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Latino Equality Alliance Joins EQCA, People of Color, Faith & Family Groups in new "Breakthrough Converstation" 2012 Campaign

EQCA: No Prop 8 repeal in 2012

Bay Area Reporter | Published 10/06/2011|by Seth Hemmelgarn s.hemmelgarn@ebar.com

Equality California has opted not to pursue a repeal of Proposition 8 in 2012, the statewide lobbying group announced this week.

Instead, it is partnering with other organizations to launch The Breakthrough Conversation, a public education project designed to soften people's views on LGBT issues.

"For decades, opponents of equality have used prejudicial and dehumanizing myths about LGBT people being a harm to kids and families as a weapon against us in the legislature, in the courts and at the ballot," EQCA Executive Director Roland Palencia said in a statement released Wednesday, October 5.

He added that it is time to "confront major societal barriers that prevent us from securing full and lasting equality, including marriage."

The project will include "cutting-edge" research, media tools, and trainings across California to help LGBTs and allies talk to friends, neighbors, and relatives. EQCA's partners will include Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Faith for Equality, Our Family Coalition, and Latino Equality Alliance, among others.


Stop Guanabee.com Now from Using Offensive Anti-LGBT Language

The site guanabee.com recently published a post that included the line “Eva Longoria confronts a bitchy queen who fags out on her.” GLAAD reached out to publisher Daniel Mauser and explained how words and sentiments like these are used to bully LGBT youth in schools and how often these words accompany anti-gay violence. Rather than set an example and stand with LGBT readers, Mauser defended the post which, sadly, is still online.


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Come Out and Take a Stand for Equality

It was around 10:30 pm, the night of November 4th, 2008. My roommate and I were anxiously watching the results of arguably the most important election of our lifetime. After 8 miserable years under Republican President George W. Bush, were Americans really on the verge of electing, for the first-time ever, an African-American to the highest office in the land? The tension and excitement was a bit overwhelming. I was glued to MSNBC, watching how state after state were turning a dark shade of ‘blue’ and swinging towards the liberal Democratic Presidential-candidate, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. As the minutes ticked by and this monumental Presidential victory was within reach, there was also another ballot initiative I was watching -- a proposition that would enshrine discrimination into the California constitution. A proposition that would eliminate a Civil Right the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community including me. And although the excitement of electing Senator Obama to the Presidency was rushing through my veins, my happiness was a bit watered-down, as it appeared more and more likely this Proposition was on the brink of passage.


The Catch-22 of Green Energy

As the world shifts, or tries to, from its oil dependency new technology has made it easier for the development of green energy that has the possibility of reducing our nations carbon footprint but, at what trade-off? And if so, is natural gas our best option– for now?

While visiting Oklahoma City, OK we stopped at a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station owned by Chesapeake Energy, a company that provides natural gas for almost all of Oklahoma and most of the United States, to discuss the use of natural gas and its non-threatening impact (low carbon dioxide emissions) it has on our environment–although now debatable.

 At that moment it seemed like a great idea because it would reduce our carbon footprint, it would gear us away from our dependency on oil and  it  would have a positive impact on local economies since it is a domestic product; but not without a trade-off.

 

 


Change is in your hands

 

  If you drove past the Cuidando Los Niños facility in Albuquerque, NM you wouldn’t even notice that inside the four-pod building a much needed service is being provided to 52 homeless children, below the age of five, who are being provided the most basic care.

Unfortunately, these children represent only the smallest fraction of those who need such are.

Child homelessness is a statewide crisis that has affected the lives of thousands of New Mexico’s most innocent residents, and yet on the state level not enough is being done to put an end to this crisis. Only 2% of its budget going to child care.

 


Coming Out as Undocumented

 Viridiana Hernandez,19, stands in front of the "Dream Army" tent as she and other activists campout Senator John McCain's office asking him to once again support the Dream Act. Photo Credit: Jacky Guerrero

 Coming out

Coming out was one of the hardest things Viridiana Hernandez, a 19-year-old student from Grand Canyon University, has had to do. It has been nearly a year since Hernandez was able to openly say to her a college professor that she is undocumented.

“I am undocumented and unafraid,” Hernandez said proudly while camping out in front of Senator McCain’s office in Phoenix, AZ for the 11 day in a row, asking him to once again support the Dream Act.

She is amongst a dozen other activists who are calling themselves the “Dream Army” and who are advocating for both military and education reform to include a pathway to citizenship.

The existing parallels between the queer and the immigration reform movements has created a “coming out” experience for undocumented students across the nation, with many feeling scared of what the repercussions might be if they declare their immigration status.