Sunday, July 17, 2011

Challenge from a member of THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

CHALLENGE FROM A MEMBER OF
THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

ISSUED TO: The Facebook Group: LET’S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE
CAMPAIGN…It’s a start! LGBT EQUALITY

UPDATE:  Challenge deadline has been extended to election
                           day 2012...

NEWS ALERT:  
The subsequent passing of this Congressman is truly a sad day for all mankind.  A truly great advocate for basic human and civil rights has left the stage and will be missed by all.  Out of respect for family and friends of Congressman Payne, certain original wording of this group's summary of his challenge released by the group on July 18, 2011, along with a subsequent statement, has been been changed to protect the privacy of all, while not changing in anyway whatsoever the gist of the original challenge Congressman Payne issued to the Let's Reach 1 Million People Campaign in 2011 for LGBT Equality...

This group is in the process of drafting correspondence to his son, Donald Payne, Jr., Newark Council President and Essex County Freeholder, who recently beat out five other candidates in the primary to get his name on November's ballot, to find out his intent on carrying out and continuing the support shown for the LGBT by his father and whether or not he was even aware of the challenge his father gave to our grassroots organization, as well as his knowing what plans his father alluded to in the challenge for potentially stepping up his support for LGBT Equality.  Donald Payne, Jr. was also the winner of a special election to fill the unexpired term of his father, who died suddenly this past March of colon cancer.

The following is an excerpt from a June 6, 2012 article written by Monica Miller in NEWSWORKS New Jersey:

"Well, I wouldn't even kid you to think that I could fill those shoes.  But, I'm standing on his shoulders," said Payne, Jr.  "I understand what he wanted for this community.  I understand what he wanted for this state.  I understand what he wanted for this world.  So, no one -- no one better than I can continue to do the work that the late Congressman Donald Payne did for everyone."


While it may appear this news alert is coming a little late being a short while since his passing; we thought it best to wait and see how the primary turned out last week as to whether his son looks to be the one to carry on the legacy of Congressman Payne...it does so look for that to be the case!



In Summary:


A somewhat detailed confidential challenge was received involving moral and ethical considerations placing a great deal of responsibility upon both parties to uphold the integrity of each individual’s character. Normally, getting involved with this type of challenge would not be advisable for our group due to moral pressure possibly involved at the end depending on the outcome of the challenge (what if challenge is met, but subsequent support not there; does one reveal the identity of the politician while accepting the responsibility and corresponding moral and ethical consequences additionally involved with possible political consequences due to their desire for potentially stepping up their own support for LGBT Equality). Are waters being tested for a possible controversial political stand on LGBT Equality? This could be the opportunity of a lifetime for gay rights!

The correspondence received was shrouded in mystery and secrecy with the message received loud and clear their identity not be disclosed until that time the disclosure is made by the politician through a press release; credibility and integrity are on the line with this.

The member of Congress just finished reading a book given to them by one of their constituents. The following statement was made by the politician regarding their view of the rights available to individuals of the LGBT community, as well as the effect the book had upon them.

“I have always respected the rights of an individual to live their life as they see fit within the constraints of the bodies of law within their territorial jurisdiction. With that being said, certain individuals with situations resulting from behavioral and sexual choices due to individual identity are not always allowed their basic civil rights. I have always taken the majority position of those who elected me to office when legislation or decisions of this nature come up. Recently, I have assessed various ways of encouraging those who elect us to educate themselves in this particular area of civil rights in order that they understand the ramifications that could result when voicing their position if ignorance on any issue is present.  A book like this could be that partial eye opener with the education they need in this area. I see things somewhat differently having read it, giving me the courage to realize just how grave the injustice is upon those individuals with varying sexual preference and identity.”

They went on to say, “A clerk in Washington, who incidentally read the book after I finished, shared with me a group you created on facebook. I am sure you are aware that campaigns carried out by collective groups of advocates, on any issue, carry more weight as the number of participants rise. With the aggressive goal of one million, the campaign will carry significant weight, once met, when taken through the proper channels to the target audience.”

Support of politician if challenge is met:

Continue work on broadening their positive stand for equal rights of every citizen regardless of sexual identity and have a press release so stating.

Make a supplemental personal statement on record and for press release.

Continue working hard to garner support from other Washington politicians on equal rights issues.

Show support for the facebook group LET’S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN…It’s a Start! LGBT EQUALITY

Challenge work to be done by group:

Reach the 1 Million members goal by January 31, 2012, to show commitment to this cause.

Work diligently and obtain the support of at least 36 members from the United States Congress as supporters of the group to show commitment to this cause by January 31, 2012.


A committee of members from the facebook group studied the challenge and voted as to accepting it or not. The LGBT community stands to gain a more open, while still tremendously strong, ally in the fight for LGBT Equality. The group believes this is an honest effort on the part of the politician to step up this effort along with a strong commitment and following shown by this group for the cause.

The members of the group put forth this appeal to all individuals of the LGBT communities throughout the world, as well as every single one of the wonderful Straight Allies throughout the world that have stood by the LGBT communities in their plight for equal rights; please assist this group in our work put forth by this challenge.

Press release date of July 18, 2011 via all media outlets (doc. PRWC7182011)
Link to group referenced
https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_179421342110744&ap=1
Link to book referenced
http://www.outskirtspress.com/livingthedifference
Contact email: joechuckknudson@gmail.com

LINK TO SUMMARY OF AUTHENTICITY OF THE CHALLENGE:
http://thegaylyblogger.blogspot.com/2011/08/congressman-challenge-authenticity.html


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

RECENT INTERVIEW

JW Najarian - My eclectic concoction of news, views and interviews from authors, speakers, gurus and celebrities, such as Gary W. Goldstein - Producer of "Pretty Woman", Lauren Selman and Pina De Rosa - Noted Film Director & Producer, & Joseph Knudson - Gay Rights Advocate and Author of Living the Difference.



My Audio Interview with Joe Knudson about his book Living the Difference.
http://jwnajarian.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/joseph-knudson-on-living-the-difference/

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

TOP 5 PLACES TO LIVE AS A GAY COUPLE

GUEST POST

Finally! It’s super exciting that gay couples are receiving marriage licenses and state support in six states; Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York! Of course there’s also Washington D.C., our nation’s capital. Now that we are happily married or in a committed partnership, a new question arises: where are the best places to live if we want to be part of a gay community?

Here’s a list of the top five places to live as a gay couple.

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

I would have to say that New Orleans is one of the most diverse and culturally accepting places I’ve ever traveled to. Specifically, I find the French Quarter and the Garden District to be the most breathtakingly beautiful and saturated with same sex partnerships. The people on the streets are genuine and often quite bizarre but always entertaining. They sure know how to throw a hell of a party! People don’t seem to judge each other as harshly as most cities. Magazine Street is especially nice. Many of the store owners are openly gay and most everyone is gay friendly. There are plenty of day and night entertainment options, as well.

2. Washington D.C. – Maryland

It’s the nation’s capital, so not only is it brimming with employment possibilities; it has plenty of different types of scenes going on around town. It is certified as a same sex marriage licensed city and I have heard of many gay couples thrilled at the opportunity to move there and have everything they need, from legal protection, to an advanced and well off city. Also, you’re not to far away from the mountains or NYC.

3. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a hipster mecca boasting world class coffee houses, art and music. The scene is relaxed enough to be comfortable but busy enough to inspire. You will find plenty to entertain yourselves within this city filled with bars, clubs and art showings. For anyone with artistic flair, I would have to say Seattle has a lot to offer.

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

As one of the first cities to ban antigay discrimination and embrace a queer lifestyle, this city has really taken flight. The wonderful nightlife and shopping alone would make this a great place to visit, but the gay community within this city speaks volumes. A dear friend of mine was moved by this city and it’s inhabitants so much so that she said she personally had to name it the most gay accepting and entertaining city she’s been to and she currently lives in NYC.

5. NYC, NY

I don’t feel I really need to touch on the details of what makes this city great. It’s just a great city, period. You will find something for everyone here and much of New York is based on embracing different ideas and cultures. It can be molded into whatever you want. With the latest news of NY becoming one of the first states to embrace gay marriage, that certainly helps make it a fabulous place to stick your glittery nest egg!


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

PUT YOURSELF IN OUR SHOES, WE WANT EQUALITY


There is a group on facebook
that is growing very fast with members from around the world.  We are working on eradicating homophobia throughout the world through education and enlightenment in order to achieve our goal of total LGBT Equality Worldwide.  We have many different vehicles we use in our journey to equality.  As our group grows, so does our clout and influence. 

We have already received notice from a Washington politician who recently issued us a challenge after reading the book recently released Living the Difference: an enlightening story revealed for people of all ages straight or gay.  The details of this challenge will be revealed on the group page in the next few days.

We are in a growth mode and need more members to help us increase our clout and influence on our journey toward total LGBT Equality Worldwide.  We are accepting members from across the world of varying sexual identities.

PLEASE ALL LGBT INDIVIDUALS & ALLIES JOIN OUR GROUP NOW!

I want to share with you an email I received from a heterosexual reader of the book referenced above (one of the many vehicles used in this education and enlightenment process):  "Wow, I finally get it now, I can't believe this goes on each and every day, but you've shown me that it does and I appreciate you for that. I have many gay friends that I have socialized with and gone out with, but I never witnessed this type of behavior against gay people, nor have I totally understood their personal lives until I lived yours through your book. I am going to share your book with as many straight people as I can. Thanks for helping with my own homophobic attitudes." As mentioned, this was from a heterosexual reader, you should see what the LGBT community has to say about the book!

Our esteemed members are working hard to achieve total LGBT Equality Worldwide, please jump on board and help us attain this in our lifetimes.


Sincerely and with deep appreciation for your membership,
Joe (J.C.) Knudson, Father of 2, Partner of 18 Years, Creator of Group, & Author of Living the Difference