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February 25, 2006



"Ultimately, our vigil today won't necessarily advance the cause of equal rights in this country'"

I whole-heartedly disagree. Committment and following thru is how things are advanced. There are thousands of Civil Rights era protests, marches, boycotts, defiances that you've never heard or will ever hear about but they were/are the foundations of all movements.

You guys are magnificent!!

Peterson Toscano

Thank you for sharing so much of this event with us. The sort of energy and grace it takes to be a thoughtful and honest witness to these events (without exploding) is so great.

Hope you are finding ways to refresh and renew yourselves after such hard work.


I agree with both Pushpak and Peterson. Colleen, I always love reading your well-reasoned and grace-filled writing.


Thanks, guys. Believe me, that means a lot.


Another vigil attendee here. This event was like Pride with a wind chill of 5 above zero. People were incredibly cheerful, despite the 30 degree weather with winds up to 30 mph. Also the hour - we wanted big turnout when people were coming and going from the conference. Consequently, some 500 people showed up at the 6:30 AM rally on a Saturday morning on Mardi Gras weekend, a fine turnout. The afternoon (4:00PM) session was less well attended, with perhaps 150 at the peak, and weather was still tough. I think it must have been obvious that we were having a good time, waving at passersby and conference attendees. At least two teens in the conference managed to take "long bathroom breaks" or some such, and snuck outside and talked with the teen and college student contingent we had, and I saw a number of teens, in back seats of cars driven by parents, who gave us the thumbs up when entering or leaving the conference. There were also the confused or polite attendees who waved back when we waved at them, the attendees who scowled and hurriedly rolled up their windows or accellerated onto the road when we waved and smiled, and the stony-faced. The cops were pretty happy with us - we set up liason people well in advance, provided our own foot-traffic control/ security folks, and cleaned up after ourselves, obeyed the rules, and tried to keep the noise down - and the event provided them extra overtime time-and-a-half that is probably hard to get in the glossy and dull suburb. Perhaps one of the most unusual moments was when one of the homeowners across the street pulled out some extra gloves and coats and loaned them to us for the day.

I feel proud of our community for pulling together this peaceful, cheerful event in the course of 10 days, dropping everything and squeezing a few more hours into the days to get the preparatory work done. I was "sign queen", and we had several dozen people stop by one of the three sign-making sessions, contributing their creativity and generally having a good time. People opened their facilities to us - the local lgbt coffeehouse owner, a UCC with a lesbian pastor, Eden Seminary (UCC). The security people trained. The parking people lined up local churches willing to let us use their lots for the day, attendants for the lots, and shuttle busses. The liason person talked to all the pertinent police and city officials beforehand. The media folks lined up experts and interviews with local media, and our own pediatrician-of-the-air, whose usual on-air topic is something on the order of "what to do when your child has diarrhea", put on his activist hat and gave several radio, tv, and newspaper interviews, as did several ministers. Everybody did publicity within the community, to get turnout.

This was a movement-building event, engaging not only the usual suspects (political mavens), but community members who never participated in such an action before. In my opinion, FOTF/Exodus did us a favor. And I hope they have an opposition-research person reading this blog, to find out this.


I am SO GLAD I am no longer Christian (or rather what has developed into Christianity, especially the American Poison version of it).

It's great to see how my entire family has become so Spiritual and dropped the religious Christian bull years ago, only now when I look back do I see what destruction it was causing. The spiritual path I found, my own, is about 10 Gazillion Billion times bigger than a ridiculous fear based religion called Christianity, gosh I am sure even good ol Jesus would be disgusted at what they have Called "Christian" !

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