GetEQUAL Hub




Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Mostly Thinks It Was Wrong for 'GetEQUAL' to Heckle Michelle Obama: VIDEO

Mhp

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel took a look at the heckling of Michelle Obama last week by GetEQUAL activist Ellen Sturtz. The panelists, Anthea Butler, Maria Teresa Kumar, Edwina Rogers, and Ezra Klein mostly thought it was the wrong place and the wrong time to do so.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ellen Sturtz, the activist who heckled FLOTUS, explained herself in a WaPo opinion piece on Saturday.

Continue reading "Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Mostly Thinks It Was Wrong for 'GetEQUAL' to Heckle Michelle Obama: VIDEO" »


Why Ellen Sturtz, the Lesbian Activist, Heckled Michelle Obama

Ellen Sturtz, the GetEQUAL activist who heckled Michelle Obama at a fundraiser early this week and made international headlines, defends her actions today in a WaPo opinion piece.

SturtzWrites Sturtz:

As a gray-haired, 56-year-old lesbian, I don’t have time to wait another generation for equality — it’s been almost 40 years since similar legislation to ENDA was first introduced in Congress. And being polite hasn’t gotten us any closer to it becoming a reality.

Sturtz says her comments were a spontaneous reaction to Obama's statement about standing up for kids because she thought about all the homeless LGBT youth on the streets who have nobody to speak for them.

Continues Sturtz:

For most of my life, I have been in one closet or another, as my “coming out” process took decades. I remained in the work closet the longest, as a public servant doing environmental and consumer protection work. In the mid-90s, in the final round of interviews for a position I was offered and accepted, I was asked why I was moving to the area. I lied and responded that I was moving to help take care of a “family member.” The interviewer seemed satisfied with the response, not wanting to pry further and assuming it was an elderly parent. In truth, it was my partner of seven years — who I felt I had to hide and whose humanity I felt ashamed to acknowledge. After years of these lonely, isolating and dehumanizing experiences, I’ve only recently been able to find the strength to advocate for myself and millions of others.

ObamahecklerSturtz praises the First Lady but stands by her statements:

Mrs. Obama has accomplished extraordinary things and is inarguably the conscience of the White House. She understands injustice at a deep level, and it was that political conscience I was hoping to stir at this week’s fundraiser. Some have said it was disrespectful for a white woman to interrupt an African American woman, or for an activist to interrupt the first lady. All I can say is that in that moment, I could no longer remain silent while standing in front of one of our country’s most powerful political figures. I spoke up for the millions of LGBT Americans who have to make small and excruciating choices each day about the extent to which they are able to live safe and honest lives.

Read the full editorial here.


Here's the Video of Michelle Obama Confronting a Gay Heckler: WATCH

Obamaheckler

This morning we reported on a fundraiser in Northwest Washington at which First Lady Michelle Obama was heckled by Ellen Sturtz, an activist with GetEQUAL, demanding that President Obama sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination. The heckler interrupted a speech Obama was giving about children.

Said Obama at the gathering: “One of the things that I don’t do well is this...Do you understand? ... Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Here's the Video of Michelle Obama Confronting a Gay Heckler: WATCH" »


Michelle Obama Gets in Gay Heckler's Face at DNC Fundraiser: VIDEO

M_obama

Michelle Obama was speaking at a fundraiser in Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, an activist from the LGBT group GetEQUAL interrupted her speech, demanding that President Obama sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination.

The WaPo reports:

Obama showed her displeasure – pausing to confront Sturtz eye to eye, according to witnesses.
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”

A pool report from a reporter in the room said Obama “left the lectern and moved over to the protester.” The pool report quoted Obama as saying: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

Obama’s suggestion that she would leave was not included in the official White House transcript.

Sturtz told the WaPo that she was "taken aback" at Obama's response to the heckling: “She came right down in my face."

Added Sturtz: “I said I want your husband to sign the executive orde. Her husband could sign this order tonight and protect 22 percent of the work force in this country.”

Sturtz was reportedly escorted from the fundraiser after the crowd asked Obama to stay.

No cameras were reportedly allowed at the event. At least no video has shown up yet.

Watch ABC News' report on the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade spoke at lenth with Sturtz following the incident.

UPDATE: The GetEQUAL organizers involved in the demonstration have issued the following statement.

"LGBT people in North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio and all over the country are dehumanized in our jobs, and we are forced into the closet in order to participate in the American dream. We value the First Lady's leadership and invite her to lead the charge within the Democratic Party to end employment discrimination. President Obama has an executive order sitting on his desk that can protect a quarter of the labor force in the U.S. from workplace discrimination, we will continue engaging leaders in the Administration and the Democratic Party until President Obama fulfills a promise to our community made five years ago."

Continue reading "Michelle Obama Gets in Gay Heckler's Face at DNC Fundraiser: VIDEO" »


Five Gay Activists Arrested at Texas Capitol at Sit-In Against Four GOP Senators: VIDEO

Texas_getequal

Five gay activists from the group GetEQUAL Texas were arrested on Wednesday after refusing to leave the offices of four Republican senators who refuse to support Senate Bill 237, the Fair Employment Act, KEYE reports:

Michael Diviesti of GetEQUAL TX says, "What the bill does is says 'hey look, if you live in Texas you can't fire somebody simply because they happen to be gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender.' You have to have a real reason to fire someone or deny them employment."

We tried to speak with all of the four senators who the protesters say are not supporting the bill, none could speak to us on camera. Senate Bill 237 is currently stuck in committee, where it's been for the last month. It will stay there until it gets the votes needed to move to the next level.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Five Gay Activists Arrested at Texas Capitol at Sit-In Against Four GOP Senators: VIDEO" »


'Marriage Equality Now' Projected on the Supreme Court Last Night: PHOTO

Getequal

Thought the Supreme Court went dark between yesterday's raucous Proposition 8 hearings and rallies, and today's consideration of the Defense of Marriage Act, what we're fighting for did not go forgotton.

Activist group GetEQUAL and the Backbone Campaign took care of that with this amazing projection.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged