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From Our Readers: August 2009

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March on Washington, mod Galveston.

MARCH ON

I agree that it is definitely time for another march on Washington [“Unleash the Furry!” What a World by Nancy Ford, July 2009]. The last one was such a disappointment. I do think we need to make some changes this time.

Everyone must call their senator and congressman’s offices to make sure they know the GLBT community exists and that we pay taxes and we vote. The time we had 500,000 at the 1993 march, virtually no one called their representatives! The result was congressmen and senators didn’t think we existed. “There are no fags in ‘my district,’ so I don’t have to represent them.”

I also suggest “a calling-out day,” either separately or in conjunction with a march—a day for every GLBT and their out friends to contact both their state and federal representatives. Call the representatives who represent districts adjacent to the one(s) we live in. We can call our governors, and the president and vice president, also.

We’re here, we’re queer, and we demand equal rights, including the end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); pass the LGBT hate crimes act; and extend all federal rights to all married couples.

Lee Lawson
Houston, Texas

Editor’s note: Organizers placed the attendance of the 1993 March on Washington for GLBT Rights at more than one million participants.
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ISLAND APPRECIATION

I wanted to tell all the staff and editors at OutSmart what great coverage you guys did on Galveston in the July issue.

Thank you for including MOD in the “Favorite Places Now Open on the Island” and for the many downtown business interviews. You guys are really promoting our downtown in its rebirth. 

Thanks, again. See you on the Island.

Angela Brown
MOD Coffeehouse
Galveston, Texas

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