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Proposition 8 and why the gay community failed to protect its own rights
Proposition 8 and why the gay community failed to protect its own rights

In the third part of my beleaguered recycled content series, I resurrect an article I originally wrote back in 2008 about the then-recent passage of California's Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in the state. In the wake of Obama's announcement that his beliefs on gay marriage have 'evolved' into a creature more befitting life in the 21st century, I have seen a number of discussions herald this as "the beginning of the end" of Obama's presidency — the logic being that with Bush's politicising of LGBT issues in 2004 potentially contributing to his re-election, Obama's support of gay marriage will cause a similar surge of conservatives rushing to the polls before they manage to get any gay on their clothing. More specifically, I have seen a number of references to the fact that gay marriage was banned in a liberal state such as California, so evidently this can happen anywhere. As I discussed here, however, Prop 8's passage had less to do with a swelling of conservative ire than simple lazy complacency on the part of those in the LGBT community who didn't take the issue very seriously until it was too late.

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31 May 2012
Open letter to Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine
Open letter to Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine

Dear [DNC Chairman] Tim Kaine: My name is Joshua Meadows. I am writing you in response to an email I've seen circulated from yourself to the gay community soliciting their perspectives and opinions about this Pride Month. I would like to take this opportunity to share some things with you about myself as a gay American.

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2 June 2010
Our advocates are letting us down
Our advocates are letting us down

Lt. Dan Choi, an individual who has inadvertently become the face of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the US, got arrested last week for an act of civil disobedience wherein he chained himself to the gates of the White House to draw attention to the issue. What started out with Choi apparently gatecrashing a Human Rights Campaign rally with Kathy Griffin ended with Choi marching to the front of the White House and handcuffing himself to the fence. He was arrested, along with the co-chair of GetEqual, Robin McGehee, and Cpt. Jim Pietrangelo (who had also chained himself alongside Choi). What had begun as a photo op for HRC got hijacked by Choi and, tellingly, HRC refused to get themselves involved.

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25 March 2010
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It is called fear and it's seeing a great renaissance
It is called fear and it's seeing a great renaissance

Again in keeping with my previous post, the entry below was a re-print of a letter-to-the-editor I sent Bruce Steele at The Advocate; coming off of the previous entry about this subject, I contacted him with my concerned over an image I felt that his magazine and much other popular gay media was perpetuating. This entry was dated May 13, 2006. Unfortunately I don't feel that the particular situation has gotten any better in the time since.

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5 December 2009
So together, but so broken up inside
So together, but so broken up inside

As per this earlier post, the entry below was originally dated February 26, 2006. Although the article mentioned in the first sentence is no longer available online, it pertained to a group advocating the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and I found some of their marketing to be a bit offensive and marginalizing towards gay people who happen to be effeminate, thus the inspiration for this entry. Yes, the title was a Kelly Clarkson song lyric.

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5 December 2009
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Infinity Ward's PSA is brought to you by "FAGS"
Infinity Ward's PSA is brought to you by "FAGS"

If you haven't heard by now, Infinity Ward, the developers behind upcoming FPS Modern Warfare 2, have released a YouTube public service announcement warning players against unsportsman-like "grenade spam." It's all well and fine, but the five seconds at the end of the video inform you that the PSA has been brought to you by "Fight Against Grenade Spam," or, FAGS.

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1 November 2009
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Politicizing video games
Politicizing video games

Shadow Complex, a new release to the Xbox Live Arcade, has generated a bit of controversy since its debut last week. The Super Metroid-inspired sidescroller is set in the universe of Orson Scott Card's Empire series and opposition to the game has been brewing by gamers unhappy with the controversial author's political views– specifically regarding […]

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23 August 2009
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