Organizations That Matter: GLAAD

Last week, we attended a fund-raising event sponsored by GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. It was really powerful to hear the speakers talk about how the religious groups like Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, and so on have been able to raise millions of dollars to fight LGBT rights (and especially marriage equality) using fear tactics and hatred. It got me thinking how many LGBT people – especially those in the big cities like New York and San Francisco where tolerance is more commonplace – get complacent about supporting the organizations that fight for our rights. At this moment, nothing could be more important than making sure that the right message gets out to the right people about how we are not asking for anything more than the same rights offered to everyone else.

GLAAD has been especially active in teaching everyday people who want to advocate for LGBT rights how to maintain a consistent message across all media outlets, and they make sure that the message is backed up with facts and supporting documentation to maintain authenticity. It is important that our message always be truthful, so that we can counter the falsehoods that the religious groups use to silence our voices and take away our rights.

We have joined GLAAD’s Media Circle donor program to make sure GLAAD has the resources to continue doing good things around the world. Please consider joining us!

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I added the ability to subscribe to this blog via Atom/RSS, which you can read with appropriate software, such as RssReader. I’m not as much of an early adopter as I used to be – a sign of getting older – but I finally realized that I could save a lot of time by having my news come to me instead of having to go find it (with the use of web browser bookmarks, of course).

With RssReader, you set up the feeds that you want to read, and it gets them automatically and as frequently as you could want. The interface is a little clunky, and it took a while to get it to work with our proxy server, but everything is good to go. If you have your reader installed, just use the Site Feed link on the right.

The next step will to add functionality so that people can comment on these musings. Maybe next quarter.