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Cleve Jones to speak in Madison, WI

Posted on August 26, 2009. Filed under: Courageous, Thumbs up | Tags: , |

LGBTI Equality Now

Gay rights activist Cleve Jones will speak in Madison

Cleve Jones, friend of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk and founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, will be speaking in Madison on Monday, August 31st. Jones is currently organizing the Nation Equality March in Washington D.C. on October 10 and 11 to demand equal rights under the law for the LGBT community.

Cleve Jones will speak at 7:30 p.m. in 3650 Humanities on the UW campus. Doors open at 7 pm. His talk, “Why We Can’t Wait,” will focus on the urgent need for demanding LGBT equality now.

“It is for equality. And it’s for shifting the strategy,” Jones said in an interview with Democracy Now. “We’re tired of this state-by-state, county-by-county, city-by-city struggle for fractions of equality.”

The event will be hosted by LGBTI Equality Now, a newly formed grassroots group in Madison and Haymarket Books, a Chicago-based radical book publisher. LGBTI Equality Now began out of inspiration from the victories of gay marriage in Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

“We agree with Cleve Jones that it is time to demand full equality under federal law,” Emily Wickenhauser, LGBTI Equality Now organizer said. “With Obama’s vacillations on gay rights, it’s up to everyone who believes in equality, gay and straight, to demand civil rights.”

The event is co-sponsored by WORT Radio, Wisconsin Capital Pride, Outreach, International Socialist Organization, The Havens Center, Madison PFLAG, UW LGBT Campus Center and the MATC Pride Alliance, as well as LGBTI Equality Now and Haymarket Books,

Tickets are $5-10 (sliding scale) and are available at Room of One’s Own Bookstore (307 W Johnson St), Mother Fools Coffeehouse (1101 Williamson St), MATC Student Life Center (Truax, 3550 Anderson St.) and the LGBT Campus Center (UW Memorial Union, second floor), Woofs (114 King St) and Shamrock Bar (117 Main St.).

For more information, email lgbtequalitynow@gmail.com or call 608-446-0273. (more…)

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Tween girls on gay rights

Posted on August 17, 2009. Filed under: Courageous, What our children can teach us | Tags: , |


Tween girls speak up

It’s stories like this that give me hope for the future. These young girls are concerned
about gay rights, teen pregnancy and homelessness.

You go girls! Amazing what is naturally in the hearts of our children.

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Legal, but immoral – Salt Lake Tribune

Posted on August 15, 2009. Filed under: Courageous, Great Reader Comment, Thumbs up | Tags: , , |

“It may be legal for Mormons to discriminate against gays in their public spaces, but it’s not right, and that makes it a gay-rights issue.”

Jens Hammer

Letter to the Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. Jens, Thank You. (more…)

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Courage and the Great Nationwide Kissin

Posted on August 15, 2009. Filed under: Courageous, Thumbs up, What our children can teach us, When you know someone who is gay | Tags: , , |

“You just have to find the courage within to do what you want to do.” – Alex Oxford

Copied from CreativeLoafing.Com, today’s hero is 17 year old Alex Oxford. Alex Oxford, a senior at Marietta’s Wheeler High School, was inspired by the actions of gay rights bloggers David Badash and David Mailloux, who organized the national event.

Alex, you are my kind of young man and hero. I would be proud to have you for my son.

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