Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WINNERS AND SPECIAL SELECTIONS

PRESS RELEASE - 8/31/2011

The three winners of a writing contest, sponsored by Espresso House Publishing in conjunction with their first release by a gay author, Living the Difference by J.C. Knudson, are announced below, along with the re-announcement of the winner of the first membership drive contest for the fastest growing LGBT Equality group on facebook LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY, in addition to special selection status of other writings/causes of two of the members of the above group.

The sequel to Living the Difference will have a chapter devoted in showcasing three unique stories from individuals relating to the toughest struggle they encountered on their own path to understanding and acceptance of homosexuality. It will give each winner the opportunity to have their story published, reaching thousands upon thousands of individuals throughout the world. Many humans want to leave a mark somewhere of their existence on this earth and this could well be the way for these winners to leave theirs.  They will not only be featured in the sequel, but will also receive a signed certificate of inclusion that will be placed inside their own original autographed hard cover copy of the release. In addition, they will be my personal guests at a book signing location of their choice from the list of appearances subsequent to the book release. They too, will have the opportunity to put their signature in their own section on those books during the book signing event. Who knows for sure, but this could easily launch a writing career if they so desire...

The three winners of this contest are Jessica Lillie Arent, Satori Dennis Agape, and Shawn Brighenti.  These individuals were three of over 500 entries submitted for the contest.

The winner of the membership drive contest referenced above is Rachel Hall.  Through her efforts of adding her own friends to the above LGBT Equality group and the first line addition of friends of her friends added, the group received over 750 new members from those efforts.  Rachel will receive the same as the winners above, with the exception of a story within the devoted chapter, rather she will receive an honorable mention in a special section at the beginning of the sequel with her bio including her efforts in assisting the LGBT on their journey to Equality.

The first special selection status recipient is Michelle Dawn Owens, after her story was selected by my own personal publicist and myself for the uniqueness in content and manner of presentation and for that she will be named in the sequel along with an offer to have her story submitted for publishing in a book of her own should she so desire as an expanded and more detailed story of her life (better get started writing Michelle as we are talking about a whole book, not a featured chapter).

The second special selection status recipient is Heather Nicole Freely for her inspiring cause that is so dear to her heart.  She will be named in the sequel with a short bio/story and a link to her cause, Heather's Place of Hope @ http://www.causes.com/causes/619132-heather-s-place-of-hope/about

I will be sending out the paperwork/releases I will need signed by each of the winners soon and in the meantime bask in the glory of being selected one of our winners and for all others always remember, one of my missions in life is to get our stories out there and discover writers in the process as well!  You never know when you could be selected for inclusion publication or even possibly a book of your own.  We have to EDUCATE and ENLIGHTEN society as that will go a long way in achieving everything the LGBT is deserving of and entitled to and I am going to do my part of it and I truly hope all of you will do your part as well.

Please take the time to congratulate all of our winners.

For all who read this Press Release, please help the LGBT achieve our equal Civil Rights, JOIN OUR GROUP NOW at   https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IMPORTANT LINKS TO USE FOR PROMOTING THE FACEBOOK GROUP

LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY

1."THE ELLEN VIDEO" ASKING HER ASSISTANCE FOR THE CHALLENGE & JOINING THE GROUP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWmVTysRiE0&feature=youtu.be
2."BORN THIS WAY" VIDEO INTRODUCING OUR GROUP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hhiHOC9mBo
3."THE ELLEN SHOW" FACEBOOK PAGE TO POST TO ABOUT OUR GROUP & CHALLENGE
http://www.facebook.com/ellentv?ref=ts
4.ELLENS WEBSITE TO REQUEST APPEARANCE ON SHOW & POST VIDEOS TO
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=10
5."LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY", OUR LINK
http://www.facebook.com/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/
6.ANOTHER GREAT VIDEO TO SEND OUT TO LGBT GROUPS, STRAIGHT ALLIES, ETC. IS
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1775353901669&comments
WHEN YOU SEND THIS ONE OUT, YOU MUST PUT THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE WITH IT TO DIRECT PEOPLE TO OUR GROUP:
"Help us see the beauty of what it feels like to be a part of and feel the excitement of getting married; why should we be deprived of that right! Please join us as we journey on to that feeling of excitement...LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY at"
http://www.facebook.com/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/
7.Link to Petition to remove the most HOMOPHOBIC state legislator in the nation, Sally Kern
http://www.change.org/petitions/sign-petition-to-remove-oklahoma-state-legislator-sally-kern
8.Petition to Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Implement as curriculum and administrative policy a federally mandated plan to deal with bullying
http://www.change.org/petitions/education-secretary-arne-duncan-implement-as-curriculum-admin-policy-a-plan-to-deal-with-bullying
9. A very inspiring video for promotion of group
http://www.facebook.com/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/#!/video/video.php?v=1734534601212&comments
with the following message:
"Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. Please do what you can to help achieve Civil Rights for the LGBT; join this group at" https://www.facebook.com/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/
10. Link to go put a group badge on your profile pic on facebook or twitter
http://twibbon.com/cause/1-million-4-lgbt-equality/Details
11. Link to the group page on Twitter
https://twitter.com/JOINFBGROUP
12. Link to the group newspaper
http://paper.li/JOINFBGROUP/1314492144
13. Link to magazine article on our group campaign
http://www.connextionsmagazine.com/1/post/2011/8/making-a-difference-while-living-the-difference-profile-of-joe-knudson.html
14.Link to video on EDUCATING & ENLIGHTENING society on the LGBT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy94YUtVxrA
15. Link to the AEB (American Equality Bill) Project - (There is currently the possibility of a shift in play, in that Representative Jared Polis of Colorado said that he supported the idea of an omnibus LGBT rights bill and called for suggestions about what the bill should contain.  This is the first time a national-level gay politician has said this; of course it would have to contain everything from the AEB plus...THE LINK IS STILL APPROPRIATE FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THE ORIGINAL AEB)
http://www.equalitygiving.org/American-Equality-Bill
16. Sample letter used to enlist and recruit members to our group to expand our advocacy capabilities:

I wanted to correspond with you on a facebook group for LGBT Equality, LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality
We are the fastest growing LGBT Equality group with a diverse membership worldwide.  We are working on a current challenge we are trying to meet from a US Congressman and we also support the AEB Project/Omnibus LGBT Rights Bill, as well as the recent petition started by one of our own esteemed members for dealing with the ever increasing bullying issue at all levels.  We are also the group that began preparations for a Worldwide Invasion of LGBT Individuals, which is basically a peaceful rally demanding our Full Civil Rights, to happen in select cities throughout the world at exactly the same time (details of all these campaigns can be found in the documents section of our group at the link above).

These are just a few items of many we have on our agenda and our voices are increasing every single day as our membership numbers and diversity increase. We have celebrities in our group, many strong straight allies, politicians, and a number of well known gay rights advocates.

We allow individuals who are members to promote their projects and campaigns that are for the good of the LGBT and the exposure and their results have been amazing. We would like to extend an invitation for you (put in name of who you are sending it to) to be a part of our group and stand with us as we work hard for the rights of the LGBT. We work hard as well in the education and enlightenment to society of the true LGBT and what and who we really are.

Please consider joining our group and expand your own avenues of exposure as well for your LGBT ventures.

Sincerely,

J.C. Knudson, Gay Rights Advocate, Creator of "LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY", and author of "Living the Difference"
(put your own name and credentials, such as "esteemed member of  LET'S REACH....)

17. Link to petition started by our very own esteemed member Marc Holcomb for Equality in Oklahoma
http://signon.org/sign/equality-for-all-oklahomas.fb1?source=c.fb&r_by=514324
18. Link to a recently produced youtube video relating to this group and LGBT Equality by non other than Tiffany Fluharty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okElCD_G5wI
19. Link to video of an interview of one of our esteemed members who is totally candid of who he is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCqQPzQhuVs
When posting this link, it is good to put a message like:
"This is truly an inspiring video to be shared with all; watch and then join our movement at" https://www.facebook.com/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/
20. Form letter to LGBT Alliances/Groups asking for their support in our membership drive to increase our clout & influence in our various campaigns:

The LGBT communities around the nation, as well as the world, need your support!

There is currently a fairly new LGBT Equality group on facebook that is growing rapidly and is currently the fastest growing LGBT Equality group anywhere.  We would really appreciate if you are not already a member, to join the group (link provided at bottom of correspondence). We recently received a challenge from a UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN and the group is working hard to meet that challenge. The LGBT Community has an opportunity to prove to congress that there are enough individuals in the LGBT Community that care enough to show congress that we do matter and that we need for our congressmen to help represent us in achieving Full Civil Rights as other citizens enjoy. We believe this challenge is an honest effort on this particular congressman's part to see if it is worth their own time and effort by seeing how many of the LGBT Community we can get to join this group and help us meet this challenge. Yes, regardless of what many LGBT individuals say, we do need the support of congress for most things to happen in Washington and beyond.

We need more publicity and are asking local LGBT Alliances/Organizations throughout the nation to help us with our membership drive, as well as meeting this challenge and use whatever means they have to help spread this word.

If you have a newsletter, website, current video campaign, or whatever methods you employ for notification of events and news to your members of the LGBT Community, we would appreciate some exposure.

The trouble with many of the LGBT communities around the nation is that it seems certain members do not want to do anything about our situation, but they still want to complain and for lack of a better term, "bitch" about it. (name of your state) is not immune from that same mentality of certain members of our community.

Please help our group show that (name of your state) is different and that we are a strong enough community to show our support by banning together as one to help meet this current challenge put forth by a UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN.

We look forward to and appreciate your support in this endeavor.

Sincerely,
(your name), Esteemed Member of "LET'S REACH I MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY" at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/?ap=1
(THIS LETTER CAN BE ADAPTED WITH A FEW MINOR CHANGES AND USED FOR POLITICIANS AS WELL)

21. Link to event sponsored by the group for a Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March demanding our FULL CIVIL RIGHTS in select cities around the world all to happen at the same time
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=217923068269572
22. Link to Petition to White House by Caleb Laieski on the urgency of the Obama administration to appoint an advisor on LGBT Youth issues
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/appoint-advisor-lgbt-youth-issues/KN6r2NPM
23. A truly inspiring and uplifting video by our esteemed member D'Geyrald http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpmoTIrsSnQ&feature=autoshare
When posting this link, it is good to put a message like:
"This is truly an inspiring video to be shared with all; watch and then join our movement at https://www.facebook.com/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/ "
24. Link to direct plea to other LGBT groups and individuals, as well as our straight allies to join our group and help us with our campaigns and our challenge; it also contains the GROUP DESCRIPTION
http://thegaylyblogger.blogspot.com/2011/10/we-are-asking-for-help-reciprocation.html
25. Links to the new "JUST DO IT - NOW" Campaign and you might say the following as you post either of them:

"Join the LGBT Civil Rights MOVEMENT..."  (there are 2 different pictures, so 2 different URLs)
http://thegaylyblogger.blogspot.com/2011/10/just-do-it-campaign.html
http://thegaylyblogger.blogspot.com/2011/10/just-do-it-campaign-now.html
26. Shortened URL for our group:
http://snipurl.com/lgbtmovement
27. Link to petition for an international "STRAIGHT LGBT ALLY DAY"
https://www.change.org/petitions/international-lgbt-rights-and-human-rights-organizations-associations-implement-recognize-an-international-straight-lgbt-ally-day
28.  Link to the "Born this Way" Foundation started by Lady Gaga
http://www.bornthiswayfoundation.org/

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CONGRESSMAN CHALLENGE AUTHENTICITY

Our group  LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...It's a start! LGBT EQUALITY  is still receiving inquiries from non-believers as to the legitimacy of the challenge we received from the US Congressman.  Here is a response to those inquiries:


The challenge is as legit as it gets; I don't know what else to say other than you have my word on it and I don't give my word to something I don't know for sure or I don't believe in.

In addition, I have personally always thought this particular congressman possibly had closeted family members or close friends, so I firmly believe it is legit. Originally, the group was not even going to let anyone know whether it was a male or female, but without even thinking it was let out it was a male many times.  I cannot "out", so to speak (not saying at all that he is gay), someone in his position as that is not in my nature and I gave my word at the time of acceptance of his challenge that we would honor his confidentiality request until that time he makes a public announcement on his additional support and/or the challenge is met.  We as a group, have no idea what additional support to expect from the congressman should we meet this challenge.

I feel as confident as I possibly can that it is not a sick and sad joke from someone and I am sure election 2012 being right around the corner that he is wanting to test the waters to see just how much support he could possibly garner from the LGBT community prior to deciding to align himself more than he already has with us and making an announcement of additional future support.

Other than saying his name, there is nothing else I can do or say and if anyone thinks I am going to go back on my word just to satisfy someones own doubt as to the legitimacy, then you don't know me too well as when I give my word on something I do not go back on it just to satisfy someones curiosity because quite obviously that is all this is, as this challenge came after our mission was defined and really has nothing to do with our core mission, other than possibly assisting us with our work toward LGBT Equality for the LGBT by possibly garnering the continued support of another Congressman, as our emphasis on educating and enlightening society through a variety of channels is still the same and was already in place prior to this challenge. THIS GROUP SUPPORTS MANY OUTSIDE EQUALITY PROJECTS, AS WELL AS MANY CAUSES THAT WE INITIATED WORK ON FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY; SO IF ANYONE WANTS TO USE THIS CHALLENGE AS A REASON NOT TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS OR WORK TOWARDS EQUALITY THEN IT IS JUST AN EXCUSE ON THEIR PART TO NOT DO ANYTHING AT ALL AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY.

Sincerely,
Joseph C. Knudson

Thursday, August 11, 2011

LET'S REACH 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAMPAIGN...

This is a group campaign to reach as many people as possible to assist in the fight for LGBT Equality Worldwide. I started this group and campaign as a result of feedback I have received from my recent release. I get feedback all the time that society needs education and enlightenment if members of society are ever going to allow equality to become a reality at the polls, courts, and/or in Washington. I get heterosexuals telling me their homophobia is almost a thing of the past after reading the book. I get homosexuals telling me they are so glad someone opened up their life so society can see who we really are. I've been told it has helped tremendously in the process of understanding your own inner self, including your sexual orientation and has given many the courage to come out. Parents and friends of LGBT are saying it has helped them in their understanding and acceptance of homosexuality; it leaves a compelling argument definitely in favor of all LGBT individuals that WILL HELP IN OUR FIGHT FOR EQUALITY...SOCIETY MUST KNOW THE REAL US AND WHO AND WHAT WE ARE!

I believe EDUCATION is the key to eradicating homophobia worldwide. TOGETHER, WITH ALL OF OUR INDIVIDUAL & JOINT EFFORTS, WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE & SHOW SOCIETY THAT WE ARE LIVING THE LIFE WE WERE BORN TO LIVE AND THE LIFE GOD INTENDED US TO LIVE...

OUR CORE MISSION IS TO ACHIEVE LGBT EQUALITY THROUGH PROPER AND PEACEFUL CHANNELS EMPLOYING MANY DIFFERENT VEHICLES ALONG THE WAY. STRONG EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON ENLIGHTENING AND EDUCATING SOCIETY IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE AMPLE UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE THAT IS NECESSARY TO GARNER THE SUPPORT WE NEED TO WIN AT THE POLLS AND IN WASHINGTON...

NO, the LGBT community doesn't need UNDERSTANDING and ACCEPTANCE to be entitled to equality, as our rights are our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS that are UNALIENABLE AND UNCONDITIONAL, but we have to be realistic in that certain understanding and acceptance (ample as mentioned above) are necessary along the way, whether we like it or not, as the fight ends up in Washington and/or the courts and we are just helping pave the way for these UNALIENABLE AND UNCONDITIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!

The feedback we are getting is awesome and we can't keep up with all the messages, etc. and I am so excited to be doing what I'm doing for LGBT Equality Worldwide...it has been a lifelong dream! We just recently received some correspondence from a Washington politician who issued this campaign group a challenge; the details of that challenge are located in the document section of the campaign group facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/groups/letsreach1millionpeoplecampaignlgbtequality/

The LGBT community is somewhat divided on many of the ways to accomplish this achievement of our rights. You know think about it, many LGBT individuals complain about some of the politicians who are in all likelihood closeted, etc. or were at one time and how they actually did more harm for us than good in order to somewhat conceal their own sexual preferences at that time and not draw attention to themselves, or they used our platform for their own personal gain, etc, and I'm sure you know where this is coming from. Well, could it have been because many of the various LGBT lobbyists/groups are so separated from each other and many do not have a unified common supporting of the entire LGBT community that it scared some of the politicians against actually aligning themselves with us. I truly believe this particular politician who issued us the challenge wants to see the LGBT community come together and show Washington that we can come together on common ground and be that segment of society that wants to work for our rights and not just talk about them, a segment of society that wants to not draw so much attention to the fact that we are LGBT, but that wants to draw the attention to the fact that we are a minority class that is entitled to equal protections under the law and the same civil rights all other classes of citizens enjoy. IT MAKES SENSE DOESN'T IT...WELL, LET'S SHOW WASHINGTON AND THE POLITICIANS THAT WE ARE THAT SEGMENT OF SOCIETY THAT WILL WORK TOGETHER, IN A UNIFIED MANNER; it doesn't matter than there are a lot of various LGBT groups working on our equality, what matters is that we can show WASHINGTON and the POLITICIANS in some way, that we can come together to achieve them and just maybe this CHALLENGE is the way the entire LGBT community can finally show WASHINGTON and the POLITICIANS that we can be that unified class of society that needs the support of WASHINGTON and the POLITICIANS!

P.S. The following is a portion of a recent GROUP PRESS RELEASE issued that was made an integral part of the group description:

We are looking for some volunteers who would like to work with some of us more directly in portions of our advocacy work. Most can be done from your computer. It is a lot of fun and it gives you a chance to be more involved directly in the achievement of our equal rights. THE GROUP appreciates this and it will go a long way in garnering more support of the entire LGBT Community (ALL MEMBERS), our straight allies, as well as the people we need in Washington. There is no secret agenda to this group as some have wanted others to think; I believe these non-believers and hate spreading individuals have been weeded out. As mentioned in many previous posts, my own book is just one vehicle that has been used to garner hundreds of supporters we didn't have before, but it is only one of many ways to educate and enlighten society and like I've said the proceeds go right back into the essentials of continuing this campaign and the journey we are all on to win our rights. We never ask for money or donations from anyone and never will. There are many groups where the creator and administrators push their own agenda through with their own books, etc. as well as fundraisers and this is their living and they need the money; THIS IS NOT MY LIVING, it is MY DREAM OF ACHIEVING TOTAL LGBT EQUALITY for all of us. THIS GROUP IS ALL OF OURS AND GETTING OUR MESSAGE OUT THERE AND LETTING PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT US IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF IT. WE NEED TO SHOW OUR SUPPORTERS BOTH IN AND OUT OF WASHINGTON THAT THERE IS A UNIFIED SINGLE GROUP OF US THAT WILL SHOW THEM WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS ONE AND BE THERE FOR THEM AS THEY ALIGN WITH US & HELP US ON THIS JOURNEY OF OURS! YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO BEING A PART OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING! Thank you for taking the time to read this...HUGS to all!