Tag Archives: Equality California

Johnny Weir Speaks At Equality California

Olympian Johnny Weir spoke an event for Equality California on Sunday. He refers to “this community, us, our people” but still hasn’t formally come out.

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Reactions To SOTU Mention Of DADT

National Stonewall Democrats: Tonight, National Stonewall Democrats commend President Barack Obama for calling for the end of the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. We are concerned that President Obama did not address workplace discrimination during his first State of the Union address to Congress. Human Rights Campaign: …

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Equality California: It’s Time For Obama To Join Prop 8 Repeal Fight

Equality California is calling on the Obama administration to pressure the Ninth District Court to overturn Proposition 8 in next week’s Olson/Boies trial. The time has come for elected leaders to empower all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Once again, we call on the Obama administration to join Equality California and others in urging the federal courts …

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LA Times: Wait Until 2012 On Prop 8

Last week Equality California announced their decision to wait until 2012 to pursue a repeal of Proposition 8. Other groups such as the Courage Campaign have not signed on, saying they are still studying the issue, having raised $135K to “invest in research, polling and focus groups.” Yesterday the Los Angeles Times published an editorial advising the Courage Campaign to …

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Equality California: We’ll Wait For 2012 Before Attempting A Repeal Of Prop 8

In a conference call with activists and reporters, this afternoon Equality California announced their decision not to pursue a repeal of Proposition 8 until 2012. Veteran reporter Rex Wockner was on the call and quotes Equality California head Geoffrey Kors as saying that if another group pursues the repeal in 2010 and qualifies for the ballot, Equality California will support …

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Equality California Targets Blacks With New Marriage Equality Ad

Although there is no set plan yet for overturning Prop 8, Equality California is already working on making inroads with the state’s black community. As same-sex couples who were able to legally marry last year celebrate their one-year-anniversaries, Equality California (EQCA) and Jordan / Rustin Coalition (JRC) are together launching an education and mobilization effort on the freedom to marry …

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New Ad Campaign From Equality California: Win Back Marriage

Look! Actual GAY people! This is how they should have done it the first time!

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Equality California Invites Miss CA USA Carrie Prejean To Meet LGBT Students

Equality California wants Carrie Prejean to understand the power homophobia has to hurt LGBT youth, especially in light of two recent suicides caused by anti-gay bullying. EQCA has invited Prejean to meet gay leaders and LGBT youth. Equality California (EQCA) has invited Miss California Carrie Prejean to meet with leaders from her home state lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, …

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Real Or Fake?

Equality California sent out the above photo with its latest donations pitch yesterday, saying this sign was displayed at the Supreme Court hearings in SF last week. But Dan Savage has some questions: Who took the picture? Where? When? Is the person holding the sign standing inside a building? Weren’t the demonstrations outside? And who is holding the sign? Why …

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CA Legislature Passes Resolutions Condemning Prop 8

Yesterday both chambers of California’s legislature passed resolutions declaring that Proposition 8 was an “illegal and unprecedented revision” to the state constitution. The state Senate and Assembly resolutions were both introduced by openly gay men: Sen. Mark Leno (D-SF) and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF). Equality California, via press release: [A] full 17 Senators and 40 Assemblymembers signed on as resolution …

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Broadway Friday

Defying Inequality, Broadway’s all-star benefit for marriage equality, plays the Gershwin Theater on Monday, February 23th. Appearing: Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, Matt Alber, David Hyde Pierce, Cyndi Lauper, Judy Gold, Mary Testa, the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, Alison Janney, Douglas Carter Beane, Lynda Carter (!!!), Gavin Creel, Kerry Butler, and many many more. Among the numbers to be performed will …

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No On 8 Executive Committee Names Revealed By Activist Michael Petrelis

Throughout the Proposition 8 battle, the No On 8 campaign refused to publicly identify its executive committee members, much to the consternation of many in the LGBT press. In December, San Francisco-based activist/troublemaker Michael Petrelis filed one of those fancy liberal Freedom Of Information requests with the state. And yesterday he got the names. According to Petrelis, the names were …

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Prop 8 Summit To Restrict Media

As has been documented here and on many other LGBT blogs, the decision making of the No On 8 campaign was largely done behind closed doors, much to the concern of many donors who questioned several critical strategies of the operation. Later this month there will be a postmortem summit of No On 8 organizers and again, media access will …

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Bill Clinton Says No On 8

Via Equality California: In a telephone call to California voters, President Clinton delivers the following message regarding the unfairness of Proposition 8: “This is Bill Clinton calling to ask you to vote NO on Proposition 8 on Tuesday, November 4th. Proposition 8 would use state law to single out one group of Californians to be treated differently — discriminating against …

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Protection For CA Gay Seniors

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that will protect LGBT seniors in nursing homes. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires licensed health care professionals who have constant interaction with seniors to attend a training program on preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “Some members of the (LGBT) community living in nursing homes have been denied …

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Knights Of Columbus Give $1M To Prop 8

The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, has donated $1M to Protect Marriage, the group behind California’s ballot amendment to overturn gay marriage. Here is a message from Geoff Kors of Equality California: We learned today that the right-wing groups behind Proposition 8 received a $1 million contribution from the Knights of Columbus. The Catholic fraternal …

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Labor Ponies Up To Fight Prop 8

Big money rolled in from labor organizations at Saturday’s Equality California event in Los Angeles. The Service Employees International Union presented a $500K check and the California Teacher’s Association kicked in $250K. Another $25K came from AT&T. A total of $2M was raised, much of which will be used to fund the No On 8 campaign. Equality California’s Geoff Kors: …

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PG & E Gives $250K To Fight Prop 8

Pacific Gas & Electric, which provides Northern California with most of its electricity and natural gas, has donated $250K to the fight against Proposition 8. Giving a financial and public relations boost to gay marriage proponents, PG&E announced today that it is giving $250,000 to the No on Proposition 8 campaign. The utility also said it will spearhead the formation …

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Prop. 8 Reworded (It’s A Good Thing)

The California Attorney General’s office has reworded Proposition 8 so that voters understand that they would be rescinding an existing right. The new text: Proposition 8ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY.INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized …

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CA Supes Asked To Remove Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Item

Led by Equality California, a coalition of gay rights groups have petitioned the state Supreme Court to remove the anti-gay marriage initiative from the November ballot. Gay-rights advocates asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to remove a proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage from the November ballot, saying it would destroy fundamental rights that cannot be legally altered …

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