GET READY: National Coming Out Day is Tuesday, October 11th 2011
-by Tommy News Thomas
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October 11th is International Coming Out Day. Take Action!
National Coming Out Day is Tuesday. Here are some important actions
Write letters, email, call, and fax your representatives asking them
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Make a commitment to be honest about your sexual orientation or gender
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THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG is finally emerging in our quest for Equal SO&GI Civil Rights!
And breaching, like a whale in the ocean, is BOULDER COLORADO!
With great local fanfare, on Saturday, September 24th, OUTBOULDER, which runs both Pride and the LGBT Community Center, is hosting a luncheon for The American Equality Bill and Richard Noble’s Walk Across America with special guests Representative Polis and Mayor Osborne.
For details and to RSVP go to: http://www.outboulder.org/content/congressional-luncheon-american-equality-bill
The reason Boulder is so magical is that it is the district of openly gay Democrat, Representative Polis who, according to all reports, is systematically working to prepare an omnibus civil rights bill for filing THIS YEAR!
Working diligently, the internal process evidently involves canvassing LGBT organizations via Jonathan de Wolff in the D.C. office, and the public as well, via Lisa in the campaign office.
Word is there will be a draft issued for public comment, along with additional transparent processes to ensure we have a true “community bill” !
So it finally seems safe to say: A ONE BILL STRATEGY is now in play. HURRAY!!
Over the next few months all eyes are on Boulder Colorado, and it could not be more fitting that Mayor Osborne is joining the Mayors of West Hollywood, Salt Lake City, Reno and Oakland, in issuing a Proclamation calling for Equal SO&GI Civil Rights — and that OutBoulder is helping to lead the charge with this lovely luncheon!
Thank you all for your intentions!! Keep it up! We’ve a long way to go still. But hope is clearly on the horizon!!!
THE FIRST Republican Presidential debate included hate-speech and incitement to discrimination that is outlawed and criminal in many countries because of the harm it causes.
AND YET WE WERE SILENT.
WE ARE SILENT NO MORE.
POST THIS QUESTION: “The 08 Republican platform says that discrimination is immoral. And President Obama, in June 2011, signed two international Resolutions affirming that human rights treaties require discrimination protections for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Do you believe the principle of protecting people from discrimination extends to LGBT Americans?”
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I. STRIKE ONE: SEPT 7 – RONALD REGAN LIBRARY (Simi Valley, CA. 5 PST).
II. STRIKE TWO: SEPT 12. — TAMPA. FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
III. STRIKE THREE: SEPTEMBER 22 – ORLANDO, FL.
Fortunately, major groups are mobilizing to change the conversation to Full Federal Equality. To push the Republicans to embrace their own principles on discrimination. And to stand down the hate speech.
FACILITATING THIS is the 2008 Republican Platform which calls discrimination immoral and promises to strongly enforce non-discrimination statutes. It promises to reject the forces of hatred and bigotry. For everyone but us.
“Ensuring Equal Treatment for All
Individual rights – and the responsibilities that go with them – are the foundation of a free society. From the time of Lincoln, equality of individuals has been a cornerstone of the Republican Party. Our commitment to equal opportunity extends from landmark school-choice legislation for the students of Washington D.C. to historic appointments at the highest levels of government. We consider discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, creed, disability, or national origin to be immoral, and we will strongly enforce anti-discrimination statutes. We ask all to join us in rejecting the forces of hatred and bigotry and in denouncing all who practice or promote racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, or religious intolerance. As a matter of principle, Republicans oppose any attempts to create race-based governments within the United States, as well as any domestic governments not bound by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.”
INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTIONS REFERENCED:
LET’S HOLD THEM TO THIS. PRINCIPLES ARE PRINCIPLES & APPLY TO US TOO!
GENERAL CALL TO ACTION: If you would like to organize A LIVE ACTION in Tampa or Orlando, Florida, get in touch.
WE ARE ENTITLED TO BE PROTECTED AS WE ARE.
CIVIL RIGHTS NOW. DIGNITY NOW! THE AEB NOW!
GAY BASHING by GOP – and SILENCE by HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION.
On August 11, 2011, the GOP Presidential Candidates attacked the human rights and dignity of all LGBT Americans, some even suggesting an Amendment embedding marriage discrimination in the United States Constitution and threatening the judiciary who act otherwise.
(see video of their comments: http://www.nomblog.com/12465/)
WHAT DID THE most powerful civil rights coalition in America — THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ON CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS – say in response?
Please post this question in their contact form at:
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.
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Confronting/eliminating those support systems that contribute to
We must give our public schools back the tools they had prior to
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2011
LGBT Organizations Announce Full LGBT Equality Demonstration During Obama’s Manhattan Visit TOMORROW!
Organizations Call on LGBT Community and Allies to Gather at 5:30 pm (ET) Tomorrow, 6/23/2011, in New York City
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, GetEQUAL — a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization — Queer Rising — a New York based grassroots queer equality organization — and Join the Impact — a national LGBT civil rights organization — announced plans to demonstrate for full LGBT equality, scheduled to take place at 5:30 pm (ET) tomorrow, Thursday, June 23rd, 2011. The event, “A Demonstration for Full LGBT Equality”, was called by the organizations in order to give the LGBT community and their allies an opportunity to gather together in unity as they raise the urgency for full LGBT equality now. As we’ve seen from one of the hardest fought legislative sessions for LGBT equality in New York history, freedom isn’t free and the work for full LGBT equality will continue.
“A Demonstration for Full LGBT Equality” will take place just outside of the perimeter of the largest LGBT fundraising event this election season with proceeds going to assist the re-election campaign of the “still-evolving on marriage equality candidate,” President Barack Obama.
For more information on the demonstration, visit: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123451884405622#!
WHAT: “A Demonstration for Full LGBT Equality”
WHO: GetEQUAL, Queer Rising and Join the Impact:
GetEQUAL, a national LGBT civil rights organization,
Queer Rising, a New York-based grassroots queer equality group
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011
WHERE: Sheraton New York, 811 7th Ave On 53rd Street (New York City)
With the outcome of the New York State Senate vote on the Marriage Equality Act expected any moment, supporters and allies from the LGBT community will gather together in their call for full LGBT equality now. With the majority of Americans now supporting the extension of marriage rights, there is no reason to delay or deny full equality to ALL LGBT Americans any longer. While the fight for full LGBT equality continues, we remind our leaders that without government support and protections the LGBT community is at greater risk for hate crimes, bullying, suicides and homelessness. We expect our elected officials to do the right thing by protecting the civil liberties of their entire constituency.
Attendees are encouraged to bring candles for a vigil and to demonstrate their passion and claim to full equality – win, lose or no vote on New York’s Marriage Equality Act.
** Press requests and other media-related inquiries should be directed to Michael Talon, 202-631-9830 or [email protected]**
Founded in 2010, GetEQUAL is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and our allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information, go to www.getequal.org, www.facebook.com/getequal, or www.twitter.com/getequal.
Founded in 2008 after the passage of California’s Proposition 8, Join the Impact is a national grassroots organization that strives to make a positive impact in the lives of the LGBT community, its allies, and even its opposition.
CONTACT: Michael Talon 202-631-9830 or [email protected]
As you may know, a few powerful religious groups are mounting an all out attack on marriage equality and the LGBT community in New York in the final hours of the campaign.
Fortunately, Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) has issued a CALL to the hundreds of clergy associated with Pride In the Pulpit to go to Albany – this Monday June 20th – the last day of the legislative session.
This is a very important LAST STAND for MARRIAGE EQUALITY and AGAINST religious intolerance and civil law discrimination.
Monday is critical because the pressure from religious opposition in the final days is VERY serious.
Yesterday, I spoke for about 45 minutes with legal council for Skelos’ Majority office, Nancy Lynn Ferrini.
It is clear that there is an inadequate appreciation or understanding of the basic social compact by which all religions and all people come together under a Democratic framework, founded on principles.
As I explained to her, the basic premise of our social compact is to create a safe space for all, where no one particular group should even seek to exclude any other group of society from peaceful and safe co-existence.
On this foundation, we have laid down the principles of a Constitutional democracy: of equality under the law, and the right to pursue happiness, safe from harm by others, including the right to be free from discrimination, and the suffering it causes, as well as freedom of religion in particular, equally safe from the same discriminatory harms.
It comes down to a mutual obligation to deference and mutual respect, which otherwise causes fundamental conflict.
Obviously, this means that religious organizations can not and should not feel entitled in exercising their religious freedom to even espouse, now alone try to impose in civil law, their particular religious view points against one group, or in any way seek to deny any person’s fundamental civil right to non-discrimination and equal and full participation in all civic institutions.
To do otherwise, is an attack on the foundation of our joint existence that pierces the veil of their safe sanctuary as they are doing to others, ironically violating the very notion of the freedom of religion they enjoy on the same terms.
The relentless attacks against homosexual Americans by the Catholic church in particular, violate this basic civic duty, and perpetuates the same intolerance that has brought religious fervor and war to humanity for centuries.
Arch Bishop Timothy Dolan is a particular case in this regard. He recently arrived in New York immediately spewing homophobic rhetoric, seemingly quite gratuitously at the time. Subsequently, he was quickly rewarded with his appointment as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In perfecting this role for Rome, yesterday he increased his attacks with horrible rhetoric that threatens our very social fabric (speaking from a USCCB conference in Seattle no less). I find this quite unbearable I must say:
So the debate is not really one of marriage equality or traditional marriage. It is a debate about our basic social compact and how this is being violated at the core.
I urge everyone to go to Albany and make this case.
ActOnPrinciples has now added the Public Whip Count for GENDA in the New York Senate. http://www.actonprinciples.org/gendanysenate/
The New York Assembly passed AB 5039, a bill adding gender identity and expression to the state non-discrimination laws by a vote of 78-53 yesterday. This is the third time the Assembly has passed a comprehensive gender identity non-discrimination bill. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Now is the time for New York Senate to take up the legislation in this session, especially with just ONE VOTE Needed.
From a recent HRC press release: According to New York State Assembly Member and key sponsor of the legislation, Daniel O’Donnell. “Transgender individuals all across New York State currently live in fear of being fired from a job or denied housing based upon gender expression; this must be changed. New York will be a stronger, more just place when we all can live secure in the knowledge that our government protects us.”
AB 5039 would amend the state non-discrimination laws to add gender identity and expression to the list of characteristics protected from discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations, housing and credit. It would also add gender identity and expression to the state hate crimes law.
ACTION ALERT: New York Governor Cuomo to introduce marriage equality
-by Tommy Equality News Thomas
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The New York State Senate ends this legislative session at the end of
Will you please Call, Fax, Webform, Email, and Write NY Senators Today
From The Empire State Pride Agenda:
There is another reason to be hopeful that marriage will become law
Call your senator now through the New York State Senate switchboard at
“I’m calling to express my support for the bill that would allow all
Today four more senators came out for marriage. Democratic Senators
We remain committed to building momentum so that marriage equality
You can bet our opposition is throwing everything they can into the
Ross D. Levi
Call Call NY Senators now through the New York State Senate
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And Use Webforms Here:
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Marriage Equality in NY is in the final stretch with lots of activity, and lots more to do! The legislative deadline is JUNE 20th, and so far, we’re neck & neck(ish). So, it’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!
The BIG FOCUS is on daily phone banks and in-district signature gathering in key districts that anyone can help with. And EVERYONE should Call Their Senator (with easy tools, see below).
And there are Direct Actions, Rallies, and other action in the works.
Find your passion, and JOIN THE MARCH FOR EQUALITY and help change the world.
Here’s a list of WAYS TO PLUG IN:
I. PUBLIC DIRECT ACTION, MEETINGS & CONFERENCE CALLS (let’s shake it up!)
BRONX OPPOSITION RALLY (response generally to Diaz). Friday, June 3rd, 2 p.m. Bronx Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse @ 161st Street.
BROOKLYN OPPOSITION RALLY (opposition Sen. Golden) Mon. June 6th. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194534963926102
II. PERSONAL ACTION ALL NY’ers CAN DO (mandatory!)
FIND YOUR SENATOR by your address: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators
CHECK YOUR SENATOR’S POSITION:
CALL YOUR SENATOR (options)
1. VIA FRIEND FACTOR (easy, no registration) & a REAL FLOWER will be sent to Albany: Click here.
2. VIA HRC’s automated system:
III. COALITION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (daily, no excuses!)
PHONE BANKS: (Monday, Tues, Wed, Thurs. 5 to 8:30 p.m.) Location: SEIU 1199 Offices, 330 W. 42nd Street, 7th floor. Show up or register here: http://bit.ly/HRCphonebankReg ; or: Nicholas Galbraith at [email protected], 917.522.3414.
IN-DISTRICT SIGNATURE GATHERING (shifts noon-5, 5 to 8; various days/times): RIDGEWOOD, FOREST HILLS, OZONE PARK, WOODHAVEN, HOWARD BEACH: Contact: Jeremy Hammond, HRC Field Coordinator, (516) 712-4198, [email protected].
PRIDE VISIBILITIES & SIGNATURE GATHERINGS: STATEN ISLAND (June 4); QUEENS (June 5); BROOKLYN (June 11th); MANHATTAN (June 26th – celebration . For Rendez-vous info: Carlos Menchaca, City Council LGBT Liaison; (212) 788-5646; [email protected].
*These are the UNDECIDED for particular focus: Hannon (R-6th); Huntley (D-10), Addabbo (D-15), Kruger (D-27), Ball (R-40 – leaning yes), Saland (R-41), McDonald (R-43), Alesi (R-55). If you’re in these districts, please redouble efforts positively.
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