The Texas gay marriage ban was struck down! This makes it the 7th straight win for marriage equality in the federal courts since DOMA.
Our new state training staff, dancing to Beyoncé, because, why not.
We’ll miss ya Evan.
H/T to Erin Wagner for making this great image.
Want to see courage? Check out this profile of #BootCamp5 grad Emilio Vicente.
"In fact, the Americans who we often call moderates may be less likely to adopt moderate positions on any given issue. These Americans appear more aptly described as ‘conflicted,’ agreeing with each party on some issues and more extreme than either party on others.
Overall labels like ‘moderates,’ ‘liberals’ or ‘extremists’ are often not able to describe individual Americans’ opinions at all — and, when we do analyze public opinion in ideological terms like these, we’re likely to be led astray. As the relationship between mass opinion and politicians’ actions differs a great deal by issue, better understanding about what may ail American politics may require attending to the unique politics each issue presents.”
The real extremists are American voters, not politicians | Washington Post
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) published their final report yesterday- a document that some are calling “one of the most effective and credible documents on meaningful voting reform issued in many years.” And the election geeks went wild!
PCEA Report Highlights
As a person who writes things on the internet for a living, I am constantly self-conscious of how my words, tweets, Facebook posts, and emails will be read.
But, as a non-transgender, straight male, I simply do not have the experience or perspective to always catch when my privilege is interfering with my editorial process — which could not have hit me harder than when Grantland published “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.” (If you haven’t followed this story, I would recommend this as a primer.)
That’s why I do my best to follow this simple procedure any time I’m writing about issues where I don’t have personal experience:
- Take ownership to learn about the issues. The recent Katie Couric interview with transgender model Carmen Carrera andtransgender actor Laverne Cox being a shining example.
- Make sure others are reading my work. Someone who can look at it through a different lens and can ensure that my language is that of inclusion and respect.
- Consult any relevant style guides or materials. For writing about transgender issues in particular the GLAAD’s transgender media reference guide is helpful. While it is made for journalists, I would recommend it as a good read for anyone writing for public consumption.
- Question myself. For example, if I inserted Asian American instead of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in a statement would I still like how it was written? Am I writing in a language of inclusivity instead of marginalization?
We all need to be better. We cannot assume we will always use the right language or be able to put ourselves in one another’s shoes.
Transgender People Are Paying The Price For The Media’s Willful Ignorance | Buzzfeed
They crowd-funded like crazy, beat Xcel energy, then won Most Valuable Campaign. Now see what’s next for New Era Colorado
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