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posted Friday, May 21, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 21

Civil Disobedience and the LGBT Community
With news breaking of Kip Williams of GetEQUAL mounting yet another civilly disobedient action to keep pressure on the issue of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, I thought it'd be a good time to share this.

I had an occasion to mention an action from the 1980s, by the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and was rather surprised to find out how many young people do not know of their actions.

I lived through the time, and though their stakes were life and death, like GetEQUAL, they suffered from much of the same criticism, that they were too extreme, that they were uncivilized, they were an embarrassment and turning off allies.

I believe thousands of people are alive today, because ACT UP acted, when others waited.

After the jump, a look at our community's history with civil disobedience, in case they skipped that in history class, for some of you kids.

full story:
http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/16245/civil -disobedience-and-the-lgbt-community


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