D.C. Region Volunteers Keep Equality Spreading

The following post comes from HRC Regional Field Organizer Christine Sloane . Christine is working hard here in D.C. to support the 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:

Over 6,000 dials and hundreds of conversations later, the D.C. phonebanks are marching on. Volunteers have traveled from as far as Baltimore to give three hours of time to reach out to HRC members in districts that they cannot vote in, that are situated in counties they’ve never heard of.

This is the kind of dedication and activism that inspired me to change careers and become a professional organizer. Our D.C. volunteers have been calling into states like New York, Ohio and Minnesota to protect and elect candidates who value members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as equals. The candidates we are working to elect will support issues like marriage equality, tougher bullying laws and employment non-discrimination.

Here in the District, our volunteers have worked alongside me to make sure that my colleagues, who are scattered far and wide, have the support that they need to mobilize our members to not only get out and vote but to get involved.

It’s an inspiring chain of event that looks like this: we make calls to D.C. area supporters and recruit them to come in and volunteer to Dial for Equality. Those volunteers make calls to even more supporters and recruit them to Dial for Equality with one of my colleagues on the ground in one of 16  states across the country. Then those supporters call even more supporters and the chain goes on and on. Grassroots magic.

It may not seem that making calls is glamorous, but in truth, it is one of the single most important (and easiest) things you can do to make change. There’s no time to lose. With just over a  week until elections, we need your help.

Please Dial for Equality tonight , Monday, October 25 from 6:00-8:30 and/or Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

After a quick, energetic training and few slices of pizza shared among like-minded new friends, you’ll get on the phone and become part of the chain for change. Will you join us?

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

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D.C. Volunteers Make a Difference in NY

I love campaign season. The period leading up to elections can be terribly stressful for many of us, but it can also be tremendously rewarding. I am in western New York right now, where we are working hard every day to make marriage equality a reality here in the Empire State. The results of the upcoming elections will play a huge part in making this all possible, and the volunteers that have given their time this fall know how important it is to let everyone know that fact.

One of the most exciting things about our work here in New York is that I have been able to work very closely with my colleague and friend, HRC Regional Field Organizer Christine Sloan – despite the fact that she is over 400 miles away, working in our nation’s capitol. Christine has been working hard in D.C., organizing our D.C. based volunteers there to call our members here in New York to get them fired up about marriage equality in the state. The work that Christine and our outstanding HRC volunteers in D.C. have done has played a big part in mobilizing our membership from the Big Apple to the Great Lakes, from Long Island to the Capital Region and everywhere in between.

Regional Field Organizer Christine Sloan hard at work at our offices in D.C.

If you want to know more about the Campaign for NY Marriage, visit our website, where you can learn about which candidates we have endorse, upcoming events in the state, how you can help and more.

If you’re in the western New York area and interested in meeting other HRC members and volunteering on a strong, pro-equality campaign, please contact Regional Field Organizer David Contreras Turley at 202.330.3790 for more information.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

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David Cicilline: Capital D.C. already on his monogram — next his address line?

From the Victory Fund’s Gay Politics:

Cicilline Election NightProvidence, R.I., Mayor David Cicilline has won the all-important Democratic primary in the race to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, a key victory in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

If he wins the general election in November, Cicilline will become just the third openly gay, non-incumbent candidate to win a congressional seat, and only the seventh openly gay person to serve in the U.S. Congress.

BREAKING: Cicilline wins Democratic primary for Congress [Gay Politics]

(Pic., L to R: Eric Hyers, campaign mgr.; DavidCicilline; Victory Fund’s Chuck Wolfe)

Cicilline will now face Republican state Rep. John Loughlin in the general. A man who recently said this:

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, [Loughlin] said, he sees no reason to repeal the military’s “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy for gay servicemen because “service in the military is about defending our country … it is not necessarily about open sexuality of any kind.”

GOP Loughlin launches bid to unseat Kennedy [Pro Jo]

So basically, candidate Loughlin will now fight a metaphorical battle with a man who he doesn’t even think deserves the basic right to fight literal battles free from the fear that the merest of identity acknowledgements will derail his life and career. We’ll leave it at that for now.

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HRC to Join One Nation Working Together March in D.C.

The following is from HRC Associate Director of Diversity Donna Payne:

HRC has recently endorsed the One Nation Working Together March for jobs, equality and justice.  In doing so, we have joined thousands of our progressive allies — NAACP, Leadership Council for Civil Rights, Council of LaRaza, AFL-CIO, Color of Change, National Immigrant Solidarity Network, Young People for Civil Rights, Jewish Funds for Justice, UAW and over 150 organizations across the country!


As LGBT people, we believe that quality health care should be accessible, affordable and culturally competent. We believe that the 12 million undocumented immigrants, including at least half a million LGBT people living in this country, deserve access to a system which allows workers to earn legal status and people from all backgrounds to stay with their families. We believe that these are crosscutting issues and that regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or immigration status, it’s time to join forces with our allies and demonstrate our collective power.

Our partnership comes upon the heels of the anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. A few weeks ago, thousands came to Washington, D.C., to commemorate the March and “Reclaim the Dream.”  HRC stood strong that day.  We were on the right side of history in speaking up for justice with our civil rights allies and we will march again October 2nd because our collective fight for equality and justice continues. There have been many advancements over the last four decades, but there is still much more work to be done.

Visit the One Nation Working Together website to learn about this partnership.


One Nation Working Together is about reordering out nation’s priorities to invest in our most valuable resource—our people. We believe that everyone deserves an equal playing field to find and keep a job in a safe work environment with a living wage regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

HRC will be taking to the streets on October 2, 2010 with One Nation Working Together.  Come join us!

When: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time: 12n – 4pm
Where: Lincoln Memorial National Mall- HRC marchers will meet at 11:00 am at the HRC building and join all LGBT organizations at the Mall.

Contact Donna Payne at 202-216-1544 to learn more about joining us for this event.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

—  John Wright

Robocall Targets Gay D.C. Pol

JIM GRAHAM DC X180 (SITE) | ADVOCATE.COMAn anonymously released robocall went out to Washington, D.C. residents
claiming that Councilmember Jim Graham, who is up for reelection this
fall, paid for a woman’s abortion.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Gay Republicans Dismiss D.C. Rankings

MarcMorganx180 (Morgan for DC) | Advocate.comGay Republican candidates for the D.C. Council are dismissing a gay political club’s rankings that gave them lower scores than the incumbents.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Did D.C. Police Just Nab Gay Federal Worker Delando King’s Killer?

D.C. police arrested Marcus Mclean for the Aug. 8 stabbing death of Delando King, 34, a gay federal worker who was seen on security cameras entering his apartment building with an unidentified man early Sunday morning. The man was seen leaving the building alone, carrying a filled bag; items were reported missing from the apartment. King, who worked for the U.S. Indian Health Service, a unit of the Department of Health & Human Services, was found dead in his third floor apartment.


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Is D.C. Rag Metro Weekly Facing Closure Over a $1 Million Fraud Lawsuit?

It's not just the advertising downturn in print that's hurting gay print publications large and small. A lawsuit slapped against Metro Weekly owner Jansi LLC is asking for over million — almost certainly more than they've got on hand.


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Kirven arrested in D.C. protest

Chaz Kirven, right, was among the eight protesters who staged a sit-in Thursday in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's D.C. office, calling for passage of ENDA. Four, including Kirven, were arrested.
Chaz Kirven, right, was among the eight protesters who staged a sit-in Thursday in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s D.C. office, calling for passage of ENDA. Four, including Kirven, were arrested. (Photo e-mailed to Dallas Voice by Chaz Kirven)

Dallas activist C.D. (Chaz) Kirven was among the four activists arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C., when they staged a sit-in in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to demand passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination in employment against LGBT people.

The action in D.C. was part of a bi-coastal protest: Eight people participated in the sit-in at Pelosi’s D.C. office, and 11 more staged a sit-in in Pelosi’s offices in her home district in San Francisco. A total of ten people were arrested between the two protests.

Chaz sent me e-mails early this morning, after she was released from jail. She said her court date is set for April 6, and she and the other protesters need our support. She was also rallying support for Lt. Dan Choi, who had been discharged under the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Choi was arrested yesterday after chaining himself to the fence around the White House as part of a protest calling for the repeal of DADT.

We’re trying to get in touch with Chaz now and will have a more complete story online as soon as we can. But for now, read Kerry Eleveld’s report at Advocate.com.prazdnik-kharkov.comкак закрыть показ объявлений директ роботам

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Same-sex marriages begin in D.C.

Today is the first day for same-sex weddings in Washington, D.C. Couples were able to apply for licenses last week, but due to a mandatory waiting period, the licenses couldn’t be issued until today. Beginning at 9 a.m. Dallas time, the Human Rights Campaign is live-streaming some of the first same-sex wedding ceremonies in the nation’s capital. Watch by going here.online консультант на сайтоптимизация сайтов под ключевые запросы

—  John Wright