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Meet the Trackers, part 2: Danny Segura

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By Adam Bink

Happy Sunday Funday!

Yesterday we started a new series, Meet The Trackers, by profiling videographer Anthony Ash. Today, we’re talking to Danny Segura:

Danny Segura,

Danny is the Outreach Coordinator for the Courage Campaign, and was on the road for the first leg of the tour, starting in Maine. He took care of acquiring all the excellent coverage you’ve come to expect and getting it uploaded to this blog- both NOM’s events as well as pro-equality events like the picnic in Albany. He’s now back home and helping me, Eden and the rest of the gang here in research, tracking, and more behind the scenes.

My questions for Danny, and his responses, are below.

Where do you hail from?

My parents were born in different Latin American countries, moved to California when they were young, legally (you have to make that clear in this country these days), met in college and then years later I was born in California.

What brings you to Courage Campaign and the pro-equality movement?

The good people. Some of the best people out there are in the pro-equality movement. The silver lining of Prop 8 passing is the extended LGBT and allied family it unintentionally created. It was Prop 8 that activated me into action, though. It was during that contentious campaign that I realized how much work our community had to do, and I foresaw all the untapped potential we had as budding leaders and how deeply embedded the  discrimination and ignorance is that we still have to unravel. While I was familiar with Courage before that time, it was really once the post-Prop 8 movement needed direction and Courage stepped up and empowered new leaders that I became a whole-hearted Courage Campaign supporter.

How long have you been with Courage, and what’s your role?

Over a year now. I am an organizer and event planner.

Courage Campaign is based in California, and gets heavily involved in California politics. How do you think this year’s California elections (Governor, Senator, Congress, and ballot propositions) will shake out?

This year’s races are as scary as they are important. It is too close to call in a state that is too fragile. California is in need of serious progressive reform—from schools, to prisons, to services, etc—so we as progressives need to step up our campaigning this year.

Got any favorite California propositions you’re pulling for election or defeat of?

Prop 19 is incredibly fascinating to me. It seems as if it could be one of those moments in history where an initiative regarding something as controversial as marijuana, and the legalization of it, could save our broken economy.

Any predictions for what Ahnold will do upon leaving the governor’s mansion?

Try to fill Oprah’s shoes upon her departure. Maybe he and Maria could have a talk show as a couple.

Tell us what a day in the life on the road with NOM looks like, from eye-open to eye-shut.

Emails. Uploading. Breakfast. Shower. Emails. Travel. Stopping on the side of the road for a moment because something beautiful has struckyou. Conference Calls. Counter-protest. Rally. Uploading. Coffee. Maybe a second coffee. Emails. Uploading. Social Change. Travel. Dinner. Some replenishing time. Calls. Emails. Facebook. Shower (it is a humid summer, after all). Music and Reading. Sleep.

Best and worst meals you’ve had on the road during the NOM tour. Go.

Inexpensive and delicious lobster in Maine—yes, they actually grow them there… it is not just a stereotype. Worst was an overpriced excuse for a turkey sandwich at an undisclosed excuse for an airport.

When you’re not working on winning marriage equality for same-sex couples and exposing NOM’s failures and falsehoods, what issues most interest you?

Issues regarding our interconnectedness. Issues that shed light on the fact that we all play a part in us moving forward—we have seen this recently in Haiti, with global economic crisis, the BP spill—realizing that we are all a piece of an important puzzle.

The NOM tour stopped in Lima, Ohio, where the hit TV show Glee is fictionally set. If you could quote Sue Sylvester to Brian Brown, what would you say?

I would tell you what Sue would say:

“This is how Sue sees it: NOM, you may have played a hand in 30 initiatives beating back marriage equality—well played—but the truth is, despite all our impressive work it is only a matter of time before those pesky, big-hearted Glee kids win nationals and those pesky, passionate, inspiring—yeah, Sue’s man enough to admit they’re a bit inspiring—marriage equality activists win their long-deserved rights.”

Okay, you’ve wrestled control of the stereo from your fellow NOM Tour Trackers for the drive to the next stop. What’s on tap for the next couple of hours?

Showtunes, Dixie Chicks, Nina Simone, Neil Young, Pete Seeger, Tori Amos, Ben Harper, and Lila Downs.

Okay, we all know my blog,, is on your must-read list (grin). What are some other favorite blogs/bloggers?

As I spend my days reading articles and blogs related to marriage equality, in my free time I love reading the blogs of my favorite screenwriters, playwrights, and authors. A nice mix of art and activist musings would be Dan Savage portions in the Slog. I was quite happy to see him post a NOM Tracker piece the other day.

Finish this sentence: When this tour ends, the first thing I’m going to do when I get home is…

Exercise. Hiking, yoga, swimming and weight lifting.

Finish this sentence: If Maggie Gallagher had any other occupation, she would…

The next reality-TV show personality.

If you could have any three dinner guests, who would they be and what would you serve?

Bill Moyers, Chavela Vargas and Edward Albee. I would serve a five-course Italian meal at midnight with a bit of wine.

Got any closing message for our readers here at

Hang in there and when the moment feels right to switch from online discussion to social change, follow the feeling.


  • 1. Regan DuCasse  |  August 1, 2010 at 1:08 am

    A Ben Harper fan too? OMG, I'm in love with you already!

  • 2. Ben  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I had that reaction when I saw Tori Amos.

  • 3. Ķĭŗîļĺę&  |  August 1, 2010 at 1:08 am

    37 minutes and no one commented yet.
    Good morning, sleepy East coast.

  • 4. Anonygrl  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Hey, it is Sunday. I don't WANNA wake up.

    Hello Danny! Hello everyone else!

    Hi Brian! Hi Louis!

    Going to find some coffee now.

  • 5. Sagesse  |  August 1, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Hi Danny :). Subscribing.

  • 6. Dave in Maine  |  August 1, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Hey, Danny! It was good meeting you in Maine last month! I love Nina Simone, too.

    Good luck to a fellow Californian on the rest of the tour!

    Dave in Maine (the guy with the tattooed arms that took your photo that day!)

  • 7. Sagesse  |  August 1, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Is the subscription link performing strangely for anyone else? I'm being directed to open a WordPress account?

  • 8. Ronnie  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I got the same thing…. : / …Ronnie

  • 9. Kathleen  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:44 am

    So did I. Here's how I subscribed:
    I entered my email in the "Manage Subscriptions" box. When I rec'd an email with a link, I clicked on the link, which took me to a "Manage Your Subscriptions" Page. At the top of the page you should see a category for "Pending" (likely showing there is 1 pending subscription). If you mouse over the pending subscription, it will give you an option to approve the subscription.

  • 10. Sagesse  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Yeah, I did my usual 'click this and see what happens', but once I got to the end, I couldn't explain to you what I did :).

  • 11. Ronnie  |  August 1, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I'll try that now…thanks Kathleen…mmmmmmuah…<3…Ronnie

  • 12. truthspew  |  August 1, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Just a bit of the vino?

    Great profiles on those dogging the Bigot Cavalcade.

  • 13. Kathleen  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Nice to meet you, Danny!

  • 14. Ronnie  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Sup Danny….Nice to read about meeting you…also:

    I would tell you what Sue would say:

    “This is how Sue sees it: NOM, you may have played a hand in 30 initiatives beating back marriage equality—well played—but the truth is, despite all our impressive work it is only a matter of time before those pesky, big-hearted Glee kids win nationals and those pesky, passionate, inspiring—yeah, Sue’s man enough to admit they’re a bit inspiring—marriage equality activists win their long-deserved rights.”


  • 15. Straight Ally #3008  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:45 am

    The silver lining of Prop 8 passing is the extended LGBT and allied family it unintentionally created.

    Hear, hear! As a wise Jedi once said, "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."

  • 16. Richard W. Fitch  |  August 1, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Danny, what a great affirmation! These events have helped focus the varied, scattered efforts of many people into a single beam. My gratitude to you, your intreprid Tacker cohorts, CC and every who is taking part in these encounters.

  • 17. Anonygrl  |  August 1, 2010 at 2:50 am

    NOM blog now has a post to "Gay Rights Leaders"… (who would they be, exactly?) to repudiate this and that… same old noise. My response, posted here because it will be treated to abortion over there…

    Too little, too late, and nobody is buying it.

    Stop playing the victim card, NOM. You've been seeking to brand yourself for this entire tour as the natural heirs to the civil rights movement, and then with every breath you take attempting to restrict through police action, curtail with words and legislate away the civil rights of the LGBT community.

    It doesn't work. You are not the injured party here, and no one except the folks you scare into donating believe you are.

  • 18. Ronnie  |  August 1, 2010 at 4:44 am

    ROFL…."My response, posted here because it will be treated to abortion over there…"…..Anonygrl, that was priceless


  • 19. Straight Ally #3008  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

    "How dare you be upset that we're working to deny you your civil rights? The nerve of some people!"

  • 20. Alan E.  |  August 1, 2010 at 3:37 am

    I met Danny at the closing arguments of the Prop 8 trial. He's a great addition to the CC team!

  • 21. Tim in Sonoma  |  August 1, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Hello Danny! Great work and I thank you very much. ((hugs))
    Hello Brian! Poor Brian are the gays picking on you?
    Hello looser Louis! I'm pissed at you!
    @ Anonygrl, My thought exactly!! He's not a victim, he just plays one on tv!

  • 22. Tim in Sonoma  |  August 1, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Has anyone heard any snippet (even if it was a secret) of when we might be hearing a verdict from Mr Walker?
    Kathleen you must have heard something…lol

  • 23. Kathleen  |  August 1, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Nope. Sorry.

  • 24. Svenbot  |  August 1, 2010 at 4:08 am


  • 25. jc  |  August 1, 2010 at 5:01 am

    sort of o/t of this particular article but i saw these over on box turtle bulletin and wanted to share.

    very interesting taking saturday off when that's when most of the hardworking NOMbies are free, eh? and can't wait to see florida's event…sounds fantastic!!!

  • 26. Bob  |  August 1, 2010 at 5:14 am

    speakers, speaking words of wisdom, and silent prayer, singers singing Amazing Grace, love it!!!!!! what a wonderful way to meet NOM in the public square

  • 27. Anonygrl  |  August 1, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I think my favorite thing about the Florida stop is that they had to shift CITIES out of fear of us, and we are taking the message to them anyway.

    You go Florida! Show them who we are!!! Love you all!

  • 28. jc  |  August 1, 2010 at 5:55 am

    it IS funny they did that…though i recall orlando being just as gay as tampa, if not moreso what with disney and all! 🙂 i say that with love, i'm a floridian from st. pete/clearwater. i've nothing negative to say to anyone who has turned out for any of these events, but this truly sounds like THE event! not only are 'we' not acting badly so they can play the victims, but we are going the other way, and beautifully!

  • 29. Straight Grandmother  |  August 1, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Oh my gosh Danny you are so cute! Wonder why we waited so long for individual topics on our intrepid Nom Trackers. This is really fun and interesting. Now of course I am going to have to Google Chavela Vargas and Edward Albee since I have never heard of them. Bill Moyers I think is a news guy, but I will go review him also.

    I read beween the lines a little bit so i think you are gay, right? Your parents must be so proud to have a son like you. Your work product the early coverage of NOM's #FAIL rallys was, and is, very important to this community. Keep up the good work, and again you are so cute, I wsih I could literaly give you a big hug.

  • 30. Dpeck  |  August 1, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Aw, who could want to deny this guy his equal rights? Look at that smile. He's adorable! : )

    But to be more serious, thank you Danny for all you are doing. Great job!

  • 31. Richard A. Walter (s  |  August 1, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Ice cream shopping–any body got a good deal for me on ten gallons of chocolate chip chocolate covered with hot fudge?

  • 32. Alan E.  |  August 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Yes, actually, but only in San Francisco. It might melt by the time I ship it your way.

  • 33. Tim in Sonoma  |  August 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Alan, Lucky carries dry ice! LOL
    Richard, TEN gallons? wow.

  • 34. Richard A. Walter (s  |  August 1, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I am feeling rather down, and this is the very least it will take to elevate my mood. I prefer chocolate to Elavil.

  • 35. Anonygrl  |  August 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

    How about long distance hugs from people you only know over the internet? Cause if that will help, I am sending them your way!

    Covered in chocolate, if you like. 🙂

  • 36. jc  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    may i suggest you go on the hunt for ben and jerry's limited edition 'flourless chocolate cake'? if that doesn't get rid of the funk, nothing will!

  • 37. Dpeck  |  August 1, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Yes, but all means, get the Ben And Jerry's! It's the least we could do after the support they have given us – When SSM was legalized in Vermont, they renamed their "Chubby Hubby" flavor "Hubby Hubby". Read about it here:

  • 38. Richard A. Walter (s  |  August 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I have placed my order with my local retailer. Unfortunately, we don't have a Ben & Jerry's in Fayetteville. I wouldn't mind having a franchise for here, though.

  • 39. JonT  |  August 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hi Danny!

    Prop 19 fascinating to me too – what a precedent that could set 🙂

  • 40. Ray in MA  |  August 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Danny, I can see the passion in your eyes, enhanced by your smile.

    THANK YOU for ALL you do for us!!!

    Your conrtibutions are priceless!

  • 41. Danny  |  August 2, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Hello there lovely community!

    What a great way to start the day: reading all of your positive affirmations!

    I have been following your comments for weeks and though I have not commented on them, I am here, listening, and reading all of them and feel like I have really a) started gettinh to know all of you b) been impressed by how this community has evolved.

    I'll keep my passion up as long as you keep activating.

    Richard, I hope today feels brighter than yesterday.

    Straight grandmother, yes, read some Albee, a brilliant playwright and listen to Chavela Vargas, a brilliant lesbian Mexican legendary singer.

    Alan, good to see you are keeping up!

    All the rest of you that made me blush and smile on this sunny Monday morning–thank you!


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