Shepard Fairey: Love Unites!


For those that may not know, Shepard Fairey is the world famous artist who created the iconic Obama Hope poster that you’ve seen everywhere for the past several months.

Now, Shepard has created another iconic image, this one in support of our cause. He has generously donated this image to us as a rallying symbol for our fight for equal rights. Please download it, print it out, use it in your signs and banners for tomorrow’s protest. And remember: Love Unites!

Larger version here.


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Free shuttlebus to the protest!

The SoCal Social Club and The Abbey Food & Bar/SBE have chartered buses to transport people to and from the protest on Saturday. The buses will leave at 9am and return at 3pm. The ride is free, but space is very limited (only around 100 seats left) and you must register by 4pm Friday afternoon.

For all the details and to reserve a seat, vist their registration site.

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Getting to the protest

We can’t stress enough that the best way to get to Saturday’s event is by way of public transportation, specifically the subway system. We are expecting a huge turnout, the kind that will bring traffic to a crawl and make parking a nightmare.

On the red/purple lines, the Civic Center station is closest to City Hall. On the gold line or Metrolink, Union Station is your best bet. Visit to plan your trip and avoid the hassles of bringing your car downtown.


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Sign Making Party!

What’s a protest without a good sign? Friday afternoon/evening, come on over to the LA Gay & Lesbian center to meet up with some of your fellow demonstrators, share your creative ideas, and create your own message that will be on display for the world to see on Saturday. Some materials have been generously donated, but feel free to bring additional posters, markers, and other materials.

FRIDAY, 11/14
2pm – 9pm
LA Gay & Lesbian Center
1625 N. Schrader Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Volunteer Need: Plaster the town!

Immediate volunteer need! We need to get the word out about this event and we only have a few days. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of people that won’t find about it from the internet, and we need to try to reach out to them. The best way to do that is to take our fliers out into the field, plaster them everywhere we can, and leave stacks of them at willing business places and community centers.

Go to our Publicity page, download a flier or two, print them out, and go forth and plaster. If you don’t have a printer at home, consider getting some run off at your local Kinkos or other print shop.

Here’s a partial and hastily cobbled together list of neighborhoods in LA. Pick an area or two you can take responsiblity for, and leave your name, e-mail address, and the area(s) you want to take in a comment to this post. I’ll update the list with volunteers as they come in. If there’s already more than 2 or 3 people listed for the area you want, consider taking another area, or at least coordinating with the people already listed for that area.

Let’s make it happen people!

Downtown: Arts District
Downtown: Bunker Hill
Downtown: Chinatown
Downtown: Fashion District
Downtown: Financial District
Downtown: Historic Core
Downtown: Jewelry District
Downtown: Little Tokyo
Downtown: Toy District

Boyle Heights
Elysian Valley
East Los Angeles
Atwater Village
Eagle Rock
Highland Park
Lincoln Heights
Mt. Washington
Echo Park
Historic Filipinotown
Lafayette Park

Beachwood Canyon
Cahuenga Pass
Little Armenia
Thai Town
Melrose District

Harbor City
San Pedro
Los Feliz
Franklin Hills
Silver Lake
Sunset Junction

Baldwin Hills
Exposition Park
Hyde Park
Jefferson Park
West Adams

Balboa Park
Canoga Park
Granada Hills
Mission Hills
North Hills
North Hollywood
NoHo Arts District
Reseda Ranch
Shadow Hills
Sherman Oaks
Sherman Village
Studio City
Sun Valley
Toluca Lake
Valley Village
Van Nuys
Woodland Hills

Century City
Mar Vista
Pacific Palisades
Playa del Rey
Playa Vista

Fairfax District
Miracle Mile
Park La Brea
West Hollywood


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Join The Impact: National Day of Protests, Nov. 15

The folks at JoinTheImpact are organizing a national day of marriage equality, pro-GLBTQI rights protests on November 15, on the steps of every city hall at 1:30 P.M. EST / 10:30 A.M. PST. They say,

We all come together in the month of June to celebrate Gay Pride, but few of us are even aware of why Gay Pride exists. Gay Pride is a celebration to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Many say that the Gay Rights Movement began in 1969, which means that we are still a young movement and have accomplished a great deal in such a short amount of time. The generation that fought for us in 1969 deserves our gratitude and respect. This is a generation of amazing people who fought for our ability to hold hands in the street, to speak out against hate, to dance to our own “thumpa thump”, witness television shows with a queer cast, and come together in the streets celebrating for an entire month! This is the generation that opened the doors for us to even have a conversation about gay marriage, and this is the generation that deserves our help and our voices now. On June 27th, 1969, this generation came together in protest, jumping from closets, taking to the streets, and mobilizing in ways this country had never seen before! And what happened? The country was forced to respond. The Queer identity was forced onto the front pages and coffee tables of people’s worlds and people had to once and for all accept that we are human too!

Now, almost 40 years later we NEED to come together again. We need to show this nation that we are ONE LOUD VOICE THAT DEMANDS TO BE HEARD! We need to be one organized unit. Our gay pride shouldn’t be something we celebrate one month out of the year. Our gratitude towards the ones who came before us shouldn’t be ignored and wasted away with one party after another. We beg to be given a right that requires responsibility and commitment, yet we, as one strong community, have not proven to this nation that we deserve to be taken seriously! The gay pride parade has become a great party, but it has lost the memory of Stonewall and therefor given the nation another reason to cast us aside as irresponsible. It’s time we come together for debate, for public recognition, and for LOVE! Let’s move as one full unit, on the same day, at the same hour, and let’s show the United States of America that we too are UNITED CITIZENS [EQUAL] IN MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AND DESERVING OF FULL EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW!

On the steps of your City Hall on November 15th at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST, our community WILL take to the streets and speak out against Proposition 8 and all of the other pro-equality losses that we have faced in our lifetimes, in our parents’ lifetimes, and for many generations before us. WE CAN’T DO THIS ALONE! WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need organizers in every major city to work with us and get out the protest! I know you’re all tired from all of the work you’ve done for this great election year, but I’m asking for one more push! Let the country hear our voices together. Let them see that we are a strong, adamant, and powerful community that deserves equal rights, and CAN’T BE DEFEATED!

Send this post to everyone! We have one week and must react to the pro-hate votes cast against us! Let’s help our LGBTQ friends, families, neighbors, and each other to IMPACT this country with a demand for our basic human rights! Join the cause, join the voice, and JOIN THE IMPACT! [emphasis mine]

In Los Angeles and all over the state, GLBTQI people and straight allies came together last night, and every night since Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, to show that we are proud members of our communities and that we will not disappear.  We will not be passive and we will not accept being told that our love is not real, that our marriages are not real, and that we should be content with a state constitution that legally defines us as inferior human beings.  Proposition 8 is a horrendous, homophobic measure that stripped away our rights, and we will not be silent.  We will stand up and show that we are a vibrant, diverse community of equal human beings and demand our rights!

It is vital that we turn out all over the state and nation and show our friends, family, neighbors, media, and politicians that we exist and we will fight for our rights! Go to to find out more, volunteer, and organize rallies in your own communities! On Saturday, Nov. 15, 10:30am PST, come to City Hall with your friends, families, and signs!


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