Tags: activism, Lauren Kirkwood, LGBTQ, Prop 8
The Saint Louis weather brought on one of the coldest afternoons of the season to Proposition 8 protesters at the Old Courthouse on Saturday November 15. Despite from the numbing air, the rally against the California amendment to ban gay marriage brought over 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allied participants from the community.
Last May, California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on the grounds that a ban would discriminate based on sexual orientation. It would violate human rights. On November 4, California voted to ban gay marriage and end the near six month reign of love and equality.
Saint Louis activists brought homemade signs and waved rainbow flags in an effort to create collaboration and awareness in a peaceful stance against hate. Religious and State officials from the region took to the podium including; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Missouri State Senator Joan Bray, St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Greene, Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Reverend Susan Drake. High schoolers Crosby Franklin and Alexa James spoke genuinely to the crowd about indifference, family bonds, love and the prospective future of gay marriage.
Though the protest was about focused primarily around Proposition 8, my thoughts were of Missouri. Missouri overwhelming voted against gay marriage in 2004. I echo Alexa James, “It’s 2008 people, come on.” Where is the love in the heart of the United States?
Tags: Kansas City
Gloating is not one of my talents, nor is it something I look well upon, but these circumstances negate those inhibitions. You might remember earlier last week when our blog, brimming with civic pride as it was, challenged Kansas City area blogger Chimpotle over the Gorvernor’s Cup? Following the Rams’ victory over our AFC cross-state counterparts the Chiefs, Chimpotle was obligated to fulfill his end of our bet by changing his color scheme to blue and gold.
Of course, we didn’t ask him do honor the bet this well. Complete with a post acknowledging our moral victory, our KC counterpart has decked out with site with a new logo featuring a monkey and his beloved football. We suggest you check out his handiwork today, but if not we’ve saved a couple screen caps for when his theme changes back (although I should mention that this looks better). Of course, had we lost the bet we’d be wearing Cardinals Cheifs red (in the same sense we’re “Royal retro powder blue” as is).
It should be mentioned that nary a blogger among us can be considered a pro sports fan, and yet our civic pride that drove this bet can be attested to rather well. According to OurCivicPride.com, a site that tracks regional sport rivalries and the bets exchanged between elected officials, neither Kansas City’s or St. Louis’ mayors placed bets on this year’s Governor’s Cup game (insert Special Session joke here). Instead that site had to settle on writing up about our little wager this weekend, all of which (I needn’t remind you) our winnings will be collected. And as it turns out, I’m not o bad about this gloating thing after all :P
Tags: Kansas City
We’re brimming with civic pride in anticipation of this year’s Missouri Governor’s Cup game, that annual contest between our professional football powerhouse Rams and Kansas City’s “team” – the Chiefs. So confident are we in the greatest show on turf (do they still call the Rams that?), that we’re willing to make a public wager over the I-70 series (aka The Battle of Missouri).
Of course in order to make a cross-state blog wager, we had to find the right blog in Kansas City to take on. Meet Chimpotle. He has a taste for O’Fallon Beer, thinks lowly of Gabriel’s fighting abilities, and will pay us in straight cash. He took the bait, adding that “It’s on like Donkey Kong…That baby blue could use a nice blood red paint job.”
That being said, our wager is friendly – we’ll be trading paint jobs. Should our Rams win the Governor’s Cup game tonight, he’ll have to use our team’s colors in his blog’s theme for all of this Labor Day weekend. And vice versa.
Of course we’ll bring it on like we’re a land assemblage tax credit and he’s governor Matt Blunt. Either way it’s bound for local control…(stay tuned)
For those of you who couldn’t make it out to our Blog Party last Friday, our condolences. We thought it’d be nice to let in on our fun with this slideshow, of which individual pictures can be inspected on a FlickR photoset. If you have any pictures from the event yourself, might we suggest using the appropriate Flickr tag or at least adding it to the event page on Facebook?
Although I must admit that attendance was lower than expected, the blog party was a definite success. On what turned into one of the busiest social nights of the year, we finagled just enough friends and well-wishers to eat through a couple pizzas. Thanks everyone.
Since we first announced the Blog Party we’ve generated quite a bit of interest (or at least conversations) on the Meetup (remember those) ideas. And we agree: a blog party should be more like a block party, celebrating the neighborhood with our neighbors. Consider this the alpha preview, and any potential follow-up a beta release.