By Lavender December 16, 2010

Categories: Uncategorized


Open Letter to the Minnesota GLBT Community
Next year, the Republicans will have a majority in both the Minnesota House and Senate. Unless the Log Cabin Republicans have some legislative allies that are also willing to stand up against their base, we should expect that two years from now, a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage and/or its legal equivalent(s) will be on the ballot.

Historically, constitutional amendments have been taken up in the second session of the Legislature. I hope OutFront Minnesota will not wait until the spring of 2012 to organize a campaign. We either come together to persuade voters now, or we might as well just throw in the towel. I believe we will need two years to door-knock/phone-bank the entire state of registered voters, along with an enormous amount of money. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has unlimited financial resources to lie about our lives. But our strengths are our diversity and allies.

The LGBT community needs to rise up, and tell OutFront to start a campaign now with a focus that moves us all in a systematic yet comprehensive direction. I also challenge people to pledge to go back to their hometowns, and help out. No Minnesotan should be able to go to the polls in 2012 saying they never received a phone call, a knock on the door, or a piece of literature encouraging them to vote no on the amendment.

From Pipestone to Grand Marais, from Hallock to Caledonia, we need to identify voters, and get them to the polls—the basic ABCs of a successful campaign. Unfortunately, there will be competition for volunteers from the US Senate and Presidential races. We have a steep hill to climb, and the clock is ticking. We need to start now!

Paul Francis Fleege

Amazing Song and Music Video for the Gay Community

I’ve never written to you before, but I thought it was time I did. I love your site—this is why I want to share with you an amazing song and music video, which is buzzing right now. The song is “Love is Love,” by Jay Jacobson. It’s really fantastic, but what really got me was its message: equality in love for the gay community. I found the lyrics on the artist’s website (see below).

I can’t think of anything more relevant for our community right now. The music video is beginning to get coverage even on mainstream media like USA Today: <http://content.usato
ture/Computers+and+Internet/YouTube/09LL0u8fZ79st/1>. See this link: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D60PROfWm-g>.

I thought your readers would really like it. I shared it with all my friends, and they all did.

Ignacio Darnaude

Love is Love

by Jay Jacobson

© Jay Jacobson

Mother wants me to be happy

Find someone nice and be loved

Father says that to be happy

Find someone nice you can love

I did as they said and I’m happy

Why are they so sad I found love?

I thought they would be oh so happy

But they’re blinded by lies from above


I am in love and he loves me

Together we both are happy

How can you ever disagree

True love has no boundaries

Love is love (no matter who gets or who gives it). Love is love (no matter who gets or who gives it). Love is love (no matter who gets or who gives it). Love is love (no matter who gets or who gives it’s love…it’s love)

Friends say I’ve made all

wrong choices

Tell me how love has its rules

Come from church with

righteous choices

And no patience for different rules

What about how they are


To ignore the golden rule?

My heart knows it’s truth that it’s choosing. Abide by them and I play the fool



End this stupid game

We are all the same

We all need love


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