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A Million People Against Virginia Foxx

Posted in Matthew Shepard, North Carolina, Uncategorized, Virginia Foxx with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by thepowerny

I don’t have swine flue, but Virginia Foxx is a big fat liar.  Donate now to make sure this hateful woman (who has no problem using the expression “tar baby” – video here) gets thrown out of office ASAP.  Donate HERE

 On April 29, 2009 the United States House of Representatives passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, no thanks to Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).  Foxx had the temerity to stand on the House floor and proclaim that the story surrounding Matthew Shepard’s death is a hoax while Matthew Shepard’s mother looked from the gallery!

Join The Power in demonstrating that there are consequences for being a biggot and for spreading lies about LGBT people and the hate they endure. Throw her out now! Show your position by making a donation in ANY amount and by telling all your friends to do the same. When you donate through this page you send a message to Democrats, Republicans and Virginia Foxx that opposing gay rights and tolerating hate is unacceptable.

Donate to the Stop Virginia Fox fund by clicking here

And then call Virginia Foxx through the Capitol Switchboard (so the entire Capitol will know what you’re doing) at (202) 224-3121. Tell her that decency demands she apologize to Matthew Shepard’s mother and that her hatred inspired you to make a donation to defeat her.

For Matthew. Stop the hate. Now is our time!

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UPDATE: The NOMbie Facebook Page Becomes the Place for Gays to Meet

Posted in Facebook, National Organization for Marriage, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 18, 2009 by jeffbhall

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Last week we told you about the new NOMbie Facebook Page.  It was reported to us that some of the comments from advocates of equality were being censored.  We called you to action and asked you to join the group and let the NOMbies hear our voice.

Today we have new reports that they have either changed their tactics or simply gave up on their censorship campaign.  Because of your actions, The National Organization of Bigoted Homophobes for Marriage Facebook Page has now become a portal for the true pro marriage and equality community to connect, trade links and share resources in the fight against those who seek to deny us of equal civil rights.  The comments section of each hate filled article has been taken over by YOU; and you have demonstrated that actions like this do have an effect on the conversation.

The Executive Director of The National Organization Against Gays for Marriage, Brian Brown, acknowledged your efforts in his most recent email to the NOMbie membership.  He refers to us as, “…a network of powerful people capable of punishing anyone who disagrees, backed by angry netroot mobs”.

Brian S. Brown Executive Director National Organization for Marriage 20 Nassau Street, Suite 242 Princeton, NJ  08542 bbrown@nationformarriage.org

Brian S. Brown Executive Director National Organization for Marriage 20 Nassau Street, Suite 242 Princeton, NJ 08542 bbrown@nationformarriage.org

This acknowledgment, from the smiling hate filled face of the NOMbie bigots leadership, shows that YOU DO HAVE THE POWER to shape the debate.  Thanks to all of you who have made a difference.  More actions are coming, stay tuned to The Power.

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Day Of Silence 2009: I Almost Took my Life in High School

Posted in Dignity for All Students Act, GLSEN, National Day of Silence, suicide, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by jonwinkleman

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by Jon Winkleman

April 17, 2009 is the National Day of Silence to bring attention to anti LGBT bullying in our schools. Today would also have been the 12th birthday of Carl Walker Hoover. Carl was bullied and called “gay” in school. Even though his mother pleaded with Carl’s teachers and the school administrators to take action, they allowed the bulling to continue. Last week at age 11, a week from his birthday, Carl Walker-Hoover tied a noose out of an extension cord and hung himself. The bullying finally stopped. Carl may not have been gay but he was bullied and called the same names I was at his age. This makes him my brother.

During my sophomore year at Pilgrim High School in 1983 girl had invited me to the Junior Prom. This was one year before I came out to myself. At the time I was too afraid to even consider naming the feelings I had buried deep inside. I was terrified that if I ever did identify as gay there was no going back and I would forever be an outcast. I wasn’t the most popular kid in school. I was occasionally taunted and bullied. I was called “gay” and “fag.” I was always picked last for teams during gym class. The worst was when someone snuck behind me between classes to spill the books, notes and paper in my hands all over the floor. I still remember the humiliation of getting down on my knees to pick up a 15-foot swath of paper and books. Humiliated, as every other student paraded to his or her next class and knowing that I was the weak one. I was a lamb to be sacrificed at the altar of adolescent anxieties. Telling my mom would have been even more humiliating. How do you tell the one person who thought I was the smartest most special person in the world that she was wrong? I was lucky to have been invited by a girl who was sweet and pretty but too tall and also not one of the popular kids in her class. It should have been the most special day of my sophomore year.

The principle let everyone with prom tickets out early to pick up tuxes, dresses and flowers. When I got home I didn’t feel excited about the magic night ahead. I sat alone feeling especially alienated and cut off from all of my classmates. The thought running through my head wasn’t a defined thought of “I want to kill myself.” Instead it was a strong and vivid image of me fastening a noose out of the white cotton clothesline bundled up in the kitchen hardware draw. Then I would tie the noose to a rafter and put my head in it. This very graphic image scared the crap out of me and I dialed a local suicide prevention hotline. I don’t know how long I talked to the volunteer at the other end. It seemed like more than an hour. My thoughts were racing around erratically. Everything felt “out of time.”

More than anything else, what got me to pick up the phone and talk to someone was the thought of my mom calling up my date to say “Jon killed himself an hour before the date.” I cared more about ruining her life than saving my own. After that weekend, the whole experience shook me up enough that I then began a yearlong process of trying to look at my buried feelings and deal with them.

I never mentioned the buried gay feeling to the hotline volunteer. If I had hung myself there would have been no note mentioning that I was gay or bullied. What angers me the most is I know that my classmates would have been clueless as to why I killed myself. None would have made a connection to spilling my books or calling me “fag” in the hall and me hanging myself. Both students and teachers would have told the press that this was a terrible tragedy and said they didn’t know why such a nice kid would take their own life. None would acknowledge the daily humiliation and torture that bullied children go through every day. Even today when the rare victim become a shooter instead of a simple suicide, how many pundits talk about video games and rock music and dismiss any reports of bullying? Many of the teachers I had tolerated bullying. Some teachers participate.

Sticks and stones may break kid’s bones but words wound much more deeply.

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If you live in New York, call your state senator (click here to find out who they are) to tell them the importance of supporting the Dignity for All Students Act. It has passed the Assembly every year for the last seven years. Let’s make sure it becomes law. For children like Carl.

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Quinn: Make The Lie of The Law Go Away

Posted in Christine Quinn, Governor David Patterson, Marriage, New York, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by thepowerny

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the first woman and first openly gay person to hold that office, emotionally spoke at a press conference today at which Governor David Patterson re-introduced gay marriage legislation.

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If I thought back in my life beyond my wildest dreams that I would stand a press conference next to the governor of my state next to the mayor of my city, and have both of those individuals pledge their full support for me and my family, to pledge publically in front of the state, this has to happen, that the laws have to  change to make LGBT families fully recognized, something that not long ago was less than a dream.  It seemed so impossible.  We now have the governor of our state not saying “I’m for this,” which would be great, but saying, “I am going to make this happen and I am going to make it happen soon.”

New York is a state that was built and blazed on the idea that people should have equality and be treated the same.  So that minority of people who have become too vocal and too listenened too, their’s a simple question:  Look me in the eye and tell me that Kim and I aren’t a family.  That we don’t struggle every day.  That we don’t pay taxes.  That we don’t work every day for this city.  No one can look me or her in the eye and tell us that because that is not true.  And today begins the step forward to make the lie of the law in New York State go away and make the lie of the marriage law in our city evaporate and to make our laws ones that are truthful that recognize every family as equal and affirm the love and commitment and struggle that unites all of our families.

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Urgent – Tell Senator Onorato (D – Queens) to stand up for marriage equality

Posted in Marriage, New York, Senator George Onorato, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 15, 2009 by jeremiahfp

We live in exciting times and the march toward equality is moving forward. Four states currently grant gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. New York should be the fifth state – marriage equality passed the State Assembly and Governor Paterson has promised to sign the legislation into law. If the State Senate votes for marriage equality, New Yorkers of all sexual orientation will enjoy the right to marry.

Today, two Astorians and I met with Senator George Onorato, the State Senator who represents us. Senator Onorato made it clear that he opposes marriage equality and that he plans to vote against it in the State Senate. He says that Astoria is a “conservative district” and that most Astorians agree with him that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Senator is standing on the wrong side of history, and he is doing it in our names.  I think the Senator is wrong about our community. If you live in Astoria and you think marriage is a right that should be available to all, please call Senator Onorato’s office at 518-455-3486 and let his staff know how you feel.

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Why We Fight

Posted in Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, Dignity for All Students Act, GLSEN, National Day of Silence, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by thepowerny

glsen_articlesimage_large2400w200hnormOn Tuesday of last week, when we were reveling in reports that Vermont had enacted same-sex marriage, that Washington D.C. had voted to recognize out-of-district same-sex marriages, and that Governor Patterson of New York said he would introduce same-sex marriage legislation, Sirdeaner L. Walker of Springfield, Massachusetts (where gay marriage is legal), was morning the death of her 11 year-old son, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover.  Carl killed himself the day before because bullies constantly called him gay.

As we make swift advances for gay rights that we never thought possible, it’s easy to relax and assume that with Democrats in control of Congress, the White House, a majority of state legislatures, and a majority of governorships, that our struggle is all downhill from here and that we can leave the fight up to lobbyists and well-financed organizations.   But can we call ourselves successful as a movement as long as this is happening?  The attitudes that have kept us from having equal rights are the same attitudes which condition young children to bully others with words like, “gay” and “fag.”  While network news may chalk it up to routine bullying, we have to stand up and say this is learned behavior and it’s not acceptable.

Friday GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network), will sponsor the 13th National Day of Silence, during which students at 8,000 educational institutions and their supporters will take some vow of silence during the day to bring attention to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) name-calling, bullying and harassment.  Edge Publications reports that anti-gay groups are advising parents to keep their children home to avoid being exposed to the peaceful protest.

While so much attention is being given to the adult issue of marriage, we must stand up and fight for the youth as well.

If you live in New York, call your state senator (click here to find out who they are) to tell them the importance of supporting the Dignity for All Students Act.  It has passed the Assembly every year for the last seven years.  Let’s make sure it becomes law.  For children like Carl.

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Note to NOM: Gay Marriage = Religious Freedom

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by thepowerny

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