California Fair Political Practices Commission to Investigate Mormon Church Involvement in Prop 8

Californians Against Hate
NEWS RELEASE November 24, 2008

California Fair Political Practices Commission to
Investigate Mormon Church Involvement in Prop 8

LOS ANGELES, CA – Fred Karger, Founder of Californians Against Hate received a letter today from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regarding the sworn complaint that he filed on November 13, 2008. The complaint requested the FPPC investigate the alleged lack of reporting of numerous non monetary contributions to ProtectMarriage.com / Yes on 8, A Project of California Renewal I.D. #1302592 by the Mormon Church. The letter from FPPC Executive Director, Roman Porter, dated November 21, 2008 was received by fax. Below is the text of the letter from Mr. Porter.

Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 629, Sacramento
CA 95814-2329
(916)322-5660 Fax (916)322-0886
November 21, 2008

Fred Karger
1278 Glenneyre, #20
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Re; FPPC File No. 08/735; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka the Mormon Church of Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Mr. Karger:

This letter is to notify you that the Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission (the FPPC) will investigate the allegation(s), under the jurisdiction of the FPPC, of the sworn complaint you submitted in the above-referenced matter. You will next receive notification from us upon final disposition of the case. However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint.

Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.


Roman G. Porter Executive Director

cc: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka the Mormon Church of Salt Lake City, Utah

“We are very pleased that the FPPC has agreed to launch an investigation based on our complaint,” said Fred Karger. “My 4 page letter to Chairman Ross Johnson and California and Utah Attorneys General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Mark Shurtleff with all of the alleged unreported activities is available on our blog at: Californians Against Hate We’re hopeful the Mormon Church will fully cooperate with the investigation, and that we will find out the full extent of their involvement in the Yes on 8 campaign.”

insert link in image

The original paste

Remove the first string

Picture will link when clicked and shows a preview in explorer XP botom bar

Dallas Transgender Day of Remembrance Southern Methodist University

Transgender Day of Remembrance, DOR North Texas.

kelli Busey
November 27, 2008

The evening of November 20th was forecast to turn unseasonably chilly but my shared decision to dress lightly was dictated by vanity and validated by the whirl of the AC.

However the decision of which memorial in the DFW to attend was difficult. With it's close proximity and my love of the Methodist Reconciling Ministries Network or RMN, the service at the Dallas Southern Methodist University became my choice.

It was dark as I drove onto the campus more than a little apprehensively. The last time I did so I spent hours lost among its historic red brick buildings and Bostonian cobblestone style roads. This time my fears were unfounded. True as advertised, the way to the designated parking area was well marked.

Pulling into the brightly lite parking garage my cynicism returned. I thought wasn't SMU found to be one of the 100 most unfriendly to Transgender people in the 2008 Harvard Review and did they not turn down my offers for a gender 101 class? What would SMU be doing holding a DOR?

Once again every step of the way was well marked. Entering the Woman's Center I was greeted with hugs, coffee and candles as we prepared to walk to our memorial site.
Exiting the building, most of us felt comfortable lightly dressed in at most sweaters. But as we moved to our site it became increasingly difficult to ignore the once light breeze whispering of change.

Youtube courtesy of Lindsay who shared "... my husband, and I attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil at SMU in Dallas, Texas. We payed our respects...."

As we sang a cold front descended from the Rockies with a vengeance accompanied with the customary howling high plains winds that cut thru our thin attire slicing to the bone and making us shake and shiver.

The relentless wind, I thought, is this you, Angie, Lawrence? How strange.

So very, very cold, threatening to blow my candle out and freeze my tears to my cheeks. Why now? Unabated and unrelenting everyone freezing, we started to move closer and closer until it became a conscious effort to hug everyone with the most needy centered in our love.

Perhaps it was our fallen brethren bringing us closer, or was it just a cold snap?

Also found in the Dallas Voice Event marks Day of Remembrance, raises awareness

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Atlanta Transgender Day of Remembrance DOR

TDOR 11/2008


Dallas Voice : Trans community meets with Bishop Robinson

Ben Briscoe Staff Writer Dallas Voice

"Majority of those who attended ‘Conversations’ prior to Black Tie also participated in protest."

"Depending on whom you talk to, “Transgender Conversations” with openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson Saturday, Nov. 22 either provided little closure for transgender activists upset with Robinson’s previous statements or it reassured them that he is a strong trans ally."

Read more at the Dallas Voice....

Revoke LDS Church 501(C)(3) Status

Revoke LDS Church 501(C)(3) Status

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the “Mormon” or LDS Church) has gone too far in promoting the 2008 California Proposition 8, which would claims to amend the California state constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman in order to supersede a state supreme court opinion issued earlier this year. [Whether the proposition was a lawful amendment or a revision that cannot legally be made by a voter initiative remains an open question.]

Help bring this issue to national attention.

Revoke LDS Church 501(C)(3) Status
Dear Mad Priest,
Thank you for introducing this conversation. There is such a difference in the way we in the states and the UK think of trans and queer. Here we have purloined the seldom used moniker of "Queer".
We are mainly young, disenfranchised from religion and society and are not preoccupied with qualifying for any political definition i.e. gay, lesbian.
Our associations and membership in groups that are identified as "radical queer" gain us attention as many of us are willing to commit civil disobedience as a last resort when all other methods of communication have failed.
Our sexual affinity and physical age are not precursor to inclusion. The wealthy Gay society which has excluded us from the national work place protection legislation, ENDA, and the recent down turn in the economy are the main contributing factors for our quick formation.

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

TransFM would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy TG
and to announce that we will be broadcasting LIVE on
Thursday, November 27th beginning at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT
and again from 8:00 PM - Midnight EDT.

The phone lines will be open during those periods and EVERYONE
is welcome to join in the discussion either on or off the air.

We at TransFM recognize how difficult it can be for some of us in the
LGBTQQI community around the Holiday season and we would like to
provide friendly voices to you, our LGBTQQI family.

Give us a call at 978-373-8898

http://www.TransFM. org


We can show President elect Obama and the world we are serious in our commitment by signing this http://action.humanrightsfirst.org/campaign/hrf_post_elec letter to the world.

Dear World,

We have a new President, and we have hope. But we know that with hope comes immense responsibility.

The problems our new President has inherited are profound, and his job will be huge. I'm writing to tell you that we're here to help. As people of the United States, we are ready to do what it takes to heal the wounds of the last eight years and regain the trust of the world.

I know that will start with doing our part to right some of our own human rights abuses in the world. So today I am pledging to do all I can to support President Obama, Congress and all of our leaders to accomplish four critical actions to restore your trust:

* Close Guantanamo Bay

* Protect Iraqi refugees

* Stop the flow of arms to Darfur

* End the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody

We've come this far and now we have a President committed to right these wrongs. But, we know he can't do it alone. Our work has only just begun. We're ready to do our part, as long as it takes.

Bash Back Radical Queer Agenda

A group called "Bash Back" has gained national attention after performing a act of social awakening in response to "Traditional Church's" unrelenting hate mongering. It is well known that the dogma espoused by "Traditional Churches" targeting Queer folk results in violence and deaths by beatings, burnings, striping and hanging on barb wire ect, ect, ect.

This video produced and distributed by some right wing nutz although highly misrepresentative of Queer concerns is featured with some pride on BB's web page.

In the begining of this video is the disruption then Bill Oreilly pounces on the occasion to incorrectly link the Sisters, babies, Gay marriage and queer/Trans folk together.

No Bill, most Trans and Queer folk are nearly totally disenfranchised from the mainstream religious Churches thanks to HRC, Barney Frank and ENDA and some gay ministries that allow transgender and queer folk to attend as some sort of conditional gift.

Many Queer folk are honestly not overly concerned with "traditional Marriage"(Prop 8), "Traditional" applying to churches that espouse hate and equally associated with "Marriage" as established by gay and straight Churches.

The Babies and families gathered to show support of the American way of life, freedom. The Sisters who dress in quasi religious garb, do so to make a personal, social or political statement, not explicitly to identify a gender or sexual affinity.

Although I actively protest religions spiritual violence against trans/queer folk I make a conscious effort to do so in ways not so violent as Bash Back with all that leaflet throwing and kissing.

We have the right to voice our opposition to religions affirmation of spiritual violence. No a half loaf is not ok, I refuse to beg or eat crumbs from the floor. If that is all that is offered I will do as before and work for my meal, make a place and eat at a different table.

Florida circuit court : Gays may adopt, ruling may go to supreme court

The ACLU reports reports that a Florida couple has won a ruling which will alow them to adopt the children they are foster parents. However, this ruling will disstaisfy the State of florida which contains GLBT people are hibitual substance abusers who have no pemenacy in relationships and are prone to child abuse.
The ACLU suscessfuly by use of highly regarded experts and sientific studies debunked and discredited the state of florida's case.

However the Laywers representing the State of Florida would attempt to http://www.365gay.com/uncategorized/florida-gay-adoption-ban-headed-to-state-supreme-court-2/ challange the circuit court's rulling in the Florida Supreme Court.

Westboro Baptist learns Silverton OR. is Hate free zona libre de odio

Associated Press The protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church arrived with an assortment of signs, such as "God Hates You," "Fags Are Beasts," "Your Pastor is a Whore" and "Barack Obama Antichrist."

"But the town greeted the quartet with a festive counterprotest. More than 100 people paraded in the street and some men wore women's clothing in a show of support for Rasmussen."

"Today, I'm just Joe the Crossdresser," said Silverton attorney Yossi Davidson, 59, who stood across City Hall from the protesters wearing a dress. "Stu's an institution in this town, which is probably why he got elected. He's a straightforward, genuine kind of guy despite his gender complexities."
The person holding the "God Hates You" sign is standing on the American flag.
Courtsy of the The Oregonian

Protest in Silverton

"I'm a Christian," Lesley Brighton said, clearly perplexed by the girl's "God Hates Fags" sign. "This is some kind of joke, right?"

No, it's deadly serious, Phelps replied. Electing a transgender mayor, she said, was an abomination.

kelli Busey


Rear view mirror saying adios Dallas

The questions at the "Dallas Transgender Advocates Conversation With Bishp Robinson" were unrestricted and free flowing. Bishop Robinson with disarming candor explored many topics in depth.
The reactions I saw in our diverse transgender panel was amazing and maybe one of the most gratifying payoffs of the entire experience. Some of our panel members advocacy has artificially split our community over it's response to our removal from ENDA and sadly lengthened the span of time between contacts. It was an amazing sight as once cordial yet distant advocates were rejoined in this room by Bishop Robinson's desire for communication.

After all other questions had been asked only one remained......

What of the "Half Loaf of Bread". Sticking in everyones craw, what is the moral and spiritual justification for leaving us behind, humans who were previously fully committed allies, unprotected in home and workplace in the sights of rapist, murderers and the predatory blood thirsty jackals focus on the family and Westboro baptist church?

All panel members present had previous agonized over Bishop Robinson's response to the Dallas Voice's earlier inquiries which resulted in the half loaf response and soul searched for a way to understand Bishop Robinson's answer.

None accomplished this. Not one of us desired to be anything but beneficial to Bishop Robinson, but when our very survival is being jeopardized by rich party goers the Transgender T once again stands up, proud and brave, a tribute to Rita, Angie and countless other gender diverse dead.

Vanessa, our political expert would ask, and ask she did. Followed up by Lisa Scheps. How do we accept being left behind. How can we be docile to the gay and lesbian community as we are mowed down in the streets?

Our conversation ended without closure as we watched the taillight's of the mercedes and BMW's fade ......

....as one hotel worker I had talked to said "oh ya, you're the street people".

By Kelli Busey
Proud Transgender Woman
November 24, 2008

Help Out Homeless Transgendered Youth This Holiday Season

Sylvia Rae Rivera, 1951-2002, was a Stonewall Riots Veteran and LGBTQ/Drag Queen activist. Many will remember Sylvia as the Coordinator of the Food Pantry for Metropolitan Community Church of New York where she was a member. On her deathbed she insisted that Rev. Pat Bumgardner promise the church would create accommodation so that LGBTQ Youth could find a safe space to spend the night when all other options were exhausted.

Born from that promise is ‘Sylvia's Place’, an emergency night shelter for self identified Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, transgendered, transsexual and questioning youth from 16 to 23 years of age. Its primary focus is to provide a safe space, a good meal, bathroom facilities and toiletries, a cot for the night and breakfast in the morning. The Care Workers provide a listening ear, affirmation, and a friendly voice of encouragement.

Camens Place
Our aim at Carmen’s Place is to transform these young lives from the chaos and brutality of performing sexual acts for money, food or shelter and living in the streets, to stable adults contributing to society with a self-reliance that meets the best of each individual’s abilities, free of shame.

Food Donations:

322 East 14th St.
Between 1st and 2nd Aves
212 477 4744

@ MCC Church
W. 36TH St .
Between 9th and 10th Ave

Carmens Place
Father Braxton

Lucky S. Michaels, Director of MCCNY Homeless Youth Services
212-629-7440 Ext. 226.

Mona Rae Mason
The Transgender Project

Stopping The Hate

Don't Give Up


Sponsors and links to the Conversation with Bishop Robinson

The Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies http://dallastaa.ning.com/ wish to thank to our sponsor The Institute for Welcoming Resources

The Institute for Welcoming Resources - A Program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Bishop Gene Robinson to Participate in a Transgender Panel Discussion

This event would not have been conceived if not for the guiding light of the Reconciling Ministries Network
Reconciling Ministries Network

Star Telegram
Gay bishop to speak at transgender event

Dallas Voice
Transgender Conversation planned with Bishop Robinson

Bishop Robinson to Particpate in Transgender Conversation in Dallas

Dallas Voice
Bishop Robinson: ‘God loves all God’s children’

CQWAM.COM Seattle Gay News
Dallas Trans Advocates Meeting With Bishop Robinson

Queers United
Dallas Trans Advocates Meeting With Bishop Robinson

Transgender Conversation With Bishop Robinson

Religion Blog Dallas News.com
Bishop Gene Robinson to meet with Dallas transgender group

Stand Firm : Bishop Robinson to Meet With Dallas Transgender Advocates

Transgender Conversation With Bishop Robinson

Dallas Peace Center
Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies Conversation With Bishop Robinson

Walking With Integrity
Press Release: Bishop of New Hampshire to Meet with Dallas Transgender Advocates

Kelli Busey
Nov. 22, 2008

coffeeyogurt: dishonor roll

coffeeyogurt: dishonor roll Visit with Coffeeyogurt and read the list of supporters of prop 8.


HRC Shameful Transham Day of self promotion

I have learned to value transgender advocates who work for the
good of our community.
I have come to beleive in Reverend Allyson Robinson.
When I address HRC I am speaking to forces that
Many of us, including myself, have gone beyond mere scepticism to complete disbelief and abhorrence of HRC when the TRANSGENDER day of remembrance rolls around and HRC claims to HONESTLY advocate on our behalf therefor deserving to hold observances of the TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMBERENCE.


Read it HRC.

It does not read abdication.
It does not read "throw a 10 spot at them and claim them on DOR.
It does not read a day of self promotion.


Yeah, thats right. I tell ya what. You leave us alone on the TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMERBRENCE and we just might see each other with a little more respect.

I do know one thing HRC. You sure make the job of reconciliation nearly impossible.
Kelli Busey
Nov. 20, 2008


Texas Transgender Day of Remembrance

Please visit Transgender Day of Remembrance.org

Austin, Texas U.S.A.

Will be holding a Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday, November 20th at 6:30 PM Transgender Education Network of Texas will host the event at the Austin City Hall Plaza (fronting Cesar Chavez), between Lavaca and Guadalupe; the event will feature both speakers and artistic expression. For more information please email info@tentex.org or call 877-532-6789.


Dallas, Texas U.S.A.

The Dallas /Ft. Worth Transgender Day of Remembrance observance will be hosted by Out & Equal DFW Affiliate (O&E-DFW), Gender Advocacy and Education Resource (GEAR), the Resource Center of Dallas (RC Dallas), and sponsored by the SMU Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives . We will gather at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on the SMU Campus on Thursday, 20-Nov-2008 at 6:30 with the observance starting at 7:00. Take the University Blvd exit off Hwy 75 / Central Expy, and turn west onto University Blvd towards the SMU campus. Follow Signs to parking and the gathering point. Contact Beth Richard (beth_richard@verizon.net) for more information.


Fort Worth, Texas U.S.A.

Will be holding a Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 PM at the Agape Metropolitan Community Church, 4615 California Pkwy, Fort Worth, Tx 76119.
The service is sponsored by Agape Metropolitan Community Church, Sexuality Education Center, and Trinity Metropolitan Community Church.
For more information please call 817-535-5002


Houston, Texas U.S.A.

University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, Will be hosting a Transgender day of remembrance event on Thursday, November 20 from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. in the Mediterranean Room (RM 91 UC Underground)
In honor of Transgender Remembrance Day, GLOBAL at the University of Houston will host a free discussion panel with members of Houston’s transgender community, as well as serving free food and drinks while watching a movie/documentary displaying transgender issues in the media. Anyone is welcome to join.
On Saturday, November 22nd, The Houston Transgender Unity Committee invites
you to Remember Our Dead at the Houston Holocaust Museum, 5401 Caroline st.. Doors open at 6:30 PM for museum tours and a wine and cheese reception. The remembrance ceremony will commence at 8:00 PM. This event is free and open to all who wish to share in this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.


San Antonio, Texas U.S.A.

San Antonio Gender Association will be hosting a Transgender Day of Remembrance event on Thursday, November 20th at at MCC San Antonio,611 E. Myrtle.San Antonio,Texas. A pot luck dinner will follow.
For information, contact Antonia at studiolight@gmail.com


California Supreme Court to Consider Lawsuits opposing Same Sex Marriage Ban

By Kelli Busey
Nov 19, 2008

LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer reports that the California Supreme Court has agreed to consider three lawsuits arguing that the voter approved amendment banning same sex marriage should be held as unconstitutional.
The Court also wishes to consider what effect the the amendment would have, if upheld, on the 18,000 same sex couples that wed in California prior to the November vote.
The Ca.gov site has the PDF press release and a copy of the court order.

From the Lambda Legal : The California Supreme Court has agreed to review the validity of Proposition 8 in response to a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal,The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The groups argue that Prop 8 is invalid because it improperly attempts to undo the constitution's core commitment to equality and deprives the courts of their essential role of protecting the rights of minorities. According to the California Constitution, such a radical change in the way the courts and state government work cannot be decided by a simple ballot measure. The legal groups filed the writ petition on behalf of Equality California and six same-sex couples.


Queers United: Equality Utah - Petition for Gay & Transgender Utahns

Queers United: Equality Utah - Petition for Gay & Transgender Utahns
Act Today to remind the LDS we are not going away, we are going to become very intertwined with the politics of the Mormons Church of Latter Day Saints LDS.

Saving Grace

I know this does not come as a surprise to many, and it certainly is not my wish to evangelise, but god really loves us and we may live in full acceptance of her grace. I am sharing this in light of the recent defeat of human rights and the role that some religions played in it.

An amazing woman from the First Baptist Church in Dallas and her husband made their way across the street to our group of protesters. Not an easy task for advanced Seniors.

Like a mother holds a daughter she hugged me and we cried. Just cried. Her love and compassion drew us together like magnets. Two perfect strangers.

Then she looked me in the eyes and said "Come Back, we still love you." I replied in amazement "I haven't gone anywhere, Jesus has always loved me. I am crying for you and your loss at not having all these wonderful people worshiping with you."

It was an epiphany for this woman of faith. We were there because we are mourning this church's Minister's indoctrination of innocents with bigotry. We were there in a plea to the Church members to ask Dr, Jeffers to stop inciting hate and violence.

I attend a lot of different Churches but this is my spiritual home, a radical tranny. May you find peace.


Lez get Real in California Defending our Freedom

How can I express my admiration and pride in our family.

Defend Equality Los Angeles 11.15.08 from p.Johanna on Vimeo.

Found on our sisters blog Lez Get Real is an account by p.Johanna of the time she withstood unimageable verbal assault after volunteering to stand duty to form a human barrier between human rights activists and a line of haters,

"Those of us that had volunteered to stand in front of them immediately got into place. I want you guys to imagine standing in the sun and listening to these idiots talking and screaming through a bull horn: "GOD HATES YOU!" "READ THE BIBLE"! "JESUS IS COMING!" "YOU LOST, GET OVER IT!" "THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!" "WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, YOU ARE LOSERS!" and more crap that was vulgar and despicable."

Equality Warriors Stand Tall in the face of hate and bigotry. Not only GLBT people are outraged Straights Against Hate find this situation intolerable.

This Unfair Unjust afront to human dignity will NOT stand.

It is being taken to task by Lambda Legal and the ACLU's combined efforts.

Human Rights Activists Protest First Baptist 11.16.08

Vid courtesy of KNON

Stand Firm : "Bishop Robinson to meet with Dallas Transgender Advocates

By Kelli Busey
November 18, 2008

"Stand Firm" is a Internet publisher of "Traditional Anglicism in America", host to Episcopalian Church web sites and location of interviews with The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker Bishop of the Episcopalian Diocese of Fort Worth which voted November 15, 2008 to realign with the Argentineans Southern Cone, becoming the fourth such "traditional" diocese to do so in a long-running debate over gay relationships and other Issues.

In a recently published "Stand Firm" article Gene Robinson to Meet With Dallas Transgender Activists the lead paragraph linked this blogs press release announcing the progressive event "Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies Wellcome Bishop Robinson" to language I have the unpleasant duty to edit when it appears on my blog.

These disrespectful and hateful comments by the "Stand Firm" readers have been left unedited and intact in close proximity to the the interview of Bishop Iker.


"Don’t give me links like that anymore! Geesh.... Had to look at strangely dressed women(?) and see a headline for queer news before I could get out. WARN ME.
I wasn’t ready to “bravely step forward” like Gene.... "]

"If Robinson is not a real Bishop as many would argue then no “border crossing” occured. To argue that a “border crossing” occured is to argue that Robinson IS a bishop which we all know is silly. He is just some low hanging fruit."

"And what’s absolutely amazing to me is that homosexuals and transgender folks actually consider themselves normal."


Kelli's note. "Stand Firm" stands alone.


MSNBC Keith Olbermann : Gay Marriage Whats it to you?

MSNBC - Countdown with Keith Olbermann Comment on Gay Marriage Defeat
November 10, 2008

Protest Dallas First Baptist November 16 2008

Protest Dallas First Baptist November 16 2008

Rev. has refused to at least consider the timing of his unfortunate anti gay sermon "Politically Incorrect" ~read Intentionally insulting demeaning, denigrating and marginalizing~ so there will be a protest Sunday.

Starting at 10:00 am
1707 San Jacinto St., Dallas, TX 75201

Driving Directions (From first baptist web site. I used them takes ya right to a parking garage next to the church)

From the North
Take Houston I-45 exit (Woodall Rogers Frwy.)
Exit on Field/ Griffin Street. Follow Griffin Street.
Turn left on Ross Avenue.
Turn right onto St. Paul to Ross Avenue Parking Garage.

Hwy. 75 (Central Expressway)
Take I-35E Waco exit (Woodall Rogers Frwy).
Take St. Paul exit
Follow St. Paul to Ross Avenue Parking Garage.
Dallas Tollway
Follow Harry Hines Blvd. to St. Paul
Follow St. Paul straight ahead to Ross Avenue Parking Garage.

From the South
Take Sherman exit #428B (Woodall Rogers Frwy.)
Exit Field/ Griffin Street. Follow Griffin Street.
Turn left (east) on Ross Avenue.
Turn right on St. Paul to Ross Avenue Parking Garage.
Follow Hwy. 75N to I-35 exit (Woodall Rogers Frwy.)
Take St. Paul exit
Follow St. Paul straight ahead to Ross Avenue Parking Garage.

From the East
Follow Hwy. 75N to I-35E exit (Woodall Rogers Frwy.)
Take St. Paul exit.
Follow St. Paul straight ahead to Ross Avenue Parking Garage

From the West
Take I-35E Denton exit.
Take Hwy. 75 (Sherman exit #428B and Woodall Rogers Frwy.)
Exit Field/ Griffin Street. Follow Griffin Street.
Turn left (east) on Ross Avenue.
Turn right onto St. Paul to Ross Avenue Parking Garage.

View Larger Map

Dr. Jeffress You should just sit in your tower and jet hard cover Bibles at people. Safe and economical. What jury could possible convict a minister for offering the word of god?

By Kelli Busey
Nov. 15, 2008

Dallas Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queers SHOUT "YES WE CAN"

The crisp clear air stired emotion excitement and passion.......

Uniting GLBT and Allies young and old. This is America at its finest. Proud and Brave.

Thoughts on Joe Sellout

Thoughts on Joe Sellout

By Tina Seitz
contributor planetransgender
Originally posted on Joe Sellout
Nov. 15, 2008

Over the last year, I have struggled. I have tried to think positively about the HRC and Joe Solmonese in regard to their representation, or lack thereof, as it pertains to transgender people. I have looked for a change in direction or at least some remorse over the lies (my opinion) told to the transgender community but that has never happened. Joe did apologize for “misspeaking” at the Southern Comfort Convention in 2007, but he has never apologized for lying to the transgender community, he has never apologized for a policy where he sold us out. In fact, to this day, he is adamant that he, along with the HRC took the correct course of action by ignoring the needs of the transgender community despite the tremendous backlash from all the other LGBT organizations that continued to stand with the transgender community after the announcement from HRC.
What really brought this to light once again, was the article that Joe Solmonese wrote last week about the passage of prop 8 in California. I know that this has been written about and commented on before, but I feel the need to expand upon what I have already read. In his article; Proposition 8 broke our hearts, but it did not end our fight Joe wrote “We have to say to the man with the Yes on 8 sign -- you disrespected my humanity, and I am not giving you a pass. I am not giving you a pass for explaining that you tolerate me, while at the same time denying that my family has a right to exist. I do not give you permission to say you have me as a "gay friend" when you cast a vote against my family, and my rights.”
I fully support same sex marriage and I feel that this is an issue that transgender people need to pay more attention to. It is difficult to concentrate on marriage however when so many transgender people are more concerned about having a roof over their heads, about having something to eat, about being able to get a job that will keep them out of the sex trades. So many in our community are placed in life and death situations every day in the streets. This is because they can’t find work; they are denied jobs due to discriminatory practices that a fully inclusive ENDA would begin to solve. To Joe I have to say; you disrespected my humanity, along with that of the entire transgender community. I do not give you permission to represent me as a transgender person when you decided that our rights don’t matter now, when you decided that transgender lives are not as important. You cast a vote against me, my family, and my very life. You did this for political expediency at the expense of more transgender lives and you don’t even have any remorse over those lives. You went on to donate money to the Log Cabin Republicans so that money, money that is supposed to be used to obtain equality for the LGBT community, was used to promote the candidacy of someone who has continually shown his highly bigoted point of view. How many of the transgender dead whose names will be read off at this year’s Day of Remembrance wouldn’t be on that list if they had a job. You ask the transgender community to stand with you to demonstrate we are in this together for same sex marriage and you have shown that you don’t think that my very life is worth standing up for.
Joe, I cannot accept your views on ENDA, your views which demonstrate once again to society that transgender people’s lives don’t matter. Your views tell society that transgender peoples very LIVES aren’t important enough for even the gay, lesbian, bisexual community to pay attention to. Your version of ENDA is so bad that it fails even at protecting those same gay, lesbian and bisexual communities. Your version of ENDA still allows for anyone to be fired if they don’t adequately fulfill their birth gender roles. The slightly effeminate male and the butch female will have no protection what-so-ever with your version of ENDA. All this for the sake of saying you got a bill passed, you have sold out the entire LGBT community. Still there is no apology, no remorse. How can I or the rest of the transgender community forgive, forget and move forward with your hypocritical views. Your placement of the needs of same sex marriage well above those of my very life demonstrates what you truly feel about transgender people. Joe speaks of denying the right for his family to exist. What Joe did to the transgender community is to deny them the very right to exist. Joe, I will not forgive you. I will not give you a pass on this issue, I can’t. My life is more important than that.


Dallas TX Proposition 8 Protest Rally

Join The Impact
Dallas TX Proposition 8 Protest Rally
Saturday, November 15th 12:30 to 2:00pm
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla St
Dallas, TX 75201

View Larger Map

On Election Day of this year while the world celebrated a historical moment, LGBT inequality was being written into the California, Florida, Arizona and Arkansas constitutions. In California where LGBT people had enjoyed marriage equality since June our rights were ripped away from us over night.

Since the elections, tens of thousands of people have been pouring into the streets throughout California in protest over the passing of Prop 8. Dallas' Protest is part of a nationwide peaceful day of action against Prop 8. This effort coordinated through the website www.JoinTheImpact.com will take place at exactly the same time this coming Saturday in front of City Halls throughout the country.

Please join us this Saturday, November 15 at 12:30 PM, in front of City Hall for a peaceful protest rally with community speakers.

Let us show California, and the nation, that we will stand united until we have Equality.

For more information, please email our Community Organizer at StopTheH8@ymail.com or visit:

MySpace: MySpace.com/the1Roomie
Facebook Join-the-Impact-Dallas

Dallas TX Proposition 8 Protest Rally
Saturday, November 15th 12:30 to 2:00pm
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla St
Dallas, TX 75201

On Election Day of this year while the world celebrated a historical moment, LGBT inequality was being written into the California, Florida, Arizona and Arkansas constitutions. In California where LGBT people had enjoyed marriage equality since June our rights were ripped away from us over night.

Since the elections, tens of thousands of people have been pouring... (read more)
Mission: To promote equality through education and peaceful demonstration
Products: For mobile updates text FOLLOW jointheimpacttx to 40404

Etta Zamboni


Dallas Voice : Transgender Conversation planned with Bishop Robinson

kelli Busey
Nov. 14, 2008

In this article by Ben Briscoe Staff Writer, Dallas Voice "Transgender Conversation planned with Bishop Robinson" Briscoe examines the transitional effect that Bishop Robinson has had on our advocacy and our lives since suggesting dialogue in place of anger. It is continuously challenging to live the exclusivity that we extol our contemporaries to embrace but in its effort lays the rewards. .


Join The Impact Nationwide Prop 8 Protest Nov 15

Find your cities protest 8 on Nov 15, 08

Mission Statement
JoinTheImpact.com Mission Statement

In an effort to make a positive impact in the lives of our community, our allies, and even our opposition, JoinTheImpact.com emerged. Our movement seeks to encourage the LGBTQ community not to look towards the past and place blame, but instead to look forward toward what needs to be done now to achieve one goal: Full equality for ALL. We stand for reaching out across all communities. We do not stand for bigotry, for scapegoating, or using anger as our driving force. Our mission is to encourage our community to engage our opposition in a conversation about full equality and to do this with respect, dignity, and an attitude of outreach and education.

JoinTheImpact, as an entity, will not encourage divisiveness, violence, or disrespect of others and we do not approve of this. We do not stand for pointing the finger at one group and placing blame. The LGBTQ community comes in all different colors, creeds, religious beliefs, and political parties. If we allow ourselves to place blame on one community or another, then we are no better than those who oppose us. We will not pit one community against another.

At JoinTheImpact, we are all inclusive. As such, we will continue to encourage debate from all sides of the conversation provided it is civil and respectful. We will encourage our community to not let anger steer the conversation, but with an understanding that anger is a human reaction and we hope that it can be used as a catalyst toward positive change.

Finally, we stand for national unity in the face of opposing forces that have steered the conversation into a state by state issue. We will celebrate our state by state wins, but work as one large entity to help gain these wins and will unite in the conversation against us to plant the seed of change and community.


The JoinTheImpact Team

The Religious Right Is Neither

Honestly, where does attempts to be "politically Incorrect" become intentionally inflammatory inciting hate and violence? A pair of jeans or $300.00 suit? The word First or Westboro? Where is the demarcation? Perhaps it is neither west or first.


Llame a su tablero de California de supervisores: VUELQUE el VOTO DOMINANTE 11/12/08 del apoyo 8

¡Llamada a la acción!

Pida que el tablero del condado de supervisores impulse supremo
Corteje para volcar el VOTO DOMINANTE del asunto 8 el miércoles 12 de noviembre.
Necesitamos llamadas al tablero del condado del LA de supervisores impulsarlos a
vote SÍ el la mañana de miércoles a favor de una resolución que impulsa el LA
Consejo del condado a ensamblar con la ciudad del LA, condado de Santa Clara, San
Francisco y muchas otras ciudades/condados para impulsar el Tribunal Supremo a
¿asunto 8 el vuelco?

En la orden de la significación y de la importancia: (Líderes del afroamericano
se impulsan particularmente para llamar al supervisor Burke como es su voto
crítico y su posición no se sabe actualmente).

1. Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, segundo districto
(213) 974-2222
(213) fax 680-3283
gobierno del seconddistrict@ bos.lacounty
Las áreas de la rejilla incluyen: Carson, Compton, Rancho del este Domínguez, puerto
Entrada y Florencia-Pedernal de Rancho Domínguez, Lynwood, del sur
Los Ángeles central, vatios y Willowbrook Inglewood, Westchester y
Atenas Hawthorne, Lawndale, Del Aire, Wiseburn, aldea del EL Camino y
Colinas de Gardena Lennox Baldwin, área de Crenshaw y parque de Leimert

2. Oficinas de Zev Yaroslavsky s del supervisor
821 Kenneth Hahn Pasillo de la administración
Calle del oeste del templo 500
Los Ángeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-3333
(213) fax 625-7360 para las ediciones constitutivas que implican la ciudad del Los
Sur de las áreas de Ángeles de la impulsión de Mulholland, o las ciudades de Beverly
Las colinas, Hollywood del oeste o Santa Mónica, entran en contacto con por favor el centro de la ciudad

3. Supervisor Don Knabe 4to Distrcit
Teléfono: 213-974-4444 | Fax: 213-626-6941
Estados de Palos Verdes del Bellflower de Artesia Marina del Rey Norwalk
Barra Playa del Rey DowneyRancho Palos Verdes Redondo del diamante de Paramount
Jardines del Hawaiian de la ciudad del puerto de Rolling Hills de las alturas de la hacienda de la playa
Colina de la señal de Habra Heights del La de San Pedro de la playa de Hermosa de las alturas de Rowland
La Mirada Whittier del sur Lakewood Torrance Long Beach Wilmington
Manhattan Beach Whittier

4. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, 5to districto
(213) 974-1010 FAX 974-5555 (213)
Valles de San Gabriel, de Pomona, de San Fernando, de Santa Clarita y del antílope.

5. Supervisor Gloria Molina (que patrocina la resolución el miércoles)
molina@bos.lacounty .gov
Teléfono: (213) 974-4111
Fax: (213) 613-1739
Parque Bandini (islas) de Baldwin de las alturas de Boyle de las alturas del aguacate de Azusa
El Bassett Bell céntrica de Bell de la ciudad de China cultiva un huerto fruta cítrica (Covina
parque Los Ángeles del este del eco del comercio de la roca del águila de las islas) (porción)
Industria Highland Park del parque de Glassell del parque de Huntington
La de las alturas de Lincoln de las alturas de la hacienda de Irwindale (porción)
Puente San Gabriel Westlake Vernon Whittier enangosta la nuez

Call Your California Board of Supervisors: OVERTURN Prop 8 KEY VOTE 11/12/08

Call to Action!

Ask County Board of Supervisors to urge Supreme
Court to Overturn Proposition 8 KEY VOTE ON WEDNESDAY, November 12.
We need calls to the LA County Board of Supervisors to urge them to
vote YES on Wednesday morning in favor of a resolution urging the LA
County Counsel to join with the City of LA, Santa Clara County, San
Francisco and many other cities/counties to urge the Supreme Court to
overturn Proposition 8?

In order of significance and importance: (African American leaders
are particularly urged to call Supervisor Burke as her vote is
critical and her position is not currently known).

1. Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, Second District
(213) 974-2222
(213) 680-3283 Fax
seconddistrict@ bos.lacounty. gov
Grid areas include: Carson, Compton, East Rancho Dominguez, Harbor
Gateway and Rancho Dominguez Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, South
Central Los Angeles, Watts and Willowbrook Inglewood, Westchester and
Athens Hawthorne, Lawndale, Del Aire, Wiseburn, El Camino Village and
Gardena Lennox Baldwin Hills, Crenshaw Area and Leimert Park

2. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky' s Offices
821 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-3333
(213) 625-7360 fax For constituent issues involving City of Los
Angeles areas south of Mulholland Drive, or the Cities of Beverly
Hills, West Hollywood or Santa Monica, please contact the Downtown

3. Supervisor Don Knabe 4th Distrcit
Tel: 213-974-4444 | Fax: 213-626-6941
Artesia Marina delRey Norwalk Bellflower Palos Verdes Estates
Paramount Diamond Bar Playa del Rey DowneyRancho Palos Verdes Redondo
Beach Hacienda Heights Rolling Hills Harbor City Hawaiian Gardens
Rowland Heights Hermosa Beach San Pedro La Habra Heights Signal Hill
La Mirada South Whittier Lakewood Torrance Long Beach Wilmington
Manhattan Beach Whittier

4. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, 5th District
(213) 974-5555 (213) 974-1010 FAX
San Gabriel, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.

5. Supervisor Gloria Molina (sponsoring the resolution on Wednesday)
molina@bos.lacounty .gov
Phone: (213) 974-4111
Fax: (213) 613-1739
Azusa Avocado Heights Boyle Heights Baldwin Park Bandini (islands)
China Town Bell Bassett Downtown Bell Gardens Citrus (Covina
islands) (portion) Eagle Rock Commerce Echo Park East Los Angeles
Huntington Park Glassell Park Industry Highland Park
Irwindale Hacienda Heights (portion) Lincoln Heights La
Puente San Gabriel Westlake Vernon Whittier Narrows Walnut


Soulforce: A national call for nonviolent direct action

A national call for nonviolent direct action
in the struggle for marriage equality
Jeff Lutes, M.S., L.P.C.

Last week thousands of lesbian and gay people and their friends filled the streets of California in peaceful protest. Outraged, these upright Californians chose to take action and publicly march against Proposition 8 and the LDS Church for financing the deceptive ads that helped it pass.

First, bravo to our California friends -- their moral indignation is healthy and just. Second, hooray for those in other parts of the country who have begun to follow suit -- let us not stop until every community has mounted sustained campaigns of resistance.

Despite our substantial legislative efforts, thirty states have now passed bans on same-gender marriage. That should serve as a wake-up call to our movement -- one that forces us to consider what we might be doing wrong.

Discrimination does not begin in our courts or in our government -- it ends up there. The fear and misinformation that drives unjust legislation gets its start within society, and the primary source of the problem is the sanctuaries, wealthy mega-churches, and powerful religious institutions of this country. With gigantic and captive national audiences, both Protestant and Catholic churches teach falsehoods that cause voters to cast their ballot against the constitutional promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for their gay and lesbian neighbors.

In this election, like so many others before it, the call from the pulpit was clear: We must stop the gays. As millions of gays and lesbians had their hearts broken, some religious leaders rejoiced in that suffering. The Rev. James Garlow, senior pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego County, told the New York Times "It was a great victory. We just saw the people rise up."

It's time for all of us to rise up like thousands are doing now in the Golden State and elsewhere.

We are tired of defeat, token change, defending ourselves against charges of moral inferiority, and being told to "wait" in the land we love while liberation occurs in other countries. Martin Luther King, Jr. acknowledged that real change takes time; yet he also warned against the "tranquilizing drug of gradualism" and instructed the oppressed to demand equality now -- not on the convenient time schedule of those doing the oppressing.

Nonviolent direct action strategies such as marches, vigils, demonstrations, boycotts, public protests, and civil disobedience, seek to create what Dr. King called "healthy tension." This constructive nonviolent tension forces those who perpetuate injustice, and society as a whole, to pause, reflect, and consider the ugliness of their prejudices and the indecency embodied in their discrimination. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. King wrote: "Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored." Public protests empower us and educate those who are still the victims of fear and division.

It's imperative that we remain nonviolent in our approach. Although it may provide short term emotional release, it's ultimately counterproductive to scream expletives at those who have harmed us. We must refrain from damaging property or trying to destroy the character of others and instead approach those who promote discrimination in a spirit of nonviolence. As both Gandhi and King taught, we must avoid violence of the fist, tongue, and heart and remember that in truth we are challenging unjust systems, not people. In due course, we seek to be in community with those from whom we currently find ourselves divided.

So, start organizing now. Don't wait on a LGBT rights group to take the lead. Most of the protests in California were organized by just a handful of people. You can do it too. Imagine the productive conversations around America's dinner tables if the evening news was flooded with coverage of peaceful marches in the other 29 states that ban marriage equality.

In the wake of our recent losses, let's rededicate our lives to speaking out with integrity and let's reclaim nonviolent direct action as part of that process. Let's understand that the vision of equality belongs to all of us and we are each responsible for taking direct action in pursuit of that dream. We all have the faculty to be powerful, influential, and prevailing. Let's reinvest in our movement for social change, believe in our own capacity to affect that change, and allow the boldness and hunger for justice to grow and contagiously spread to others.

Let's take it to the streets.


Task Force : Turn Anger Into Action

Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

I know that right now, many of you are still shocked, saddened, and extremely angry about the passage of Proposition 8 in California — and let me tell you, so are we.

Losses on similar constitutional amendments in Arizona and Florida, and an adoption ban in Arkansas, are equally devastating. But we're picking ourselves back up here at the Task Force, and we're continuing the fight. And today I want to ask you to turn the anger you may feel at this moment into positive action.

Start by signing your name to our Anger into Action Declaration right now. This declaration is about showing wide public support for the fundamental rights of LGBT people. The latest marriage amendments and adoption ban passed by our fellow citizens are built on lies and deception, and we can't stand for it.

After you sign the declaration, think about what you can be doing in your own life to keep the visibility high and voice your support for full equality. Here are a few examples of what people all around the country are doing to keep up the fight.

Cathy and Ellen, married in California after the May 2008 Supreme Court ruling, are attending a rally and march tonight, protesting discrimination being written into our state constitutions.

Madeline in New York is keeping her "No on 8" button up on her Facebook profile, in solidarity with her Californian friends and family.

A straight ally wrote us a moving e-mail, letting us know he and his wife just donated $100 in honor of their six-month-old son — in hopes that, regardless of his sexual orientation, their child would grow up with the opportunity to share his life with the partner of his choice.

Brian is writing a letter to the editor of his local newspaper in Florida, sharing his views on how discrimination persists, even in light of the progress his state saw in the presidential election.
There is no action too small, and every action — symbolic or more tangible — makes a difference.

I am so proud, despite our losses, of our efforts this election season and continue to be moved by the outpouring of support from our community and our allies. We've called on you, our most loyal supporters, time and time again — to give, to knock on doors, to make phone calls, and to do everything you could to make sure that LGBT people are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

(Authors note; The Task Force has been a Bastion of Solidarity for Queer and Transgender folks. A call for rational thought when emotions are high may be the last thing we want, but in the long run the results of will be admired by the very ones we currently are at odds with~:)k

Marriage INequality after the dust settles

kelli Busey
November 11, 2008

Now that we have had a week to let the magnatude of the havoc that was wrecked on the GLBT agenda there have been a wide varance of responses. Some protest loudly. Some pray. Some are arrested( do not dance on patrol cars). Many of us wish to localize the pain and blame.

The responses are varied in focus and the expected amount of time for results. I do not advocate the exclusive use of one but will post all.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has http://www.kintera.org/c.qkIWKaMZIxF/b.4746361/k.29E1/Anger_Into_Action_Declaration/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?sid=192351509&msource=anger2acte1&auid=4217042 Anger into Action Declaration for you to consider signing. Rea Carey, Executive Director asks that you sign this as an action, a first progressive step. Not a bad idea since we have morality and joesphine public with us.

The L.A Gay and Lesbian Center understandably has taken a direct route to a major orhginizer in the passage of Prop 8, the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons). The Center is asking for you to make a donation in the name of the President of said institution for the defeat of marriage inequality. Not a bad idea.

I have done neiter of te above. I will not limit my advocacy, nor promise not to take action out of angrer or stupidity.

I am a woman of faith and find it objectionable to single out a religious leader for expressing his views. This individual is facing the indignation of the nation as the most cinical of Republicians are now asking "WHY".

Bishop Robinson visits Dallas for a "Transgender Conversation"

For immediate release

Kelli Busey, Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies (DTAA)

posted November 11, 2008

Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies are thrilled to welcome to Dallas the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire for a public conversation with transgender people.

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Seminar Theater
400 North Olive Street · Dallas, Texas 75201 · United States

Map and Directions

November 22, 2008 from 1:00 until 2:00pm

Bishop Robinson will attend a "Transgender Conversation" with the Dallas Transgender Advocates, and Allies(DTAA) to share with us his wisdom and faith and to learn of the transgender struggle for equality.

Bishop Robinson has bravely stepped forward to answer questions regarding religion and it's influence on progressive social action, and to share with us what he has learned from the recent Lambeth and how his diocese situation parallels the Queer and Transgenders class struggle against social, religious and political exclusionary and revisionist agendas.

Who are the Dallas Transgender and Advocates Queers and Allies?
We are Transgender Questioning Intersexed Asexual Queers and allies. We comprise a nationwide network of diversity in ethnic, social, educational, economic, religious, gender identities, sexual orientations and political views. Our goal is to unite the Transgender Questioning Intersexed Asexual Queer community through realization of potential in soul and mind and moving forward as a whole in the cause of social, legal and religious equality.

Hosting entity
Dallas Transgender Advocates and Allies

Donations are encouraged and appreciated to defray expenses. All remaining funds will forwarded to Carmens Place, an Episcopal home and outreach for LBGT youth, Astoria, New York
Carmens Place

Allied and concerned organizations

Reconciling Ministries Network(RMN)

Dallas Peace Center
Dallas Peace Center.org

Queer Today
Queer Today

Left In SF
Left In SF

Organisation Intersex International, OII-USA




Tell President Elect Obama Your Story

Courtesy of the LGBT Democrats and the Atomic Gay Wonk we have learned of the President elect Obama's web page where he is asking Americans to tell him your story.

Start right now. Tell us your story in your own words about what this campaign and this election means to you. Share your hopes for an Obama Administration and a government for the people.

Tell President-elect Barack Obama your thoughts about gay marriage, an inclusive ENDA, DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay adoption, gay immigration equality, the need for national leadership in fighting anti-gay ballot initiatives, and more at Change.gov

kelli Busey
Nov. 10, 2008