Activism

Is Derogatory Name Calling a Useful Activist Tool?

Is Derogatory Name Calling a Useful Activist Tool?

I see name calling as a tool of patriarchy and white supremacy. It is an effort to enforce a power-over way of being. Even if it makes us feel good to call others names, we are simply buying into and reinforcing the same power dynamics and that doesn’t change the world.

February 3, 2016 0 comments Activism, general
When Homophobes are Hiding Homosexuals.

When Homophobes are Hiding Homosexuals.

If we attack homophobes, we are actually attacking their fear, since their fear drives them, and we should all be able to relate to being attacked while afraid.

December 21, 2015 0 comments Activism, general
Are Pride Organizations Failing the Broader LGBTQ Community?

Are Pride Organizations Failing the Broader LGBTQ Community?

And since almost none of these groups where adequately inclusive of trans persons and persons of color, they are ill-prepared to move forward on issues important to the whole of the queer community and especially these marginalized groups.

December 13, 2015 0 comments Activism
#GivingTuesday: Start your holiday season off happy.

#GivingTuesday: Start your holiday season off happy.

So, why not use #GivingTuesday to put these ideas together for you and give donations to worthy non-profit organizations or other entities? You will actually feel good by giving a gift out of gratitude for what one organization or another is accomplishing.

December 1, 2015 0 comments Activism, general
EECM Sponsors Candlelight Vigil and March

EECM Sponsors Candlelight Vigil and March

I’d like to encourage all my Pittsburgh readers to participate in a vigil and march sponsored by the East End Community Ministries. At a time when we see so much violence and attack in the name of religion, it is powerful to see words and actions against the violence, by the community and spearheaded by a religious group. Your participation as an LGBTQI person or ally helps give voice to the need to see all[Read More…]

November 24, 2015 0 comments Activism, general
A Problem with PrEP

A Problem with PrEP

PrEP is a preventive tool in the fight against HIV infection. This may be increasing the amount of unprotected sex that men have, and causing a rise in STDs.

November 20, 2015 0 comments Activism, HIV/AIDS
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Consider making Transgender Day of Remembrance an active memorial. Use the day to learn more about Transpersons and the struggles they face. Reach out and take action. Stand with Transgender persons demanding an end to violence and discrimination that they face.

Terrorism, Daesh, and the American Public

Terrorism, Daesh, and the American Public

Daesh, or its american counterparts are not really about Religion, even as they claim it as their justification. Their only real motive is power and domination, and if we are going to stop them, we must see this distinction. This is a crucial point.

About Privilege

About Privilege

I had a short dialogue on Facebook this week about “privilege,” and I though I’d take those comments as a starting point for a blog post. I think dialogues about privilege are critically important, and my views have changed much over time. I expect they will keep evolving too. At one point, I’d have said, privilege simply is power,and it is about who has and who doesn’t have power. But today, I think that is[Read More…]

October 30, 2015 0 comments Activism
Do you know where you vote?

Do you know where you vote?

In the last general election, fewer than half of all eligible adults voted, and the majority of those who did get to the polls were conservatives. If every registered democrat turned out to vote, the conservatives wouldn’t be in charge everywhere!

October 29, 2015 0 comments Activism, Election
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