Skip “Ender’s Game”: Geeks OUT Making an Impact

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 7:20 pm

Geek’s OUT has been the instrumental primogenitor in raising awareness about Orson Scott Card’s nastiness, his homophobia, his anti-equality activism through their Skip Ender’s Game campaign.

 

Will There Be a Black vs Gay Prop. 8 Meme Redux, or Will the Work Building Stronger Coalitions Prevail?

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 5:51 am

I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, a segment that blamed black voters in particular for its passage (conventional wisdom was debunked as not true – Report on Prop 8: conventional wisdom on its passage based on myth).

But until that post-mortem set of facts hit the streets (and even afterwards, unfortunately), vitriol was hurled at blacks that evening, and I recall on the Blend being on the receiving end of angry commenters — as if I had burned my “gay card” as my blackness, which clearly was not invisible to them before, was now a threat. It was instructive, let me tell you.

Chick-fil-hAte Hollywood Protest

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 7:20 pm

There was a huge colon-clogging, gizzard glutting eat-in at Chick-fil-A on Sunset and Highland Wednesday for the Mike Huckabee-called, frothy Rick Santorum-embraced, Sarah Palin-endorsed, Rush Limbuagh-hyped “National Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-hAte Appreciation Day.” Two lines of cars snaked into the drive through ordering stations, backing up traffic onto Sunset Boulevard, and the parking lot was full. I wish I had been able to take a snapshot of the woman in a nose job bandage eating a frozen dessert cone as she drove out. Very L.A.

NC NAACP Runs Powerful Radio Ads Against Amendment One

By: Monday April 30, 2012 4:15 pm

The North Carolina NAACP is the only chapter aside from California’s that has come out forcefully against an anti-gay marriage discrimination amendment, and Rev. Dr. William Barber makes it crystal clear why voters in NC need to come out and vote against Amendment One.

Honoring Boots on the Virtual Ground: the Letters to the Editor Brigade Against Amendment One

By: Monday April 23, 2012 11:10 am

While there is an official campaign to defeat Amendment One out there, we have to recognize that there are many, many people working at the grassroots level, residents of North Carolina putting in countless hours to educate voters on their own time and dime because they feel passionately that this discriminatory amendment is wrong for the state that they call home. They find a niche to effectively counter the anti-gay, anti-logical arguments out there.

In this case, I wanted to spotlight a local effort — responding to op-eds and letters to the editor (LTEs) in our local and regional papers that have been, as you might expect, populated with anti-gay, fear-driven, often religion-based arguments in favor of Amendment One.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ellis Cose, The End of Anger: A New Generation’s Take on Race and Rage

By: Saturday August 27, 2011 1:59 pm

Something has indeed changed in race relations, author Ellis Cose concludes. There is less anger and rage, more hope and faith toward the future among African Americans of all income levels than there has ever been; more willingness by most white Americans to regard their fellow black citizens on an equal footing. This is especially true among the younger generations within both groups.

Does an Afghanistan Exit Strategy Hurt Our Allies?

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 6:35 pm

Senate Republicans criticized President Obama’s decision to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July 2011, claiming it sends the wrong message to our allies. But is this really accurate?

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