Five people were arrested at the Texas Capitol on May Day morning last week as GetEqual TX staged a sit-in at four Texas State Senators offices. Activists hope to pressure legislators to schedule SB237, the “Fair Employment Act,” for a vote. If passed, it would make it illegal for employers in the state to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday May 7, 2013 7:00 pm|
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday November 8, 2012 4:01 pm|
Since the Occupy movement began, many have attempted to position the group in opposition to electoral politics. Occupy in its purest form is nonpartisan, and since the beginning of the movement this has been a source of criticism.
If we want to really make a difference, we were told time and again, we should organize similarly to the Tea Party and begin to field candidates for office. When occupiers protested Mitt Romney or other hyper-conservative politicians, they’d be accused of being in bed with Barack Obama. If the movement protested neo-liberals like Obama, we were accused of being traitors to all that was good in the world because we obviously wanted Romney to win (Carnacing is not limited to blogs). Most of all, occupiers got accused of being disconnected from what their critics perceive to be real politics — we were lazy hippies who didn’t understand how the world works and worst of all we don’t vote.
|By: johndeand Saturday May 19, 2012 10:00 am|
I had avoided telling my parents about anything involving activism or really any socializing with other LGBTQ people. To my parents at that time, I was a docile gay who was renouncing that “lifestyle” to grow closer to God. But after that march, I knew I had to go to them and come out as an on-fire activist. I spent days writing what I was going to say to them before I had to go back home.
|By: Pam Spaulding Friday May 11, 2012 11:20 am|
Thursday GetEQUAL, the headline-making, pro-equality social justice advocates staged a peaceful, ardent protest near the White House to urge President Obama to sign an Executive Order to ban workplace discrimination by fed contractors.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 4, 2012 11:50 am|
We had hundreds of people calling their representatives yesterday to ask if they would sign the letter to President Obama, telling him to issue an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
LGBT activists lobbying on the Hill report that the DNC is actively discouraging the letter in order to shield the President from the pressure within his own party.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 19, 2012 10:34 am|
I hope the marginal benefit of not pissing off homophobes in swing states who weren’t likely to vote for the President anyway was worth it.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 22, 2011 10:05 am|
An email chain turned over by the Department of Homeland Security in response to a subpoena in the Dan Choi case reveal that it was the White House that tipped off the Secret Service with the information that 3 days later there would be a DADT protest in front of the White House. Brian Bond, Deputy Director of Public Engagement, sent an email to then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, Dan Pfeiffer, Melody Barnes, Tina Tchen, Dan Pfeiffer, Shin Inouye and others telling them he had it on “pretty good authority” that “Choi will be a part of it.”
|By: Teddy Partridge Saturday August 6, 2011 4:00 pm|
Rick Perry’s big Jesuspalooza was today, in Houston’s Reliant Stadium, and some brave Texans took time to demonstrate that homophobia and transphobia kills. These GetEQUAL TX members staged a funeral celebrating the lives of those killed by transphobia and homophobia: two phobias central to the Xtianist believers who supported Rick Perry’s The Response today.
|By: David Dayen Saturday October 23, 2010 4:00 pm|
I joined about 37,500 students and activists at USC with Antonio Villaraigosa, Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Jamie Foxx, Kal Penn, the Trojan Marching Band, Ozomatli and President Obama. It was one of the several Moving America Forward rallies happening on college campuses across the country.
|By: Teddy Partridge Monday October 11, 2010 6:30 pm|
The promised reports from inside the Democratic fundraiser at NBA superstar Alonzo Mourning’s bayfront estate won’t be possible, apparently. Former Democratic Congressional candidate, honorably discharged West Point grad and Iraq War veteran Anthony Woods’ $5,00 check was returned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and he was denied access to the event today. So no one was around to provide President Obama with personal, necessary context, one-to-one, about the GetEQUAL protests he saw today by land, by sea, and by air.