Another Jaunt

Today, it’s meetings in Helena for the CPG and then off to Calgary with the fabulous Nicole!

Pictures as they happen….

She-who-must-not-be-named Chose (b)..

I have chosen to never name her on this blog- I feel it’s akin to inviting a vampire into the home, and THAT rarely goes well… I also don’t want to give the impression that I think she’s as powerful as that other Must-Not-Be-Named.

But anyway, here are 10 great questions for her supporters.

Report The Hate

Okay, I’m gonna ramp things up a bit.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a history of standing with people and groups against hate, prejudice and bigotry. From their website:

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, we work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

We employ a three-pronged strategy to battle racial and social injustice:

  • We track the activities of hate groups and domestic terrorists across America, and we launch innovative lawsuits that seek to destroy networks of radical extremists.
  • We use the courts and other forms of advocacy to win systemic reforms on behalf of victims of bigotry and discrimination.
  • We provide educators with free resources that teach school children to reject hate, embrace diversity and respect differences.

They also have a portal for reporting hate incidents under their “Hate Map” of the United States- which is quite interesting, by the way. Just click here and then the button that says “Report a Hate Incident”.

I’m encouraging you to report the Montana GOP for their hateful platform plank:

We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.

You can also add any weblinks you think appropriate. I would humbly suggest you add this one.

Maybe we’ll get some appropriate attention to end this draconian bigotry. If not, I still have a few aces up my sleeve….


Glass

The world is changed
by looking out your window
with wonder,

and next
by stepping out your
door with delight-

transfixed with mystery
and held, enraptured,
by the constancy

that holds you here.
It is changed by
the honest loving of it

without need or judgment.
To choose the eyes
to see with today-

kind or unkind,
gentle or angry or bitter
or even thoughtless?

What is there to see, really-
what choices reflected
in the panes that hold the view?

~D Gregory Smith

Same-Sex Seven Sue Big Sky State

Another reason why Montana matters:

...unless you're an uppity homosexual...

Seven committed same-sex couples and the ACLU are suing the State of Montana for “failing to offer legal protections to same-sex couples and their families in violation of the Montana Constitution’s rights of privacy, dignity and the pursuit of life’s basic necessities and its guarantees of equal protection and due process.”

The goal of this lawsuit is to see that same-sex couples are able to protect their families with the same kind of legal protections that the State offers to opposite-sex couples through marriage.

Why do we keep banging our heads out here?

Because it’s the right thing to do.

Kellie Gibson and partner Denise Boettcher are one of the couples involved in the suit.

“Denise has stood with me through 56 brain surgeries and over 300 spinal taps, yet to Montana we’re nothing more than strangers,” Gibson said in a statement. “Knowing we have legal protections for our family sure would make it easier on both of us the next time I have a medical crisis.”

More on the plaintiffs here.

Many of us coupled up in Montana have to take extra legal precautions to ensure our wishes are respected at least on a level of legal will- those of us with children even more so.

Montana is a tricky place. “Live and let live” is the unofficial motto- there are white supremacists living in the same block with hippies, stockbrokers and rodeo clowns. Yet, the Montana GOP wants to criminalize the gays. Letters to the editor regarding LGBT rights/persons never get published. Montana Democrats give lukewarm statements on LGBT issues, etc.

There has been a fundamental right-wing element pushing the marginalization of LGBT persons in this state for over thirty years, and it’s time it was stopped. With the assistance of these plaintiffs, GLAAD, the ACLU, The Montana Human Rights Campaign and good people from all over this nation it might just happen. But it needs to keep it’s legs. This discriminatory attitude has to continue to be called out and placed in the laps of the people of Montana.

There are good people here, some of the best I know, that’s why I stay. We just need a better way to get their attention. Keep writing your letters and making your phone calls. Hell, shoot a public service announcement if you have the resources. The good people of Montana are being manipulated and coerced by a few loudmouths in power- and once we convince them of that, I believe things will turn around.

Because nobody likes a bully.

My Soundtrack for Summer 2010

A new Scooby Mix is out! Download it for free HERE.

I’m Back- For A Bit

After a long weekend with early flights, hurried meet and greets with people I love, a little karaoke, a 600 mile drive and time with my parents in a Missoula Hilton, I’m finally ready to get back to Butte.
Things may be a little hectic, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Jacques and Arthur and getting the estate sale underway. Then it’s CPG in Helena followed by Calgary!

No rest for the driven…
Oh, and for those of you who might have missed it, the underwhelming statement by the MT Democratic Chair on the GOP Plank is here.