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Gay Man denied Passport

In Massachusetts he is married and has changed his name. Now in order to travel he must change his name back.
http://www.towleroad.com/2008/03/gay-man-denied.html

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Tennessee Equality Project Needs You!

Legislative Update 03/09/2008
Dear valerie,

When was the last time you were dissed after sharing a positive experience when volunteering for a project or event? Examples of volunteerism may be handing out flyers for an upcoming TEP event, coming to Advancing Equality Day or doing make-up for a charitable fashion show.

How in the world can someone take your very positive experience and put a bad spin on it? Some say you are bragging for your good deeds or may be just taking credit yourself for a successful project. Do not be discouraged by the naysayers! Be challenged.

TEP would not exist without you, our members. We continue to thrive through your good works both in the LGBT community as well as the communities where you reside. I encourage you to continue to volunteer your time and let other people know you are a TEP member and invite them to join you—especially those who say you are doing something for “credit” or recognition. After joining in and actually participating in a project, event or a TEP Email Blast initiative, maybe they will feel compelled to share their positive experience as well, and ask others to be a part of something rewarding.

The bottom line TEP Member is this—be a champion for the Cause! It is ok to take credit, share your good works on behalf of TEP and other personal projects. The key reason for TEP’s growing membership is the support of people like you, opening these emails each week and forwarding them to friends and family. I give you credit for that!

Now I ask this: go to TEP’s website and sign up, or renew your membership today, then send this email on and ask a couple of your friends to do the same. And finally, please go out and take credit for being a key reason why TEP is the largest membership LGBT organization in Tennessee.

All my best and breathe easy, as there is no negative legislation up for debate at the Capitol this week.

Take care,

Jenny Ford
TEP Lobbyist

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
Tell-a-friend!

info@tnep.org tnep.org 615-664-6886

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ACLU hosting panel on adoption in Tennessee

As many of you know adoption by gays and lesbians in Tennessee is is once again an issue. My God! Oh I forgot…it’s an election year…how silly of me…it’s time to scare the right-wing christian fundamentalists to the polls. “Queers! Queers! They’re everywhere! Life is going to hell in a handbasket! My God they even want to provide a home for Children! We must stop them and then take down the names of every politician that doesn’t vote with us so we can use it against them in our campaign ads.”

Come on people time to get out and get active. Tuesday night be there or be square…
http://outandaboutnewspaper.com/article.php?id=2410

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Knowledge is Power

In Nashville my access to progressive, liberal and alternative news is only the Internet & reading. AM WLAC and FM 99.7 (Both talk formats) are conservative. A few progressives get air time on low power fm or college radio. My favorite…AIR AMERICA I download from the internet the next day. I’m a day late but at least I get it. Since I’m on a farm in the country my Internet choices are slim too. Most of our neighbors here are still on dial up so downloading podcasts is not an option. I guess they could buy XM radio but I’m sure many of them have no idea what that is.

I have to work to get my information. Many people in my situation are completely in the dark…AND THEY WILL BE VOTING. Their decisions will be based on “facts” they have learned from right wing media outlets. It is up to all of us to engage them in conversations and talk about the issues. Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors. My mother used to say: “don’t talk about politics or religion.” If we follow that rule and stay silent about what we know is true in America today we will lose in the political arena and the religious right (and multi-national corporations) will gain an even firmer foot hold in our government.

I harp on the problems with our media a lot and here’s why…I don’t think we’re going to have a democracy much longer if we don’t fix it. I don’t think, as GLBT people, our chances are very good in a fascist dictatorial system. As gay people, we’re worried about issues like marriage…that might seem trivial to us if we’re worried about just being able to survive. In Iran for example gay people are executed. In Nazi germany gay people wore the pink triangle in the death camps along with the Jews. We have a pretty big interest I’d say in keeping the promise of America alive.

The foundation of a free society is information…a free press. In 2006 we ranked 53rd in the world

according to the government’s own website
In a democracy the press should operate free from governmental control. Democratic governments do not have ministries of information to regulate content of newspapers or the activities of journalists; requirements that journalists be vetted by the state; or force journalists to join government-controlled unions.”

George A. Krimsky/The Role of the Media in A Democracy said:
“A self-governing society, by definition, needs to make its own decisions. It cannot do that without hard information, leavened with an open exchange of views. Abraham Lincoln articulated this concept most succinctly when he said: “Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.”

When you hear right wingers talking about the “liberal media” I hope you read the following report. (keep in mind this is an election year) It shows you what we’re up against…the reality of the talk radio market these days. Also, when it comes to a free press I just read a few other related items:

The Air Force is blocking internet access to service people (any site that has the word “blog” in it…I guess they won’t be reading mine…) If it ain’t corporate owned mainstream media they ain’t gettin’ it. Gotta make sure the gatekeepers only give ’em what they want them to hear. Of course Rush is on armed forces radio…

In this country… 60 minutes finally picked up on the story last week about the former Governor from Alabama in Prison but when they aired the segment Sunday the Mississippi station that reaches northern alabama suddenly had “technical difficulties” and went dark ONLY during that segment.

If you want to learn more about what’s up with the U.S. media go to www.mediamatters.org
If you want to know what you can do about it go to www.freepress.org They could use whatever time or money you can offer. I did a podcast from their convention last year. There was a handful of gay people there. One afternoon session discussed GLBT people and how we’re portrayed in the media. We should have a whole contingent there this year along with representatives from GLADD and HRC. Every election year we are used as the “hot button issue” to get the religious right out to the polls. It’s time we rolled up our sleeves and flicked our boas and found our place at the table too.

here’s the report on talk radio…
As this report will document in detail, conservative talk radio undeniably dominates the format:
Our analysis in the spring of 2007 of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners reveals that 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative, and 9 percent is progressive.
Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk—10 times as much conservative
talk as progressive talk.
A separate analysis of all of the news/talk stations in the top 10 radio markets reveals that 76 percent of the programming in these markets is conservative and 24 percent is progressive, although programming is more balanced in markets such as New York and Chicago.
This dynamic is repeated over and over again no matter how the data is analyzed, whether one looks at the number of stations, number of hours, power of stations, or the number of programs. While progressive talk is making inroads on commercial stations,
conservative talk continues to be pushed out over the airwaves in greater multiples of hours than progressive talk is broadcast.
link to full report

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Great talk about the so called “Morality argument” against the GLBT Community

Thank you Gena over on myspace for sending me this…

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A Call to Activist Women

Hello, Sisters,

There’s a conversation happening among a circle of women about how disappointed some of us are in our options in this election. From this has grown the idea for a women’s congress that would function independently from the government in a form similar to the Iroquois women’s council.

The working title is the Women’s Security Council and we have a wiki where we are debating and developing the idea. We want to involve sisters in every part of the country, from every background and walk of life. The idea is to give voice to those who have no voice in the current system of government.

If you think you might be interested, please come check out what we have so far, and feel free to add content or comment on what we’ve already done. If this is going to work, we need a vast web of women working together. I hope you’ll consider being a part of it:
http://womenssecuritycouncil.wetpaint.com

Peace,

Morgaine Swann

PS: Please forward this message to any woman or women’s group you feel might be interested. Thanks!

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Florida High School GLBT club

WOW! I can’t tell you how tiny and redneck Okeechobee was when I lived in florida. I was 1 1/2 hours east of it and it was a very very small town in the middle of the state (the exit from the florida turnpike for vero beach) i can believe they’d have a problem there…wish them luck. -val

H.S. gay club rejects name change

Published: Nov. 15, 2007 at 5:39 PM
OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) — Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance at a Florida high school have refused to settle a lawsuit against the school board by changing the club’s name.

The group sued the Okeechobee County School Board last year, claiming it should be allowed to meet on Okeechobee County High School property. The board argues it is a “sex-based club” and allowing it to meet at the school would violate a Florida law requiring schools to teach abstinence and “heterosexual marriage.”

Robert Rosenwald, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union who is representing the club, said that the name change is unacceptable to his clients, The Palm Beach Post reported.

“The students have made clear the name of the club is important to them because it describes their mission,” Rosenwald said. “From the beginning, the purpose of this club has been to prevent harassment and discrimination

against gay students.”

A judge has ruled the club can meet at the school until the lawsuit is resolved.

© 2007 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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