I don't know about the other three, but I always thought it would be loads of fun to get Roasted, you know like the celebrities...well, I have to tell you when the Roasting is done by the Naysayers, not only do you feel done on the bottom, but you feel like you are being skinned alive!
Wednesday, an article appeared on HUFFPOST GAY VOICES and THE BILERICO PROJECT.
The article was written by Kergan-Edwards something or another (we had to google him) and while it gave the 2012 Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights Marches & Non-March Events happening on April 21, 2012 some great exposure, it also gave us an insight into how someone can take it upon them self to write a piece under the guise of being a savior for the event, only to be written solely to entice comments back and fourth to keep the article topping out for prolonged exposure of a book (I fail to recall the title) they had written that has prominent billing in and at the end of the article.
That's not all, the article was completely erroneous in many aspects and the writer knew so, he just thought it would entice some juicy dialogue in the comment section with the angle that he chose to use. When I first asked him to write an article he mentioned the disclosure document for the event I gave him had too much information to decipher and asked if I had a media release or something more concise, so I gave him a recent media release, along with the link to our new official web site. Lo and behold, he didn't really need any of those items, as he totally wrote the article off the cuff with no regard to the information provided, nor did he even attempt to go through the vetting process, something all of us writers do.
Again, yes we got some great exposure, but you should see the after pictures (the pictures above were before the skinning took place)! The sad thing is the naysayers, who just happen to be mainly from within our own LGBTQI community, jumped right on his bandwagon without even checking into the actual facts, which immediately followed the article via the official response I posted.
Now I may be from Oklahoma and hell, these other stooges above are from who knows where (actually I do know where, I just thought I would add a little drama we LGBTQI are noted for), but I clearly see the reason the LGBTQI still do not have EQUALITY (oh yes, BTW, the author of the article is LGBTQI as well).
DO YOU SEE THE REASON!
Let's break this pattern that has existed within the LGBTQI communty for generations, let's show the naysayers (mainly from within our own LGBTQI community) that we can unite and come together for a common cause to advance the rights of the LGBTQI worldwide.
GET INVOLVED IN THE 2012 WORLDWIDE LGBT CIVIL RIGHTS MARCHES NOW...(click on the title above and be taken to the official website, where yes Kergan, your questions will be answered)
Here is the Official Response to this Godforsaken article I referred to earlier (I want you to have all the details)!
THE BILERICO PROJECT LINK TO ARTICLE:
Help us prove the naysayers wrong by joining us and showing your pride. The success of this event will be the success of every single LGBTQI individual worldwide. Go tohttp://www.letsreachonemillionpeople.com for details on how you can be a part of this Historic Day.
This is a "Call To Arms" to all LGBTQI Equality, Civil & Human Rights organizations, LGBTQI individuals, and all of our wonderful straight allies to come together to educate, enlighten, and raise global awarenesss as to our right to live within the same laws and guarantees allowed all other segments of society. The momentum is here and is strong and fierce and as a group, we must unite and continue to enhance this momentum by going forward demanding the BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS of all individuals worldwide.
Volunteer, tell your friends, & take some type of action to validate our position.
Obviously the author did not read the entire contents of the disclosure document, as well as browse the information on the official website, in addition to vetting all the details or else the allusion that our grassroots movement has failed to consider and/or address several points would not have been made. Marriage Equality USA, GetEQUAL, The EQUALITY PROJECT, The NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and a host of others have given the International Committee their commitment of support for this movement and event. Outreach to all of the so called "movers & shakers" has been made, not only once, but on numerous occasions with either no courtesy response or the standard response that they have too many other important and precedent setting events they are currently attending to that prohibits them from participating or even promoting this historic event. The truly sad thing is that the LGBTQI will never see these so called events of theirs surface toward the true advancement of the rights of the LGBTQI; all we will witness is the same old wining and dining social functions they are so well known for throwing with all those fundraising dollars they so earnestly solicit from each and every single one of us, as well as those companies and businesses that would rather see the stalemate continue with those individuals, politicians, organizations, and businesses (as it relates to FULL FEDERAL EQUALITY) that profit from the inequality that exists relating to sexual orientation or gender identity and if such equality would be achieved, there would be many organizations, etc. and their leaders who would be totally out of those high paying positions they now hold. Just look at the history and results achieved by the HRC; need I say more.
As far as any donations, fundraising, etc. and how that operates, it is totally spelled out in the rather lengthy disclosure document that so many have failed to read. It's quite ironic because some of the big names in LGBTQI activism asked for such disclosure and when given, then complained how lengthy and detailed it was and then subsequently asked specific questions and when given specific answers were totally satisfied; now here is where the irony sets it, were they to have read the disclosure document fully, they would see the specific answers I gave them, either over the telephone or in correspondence, were taken directly off that disclosure document.
As far as this being a self promotion for my book, the author is right, IT IS NOT; for those who have read my book, they would not even begin to question my motives of spending thousands upon thousands of my own money and thousands upon thousands of hours of my own time to put this Historic Event together. Again, had the author read the entire contents of all publicly disclosed documents relating to this event, he would have known that any profits from any of my writings go right back into continuing this fight of ours to achieve total equality for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
There is no promotion or any "buy tabs" or "Paypal buttons" to purchase my book anywhere within the narratives of this event. Why should I be questioned for being an author and wanting to spend money and time to better the LGBTQI communities worldwide; I am sure all of us could think of many individuals within the so called "movers & shakers" of LGBTQI activism that definitely need to be questioned with many needing to move right on out of the business of LGBTQI activism. I am not in this to win friends, I am in this to tell it like it is and to do whatever I can to advance the rights of the LGBTQI worldwide.
One last item to note, the membership in our grassroots movement is well over 22,000 members both on and off facebook, as again, is spelled out in all of our information.
It's about time some of us not feel we have to obtain the permission of these "movers & shakers" to take action on our own rights. Throughout all these months of planning, our grassroots movement has continually been told that such permission is definitely needed to succeed, as well as the allusion to "OR ELSE". Or else what, they will do whatever they can to see our movement fail; HOW PATHETIC!
We are PROUD for the action we are taking and again, as Chairman of the International Committee for this event, I have said many times, "FAILURE TO TAKE ACTION NOW AND FAILURE OF THOSE TO PARTICIPATE IS NOTHING SHORT OF FAILING OUR OWN LGBTQI COMMUNITIES AND DENYING BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS TO ALL WORLDWIDE!"
Isn't it about time we be more concerned for our equality rather than whose toes we may step on in the process of achieving it!