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. While most of the protesters were ...

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