Wednesday, November 26, 2008

MassResistance "Special Report" on the Boston Protest Against Prop 8

The anti-gay hate group, MassResistance, has posted a "special report" on the protest against prop 8 that took place November 15 at Boston City Hall. It was the largest LGBT rights demonstration in Boston in decades. It is obvious that Brian (the author of MassResistance) was not able to hear any of the speeches. He was counter-protesting the rally. The "special report" talks about the rally targeting people of faith. This is ludicrous. The only mention of religion was one speaker who said that we must love everyone, not matter what faith they may practice.

This report is another attempt by MassResistance to spread lies about LGBT people. They call the rally a fascist-like protest. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, watch the videos here and decided for yourself.

MassResistance is also attacking Congressman Capuano and Congresswoman Tsongas for speaking at the event. I guess they missed Congressman Ed Markey since there is no mention of his speech in the "special report". It is obvious that Brian just watched the two minute news clip on the event (which only mentions Capuano and Tsongas) and then made up his own story.

The MassResistance "special report" asks readers to contact the Congresspeople and scold them for speaking at the event. Let's make sure they hear from us as well. Give them a call and send them an email thanking them for speaking at the rally and for standing up for equality. 

Below is an excerpt from the MassResistance "special report". They are even calling on people who live out of state to contact the Congresspeople. Let's flood their offices with THANK YOUS! You may use the contact information below to call and email Congressman Capuano and Congresswoman Tsongas to thank them for their support.

This is an OUTRAGE! Every good person in America should be disgusted by this. No matter WHERE you live, you have an obligation to let these two know that their endorsement of this vile behavior over the last few weeks is not just un-American, it's inhuman. Contact BOTH of them:

Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas

(Massachusetts 5th District)

Washington office: Phone: 202-225-3411 Fax: 202-226-0771

Local offices (address, phone, fax): LINK to local office contact list

Other local contact info: Phone: 978-458-6454


Congressman Michael Capuano

(Massachusetts 8th District)

Washington office: Phone: 202-225-5111 Fax: 202-225-9322

District office: Phone: 617-621-6208 Fax: 617-621-8628

Email: Email form

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

News Coverage of Protest at Cambridge City Hall

The protest at Cambridge City Hall on Sunday was a testament to the city's strong commitment to social justice and to the queer community. It was literally freezing out, yet dozens of people showed up to hear the mayor, city counselor, and four state representatives speak.

After the speaking program at city hall, we marched to Harvard Square, chanting the entire way. 

Here are a couple of good news articles about the protest:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Harvey Milk Candlelight Vigil

This Thanksgiving marks the 30-year anniversary of the death of Harvey Milk. On the eve of this sad day, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, and their heterosexual allies, will come together to remember Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office. There will be a candlelight vigil across from Kendall Cinema, where the film Milk is scheduled to open on the same night. After the vigil, we will all be watching the film together.

Candlelight Vigil Honoring Harvey Milk
Wednesday, November 26
Corner of Binney St. and Fulkerson St.
Across from Kendall Cinema

Harvey Milk is an iconic figure in the LGBT community. He gave hope to a community struggling to be treated with respect. Milk was elected city supervisor in San Francisco in 1977. He was responsible for passing the gay rights ordinance in the city and was a leader in the gay community's efforts against California's Proposition 6, which would have barred openly-gay people from teaching in public schools.

“Harvey Milk is my political hero. He never shirked from leading, powerfully and openly. Milk knew that openness and honesty was the only path to equality for LGBT people," said Marc Solomon, the Executive Director of MassEquality. "The power of his example is as true on the 30th anniversary of his slaying as it was when he was leading the fight against banning gays from teaching in California schools. Milk liked to say about LGBT young people, ‘you gotta give ‘em hope.’ Through his powerful way of living, Milk’s legacy still does.”

The candlelight vigil is being organized by the new LGBT rights organization, Join The Impact MA. Organizer Chris Mason said, "Harvey Milk was a true American hero. He stood up for what he believed in and even died for his cause. The candlelight vigil will be a reminder of the struggles LGBT people have faced in the past, and still face today. We will continue to carry Harvey Milk's message of full equality and will not rest until we reach that goal."

Those interested in attending the candlelight vigil can find out more information by visiting the website for Join the Impact MA ( Local organizers have also established a Facebook page for event (

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Protest Prop 8 at Cambridge City Hall

Join us on Sunday in Cambridge at a rally in favor of equal marriage rights. Cambridge has a special place in the struggle for marriage equality. We will be gathering at Cambridge City Hall - the site where the first legal same-sex marriage licenses were issued over four years ago.

This event is co-sponsored by Join The Impact MA and the Cambridge GLBT Commission. Mayor Denise Simmons, the first openly lesbian African American mayor in the country, will be speaking at the event.


"With the passage of discriminatory legislation like Proposition 8, progressive cities like Cambridge are the beacons that light the way towards a more tolerant future," Simmons said. "We were the first city in the nation to grant same-sex marriage licenses, we certainly won't be the last, and we look forward to the day when Proposition 8 takes its rightful place in the dustbin of history alongside errors like Plessy v. Ferguson and Jim Crow."

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people have been treated as second-class citizens for long enough. November 4th marks a turning point in the fight of LGBT civil rights. The passage of Prop 8 was the spark that has ignited the new LGBT civil rights movement. The protests are not going to stop until we achieve full equality in every state.

Bring signs, bring your friends, and most of all: don’t give up!

If you want flyers but don’t have a printer, e-mail: Visit the Facebook Event page here.

Hope to see you all there!!