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The opposition to Prop. 8 is trying a new, less divisive approach to tilt public opinion in favor of gays, and, by extension, gay marriage. Two gay men in West Hollywood conceived the Day Without a Gay, slated for December 10 to coincide with International Human Rights Day. With the slogan “Fight the H8 with love,” the movement asks that LGBT folks “call in gay” to work that day and instead volunteer at a humanitarian organization. (See their website here.)
Co-founder of the gay day, Sean Hetherington, a personal trainer and stand-up comedian, drew inspiration from a column by L.A. Times writer Joel Stein, suggesting a day when all gays would stay home from work and not buy anything to measure their true social and economic impact in this country. It was modeled after the general protest of Latinos in 2006, who skipped work for mass marches demanding immigration reform.
But Hetherington thought that rather than just staging a polarizing protest, the gay community could boost society as well as their own image by volunteering, especially in those communities that supported Prop. 8. “Hey, maybe the reason you’re voting this way is you don’t know how compassionate we are as people,” he says. “There’s something to be said for people knowing this.”
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churches in case they offend gay worshippers.
They have been told by their bishops not to assume that every churchgoer is a heterosexual and to reflect this ‘in language and conversation’.
‘Remember that homophobic jokes and asides can be cruel and hurtful - a careless word can mean another experience of rejection and pain,’ say the bishops in a leaflet advising priests and worshippers how to be more welcoming to gay people.
Be careful not to offend gay worshippers, priests warned
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As many may recall, Matt Foreman, the former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, made waves in February when he told the Creating Change conference in Detroit that HIV/AIDS was a “gay disease.” Statistics support Foreman’s assertion, with nearly 70 percent of cases in Michigan found in the men who have sex with men category. So with World AIDS Day around the corner, Between The Lines thought it might be pertinent to provide a simple list of things you can do to help stop HIV here in Michigan.
10. Make a commitment today as someone who cares about the LBGT community that HIV/AIDS is your problem, whether your are HIV positive or not. The end of the epidemic begins with everyone effected and affected by the epidemic taking part in the solution.
9. Host a fundraiser for your local AIDS service organization. Those funds will go to vital programs like anonymous and confidential HIV testing, prevention outreach, medication support, medical case work, food assistance for persons with HIV and dozens of other services offered by these vital community organizations. Many of these programs are being downsized or worse, cut, as a result of financial constraints from the economic crisis and shrinking government and private granting agencies.
8. Volunteer at the local AIDS service organization. Take an hour a week and help that organization file, pass out literature, distribute condoms or work in their food bank. While that hour is only an hour to you, AIDS service organizations can only survive with your assistance.
7. Promise to tell one friend or family member a day about HIV/AIDS and its impact in the world, America and right here in Michigan. Pass this list of things to do on to them, so they too can help be part of the solution.
See BTL Editorial: Ten things you can do to help stop the HIV epidemic …
Demonstrators outside a Mormon temple in Mesa Friday evening were reacting to the passage of Proposition 102, which defined marriage as a union strictly between a man and a woman in the state of Arizona. Gay-rights activists know that Proposition 102 has passed, still they say they won’t give up the fight to educate and maybe change some minds.
The annual lighting of the lights at the Mormon temple in Mesa was Friday night. It draws thousands every year — an audience gay-rights activists came out to reach.