GetEQUAL Co-Founder Kip Williams Talks Strategy on Austin’s OutCast Radio

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010   Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter

Kip Williams, co-founder of GetEQUAL and co-chair of last October’s National Equality March, talks about how GetEQUAL uses acts of civil disobedience to gain national exposure for the movement for equal rights; Ellen Ratner, author, news analyst for FOX News and out lesbian talks about several topics.

Listen to the interview here.

15 Responses to “GetEQUAL Co-Founder Kip Williams Talks Strategy on Austin’s OutCast Radio”

  1. Elena Ruiz says:

    During the first week with Obama as our new president Oprah asked us, her viewers and audience, “What this moment means to you?”.

    I’m a 50 year old woman and I belong to a minority within 2 minorities: I‘m a gay illegal immigrant.

    I was born and grew up in a country where gay people are discriminated against in a very hidden way. Because of our European background, we think that we are very modern and open, so even when the discrimination is there, nobody would accept it. I think that’s the worst way of discrimination.

    I spent all my life alone. I always thought I was different or weird and it made me feel uncomfortable around other people but I didn’t know what was going on with me. At the same time, because I was in the closet, I was able to know what society thought about gay people. When I found out that I was gay I knew I had to stay in the closet for the rest of my life. I thought I’ll never be happy.

    But everything changed when I had the chance to come to the USA for my American Dream, which wasn’t money, it was love. Finally, I was in the land of freedom, I was in a country where rights are respected and where everybody has the same rights. Yes, I know, I was very naïve.

    The day came when my visa expired and I had to decide between staying in the USA as an illegal immigrant with my partner or go back to my country to be alone and discriminated against for the rest of my life.

    I spent the last 6 years living with the most wonderful partner and we plan to spend the rest of our life together.

    Today our life is very difficult, but we are happy. Because of the witch hunt against the illegal immigrants I couldn’t work for more than 2 years and my partner has to support me, which is very depressing. My partner lost her job and for a year we both survived with her little unemployment. Now she found a job but things are still very hard for us because I can‘t contribute, it doesn’t matter that we both have college degrees.

    Everything could be so much easier if I was straight because I could get married and my spouse would be my sponsor to became legal… but I’m gay. This situation is so ridiculous: if one of us had a sex change, we’d be able to get married and I’d be legal, but we are both women.

    Today, gay people can get married in my country even when the mentality didn’t change and they try to show the world how modern they are. Anyway, gay marriage is legal there and it was legal in Europe for more than 20 years but not in the USA.

    Because of all of that, this is what this moment meant to me: I was confident that our new President would allow us, gay people, to get married and/or illegal immigrants become legal. For the first time in my life I thought I’ll be equal… but now I’m not sure…

  2. wayne says:

    Let me know if there’s anything I can do to support your cause.Oh by the way;I don’t have 1 single ribbon on my car.I’m a dyed in the wool conservative and proud of it.And have defended gay rights my entire life.Still I would enjoy anybody from the gay community taking the time to explain the nuances of what you seek.
    Once again
    Peace

  3. wayne says:

    Sorry for carrying on but a gay man’s a pariah until you get in a combat situation. Do you think for a minute I care who you sleep with if you’re fighting the same battle at my side? You’re risking your life the same way I am.You believe in the same American values as I do or you wouldn’t be there.(unless you joined for the college credit).What in the hell has happened to this country of ours? I’m a man,your a man.We’re one tribe.The general population may NEVER accept you.But then that is their problem.Ok,I’m done.

  4. Nadolyn says:

    It’s interesting that on your website on the “About” page, you use a quote from Langston Hughes on “Democracy.” It is also ironic, given that Langston is/was a Black man and the fact the Black lgbt folks are marginalized in the gay movement and sometimes, a lot of times, are discriminated against. I should know, I’ve been active in the movement for 30 of my 55 years on this planet. And, I have experienced it all. It is also ironic that the white gay male movement strives to box everyone into their movement. TO think that gays have the right to immediatacy from Obama when for decades no white straight person has gotten us close to where Obama has taken us and in less time that it took for Blacks to gain some semblance of equality in this country. Until there is racial and gender equality in the lgbt movement, then folks like you should just shut up about Obama not moving fast enough. Why don’t you move faster to ensure equality for lgbt folks of color and lesbians and transgendered and intersex folk.

  5. Don Rechtman says:

    The request to Obama is quite simple: You are Commander in Chief, and do not need to wait upon Congress. Eisenhower by his word alone brought civil rights into the military; now you have the opportunity to provide the same justice for people of different sexual orientation.

  6. Dennis says:

    Hey Kip. As a gay man who has been in the gay rights movement since before you were born, and a paying member of the Service Members Legal Defense Fund, I ask you to please ease off on the public humiliation of the first man who has actually DONE something for us on this issue in the last 20 years! Go to a REPUBLICAN RALLY for God’s SAKE and GIVE THEM HELL!! Let Mr. Obama A L O N E !!!

  7. cd hanks says:

    Hey man, give Obama a break – he can only do so much, if you must protest – do it to the dems and rethugs that don’t support the pres.

  8. Donny says:

    I am not for repealing the ban.

    Don’t ask, don’t tell, is just common decency.

  9. Kenneth says:

    I hope you know I have served in both the Marine Corps and the US Army and neither group would ever vote to overturn “Dont ask dont tell.” We are not a group of bigots but we understand that the majority has the right of refusal. Having the majority be uncomfortable so the minority can be comfortable will never pass in the military. Most in the military accept homosexuals in the military but still agree with DADT. If the military is against your policy than why are you in their business…what is wrong with democracy??..there are countries that dont have a democracy and they would love extra citizens, maybe youd be better served there.

  10. John (again) says:

    When people delude themselves that acts of civil disobedience are “powerful,” such as the occupation of offices, crashing private parties, heckling of prominent political figures, chaining oneself to railings or buildings, blocking streets and so on, they fail to understand these are the desperate acts of people who have relatively little power at all.

    Real power is exercised not on the streets or in public meetings, but by senior officers and elected officials – calmly, rationally, and without a lot of “fuss, feathers and noise.”

    I recall, when working as a young man for the summer, having an immediate boss, a relatively low-level manager, who was always stomping around, generally very loud, and always asserting his little bit of power and authority in often boorish ways. Then, one day, a very senior offical was present in the work place. Neat, trim and cultured, he calmly gave orders, quietly made decisions, and treated every employee with courtesy and respect, There, I thought to myself (I was seventeen) is REAL power, real authority.

    If you are in the streets, you are already a loser.

  11. DougE says:

    Civil Disobedience to further your cause, really? Don’t you think Morale America is already hostile enough to your cause? YOu do not have the right to not be offended, sorry about that. And we have the right to not accept you, your beliefs, or lack of morales.

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