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Sep. 15th, 2013

rac in tree

jarrellwoods

Hey everyone...

It's been awhile since there has been a post here and I wanted to make a little announcement to members here who might still be viewing from their friends page. I wanted to invite you all over to rainbow_ark

This is not a spam, The "RA" of RA Activists, is short for Rainbow Ark. One of our members created this community is a spin-off of ours, and for a time I was a mod here.

We created ra_activists because it was a place to post our political topics, so we could save more of the Christian, non-political LGBT, and Furry stuff for rainbow_ark. We currently have a fair amount of topics that used to be here over there, and rainbow_ark is actually active where this journal is now dormant, being in the top 2000 of lj communities for most of this year. There are about half of you here who are not yet members over there, so I wanted to give you especially an official invitation to come over and give us a try. As here, the membership is open and everyone can post. We are like über inclusive, very diverse, everyone's got an equal voice, and we encourage a wide range of topics for discussion.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you participate on Rainbow Ark.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myrainbowark

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rainbow_Ark

LiveJournal: http://rainbow-ark.livejournal.com/

Our Website: http://myrainbowark.com with its many parts...

including our Forums: http://myrainbowark.com/raforums/

Dec. 12th, 2011

rac in wreath

jarrellwoods

(no subject)

The new HRC Buyer's Guide...
http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/2012_BuyersGuide.pdf

Oct. 11th, 2011

coon sweet potatoes

jarrellwoods

I watched this and thought it was worth posting here

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6535/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6400

Sep. 24th, 2011

autumncoon

jarrellwoods

In looking at all of the Republican presidential candidates

As LGBT and allies, we can scratch one from the field: Rick Santorum.

(An excerpt from a letter/email from faithinamerica.info...)

Not only was it heart breaking to hear the crowd in Orlando at last night’s
GOP debate boo when openly gay soldier Steven Hill asked the following
question:

"In 2010 when I was deployed to Iraq, I had to lie about who I was, because
I'm a gay soldier and I didn't want to lose my job. My question is, under
one of your presidencies do you intend to circumvent the progress that's
been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?"

But equally as mind-boggling to hear Rick Santorum’s response. For a man
who is for our current war in Iraq, it was [as] if Santorum was booing the
soldier, himself. No shushing the crowd or even taking a minute to thank
the soldier who has put his life on the line to protect our country. The
person on the end of that question, to Santorum, was not a person at all,
but a symbol of sex and a lifestyle his religion not only does not condone,
but condemns.

Please see the transc[r]ipt below:
SANTORUM: Yeah, I — I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely
no place in the military. And the fact that they're making a point to
include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize
a group of people and give them a special privilege to -- to -- and removing
"don't ask/don’t tell" I think tries to inject social policy into the
military. And the military's job is to do one thing, and that is to defend
our country.
We need to give the military, which is all-volunteer, the ability to do so
in a way that is most efficient at protecting our men and women in uniform.
(APPLAUSE)
And I believe this undermines that ability.
(APPLAUSE)
MEGYN KELLY of Fox News: So what -- what -- what would you do with soldiers
like Stephen Hill? I mean, he's — now he's out. He's — you know, you saw his
face on camera. When he first submitted this video to us, it was without his
face on camera. Now he's out. So what would you do as president?
SANTORUM: I think it's -- it's -- it's -- look, what we're doing is playing
social experimentation with -- with our military right now. And that's
tragic.
I would -- I would just say that, going forward, we would -- we would
reinstitute that policy, if Rick Santorum was president, period.
That policy would be reinstituted. And as far as people who are in -- in --
I would not throw them out, because that would be unfair to them because of
the policy of this administration, but we would move forward in -- in
conformity with what was happening in the past, which was, sex is not an
issue. It is -- it should not be an issue. Leave it alone, keep it -- keep
it to yourself, whether you’re a heterosexual or a homosexual.

(end of excerpt)

So to Rick, repeal of DADT means sexual activity.

"And the fact that they're making a point to
include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize
a group of people and give them a special privilege to -- to -- and removing ..."

No, please Rick, finish the thought. What were you going to say just then?

Aug. 31st, 2011

rac & coolidge

jarrellwoods

I wanted to also share this here for members who would like to help

This is NOT spam. This is a message from Rick Jacobs at Courage Campaign. I just signed the letter myself...


I just signed a letter to the judge presiding over Lt. Dan Choi's trial. He is facing 6 months in prison or a $5,000 fine for an obscure infraction of Parks and Wildlife federal regulations while he was protesting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Dan is a hero who deserves better. Do you think you could sign Rick's letter too?

http://www.couragecampaign.org/danchoitrial

Thanks!!

Jul. 17th, 2011

baby raccoon

jarrellwoods

a same-sex marriage resource

http://rainbow-ark.livejournal.com/845344.html

Oct. 27th, 2010

raccoon1

jarrellwoods

This just in...

If the Tea Party utterly implodes, are there enough of their supporters who would care? Are there enough of them who don't immediately put their fingers in their ears so they can't hear what you're saying? I unfortunately don't know the answer to that.

Take a look at some of these people who are getting ready to take over seats in the House and Senate, then tell me if it isn't worth getting out there and voting, or are you just going to sit this one out? (my apologies, as I couldn't seem to get the imbed function to work on this one) Whatever you think of Olbermann, the quotes of these long list of candidates are real.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cm6eV2vvJM
attack rac

jarrellwoods

another senator's views

Nobody else has posted anything about those running for Senate or Representative. In fact it would be good to have any other entry at all except by me. Is this thing on?

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/node/33913

Yeah good ol' Joe Miller in Alaska.

MADDOW: Do you think there should be a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage?

MILLER: That’s up to the people. If you got a 3/4 vote ratified, I’d vote for it.

This sadly, really isn't that different from a lot of other Republicans, especially so-called tea party Republicans running for office this time around. I don't see anything wrong with being a Republican, I used to be one, I don't demonize them - I think the idea of smaller government is a viable one, and I agree with a lot of their stuff. But, the party still seems to be perfectly content hitching their wagon to the most extreme, religious fundamentalist fringe who want to basically roll back civil rights in a variety of areas for women and LGBT especially. As a party, they've wanted multiple individual State's platforms to include making it a criminal offense for anyone who even marries same-sex couples.

This type of thing cannot be ignored by any LGBT people or their allies. This is not business as usual. If you're angry about the lack of movement toward our rights from the Democrats over the last two years, I am too. But not voting to 'send a message' I think a lot of us need to rethink that logic. We're going to be screwed if a good number of whackjobs like Miller get into office, and quite frankly he's poised to be, since his Republican opponent is a write-in and the Democratic opponent is trailing but catching up. If he had another 2 weeks, he'd be in the clear, but we don't have two weeks!!! That's the point.

Vote.

Oct. 20th, 2010

rac reach

jarrellwoods

remember...

Today is purple shirt day. I got mine on.

http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/866100.html

http://myrainbowark.com/

Oct. 4th, 2010

autumncoon

jarrellwoods

Deputy Inspector Pine has died at 91

(excerpts from article)
Pine, who later apologised for his role in the raid, was commander of the New York Police Department's vice squad for lower Manhattan when he led eight officers into the Stonewall Inn, an illegal club frequented by cross-dressers, just after midnight on June 28, 1969.

The ostensible reason for the raid was to crack down on prostitution and other organised-crime activities, but it was common at the time for the police to raid gay bars and arrest transvestites and harass customers.

The club was owned by members of the Mafia, and Pine later said he conducted the raid (a policeman is pictured escorting two cross-dressers from the club on that fateful night) on orders from superiors.

About 200 people were inside. Ordered to line up and show identification, some refused. Several transvestites refused to submit to anatomical inspections.

Word of the raid filtered into the street, and soon hundreds of protesters gathered outside, shouting "gay power" and calling the police "pigs". The turning point came when a lesbian fought with officers as she was pushed into a patrol car. The crowd rushed the officers, who retreated into the club. Several people ripped out a parking meter and used it as a battering ram; others tried to set fire to the club. It took police reinforcements 90 minutes to clear the street.

It was the start of several nights of rioting, during which the police used force to disperse crowds that sometimes numbered in the thousands. Fewer than three dozen protesters were arrested, but hundreds were detained and released.

...

Police regularly raided gay clubs for two reasons, he said. First, he insisted, many clubs were controlled by organised crime; second, arresting gay people was a way for officers to improve their arrest numbers. "They were easy arrests," he said. "They never gave you any trouble" - at least until that night.

...

"He once told me," author Carter said, "if what I did helped gay people, then I'm glad."

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