This Week in Utah: Cleve Jones and a gay bashing

Jennifer Dobner's AP report in the WaPo: Gay rights activist calls for march on Washington

JoSelle Vanderhooft interviews Cleve Jones for QSaltLakehere.

Deseret News reports (after the break):

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Hillary Clinton giving gay US diplomats equal benefits

Hillary Clinton will soon announce that gay American diplomats will receive equal benefits as their straight peers. This is certainly good news as there's still hope for equal rights to same-sex couples. It is now time for us to pressure this Democratic Legislature and President Obama to expand the rights to all U.S. personals. We've recently seen the expulsion of gay military officers who are translators, air-force members, and so forth and this should stop as it is putting our troops at a higher risk. There are estimated about 3 million gay military members who are serving this nation. Other developed countries have policies in place that do not discriminate gay members. It is time for us, progressives, to actively support equal rights policies.

Hillary Clinton has once again shown us that she can take the heat to do what is right. Let us support her to ensure that this change will go through smoothly.

Link to the story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090523/ap_o n_go_ca_st_pe/us_us_diplomacy_clinton

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Bipartisanship Progress on Marriage Equality?

This will be a quick diary. When people often talk about bipartisanship at the federal level, the frame is often a move to the right.

This has been my strongest critique of federal bipartisanship: If it were true bipartisanship we would expect as many moves to the left as we do to the right. Yet, in actual practice, it has mostly been the leftward flank capitulating to the rightward flank.

Chris Bowers covers the subject in greater detail here:

http://www.openleft.com/diary/12960/the- connection-between-bipartisanship-and-co nservatism

I would like to discuss in this diary  why bipartisanship that is not rightward leaning can be of value to us, but only if it is true efforts to cross the aisles for progressive goals.

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Winning Same Sex Marriage Equality In A Single Phone Call

http://thepoweronline.wordpress.com/2009 04/06/the-power-to-win-equality-is-in-a -single-phone-call
Today full marriage equality for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender citizens lies in persuding a few state legislators who initially voted against marriage equality to support the vote to override Governor Jim Douglas's expected veto. You have THE POWER  to get that single vote we need. Your voice and your story are more POWERful that the fact sheets and legal arguments by any of our LGBT lobbying organizations.

Back in the spring of 1990 I was still living in RI and planning my move to NYC. Massachusetts had recently passed a gay rights law and RI was giving it another try. Previously the our bill passed the House and died in the State Senate. This year we introduced the bill into the Senate first. The vote looked very tight with the probability of narrow defeat. My Senator was Charlie Donovan Sr. I went to the same school as his son, Charlie Jr. who was a few years younger. My dad was one of Jr.'s teachers. I got Sen. Donovan's home number from my parents and nervously called. The answering machine picked up and the taped messaged rolled as I blanked on what to say. The vote was tomorrow so I had to say something to the machine. When the voice gave way to a shrill beep I blurted out "Mr. Donovan, this is Jon Winkleman, Murray's son, and I'm gay." I didn't have a fact sheet to reason with logic or the morality of equal rights. I told him I went to school with Charlie Jr. and I can get fired from my job just cause I'm gay. Also my landlord can evict me from my apartment just because I'm gay. Tomorrow you are really voting on my life. I begged him to support the bill and hung up as the second beep interrupted me.

My friends in the RI Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights said Rep. Charlie Donovan Sr. was on record as a solid "NO" to LGBT equality but thanked me for making the call. The next day the gay rights bill passed the State Senate. My friend Padric called elated "I don't know what you said Winkleman but Donovan flipped and voted `YES'." The bill passed the Senate by ONE VOTE. The victory was ephemeral as national religious right groups then flooded RI with money and lobbyists. The Religious Right didn't get any House members to change their vote. Still they did managed to pressure enough weak supporters to miss the roll call and in 1990 RI's gay rights bill died in a tied vote in the House.

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Winning Same Sex Marriage Equality In A Single Phone Call

http://thepoweronline.wordpress.com/2009 04/06/the-power-to-win-equality-is-in-a -single-phone-call
Today full marriage equality for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender citizens lies in persuding a few state legislators who initially voted against marriage equality to support the vote to override Governor Jim Douglas's expected veto. You have THE POWER  to get that single vote we need. Your voice and your story are more POWERful that the fact sheets and legal arguments by any of our LGBT lobbying organizations.

Back in the spring of 1990 I was still living in RI and planning my move to NYC. Massachusetts had recently passed a gay rights law and RI was giving it another try. Previously the our bill passed the House and died in the State Senate. This year we introduced the bill into the Senate first. The vote looked very tight with the probability of narrow defeat. My Senator was Charlie Donovan Sr. I went to the same school as his son, Charlie Jr. who was a few years younger. My dad was one of Jr.'s teachers. I got Sen. Donovan's home number from my parents and nervously called. The answering machine picked up and the taped messaged rolled as I blanked on what to say. The vote was tomorrow so I had to say something to the machine. When the voice gave way to a shrill beep I blurted out "Mr. Donovan, this is Jon Winkleman, Murray's son, and I'm gay." I didn't have a fact sheet to reason with logic or the morality of equal rights. I told him I went to school with Charlie Jr. and I can get fired from my job just cause I'm gay. Also my landlord can evict me from my apartment just because I'm gay. Tomorrow you are really voting on my life. I begged him to support the bill and hung up as the second beep interrupted me.

My friends in the RI Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights said Rep. Charlie Donovan Sr. was on record as a solid "NO" to LGBT equality but thanked me for making the call. The next day the gay rights bill passed the State Senate. My friend Padric called elated "I don't know what you said Winkleman but Donovan flipped and voted `YES'." The bill passed the Senate by ONE VOTE. The victory was ephemeral as national religious right groups then flooded RI with money and lobbyists. The Religious Right didn't get any House members to change their vote. Still they did managed to pressure enough weak supporters to miss the roll call and in 1990 RI's gay rights bill died in a tied vote in the House.

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