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.


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.

Pro-Equality Clergy Ask the Washington Legislature to Stop Infringing on Their Religious Freedom

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 3:35 pm

Washington’s marriage equality bill got its first public hearings in House and Senate committees on Monday. Faith leaders both Jewish and Christian came forward to testify in support of the bill. Their message to the legislature was clear: stop discriminating against our right to solemnize marriages for gay and lesbian couples. Civil marriage laws should facilitate free religious expression, not hinder it based on one sect’s beliefs.

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