Tag Archives: activism

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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Saturday Night’s Alright

Saturday night Aaron and I were seriously overbooked with commitments to three parties. It’s always feast or famine in my social life and my apologies go out to George for missing out on his housewarming party in Brooklyn Heights. After dropping in at PR guru David Orchard’s 40th birthday bash at the HK Lounge, we attended the going away party ...

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Olympics Protest In Union Square

Yesterday afternoon, after a nice brunch down in the Bowery with Little David and visiting Chicago blogger Jake and his humpy fiancé, we wandered up to Union Square and ran into an anti-Olympics protest. I walked around to take pictures of the protesters with their signs, but aside from the woman below (I think she’s a nun), most didn’t want ...

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NGLTF’s New York Leadership Awards

Last night Aaron and I attended the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s New York Leadership Awards at the new New York Times building, where although the honorees of the evening were filmmaker John Waters, Gov. David Paterson, and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce, the night was really one long tearful goodbye to outgoing Task Force Executive ...

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Peter Tatchell Disrupts London’s
Olympic Torch Relay

As part of a large protest against Chinese human rights abuses, activist Peter Tatchell was detained by London police today after he attempted to interrupt the relay of the Olympic torch through the streets of London. As the torch continued westwards through London, pro-Tibet supporters waved banners and placards calling for Gordon Brown to boycott the opening ceremony, for an ...

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April 7th: National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s New York Leadership Awards

On Monday, April 7th, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force presents the 2008 New York Leadership Awards at the New York Times Center. Hosted by comedian Sabrina Matthews and a featuring special performances by Debbie Harry and Miss Guy, this year’s awards will honor filmmaker John Waters, New York Governor David Paterson, and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber ...

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Slain AIDS Activist’s Memorial This Sunday

A memorial service for slain AIDS activist Michael “La La” Brown will be held this Sunday at 6:30PM at Bryant Park in Lake Worth, Florida. The park is also host that day to Palm Beach County’s Pridefest, for whom Brown was a recent Grand Marshall. Brown, 50, was a beloved bon vivant, a pillar of the South Florida gay community, ...

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Ft Lauderdale Diner Owner Offers $5K Reward For Gay-Basher’s Identity

Butch Samp, owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Floridian Diner, has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the capture of the person that committed a brutal gay-bashing at his restaurant earlier this week. Police are looking for a 2002 or similar year, sage green, four-door Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a bed cover and roll bar. A police report of ...

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On Building Coalitions

I had a brief but fascinating exchange on a feminist blog yesterday. Not to get too into the nuts and bolts of the conversation, the takeaway message I received from a couple of the commenters was that men cannot ever be considered feminists, regardless of their positions on women’s rights. The author of the blog was generally kind to me ...

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TroopsOutNow.Org

Yesterday I ran into these folks in the Times Square subway station as they were handing out flyers for next’s week’s anti-war March On Washington. The events, according to the Troops Out Now site: A weeklong encampment directly in front of Congress. A giant billboard and round-the-clock political challenge to Congress to STOP funding the war . Actions every day ...

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Bilerico Project Relaunches

Somehow last week I forgot to mention the latest news from the Bilerico Project, the Indiana-based LGBT activism blog which has relaunched with an impressive array of top-rung contributors: Over thirty prominent LGBT community members have decided to make The Bilerico Project home including Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Matt Foreman ...

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