Issue 374 - April 2007
The Politics of Engagement: Activists Reflect on the Marriage Equality Movement
- Why Progressives Must Reframe the Narrow Terms of Marriage Politics
- Promoting Marriage to Cure Poverty?
- Black, Latino, Asian Same-sex Couples Have Most to Gain, Lose from Marriage Fight
- Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe at the World Social Forum
In This Issue
Last year, an eclectic group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer organizers, scholars, funders, writers, and other cultural workers came together to discuss marriage and family politics as they exist in thea United States today. Their statement, "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families & Relationships" can be read in its entirety at www.beyondmarriage.org, and has been endorsed by hundreds of pro-LGBT movers and shakers throughout the country. In the article that follows, one of the statement's 19 authors -- speaking for herself and not the entire group -- summarizes this new vision and assesses its relevance in light of recent political developments.
In the marriage equality movement, a lot depends on what door people came through to get there. If the door only says "Gay," then that's all people look for in the movement. I came through the door marked "Equality and Justice for All."
|From the Editor's Desk|
|A Victory for Homeless Domestic Partners|| |
As of February 1st, homeless couples who have registered with the City Clerk as domestic partners will be sheltered as families in the same way as married couples.
|The Anatomy of a Movement: Dissecting Arizona's Victory Against Proposition 107|| |
Rather than waiting until we are faced with a crisis and relying on individual states to create campaigns, what if we invested in strategies and campaigns to effect lasting, long-term changes in attitudes about LGBT people and their families?
|Asian Pacific Americans Support Re-Introduction of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act in California|
|Mass. Marriages and Mass Movements|| |
MassEquality's work to defeat the anti-marriage amendment steams ahead with a goal of winning in the Massachusetts legislature. A win will deny the anti-gay industry what it most wants: a referendum on gay marriage in the only state that has it.
|Black, Latino, Asian Same-sex Couples Have Most to Gain, Lose from Marriage Fight|| |
Denying the protections that come with marriage hurts all same-sex couples. But it disproportionately hurts the ability of black, Latino, and Asian same-sex couples to save money, provide for their children, buy a house, or prepare for retirement.
|True Coalition: A Conversation with Lisbeth Melendez Rivera|| |
We need to seek our commonalities in our goals and objectives instead of in strategy -- no single major social justice change has ever been won with only a single strategy.
|Respect for All! Another World is Possible for African LGBT People, Too|| |
The freedom of tone of the activists at the "Q Spot" tent was really extraordinary, and the public -- curious, intrigued, and rarely hostile -- were amazed.
|Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe at the World Social Forum|| |
"We are saying we exist and that we are part of society. We want to be treated as people because we are people, we are human beings living in the same world."
|The Marriage Map|
|The Fiscal Year '08 Budget Pie|