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Learn from your history.

Anyone with even a smattering of interest in the current struggle for civil rights for all, including gay marriage, which I hope is EVERYONE reading me, needs to go right now and read thornyc's latest post here.

Thor, who I think is the best LJ read out there, took the time and effort to represent to us a historical piece on the gay activist struggle originally featured in LIFE Magazine back in 1971. It is the most spellbinding piece I have read in ages.

Do yourself a favor and go read. Here.

After you're done with that, go to change.gov and read President-Elect Obama's recently posted Civil Rights Agenda. There are some amazing things to be found, and if he succeeds, I might actually for once be proud of the country I live in. Read it here.

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ciani
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I wrote a letter to Obama a week or so ago. I hope he responds, but I know that is unrealistic. Some people may not realize that his father was not a US citizen and that his parents' marriage was illegal in 16 states for the twoish years that it lasted (one of the things I brought up in my letter to him.) He was conceived (but not born) out of wedlock.

Edited at 2008-11-19 06:40 pm (UTC)
thornyc
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the propagation, and even more for the Obama link!

mhgagnon
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
The Obama agenda on the site is pretty powerful.

I noticed the change on Monday, and it seems they changed their site around the time of the Join The Impact rallies and marches. Previously, it was a more generic civil rights agenda.
kathryntact
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
The content of his LJ entry is from the same damn magazine I've been outbidded on on ebay half a dozen times trying to buy for you. >
thornyc
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)

You need my mad search skills.

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?satitle=life+mag*+dec*+31+1971

You can try bidding on the one for under $6 (including postage), or just buy one outright for $8.

kathryntact
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Does this mean your mad skills can also find me the Time, I think '69, issue about the militant homosexual?

(So, let's see ... your mad skills have now gotten me a t-shirt I love, a copy of a magazine, and I'm about THIS close to buying a book you recently posted about ... useful rawkness you are!)
thornyc
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)



Now give me a hard one.

You can read the articles at Time's website. Unfortunately, the photographs illustrating the article are not included.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601691031,00.html

Because far fewer copies of Time were saved (people like photographs!), they're harder to find and usually more expensive. But they do come up occasionally for auction. If you have an eBay account you can put in a search request and eBay sends you an e-mail when the item comes up for auction.

Edited at 2008-11-19 08:27 pm (UTC)
kathryntact
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yar, that is the one thing I despise about the Time website, no photographs. I didn't know I could keep a search request on-going on e-bay so I will definitely do that.

For that information alone, I vant to shower you in cupcakes. And I make a mean cupcake. It growls and everything. Rawr!

Thank you.
thornyc
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)

1. Log onto your eBay account.

2. Put "time mag* oct* 31 1969" in the search string, without any quote marks.

3. Click on the 'Save this search' link. Check the box that says "Email me when new items match..." and hit 'Save'.

4. Never talk about Fight Club.

noble_knave
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
thank you for showing me this!
spikydave
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to see how far we've come since then as well as how far we still have to go. I've been churning on my reaction to prop 8 in California for a while now and have been coming to a lot of conclusions. I'll more than likely post my own thoughts on the topic sometime this week when it's all coherent.
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