Crediting other landmark LGBT influences on the strategies of the immigrant rights movement

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 2:00 am

I happened to check Facebook a little while ago, and FDL’s Teddy Partridge and PHB’s Alvin McEwen both noted that I was mentioned in a piece by Frank Sharry in the Washington Post, “How did we build an immigrant movement? We learned from gay rights advocates,” along with notable bloggers John Aravosis and Joe Sudbay, who [...]

Sue Kerr and Ian Finkenbinder on why sexual assault and rape culture are LGBTQ issues

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 8:13 am

It seems almost ridiculous that this essay has to be written, but sadly it does. Rape affects every community, and there is not enough discussion about its intersection with LGBTQ issues. Many kudos to essayists Sue Kerr (@PghLesbian24) of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents and Ian Finkenbinder (@oneangryqueer), Seattle-based activist of OneAngryQueer, for their courage as rape survivors to bring [...]

Jacob Tobia: Why I’m Running Across the Brooklyn Bridge in High Heels

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 10:11 am

Friend of the Blend and activist Jacob Tobia — a Point Foundation Scholar — is putting his ankles on the line in support of the Ali Forney Center – NYC’s premier shelter for homeless LGBT youth that was terribly damaged during superstorm Sandy. On Saturday, Dec. 15, I’m running across the Brooklyn Bridge to benefit homeless LGBT youth. And I’m [...]

A celebration of fighting the good fight in NC – and receiving the 2012 Bob Page Equality Champion Award

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 1:40 am

A few weeks ago I learned that I was going to receive an award from the Equality NC Foundation — its Bob Page Equality Champion Award (Triangle Region) at its annual gala. It was held last night (Saturday) in Greensboro, after the day-long educational conference of activists and supporters. In my blog post on the [...]

Michelangelo Signorile on the Chick-Fil-A dustup – Where Do We Go From Here?

By: Monday August 6, 2012 12:29 pm

Over at HuffPo Gay Voices, Michelangelo Signorile does his post-mortem on the Chick-Fil-A battle, which didn’t exactlygo well for the pro-equality side, primarily because the pro-bigotry forces were aided by some self-inflicted wounds on our side that handed over the free-speech victim argument. And these people are hypocrites who cared nothing about the first amendment when [...]

Super PACs launch ‘Mitt Gets Worse’ campaign highlighting Romney’s anti-LGBT agenda

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 12:55 pm

It’s good to see this effort by Courage Campaign Super PAC and American Bridge 21st Century – an outline in personal testimonies of how life under Mitt Romney will be an exercise in trying to hold onto the meager LGBT equality gains that have been made while fighting off clear attempts to ensure institutionalized bigotry remains [...]

What are the parallels, differences between the LGBT rights and the cannabis legalization movements?

By: Monday June 11, 2012 8:06 pm

Listen in at 11PM ET/8PM PT to A Different View: Women’s Perspectives on the Prohibition War (@ADV420) w/hosts Iva Cunningham, Jennifer Alexander & Serra Frank. One of my former baristas, Radical Russ Belville and his wife Iva have long been a part of the legalization movement, and they are inviting activists from other rights movements to [...]

North Carolinian walking 80 miles to State House to deliver Amendment One protest letter

By: Monday June 4, 2012 11:57 am

Amendment One passed on May 8, and the measure amended Article 14 of the North Carolina Constitution by adding this new section: Sec. 6. Marriage. Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into [...]

A few thoughts from a drained accidental activist

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 4:44 pm

After passing through the horrible fire of battling Amendment One here in North Carolina, I felt drained, not just because of the results, but the battle on this front and many others shows just how far we have to go in addressing society’s myriad problems with racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, misogyny, etc. It makes me sad [...]

NC blogger creates Letter to the Editor tool for you to weigh in on Amendment One

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 8:56 am

Fellow NC blogger Betsy Muse of Democratic Muse has created a tool that makes it easy for people to write Letters to the Editor (LTE) to North Carolina newspapers — to share thoughts about the discriminatory ballot initiative Amendment One. http://democraticmuse.com/letters-to-editor Betsy: I put together an LTE tool that has 87 newspapers listed.  Most are [...]

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