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Remembering The Legacy Of César Chávez

March 31, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

cesar chavezThere is a lot to celebrate about César Chávez, the noted labor and civil rights leader whose birthday we celebrate Saturday. But what many don’t know is that Chávez was also an ardent advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

Marc Grossman, the Chavez Foundation’s communication director and César Chávez’s longtime spokesman and personal aide, says that for Chávez, support for the LGBT community started early. A long-time friend of the Chávezes from the ’40s on, who was a lesbian, baptized the Chávezes eldest son, Fernando.

“By the late ’70s, he would go to gay rights parades,” Grossman said. “I was with him when he met Harvey Milk.”

And Milk, in turn, was an early supporter of the United Farm Workers grape boycott.

“This was not a position that was popular,” said Grossman, referring to Chávez’s support for LGBT equality. “But César didn’t care about what was unpopular. He came out strong against the Vietnam War, something most other labor organizations wouldn’t do. He believed you couldn’t lead by following the crowd.”

Grossman shares the anecdote of a young aide who had left Chávez to move to San Francisco, and who later came out. Chávez came to San Francisco for a labor rally and went to a gay pride parade. The aide recognized him and said, “I’m surprised to see you here,” and Chávez replied, baffled, “Why would you be surprised?”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Conventionally wrong: Narratives that pit LGBT people against people of color aren’t backed by facts

May 15, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

people of color against prop 8
One of the major political justifications for Obama hedging a decision he says he made months ago is the feared reaction in the African-American community, a key part of Obama’s base.

But that narrative is one that plays into the hands of the so-called National Organization For Marriage, who used race-baiting as a strategy on Prop 8.

Our own research debunked those outsized claims over 2008, and the American Prospect debunks them now for North Carolina: Amendment 1′s fault line was between urban and rural voters, not African Americans and whites.

In fact, Obama’s statements may help him with African-American voters, and it doesn’t look like it will hurt. A coalition of African Americans and civil rights leaders back Obama’s move. As does Jay-Z.

Again and again, polling shows that African Americans and Latinos are largely in step with the national consensus favoring same-sex marriage. There’s even significant support from the pulpit.

With Latinos, this has been augmented by some of the coalition work that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists have done in connecting LGBT struggles to immigrant concerns.

There’s even a fair amount of evidence that Obama’s bully pulpit will help bring people of color over to supporting the freedom to marry. And where that doesn’t work, a majority still support Obama despite disagreements.

The repeated, and simplistic narrative that people of color are both opposed and barriers to the freedom to marry simply isn’t borne out by evidence — it’s another example of the lazy thinking that implies outsized significance to the most obvious difference. From our opponents, its intentional. From the media, it’s reductive and misleading. For our communities, we must realize that these narratives serve none of our interests, and only succeed in dividing our ability to achieve full equality for every — every — American.

What’s The Word?

April 24, 2012 By steggie

What do you think of when you think of HIV and AIDS? Do you see pictures from the 80s – pictures of men in hospitals, of newspaper headlines, of ACT UP marches? Most of us do. But contrary to popular belief, HIV rates are actually rising again in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In fact, men who have sex with men are the only group in the US in which infections have been rising so steadily since the 90s, according to the CDC. We can stop this, though, by stepping out of our complacency and breaking the stigma that’s been holding us back.

That’s why we’re proud to recognize and support our ally AltaMed as they host two great community events.

illusionzIllusionZ is a fun monthly event of performances, music, and dancing. This month’s Spring Fling Show will feature a drag show. They’ll be offering free rapid HIV testing all night. And it’s free. What’s not to love?

Thursday, April 26th, 8 to 9:30pm

512 S. Indiana St., East Los Angeles, 90063

For more information, call 323.307.0195.

whats the wordWhat’s the Word in East Los is a community festival with LGBT vendors, an open mic, and live performances. Free HIV testing, free admission, and free giveaways.

Sunday, April 29th, 11am to 3pm

512 S. Indiana St., East Los Angeles, 90063

For more information, call 323.307.0195.
We’re excited to support these efforts to promote education, testing, and safer sex lifestyles for underserved LGBT people, and to create environments where we can be ourselves and have fun without stigma. We hope you’ll join us.