Nationwide Rallies for LGBT Rights: Saturday 11/15 10:30 AM PST

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    Nov 13, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    Find your state. Make the issues known, beyond marriage equality rights. What would you protest, besides marriage?

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    While marriage is a potent symbol, and amending any constitution to discriminate and limit rights of any group of people is important to fight and get angry about, please also consider voicing dissent for other issues of inequality that are manifested in policies and/or just cultural norms/values. For LGBTQQI'ers, that could also include Title VII protections, military service, and the crap pulled in AK this past election. But what about issues w/in our own community that remain relatively invisible such as race/ethnicity/class/ablism/ageism? What policies get voted on and approved by voters that affect the many domains of not just our LGBT community, but our allies both within and outside our community?

    This is an opportunity to highlight the amount of discrimination in our communities that continue to be unaddressed and unresolved, and lead to further divisions w/in the left! Show you're united in lifting each other up.
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    Nov 15, 2008 8:56 AM GMT
    Just as a reminder...

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    Nov 15, 2008 9:28 AM GMT
    I plan on being at the one here in Omaha at 12:30pm cst. right outside UNO!
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:53 AM GMT
    I'll be in Long Beach. Be sure to call/text everybody you know. We need to show large numbers of people support our cause.
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    Nov 15, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    Here's a shout out (intentional Palin pun) to the Houston gay community to come out to city hall at 12:30pm, today.

    Meet at City Hall 901 Bagby, Houston, TX
    Scheduled to begin at 12:30pm - Saturday, November 15. We will gather in Hermann Square which is right behind City Hall.
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    Nov 15, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    Atlanta:
    1:30pm Eastern @ State Capitol Bldg
    5pm candlelight @ 10th & Piedmont
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    Nov 15, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    I'd like to be at the one in Boston, but I'll be at a gay wedding here instead. Sort of witnesses to the same thing.
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    Nov 15, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    we are getting ready to go to the one in dallas as i type right now. it starts in one hour. im fucking excited. i brought my digital camera an everything. im documenting this shit
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    Nov 15, 2008 8:36 PM GMT
    Here are some pictures from the successful Oakland, CA November 15, 2008 rally in front of the Oakland City Hall.

    It was well attended. The crowd was orderly, but passionate. It was a first step. But here, as in San Francisco, we are preaching to the crowd. There was not one elected official in Oakland who advocated Yes on 8.

    I am sure even the police (you can see their passive presence in the last picture) largely supported No on 8 sentiment.

    We do need to target some obvious supporters of the Yes on 8 effort. That would include the Mormon, Catholic and Evangelical Christian Churches. But we need to do this in a reasoned, non-violent way that though disruptive is liable to garner sympathy, not alienate.

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    Nov 15, 2008 9:10 PM GMT
    I think the DC protest was very well attended considering the area was under a tornado watch. When I got to the Capitol is certainly didn't look like a lot of people but when everyone started heading down the Mall, I got a better idea of how huge the crowd was. [EDIT: The Washington Blade is reporting there were around 5,000 people marching.]

    Twenty minutes after people started marching, we got hit by a sudden and quite heavy storm. I was impressed that almost no one left despite the downpour. When it eased up I biked up ahead to the Washington Monument to get a better look at the crowd. The front of the march was already past the WWII Memorial and approaching the Ellipse in front of the White House and the tail end was still back on the other side of the Washington Monument. The crowd was stretched out over almost a mile. Traffic on 14 St. was stopped for at least an half hour. It gave lots of bewildered tourists something to think about.

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    Nov 16, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    As many as 10,000 in SF baby!!!


  • metta

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    Nov 16, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
    Some photos from the protests on the 15th and a few from previous protests


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    Nov 16, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    I'd guesstimate that we had 3000-4000 at the rally in Boston. The weather was threatening, but it never did rain full-force. I didn't bring a camera. [Edit: Boston.com put the number at around 4000]

    Congressman Ed Markey spoke and told us that Barney Frank introduced a bill in the state legislature in 1975 that would have outlawed discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace. It lost by a vote of 220 to 22. Now we have gay marriage, so it's important to remember that we've come far in 30 years. We still have a long way to go, but we'll definitely get there.

    BTW, back on Nov 4th the Republicans lost control of the New York State Senate for the first time in more than 40 years. Now that they're gone, it's likely that NY will legalize same-sex marriage.

    You can see some pictures on boston.com

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    Nov 16, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Wow - great to see your pictures from different parts of the country, thanks for sharing.

    It's so reaffirming to see the thousands of people turn out across the nation in unity, especially the number of non-gay allies who are there to support us. I hope that we can do so for the sake of many other issues that affect both parts of our community, as well as issues re: equality and justice for non-gay communities.

    It will be interesting to see what will happen around the time Milk is released in the next month - what sort of commentary and cultural criticism might be made re: current LGBT rallies. Maybe it's time for more "radical" LGBT culture again, like the queer film movement of the early 90s, the cockettes of the 60s, Sylvester - rather than fighting *just* for equality, acculturation, and mainstream acceptance. To still put a queer identity out there AND seek equal rights with title vii protection, marriage, military service, etc. To keep pushing boundaries of what constitutes mainstream approval. (Sorry, tangential thoughts. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 16, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, ran out of camera memory, but here's a pic from the Houston rally.

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    Nov 16, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Barbie wasn't the least bit upset that Ken showed up with his new husband in New York.

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  • DCEric

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    Nov 16, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    Here is my video in DC:



    Photo's from the day. Of the two people that you get upclose pictures, I am the Middle Eastern guy, the brown one (South Asian, not Hispanic) is my partner.
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=42993&l=7863f&id=581607187

    Bonus of the day: Wet T-Shirt contest at the White House.
  • joggerva

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    Nov 17, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    We had about 150 people in Norfolk, VA and 150 people in Williamsburg, VA. Here's a picture of me in Norfolk:

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    Here's a link to a flickr album of our protest for more:
    Norfolk VA Prop 8 Protest
  • metta

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    Nov 17, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    This was designed by the same artist that designed the Obama Hope Poster:

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  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Nov 17, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    Does anyone know if these protests/marches will continue next weekend? I had school obligations all weekend, but would have loved to join the Atlanta protest. :-( Twas there in spirit.