Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More on Prop 8

The topic of today's A Public Affair on WORT 89.9 FM is Proposition 8, with guest Judge LaDoris Cordell, former California Superior Court judge. If you had any questions you wanted to ask her when we spoke to her on Queery last week, now's your chance. The show runs noon-1 pm, or you can later download the show from our archives.

Friday, November 21, 2008

OutReach looking for volunteers this weekend

From OutReach:

The Library Committee at OutReach has finished the weeding process and
is now looking for volunteers to help re-arrange the shelves this
Sunday, November 23th. Folks will get together at 11am both days work
until about 4pm with pizza provided for the hard working souls :) Please
let Wayne know at rollergath(at)yahoo. com if you can help.

OutReach is at 600 Williamson St., Suite P-1, Madison, WI 53703.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

OutReach web site address has changed

Excerpts from the press release we received today:

OutReach announces a change! Beginning immediately, you can find us on the web at Our new website is just the beginning.

As the website is developed, you will be able to learn about the new programs, the new opportunites and the services available to all. OutReach's Board of Directors has taken a major step into the future with strategic goals that will continue the momentum. ... Our new electronic contact information is as follows:

Steve Starkey, Executive Director

Harry Straetz, Program Director

General information

Of course, we can still be reached at 608-255-8582, or
600 Williamson Ave., Ste P-1, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Cris Derrick
Development Assistant

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Civil rights, sex and race

Tomorrow our guest will be LaDoris H. Cordell, a retired California Superior Court judge who believes that Proposition 8 will be overturned by the courts. Click here to read her San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece, in which she also spoke about her experience as a lesbian in the black church and her disappointment that many people are unable to connect their belief in civil rights for ethnic and racial minorities to a broader belief in civil rights for all. We'll be talking to Cordell about prospects for marriage equality in California and the role that race did and didn't play in Proposition 8.

There's been a lot of hoopla around exit polls that showed 70% of black voters in California voted in favor of Prop 8, but as Cordell points out in her article, these votes were not enough to determine Prop 8's fate. Even if the percentages had matched those of the rest of the population, Prop 8 still would have passed. But a lot of people are acting like the fate of gay Americans is hanging in church-going black voters' hands. We'll talk to Cordell about why she thinks this issue has become such a big deal in the post-Prop 8 landscape.

Last Friday, several civil rights groups -- including the California NAACP,the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund -- filed a petition in California court last stop the enactment of Proposition 8* because it mandates discrimination against a minority group. You can see the the press release here and the petition here. "We cannot become a society that picks and chooses who is entitled to equal rights," said Alice A. Huffman, president of the California State NAACP.

In our own backyard, The Daily Cardinal ran an opinion piece about civil rights and Prop 8.

On a gossipy note (nod to Drew), you all probably know by now that comedienne Wanda Sykes came out and she is pissed. (Thank goodness for blogging; I'd never be allowed to say the p-word on the radio.) has an article that talks about Wanda Sykes and the reticence of black celebrities to come out. You can read it here.
Of course, before Sykes came out, I'd never even heard of her or her TV show. But be confident that your other Queery hosts watch television and know what's going on in the world.

*The wording is a little confusing, because clerks throughout California have enacted Prop 8 by refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In effect, a successful petition would require government officials to cease enforcing Prop 8.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Nationwide protests against discrimination

Look forward to our coverage this Wednesday of the weekend protest in Madison (and nationwide) against California's Prop 8 and other anti-gay measures that passed this past election. You can read other media accounts here:

There's still lots of progress to be made in our state, and the constitutional ban against marriage equality doesn't help. In Fond du Lac, same-sex marriage announcements are not permitted in the paper -- even in the case of state-sanctioned weddings.