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Marriage Trial dot com Re-enacts California’s Proposition 8 Trials

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Day 1: Chapters 1-4 (January 11th, 2010)

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ABOUT THE MARRIAGE TRIAL PROJECT (taken from their website):

In its January 13, 2010 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the public broadcast of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a U.S. District Court case challenging the constitutional validity of California’s Proposition 8.

Working from court transcripts and first-hand accounts from bloggers who are present at the trial, we are re-enacting the trial and posting it here for public viewing.

John Ireland and John Ainsworth are co-producing this project under JIP, LLC a production company based in Hollywood.

For more information: email them, follow them on Twitter or subscribe to their YouTube channel.

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“If you support what we are doing, please consider contributing, to help us cover costs. All of the actors, producers and others behind the scenes are volunteering our time and our resources are limited. Your gift will help us to complete our work. Thanks!” – Marriage Trial dot com

MarriageTrial.com profiled on Bill Moyers Journal

They battled it out as legal adversaries in 2000 before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. But what’s got these two prominent lawyers – one conservative and one liberal – working together in court now? Theodore Olson, one of the nation’s premier appellate and United States Supreme Court advocates and David Boies, one of the country’s preeminent trial lawyers, argued opposite sides for the fate of the 2000 election but are now teamed up in the fight to overturn California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage. The unexpected pair discusses why they’ve taken on the hot-button issue – even as some gay rights activists objected – and why they don’t believe that same-sex marriage is a right or left issue. Visit www.PBS.org for more information.

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It’s about time heterosexual lawmakers are standing up for our civil rights! This is a milestone!

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Black History Month – Remembering Bayard Rustin – New play based on biography – Lost Prophet

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Bayard Rustin's life is depicted in a new play and a biography by John D'Emilio. - Amazon dot com

Check out the details of the new play at Jeff Kelly Lowenstein’s blog.

Wondering if Harold Ford of Tennessee will be in attendance?

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Bayard Rustin: Gay Man in the Civil Rights Movement.

The man behind the man: Bayard Rustin & the pivotal role he played in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s success.

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National LGBT Equality March – Not a Waste of Time Barney Frank, Unless We All Shoot the Moon!

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Vincenzo with Democratic NYC City Council Member Daniel Dromm © Frank H. Jump

Vote November 3rd! – Democrat Daniel Dromm for NYC City Council

Barbara Snow with GLSEN in front of the White House - © Frank H. Jump

Barbara Snow with GLSEN in front of the White House - © Frank H. Jump

Members of GLSEN in front of White House - Creating Safer Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered People - © Frank H. Jump

Members of GLSEN in front of White House - Creating Safer Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered People - © Frank H. Jump

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network – GLSEN

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Brendan Fay -ILGO- Rosaria Aiosa, Vincenzo Aiosa & Barbara Snow - Marching with Marriage Equality NY © Frank H. Jump

Marriage Equality New York – MENY dot US

Frank & Vincenzo in front of the Capitol Building - National LGBT Equality March - October 11, 2009

Frank & Vincenzo in front of the Capitol Building - National LGBT Equality March - October 11, 2009

Frank & Vincenzo in front of the Capitol Building - National LGBT Equality March - October 11, 2009

Frank & Vincenzo in front of the Capitol Building - National LGBT Equality March - October 11, 2009

Favorite quote of the day: “If we give equal rights to gays, everyone will want them!”

BECOME A CITIZEN LOBBYIST – NO EXCUSES – noexcuses.hrc.org

Call your representatives and insist on repealing DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), ending DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the US Military) & Passing ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)

Barney, I love you but I think you are 100% wrong about this march being a waste of time. The 1979 March was instrumental in raising my awareness and sharpening my political focus. EVERY generation needs to assemble, march & create networks for as long as we are marginalized. Every one of us needs to become a citizen lobbyist. COME OUT! GET INVOLVED! LOBBY!

Frank: Gay Rights March a “Waste of Time” – CBS

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National Equality March – Come One, Come ALL!

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Bring a straight friend! Bring your mom! Bring your demand for equality!

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In 1978, I went to Philadelphia at age eighteen to help plan the first march on Washington for LGBT rights. In 1979, my mother came to Washington with me and marched in the New York Pride March with P-FLAG for twenty years to follow.  I urge all people to support this march regardless of your sexual orientation. We are at a critical point in history where the opposition is well organized and gaining ground in their fight against equality. We can’t do this alone. Please show your support.

NYC LGBT Pride 1997 – Rosario Dawson & Uncle Frank

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Brooklyn LGBT Pride 2009

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Stop The False Arrests – Demo Today @ Sheridan Square

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STOP the FALSE ARRESTS
SHERIDAN SQUARE RALLY II
Saturday June 13, 2009 1pm
7th Ave. & Christopher St.
Stonewall 40 – False Arrests continue 40 years later.
Join us in calling on DA Morgenthau to continue and complete the thorough investigation into these false arrests that he promised the LGBTQ community and leading politicians in a meeting in his office on March 6, 2009.

CHRISTINE QUINN: BEHIND THE SMILE

Obama Proclaims June National LGBT Pride Month – Cheney More Liberal than Obama?

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For Immediate Release                                     June 1, 2009

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
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SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL

TIME TO MARCH ON WASHINGTON!

Shame on the California Supreme Court!

LGBT Rights Are Civil Rights – Join the Power!

THE POWER IS YOURS because you are THE POWER. JOIN THE POWER in holding political leaders accountable to support equality for LGBT people, not on some arbitrary and convenient schedule, but right now.

THE POWER works to unleash every individual’s power to engage in direct political action that creates change in the cause of LGBT civil rights. We operate under the premise that every individual can make a difference, given the tools and information to do so. By tailoring pointed actions that everyone can do even with the busiest of schedules, The Power mobilizes large numbers of people to apply sustained pressure on leaders to advance the cause of LGBT equality.

More than anything we believe Now Is Our Time.  – Jeffrey Campagna

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February is Black History Month – Don’t Forget Our LGBTQ African-Americans

2007 US Commemorative Stamps Honoring Lesbian & Gay African-Americans © Frank H. Jump

2007 US Commemorative Stamps Honoring Lesbian & Gay African-Americans © Frank H. Jump

Audre Lorde – Audrey Geraldine Lorde was born on February 18, 1934 in New York City. She decided to drop the “y” from the end of her name at a young age, setting a precedent in her life of self determination. She was the daughter of Caribbean immigrants who settled in Harlem. She graduated from Columbia University and Hunter College, where she later held the prestigious post of Thomas Hunter Chair of Literature. She was married for eight years in the 1960’s, and had two children — Elizabeth and Jonathan. Lorde was a self described “Black lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”. However, her life was one that could not be summed up in a phrase.¹

James Baldwin – James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – November 30, 1987) was an American novelist, writer, playwright, poet, essayist, and civil rights activist. Most of Baldwin’s work deals with racial and sexual issues in the mid-20th century United States. His novels are notable for the personal way in which they explore questions of identity as well as for the way in which they mine complex social and psychological pressures related to being black and homosexual well before the social, cultural or political equality of these groups could be assumed.²

Bayard Rustin – (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an American civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and earlier, and principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance. Rustin was openly gay and advocated on behalf of gay and lesbian causes in the latter part of his career. A year before his death in 1987, Rustin said: “The barometer of where one is on human rights questions is no longer the black community, it’s the gay community. Because it is the community which is most easily mistreated.”³

Barbara Jordan – Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician from Texas. She served as a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979. Jordan was a lesbian with a longtime companion of more than 20 years, Nancy Earl; Jordan never publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation, but in her obituary, the Houston Chronicle mentioned her longtime relationship with Earl. After Jordan’s initial unsuccessful statewide races, advisers warned her to become more discreet and not bring any female companions on the campaign trail.

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Democrat Daniel Dromm for New York City Council

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Vote in this years election for Daniel Dromm for NYC Council.

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Vincenzo Aiosa, Daniel Dromm & Frank Jump

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The Last Pariah: Prayers for Bobby; the Pope; Gays in Iran & Ethiopia; & Our Troops Here & Overseas

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pa⋅ri⋅ah /pəˈraɪə/ [puh-rahy-uh] –noun

  1. an outcast.
  2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
  3. (initial capital letter) a member of a low caste in southern India and Burma.

Origin:
1605–15; < Tamil paraiyar, pl. of paraiyan lit., drummer (from a hereditary duty of the caste), deriv. of parai a festival drum

We are the last pariah.

All over the world gays and lesbians are facing the cruel reality that they will never be accepted by their societies in their lifetimes.

  • Gay men and lesbians in Islamic countries face torture and death. Two young gay men were hanged in Iran in 2005.

Gays hanged in Iran in 2005.

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The Christmas angel tells us: ”Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy for all people.” The Pope, on the other hand, has been using this Christmas season to spread entirely the opposite message, a message of fear and exclusion that seems more bad news than good.

For, apparently, gay people threaten the planet in a comparable way to the destruction of the rainforest. I guess the idea is that if we all were gay, then we wouldn’t be making any babies. Yes, it’s a bit like saying that if we all were to become celibate priests we wouldn’t be making any babies either. Except that would mean the Catholic church has itself become a threat to the planet. OK, that’s a cheap shot. – Fraser

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ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Religious leaders in Ethiopia on Monday urged lawmakers to amend the country’s constitution to ban homosexuality in a move they argue could further strengthen existing codes.At a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, nearly a dozen religious figures, including heads of Ethiopia’s Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, adopted a resolution against homosexuality, which they termed as “the pinnacle of immorality.”

With the Prop 8 and similar measures passing in other parts of America, many suffered from anti-gay violence in 2008 & statistics show rise in reported hate-based crimes.

Tonight, Prayers for Bobby airs on Lifetime and portrays the true story of Bobby Griffith a young gay man who struggles with his homosexuality and his ultra-religious mother – and ultimately commits suicide. But that’s not how the story ends. I was excited to see my old ACT-UP friend Dan Butler (Friends) play a sympathetic priest who directs Bobby’s mother Mary Griffith (played by Sigourney Weaver) to a P-FLAG group in this TV movie.

Young gays & lesbians are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. If you are a young person who is struggling with their sexuality, you are not alone. If you are a parent of a young LGBT child – love them, don’t shun them. If you are having trouble dealing with your child, seek help. Call P-FLAG. Then once you have “picked yourself up and dusted yourself off” call your local Congressperson or Representative to support LGBT causes. In what our President calls “The New Era of Responsibility,” it is up to us to make homophobia a thing of the past.

Now I need to run to find and scan my pictures of my mother and I marching with P-FLAG from 1979 – 2006. My mom has taken a break from marching since many of her old friends in the organization are now gone or too old to march. I’ll be posting these pics and more ACT-UP pics over the next few days.

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