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LGBT Rights Are Civil Rights!

Posted by tothewire on February 22, 2009

Robin Tyler, left, with her partner, Diane Olson. Tyler views "Milk" as a galvanizing force in the fight over Proposition 8. (By Reed Saxon -- Associated Press)

Robin Tyler, left, with her partner, Diane Olson. Tyler views "Milk" as a galvanizing force in the fight over Proposition 8. (By Reed Saxon -- Associated Press)


On January 22nd, 2009, The Power launched a nationwide petition to expand the Civil Rights Act.

The Power is commited to continuing to engage in targeted grass roots actions advancing marriage equality in New York, and to pursuing the cause of LGBT equality nationwide.

THE POWER IS YOURS because you are THE POWER. JOIN THE POWER in holding political leaders accountable to support equality for LGBT people, not on some arbitrary and convenient schedule, but right now.

THE POWER works to unleash every individual’s power to engage in direct political action that creates change in the cause of LGBT civil rights. We operate under the premise that every individual can make a difference, given the tools and information to do so. By tailoring pointed actions that everyone can do even with the busiest of schedules, The Power mobilizes large numbers of people to apply sustained pressure on leaders to advance the cause of LGBT equality.

More than anything we believe Now Is Our Time.  – Jeffrey Campagna

Robert F. Kennedy
University of Cape Town, South Africa
June 6th, 1966

Day of Affirmation Speech

Excerpt below.  Click here for full text.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 16, 1963

Excerpts below.  Click here for full text.

 My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
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Inspiration Harvey Milk “Hope Speech”

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22 Responses to “LGBT Rights Are Civil Rights!”

  1. fadingad said

    Hey- I appreciate your support! A people united will never be defeated.


  2. Joetheplumber said

    What the hell? I didn’t know you guys were fags!


  3. Lawman2 said

    hey there joe! you a homophobe? doesn’t really surprise me i guess.most racist are also homophobic. i find it pretty damn sad that you think your rights to marriage would be any more important than anyone else’s.


  4. Lawman2 said

    guess joe won’t be in ny june 1st! lol


  5. Joetheplumber said

    Hey fag lawman! I didn’t know you were black too! Big black fag! I have a t-shirt for you GOD HATES FAGS


  6. Lawman2 said

    yep you’ve got me pegged alright! it’s okay if your god hates fags, i’m not a fan of his either!


  7. tothewire said

    @ Lawman please delete Joetheplumber comments! Why give him a voice here?

    @ Frank You’re welcome!


  8. Lawman2 said

    i’m leaving the comments. it’s important people see the hate the gay comunity deals with on a daily basis. i’m a big boy i can take it… 🙂


  9. Joetheplumber said

    Look he is a big boy he can take it! Take what? An ass kicking from me?


    Several important principles which most people seem to be unaware of (particularly those who teach in the schools of law and legislators of societies) are: Man has not been given the authority and power to define the nature of crime. That authority is rightfully reserved only by God. Therefore the responsibility all mankind has is to embrace laws in accord with the Laws of God. The reason God is the rightful One to define the nature of crime is because He is the Creator of all mankind. Therefore it is God who can best define what is evil for man. It is the Almighty God, the One to whom all mankind is responsible (Romans 3:19), who has defined homosexuality as a crime (Leviticus 18:22).

    Not only has God defined the true nature of crimes, but He has also prescribed what the punishment for them should be. The natures of the divinely prescribed punishments imply how heinous the crimes are. Although a particular crime is a different kind and have different characteristics to other crimes, yet it may be equal or greater in heinousness. Thus God has not prescribed that homosexuals should merely be spoken against, rejected, discriminated against, or banished from the nations, but He requires that they be put to death by every government under which they reside (Leviticus 20:13) and no sorrow should be had for them.

    Thus we see that God requires death for homosexuality just as he requires death for murder. This tells us that homosexuality is at least equal to the heinousness of murder. All homosexuals should be regarded by every society to be just as much criminals as are cold-blooded murderers.


  10. Lawman2 said

    well now joe, you going to try and kick my ass? lol

    the only argument against gay marriage is religious.

    if there truly is separation of church and state in this country, than there is no reason why same-sex marriages shouldn’t be legal. none at all.


  11. Lawman2 said

    joe says “Thus we see that God requires death for homosexuality just as he requires death for murder. This tells us that homosexuality is at least equal to the heinousness of murder. All homosexuals should be regarded by every society to be just as much criminals as are cold-blooded murderers.”

    what the hell joe!? you religious totalitarian bible thumper! i think even your god if he was around would be embarrassed by your ignorance and down right stupidity!

    “It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.”
    Jeremy Taylor

    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”
    Albert Einstein


  12. ricky said

    Lawman the Caveman isn’t gay, please don’t embarrass the gay community by implying so!

    Hey tothewire! I am glad you posted this, thank you for your support!

    Joe go flush yourself!


  13. Lawman2 said

    that hurt my feelings ricky!


  14. Joetheplumber said

    I’m not really religious, I just agree with them on this. GOD DOES HATE FAGS


  15. Lawman2 said

    well now joe, thanks for making my point for me.


  16. Leviticus is about on a par with mein kampf as a text from what I’ve seen. Well done lawman,for coming out in your true serious and civilised colours! and well done plumber for making it crystal clear that the only reason for opposition to gay rights is hatred and fear, and for tying it in in so neatly with civil rights with your racism as well.
    Isn’t it appropriate that Joe’s comments read as if they were copied from a toilet wall?


  17. Hackett said

    Wow… Joe

    I haven’t seen someone like you post those types of comments on a blog in a LONG time.


  18. Lawman2 said

    true, but not long enough hackett!

    hey there betty! more proof of evolution still occurring in primates… the ever evolving caveman!


  19. Lawman2 said

    …and yep, it is most appropriate that the toilet plumber comments reads as if i could wipe my ass with them! generally speaking, most ignorant bigots are intolerantly devoted to his/her own opinions and prejudices, do read that way.

    hard to imagine life for someone so full with hatred and intolerance


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  21. fadingad said

    If God hates fags, then why are there so many homos in heaven. Really Joetheplummer, look at all of the depictions of heaven in Western art. It is so gay.


  22. dorian9 said

    good post, tothewire. of course the trog trolls can’t resist but leave their putrid droppings everywhere…


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