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Sunday, January 22, 2017

(OUTview NW) As a first-time marcher, the Seattle Women's March was an uplifting experience!

 by MK Scott

 On January 21, 2013, the country had lots of excitement as President Obama was sworn in for his second term. The inauguration was held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and most felt the dark days were over.

Four years later to the day of that historical moment, on January 21, 2017, another history-making day happened and it wasn't Donald Trump's day, it was a day of The People and what a swell time it was.

While the national Women's March on Washington was taking place in the other Washington, other cities including Seattle marched (actually walked) 3.6 miles from Judkins Park to Seattle Center.

Monday, October 5, 2015

(MATT BAUME) Milk: Turning Anger into Action!

Can anger make the world a better place? We usually think of anger as destructive, but if you can harness it, you can turn it into a constructive force for good -- as Harvey Milk discovered, both in real life and in the movie Milk.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

(MY View) A Modern March for Newer Dreams!

by Rashad Robinson

In his autobiography Walking With the Wind, John Lewis describes the morning of the 1963 March on Washington. The most prominent civil rights leaders -- Dr. King, Bayard Rustin, Lewis and others -- were in meetings at the Capitol and realized that the march had started without them. They watched as tens of thousands of people poured into the streets, seemingly leaderless.

"It was truly awesome, the most incredible thing I'd ever seen in my life," Lewis wrote. "I remember thinking, There goes America. We were supposed to be the leaders of the march, but the march was all around us, already taking off, already gone."

That story has stayed with me for years, because it perfectly illustrates the power of a grassroots movement, that tipping point moment where the will of the people refuses to be contained. The energy Lewis witnessed was a groundswell that led directly to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act and the recently-gutted Voting Rights Act.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

(INTO THE LIGHT) Getting Closer!

by Alan Bounville

This is the mock up of the main signs and banner we will have with us as we walk up to the White House on Feb. 23rd. There will also be hand-held American flags for people, light-up rings that we will use as our vigil candles (no open flames allowed), and print-outs of victim faces/names for people to hold while we are walking (similar to the big victim signs seen here).
RSVP for the Final 3 miles and Rally/Vigil at the White House here: https://www.facebook.com/events/325883617526117/?fref=ts

Thursday, March 15, 2012

(MY view) Crabs in the Barrel: The Problem with the Gay Press!

by Logan Lynn

As individuals in a marginalized group, we are often all placed together into a single pot by society. In this case, I am referring to the queer pot (but this happens around race, gender, age, religion, class -- you name it). All of us, as members of the LGBT community, with all our differences, have this one thing in common: we are the minority. There is something about all of us that is unlike much of the rest of the world, and much of the rest of the world's reaction to that difference can be painful, isolating, and dangerous.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

(Into the Light Walk) Lost in Texas!

My Lubbock, TX host, David Liles
by Alan Bounville

It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Texas so long! Since early December I’ve made my way step-by-step through this vast state! I’ve been freezing, drenched, made to scream at the nagging 25+ mile an hour persistent wind, exhausted by the never ending distances between towns – and enriched every step of the way by the wonderful people I’ve met here. This is a long photo/caption post. But hopefully you will enjoy it. The post starts outside of Lubbock, TX and goes through my final days in Austin, TX. For the next post I will pick up with me leaving Austin heading east towards Houston. As always, thank you to everyone who is supporting this 6,000 mile walk across the USA! It’s hard to believe I’ve walked over 2,700 miles so far! I’m almost half way there!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

(Into the Light Walk) A Vigil in San Antonio Part 2

Vigil for 37 year-old David Edward Wigley, murdered on November 8, 1993. David was wearing feminine attire when found stabbed repeatedly in the chest and stomach. In the arms of a good Samaritan, David said, "Help me, help me," and recited the Lord's Prayer.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

BIG-GOT: Santorum Gets Glitter-Bombed!

Adding insult to his third-place injury, protesters crashed Rick Santorum's South Carolina primary party last night, chanting "Rick, Rick, Rick, bigot, bigot, bigot" and glitter-bombing the candidate. As Santorum closed out a speech in which he hailed family values, gay-rights activists and members of Occupy Charleston shouted "Except when you're gay!" and stormed his rally at the Citadel, reports the Summerville Patch

No one was arrested, but police forcibly removed the 20 or so protesters. A protester called the move "the people of South Carolina taking a stand against" bigotry.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MOVED: Occupiers March for MLK Day!

Martin Luther King day inspired an Occupy march on New York and more traditional remembrances across the US today. Among the events:
  • Hundreds of Occupiers staged an "Occupy the Dream" march on Manhattan, stopping to chant, "The banks got bailed out, we got sold out." At least two protesters were arrested, MSNBC reports. "Dr. King dedicated the last months of his life to planning a campaign for the right of all to a decent-paying job," Occupy said in a statement.

Monday, January 9, 2012

TIGHT END: Hudson Taylor and His Tighty-Whities go for a No-Pants Subway Ride!

For the 11th year in a row, thousands of New Yorkers participated in the No Pants Subway Ride coordinated by the YouTube prank group Improv Everywhere. Among the riders this year was LGBT ally and wrestler Hudson Taylor. I'll go out on a limb and say that his thighs were the most impressive underground.

Tweeted Taylor: "Ready to participate in the 10th annual no-pants subway ride? Definitely!"

Sunday, January 8, 2012

NO GO: Chicago Protest Canceled After All!

Picture 9As of yesterday morning, the Gay Liberation Network still intended to protest Cardinal Francis George, of the Chicago Archdiocese, this afternoon for comparing LGBT rights activists to the KKK, even though the Cardinal had apologized for his remarks. No longer.

Yesterday afternoon, the Network issued a statement which read, in part: Even though the Gay Liberation Network finds the "apology" of Francis George woefully inadequate, we nevertheless agree to call off the protest scheduled for January 8 (Sunday) at Holy Name Cathedral. While taking this action, we highlight our sharp disagreement with some LGBT groups which previously backed the protest and now bubble over with undeserved praise for Cardinal George.

You can read the rest of the Network's statement here.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

TOO LATE: Cardinal Apologizes For Comparing Gays To KKK!

Picture 9Cardinal Francis George, of Chicago, has apologized for comparing LGBTs to the KKK.

Cardinal George later defended his statements, explaining in some detail how "some" modern-day LGBTs really are KKKish. He got some flack for it. A protest was scheduled. And now, in a remarkably self-aware interiew with the Tribune, George says: I am truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused, particularly because we all have friends or family members who are gay and lesbian. This has evidently wounded a good number of people. I have family members myself who are gay and lesbian, so it's part of our lives. So I'm sorry for the hurt. ... When I was talking, I was speaking out of fear that I have for the church's liberty and I was reaching for an analogy which was very inappropriate, for which I'm sorry. I didn't realize the impact of what I was saying. ... Sometimes fear is a bad motivation.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

(Into the Light Walk) Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil from a Shed in Hasty, CO!

by Alan Bounville
Into the Light Walker

November 20 is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Vigils and events take place each year on this day to raise awareness for full civil rights and social equality for the living, while remembering the hundreds of trans folks who are murdered and the countless others who take their own lives. Until we are fully equal under the laws, our neighbors will continue to treat us like shit. Yearn for FULL EQUALITY – then – FIGHT FOR FULL EQUALITY!

RIP our dear family members who we’ve lost because people don’t understand the beauty – and natural existence of folks who are transgender.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

STATEMENT: Tennessee Trans Woman Goes Topless in Protest!

Andrea Jones was arrested in the parking lot of the the Morristown, Tennessee DMV after removing her shirt in protest after the agency refused to change the gender on her driver's license from 'male' to 'female'. NEver mind that the change had already been made by the Social Security office.

"It's not right for the state to ask me to be both male and female. A choice needs to be made. They cannot hold me to both standards," Jones said.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

MISSION: LGBT Mormons Get Together!

As you read this, "hundreds of gay Mormons, their families and friends" are gathered in Salt Lake City, UT, to talk about sexuality at a conference called "Circling The Wagons." According to The Salt Lake Tribune: The purpose of the conference, sponsored by researcher John Dehlin, along with Mormon Stories and Open Stories Foundation, is "to create a space where LGBTQ or SSA individuals and their families and allies can gather to acknowledge, explore and honor shared experiences."
What kinds of folks are these LGBT Mormons? A poll conducted by Utah State University found:... nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the 1,600 respondents had tried to change their orientation, and 86 percent classified church counseling that sought to end their same-sex attraction as not helpful, somewhat harmful or severely harmful.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

BOMBED: Dan Savage Reportedly Glitterbombed by Trans Activists!

Trans activists glitterbombed Dan Savage at an appearance in Oregon: SavageDan Savage is a transphobic and generally oppressive rich white cis gay man who came to Eugene, OR on Halloween weekend. The Dan Savage Welcoming Committee let him know that he can't be a douche with impunity.

On November 1st, 2011, an operative of the Dan Savage Welcoming Committee (DSWM) glitterbombed Dan while he was giving a Q&A at the University of Nike's Ford Alumni Center in Eugene, Oregon. During this session, the operative leapt to the stage and poured glitter over Dan's head as they shouted, "Dan Savage is a transphobe!" As they turned tail, they added, "Glitterbomb courtesy of the Dan Savage Welcoming Committee," and just before they got out the door, "He's a racist and misogynist and a rape-apologist, too!" The operative then fled the scene.
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