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The Second Class Citizens of Amendment One: PHOTOS


A campaign called Every1Against1 is using images commonly seen in the African-American civil rights battle to highlight the harms that would be done by North Carolina's Amendment One, and encouraging their spread through social media.

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  1. Pretty powerful concept! Reminds me of the segregation signs in apartheid South Africa. Even people of (east) Indian descent had their category - their signs read Asiatics! Fortunately for South African gays, they never had to resort to a campaign such as this - their Consitution is human-frinedly on every level, and of course, they have marriage equality.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Apr 30, 2012 1:14:39 PM

  2. I think the concept is great and accurate. However I think this will cause a push back from the African American community(that I'm apart of). For some reason we as a community get irrationally upset when the gay struggle is compared to the african american struggle.

    Posted by: JP | Apr 30, 2012 1:21:30 PM

  3. Sorry, but these images are extremely ill-advised, offensive, and insensitive to those people who actually lived through these situations.

    Posted by: happyday | Apr 30, 2012 1:23:55 PM

  4. Happy Day, I agree that they are ill advised. But I don't think they are offensive. If homophobes had their way then those signs would be posted.

    Posted by: JP | Apr 30, 2012 1:26:55 PM

  5. Bad, bad, bad idea. Just bad. There are parallels between the two civil rights movements, but blatant segregation is not applicable to gays and lesbians - we're not visually identifiable like racial minorities. I can't see how anything good will come of this campaign.

    Posted by: Nathan | Apr 30, 2012 1:29:14 PM

  6. Offensive and a big fail.

    This may not only backfire with the AA community who are so against same-sex marriage, but only serves as visual hyperbole for everyone else. Right wingers and maybe even moderates will see that none of these images are actually applicable to gay folks, so maybe their plight isn't so bad.

    Can't we think of a visual way to portray the real ways we are discriminated against?

    Posted by: dms | Apr 30, 2012 1:32:10 PM

  7. This was a poorly conceived idea, the intent is of course understandable, but it just comes off as done in poor taste. Especially the bus one.

    Posted by: Devonasa | Apr 30, 2012 1:34:51 PM

  8. I'm not a fan of this. Considering the issue of racism in the gay community itself, it's highly offensive to use the Civil Rights Movement as a stepping stone for the Gay Rights Movement, which in its current form is basically just geared toward securing rights for Middle Class White Gays.

    Posted by: Pekemo | Apr 30, 2012 1:47:56 PM

  9. People saying that this visual campaign is not apt, are dead wrong. The original sponsor of the bigot ballot, State Senator James Forrester, repeatedly said in public, in support of the amendment, "We don't want homosexuals living in our state." So it isn't even that he wanted separate drinking fountains or whatever -- he actually hoped that his bigot ballot would push gay people out of North Carolina. If anything, these images don't strongly enough portray the level of gay-bashing hate involved. And additionally, it is wrong, wrong, wrong to think that African-Americans are solidly against gay people. They aren't. Reverend Will Barber, head of the state's NAACP, has been making emotional appeals to people telling them they must vote against the bigot ballot.

    Posted by: Scott Rose | Apr 30, 2012 1:51:12 PM

  10. Some people are just idiots. "We're not visibly identifiable like other minorities." Try telling that to the gay kid who just got pushed down a flight of stairs in his public school, with a crowd jeering "Faggot! at him and his teachers and administrators looking on and laughing. Think that doesn't happen? Think again. Think that victim was not "visible" to his tormentors as a minority member? Think again. Don't buy into the oppressor's propaganda about LGBTers not being legitimate as a persecuted minority.

    Posted by: Scott Rose | Apr 30, 2012 1:54:24 PM

  11. Scott Rose. I don't disagree with you. My whole point is that, for whatever reasons, a large community of people that we need as allies are immediately turned off by images like this.

    Posted by: JP | Apr 30, 2012 2:01:36 PM

  12. "We're not visibly identifiable like other minorities."

    The truth is some LGBT people are identifiable and some are not. What about those who are not? Don't they count?

    Posted by: elg/edwin | Apr 30, 2012 2:02:24 PM


    1. Gays are not "identifiable"? When two people of the same gender apply for a marriage license/civil union or domestic partnership certificate in North Carolina— WHO wouldn't get that they're gay? That's ENTIRELY what Amendment One is about!

    2. "Gay Rights Movement...basically just geared toward securing rights for Middle Class White Gays"? Tell that to all the gay people of color, many of them poor, who need the same marriage benefits, the same adoption benefits, the same job protections as "Middle Class White Gays."

    YES, the "leaders" of our Movement [of all colors] have done a poor job of educating people about this, in part simply because they repeatedly surrender when shot down by fools such as y'all. But no less than Coretta Scott King said:

    "For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people. Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions. We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say 'common struggle' because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination."

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Apr 30, 2012 2:02:24 PM

  14. consider, though, that the consequences of this amendment passing isn't simply about same-sex marriage and that is depicted in the photographs.

    There's a helluva lot more "single people" and "unmarried couples" in North Carolina outside of the black community. and with THOSE additional people, this. might. work.

    and yes, I am well aware of the perils that everyone notes.

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Apr 30, 2012 2:04:34 PM

  15. What I meant to say was "some LGBT people are identifiable and some aren't. What about the ones who ARE identifiable? Don't they count?"

    Posted by: elg/edwin | Apr 30, 2012 2:05:42 PM

  16. The ad is thought provoking and powerful.

    In explaining anti-Gay violence violence there should be ads showing Gay & Transgender victims of lynching (Matthew Shepard, the teenagers murdered execution style in Newark, the many Transwomen murdered) justaposed with pictures of Emmett Till and James Byrd and the many others lynched.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 30, 2012 2:17:31 PM

  17. Well all of you naysayers are a bunch of idiots. NC NAACP president William Barber, as well as religious and political leaders from NC's black community have repeatedly compared this amendment to Jim Crow and the black civil rights struggle. I'll take their words over some hypersensitve concern trolls any day. And guess what? its working. Support for the amendment has dropped from 61% to 51% in the black community in just two months.

    Posted by: gaylib | Apr 30, 2012 2:18:42 PM

  18. It's clever and effective. Some people just have to over-think everything! What if this and what if that. So what. Point made.

    It got your attention, made you think. Success.

    Posted by: Keepin' It Straight | Apr 30, 2012 2:25:01 PM

  19. There is no difference between being strung up from a tree in Mississippi and being strung up from a fence and left to die in Wyoming.

    Posted by: Big Gay Jason in Topeka | Apr 30, 2012 2:34:06 PM

  20. Sometimes images are more powerful than words, and in this case, I think they are right on target.

    I especially like the fact that this amendment would also hurt unmarried couples.

    Good job!

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 30, 2012 3:02:14 PM

  21. What I meant:

    "I especially like the fact that THEY POINT OUT THAT this amendment would also hurt unmarried couples."

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 30, 2012 3:02:53 PM

  22. @ Micheal Bedwell

    I didn't say Gays of Color (like myself) don't need those rights. I said that the Gay Community doesn't care about them. Racism is HUGE in the Gay Community and this spread flies in the face of that fact.

    The fact that the Gay Community is pushing so hard for marraige equality, yet refusing to acknowledge the racism within it's own ranks while at the same time piggybacking off the Civil Rights Movement is indeed insulting.

    And yes, there are indeed similarities, and it's not wrong to point that out, but to completely hijack the movement and ignore the communities for which it was intended (People of Color) within your own ranks if foul.

    Posted by: Pekemo | Apr 30, 2012 3:32:25 PM

  23. Sorry, *is foul

    Posted by: Pekemo | Apr 30, 2012 3:36:40 PM

  24. BRILLIANT: Here's why. ALL Civil Rights struggles have one thing in common. They pick a minority group to treat as less than equal and not deserving of the same services (water fountains, restaurants, marriage licenses, or what have you that are enjoyed by the power elite majority. These photos help even the most simple minded see that.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Apr 30, 2012 3:49:30 PM

  25. Powerful use of images from a past some people easily forget

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 30, 2012 5:40:47 PM

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