Discrimination Death March, Silver Lake, 11/4

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I always understood the general rule to be: one in 10 people is gay.  This ratio, which apparently has been oft-repeated to a point where it still remains lore 10 years after I first heard it (the gay population apparently has not adjusted for inflation), is a nice shorthand for: it could be you.  (One of my favoritest people of all time, Jane Lynch, interviewed with Terry Gross on NPR yesterday, and this was her reaction to her 20something realization that she is gay: “Oh man, really?”).  The threat that you could be the one left holding the rainbow flag is the greatest fear tactic of all: it results in the simultaneous internalization and externalization of one’s homophobia.  This is, in part, what moves certain people to go to the polls, draw the little iron curtain, and, in the comfortably private, if not stuffy, polling station, mark a mark that will seal the fate for all those ones in tens, if not themselves.  And they are, of course, protecting the children.  Remember the children!

Yesterday – one year after Prop. 8 passed here, and one day after a similar referendum passed in MaineEquality Network organized “Death to Discrimination,” a march-and-mourn protest and rally in Silver Lake.  The LA Times estimates that 60 people were present when the march started, but grew to a bit over 200 as the march marched up Vermont and down Sunset towards its destination in front of Le BarCito at Sunset Junction (overall, a decent turnout, but a far, far cry from the 700+ people who RSVP’d for the event on Facebook — like certain people I’m sometimes frustrated to know, you’ll always have flakes).  As the speakers began their spiels to the converted, the number of people dwindled – slowly at first, then “exponentially faster,” as Narinda Heng, my fellow mourner, observed.  Tip to future organizers: a rally and protest aren’t the Oscars.  Keep the speeches short well before the orchestra starts to hum its boredom.

A handful of pictures from the post-march rally, after the jump.

5 Replies to “Discrimination Death March, Silver Lake, 11/4”

  1. It seems to me that it’s a Constitutional Equal Protection issue that, under our Constitution, is not supposed to be left up to the states because, as we see here, the whims of majorities of state voters and legislatures may shift with the political winds, and they cannot be counted on to secure the rights of minorities. That has happened in our nation’s past regarding slavery, voting rights for blacks and women, and other civil rights issues, where, at given times, the majorities in some state legislatures (and their popular majorities) opposed equal rights. I think it’s going to take an act of Congress (shame on Bill Clinton for signing the Republican Congress’ Defense of Marriage Act) and lawsuits that work their way up the federal courts to the Supreme Court to secure the right of marriage for consenting adults. I believe that Rep. Nadler from NY introduced the Respect For Marriage Act to repeal DOMA, but that Rep. Barney Frank thinks it’s a waste of time.

    See now why who sits on the federal courts and the Supreme Court (and thus, who gets elected President to nominate these judges and justices) makes such a huge difference? The decision will probably come down to the whims of just 5 people in black robes.

  2. I’m with you on the speech thing. Short and powerful is always going to get more attention and support than long and informative. Get off your soapbox. This isn’t about just YOU….it’s about US. While you are included in us, don’t get tunnel vision.

  3. Another pro-gay marriage march in Silver Lake. Talk about preaching to the converted. This is why Prop 8 passed – you gotta take the fight behind the Orange Curtain, up the 5 to Fresno and into minority populated oommunities.

    This march was a waste of time and city services. Clearly, the 140 folks who joined the original 60 marchers were passerbys who walked along and then left once the rally actually started. This is not a “decent turnout” unless you are on an island.

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