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In 1970, Environmentalism Was Poised to ‘Bring Us All Together.’ What Happened?

Earth Day in 1970

Some of the estimated 20,000 people who attended Philadelphia’s Earth Day observance on April 23, 1970. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)


Zoë Carpenter | The Nation | April 21, 2015


Louisiana is not a place that usually inspires hope for the environment. Nearly a century of oil and gas activity has cut the state’s swamps and bayous into vanishing ribbons. Hundreds of millions of gallons of oil have been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Underground caverns hollowed out by petrochemical companies are collapsing and creating sinkholes, some swallowing entire communities. Industry has fouled state politics, too, such that elected leaders reward corporations with $1.8 billion a year in subsidies and tax breaks, while starving healthcare, education, and other public services.

Several months ago I had a surprising conversation with a Louisianan named Mike Schaff. He identifies himself as a Tea Party Republican, and won’t call himself an environmentalist, but he’s angry enough about what petrochemical companies have done to the land he loves that he joined a coalition called the Green Army, which is mounting localized challenges to the dominance of the industry in the state. “Our state is kind of looking the other way, saying that’s the cost of doing business in Louisiana,” he told me. “We say ‘bullshit’ to that. It doesn’t need to happen.”

The American people, the journalist Gene Marine argued in The Nation in 1970, “are waiting for someone to notice that ecology is an issue that brings us all together.”

Marine was reporting from year zero of the modern environmental movement. Four months after his article appeared, twenty million Americans poured into the streets for the first Earth Day. Today, the 45th anniversary of the event, it’s hard to imagine a spontaneous green spirit sweeping the country, not to mention Congress taking a day off in support, or The Today Show giving 10 hours of airtime to it. Still, the existence of people like Schaff suggests that the potential for movement-building that Marine perceived is not gone, just unrealized.

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How the Decline of Southern White Evangelicals Fuels the Passage of ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

(Map from Gallup)

Southern states still rate among the highest in the country for church attendance, as the map shows. But recent surveys suggest that once-dominant white evangelicals are in decline in the South.

Chris Kromm | The American Prospect | April 21, 2015

This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies.

Last month, Indiana sparked a national debate over so-called “religious freedom” bills, a controversy that soon flared up in other states across the South and country.

A similar bill stalled in the Georgia House amidst the backlash. In Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, signed that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act only after substantial revisions, although civil rights advocates say it still doesn’t go far enough. North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory, who is also a Republican, said he won’t support his state’s proposed RFRA bill, which scholars and activists say would allow for a wider range of discriminatory practices based in religion.

As many quickly pointed out, these measures aren’t new: A federal “religious freedom” act passed in 1993. After the Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that it couldn’t be enforced at the state level, states moved to pass their own versions, with momentum building in the wake of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage.

The newest batch of RFRA laws go further than their predecessors. As ThinkProgress and others have noted, while the federal and early state RFRA laws focused on blocking state actions that supposedly put a “substantial burden” on religious beliefs, measures like the one passed in Indiana are rare in extending the law’s purview to disputes between private parties, such as a business and a customer.

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New Poll Shows Millennials Support Comprehensive LGBT Protections

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New Polling Shows Millennials Overwhelmingly Support Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 7, 2015.

Planned Parenthood knows a thing or two about religious exemptions

Despite historic progress on marriage equality over the past decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals still lack basic, enumerated protections from discrimination in several areas of life, from the workplace to the public marketplace. However, new Generation Progress polling, conducted by Hart Research and released today in a Center for American Progress column reveals widespread support among Millennials for federal, comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination legislation.

According to the poll, 65 percent of Millennials support comprehensive nondiscrimination protections. Furthermore, 50 percent of Millennials strongly support such legislation, answering between 8 and 10 on a 0-to-10 scale, with 5 as neutral or undecided. Majority support extends to every region of the country, as well as to rural, urban, and suburban areas. Among voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012, comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections maintain…

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Houston Petition Aims to Dismantle Transgender Protections

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TLDEF Condemns Petition Effort in Houston Aimed at Dismantling Transgender Protections

 Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 07, 2015.

Michael Silverman Laverne CoxThe Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) denounces a petition drive in Houston aimed at removing current protections for transgender people and banning future protections. The petition, spearheaded byHoustonians For Family Values, seeks to amend Houston’s city charter to remove existing nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and in a 2012 Executive Order banning workplace discrimination against city workers.

The petition claims to “protect women’s right to privacy” by prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms that match who they are. But its actual terms belie that claim. In reality, the petition would gut Houston’s nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in employment, housing, and public accommodations, leaving them with no recourse if they are fired from a job, thrown out of their homes, or…

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Stonewall National Museum & Archive: Newsletter

AS SEEN ON TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters: 1954-1979
On exhibit until Sunday, April 26Like us on Facebook
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, Free
February 9, 1971: All in the Family, “Judging Books by Covers” The first gay character to appear in a comedy series. Archie Bunker thinks a prissy friend of his son-in-law is gay, but Archie’s own friend, a former pro-football player, is the homosexual.
As Seen on TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters: 1954-1979, curated by Charles L. Ross, is a timeline focusing on how gay people were presented on American network drama and comedy programs. In the 1960s, LGBT characters were shown to have social or even mental problems; some were even murderers. Very few straight characters spoke well of homosexuals. Throughout the 1970s, the negative attitude gradually became more positive on some programs, and a few gay characters came out of the closet.

Exhibition Sponsors:
Jim Stepp & Peter Zimmer

Saturday, April 11 from 11 am – 12 pmLike us on Facebook
Gaysia by Benjamin Law – SAGE Book Discussion Group

Stonewall National Library & Archives

1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Free


An old Tibetan proverb has it that on every journey the traveler must die once – the person who arrives back home should not be the person who left. Submitted for a Lambda Literary Award in Non-Fiction, Gaysia, by Australian author Benjamin Law guides readers to evolving changes in gay life across a span of seven Asian countries,All readers are welcome – no reservation is required.  For information contact Philip (443) 614-7135(443) 614-7135 or Alan (561) 499-2913(561) 499-2913.


Tuesday, April 14 from 7 pm – 9:30 pmLike us on Facebook
Slow Burn Theatre presents songs from the musical RENT

Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free


Meet the actors and hear the songs from Rent, the musical that changed the face of how LGBT lives are portrayed on the Broadway stage.  Slow Burn Theatre company presents the cast of their current production of Rent  in a performance at Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery.

Complementary refreshments and bar provided. Capacity is limited for this special “standing room only” theatrical event. Attendees of this event will have a special opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for performances of Rent (4/9-4/26) and Little Shop of Horrors (6/5 – 6-28) at the Slow Burn Theatre West Boca Performing Arts location.




Wednesday, April 15 at 7 pmLike us on Facebook
Change the Channel: Television & the Emergence of LGBTQ Media – Lavender Salon Discussion Series

Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free


The Lavender Salon presents Change the Channel: Television and the Emergence of LGBTQ Media, coinciding with the current exhibit, As Seen On TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters: 1954-1979, on exhibit at Stonewall Gallery until April 26.


Presented by Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Florida Atlantic University, The Lavender Salon is an ongoing series of panel discussions dedicated to LGBTQ issues, topics, thought leaders and scholarship.

A lively and informed discussion will take place with the following panelists:


Matt Kane, Programs Editor in Entertainment Media from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) (Joining us via Skype)




Wanhsiu Sunny Tsai, Ph.D., Strategic Communication, University of Miami




Charles L. Ross, Curator, As Seen On TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters: 1954-1979.

Fred Fejes Moderated by Fred Fejes, a professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University.



Saturday, April 18 from 7 – 10 pmLike us on Facebook
Art Walk On Wilton Drive

Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free

Experience Stonewall Gallery, as part of the Art Walk On Wilton Drive on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Free admission and festive offerings along Wilton Drive and throughout Wilton Manors. Learn more at
Join us that Saturday evening as Stonewall National Museum & Archives raises support and awareness of the great work of our friends involved with The SMART Ride. The SMART Ride is a great long bicycle ride of endurance and camaraderie from Miami to Key West while raising awareness and much needed funds for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Last year The SMART Ride raised over $1.1 million benefiting Florida agencies. Visit the SMART Ride website to take part or to learn more about ways to support this worthy organization


On the Gallery walls from March 11 – April 26:

As Seen On TV: An Explanation of LGBT Characters from 1954-1979

Thursday, April 23 at 7 pmLike us on Facebook
VICTIM – Stonewall Movie Series

Stonewall National Library and ArtServe Auditorium

1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Free
Join us at Stonewall Library for a glass of wine before the film in ArtServe Auditorium, next door. Hosted by Larry Ferber, director of The Living Room film series in Boca Raton.


Included in Roger Ebert’s series of “Great Movies” essays, Victim is first major motion picture in English to use the word “homosexual”.


In the early sixties, Basil Dearden’s 1961 thriller Victim was perhaps the most daring film to appear on the British screen. A highly respected, but closeted barrister, Melville Farr, risks his marriage and reputation to take on an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men with the threat of public exposure and police action. Starring Dirk Bogarde in a career-making role, Victim is widely regarded as the film that provoked the British parliament to begin amending its cruel and archaic laws against “homosexual acts” between consenting adults.

Victim (1961) Trailer
Victim (1961) Trailer

VICTIM is shown with consideration to the current exhibit at the Stonewall Gallery, As Seen On TV: An Exploration of LGBT Characters 1954 – 1979, on exhibit at Stonewall Gallery until April 26.


Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm
Public Exhibit Opening and Women’s Mixer with Equality Florida
Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South, photography by Carolyn Sherer
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free
“Anonymous Family”
Photography by Carolyn Sherer
Featuring an Exhibit Talk with Photographer Carolyn Sherer
Living In Limbo: Lesbian Families In The Deep South is on exhibit at Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery from April 29 – June 28.
Carolyn Sherer’s Living in Limbo images honor the complexities of lesbian family life in the South, providing an intimate view of a population that has been largely has been invisible and under represented in public art. What do contemporary lesbian relationships look like in Birmingham, Alabama? The featured families include diverse races, socioeconomic circumstances, and age, and the large-scale photographic portraits reflect the complex reality of an invisible class of Americans.


Join Our Volunteer Team!

Stonewall National Museum & Archives depends on an active and enthusiastic team of volunteers. Stonewall has a variety of volunteer opportunities at Stonewall Gallery, at Stonewall Library or in the Stonewall Archives. Whether you volunteer with a friend or make a new friend at Stonewall, please consider spending time with in support of our mission to preserve and share the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American society.
For more information, please call (954) 763-8565(954) 763-8565


Presented with generous support from:
Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
Stonewall National Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Hours: Mon – Fri 11 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Sundays
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Hours: Tue – Sun 2 pm – 10 pm, Closed Mondays 

Justice Department’s Historic Action on Transgender Inmate Rights

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TLDEF Applauds Justice Department’s Historic Action Supporting Transgender Inmate Right To Hormone Treatment

Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 6, 2015.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that the United States Department of Justice has filed a brief supporting a transgender prisoner’s right to hormone treatment in her federal case against the Georgia Department of Corrections. This is reportedly the first time the Justice Department has taken action in support of a prisoner’s effort to compel hormone treatment for gender dysphoria, the diagnostic term used to refer to discomfort or distress caused by a difference between a person’s gender identity and their sex assigned at birth.

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Ashley Diamond, a 36-year old transgender woman, has been denied hormone treatment since she first entered the Georgia State Prison in 2012. Although she had been receiving hormone treatment for 17 years prior to her incarceration, the Georgia…

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Bishop Gene: An interview with Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson – Photography by Todd Franson

 | Metro Weekly | April 6, 2015

Gene Robinson didn’t set out to make history.

“For the first two years I kind of pushed back against the moniker that would always get used about me in headlines and such — ‘the gay bishop,’” Robinson says.

In 2003, Robinson was elected the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church — a move that not only divided the Episcopal Church and broader Anglican Communion, but signaled the shifting views on homosexuality taking places in churches around the globe. Death threats against him and his family poured in. During his consecration as the Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, there was fear someone might set off a bomb and Robinson wore a bulletproof vest under his robes.

Robinson, however, came to realize he wasn’t just the bishop of New Hampshire. His role as “the gay bishop” presented him an opportunity that, until that moment, had never been made available to anyone before.

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