Tag Archives: activism

Did The Prop 8 Rallies Help?

According to a poll taken by Survey USA, California voters are evenly split on this question: “Will the recent rallies held by ‘No on Prop 8’ protesters ultimately help their cause? Hurt their cause? Or will it not make a difference one way or the other?” Another question asking “Have the protesters changed your opinion on Prop 8?” has 8% ...

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300 Protest At Chicago-Area Cinemark Theater

More than 300 marriage equality activists protested at a Chicago-area Cinemark Theater on Saturday in response to the company’s CEO having donated $10K to support Prop 8. JMG reader Michael Lehet sends us his firsthand video. A nationwide boycott of Cinemark has been brewing for the last week, with many upset that the chain will be showing Milk. The website ...

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Defending Traditional Sidewalks

There’s a really cute bit of activism going on at Princeton in which advocates for “Princeton Prop 8” say that they love freshmen, they really do, but they should not be allowed to use the sidewalks. Sidewalks are for traditional use, not for some redefined non-traditional sidewalk values users. From the comments on YouTube:-“To be fair, freshman have the right ...

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Day Without A Gay

From the site: The worldwide media attention surrounding our massive grassweb efforts for gay rights has been tremendous. Join the Impact was a HUGE success and will continue to thrive because of our efforts. We’ve reacted to anti-gay ballot initiatives in California, Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas with anger, with resolve, and with courage. NOW, it’s time to show America and ...

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HomoQuotable – Rex Wockner

“The organization No On 8 failed us. Before the TV ad war started, we were up 14-17 points in the polls. Then No On 8 spent some $37 million of your money to spam the California airwaves with really lousy ads, while the other side spent a similar amount to spam the California airwaves with ads that were, whatever else ...

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LA Times: Prop 8’s Lessons

Wondering where all those protesters were before the election, the Los Angeles Times doles out some blame. Same-sex marriage advocates produced only one hard-hitting commercial, depicting a pair of Mormon missionaries ripping up the wedding license of a married gay couple, but didn’t air it until election day. The campaign made little effort to reach out to the African American ...

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It’s A New Day For LGBT Activism

I just wanted to take a quick moment and thank everyone for sending me all their info, links, and photos about Prop 8 protests around the country. Obviously I can’t use all or even very many of them, but I do appreciate everybody writing. It’s a new day for gay activism – energy and enthusiasm is at a level we’ve ...

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The Next March On Washington

As I’ve said here before, I consider the 1993 March On Washington to have been the single most thrilling event of my entire life. I will never forget the rush of goosebumps and tears as my posse of Florida queers rode up that enormous subway escalator into Dupont Circle as hundreds of our brothers and sisters applauded our arrival from ...

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Let’s Talk About Pep, Baby

Last night Aaron and I attended the book launch party for Sandy “Pepa” Denton’s memoir of her life in Salt-N-Pepa, the five-time Grammy winning rap trio that rocked the airwaves and dancefloors of the world beginning in 1985, selling over 13 million albums along the way. As you can see, both Sandy (Pepa ) and Cheryl James (Salt) look fantastic ...

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LGBT Activism Pioneer Del Martin
Has Died At Age 87

Del Martin (at right above in a photo from 2004) has died at age 87 in San Francisco. Phyllis Lyon, her wife of 55 years, was by her side. The co-founder of the world’s first lesbian rights organization and with Lyon the first gay person to legally marry in California, Del Martin lived a long, proud, beautiful life of service ...

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Free Yard Sign Offer

In response to yesterday’s post about the anti-gay marriage yard sign campaign in California, I got an email from the folks at Austin-based Build A Sign who are giving away 100,000 self-customized yard signs to people who want to get involved in this year’s voter issues. “This is a historic election year for our country and, as a sign company, ...

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Pam Spaulding’s DNC Travel Fund

Pam Spaulding and her team of co-bloggers are among the very short list of LGBT activists on the Democratic National Convention committee’s list of officially invited bloggers. Pam’s House Blend is also the only blog with press credentials with a transgender blogger on its roster. Since the sanctioned bloggers have to pay their own way, please consider contributing to Pam’s ...

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Peace Corps Reverses On HIV+ Volunteers

The Peace Corps has apparently backed off its policy of rejecting HIV+ volunteers, as reported here back in April. In a lengthy story about Jeremiah Johnson, the 25 year-old Peace Corps volunteer who became infected while on assignment in Ukraine, Poz Magazine reports receiving this email from the Peace Corps: “Although there are certainly significant challenges associated with properly supporting ...

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You Give Peace A Bad Name

Remember during the 2004 Republican National Convention when anti-Iraq War activists were denied permission to use Central Park’s Great Lawn because it would damage the grass? Well, apparently peace activists are considered more likely to rip up sod than rock fans. Bon Jovi has just been given the OK for a July 12th free concert for 60,000 on the Great ...

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Mad Pride

Calling it “Mad Pride”, a group of mentally ill people is copying the tactics of the gay pride movement in order to destigmatize their disease. About 5.7 million Americans over 18 have bipolar disorder, which is classified as a mood disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Another 2.4 million have schizophrenia, which is considered a thought disorder. ...

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Audio: Eric Leven On Sirius OutQ

Here’s the audio of Eric Leven’s appearance on Michelangelo Signorile’s show on Sirius OutQ yesterday in which Eric talks about his HIV/gay youth activism. He’s got some great ideas. Eric has a wonderful radio voice, maybe Sirius should offer him a show too. Eric gives me a kind shout-out at the 9:30 mark.

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Tim Gill Terrifies The Jeebus People

Gay activist Tim Gill has got the Christian right positively shaking in their pews. Gill, the wealthy founder of software giant Quark who was recently named the fifth most influential gay person in America by Out Magazine, was “exposed” by Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network this week as the “stealth” activist behind many recent advances for the LGBT movement in ...

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Manhattan Mini Storage:
Still Made Of Teh Awesome

I’ve blogged several times about Manhattan Mini Storage’s provocative ad campaigns, which tend to support progressive causes ranging from pro-choice to anti-Bush. Now, in an in-yer-face dig at conservative groups (such as the Catholic League who want Gothamites to boycott the company), they have unveiled a new “Save More Than Your Stuff” program in which they donate $25 (in the ...

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Two Birds, One Stone

If any NYC-based activists are of a “two birds, one stone” mind, the Westboro loonies will be at Ground Zero on Saturday at 8:30AM to protest Ill Papa’s presence. And then they’ll pack up their box of crazy and head to Yankee Stadium to protest the mass-Mass that Ratnazinger will conduct at 11AM. I can’t wait to see how the ...

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Foreman Farewell Fotos

Here’s a few more pics from Matt Foreman’s going away party on Saturday, where slideshows projected onto two walls depicted Foreman’s decades of LGBT activism in New York. The photos ranged from his days as a founder of Heritage of Pride, his six years as head of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, his six years as Executive Director ...

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