This is a special SameSexSunday from the Democracy For America's Netroots Nation conference in Las Vegas, the largest Progressive blogger and online organizer conference in America, and we took advantage of the availability of outstanding leaders and thinkers gathered here at the Rio hotel.
Though sadly this week I was without my co-host, Joe Mirabella--on vacation in Iowa--for the first time in the history of SameSexSunday we assembled our panels in person, rather than over Skype, and the conversations were fierce and fruitful. The greatest strategists and leaders in the LGBT movement and beyond give you their insight into today's top LGBT politics stories, as well as share their thoughts on effective strategy in achieving equality for LGBT people. Our line-up included some of the most outspoken progressives on the left (I must admit being a bit star-struck this time!).
Much more after the jump.
I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing fellow Bilerico-blogger, Gloria Nieto. You're going to love my conversation with this brilliant woman about the intersection between immigration reform and LGBT equality.
On our first panel, MediaMatters contributor Karl Frisch, Beyond Chron managing editor Paul Hogarth, Change.org Editor Michael Jones, National Stonewall Democrats board member Chris Massicotte and Arizona Progress Executive Director Barbara McCoullough-Jones gather with me and my special guest co-host author of Zack Ford Blogs and Queer and Queerer podcast co-host, Zack Ford to discuss effective strategy for the LGBT movement; both at the grassroots level and the organization level.
We discuss strategy and best practice and compare tactics being implemented by the LGBT movement with tactics from other movements and organizations or campaigns like Basta Dobbs, Emily's List, and Friendfactor, whose founder was on the last SameSexSunday. We also discuss digital tools and the power of the netroots on the LGBT movement, as well as image and the media and what we could be doing better.
Finally, we close with our weekly politics round table, and I am joined by freelancer and Bilerico.com contributor, Andrew Belonsky, Open Left's Adam Bink, Human Rights Campaign Press Secretary Michael Cole, Victory Fund Vice President Denis Dison, POZ Magazine founder and advisory editor Sean Strub and 3PG Consulting founder Andy Szekeres. Our fiery panel discusses a gamut of hot stories hitting the headlines this week, and gives us some perspective on what these events mean to our movement.
We begin with a series of exchanges regarding employment non-discrimination the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," law--including the incredibly biased troop survey, the surprise announcement of the discharge of Lt. Dan Choi, and Tuesday's GetEQUAL action here in Vegas targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Get our panel's perspective on the strategy of direct action. We follow this up with news about the openly gay US House candidate out of Miami, Scott Galvin, one of a crowd of awesome openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund in this election cycle. We discuss the importance of electing progressive openly gay candidates, and what this will mean for our movement.
Our discussion moves on to the 18th biannual International AIDS Conference, held in Vienna, Austria this year, with some scary reports coming out on shifts in treatment guidelines that may have detrimental effects on the HIV+ community. We discuss the importance of responsible HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment policy and what we think will come of the guidelines as reports trickle in.
Argentina is on our mind as the legislature there legalized marriage equality, for the first time bringing the freedom to marry to a South American nation. We discuss the impact of the new law just days after President Kirchner signed the bill into law with some strong words for the anti-gay opposition. Also in international news, we discuss the United Nations decision to accredit the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission as a consultive organization, and then we move back stateside to discuss Roy Ashburn's new fiery zeal for defending the LGBT community, as well as what Elena Kagan's confirmation will mean for the national LGBT community.
Have a listen Sunday at our podbean site.
A very special thank you to Democracy for America for making all of this possible.