A little bit of history: The Salvation Army Kettle “Dollars” Protest

I am still hearing about folks using Salvation Army kettle “dollars” to let the Salvation Army know of their disapproval regarding the organization’s homophobic/transphobic policies. The first Salvation Army kettle protest “dollars” that I know of were created in November 2001 by Mary Scholl, then President of the PFLAG Genesee County, MI chapter. The graphic …

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A local public television station and a PFLAG-Olympia screening of the documentary “Two Spirits” – Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez

The documentary “Two Spirits” explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl and the essentially spiritual nature of gender. Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied boy with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his Navajo culture. Martinez was brutally murdered at 16 in Cortez, Colorado in 2001. “Two …

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Bullying: Breaking The Cycle – a documentary Alec and I were in – is now online

Alec and I were in a KIRO 7 (Seattle) Family Connection Special Presentation documentary, Bullying: Breaking The Cycle, which aired on March 17 and March 26, 2011. It can now be watched online in four segments: Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3, and Segment 4. Those segments are all linked from this page: http://www.kirotv.com/bullying/if you …

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Mourning the death and celebrating the life of Carolyn Wagner

Carolyn Wagner died on January 18th. Wow, its been two months tomorrow. Carolyn co-founded Families United Against Hate with me, and she was an amazing woman and a wonderful friend. We have a memorial set up on the FUAH website and it says much more than I can here, so I invite you to read …

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Living In The Bonus Round: “William’s Song” to be performed on the radio.

Living In The Bonus Round: “William’s Song” to be performed on the radio.: “Taking A Stand Through Song: The Power of Protest SongsKALW 91.7 FM RADIO or www.kalw.org FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 10 PM (PST)Vocal music has long been used as a powerful vehicle of solidarity and dissent. Here on VoiceBox, we’ll be taking a stand …

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Asher Brown, Billy Lucas and Seth Walsh

September 30, 2010 I’m angry. I’m reeling from the news that on September 23rd 13 year old Asher Brown of Cypress near Houston, Texas shot himself, lost to hopelessness and fear because those who had the power to save him – the adults in his school – did nothing, leaving young Asher alone with the …

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An anniversary and a thank you

The beginning of Bill’s Story was a single page with photo of Bill and a simple statement about him committing suicide after a gay bashing. I had a request to people to help end the hate, and I mentioned being a member of PFLAG. A man in Los Angeles was searching for information about that …

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At the White House

Rather than write my own version, I am posting a link here of what Alec wrote about our trip this week to the other Washington. Here is his: At the White House. A huge thank you to Liz Latham, the Seattle based filmmaker and wonderful friend who made this happen. Liz has been working on …

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