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Is This The Trailer for the Next Generation of Gay Rights?

The just-formed Dallas Principles is part mission statement and part game plan for what the future of gay rights will look like. There’s not much in here about black tie cocktail parties, hobnobbing with institutional politicians, nor issuing press releases merely “applauding” gay rights victories. Just a plain old, grassroots stab at activism, mobilization, and getting shit done. Are we looking at a new ground floor for civil rights? Or a fly-by-night whimsical dream of a new era where we actually hold our elected officials accountable?

On:           May 22, 2009
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    • Andrew

      From their site:

      The following eight guiding principles underlie our call to action.

      In order to achieve full civil rights now, we avow:

      1.Full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be enacted now. Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable.

      2.We will not leave any part of our community behind.

      3.Separate is never equal.

      4.Religious beliefs are not a basis upon which to affirm or deny civil rights.

      5.The establishment and guardianship of full civil rights is a non-partisan issue.

      6.Individual involvement and grassroots action are paramount to success and must be encouraged.

      7.Success is measured by the civil rights we all achieve, not by words, access or money raised.

      8.Those who seek our support are expected to commit to these principles.

      May 22, 2009 at 11:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bri

      So far I don’t see any “shit getting done” from the dallas principles.

      May 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bitch, please!

      @ BRI: Pray tell what have you done in the name of gay progress? Let me guess, a big fat NOTHING! At least they are TRYING to bring about a change, unlike bitter and criticizing queens like you. Do us a favor and kill yourselves so the rest of us might have some joy and peace.

      May 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dennis

      Could this actually be something GOOD coming out of Texas? (besides the dearly departed Ann Richards and Molly Ivans).

      Why the name though? Obviously started in Dallas…But would “The Chicago Principles” or “The Atlanta Principles” be widely inspiring to non-residents of each respective area?

      I do support their mission, more action less bullshit, so I guess… Go Dallas!

      May 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nature boy

      what am i doing wrong, I tried to go to their site and just got a godaddy parking message… i doublechecked my spelling and everything???

      May 23, 2009 at 12:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Donald Hitchcock

      Try http://www.thedallasprinciples.org

      The meeting ocured in Dallas and was named for the location of the meeting.

      May 23, 2009 at 12:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nature boy

      @donald… thanks…. I now see I had forgotten the http://www…. DUH!

      May 23, 2009 at 12:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain Freedom


      Hey! They just started and former. Why don’t you chill out! I am willing to give the Dallas Principles a try seeing as the HRC, EQCA, and all these big-money organizations have wasted our money throwing $30M black tie brothels where they blow Barack and eat out Hillary Clinton while they don’t budge the slightest on our rights!

      I am sick and tired of the HRC and hearing about their upper class black tie affairs. I am sick of all these fags in WeHo who are turning Prop 8 into a fashion statement and dressing up as victims like its something to celebrate. Let’s get real and let’s start fighting back the right way. I think this is a good start.

      May 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BrianZ

      I’ve signed up and like what I read but … hmm, I hope they capture the attention of some very talented queers in media who want to be very involved because that video was the suck. It looks like something I would put together, and that should never see the light of day! LOL Although I have a much sexier voice ;o

      May 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris

      If this site spent half as much time actually engaging its readers and presenting them with tangible opportunities to get involved with activism(away from their computers), we’d be a lot better off.

      May 24, 2009 at 1:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John in SF

      @BrianZ: Haahaaa So BrianZ, make your own video about the Dallas Principles. Let’s here that sexy voice of yours ;)

      May 24, 2009 at 2:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul

      @Bri: Troll

      May 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz


      I’ll just bet that you probably criticized your mother for not doing a very good job of birthing you.

      Come to think of it….

      May 24, 2009 at 5:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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