Tag Archives: activism

HRC To Address HRC Staffers

From the Human Rights Campaign: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak to the organization on the morning of Saturday, October 3rd. Approximately 800 grassroots leaders from across the country – including the HRC Board of Directors, HRC Board of Governors, HRC staff, and volunteer leaders and supporters from the organization’s over 1.5 million members and supporters in ...

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It’s Bisexual Awareness Week

There will be a briefing on bisexuality today at the White House. Via press release: GLAAD today announced its participation in the second annual Bisexual Awareness Week 2015 (BiWeek) in conjunction with BiNet USA, America’s oldest advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and unlabeled people. BiWeek takes place from September 20th – 26th with the 23rd as official ‘Celebrate ...

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TOMORROW: Activists To Stage Candlelight Vigil Against Violence Outside Harlem Hate Church

Harlem Against Violence, Homophobia, And Transphobia will hold a candlelight vigil tomorrow at 6:30PM outside the hate church of infamous Pastor James David Manning, whose latest message endorses the murders of gay men by ISIS.  Manning’s billboard violates Manhattan zoning laws but he continues to crow on YouTube that the city has so far failed to force its removal. The ...

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Russian Pranksters: We Punked Elton John

A pair of well-known Russian pranksters today claimed that they were the ones who called Elton John and pretended to be Vladimir Putin. NBC News reports: Turns out it wasn’t Vladimir Putin on the line after all. Two pranksters claimed credit Wednesday for what musician Elton John apparently thought was a phone call from the Russian president. The singer has ...

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At The 2015 US AIDS Conference [VIDEO]

Every year my pal Mark King attends the AIDS Conference and sends us informative and entertaining recaps of the goings-on. In today’s report, King interviews the “Berlin Patient” – the first man considered have been cured of HIV. King also visits with some of the noted activists in attendance and reports on the #TransLivesMatter activists that took over the stage ...

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Coming Out For Animals [VIDEO]

A group of gay vegans have produced a short clip in which they discuss how they believe LGBT and AIDS activism intersects with the animal rights movement. From the clip recap: All social justice movements are about extending the circle of compassion. In this new short film from the multimedia nonprofit Our Hen House (http://www.ourhenhouse.org) – whose mission is to ...

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Elton John: Vladimir Putin Called Me

Elton John yesterday claimed that Russian president Vladimir Putin telephoned him after Elton called for a sit-down over Russia’s anti-gay policies. Elton wrote on Instagram: “Thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today. I look to forward to meeting with you face-to-face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.” Buzzfeed has more: The post ...

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At The Rentboy Raid Protest [VIDEO]

Yesterday dozens of activists demonstrated outside the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn in protest against the raid on Rentboy.com headquarters. The New York Daily News reports: Chanting “Keep your laws off my body,” gay activists marched Thursday outside Brooklyn Federal Court demanding that prosecutors drop prostitution charges against seven employees of the Rentboy.com website. About 70 protesters — men and ...

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AUSTRALIA: Bomb Squad Responds After Activists Send Glitter-Filled Letter To Marriage Opponent MP

The Australian activist group GetUp sent glitter-filled letters to Parliament members who oppose same-sex marriage. One of them called the police who then sent in a bomb squad. The Guardian reports: Police, bomb squads and hazardous material teams were called to investigate after a staff member of the Liberal backbencher Craig Laundy thought glitter in a letter about same-sex marriage ...

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Julian Bond Dies At Age 75 [VIDEO]

Longtime LGBT ally and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond has died at the age of 75. CNN reports: Bond died Saturday night after a brief illness in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which he served as founding president in the 1970s. “Not only has the country lost a hero today, we’ve lost a great ...

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Australians To Rally Against PM Tony Abbott

Furious with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s threat to fire party leaders who vote for same-sex marriage, this Saturday activists will rally in Melbourne. Via press release: This Saturday over 20,000 people will head into the Melbourne CBD to show their anger at Abbott’s manoeuvring to maintain homophobic discrimination in Australian law. Five reasons to join us and rally: 1. Eleven ...

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Matt Baume: Do Protests Have To Be Disruptive? [VIDEO]

From the clip recap: “Sometimes political protests can be really inconvenient. And sometimes they target powerful people who already agree with the protestors! What’s the point of that?” I think we know who he’s talking about.

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AFER Calls It Quits

Last month Freedom To Marry triumphantly declared that it was “going out of business.” Today we get the same news from the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Via press release: Together, we made history. Nearly six years ago, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) was created with the specific mission of arguing for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme ...

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Lambda Legal Head Announces Retirement

“I am proud of what we have accomplished together and the work will not stop over the next 10 months or the decades ahead. Our community deserves our best efforts, addressing the discrimination, violence, and inequality we still face. I plan to keep us moving forward until my last day at Lambda Legal and I have every confidence in the ...

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DC: Suspect Arrested In Subway Stabbing Death Of LGBT Activist Kevin Sutherland

Via the Associated Press: Jasper Spires, the man suspected of stabbing and killing a 24-year-old at a Metro station Saturday afternoon, has reportedly been arrested. The victim, Kevin Joseph Sutherland of Northeast D.C., died after he was stabbed on a train approaching the NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station Saturday at about 12:50 p.m. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Spires for ...

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Matt Baume: Final Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Only a few isolated locations in the country remain where same-sex couples can’t get married. Those opposed to equality are getting increasingly desperate, with stall tactics and long-shot legal games. We’re also likely to see renewed attacks on other civil rights, so there’s still going to be a lot of work to do in order to protect equality. ...

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50 Years Ago In Philadelphia

Via the Associated Press: Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago — but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over. “In too many communities, you can still ...

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MEXICO: Activists Protest Istanbul Pride Attack At Turkish Embassy

On Sunday, police attacked Istanbul Pride attendees with tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets, reportedly because the event fell during Ramadan. Yesterday about two dozen Mexican activists protested the attack with a demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Mexico City. JMG reader Alex sends us his photos, noting, “A prayer for Ramadan was performed by a Muslim woman. She ...

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Quote Of The Day – Evan Wolfson

“I always believed we would win, but what a joy and relief it was when our victory came. As I read the Supreme Court opinion, as I followed the stories across the country of couples getting married, and as so many people wrote me with wonder, attaching pictures of their families, their kids, their weddings … well, I cried and ...

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Bilerico Project Calls It Quits

Long-running LGBT group blog The Bilerico Project has called it quits after eleven years. Founder Bil Browning writes: Projects are meant to be temporary and so was Bilerico Project. After more than a decade, it’s time to wrap up our experiment. The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and so have our lives and the LGBT movement ...

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