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Larry Kramer Inspires At Demonstration: "Our rights are denied us. Our love is denied us. We are even denied the right to fight for our country. How long must we be denied all of this before we truly rise up in united anger! "

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. AndrewW says:

    LGBT people are not going to "rise up" and "protest" or "demand" because we've GROWN UP. It's 2010. The world has changed.
    Larry Kramer, David Mixner and others in the "business" of LGBT "advocacy" have nothing to offer but "keep on fighting." It is foolish. We are much smarter than simply complaining, and demanding and shouting.

    This powerless "call-to-action" is part of the GetEqual strategy of starting a movement based on anger, demands and inconveniencing people. It has been a complete failure. It has been a waste of $500,000 from Jonathan Lewis (Progressive Insurance). After the first few childish stunts, most have gone un-noticed.

    These "childish, stupid" publicity stunts DO NOT change any minds. They DO NOT create any sympathy or support. But, Kramer, Mixner and others are simply stuck in the Past. This isn't an effort to win – because these efforts don't change any minds – they are simply trying to continue to romanticize the idea of being an activist. It is very easy to complain in the streets and make "empty demands," especially while your fellow protesters are patting you on the back. GetEqual has become a carnival "side-show" keeping us guessing "what stupid stunt is next?" It is embarrassing.

    Wake up – these so called "direct actions" are NOT helpful. Nobody cares if YOU are angry. Nobody will change their minds because YOU are angry. ANGER isn't enough – we need SMART. We need to figure out how to get people to join us, NOT avoid us.

    The GetEqual strategy of demanding (while hoping to make the news) is fading even faster than Equality-Across-America and Join-The-Impact. This isn't your Grandfather's America. Robin and Kip (and others) who think "bitching" or "slapping people in the face" is effective need to grow up. We suffer disappointment all the time – we get discouraged – but, crying like babies doesn't create any progress. GetEqual will be out of business by July.

    It's a shame to see the silly waste of a half a million dollars, but maybe people are finally understanding why these self-serving "activists" are not helping our movement. The evidence is NOBODY is participating and NOBODY is contributing.

    We've grown up. We know we need to be smarter, not louder. Kramer and Mixner should either grow up (too) – or shut up.

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