so... Outfront MN raises funds from the gay community because.....
(it's hard to hear anything with the noise of the crickets)
Jo Marsicano said...
OutFront Minnesota raises funds from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community because our organization works year round advocating for this community.
This year, for instance, our legal program worked with elected officials in the City of Minnetonka to revise an ordinance that penalized people for being in the "wrong" bathroom - obviously creating potential hazards for our transgender brothers and sisters. You now cannot be arrested just because someone thinks you're the "wrong" gender for the bathroom you're in. Our Anti-Violence program provided referrals, helped get orders for protection, and provided direct one-on-one counseling for GLBT members who were victims of domestic violence and hate or bias crimes. We went all over the state co-sponsoring screenings and post-film discussions of "For the Bible Tells Me So" - helping people talk more meaningfully about the intersection of religion and sexual orientation, and about 1,000people in all attended these events.
Our training and education team went to public schools, universities, correctional facilities, police academies, churches, and workplaces to facilitate positive, constructive conversations about sexual orientation and the way it plays out in all areas of our political and social life.
We worked with state lawmakers to again advance bills to improve the lives of GLBT people including the local government domestic partner bill. We conduct the largest GLBT lobby day in the country and have every year increased attendance at this event, reminding lawmakers and reaffirming for them that they have GLBT constituents and that their votes on our issues matter. In addition, 54% of OutFront Minnesota Action-endorsed candidates won their races for election or re-election, helping our community rely on a fair-minded majority at the legislature.
The grassroots organizing OutFront Minnesota has been doing is necessary in order to get marriage equality passed by the legislature in our state. We talk to 25,000 each year all over Minnesota to lay the groundwork for this change.
OutFront Minnesota is proud of the work we do on behalf of our community. Vocal criticism of the organization helps us stay on our toes, always looking for ways we can do better.
We also acknowledge that given the diverse views of our community, there will at times be disagreement with our approach, tactics, or strategies.
In turn, however, we must disagree with those who claim that we "do nothing." Our donors, members, volunteers, and straight allies would also disagree with this assertion, as would the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contact us every year for assistance, information, referrals, and guidance on a host of issues related to the work of pursuing equality for GLBT people.
We are grateful for forums like Lloydletta's Nooz for enabling the community to discuss these issues with vigor.
Well Praise Be To Jesus! We've solved the bathroom problems of transgender people.
OutFront needs to grow a pair. And Jo, don't even think about eviscerating me for saying "grow a pair" like you did to Eva the last time she said that about OutFront.
You are nothing but shills for the do nothing DFL. OutFront can blow me for all it's worth.
For the record, I am impressed by Outfront Minnesota's legal and anti-violence program. I've always been very unimpressed by their lobbying efforts. I have never understood the point of continuing to contract with C Scott Cooper as a lobbyist.
I believe the gay community would be better served by a new group that would work on lobbying the legislature.
It's true I was scolded by Jo Marsicano for using the term "grow a pair." This was when I sent an email to a number of legislators. Among them was Mindy Greiling. Greiling wrote back - and didn't appear offended at all by the use of the term.