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Are We All Intersectional Now?

Frances wrote earlier this year about our struggles to tease out “intersectionality” the buzzword from intersectionality as an analytic approach that moves beyond single-issue organizing and advocacy. The release of our latest report The New Now  is based on interviews with organizers and activists in New Mexico... more

The New Now: Working Together for Social Change

The astounding success of the marriage equality campaign has left LGBT groups reeling—both from giddiness and trepidation. The Supreme Court of the United States has movingly affirmed the right of same sex couples to marry. But LGBT movement leaders know that the discrimination LGBT people... more

The New Now Executive Summary

The recent victories related to the rights of LGBT people have been astounding. The success on LGBT issues, especially marriage equality, is often attributed to a coordinated, unwavering, laser-sharp focus on changing policy at both the state and federal levels. So it is interesting that a different approach is also... more

Intersectionality: Beyond the Hype

Sean and I have been grappling with how to talk about the (frequently overused) concept of intersectionality. For years, we have admired the pioneering work of Kimberlé Crenshaw, who is credited with coining the term, and of Cathy Cohen, who helped apply the idea of intersectionality to the LGBT... more

One Step Forward for Equality, But Long Road Ahead

Last summer, we released our report At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement the same week that the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and Proposition 8. While we celebrated these momentous victories for the LGBT Movement, we also reminded folks of the long road ahead before LGBT Americans gain... more

Why Creating Change is So Different

What do Laverne Cox, Rinku Sen, Nona Hendryk, and Tarso Luis Ramos have in common?  It’s Creating Change 2014!  Frances and I spent last weekend at the 26th annual Creating Change conference in Houston, Texas put on by the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force. And... more

Kicking off 2014: Lessons from New Mexico

Starting a new year calls for optimism and hope.  Here in New York City we are looking forward to the work of our new Mayor, Bill de Blasio who promises to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. But we have also been learning what it takes... more

Webinar Recap! At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement

Last Tuesday BMP hosted a webinar based on the findings of our recent report, At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement.  Following the court strike-down of DOMA and Prop 8 late last month, we found the findings of our report- that movement leaders think marriage equality is but one step towards full inclusion for the LGBT community- were especially relevant.  We had over 60 people on the line last week, mostly from advocacy and organizing groups (both LGBT-based and non-LGBT), but with strong representation from grantmakers, consultants, and service delivery organizations as well.


Evolving Beyond the Gay Marriage Agenda

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld responds to a recent blog post from John Aravosis about how LGBT leaders pushing for a broader LGBT movement, one that includes economic justice and immigration, is leading to a "demonization of the modern gay rights agenda". Sean disagrees, arguing instead that coalition-building to form a broader, more inclusive, social movement is exactly what the LGBT community at large needs to achieve actual equality.  Sean's thoughts echo what we found in our recent report, At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement, and what we will be discussing on our upcoming webinar featuring the report's authors and one of the exact movement leaders Aravosis attacked in his post.  


Court Rulings Must Lead to Broader Alliance Building

Our new report, At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement was conceived over a year ago. Little did we think then it would be released the same week that the Supreme Court would be deciding two cases on same-sex marriage and challenges to affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. The SCOTUS decisions only confirm what we heard for LGBT leaders of advocacy and organizing groups – that the vision of the community is ready to expand to include full rights for LGBT people and stronger alliances with all justice movements.


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