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Vigil before Federal Prop 8 Trial in San Francisco

This is from Marriage Equality USA:

Federal Court Case Challenging Prop 8

Monday January 11, 2010

6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Phillip Burton Federal Building Plaza

450 Golden Gate Ave in San Francisco

Join Marriage Equality USA leaders Molly McKay & Davina Kotulski and Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis, PFLAG parents Sam & Julia Thoron and Helen Laird, NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Lambda Marriage Project Director Jenny Pizer, couples who joyfully married, couples who want to marry, clergy leaders, musical performances by Veronica Klaus, Diane Larsen, local choirs and many many more!

Together we will share the spirit of courage, hope and strength that will herald in the light on this important next chapter of our civil rights movement.

There will be LOTS of strong coffee provided to those willing to get up that early and join us.

Perry v Schwarzenegger, the federal trial challenging Prop 8, is scheduled to begin on Monday January 11, 2010 at 8:30am in Courtroom 6 on the 17th floor of the Phillip Burton Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave. in SF. There will be very limited seating available in the courtroom. There will be an overflow room on the 19th floor broadcasting the proceedings and hopefully the court will decide to televise the trial as well.

http://www.marriageequality.org/index.php?page=event

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New Jersey Marriage Inequality Vote: Who to Remove From Office

New Jersey Marriage Inequality Vote: How lawmakers voted; Who to
Remove From Office.

The New Jersey State Senate has voted for discrimination and Marriage Inequality. The Twenty New Jersey State Senators Listed Below Who Voted No, for
Discrimination, and the three abstainers, who could have reversed the outcome, should be Voted Out Of Office!
The final vote tally was Yea- 14, Nay-20, 3 Abstentions, 2 Absentees.
Please Save This List!

From N.J.com:

The debate ended, the votes were cast, and all eyes turned toward the
board in the Senate chamber that shows the tally by flashing a green
or red light next to each name.

It was not close. With Democrats in firm control of every lever of
power in Trenton, they could not deliver, not by a long shot.

At the end, Democrats stumbled away like a defeated army. The board
showing the vote tally, which sometimes stays on for hours, was
snapped off quickly, as if they were ashamed of it.

“This should have been a slam dunk,” said Sen. Ray Lesniak, one of the
party’s frustrated power brokers.

The victims this time were the thousands of gay couples across this
state, and their children, who just got a slap in the face. The
message opponents delivered to them was an ugly one, whether it was
inspired by religion, by tradition or by old-fashioned bigotry. They
are secondclass families who cannot join the club.

More:
http://blog.nj.com/njv_tom_moran/2010/01/nj_gay_marriage_vote_a_final_t.html

How lawmakers voted
By The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
January 07, 2010, 5:28PM

- Hide quoted text -
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerGay marriage bill supporters watch in the
fnal seconds of the vote as it is voted down by the seante the at the
Statehouse today.Here’s how state Seantors voted today on the measure
to allow same-sex marriage in New Jersey. The bill failed to pass.

YES (14)

Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic)
Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex)
Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex),
Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), co-sponsor
Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex)
Sen. Teresa M. Ruiz (D-Essex)
Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham (D-Hudson)
Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-Hudson)
Sen. Nia H. Gill (D-Essex)
Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), co-sponsor
Sen. Robert M. Gordon (D-Bergen)
Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Union)
Sen. Joseph F.Vitale (D-Middlesex)
Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Mercer)

NO (20)

Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May)
Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D- Essex)
Sen. John A. Girgenti (D-Passaic
Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson) .
Sen. Fred H. Madden (D-Gloucester)
Sen. Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer)
Sen. Robert W. Singer (R-Ocean)
Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris)
Sen. Christopher Bateman, (R-Somerset)
Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R -Union)
Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth )
Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos (R-Monmouth)
Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen)
Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Hunterdon)
Sen. Kevin J. O’Toole (R-Essex)
Sen. Philip E. Haines (R-Burlington)
Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R-Ocean)
Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Morris)
Sen. Steven V. Oroho (R-Sussex)
Sen. Sean T. Kean (R-Monmouth)

ABSTENTIONS (3)

Sen. Paul A. Sarlo (D-Bergen)
Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester)
Sen. James Beach (D-Camden)

DID NOT ATTEND SESSION (2)

Sen. Diane B. Allen (R-Burlington)
Sen. Andrew Ciesla (R-Ocean)

*Senate has 39 members following this week’s resignation of Dana Redd,
a Democrat, after she became mayor of Camden.

More:
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/nj_gay_marriage_how_lawmakers.html

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/nj_gay_marriage_how_lawmakers.html

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Ask Judge to Televise Prop 8 Court Case

This is extremely urgent and extremely important.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker — who will be overseeing a federal court challenge to Prop 8 starting this Monday (January 11) — is considering whether or not to open the court room to TV cameras.

The court just announced that it is seeking public comment on the proposal to televise the trial — and that all comments must be submitted to the court by a Friday deadline.

The interest in this case is unprecedented. And not surprisingly, supporters of Prop 8 — who eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry — do NOT want the trial to be televised.

Opponents of Prop 8 — led by attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson — are seeking to televise the case in the interests of full transparency. They want this historic trial to be watched by as many Americans as possible. And, of course, we agree.

We have just this one chance to make our voices heard — thousands of Americans calling for equality, transparency and accountability. That’s why we’re teaming up with CREDO Action to collect as many signatures as possible asking Judge Walker to televise the case. We need your signature now:

SIGNATURE DEADLINE: FRIDAY 9 a.m.:

http://www.couragecampaign.org/TeleviseTheTrial

Together, along with our friends at CREDO, we will hand-deliver your signatures to Judge Vaughn Walker on Friday before the deadline.

This case presents issues that are very important to the public, and will affect millions of people. However, if the case is not televised, only a tiny fraction will ever be able to watch the trial in person.

By televising the trial, the public will be able to see for themselves the arguments and evidence presented by both sides, and will therefore have more confidence in the outcome of the trial.

That’s why we think the Prop 8 court case should be televised and we’re collecting as many signatures as possible to submit to Judge Vaughn Walker. Click here to sign now and say “YES — the Prop 8 trial should be televised.” SIGNATURE DEADLINE: FRIDAY 9 a.m.:

http://www.couragecampaign.org/TeleviseTheTrial

If you know other people who believe the Prop 8 trial should be televised as well, please forward this message to them ASAP.

Thank you so much for making your voice heard at this critical time. We will update you as soon as further news develops.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign Institute

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Task Force says: Queer the Census

From the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

We know it’s a little clichéd – but here’s what we want to tell the census: We’re here. We’re queer. And we want you to ask us about it.QueerTheCensus

It’s crazy – the U.S. Census Bureau wants an accurate count of everyone in the country – but there’s no question in the survey that asks if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

You read that right: LGBT people are basically invisible in the survey that is supposed to reflect the diversity of America’s population – and that’s a big problem.

The data collected impacts issues critical to every American – like our health care, our economic stability, and even our safety. And when LGBT people aren’t counted, then we also don’t count when it comes to services, resources … you name it.

It’s past time to Queer the Census! Sign the petition at right to demand that the census ask the question and count everyone!

http://www.queerthecensus.org/site/c.jeJLIVOxEnH/b.5474287/k.9C4D/Queer_the_Census.htm

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Urgent Action Alert: Help Get Marriage Equality Passed in New Jersey

Urgent Action Alert: Help Get Marriage Equality Passed in New Jersey

-by Tommy News

We only have a few days to get Marriage Equality passed in New Jersey
before Anti-gay Governor-elect Chris Christie takes office on January
19th. Christie has pledged to veto this legislation. Governor Corzine
has pledged to sign Marriage Equality legislation if it reaches his
desk before he leaves office.

Time is running out fast. Please contact New Jersey Legislators by
phone, fax, email, web form, and postal mail today and tomorrow! You
do not need to live in New Jersey to do this. Please take action and
pass this urgent message on to everyone in your address book.

Marriage offers 1,138 Federal benefits and responsibilities, not
including hundreds more offered by every state. The failure of New
Jersey’s civil union law is having devastating real-world
consequences. Loving couples and children are denied equal protection
under the law. Nothing less than full civil marriage equality will
guarantee equal civil rights.

Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, has said he would sign a law to legalize
gay marriage. But time is running out. He’s to be replaced on Jan. 19
by Gov.-elect Chris Christie, a Republican who says he’d veto the
bill.

Lawmakers could technically approve a law by noon Jan. 19 and see it
signed. But given the Legislature’s schedule, it would probably have
to happen by Jan. 11 if the bill is to be passed.
Source:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/01/04/state/n112429S20.DTL&type=politics

Further information is available from Garden State Equality here:

http://www.gardenstateequality.org/issues/marriage.html

“We at Garden State Equality are often asked whether we’re a
multi-issue LGBT civil rights organization, or a marriage equality
organization. We are both. To be sure, we work on every civil rights
issue facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex
community. But because New Jersey has won a sweeping range of LGBT
civil rights laws except for marriage equality, marriage equality has
become our signature issue.”

Get contact information for New Jersey State Assembly and Senate members here:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/contact.asp

OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES

OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION

For general information and assistance, you may contact the Office of
Public Information by writing or calling :

Office of Legislative Services
Office of Public Information
Room 50
State House Annex
P.O. Box 068
Trenton, NJ 08625-0068

Phone: (609) 292-4840
Toll Free (800) 792-8630
TDD: (609) 777-2744
Toll Free (800) 257-7490

Your State legislator(s) welcome your thoughts, concerns, ideas and
questions. To send a
message to your State legislator(s), please take a moment to complete this form.

Go Here for More information:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/contact.asp

List of Legislators here:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/abcroster.asp

New Jersey Senate and Assembly Alphabetical List of Members

Senator Diane B. Allen Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 11 West Broad St., Burlington, NJ 08016 (609) 239-2800

Senator Bill Baroni Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 3691A Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ
08690 (609) 631-9988

Senator Christopher Bateman Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 36 East Main St., Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 526-3600

Senator James Beach Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1916 Route 70 East, Suite 3, Cherry Hill, NJ
08003 (856) 489-3442

Senator Jennifer Beck Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 32 Monmouth St., 3rd Floor, Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 933-1591

Senator Anthony R. Bucco Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 75 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 302, 3rd Floor,
Denville, NJ 07834 (973) 627-9700

Senator Barbara Buono Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: Two Lincoln Highway, Suite 401, Edison, NJ
08820 (732) 205-1372

Senator Gerald Cardinale Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 350 Madison Ave., Cresskill, NJ 07626 (201) 567-2324

Senator Andrew R. Ciesla Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 852 Highway 70, Brick, NJ 08724 (732) 840-9028

Senator Richard J. Codey Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 449 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-6770

Senator Christopher J. Connors Republican Votes by Bill Votes
by Subject
District Office: 620 West Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 693-6700

Senator Sandra B. Cunningham Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1738 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 451-5100

Senator Michael J. Doherty Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 127 Belvidere Ave., 2nd Floor, Washington, NJ
07882 (908) 835-0552

Senator Nia H. Gill, Esq. Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 425 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd Floor, Montclair,
NJ 07042 (973) 509-0388

Senator John A. Girgenti Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 507 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
(973) 427-1229

Senator Robert M. Gordon Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 14-25 Plaza Rd., P.O. Box 398, Fair Lawn, NJ
07410 (201) 703-9779

Senator Philip E. Haines Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 32A North Main St., Medford, NJ 08055 (609) 654-1498

Senator Sean T. Kean Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1955 Highway 34, Bldg. 2A, Wall Township, NJ
07719 (732) 974-0400

Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr. Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 425 North Ave. East, Suite C, Westfield, NJ
07090 (908) 232-3673
District Office: 57 Union Place, Suite 310, Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 918-0414
District Office: 251 North Ave. West, 2nd Floor, Westfield, NJ
07090 (908) 232-2073

Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. Republican Votes by Bill
Votes by Subject
District Office: 1715 Highway 35, Suite 303, Middletown, NJ
07748 (732) 671-3206

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 985 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083 (908) 624-0880

Senator Fred H. Madden, Jr. Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 129 Johnson Rd., Suite 1, Turnersville, NJ
08012 (856) 232-6700
District Office: 1405 Chews Landing Rd., Suite 15, Laurel
Springs, NJ 08021 (856) 401-3073

Senator Kevin J. O’Toole Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 155 Route 46 West, Suite 108, Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 237-1360

Senator Steven V. Oroho Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 115 Demarest Rd., Suite 2B, Sparta, NJ 07871
(973) 300-0200
District Office: 227 Route 206, Bldg. 1, 1st Floor, Flanders,
NJ 07836 (973) 584-4670

Senator Joseph Pennacchio Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 330 Changebridge Road, Suite 102, Pine Brook,
NJ 07058 (973) 227-4012

Senator Dana L. Redd Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1 Market St., Suite 1F, Camden, NJ 08102 (856) 225-9068

Senator Ronald L. Rice Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1044 South Orange Ave., Newark, NJ 07106 (973) 371-5665

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 166 Bloomfield Ave., Newark, NJ 07104 (973) 484-1000

Senator Nicholas J. Sacco Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 9060 Palisade Ave., North Bergen, NJ 07047
(201) 295-0200

Senator Paul A. Sarlo Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 207 Hackensack St., 2nd Floor, Wood-Ridge, NJ
07075 (201) 804-8118

Senator Nicholas P. Scutari Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1514 E. Saint Georges Ave., 2nd Floor, Linden,
NJ 07036 (908) 587-0404

Senator Robert W. Singer Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 2110 W. County Line Rd., Jackson, NJ 08527
(732) 901-0702

Senator Bob Smith Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 216 Stelton Rd., Suite E-5, Piscataway, NJ
08854 (732) 752-0770

Senator Brian P. Stack Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 5801 Palisade Ave., West New York, NJ 07093
(201) 861-5091
District Office: 301 45th St., 1st Floor, Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 558-7926

Senator Stephen M. Sweeney Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 935 Kings Highway, Suite 400, West Deptford,
NJ 08086 (856) 251-9801
District Office: 14 East Commerce St., 3rd Floor, Bridgeton, NJ
08302 (856) 455-1011
District Office: 199 East Broadway, Suite G, Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 339-0808

Senator Shirley K. Turner Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1440 Pennington Rd., Trenton, NJ 08618 (609) 530-3277

Senator Jeff Van Drew Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 21 North Main St., Cape May Court House, NJ
08210 (609) 465-0700
District Office: 1124 North High St., Millville, NJ 08332 (856) 765-0891
District Office: 1028 East Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 696-7109
District Office: Additional Phone, Somers Point, NJ (609) 926-3779

Senator Joseph F. Vitale Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 569 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ 07095 (732) 855-7441

Senator Loretta Weinberg Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201) 928-0100

Senator Jim Whelan Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 511 Tilton Rd., Northfield, NJ 08225 (609) 383-1388

Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego Republican Votes by Bill
Votes by Subject
District Office: 32A North Main St., Medford, NJ 08055 (609) 654-1498

Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano Democrat Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 21 North Main St., Cape May Court House, NJ
08210 (609) 465-0700
District Office: 1124 North High St., Millville, NJ 08332 (856) 765-0891
District Office: 1028 East Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 696-7109
District Office: Additional Phone, Somers Point, NJ (609) 926-3779

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1801 Zion Rd., Suite 1, Northfield, NJ 08225
(609) 677-8266

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini Republican Votes by Bill
Votes by Subject
District Office: 1955 Highway 34, Bldg. 2A, Wall Township, NJ
07719 (732) 974-0400

Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, III Democrat Votes by Bill Votes
by Subject
District Office: 3 Stephenville Pkwy., Suite 2E, Edison, NJ
08820 (732) 548-1406

Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 1 East High St., Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 252-0800

Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick Republican Votes by Bill Votes by Subject
District Office: 251 North Ave. West, 2nd Floor, Westfield, NJ
07090 (908) 232-2073
District Office: 425 North Ave. East, Suite C, Westfield, NJ
07090 (908) 232-3673
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TBD: Are Queers in Health Care Reform? #LGBT #hcr

As we go in to the New Year, we have to turn our eyes to to the complicated process controlled by Congressional leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)  and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).  That overly complex process is the passage of Health Care Reform.gay-medicine-1

Below are the following provisions that were included in the House Health Care bill as provided by HRCs blog.  I can’t seem to remember the larger LGBT community listing these on the top of their legislative priorities to be passed.  However, we should appreciate the leadership of Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and her office for working to include specific LGBT provisions in the House version of the health care reform bill (health disparities, unequal taxation, and non-discrimination).

Each issue is about fairness, sound public policy, inclusion of the LGBT community, and lives being saved.  We hope that Congress and its Leadership do not  leave the LGBT community out of such a significant piece of legislation as they go into the merger process between the House and the Senate this month.

  • Health Disparities – the bill specifically designates LGBT people as a health disparities population, opening up health data collection and grant programs focused on health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity. With collection of data and funding of research, we can better address the specific health issues facing LGBT people.
  • Unequal Taxation of Domestic Partner Benefits – the bill ends the unfair taxation of employer-provided domestic partner health benefits, incorporating the language of the Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act. Without this tax penalty, more people will be able to afford employer-provided coverage for their families, and more companies will be able to offer these important benefits.
  • Early Treatment for HIV under Medicaid – the bill also incorporates the Early Treatment for HIV Act, which allows states to cover early HIV treatment under their Medicaid programs, instead of withholding treatment for Medicaid recipients until they develop full-blown AIDS, This will dramatically improve the quality of life for low-income people with HIV, as well as saving taxpayers money and reducing the transmission of the virus.
  • Comprehensive Sex Education – the bill provides funding for comprehensive sex education programs that focus not only on abstinence, but also reducing teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. After more than $1 billion wasted on failed and discriminatory abstinence-only programs, this funding will provide youth, including LGBT students, with the tools they need to live healthy lives.
  • Non-discrimination – the bill prohibits consideration of personal characteristics unrelated to the provision of health care.


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Ohio Senate Action Prompts Thoughts About Activism #LGBT

A post from Act On Principles reader, Thomas Waters. You can follow his excellent LGBT issues blog at http://thomascwaters.com/

I saw a post on The Bilerico Project- a guest post by Chris Geidner, who usually posts at LawDork. If you don’t follow Chris, his is a really great blog to follow.

The specifics of the post are interesting and worth knowing about- how the republican led Ohio Senate gutted a teen dating-violence bill and the democrat controlled house went along with it, and a democrat governor signed it. But I think there are two other points to stress anyone who cares about GLBTQ issues.

First, support or a lack of support for GLBTQ issues, doesn’t fall along party lines. we can say that in general republicans are more likely to oppose GLBTQ rights, and democrats in general, are more supportive, but in the end party affiliation isn’t the thing that is going to bring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queers any closer to full equality. At least when talking about how already elected officials act. I’ll make a comment on work to elect officials in a moment, below.

Second, GLBTQ and our allies must care about every bit of legislation out there that can affect us. If our focus is only on marriage rights, in the end we will lose on many other fronts, and fronts that matter in a big way. If our focus is only on nondiscrimination, we will lose in other areas that matter. I can’t stress that enough, we have to care about all legislation that affects GLBTQ people in every way, shape and form.

That doesn’t sound like any easy task, and it isn’t. And I believe in the past we have allowed the difficulty of the fight to be the excuse many use for not getting engaged in the legislative process. But we do not have that luxury. Perhaps we once did, I don’t know, but no longer. We must either decide that we care about equality, and we are going to become willing to do something about it, or not. Once that determination is made on a personal level, then we each have to decide what equality is worth to us. What are we willing to do? Spend 15 minutes every day working for equality? Spend $50 a month working for equality? Volunteer 10 hours a week to demand equality? More? Less?

We have two political fronts upon which we need to be working tirelessly. Electing officials who will move forward on legislative work that assures a better life and greater equality for everyone. This itself is no small task, because many politicians will talk a good game to get your vote, but then abandon the cause after election. But this is extremely important but slow work, as elections don’t happen every day, and in any given election, some progressives, some moderates and some conservatives will be elected. But we have to stay at this one and work at it diligently. The other front is both the harder one, but at the same time, shows more immediate payoff for the work. We must be engaged with the legislative process every day, and with every elected official. This is the task, that I have been most interested in and will continue to keep talking about- probably at great length.