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Cleve Jones: We Have The Permit, The March On Washington Is Definitely On

Speaking with me by phone this afternoon, activist Cleve Jones confirmed that despite earlier reports that the National Mall was previously booked and unavailable, he does have a permit from the Parks Department for a Columbus Day weekend March On Washington. “We put in a request for the West Lawn of the Capitol, where the Obama inauguration took place, and …

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Open Thread Thursday

Father Tony reports that we’ve got quite a healthy group of bloggers signed up to march with us in this year’s NYC Pride March. We’ve got a banner, we’ve got t-shirts available, we’s all fancy and shit. Contact the good Father if you’d like to march with us. Pride season is getting into high gear all over the country, what …

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Californians Protest HIV Drug Cuts

Openly gay state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano joined a large group of protesters at the state capitol in Sacramento yesterday to protest Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan to slash funding from the ADAP budget, which provides free to low cost HIV meds to the uninsured. Rex Wockner adds: Further, the current plan apparently completely eliminates state funding for the tests that determine if …

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Evening View – Queens Marriage Activism

Brandon Brock (far left), Brendan Fay (far right) and Astoria, Queens residents are holding nightly (5pm-8pm) vigils outside the office of Sen. George Onorado until the New York Senate has its vote on marriage equality. (Photo via Manhattan Offender)

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NGLTF On The March On Washington

I’ve asked some major LGBT rights organizations to issue a statement saying whether they support the proposed March On Washington in 2009. The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s executive director Rea Carey responds: “The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has long held that equality begins at home and that power is built from the ground up. We have …

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HRC On The March On Washington

I’ve asked some major LGBT rights organizations to issue a statement saying whether they support the proposed March On Washington in 2009. HRC’s Joe Solmonese responds: “We shouldn’t wait until October for a march in Washington to do the critical grassroots organizing that can happen today. As we understand it, the purpose behind the call for a march is to …

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Marriage Rally In Rhode Island

Remember the very recent “6 x 12” slogan vowing to bring marriage equality to all of New England by 2012? Well, here we are at “5 x 9″…and folks are now looking to Rhode Island to bring us in three years early.

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ACT UP: Protests Planned Over Governator’s HIV/AIDS Funding Slash

As California reels deeper into its worst financial crisis in history, Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed slashing a total of $80M from the state’s HIV/AIDS budget. His proposal includes deep cuts in ADAP funding – money that provides life-saving medication to the insurance-less HIV positive. The ramifications of this move extend beyond the state budget as massive federal matching dollars would …

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NY Senate Poll: 12 Votes Needed

NY1 has conducted the first (to my knowledge) complete marriage equality poll of New York’s state Senators. The outlook is not great. As members of the New York State Senate ponder whether to hold a vote on legalizing gay marriage before the current legislative session expires, an exclusive NY1 survey of all 62 state Senators suggests that supporters of the …

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Tomorrow 9AM: Rally At NH State House

The New Hampshire Freedom To Marry Coalition will stage a rally tomorrow at 9am at the State House Plaza in Concord as the state legislature considers (for the third time) its newly-amended marriage equality bill. One Vote! That was the margin of victory for the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage’s attack on Equality. One Vote! On June 3rd let’s …

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National Mall Already Booked On Planned Weekend Of March On Washington

Duncan Osborne at Gay City News has discovered that the National Mall in Washington DC has already been booked by three other groups for the weekend suggested for a 2009 March On Washington. The organizers of the proposed march on Washington should have checked with the National Parks Service before they began announcing the October dates for that event. “It’s …

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Thousands Rally At Fresno’s Meet In The Middle For Equality Event

An estimated 3000 activists rallied in California’s heartland yesterday for the Meet In The Middle 4 Equality event, which was preceded by a 14-mile march from the symbolically chosen town of Selma. With lively chants and rainbow flags, several thousand people rallied in Fresno today, aiming to persuade California’s conservative heartland to support same-sex marriage rights. Just days after the …

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Obama Acknowledges Protesters

But not in the way we’d like. A gaggle of sign-waving protestors milled around outside The Beverly Hilton, the sprawling hotel on Wilshire Boulevard. They must have caught the president’s eye when he arrived at the hotel from an earlier stop in Las Vegas because he relayed one of their messages to the crowd. “One of them said, “Obama keep …

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Activists Protest Obama In Los Angeles

About 200 gay activists appeared outside the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles tonight to protest President Obama’s perceived inaction on LGBT rights. The president was inside attending a DNC fundraising dinner. During the protest, the crowd chanted, “Out of the court, into the streets, we are ready to fight, we won’t be beat.” It was a reference to Tuesday’s state …

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San Diego: Gays Occupy Marriage Bureau

Several dozen gay activists are occupying the San Diego County Clerk’s office, saying they won’t leave until they get a marriage license. The event, organized in response to the state Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to uphold the state’s gay marriage ban, began around noon at the County Administration Center in downtown San Diego. Michael Anderson, 27, and Brian Baumgardner, 26, …

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Reality Check

NYC Marriage March, 6th Avenue, 7pm Cute Boy 1: I hate to say it, but I kinda like when things go bad and we have these things.Cute Boy 2: Yeah, it’s empowering.Cute Boy 1: No, it’s cuz the cruising is so fierce!

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