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The Daily Word for a New Year

I'm crawling out of bed on New Year's Day just for you, beloved readers.

But hey, happy new year! Let's all look forward to the year of the swan, the salamander, the e-engagement, the modest sheath dress, the brain, the bros, the pitcher, the light heavyweights and 48 other things proclaimed by writers all over the world.

Somebody made a big mess in Times Square last night. About 50 tons of mess. And somebody else has to clean it up.

If you head out for breakfast today you might notice that your Albuquerque servers are a little bit happier. About a buck fifty an hour happier, in fact.

And the Boy Scouts of America will be slightly more tolerant starting today.

But those opposed to Obamacare will be fuming.

Hey! A lot of people saw a lot of monsters last year. Monsters like big gold fish, suspicious logs in lakes, mangy dogs and a giant squid.

And now I'm going back to sleep.

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The Daily Word in auto thefts, baby creepers and the KKK

APS to consider a new bathroom policy for transgender students.

Who's watching your baby? For these Houston parents, the answer was "some creepy hacker." He was also yelling at the baby.

Werner Herzog says "Don't text and drive." And it sounds awesome when he says it.

Wondering what Susana Martinez is spending your tax money on? New Mexico In Depth has compiled a searchable data base to answer that question.

A day in the life of the Ku Klux Klan.

Albuquerque thieves love to steal trucks.

And my favorite headline of the week: Goats are eating and peeing all over J. Edgar Hoover’s grave.

V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013

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LGBTQ Resources

Clip and save this handy guide to LGBTQ resources in Burque.

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election

I voted (I wish I didn’t have to)

The author’s kids: Declan, 7, and Chelsea, 5
Maren Tarro
The author’s kids: Declan, 7, and Chelsea, 5

BALTIMORE—When my husband and I headed to our polling place this morning we took along something extra: Our children. Previously we’ve opted to vote unencumbered by the whirling dervishes of energy that our children are, but this time around we felt a need for them to be a part of what could be an historic vote—and I don’t just mean electing Barry O to a second term.

You see, while I occasionally send in reports to the Alibi about the goings-on in DC I actually live on the Maryland side. And this year’s Maryland ballot features Question 6, a referendum on extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. Maryland passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in February; opponents (shocker!) of the bill submitted signatures for the referendum in June. The bill not only allows for same-sex couples to be granted marriage rights, but also includes language guaranteeing religious organizations will not have to gay marry anyone. Question 6 has received support from African-American religious groups; a demographic considered pivotal in securing enough votes to once and finally recognize, legally, the inherent humanity of a group long discriminated against. Maryland has the best chance, so far, of passing such a referendum.

What does this have to do with dragging our five-and-seven-year-old sugar-boogars to a school gymnasium while mommy and daddy perform their civic duty? Did I want to share a warm, fuzzy, feel-good moment as we held hands, touched “yes”, shared a knowing smile and patted ourselves on the back for being open-minded? Or, perhaps, I didn’t want to take the chance that living in a blue county in a blue state wasn’t enough and wanted to model good progressive behavior for them? Not quite.

I took them along so they would have to walk past the people who have been fighting for their rights for too long and who were making that one last appeal to voters, who had smiles on their faces as they asked voters to see them as equals. I wanted them to walk past the people next to them who were asking voters to deny LGBTQ citizens any recognition of full equality under the law.

My husband and I ushered them into the booths with us so they could see us vote for something that should never have been put to a vote. We read the ballot out loud to them and explained why we were voting yes, why this was so important. We did everything we could think of to make sure these tiny people remember the day their parents went to the polls and agreed to legally treat LGBTQ citizens like everybody else.

We want them to remember this moment as past generations have remembered voting to extend rights to women, African-Americans and other disenfranchised groups. We want them to remember this moment because we hope this is the last generation that votes on who is equal and deserving of rights. Rights! We want them to be the generation that finally understands that we don’t have the right to vote on someone’s rights; the first generation to fully understand what equality means; the first generation to fully enjoy equality, equally.

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012

Culture Shock

DeVine in a New Paradigm

The annual drag variety show in honor of National Coming Out Day is bigger than ever.

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Alibi Flashback: Gay Pride!

Loud and proud through the years

V.4 No.24 • June 21-27, 1995: The   NuCity   name gets dropped 7 issues later.
Photographer: Jennifer Lipow; Art Director: David Dabney
V.4 No.24 • June 21-27, 1995: The NuCity name gets dropped 7 issues later.
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.

Don Schrader at PrideFest 2006
Polaroid by Laura Marrich
Don Schrader at PrideFest 2006
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:

V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006
Jeff Drew
V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006
V.14 No.23 • June 9-15, 2005
Artist: Sam Webber; Art Director: Tom Nayder
V.18 No.24 • June 11-17, 2009: Gilbert Baker hoists one of the first gay pride flags in San Francisco, 1978.
Photograph courtesy of Gilbert Baker; Art Director: Tom Nayder
V.18 No.24 • June 11-17, 2009: Gilbert Baker hoists one of the first gay pride flags in San Francisco, 1978.
V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006: The Academy of Drag
V.15 No.23 • June 8-14, 2006: The Academy of Drag

See also historical pics from Pride Parades gone by: Pride 2011, Pride 2010, Pride 2009, Alibi’s 2008 Freddie Mercury float, Pride 2007, Pride 2006, Pride 2005

V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
“I really hope that we can get more people who are outspoken in their own right,” UNM student Lilly Lawrence-Metzler says. “Not everyone needs to march with a sign to be an activist.”
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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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.

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LGBTQ Resources

Our handy handbook to support sources for the LGBTQ community

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