Tag Archives: activism

HomoQuotable – Nancy Goldstein

“Bitch, I’ve seen queers more fired up when Bed Bath & Beyond runs out of sale items. Where’s the passion? “Was Van Sant afraid that audiences wouldn’t be sympathetic if 70s-era gay activists were people who suffered, swore, fought back, and fucked like they meant it? If the street kids actually looked like dirty, starving, broke-ass teen hustlers? “Gay history …

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HomoQuotable – Rex Wockner

“Some bloggers and others have suggested that the ‘Stonewall 2.0’ phenomenon is petering out. ‘Join the (diminishing) Impact,’ said Peter Staley. Dan Savage jumped in saying Join The Impact’s followup events to Nov. 15th’s massive national demos have been weak. Everyone involved in the Stonewall 2.0 phenomenon should read both critiques (click the bolded names above). But Stonewall 2.0 isn’t …

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HomoQuotable – Peter Staley

“Momentum is a bitch. It’s probably the hardest thing to maintain in any activist movement. Join The Impact, the new web-based group that organized the remarkable nationwide anti-Prop 8 rallies on November 15th, is learning this hard truth pretty quickly. Their three actions since then – a postcard campaign, “Day Without A Gay”, and Saturday night’s nationwide “Light Up The …

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HRC Responds To Beckett Fund Ad

The Human Rights Campaign has posted a response to today’s ad by the Beckett Fund in the New York Times. It reads in part: Today, members of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion Council responded forcefully to a full-page ad in the New York Times that implies there is an organized attempt to foment mob intimidation and violence toward the Church …

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Full Page Ad From Beckett Fund In NYT Decries “Bigotry” Of Marriage Protests

As I reported here on Tuesday, today the Beckett Fund published a full page ad in the New York Times decrying the recent protests against the Mormon Church (and others) for their support of Proposition 8. You’ll have to embiggen the image above to read it, but the main quote is: “The violence and intimidation directed at the LDS or …

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The Architect Of Stonewall 2.0

Veteran gay reporter Rex Wockner gives us a glimpse into Amy Balliett, whom he calls the “architect of Stonewall 2.0.” Yes, she practices what she preaches. JoinTheImpact co-founder and co-coordinator Amy Balliett, right, and wife Jessica Trejo were legally married in Los Angeles on Oct. 18 following their Aug. 9 wedding in Seattle. It took me a while to get …

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Layoffs At GLAAD

Citing reduced donations due to the poor economy and the Prop 8 battle, GLAAD has announced staff reductions across all departments. GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said that he has not seen actual numbers of positions eliminated, but that “the reduction in force touched all departments.” “We looked at the work we’re doing and the mission we have and we …

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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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