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Our first-ever LGBT-inspired flash mob – Sept. 16 in LA

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By Ana Beatriz Cholo

We’re trying something new next Friday and we’re pretty excited. If you live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, we hope you’ll join us for a – da-dum – politically oriented, LGBT-inspired flash mob!

In a “casting call” email we sent out to Courage Campaign members, we said, ”if you believe in equal rights and think we should accept one another for who we are, this is the event for you! We’re looking for dancers, singers, actors, drama queens, drag queens, theatre majors, and just plain regular folk who are motivated and comfortable being in front of cameras.”

The response has been amazing. Who knew we had such talented members?

As for the flash mob, we can’t divulge the exact location or details – yet. If you’ve watched these choreographed performances on You Tube or in person, you know the surprise factor is part of the fun. Suffice to say that we’ll be peacefully and creatively dancing and singing for equal rights.

Here’s a piece in Beyond Chron that describes how flash mobs are the direct action of the future. An excerpt:

“In Taking on the System, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas argues that political activists must adapt to the technology of their era. Gandhi used newsreels shown in movie theaters, Sixties protesters used the mass street protest — which was effective at the time, because everyone only watched 3 channels and getting Walter Cronkite on your side could move the country. Today, with our decentralized media and more people online, YouTube flash-mobs are the direct action of the future.”

So, are you motivated now to get your flash mob on? If so, sign up here. We’ll send you more information, including the instructional dance video. We’ve got a rehearsal in Sherman Oaks and another in Long Beach tomorrow.

Leotards are optional.

Hope to see you soon!

 

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57 Comments

  • 1. Ronnie  |  September 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    "Leotards are optional."……. lol…… <3…Ronnie

  • 2. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  September 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Some of us make spandex scream….best not done in public 🙂

  • 3. FlexSF  |  September 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    This sounds like way to much fun. Keywords: L.A., cameras, flash. I heard Madonna will be there.

  • 4. DaveP  |  September 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    "First ever LGBT-inspired flash mob"? Heck, I thought we inspired ALL of them : )

  • 5. dwpiper  |  September 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Off-topic – but I found this so incredibly moving I just had to share:

    ‘I ask you to allow me to love my husband the way you are allowed to love.’

    An excerpt:

    "I learned last week that a good friend of mine from childhood lost his partner two days earlier. He was viciously stalked and ripped (yes I mean ripped) apart by a gang of, dare I use the term, people who felt that his being gay was wrong. My friend could not see his partner, nor collect the body of his beloved due to the ignorance of the government in the country within which this attack took place. His partner apparently cried out for hours, calling his name as he lay feeling his life slip away. He died not hearing that he was loved, and my friend lives on knowing this fact."

  • 6. Alan_Eckert  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Looks like the Plaintiffs submitted a letter referencing the recent ruling in the 9th Circuit court in Diaz v. Brewer. Waiting for the document from the legal eagles.

  • 7. Kathleen  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Yes, that's what it is. Jason is uploading now and will post when it's on Scribd.

  • 8. bJason  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Plaintiffs filed letter referencing the recent ruling in the 9th Circuit court in Diaz v. Brewer
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/64416323

  • 9. Gregory in SLC  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Awesome! thank you Kathleen and bJason!

    This Court‟s decision in Diaz confirms that laws like Proposition 8, which are not rationallyrelated to any legitimate state interests but are enacted simply to harm gay and lesbianindividuals, see Pls.‟Br. 73-105, violate equal protection.

    Respectfully submitted,
    /s/Theodore B. Olson
    Theodore B. Olson

  • 10. Ronnie  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Memories Of Sept. 11's First Recorded Casualty Endure http://www.npr.org/2011/09/05/140154885/memories-

    (me) Not only LGBT history but American History as well…. the story of Father Mychal Judge, openly gay to a select few & one of the thousands of victims of the 9/11 attacks….A hero in his own right….. Rest in Peace Father Mychal Judge & rest in peace to all who were lost on that day……… <3…Ronnie

  • 11. Sarah  |  September 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I heard this story this morning as well. It was a nice piece, as have been many of the accounts NPR has aired in the past week about 9/11. Although they made no mention of it, I thought that I had heard before that he was gay.

  • 12. Gregory in SLC  |  September 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

    can watch instantly on netflix:

    Saint of 9/11
    http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Saint_of_9_11/7

  • 13. DaveP  |  September 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Father Judge was an amazing guy. I recommend watching the documentary about him, "The Saint of 9/11".
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795458/plotsummary

    And yes, this is another example of the kind of thing that SB48 would address.

  • 14. bJason  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    BLAG does not wish to participate in the pilot program for taping proceedings in the Golinski case.
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/64417965

  • 15. FlexSF  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    They don't deserve to be obliged of their request. They double don't deserve it when they are being paid by the tax dollars of the gays who they are seeking to legally violate. This action is a deliberate insult. The message the Republican defense of Golinski is saying is "fuck you gays, we're here to prevent you from being treated equally under the law, and you'll never know why."

    Great big middle finger to the entire Republican party who hired these assholes.

  • 16. Leo  |  September 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Unfortunately, they don't have to deserve it. The judge's order was clear: "Should any party not consent to the recording of the proceeding on October 21, 2011, the proceeding shall not be recorded."

  • 17. Sagesse  |  September 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Under the rules, a trial cannot be taped unless the parties agree. They don't have to have a reason, they just have to refuse.

  • 18. bJason  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    BLAG reply in support of its Motion to Dismiss in the Windsor case.
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/64418334

  • 19. Alan_Eckert  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Right off the line they cite Baker.

  • 20. Alan_Eckert  |  September 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Actually they start out with an ad hominid attack first n the introduction.

  • 21. DaveP  |  September 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Hmm. Is it just me, or does their reply come off as really snide and unprofessional? Sheesh.

    Eh, but that's OK. It helps us if they do.

  • 22. Leo  |  September 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Okay, I don't get their footnote 5 ("the Court should disregard DOJ's submission because it is, in essence, an unauthorized brief of amicus curiae.") For one, the scheduling order specifically said, "…and DOJ shall file a brief, if any…".

  • 23. Tasty Salamanders  |  September 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

    But you are using logic there, you should know by now to not expect that from them.

  • 24. Ronnie  |  September 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Baltimore NAACP chapter joins Marylanders for Marriage Equality
    SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 http://thetaskforceblog.org/2011/09/09/baltimore-

    “We believe gay and lesbian couples have the same values as everyone else,” said Tessa Hill-Alston, president of the Baltimore Branch NAACP. “They want to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and build a loving, stable family. So it is only right that committed gay and lesbian couples be given the opportunity to marry as everyone else. We look forward to working with the coalition and lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill that protects religious freedoms.”

    <3…Ronnie

  • 25. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  September 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Remembering 'Hero of Flight 93' Mark Bingham
    https://theconservativetreehouse.wordpress.com/20
    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/09/09/3130733/comm

  • 26. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Kind of OT, but there's a message here. And it's a wonderful story.

    A Boy’s Bar Mitzvah Lessons Bridge a Cultural Chasm
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/nyregion/for-on

  • 27. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:09 am

    The NC House and Senate vote Monday.

    Activists say gay marriage forum turned ugly
    http://www.gastongazette.com/news/marriage-60714-

  • 28. Str8Grandmother  |  September 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Another article with a lovely picture of a couple you might recognize http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/09/11/11

  • 29. Gregory in SLC  |  September 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

    : D !!!

  • 30. Alan_Eckert  |  September 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

    So cool!

  • 31. fiona64  |  September 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    As usual, the hate-speaking imbeciles are out in full force in the comments. However, our Richard and BZ are splendid!

  • 32. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Why the Democrats learned to love same-sex marriage
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-the-de

  • 33. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Why there is confusion about the participation of Churches in marriage equality campaigns.

    A tax law primer as Maryland churches are lobbied to oppose marriage equality
    http://www.americanindependent.com/192764/a-tax-l

  • 34. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:41 am

    What the opposition is up to in Maryland.

    Md. anti-marriage-equality advocates continue with claim marriage is not a civil right
    http://americanindependent.com/191564/md-anti-mar

    And to balance the scales on the 'civil rights' question.

    NAACP Joins Effort To Legalize Gay Marriage In Maryland
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9457&amp;…

  • 35. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Not your classic American definition of a sports personality :).

    World champ axeman backs gay marriage
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/world-champ-axeman

  • 36. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:53 am

    The Minnesota campaign.

    Chris Coleman aide to lead group fighting amendment to ban gay marriage
    http://www.minnpost.com/politicalagenda/2011/09/0

    Gay Marriage Group Minnesotans United For All Families Recruits Republican
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9461&amp;…

  • 37. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 6:56 am

    One NC citizen.

    Speak out against speaker Tillis’s push for gay marriage ban
    http://davidsonnews.net/2011/09/09/speak-out-agai

    And another.

    Bob Page: Marriage legislation is needless
    http://www.news-record.com/content/2011/09/08/art

    And a native son.

    Facebook's Chris Hughes Donates $10,000 To Fight North Carolina's Gay Marriage Ban
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9459&amp;…

  • 38. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Michael Bloomberg To Co-Host Fundraiser For Pro-Gay Marriage Republicans
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9455&amp;…

  • 39. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Colorado Student Mark Olmstead Quits Push To Overturn Gay Marriage Ban
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9453&amp;…

  • 40. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Suns' Rick Welts – Sports' First Openly Gay CEO – Resigns
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9458&amp;…

    “The most important thing for me is to get my personal and professional lives better aligned,” said Welts, a reference to his partner, who lives in Sacramento. “They've probably never been aligned. I'm 58 years old and it's time to do that.”

  • 41. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Iran executes three men for sodomy
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-ea

  • 42. Ronnie  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Why ‘It Gets Better’ Works: Watch One Young Man Express His Gratitude http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/09/09/315891/w

    <3…Ronnie

  • 43. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Barney Frank Says It Gets Better Because America's Gay Youth Refuse To Hide
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9440&amp;…

  • 44. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

    North Carolina Senate To Debate Gay Marriage Ban Amendment On Monday
    http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=9463&amp;…

    "According to its website, the Senate Judiciary 1 committee will convene at 1:30PM on Monday to discuss a bill titled Speaker/Pro Tem Term Limits. House Bill 61 is a proposal to limit the tenure of House and Senate leaders.

    On Friday, however, WRAL News reported that the bill titled Speaker/Pro Tem Term Limits is the marriage measure."

  • 45. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Family of Black Man Sues Whites in Killing
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/us/07jackson.ht

    "James Bradfield, Mr. Anderson’s partner of 17 years, is not a plaintiff. Under Mississippi law, same-sex partners have no claim in civil actions like this, Mr. Dees said.

    There was no indication that Mr. Anderson’s sexual orientation was a factor in the crime."

  • 46. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Not a typo.

    Dan Savage's Plane to Ex-Gays: You Can't Pray the Gay Away
    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/09/0

  • 47. FlexSF  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

    How interesting, yet, it seems like a colossal waste of money. The Christianists will double-down dumb.

  • 48. loaferguy  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

    But Dan Savage is wrong! You CAN pray the gay away and this video proves it! Although I'm not sure if the woman here is recieving the Holy Spirit or just having an orgasm:

    [youtube 3ED5DU6JC2w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ED5DU6JC2w youtube]

  • 49. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Sigh.

    Book by NOM Board Member Says King Hamlet Was a Gay Pedophile
    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/09/0

  • 50. Sam_Handwich  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Sagesse – thanks for all the great links!! …but did you have too much coffee this morning? 😀

  • 51. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Too much time, too much material to work with. Going for my second cup now.

  • 52. LCH  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Huh? I didn't know NOM Board Members could read. : p

  • 53. Sagesse  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    For those of you who are not familiar with Faith in America, and the work they are doing.
    http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e2bbf638ef229

    "Time is running out in North Carolina, where a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality is near. It's with your help that Faith in America will be present at a September 13th rally in Raleigh, with Chely at our side as a public voice educating about the harm done by those who misuse religious teachings to justify discrimination against LGBT people.

    Our founder, Mitchell Gold, has generously offered to match each gift supporting our urgent work to stop the anti-marriage amendment in North Carolina. Mitchell's offer will end at midnight on Tuesday, September 13th, so please – if you haven't already – double your gift to Faith in America and help us ensure North Carolina remains the only state in the South that has not inscribed discrimination against same-sex couples in its constitution."

  • 54. Ronnie  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:48 am

    NC NAACP’s Open Letter to North Carolinians: reject marriage amendment that narrows – not expands – civil rights http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2011/09/10/

    (me)Thank you Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II for all your support…….. <3…Ronnie

  • 55. Sam_Handwich  |  September 10, 2011 at 9:54 am

    What explains the huge discrepancy between the NAACP's stated positions on marriage equality and the way black Americans tend to vote on such issues?

    For example, the NAACP in CA stood against Prop 8, but blacks voted in favor by 2 to 1.

    Why this apparent disconnect?

  • 56. Steve  |  September 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

    The African American community isn't against same-sex marriage because they are black, but because they tend to be very religious. And often not just any religion but some of the whackier Protestant sects or things like Pentecostalism

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