Milk & Moscone Thanksgiving Anniversary

November 26, 2008


Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the tragic murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.  When I count my blessings, I’ll be remembering them.

To Harvey and George, my thanks.



San Francisco LGBTQ Protest – November 15

November 19, 2008


If you do not know this man, you better wake up and pay attention.  I saw him perform at a comedy show in one of our little gay bars in Guerneville, and he is one fucking funny man.  But don’t let that fool you.  MAKE NO MISTAKE, he’s headed to Sacramento and he is going there to kick ASS!  Give it up for Assemblymember-Elect Tom Ammiano:


LGBTQ Civil Rights Events – November 2008

November 17, 2008


Updated: 11/26/08


Event Details

Sacramento NOW’s “Leadership in Activisim” Workshop

When: Thursday, November 20th, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Hart Community Center, 27th Street between I and J, downtown Sacramento
Cost: Free

Learn how to plan an effective action!  Learn to write a press release, obtain permist, contact your elected officials and more!


San Francisco Rally

When: Friday, November 21st, 5:30 pm – 9:30pm
Where: In front of the Ferry Building, 4 Embarcadero, San Francisco


Unity in Diversity… Equality for All!

With the unfortunate outcome of the recent passage of Proposition 8, the LGBTQ community has united in a presence that we have not seen since the early 1980’s and the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Join LGBTQ individuals and organizations, PFLAG and our straight brothers and sisters at a peaceful rally and outreach on the steps of the California state capital building at 2:00 pm on November 22nd.

Please join us as we reach out to all the citizens of California to demonstrate that we will not tolerate discrimination to be written into our state constitution.  While we unerstand you have a very busy schedule, even the simple dissemination of this information to your many contacts is greatly appreciated.

Who: All Americans, not only from all over California, but from all over these United States!
Where: California State Capital Building, West Steps, Sacramento, CA
When: 11/22/08, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Why: Equal Rights are inalienable and CANNOT be taken away.
Contact: or

In 1987 the largest rally for gay rights in Sacramento took place, counting 15,000 strong.  We need to stand together and make a statement that we will not stand idly by and let the rights of our sons, daughters, parents, and friends be taken away.  Twenty one years later – 30,000 strong.  Are YOU ready to make history?

The success of this event depends upon getting the word out.  Invite your friends.

If you have questions, please contact California Outreach at


Equality NOW Fund Raiser

What: Equality Now team on the streets of Sacramento, selling swag and raising money.

When: Wednesday, November 26th, 6:00 pm
Where: 20th & K Streets, Sacramento



Equality Action NOW Fund Raiser

What: Equality Action NOW team on the streets of Sacramento, selling swag and raising money.

When: Wednesday, November 26th, 6:00 pm
Where: 20th & K Streets, Sacramento



Pink Friday – Rally in Sacramento

What: Rally
When: Friday, November 28th, 10:00 am
Where: State Capital Building, West Steps, Sacramento
Contact:, 916-446-1082


Thanksgiving Dinner

When: Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th, 5:00 pm
Where: Los Angeles
Contact: Sean at


Long Beach Rally

When: Saturday, November 29th, 7:00 pm
Where: Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd

Got Hope?

October 22, 2008


Why we fight anti-gay legislation.  Why we elect gay officials.  Why we elect candidates who support the LGBT community.  Why you need to care.  Vote No:

Prop 8 in California – Vote No!
Prop 102 in Arizona – Vote No!
Prop 2 in Florida – Vote No!

Permission, Protest and Proposition 8

October 15, 2008


Updated on Election Day!  Whiners on Parade!

This election season I have followed Proposition 8 closely.  As part of the debate, I have seen and personally received a tremendous amount of negative feedback.  “Yes on Prop 8” dialog was expected, understandable and welcome.  Debate is a great thing. 

What surprised me is how many people take a negative view of me (and others) exercising our constitutional right to voice our opinion on this issue.  What I saw as legitimate engagement in the political process is, apparently, not valid.  It is not protest, or political activism, it is:

  • whining
  • trying to force a minority agenda on a majority of the people
  • shooting my mouth off
  • making the loudest noise
  • complaining
  • inappropriate
  • destined to fail

My favorite is “whining.”  In honor of Joe (see my original post and his comments below) and of “whining” I’ve posted pictures of my favorite whiners below (in no particular order).  I’ve added their names in case they are not immediately recognizable to you.  What a bunch of whiners!

Who are your favorite whiners?   I’ll post their pictures.



Harvey Milk



 Martin Luther King Jr.



Rosa Parks



Nelson Mandela



Sojourner Truth



Betty Friedan



Bella Abzug



Susan B Anthony & Eliabeth Cady Stanton



Cesar Chavez



Cindy Sheehan



The Burning Monk (protesting the Vietnam War)



Nehru and Ghandi



Daw Aung Sun Suu Kyi



The Dalai Lama



Larry Flynt


Readers’ Favorite Whiners:

Kids in the White House

From Michele, Amy Carter



From Rose, Bob Marley



From Jim, Mother Jones


Here’s the original post that prompted the “whining” comment:

November 4th is getting close, and things are not looking good for opponents of CA Prop 8 at the polls.  If the election were held today, it would pass.  Please try to remember that this is civil rights issue.  It’s not about the school system teaching your children to be gay, or even about whether or not you think it is ok to be gay.  It is about protecting the civil rights of committed gay couples.

I’m voting no on Prop 8 NOTto demand special rights because of the kind of sex I have.  I am voting no because I want my government to grant me the same rights as heterosexual married couples – no more and no less.  Once married, I know my partner and I will be held to the same level of responsibility as straight couples – and most people believe marriage is a stabilizing force in society.  I’m willing to accept both the priviledge and the responsibility of marriage.  I don’t want to be treated any differently than anyone else.

I know change is scary.  But gay people are not scary.  We are human beings who want to marry the people we love without asking for permission.  For us, this issue is about love.  It’s about commitment.  It’s about stability.  It’s about respect.  It’s about equality.  It’s not about me teaching your kid to be a queer.  Your child will, hopefully, be loved and respected for whatever he or she becomes in life.  A  no vote on Proposition 8 will help ensure that vision becomes a reality.

Please vote no on Prop 8.

Via Small Town Gay Blog, via We Do This.  We Do That.:


Here is a great 2004 MTV gay marriage ad that Tanene Allison posted on her blog today with the comments below. It pretty much kicks the ass of the No on Prop 8 ads, which are a little weak on the civil rights point. Please send to friends and family everywhere in California (ask them to pass on), post on blogs and Facebook! Prop. 8 is leading — please help to defeat it!

Shame on you Schwarzenegger! CA Governor Vetoes CA Bill AB 2567

October 1, 2008


In the midst of racing through hundreds of bills with a September 30th signing deadline, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed California bill AB 2567.  This bill was sponsored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, and was originally introduced on February 22nd.  It passed the California Assembly with a vote of 45 – 22 and passed the senate with a vote of 22-13.

Although he was uncharacteristically brief in his veto messages, due to time constraints, Schwarzenegger had time to comment on this particular bill:

… contributions should continue to be recognized at the local level by those who were most impacted by his contributions.

To me this is akin to suggesting we celebrate the significance of Martin Luther King’s life only if we are part of the African American community, or teach our children about the Ghandi’s contributions only if we are of Indian descent.  Many historical figures with whom we cannot personally relate have made contributions worthy of being honored.  I have never been a migrant worker, but I believe it is important for the state to recognize the life and achievements of Cesar Chavez.

Harvey Milk was a pacifist, a humanitarian and a champion of civil rights.  He dedicated his life, and paid with it, fighting for social equality.  According to Time Magazine, Harvey Milk was one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century in the “Leaders and Revolutionaries” category.  Don’t be confused by the right wing rhetoric around this issue.  Declaring May 22nd Harvey Milk Day was not about creating a “gay day” in public schools. Schools would not have been required to even mention the day.   Here is the definition of what Harvey Milk Day would have meant:

SUMMARY :  Designates May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day, a day of special significance.  Specifically, this bill: 


1.  Makes Legislative findings and declarations regarding the life, careers, contributions and death of Harvey Milk.

2.  Adds May 22 of each year a Harvey Milk Day to the list of days having special significance.

3.  Encourages [not requires] all public schools and educational institutions to observe this day and conduct exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments and the contributions he made to this state.

4.  Requires the Governor to annually proclaim May 22 as Harvey Milk Day.

Other “Days of Significance” in California include Day of the Teacher (yay!), John Muir Day and California Poppy Day.  So… Harvey Milk’s contributions to the state of California are restricted to San Francisco where he served as a City Supervisor and are not as great as those of the California Poppy.  Do I have that right Governor Schwarzenegger?