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On December 20th in cities around the nation people who believe in equal rights will be holding  candle light vigils. Check out www.jointheimpact.com to find your city. Please remember we are all created equal. Happy Holidays!

-Koop

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Here’s a few fun items I found this week:

For the Holiday season, The Gap has launched a fun Christmas carole interactive website.  At the Merry Mix it site you can view celebrities singing traditional carols with a new flavor to them.  You can also mix and match the celebrities performances to create your very own fun filled clip.  I found the site a bit slow to load but had a good laugh at Freddy Rodriquez and Jason Biggs attempted to rap. Participating celebrities include: Sandra Bernhard, Flo Rida, Trey Songz, Jon Heder, Selma Blair, Rain Wilson and more.  You can also mix and match their winter line to see which pieces you like together.  Check it out here.

converse7wtConverse sneakers has teamed with Product (Red) called 1HUN(RED) where you can personalize any style of Converse shoe with part of the proceeds going to the charity. There are many, many choices and you can even personlize the shoes.  The cost is a bit more than in the store but your Chucks will be one of a kind.   Converse.

Equal Rights –

I got this email from a friend and decided to pass it along….

 

Hi Friends!
I hope you all made it out to the Chicago chapter of the national protest this past Saturday against Prop 8. Over 300 cities across the world joined in the simultaneous demonstration for equal rights. If you couldn’t make it, like me, you probably couldn’t help but be moved by the show of solidarity in and for our community. 
As the protest was taking shape this week, I submitted a flyer design for the Chicago protest (A US map with participating cities). 
Over the course of the weekend, I’ve had several requests for t-shirts with the design.  As a way to keep the momentum going, I thought it would be neat to create an online store selling these t-shirts, both for fun and to support the growing movement ( http://createdequal.onlineshirtstores.com/ ).  I have it set up so that 80% of the t-shirt proceeds will go to different organizations serving and advocating for the LGBT community.  In the spirit of Join the Impact, the idea is to create funds for grassroots-y organizations that have smaller budgets than, say, HRC.  During these economic times and after many people have already given money, it may be easier to get people to continue donating towards the cause if they get something cool in return.
Currently, Equality California will receive the proceeds.  But the organization will change periodically, and people can recommend that different organizations receive donations.
Anyway, I would appreciate it if you would consider visiting and sharing the link to “First Class Tees”:  http://createdequal.onlineshirtstores.com/  . 
Sincerely,
Schwendi

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To all our readers, I never intended for our blog to be about gay rights. But the issue is important to me and I feel I have to get the word out.  

On Tuesday night I could not have been prouder than to elect an African American President.  For the first time in a very long time I felt proud to be an American.  Our nation had looked beyond color and at a person we felt, as a nation, could lead us into a prosperous future. Twenty minutes later I wanted to cry.  Proposition 8 was gaining and in the end it looks like it will pass.  The California Constitution will now read that people of the same sex cannot be married and cannot observe the same rights as heterosexual couples.  

As I spent the next day at work, I am producing a TV show on genealogy, looking through historic photos of slaves and the civil war I started to cry.  It hit me that it took hundreds of years for our nation to move past this racism and segregation.  How long is it going to take our nation to accept the LGBT community?  When will we look past a person’s sexuality and at the person?  Any person who is gay is not less than a person.  One homosexual person does not count as 1/16th of a person in the census.  According to our national Constitution they are created equal so why does that not apply in every sense of the word?  

It makes me extremely angry when people look down on others because they are different or not like them or not the norm.  But each of you who will not even try to understand homosexuality I ask you this:  All of you has at least one person in your life who is gay.  Whether it be a friend, relative, co-worker you more than likely do.  The next time you see that person, that gay person who do care about, look them in the eye and say:  “You are not equal to me.  You are less than me and do not deserve the same rights that I enjoy.”  This is exactly what you are saying each and every day when you vote Yes on legislation like Proposition 8 or make a homophobic slurs.  Remember that person’s face when you do these things because you are directly hurting that  person you care about.

Today there will be a rally at the Mormon Church in West LA at 2pm.  The No on Prop 8 supporters are going to ask the group who opposed them the most why?  They would like to hear their opinions face to face.  Personally I cannot attend due to my work.  But if you are in LA and can make it please go.  This is a peaceful event much like the rallies held around the state last night.  Remember “Equality for all,” its the basis on which our country was formed.

“It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.” – President Elect Obama

I would also like to thank all those who volunteered to help spread the word on No on Prop 8 and all the continued supporters who are trying to keep the movement alive.  

http://www.noonprop8.com/

 

 

LA Times

LA Times

San Francisco Rally courtesy of Hilary Detmold

San Francisco Rally courtesy of Hilary Detmold

 

SF Rally courtesy of Hilary Detmold

SF Rally courtesy of Hilary Detmold

Once again my opinions do not necessarily reflect those shared by my blog co-authors.

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