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badge250x250At the Oscars yesterday evening several celebrities including the entire cast of Milk and Anne Hathaway’s father all wore a white knot.  Why you ask?  To show their support for marriage equality.  You can find more information here.  If you make a donation the organization will send you a white knot free.  Otherwise send a self-addressed stamped envelope to this address and they will send a white knot back free of charge.

White Knot For Equality

P.O Box 691517  

West Hollywood, CA 90069

The White Knot is the symbol for marriage equality. Wear it every day to show your support and to create conversation. Use it to tell someone today that equal rights are important to everyone. Share the White Knot and spread the word that all loving couples deserve the same legal rights, benefits, and respect that civil marriage bestows.

Visibility is the goal. See where White Knots are appearing.

Whether you are gay, straight, or otherwise, please show your support by wearing the Knot and telling people why you are wearing it. Wear your White Knot to work, to school, to your place of worship. Together, we will keep the topic at the top of people’s minds and keep the conversation going.

 Things You Can Say…
when someone asks you why you are wearing a White Knot
or when you have the opportunity to talk about Marriage Equality.

 

1 I wear a White Knot because I support Marriage Equality. Everyone should have the right to tie the knot.
2 Marriage is about committed couples—all committed couples—who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other. This can only strengthen family and society.
3 Denying committed couples the security and legal protections of marriage hurts them; it’s wrong to make it harder for committed couples to take care of and be responsible for each other.
4 People can have different beliefs and still treat everyone fairly. That’s why our constitution exists to protect everyone equally, including minorities.
5 What if you were told that you couldn’t marry the person you loved? What would that do to you? And what if you got married, and someone tried to take it away?
  Get more conversation starters at Freedom to MarryGLAAD (PDF), and Let California Ring.

-Koop

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I know the film, MILK has been in theaters for a few months now but if you haven’t seen it you really should gomilk_movie_poster now.  I finally got around to watching my screener of it and I was mesmerized.  Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk as this lost man in NYC who at the age of 40 wants to finally do something with his life.  Leaving with his new partner, played by James Franco, the pair move to San Francisco to the Castro district. Harvey opens a camera shop only to immediately be faced with discrimination from the local business association.  Using the power of speech, Harvey organizes the gay community to first rise against Coors Beer then Harvey starts his first of many campaigns for a government seat.  I’ll stop here on the recap because one you can read the history in wikipedia and two you need to see the film.  

With 2008’s elections and the passing of Proposition 8, Milk couldn’t be more relevant.  Many have written about this fact and most choose to focus on the fact that this year the gay community has failed Harvey Milk and his legacy.  Yes, No on 8 did loose. Yes, gay marriage was banned in the state of California.  But as I watched Milk with a friend, she commented that wow gay rights have not come that far since the 1970’s.  At first, I sat almost crying thinking she was correct.  And on the surface it seems my friend is right.  Then I started to really think about it.  In the film a man is murdered, beaten to death, for walking down the sidewalk with his partner. In San Francisco.  Today there is still hatred toward the gay community but now in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, and many other cities gay couples can walk down the street, holding hands, and the likely hood that they are going to be beaten is slim, very slim.  Overwhelmingly, I believe, 80% of voters under the age of 30 are for gay marriage.  Milk’s message once again is hitting home with the younger generation.

You can find out more about Milk and it’s awards/nominations here.

-Koop

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Los Angeles Times

Yesterday the Associated Press published an article on how contributors to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign want their donations to be anonymous and for their names to be removed from the proposition’s website.  So you financially support a proposition which disregards a basic civil right and then you don’t want to publicly support your decision?  Hmm…  Supporters report that “No on 8” supporters are harassing them.  First they are not.  Yes their names were published, which is public knowledge, and yes they did protest outside businesses but all this was within their legal rights.  Plus many businesses, such as Apple, who gave to No on 8 were publicly demonised by the Yes on 8 Campaign.  

 

I find the whole business ridiculous.  If you support a movement so much that in a recession you are willing to give thousands of dollars then you should be able to publicly defend your opinion.  You can read the entire article here

-Koop

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