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NC Pride this Weekend!


www.ncpride.org

NC Pride is this weekend. It marks the 25th anniversary of this celebration. Of course the main event is the Parade at 1pm today. But there are speeches, festival grounds, food, vendors, booths, and lots of fun to be had. I'm about to head over to NC Pride, check out what is going on, and then volunteer at the Equality NC booth for a while.

I would argue that it is important for as many people to turn out to this parade and rally as possible, because it is the first one since prop 8 & the protests, and it is important to see this as not only a good time, but also a large political rally with a positive message. I also want to take a second to share some info on the Parade Marshall Mark Kleinschmidt, a Chapel Hill town councilman who is running for mayor, and for whom I am the campaign's volunteer coordinator:

Campaign Website
www.mark4mayor.com

Pet Food Drive this Friday! (Carrboro Plaza Vet + Orange County Animal Shelter)

I just did the following commentary for WCHL Radio which will play on Friday of this week. I've organized Carrboro Plaza Vet's 2nd Annual Pet Food Drive in conjunction with the Orange County Animal Shelter.

Food Collected during the 2008 Pet Food Drive

This is Jake Gellar-Goad. I'm a Chapel Hill resident, and I've got something to say.

I wanted to talk about the importance of remembering animals in need during this economic downturn. At times like this, there are many non-profit organizations and charities that are worthy of support. But one cause that’s easy to overlook is animal welfare -- because animals can't speak out for themselves.

Voter Owned Elections - In Chapel Hill, & then perhaps all of NC?

I didn't want to let this moment go by unnoticed. Here is a segment from an e-mail I got from the Orange County Democratic Party regarding a public forum that I attended earlier this evening.

This year's Chapel Hill election is not merely a local issue -- it is important state-wide. The bill that would have extended public financing was put on hold in the Senate because they wanted to see how the Chapel Hill election goes.

Presidential Proclamation – June is LGBT Pride Month

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-LGBT-Pride-Month/

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

___________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

A Visual Guide to the End of Civilization

aka my wedding pictures!

The anti-gay groups don't like that NC is the only southern state without a marriage discrimination amendment to their constitution because they are worried someone could get married out of state, then come back home and sue to have their marriage recognized. Well as of yesterday I am one more person for them to be afraid of because I got married in Boston yesterday.

Light Up The Night For Equality - NC Style

I'll be going on a local radio station later this week to have this commentary played. I think it illustrates exactly why we need to have this event in North Carolina & events like it across the nation this weekend, , and why unseen support is dangerously close to no support at all.

This is Jake Goad. I'm a Chapel Hill resident. And I've got something to say.

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