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Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde | Irene Monroe

Huffington Post Blogger, , reminds us of Audre Lorde’s struggles and many contributions to womanist theory. Lorde pioneered the appreciation for African American womanhood and motherhood through poetry, essays, and living a life well served.

Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde | Irene Monroe

Excerpt:

Lorde was shaping contemporary feminist and womanist thought well before her seminal 1984 book, Sister Outsider, a collection of speeches and essays unflinchingly depicting black lesbian women’s lives as interlocking oppressions — sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and classism — and a clarion call for change and activism:

As a Black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, poet, mother of two including one boy and member of an interracial couple, I usually find myself part of some group in which the majority defines me as deviant, difficult, inferior or just plain “wrong.” From my membership in all of these groups I have learned that oppression and the intolerance of difference come in all shapes and sizes and colors and sexualities; and that among those of us who share the goals of liberation and a workable future for our children, there can be no hierarchies of oppression.

Among scholars and activists today, Lorde’s depiction of “hierarchies of oppression” is lauded as an important theory on intersectionality.

via Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde | Irene Monroe.

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Full Text And Video: Obama Speech At ‘Let Freedom Ring’ 50th Anniversary Of King’s March | The New Civil Rights Movement

Across the land, congregations sent them off with food and with prayer. In the middle of the night, entire blocks of Harlem came out to wish them well. With the few dollars they scrimped from their labor, some bought tickets and boarded buses, even if they couldn’t always sit where they wanted to sit. Those with less money hitchhiked or walked. They were seamstresses and steelworkers, students and teachers, maids and Pullman porters. They shared simple meals and bunked together on floors. And then, on a hot summer day, they assembled here, in our nation’s capital, under the shadow of the Great Emancipator — to offer testimony of injustice, to petition their government for redress, and to awaken America’s long-slumbering conscience.

via Full Text And Video: Obama Speech At ‘Let Freedom Ring’ 50th Anniversary Of King’s March | The New Civil Rights Movement.

I had to brutally murder the black gay guy because he hit on me

Ah Mississippi. It seems like only last week we were discussing Mississippi having just outlawed slavery 148 years late, and being the last state on the list to pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. And then, what do you know – a black gay man who was running for mayor of a Mississippi town, Marco McMillian, is found brutally murdered, but the suspect, Lawrence Reed, says he had to do it because, you see, the gay guy hit on him.

Oh the number of men who would be dead if they were beaten to death every time they hit on a woman.

via I had to brutally murder the black gay guy because he hit on me.

 

Howard Univ. Lawyers Tell Supreme Court Outlawing Gay Marriage is Like Outlawing Interracial Marriage | Your Black World

The brief, filed by the Civil Rights Clinic at the school, offers examples which demonstrate that complaints against  gay marriage are nothing more than rehashings of arguments that were used to outlaw interracial marriage, until the issue was finally decided in the case of Loving v. Virginia:

via Howard Univ. Lawyers Tell Supreme Court Outlawing Gay Marriage is Like Outlawing Interracial Marriage | Your Black World.

 

Teacher Says Gays Have No Purpose In Life, Wants LGBT Kids Banned From Prom | The New Civil Rights Movement

A teacher of special needs children in Indiana is speaking out with other Christian parents and students by demanding LGBT kids be banned from a Sullivan High School prom. When asked, teacher Diana Medley responded to a reporter that she believes gay people have no purpose in life, and agrees that anti-gay parents and students should create a separate, “traditional” prom that would ban gay students from attending. Sullivan High School itself is allowing all students to the official prom, but these militant anti-gay Christians are trying to get students to attend their prom instead of the school’s official prom.

via Teacher Says Gays Have No Purpose In Life, Wants LGBT Kids Banned From Prom | The New Civil Rights Movement.

 

Ellen DeGeneres’ Funny, Heartfelt Speech Against The Boy Scouts Gay Ban (video)

DeGeneres, a Girl Scout herself briefly when she was younger, makes a plea to the Boy Scouts to accept openly gay members.

Obviously I think that the Boy Scouts should allow gay members.  I mean, the fact that they don’t is insane.  I mean, they won’t let their members be gay–or openly gay anyway–but they’re letting them wear neckerchiefs and green short shorts?

via Ellen DeGeneres’ Funny, Heartfelt Speech Against The Boy Scouts Gay Ban (video).

 

How white US evangelicals fund anti-gay hate and violence in Africa

 Uganda’s rampant homophobia

This video documentary, via the New York Times, called “Gospel of Intolerance,” documents the role that America’s religious right bigots are playing in Uganda, and Africa overall, to fund homophobia on the continent.  It’s written and produced by Roger Ross Williams, who has an essay in the Times about the video as well.

via How white US evangelicals fund anti-gay hate and violence in Africa.

 

Gospel of Intolerance

 Gospel of Intolerance

The filmmaker Roger Ross Williams reveals how money donated by American evangelicals helps to finance a violent antigay movement in Uganda.

via Gospel of Intolerance.

Majority Of Evangelicals Accuse Gays Of ‘Trying To Remove Christian Values’ From U.S. | The New Civil Rights Movement

The vast majority of Evangelical Christians (72%) believe “the gay and lesbian community is the most active group trying to remove Christian values from the country.” This stands in steep contrast to the rest of the country. Only one in three Americans (31%) overall, regardless of faith, believe gays are trying to remove Christian values from the country. By comparison, just 16 percent of non-Christians believe gays are trying to remove Christian values from the country, and only 42 percent of non-evangelical Christians hold that belief.

via Majority Of Evangelicals Accuse Gays Of ‘Trying To Remove Christian Values’ From U.S. | The New Civil Rights Movement.

 

LGBT Community Furious Over Obama’s Inaugural Pastor Who Said Gays Will Go To Hell

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The LGBT community is in an uproar over the Obama administration’s choice of pastor to deliver the benediction at the President’s inauguration this month. A White House petition has been posted requesting his replacement as the result over overarching fury after it was discovered Reverend Louie Giglio has a history of anti-gay comments, including delivering a viciously anti-gay sermon in the 1990s, and has ties to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/lgbt-community-furious-over-obamas-inaugural-pastor-who-said-gays-will-go-to-hell/politics/2013/01/10/58033