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L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Hosting Prop 8 Virtual 'Town Hall' Tonight

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is hosting a virtual town hall tonight designated as "Prop. 8: The Facts and Future" with Amy Balliett, (Founder, Join the Impact), Lorri L. Jean (Chief Executive Officer, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center), Geoff Kors, (Executive Director, Equality California), Rev. Eric Lee (President/Chief Executive Officer, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Los Angeles), Shannon Minter (Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights), John A. Pérez (Assembly Member-elect, California’s 46th District), and Steve Smith, (No on 8 Senior Campaign Consultant, Dewey Square).

Questions can be sent to in advance.

The 90-minute town hall will be moderated by L.A.-based journalist Karen Ocamb and be streamed online. Jean supplied an FAQ which I linked to in my Prop 8/Marriage Equality update this morning.

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  1. They can take their "virtual" Twon Hall and shove it up their literal ass!!!

    The creeps responsible for Prop 8 passing now want to "manage" the tsunami of criticism that has arisen over their grotesque ineptitude.


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 25, 2008 5:01:47 PM

  2. Are they going to APOLOGIZE to all of us who sent them every dime we could for snatching DEFEAT from the jaws of victory?

    Is Jean going to APOLOGIZE for taking A MONTH's VACATION in July?

    Is Kors—who's already asking for MORE money to piss away on his NEXT failed operation—going to APOLOGIZE for taking 2 1/2 weeks off himself?

    Are they going to RESIGN from their organizations and make way for people with brains and balls?

    Can ANYONE explain to me why the fuck airhead Amy Balliett "Founder, Join the Impact" is included given that she preaches "leave the Mormons alone" and "CHURCHES should decide WHAT to call OUR relationships"? So she's great at viral marketing. She's the political equivalent of the Pet Rock.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Nov 25, 2008 5:06:04 PM

  3. Is Lori Jean going to try to co-opt the new grass-roots movement even more?

    I am sitting in on this to hear what is said, but I am extremely suspicious of CEOs who are trying to control a movement, rather than let organizers and activists and the people foment a little change.

    The organizations should support the grassroots, not try to own them.

    Posted by: zach shepard | Nov 25, 2008 5:36:32 PM

  4. My snarky and suspicious comment aside - Shannon Minter and Rev. Eric Lee are wonderful, and I am glad they are on the call.

    Posted by: zach shepard | Nov 25, 2008 5:38:18 PM

  5. Michael & David: do you guys live in CA?

    Posted by: Brandon | Nov 25, 2008 7:18:37 PM

  6. my friend went to get a bumper sticker that said "8=HATE" or something concise to that effect and was told by the guy at the democratic headquarters that the No on 8 organizers didn't want any bumper stickers like that made because they DIDN'T WANT TO BE NEGATIVE. and these are the people who supposedly have our backs???

    Posted by: armani | Nov 25, 2008 7:24:15 PM

  7. I live in Los Angeles, Brandon. Never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bedwell

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 25, 2008 8:15:48 PM

  8. I'm one of the adopted sons of San Francisco. Magical and maddening at the same time. SF, not me, at least not the former. And definitely in a dimension all its own [The City AND I].

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Nov 25, 2008 8:22:15 PM

  9. Great. I totally wanted to participate, but apparently doing so requires you to download the Windoze supported version of some application. And I use a Mac. Nice planning, guys.

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 25, 2008 8:24:07 PM

  10. So who do you suggest take this task on? haven't given that any thought?? Gee, what a surprise!

    Posted by: PDQ | Nov 25, 2008 10:22:22 PM

  11. What Gay citizens of America don't seem to understand and I see that in your rants and raves here, is that Gay Americans HAVE NEVER EVER EVER won a popular vote contest. Stop blaming the organizers of No on Prop 8. The on line discussion was interesting, Shannon is sharp as a tack and knows his gig. I take exception to blaming the victim stance with the "Not enough Out reach to..." pick your community of choice line. Again in a popular vote we don't have the numbers. Out reach might NEVER work. All in all it's good to hear this discussion.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 25, 2008 10:40:19 PM

  12. @SARGON BIGHORN: To avoid looking like an imbecile, you should study a little history before posting. On November 7, 1978, gay Californians won a popular vote contest when we successfully defeated Proposition 6, the Brigg's Initiative, which sought to bar gay people from teaching in California public schools. The percentage of votes was 41% in favor of banning gays from teaching positions and 59% opposed.

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 26, 2008 3:03:51 AM

  13. San Diego is going to have a townhall meeting also, on Dec. 10, sponsored/hosted by the ACLU. The venue is still yet to be determined.

    Posted by: rob | Nov 26, 2008 2:23:31 PM

  14. i know the commenters here were on board and were supportive, but it's a little hard to take all these people who are shocked that this happened now, calling for the resignation of people who put a lot into this, their lives, actually. and compared to the last vote this showed big gains in support from the powers that be, hollywood, mayors, religions, and the split in votes was cut way down. but shouldn't have been a vote. Arnold should have not vetoed it twice when the legislature passed it. Why weren't people in the streets then? Jean has always impressed me and the the work of the center is executed very well from what i can tell as an infrequent visitor and very small donor

    Posted by: phil | Nov 28, 2008 11:36:29 PM

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