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Friday, May 13th, 2005
12:22 pm
[bulldagger26]
LGBTQ Youth Conference - June 3-5th, 2005 *Only $20.00 for DC/VA/MD youth 22 and under w/ID.*
Get more information at www.nyacyouth.org/nyac/event_summit.html or http://www.advocate.com/calendar.asp

NYAC’s 8th Annual National Youth Summit!

June 3 – 5, 2005 * Washington Court Hotel * 525 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Youth + Action = Movement

Join us June 3-5, 2005, for the cutting edge, national conference for LGBTQ youth and their allies. The Annual NYAC Youth Summit represents a unique opportunity for people from across the United States, including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, to share their experiences and expertise with friends, allies and colleagues. This year's keynote speaker is Maya Marcel-Keyes.

The conference program will be packed with 40 skill building workshops, structured roundtable discussions, and fun - including NYAC's co-sponsorship of Youth Pride Day and Infatuation - Saturday night's party!

The Summit features a wide variety of events focused on LGBTQ issues and community organizing including: program development, health disparities; identity politics; social justice organizing; youth activist networking; gender identity; class issues; school policies; body image; family issues; out-of-home youth; HIV/AIDS/STDs; mentoring; substance use, and many others.

The Summit will be held at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, located just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the National Mall and congressional offices. The hotel is only steps away from Union Station, the Smithsonian Institute Museums, and a Metro subway station.

Preregistration is highly encouraged - Register by sending an email to ksescoe@nyacyouth.org or on our website www.nyacyouth.org/nyac/events/summit.html, payment can be made by mail or credit card- NYAC, 1638 R Street, NW, Wash.DC, 20009 or onsite.
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
4:10 am
[divinejustice]

http://antibush.fateback.com
This is a site with posters that you can print and hang up to help influence the vote.
The posters include the address to the site so people can get the posters themselves
and learn more information on the issues they address.
Help us change some minds and change our leadership.
Friday, August 27th, 2004
10:39 pm
[strongeramerica]
(crossposted)

I've created a "lovemark" for Kerry on the lovemarks website, and sent a link to all of my friends... I went to go look at how it was doing, and I was dismayed to learn that a bunch of nasty Bushies had gone to my page and voted "lose it" on it...YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. Anyway, it's nothing that will directly affect the election, but it's a fun website where you can nominate things that inspire you. I, of course, nominated John Kerry!!!!!!

So, for those of you who are fellow Kerry supporters, please consider taking a moment to SUPPORT OUR MAN. Here is the link:
http://www.lovemarks.com/lm/read.php?LID=2260#Scene_1

Go to the lower left of the screen under Kerry's pic and vote "love it!!" You can also leave favorable comments about our guy. A lot of people from all over the world see this site. Unfortunately, I think some Bush supporters are deleting their cookies and voting over and over again, so I really hope I can get a lot of people to vote for Kerry!

Thank you again. If there is anything I can do to help any of you, like participate in a poll or visit your website, etc, let me know.

Current Mood: optimistic
Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
7:23 pm
[hougenfeld]
Why I’m quitting the Republican party
[First his home state passed one of the nation’s most restrictive laws outlawing same-sex marriage and many domestic-partner benefits. Then the president announced his support for writing discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. This Ohio gay activist has had enough and this week relinquished his duties as a longtime member of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County.]

By John Farina
An Advocate.com exclusive posted February 27, 2004

It’s finally come to this: I can’t be a Republican anymore.

This was an extremely difficult decision for me to reach. I’ve been a Republican all my life. But February 24 at 10:45 a.m. Eastern time, the president changed things for me.

For the past 20 years, even before I was registered to vote, I have worked within the Republican Party. I’ve been a candidate, held leadership positions in the party, and given generously of my time and money. I have had many arguments with my gay friends defending the GOP and certain elected Republicans. I have had many friends and mentors who have all been valuable parts of my life. It’s tough to walk away from something that I have been so much a part of. But knowing my president wants to officially sanction discrimination against me, I cannot in good conscience remain a Republican.

It was bad enough that my Republican friends in the Ohio legislature, people who know me (and know better) and whom I’ve vigorously supported, voted for a divisive, unnecessary, and discriminatory so-called defense of marriage bill—despite my best lobbying efforts. I now have the president, the leader of the party and the free world, telling me we must sanction this type of discrimination in the Constitution of the United States of America. Quite frankly, I’m sick over it. It is an insult to me as a lifelong Republican and it does nothing to strengthen marriage. It is an obviously political move that will do nothing but divide the nation even further. So much for Mr. Bush being a uniter. I can think of no other time in our country’s history when the president has sought to so directly limit the rights of a group of Americans. This is not a true conservative value; it is that of the radical right.

I realize that many Americans may not support or even understand same-sex marriage, and that’s fine with me. But amending the Constitution for this purpose is morally wrong. I think most Americans will find this disturbing as well, and it will ultimately cost Bush votes. I know I’ll do my part to work against the president and any elected official who ultimately supports this attack on civil rights.

The party has been overtaken, both nationally and in Ohio, by hard-right social conservatives that seem hell-bent on moving the country in reverse on civil rights, seemingly at the expense of more important issues such as fiscal responsibility. At one time in history, the Republican Party was a leader in civil rights—that Republican Party no longer exists. I always felt it was important to remain active and fight such blatant attempts at discrimination, but that effort is obviously futile.

I will still count many Republican as friends, and the response I have received from many of them shows they understand this very difficult, personal decision. In fact, one elected Republican official told me the GOP has left me. On Tuesday, March 2, I will pick up a Democratic ballot in the Ohio primary (and vote for John Edwards) and begin a new chapter of political activism in my life.

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As a gay youth in Ohio, the fact that even THE DIEHARD REBUBLICANS in my state are irked by the direction the radical right has taken the country confirms my belief that we all HAVE TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN to get the Johns into the White House.
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