We're now in the throes of a backlash against
equal rights for LGBT people that's in full swing
while many think the fight is over. Its ferocity
and meanness has been predicted not only in this
column but elsewhere, with numerous warnings for
us to prepare for this moment.
in April is: It's Not Over: Getting Beyond
Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True
Equality, a new book by Michelangelo Signorile.
In it he warns that it's a dangerous illusion to
believe now that victory is inevitable. He writes
of the bigotry of the current religious conservative
backlash against LGBT rights while challenging
the complacency and hypocrisy of supposed allies
in Washington, the media, and Hollywood.
'm looking forward to his insights He's one of the
strongest and most well-informed analysts in the
LGBT community. But before his book appears, let's
make sure we're equipped with an understanding of
how to deal with the right-wing backlash we're seeing
now all around us that's not waiting until April.
experiencing it in statehouses around the country,
among reactionaries in the US House and Senate, and
among regressive judges throughout state judicial
systems. We're seeing it in backlash referenda, bills
trying to redefine marriage and adoption, states
overriding local protection ordinances, the rollback
of state executive orders for employment protection,
and religious leaders calling even for executions
of LGBT people.....
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Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?"
Read Past "Faith Forum"
"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Mark Karlin: "George
Lakoff: In Politics,
Progressive Need to Frame
(November 23, 2014)
"An interview with
Professor George Lakoff about his latest effort,The All New Don’t
Think of an Elephant!, to convince progressives
to 'frame' their political language and
appeals based on deep-seated and active values.
These are positions and actions that most of the
public supports, but absent appropriate 'framing'
often vote their fears instead of progressive beliefs.
It is necessary to ground a nurturing politics
for the common good and core values in language
and a moral foundation that appeals - rhetorically
and emotionally - to the better selves of voters...."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: In Politics,
Progressives Need to Frame Their Values"
Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit
The Fairness Project is in the process
of making available the handout materials from
Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist
Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen
because they encourage activist leadership to proceed
from a progressive, healing model which contradicts
the models of leadership found in most popular
forms, models that are meant to keep the system
in place rather than to make changes that support
humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.
To access the current materials in The Fairness Project Tool
Kit for activist leaders, click