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The Naked Truth

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simply just: Brent Corrigan

From The Center Advocacy Project, I received the following e-mail in my inbox today:

“Sadly, fueled by misinformation, distortions and lies, millions of voters went to the polls yesterday and said YES to bigotry, YES to discrimination, YES to second-class status for same-sex couples.

And while the election was close, and millions of votes still remain uncounted, it has become apparent that we lost.

There is no question this defeat is hard.

Thousands of people have poured their talents, their time, their resources and their hearts into this struggle for freedom and this fight to have their relationships treated equally. Much has been sacrificed in this struggle.

While we knew the odds for success were not with us, we believed Californians could be the first in the nation to defeat the injustice of discriminatory measures like Proposition 8.

And while victory is not ours this day, we know that because of the work done here; freedom, fairness and equality will be ours someday. Just look at far we have come in a few decades.

Up until 1974 same-sex intimacy was a crime in California. There wasn’t a single law recognizing the relationships of same-sex couples until 1984 — passed by the Berkeley School District. San Francisco did not pass domestic-partner protections until 1990, the state of California following in 2005. And in 2000, Proposition 22 passed with a 23% majority. This time it was only 4-5%.

We are humbled by the courage, dignity and commitment displayed by all who fought this historic battle.

Victory was not ours this time. But the struggle for equality is not over.

Because of the struggle fought here in California — fought so incredibly well by the people in this state who love freedom and justice — our fight for full civil rights will continue.

Activist and writer Anne Lamott writes, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”

We stand together, knowing… our dawn will come.”

Your Friend and Lover,

Brent Corrigan

Brent Corrigan: The Naked Truth.

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  • mld Myles says:

    Brent, you really are on a posting spree. I hope the California polls don’t change how happy you’ve been!

  • Stingman Stingman says:

    Brent,

    I to believe that day will come when a man & man, or woman & woman, or should i stay; people who are truly comminted to each other, who cares for each other and can show their affection in or out of the house. (In reason). Either pairings will share all the amenities that of a Heterosexual pairing has till death do them part.
    ~Our Day Will Come~ Rest asure!!!
    Stand straight, Stand Tall, Stand Strong, Stand Together!!!

    Kurt

    P.S. That package was delivered to the address. “You Now Have Mail!” :-)
    Enjoy…

  • Bop says:

    Hey BC,

    Incredible. Sad. Unbelievably too real these injustices inflicted upon us gays for expecting our God given human rights.

    No physical action is necessary to be gay. Gay is.
    A physical action is necessary to have sex– obviously
    If this choice of having sex leads to an unwanted little one being developed no need to worry, extract & toss

    Voters go to the poles to vote they see no need for an underage kid to tell anyone with responsibility what’s up in regards to that abortion the kid wants to have
    Voters go to the poles to say no way gay for marriage-that’s a special right only for heteros.
    Is it really possible these two votes could be made by the same voter? Obviously so. Incredibly Sad. Incredibly selfish on the part of the majority to inflict this sort of injustice on anyone.

    For full civil rights for anyone gay, at the poles, election after election continues to be a platform to broadcast to the nation & the rest of the world, gays will be kept on the leash here in the good ole USA

    Rather sad indeed, no inspiration with these results.
    Thank God for BC for a great source of inspiration
    If given the task,I wonder what the FDA would determine the suggested daily dose of BC should be?

    Much Peace,
    Bop

  • Elroswei says:

    I am really sorry that result ends like this.
    maybe this is still worthwhile a bit longer fighting for
    after all if the same sex union is legal now would be too easy, people would not appreciate it. Otherwise it would become another issue.

    when the timing is right the whole system of law for the same sex marriage or partnership become more mature and well, all the supplementary measure is enough and country or society’s acceptabilty for these would be more tolerated.
    things will be more easy for the all kind of equality issue.

    a chinese saying goes like this “the road to happiness is strewn with setbacks”
    so it always appeal lots of people to step on it

  • cakers says:

    Brent, your words are always truly inspirational. Sure, I probably picked the wrong post to say this, as this is a quote of someone elses, but it’s all good.

    I’m posting to say I quoted you in my little note on facebook about Prop 8 – hope you don’t mind. Take care.

  • harrier981 says:

    While California voters defeated gay marriage, there was at least one bright spot in the country. Voters in Connecticut soundly defeated Question 1. Had the question passed, it would have led to a ban on gay marriage. Hard to believe the only two states that allow gay marriage are in conservative old New England.

  • jfer says:

    I believe you´ll get it someday

    If we, Spanish people got gay marriage, you can too!

    Love and peace for everyone

  • Kyree_Callis says:

    Don’t fret Brent,

    This battle may have been lost, but the war shall continue.

    It may not happen today, and maybe not tomorrow, but change is upon us. This country is ready for change and I’m sure in the not too distant future we will have our equality.

    As long as we keep trying, we shall never lose. This world is for everyone, and everyone should be happy. We can’t let a few people bring us down.

    Peace, Love and Equality

  • Andy says:

    Brent,
    I, like everyone else, am truly sorry about the defeat in this battle. However, cruising the net, I cam across this article. http://www.sltrib.com/ci_10798657. You may have already seen this, but I feel the authors views are both humorous and logical in their simplicity. It’s worth a look-in.

    Keep soldiering on friend.

  • dewayneinsd dewayneinsd says:

    I know I have been stridently anti-Mormon on my Blog but my target is the LDS Leadership not the sheep!
    Many Many ex Mormons have told me how disgusted they are but not surprised by the actions of the Church.

    Read this in the same paper as Andys link above.

    Prop 8 rips friendship asunder
    http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10939848

    More important the first Real Fault lines have been exposed in the LDS, it seems some of the sheep are turning into thinking reasoning humans!

    California gay marriage fight divides LDS faithful
    http://www.sltrib.com/ci_10797630

    I despise Mormonism BUT all who have protested in Southern California this week have a message to OUR supporters “Keep it Peaceful”

    We do not want the Mormon Church to get ANY UNDESERVED Sympathy!

    They LOVE to play the Victim even as they stab you in the back!

  • davidlondon davidmlondon says:

    hey Brent
    one cool post and hope it shows people that they should of voted no to prop 8, although guess peop;le that read this would of anyway
    lets hope people see the truth now and vote differently when they vote again
    all the best
    David (london, england)

  • Mareczku says:

    That was an excellent post Brent. Sorry I am a little late. I didn’t get a chance to reply when I first read it. These two pictures are gorgeous. Warmest hugs to you and much love. Mareczku

  • Obama, Obama, Obama…Good guy, and he has the most adorable family. Those girls are so freakin cute! However, his entire campaign platform of “change” was used as a way to distract the public from his lack of experience and ill-preparedness to ascend to the presidency. It was even used (and to his credit as it was brilliantly played by his campaign) as a way of justifying his candidacy as being different and untainted by the ‘establishment’. When Obama takes office on Jan 20th, it will be during a time of whose tumultuousness is arguably only beaten by that of the founding presidents, Lincoln, and FDR. From the instability of an economy built on debt, to a Russia trying to re-establish its world influence, from two concurrent wars to the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran, Obama is going to be swamped from his first day. Yet as far as Obama’s experience goes he has no legislative record to speak of, has been incredibly partisan throughout even that brief senatorial career, (half of which he has spent campaigning) has had no executive experience, and who’s foreign policy portfolio, in a time of war mind you, is about as thick as the one which deals with his support for gay rights (he does not support gay marriage due to religious beliefs)
    Granted, though, both of the candidates had their ups and downs (like McCain and that goddamn Joe the plumber guy! They both deserve a run in with those sharpened golf cleats for that STUPID gimmick ARRGGHH so annoying!!! Ok.. Ok.. I’m sorry but what the hell John what the hell!?!) But I digress :p However McCain’s renewable energy plan was more logical and arguably would have a lesser effect on the environment by putting heavier support behind nuclear power plants and not in what would amount to huge energy farms. Whether they are solar, wind, or ethanol these “energy farms” would take up hundreds and thousands of acres and create more damage to the environment through their construction and maintenance and would have used food products, mainly corn for ethanol, creating a need to use more arable land.
    McCain’s bi-partisan approach, once praised by the Democrats for his bravery and, god I hate to use this word, maverickness, (ok honestly I’m not even sure if that’s a word…damn it palin now I’m all confused) caused much ire in his own party and yet was quickly belittled by Democrats when he referenced it in his campaign. Even though he agreed with George Bush on the vast majority, the issues in which he disagreed were still such hot button issues as immigration, climate change and torture. McCain’s positions have even led the Washington Times to write “Sen. John McCain’s record of working with Democrats easily outstrips Sen. Barack Obama’s efforts with Republicans, according to an analysis by the Washington Times of their legislative records.” As well as “In fact, by several measures, Mr. McCain has been more likely to team up with Democrats than with members of his own party. Democrats made up 55 percent of his political partners over the last two Congresses, including on the tough issues of campaign finance and global warming.”
    McCain stated himself that the economy was not his strong point while Obama’s was foreign policy. Therefore Obama being able to counter his lack of foreign policy experience with Biden is the same, in principle, as John McCain, being able to counter his lack of economic expertise with an appointment of an experienced SecTres.
    I would continue but I’m sure I already lost half of everyone’s attention..Hell MY minds starting to wander so I’ll bring this to a close..I voted for Obama, why? Well that’s one more paragraph that I’ll spare you ;) In closing though Mr. Corrigan I take issue with your statement, sir, that McCain would have been 4 years down the shitter..Assuming that he stayed alive of course ;) Palin, however, is a completely different story, even though I swear should she have used a British accent she would have come off soo much smarter..And no I am not some old, unhappy closeted republican. I’m a 21 year old New Yorker (go figure) I just happen to like to play the devil’s advocate! Ok noowww I’m done

    P.S. I’m sorry I really didnt mean for it to be so long

  • Fabien says:

    I support you for your fight against gay’s rights discrimination. I hope you will have a great audience for you show in NYC. Be sure you french admirers would dream to see you one day in Paris.
    Your friend, Fabien

  • sperare-china says:

    one day, you will get the final win.

  • sperare-china says:

    will u reply? a little exciting

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