Mixed messages from the Council
In this issue’s episode of Council Watch, councilors give landmark status to Bataan Memorial Park but vote down the LGBT-friendly Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day. Conservative councilors—Trudy Jones, Brad Winter, Dan Lewis and Michael Cook—shot it down. Don Harris left the meeting before the vote.
Hot in Here
The Daily Word in iPhone 5, Amanda Palmer and Endeavour
Chick-fil-A bows out of homophobe politics.
Students protest racist anti-abortion propaganda at UNM.
At 11:30 a.m., Endeavour will fly over White Sands.
The Mars rover got some snaps of an eclipse.
OK, so why isn't New Mexico big in solar?
Oh, that Jon Stewart: Chaos on Bullshit Mountain
Beyoncé is a good role model for the Obama daughters, says the president.
Maybe we should elect Canada as POTUS.
How will LGBT youth fare in a new Tunisia?
iPhone 5 lines are forming around the country.
It's OK if you don't want kids. In 2008, you could just drop them off in Nebraska.
A woman screaming "I'm Jack Sparrow" hijacks a passenger ferry and crashes it into other boats.
Amanda Palmer got more than $1 million through Kickstarter to make an album. People are wondering what the hell she's spending it on.
Work backward out of a creative rut.
What's next in body mods?
Hate-free chicken sandwiches
If you’re paying attention to Mike Huckabee, you know that today was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
Huckabee is pissed off that other people are pissed off about the poultry merchant’s homophobic positions. The chain has long been a supporter of anti-gay marriage efforts, and its CEO said recently that he is firm believer in biblically sanctioned unions. “He took it to a new level,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico.
CEO Dan Cathy’s comments spurred backlash, with some cities suggesting Chick-fil-A could peddle its hate hens somewhere else.
Anyway, Huckabee wanted folks to flock to Chick-fil-As around the country today and fill the restaurant’s pockets with more money for doing anti-LGBTQ work.
ProgressNow New Mexico was ready. Cow couple Adam and Steve led a protest in front of Albuquerque’s latest addition to the Chick-fil-A franchise on San Mateo and Montgomery. They brought 100 free chicken sandwiches provided by the gay-friendly Roma Bakery & Deli. The protest fare was devoured in 20 minutes by supporters who showed up to stand alongside Albuquerque’s active LGBTQ community, says Davis.
Davis counted more than 100 people on the sidewalk at one point. A giant chicken showed up to march in solidarity with the cows. A new LGBTQ-friendly business— U-Swirl—brought some froyo over for the kids dancing with the protesters.
“We just wanted there to be an option for people in Albuquerque who don’t agree with that stance to express themselves,” Davis says.
Alibi Flashback: Gay Pride!
Loud and proud through the years[ Fri Jun 29 2012 4:17 PM ]
Equal rights are equal rights. And for the life of us, we can’t understand why people of all sexual and gender orientations aren’t allowed the same benefits, aren’t given access to the same opportunities, and don’t receive the same thundering applause for ccomplishing great things. It doesn’t compute. Journalists that we are, that lack of logic is an irritating grit to us. But we’re making pearls out of it.
There’s a yawning lack of coverage on gay and gender issues by New Mexico information outlets—and our frustration compels us to bridge that gap ourselves.
As the most widely read alternative weekly in New Mexico, we’re loud and proud about the local LGBTQ community. We do it by unearthing and reporting stories that don't get told anywhere else. We see the Alibi as a megaphone held aloft to mouths that have been excluded in traditional media. It's our mission to make those voices heard.
We don’t just talk the talk about supporting New Mexico LGBTs, we walk it—or rather, we build parade floats and glide down the street on them.
In honor of this week’s Pride events, here’s some colorful coverage from years past:
Young Hearts, Be Proud
The next generation of LGBTQ activists comes of age
It’s a hot Sunday afternoon, and east Nob Hill feels drowsy and quiet—with one exception. The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, on Silver just south of Central, buzzes with energy. A speech therapist counsels male-to-female transgender youth on how to practice raising the tones of their voices. Two visitors stop by to browse free clothes available in the center’s brimming walk-in closet. A parent volunteer shows a guest around the rooms, pointing out the computer lab and the small lending library.
36th Annual Pride Parade and PrideFest
Saturday, June 30
The Daily Word in yard sales, Jeb Bush and Mr. Rogers
Take the Central bus out of Downtown until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Fatal shooting last night.
Commissioner Wiener says he’s going after the photographer who took the snap of him in a notorious red-light district in the Philippines. (He lost Tuesday’s election bad.)
Why is the weather in Westeros so crazy?
Political reporter Haussamen comes out against LGBT discrimination.
City comes out against unending yard sales.
Republicans in Florida outlaw voting on Sunday to suppress the African-American vote.
Jeb Bush says something nice about President Obama.
And ex-Prez Clinton says nice things about Mitt Romney.
Mr. Rogers remixed.
A forest-themed nightclub in Seattle.
Flaming Lips post naked pictures of Erykah Badu and her sister, angering Badu.
Parents’ blood and spit can reveal fetus’ DNA.
“We’re Both Dad”
Health care’s LGBT blind spot
The Daily Word in tears, serpents and lucid dreams
Speculation on what killed Johnny Tapia
New Mexico's five corporate legislators
Meth-like bath salts may be to blame for attack of the Miami face-eater.
NYC looks to ban large sodas and sugary drinks.
"Sesame Street" composer reacts to news that his songs may have been used to torture people at Gitmo.
Buy salt made from human tears.
Serpent-handling pastor dies from a rattlesnake bite.
Porn star is suspected of murder and mailing body parts to the Conservative Party of Canada.
The rise of lucid dreaming
What it means to be gay in Iran
Supercars that go 200 mph
American nuns prepare a response to Vatican charges that they're radical feminists.
Your state in sandwich form
Nicolas Cage performs John Cage. Kinda.
The Daily Word in marriage rights, Romney the bully and breastfeeding
Justice Department accuses infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio of trampling civil rights in his district.
President Obama announced his support for full marriage equality, but New Mexicans don’t see it happening anytime soon.
There were Christian same-sex unions in the 10th century, says anthropologist.
Kid fell into the zebra exhibit.
Former APD union boss arrested and charged with domestic violence.
With few protections in the state, some people wind up purchasing land from folks who don’t own it.
Mitt Romney was a bully and a cutter of hair he didn’t like.
A man in his undies stabbed his computer with a samurai sword while police were looking for child porn.
Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover.
What would it be like if pterosaurs walked the Earth right now.
Fancy business types are annoyed by the way Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dresses.
Fundamentalist Phoenix high school forfeits championship baseball game because the other team had a girl on it.
South Korea accuses North Korea of jamming GPS signals for civilian flights.
This dog is ready to play.
Double-face white shark coffee table.
Hack your triggers.
Humpback whales defend baby gray whale from orcas.
Obama comes out in favor of marriage equality
Remember a few years ago when even our most liberal politicians had a hard time getting the words “civil union” across their lips?
Today, the president of these United States has said he supports full-on same-sex marriage.
"I've been going through an evolution on this issue. I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama said. "At a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Talking heads are wondering at his nerve just a few months before the general election. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the announcement “a major turning point in the history of American civil rights.”
ProgressNow New Mexico Executive Director Pat Davis sent out poll info showing New Mexicans exhibit growing support for same-sex marriage rights. According to Public Policy Polling numbers from December, 45 percent of people in the state are in support of gay marriage. That number is eight points higher than it was just six months before the poll was conducted. The shift is a result of Democrats and independents decreasing their opposition, says PPP. Two-thirds of New Mexicans support legal equity for same-sex couples, if not full marriage rights.