Boycott for Equality ::
This is a call for a nation-wide boycott in the traditions of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. We are asking all GLBT Americans and their Straight Allies to "drop out" of the United States economy for one day to demonstrate that we are vital and important members of our communities with significant economic presence. There are four elements to the boycott: withdraw from work, withdraw from your ATM, withdraw from commerce and withdraw from cell phone communication.
Friday, October 8, 2004
1) Withdraw from your ATM. We are asking GLBT citizens to withdraw $80 from their bank accounts on that Friday and hold the cash in their pockets. This is the symbolic average daily contribution of gay people to the economy. There are an estimated 17 million GLBT citizens with a daily spending power of $1.4 billion, equivalent to $500 billion annually! On Saturday, October 9, either redeposit the money into your account, OR spend it at a local GLBT friendly business.
October 11, 2004
National Rally for Marriage Equality at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Come-out for Equality on National Coming Out Day at the Marriage Equality Rally in DC near the US Capitol!
WHEN: October 11, 2004 from 11:00am to 4:00 pm
WHERE: Upper Senate Park, one block from the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC at Lousiana and Constitution streets.
WHAT: Rally for Marriage Equality with the Leaders of the Freedom to Marry Movement
WHY: To fight the proposed amendments to write discrimination into the state and U.S. Constitution, to demand a repeal of anti-gay measures like the Defense of Marriage Act and Don't Ask, Don't Tell, to demonstrate for the Freedom to Marry, and the passage of the Permanent Partners Immigration Act and the Federal Employees Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act.
October 2 San Francisco
Get down for the Marriage Equality Express at the Kick-off Circuit Activism Party, San Francisco. Go to www.eqca.org for info.
October 4 SACRAMENTO STATE CAPITOL! 9 - 10am
Rally at the State Capitol 1003 L Street. Early morning activism - bring your signs to the rally in Sacramento, CA.
October 4 Reno, NV 12 - 1:30 pm
Kiss In Federal Building (South Virgina and Liberty St)
October 6 Laramie, WY 10 am - 2 pm
Mock Gay Wedding, Brown Bag Lunch Panel, and Educational Forum remembering Matthew Shepherd. University of Wyoming West Patio to Union Senate Chambers 1000E University Avenue.
October 6 Cheyenne, WY 3:30 - 5 pm
Saint Christopher Episcopal Church
October 6 Denver, CO 8:30 pm
Designing Tolerance Variety Show. Dream dance club 3500 Walnut Street 303-TO-DREAM phone
October 7 Denver, CO
7 am Breakfast Gill Foundation / 9 - 10 am Rally at the Capital - 136 State Capitol Street
October 8 St. Louis, MO 12 - 2 pm
Show Me Equality Rally - Tower Grove Park, Sons of Rest Pavillion. Meet at the Grand Entrance.
October 8 Indianapolis, IN 7:30 pm
Get Engaged! A Same-Sex Marriage Town Hall Meeting to Educate, Activate & Engage Indianapolis & screening of the documentary "I Will, I Do, We Did" -Jesus Metropolitan Community Church 2950 East 55th Place
October 9 Columbus, OH 11 am - 12:30 pm
First UU Church 93 West Weisheimer Road
October 9 Akron, OH 2:30 - 3:45 pm
Speakers, Discussion, & Celebration - Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron 3300 Morewood Road
October 9 Pittsburgh, PA 8 - 10 pm
Forum on Same-Sex Marriage & Kick Off National Coming Out Week - William Pitt Union University of Pittsburgh 3959 Fifth Avenue
October 11 WASHINGTON D.C.
Queer eye for 'Alexander'
Bennifer Part Two meets the folks; Madonna goes back to school.
By Bill Picture | Staff Writer
A source told MSNBC's Jeannette Walls that the release date for "Alexander" has been pushed back because execs at Warner Bros. thought the Oliver Stone film was too gay and ordered the director to cut some of Colin Farrell's guy-on-guy sex scenes. "Some of the suits at [the studio] think that the movie-going public just isn't ready to see that," said the source.
Gay Rights Advocates Fight La. Amendment
By KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press Writer
Gay rights activists on Friday brought a court challenge to a recently passed Louisiana constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriages and civil unions.
Attorney Randy Evans said the lawsuit revives several issues rejected by state courts as premature before the Sept. 18 election.
They include the contention that the amendment was illegally adopted by the Legislature because it included more than one purpose - banning civil unions as well as marriages - and that it was illegally placed on the ballot for a day when there was not a statewide election already scheduled.
It also mentions problems with the election in New Orleans, where voting machines were delivered late at many precincts.
Gay unions okay (just don't call it marriage)
By DIANA McCURDY
More than half of New Zealanders support the Government's proposal to recognise same-sex relationships in law as a civil union.
But we are still not comfortable with giving gay couples the right to marry.
A Herald-DigiPoll survey found that although 56.4 per cent of people supported the idea of same-sex civil unions, only 39.8 per cent favoured allowing same-sex couples to marry under the Marriage Act.