Tag Archives: human rights

To even the scales (GoFundMe) (tangential to EC v DA)

7 Oct

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorMost of you know that SBSarah and Jane chose to use crowdfunding service GoFundMe to raise funds for the Dear Author/Jane Litte legal defense because it provides a relatively easy mechanism for refunds.

Jane, who is already bearing all the stress of the vexatious defamation lawsuit Ellora’s Cave filed against her late last month, decided to use up to $20,000 of her own money before even dipping into the fund (please note: many of us don’t want a refund, we want Jane to use the funds raised before she touches any of her own money).

Anyway, I know many of us rushed to donate without even registering what service was used–the issue of free speech and silencing people whose own livelihood is at stake too important to delay. Soon, though, the issues with GoFundMe were raised–for example, by Sonomalass at her blog and by Ridley, here:

A reminder that GoFundMe profits off the murders of black men and boys and helps their murderers escape prison time. Also, GoFundMe is not “neutral.” You can use their platform to help someone get away with murder, but you can’t use it to fund an abortion.

These concerns moved both SBSarah and Jane to come up with alternative means to donate–see at the bottom here.

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Life often imitates art–and this time, it was AWESOME!

11 May

Quick note: I will soon post actual thoughts on books and life and things. I do have something like three dozen reviews half written, and at least a dozen drafts for posts on different issues, but life presently has meant that I haven’t finished any of that. In the meantime, though, the world continues on, and occasionally, it’s for the better.

To whit:

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Brava, New Zealand, well done!

17 Apr

In New Zealand, under the law, the definition of marriage has changed. Marriage equality, a reality.
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6 Apr

Jay and Bryan Leffew know love and the generosity it engenders. Their love is beautiful and their story so moving I’m left without words to share it.

I don’t always agree with them, but I don’t have to in order to admire their generosity and their commitment to family, equality and love.

Thank you for being who you are.

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Read their blog and watch their videos.

How the hell…

5 Jan

did I miss this one the first time around?

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Update: Jesus is not a homophobe!

30 May

Remember this?

Well, a student in Ohio won the legal case and can now wear the t-shirt to school. Here’s the finger to all the assholes:

Driving Equality and turning the tables on the hateful: a Phelps-a-thon

8 Dec

Many of you, I’m sure, remember Fred batshitfullofhatred Phelps of the so-called baptist church of Westboro (you can also see their impact on Karen here)

Well, it seems the asshat is sending a delegation of his family to protest at a performance of The Laramie Project in Boston on December 12th. Not that it’s a surprise, since this piece of vomit sends family members to protest everything from funerals to the rightful election of a mayor in Oregon.

Anyway, here’s the part that fills me with glee: Chris Mason, a gay rights activist from Boston, is turning tables on the hateful by using their presence to drive a fund raising for his Driving Equality project next summer. Continue reading