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  1. Leroy Laflamme says

    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.

  2. JP says

    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.

  3. Nathan says

    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.

  4. dms says

    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?

  5. Devonasa says

    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.

  6. Pekemo says

    Yeah…no. 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.

  7. Scott Rose says

    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.

  8. Scott Rose says

    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.

  9. JP says

    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.

  10. elg/edwin says

    “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?

  11. Michael Bedwell says

    ATTENTION PANSIES WHO OBJECT TO THESE IMAGES:

    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.”

  12. Chitown kev says

    OK…do 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.

  13. elg/edwin says

    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?”

  14. Derrick from Philly says

    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.

  15. gaylib says

    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.

  16. Keepin' It Straight says

    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.

  17. Big Gay Jason in Topeka says

    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.

  18. FunMe says

    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!

  19. Pekemo says

    @ 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.

  20. Sargon Bighorn says

    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.

  21. Reality says

    I don’t agree with this either … while we most certainly do not have equal rights, we shouldn’t outright compare them to the torture African-Americans went through … Both of our movements have gone through tortures, but they are different and should remain that way.

  22. Shannon says

    REALLY????? ARE YOU STUPID CLOWNS REALLY SERIOUS WITH THIS?????? LISTEN……..PEOPLE…INCLCUDING NEWBORN BABIES WERE THROWN IN OVENS….THEIR THROATS SLIT……WOMEN HUNG UP AND GUTTED AT THE BELLY….MEN BURNED ALOVE ….CASTRATED AND BURN ALIVE….WOMEN RAPED SO DAMN HARD THEY DIED….AND YOU ARE GOING TO “EQAUTE” THIS WITH BEING GAY?????? AND YOU WONDER WHY PEOPLE ARE TURNING AGAINST YOU IN RECORD DROVES!!!!!!!!!!! HOW DARE YOU!!!!!! YET WHEN YOU ARE DONE TRYING TO USE OTHER PEOPLE…AND EQUTE THIS WITH ALL ELSE….YOU TURN AROUND WITH ——-YOUR——– BIGOTED VIEWS TOWARS OTHERS!!! YOU GUYS ARE REALLY PLAYING WITH FIRE IDIOTS….YOU NEED TO STOP THIS BS!!!!!!!! AND RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE…….AND THEIR HOLOCAUST….

  23. Paul Keckonen says

    Yes Shannon, respect other people by calling them “stupid clowns” and “idiots”…and by the way gay men and women have been subjected to the same things you rant about here. Perhaps more men than women since for many years lesbians were thought not to exist. In Germany, and in the countries subjugated by the Germans, countless gay men were thrown into concentration camps. Some were gassed to death, some were worked to death, some were starved to death.
    In earlier times in history gay men and women were burned to death.
    In no time in history has “black” ever been considered a mental illness. It has never been illegal in any American state to “be” black or practice “blackness”.
    Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t believe that anywhere in the bible it states that “blackness” is an abomination and that blacks should be stoned to death for being black.
    I do not hear ANY religious leader/person/conman speaking from the pulpit today about limiting the rights of black people, condemning black people for being sinful, or saying that black people will cause the downfall of civilization.
    I once read something that has stuck with me for many years but I cannot find who said it…it was a discussion that had to do with “who has suffered more” ,and it may have been Elie Wiesel who said “we are not talking about real estate” …meaning that it doesn’t matter if 10,000 of YOUR people were killed and tortured and only 9,000 of MY people were, it is the fact that ANY number of people who have suffered for who and what they are is heinous.
    I find it offensive that some people here are saying, in effect, “those are OUR symbols of oppression and suffering and you can’t use them because YOU haven’t suffered the same as we have”. Suffering is suffering, oppression is oppression…and we are NOT talking about real estate.

  24. FogCityJohn says

    I think this entire ad campaign is a setup that’s designed to sow discord between the African-American and LGBT communities. No one in NC has ever heard of every1against1. The group’s web site was only registered on 4/23, and the earliest mentions of it in the media are from around 4/26. So how does a heretofore unknown group come up with the money to hire an ad agency like The Variable? And is it just a coincidence that The Variable chooses to make a direct comparison between the struggle for LGBT equality and thie civil rights movement? NOM’s recently discovered race baiting strategy pointed out that this comparison angers many African-Americans.

    So we’re supposed to believe that just days before the amendment is voted on, a new pro-equality group emerges out of nowhere with a slick, professionally produced ad campaign that just happens to use a theme NOM has said it will exploit in order to divide blacks and gays.

    Folks, I think we are being played here.

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