May 27th, 2009
|11:34 am - Signs of Anger|
I went to the Proposition 8 Decision demonstration at Union Square last night with Scott/sirpupnyc. There were about a thousand people there at its height. It felt good to be there -- Union Square has a long, long history of public assembly, speaking, and protest (it's not named Union Square for nothing).
I didn't make a protest sign, but if I did, it would read:
Not to bury the lead, but a date has been set for the next Gay March on Washington -- Saturday, October 10 (Columbus Day weekend). Not just for the right to marry, but to DEMAND full equality -- DADT, DOMA, Immigration, full Non-Discrimination on a federal level.
I hope to see you there.
Thanks for the great post and pics! One of my favorite quotes, and I don't know the source is "Don't get mad, get even."
It was interesting to hear the comments, both from the right and the left, on the news yesterday in SF where the CA Supreme Court building is located. It was if the right thought the discussion on this topic was essentially "done". Eventually it will happen, and we will be allowed to marry the person of our choice. Frankly, it is an inevitable event in my mind, given social progress. (I can debate this if someone wishes)
For a poignant opinion piece about the CA Supreme Court decision, I would suggest reading Tim Rutten's piece in the LA times here.... http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-rutten27-2009may27,0,4797968.column
What the Court has done, really, is abrogated their role as judges and passed the issue back to the voters. The contribution machines have all ready been revved up!! Expect the emails to arrive shortly...Edited at 2009-05-27 04:30 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to October!
Sweetie darling. You don't have to bury lead; it's heavy enough on its own. You might contemplate the lede, however.
I also notice you didn't photograph ME. Odd as I was right next to Mr. "Total Crap." The reverse of his sign read "Like Totally."
I was somewhat disappointed with the speakers. The only one who knew anything about leading a crowd was the rabbi from Beth Simchat Torah. Who knew all those lessons in homiletics would pay off? I was also disappointed that Christine Quinn kept talking about Republicans in Albany, especially when there are two Democrat state senators who are voting against the proposal, both of them from New York City. And that there is a rally this Sunday against the one of them in his district, Astoria, that no one thought to mention. Sure let's all march on Washington in five months, but uh, like, is anyone doing anything this weekend? Now that we have you here, and pissed off, and full of energy and passion? Missed opportunity. Feh. Especially since yesterday's protest was not last minute.
I feel your pain, but the only people who used the spelling lede were cigar-chewing, alkie city desk editors, back when my grandfather was slinging LEAD as a Linotyper for The New York Daily News
, all of whom retired in the newsroom buyouts of the late 70's.lede:
[Obsolete spelling of lead1, revived in journalism to distinguish the word from lead2, strip of metal separating lines of type.
Sorry I missed you in the crowd! I just read in delmarmar
's LJ that youse was there.
And next time, storm the step, grab the mike, and sing out, Louise!Edited at 2009-05-27 06:43 pm (UTC)
Funny, but they use the word lede in the NYTimes. I guess that explains why they're going out of business.
As for storming the mike - not with all those power lesbians around! I may be a power bottom, but even I have limits!
We've got to search out and find LGBT leaders who are truly charismatic and can speak well, and stop relying on celebrities and journalists and even gay politicians to frame our message. We need an orator who can inspire us to go and fight the power. We don't have any Dr. Kings or Malcolms or Cesars or Bellas anymore.
Yeah, why is that we don't have any such leaders? I can see why that was the case with the generation that followed Harvey, and we likely lost many potential leaders in the talent pool to AIDS. I'm hoping some charismatic, energetic, and well-spoken leaders will come out of the latest fight, 'cause really, Ellen (who had to be shamed into giving a tiny chunk of change to the No on 8 campaign) and gay-friendly Sean just aren't doing it for me.
Edited at 2009-05-27 09:08 pm (UTC)
Totally agree about the whole federal picture from the top down - starting with DOMA and the 1964 US Civil Rights act.
Has this date been set with the Park Service?
I was already planning to be in DC that weekend for the DoE's Solar Decathlon which is scheduled to be on the National Mall - http://www.solardecathlon.org/about.html
I doubt there would be room for both events and I would expect the March to want to end up there. Before this gets too heavily promoted the date should be checked with the Park Service because DoE has been running this event for years.
There is some tentativeness to a March, to be sure. But there's been a call and although I doubt all the t's have been dotted and the i's crossed, there are some fairly knowledgeable and connected gays in the capitol, and I'm sure hundreds of thousands to a million marchers might actually trump an athletic event that draws maybe ten thousand that can be resited.
One idea is that we march down Constitution Avenue and convene at the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Mall that leads up to it. Which leaves the National Mall free for the other scheduled event.
The solar decathlon isn't an athletic event but an architectural competition that about a dozen schools (some international) are selected from proposals/vetted to enter - they actually build zero energy houses on the Mall. This is a major event for the Department of Energy now and seems to scheduled every other year. It is only in its 4th year and has gotten some play on the science cable channels.
I'm all for the March and will be there for it - I hope that route works out. I used to work for the Park Service - I hope they move on getting the schedule nailed down soon.
Edited at 2009-05-28 04:17 am (UTC)