Trial Trackers coming out today with… Feed Equality: Food for Thought!

October 11, 2010 at 9:29 am 48 comments

A few weeks ago, Vienna Hagen (AKA “AnonyGrl” in the comments) wrote about a project that the Prop 8 Trial Tracker community was starting to self-organize — a creative campaign to promote LGBT equality through the spirit of giving and community outreach. And now, on National Coming Out Day, the community is announcing the launch of its new web site! — Eden

By Vienna Hagen (AKA Anonygrl)

Throughout history, bias against LGBT persons has been more common than not. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current battles over marriage equality raging in the United States. Yet, the LGBT community has shown generosity unsurpassed by many of our detractors. These are the spirits of Food for Thought: equality, generosity, and community.

With these ideas, we announce the launch of Feed Equality:Food for Thought. Our nationwide initiative and our website launch today, October 11th, National Coming Out Day, and we hope that you will all go take a look, join us, and become local organizers in your area, running a food drive or charity event to benefit your local food bank. The address is:

Our goals are to both collect food and donations for persons-in-need and get them to local food distribution centers, and to connect with our communities so we can engage in meaningful dialogue about equality and other LGBT issues. We hope to connect with our communities, with the purpose of opening hearts and enlightening minds to the ideas of equality for all.

As you may remember, the idea sprang from a discussion held here on P8TT just three short weeks ago. Since then we have consolidated our ideas, created a group, built a website, and developed a plan for encouraging and assisting local organizers to create food drives in their own home towns, with the resulting donations going to local organizations.

We want to promote neighbors helping neighbors and through that process, foster understanding. Each local organizer will be contacted and helped by one of our Feed Equality representatives, and given access to our library of useful and fun information, ranging from documents detailing how to run a food drive, to downloadable posters, invitations, stickers and name tags. We’ve got t-shirts with logos that organizers can order for their volunteer teams, publicity packets to assist with advertising, educational materials to pass out during events, check lists and sign up sheets to help with organizing the event and even award certificates to present to volunteers as a thank you. We also want to make it fun, so we will be running a Donation Box Decorating Contest, and featuring pictures of volunteer teams and their events on the website, and on our Feed Equality Facebook page.

It is a great project for a church group, or your college GSA. You could gather a bunch of friends and form a team, or put together a food drive with folks from your office, but however you do it, please come and join us. Sign up as a local organizer, use our information to put together a fun event and do some good for people in need, the LGBT community and the cause of equality.

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48 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann S.  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Feed me!

    (with apologies to Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors.)

    • 2. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

      • 3. alaneckert  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:41 am

        Perfect. I love this movie.

      • 4. Ronnie  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:22 am

        ROFLMGAYAO……feed me Seymour..feed me allllllllll night long….. ; ) ….Ronnie.

    • 5. Rhie  |  October 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm


    • 6. JonT  |  October 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      subscribing, and nice work people!

  • 7. Bob  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

    congrats you guys, that’s showing what America is really about. Woot Wooot

  • 8. Kathleen  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Thank you everyone for your hard work on this.

  • 9. bJason  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:48 am


  • 10. Anonygrl  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Come on over, check out the site, fill out the volunteer sign up to run a food drive! It is easy, fun, and we will advise, cheerlead, supply all sorts of forms and downloadable goodies… anything we can do to help you organize and complete an event for people in need and to further the cause of equality!!!

    • 11. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

      And remember, we CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT EVERYONE’S HELP!!!!!

    • 12. alaneckert  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Is it necessary to make the mailing address required? I would think that many people would stop filling out the form if it wasn’t required and just the email address. If you need to mail something out, you should probably make it required in another section.

      • 13. alaneckert  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

        PS signed the volunteer form.

      • 14. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:12 am


        We ask this for accounting and legal purposes. We only collect the info for the event organizer, and we definately keep all the info on the forms private.

      • 15. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

        And thanks for signing up!

  • 16. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I for one am very grateful and proud to be associated with this effort. Let us all here who are part of the P8TT family join together to make this a huge success and help get the equality message out while also feeding the less fortunate everywhere. I also want to take this time and opportunity to thank elliiom, bJason, rhie, LLB, and anonygrl for allowing me to be a part of this effort to reach out and help others. You guys really ROCK!

    • 17. bJason  |  October 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Richard – right back atcha! It has been a blast and the fun is just beginning! What a great group of people.

    • 18. Anonygrl  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

      What bJason and Richard said! I think that our board of directors has put in a MONUMENTAL effort, and I am so delighted to be associated with all of them, I cannot tell you! You guys really DO ROCK!!

      • 19. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:06 am

        We ALL rock. Our Board, the P8TT community, CCI…


  • 20. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I’m so excited about this, I can barely contain myself!

    • 21. bJason  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:17 am

      that’s ok, we can’t contain you, either! :)

      • 22. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:20 am


        It’s like I’ve had too much coffee…coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee

        WOO HOO! *bounces off walls*

    • 23. Bob  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

      the blood in my viens prohibits my cafiene intake,

  • 24. Anonygrl  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Also, don’t forget to check out the AWESOME t-shirt that Lesbian Loves Boies designed! You can order it on a t-shirt (and we understand the sizes run small, so order one a couple of sizes too big) or tote bag or COFFEE CUP (my favorite!) or shirt for your puppy… lots of options. Look on the front page of the website, down on the bottom left corner!

    Then let us know what you think (of the shirt, and the website… we are being nervous nellies about it and need the feedback) .

    Thanks all!

    • 25. bJason  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:17 am

      I ordered a t-shirt about an hour ago.

      They are HOT!!

    • 26. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

      Did anyone call to see the size of the messenger bags?

      • 27. bJason  |  October 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm

        My cousin says that there is not enough “padding” to carry a laptop in these bags (if you mean the yellow ones).

    • 28. Sheryl, Mormon Mother of a wonderful son who just happens to be gay  |  October 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Darn, if they run small then they won’t fit me. Will have to think about getting a tote bag instead. Just have to wait until next unemployment check.

      Sheryl, Mormon Mother

      • 29. bJason  |  October 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm

        Cafe Press does tend to run small. Being a “full figured gal” I found an off white (not sure what color they call it) 3 XL Men’s t-shirt that I ordered post-haste. They really are awesome – thanks LLB for the design!!!

  • 30. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Special Note:

    Eden, P8TT team, and CCI:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING WITH THIS! We could not have gotten this started without your willingness to host the inital post, and this one.

    • 31. Rhie  |  October 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      Well, no one could have done anything without your comment way back on that NOM fasting post about feeding equality :)

      It’s all your fault, in other words :)

      • 32. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm

        *sigh* It’s ALWAYS my fault…. :>

  • 33. Eddie Louise  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Read this today – and it touched me. This is why Christians are not the enemy but rather Haters.

    There is hope for enlightenment as we Feed Equality!

    • 34. Bob  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

      Eddie, Louise, thanks so much for that story, it gives hope that Christians, are capable of facing the challenge and resonding with love. HOPE indeed.

      I think with food for thought, feeding equality, and stories like the one you posted, we are developing a real, achievable gay agenda, one we can be proud of , no longer a joke.

      Thanks again to all those who responded to the challenge Food for thought, definetly inspires me, and nurtures me…

    • 35. Rhie  |  October 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      Aw wow. Yea, it can become entirely too easy to paint one group or another with a broad brush. It can be really easy to convince myself that it’s warranted because there are some really awful people who happen to be religious. But, there are also really awful people aren’t. There are – like the person in the story – really wonderful people, capable of self-reflection and change who are religious.

  • 36. Sagesse  |  October 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Congratulations, guys*. That’s what I call one heckuva a Gay Agenda!

    * Guys is a generic term encompassing both genders equally.

  • 37. Kate  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

    What an incredible success!!! Congratulations to all of you who brought this miracle to life.

    • 38. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:40 am


      Thanks much! It’s been a lot of fun putting this all together.

    • 39. Gregory in SLC  |  October 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      DITTO! Congratulations and THANK YOU for putting energies and talents to a great cause!

      Website looks really professional, clean look and inviting. All the links appears to work as they should. I like the addition of equality article(s) along with feed the hungry informations. Still exploring the site and information….

      Great job all!

      • 40. Sheryl, Mormon Mother of a wonderful son who just happens to be gay  |  October 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm

        Greg, could you e-mail at sheryl dot beckett at gmail dot com.


        Sheryl, Mormon Mother

  • 41. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Don’t know if this has been posted:

    Political’ pastor to IRS: Sue me

    A complaint has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service against an Iowa church on the basis of political involvement.

    Next month, voters in The Hawkeye State will have an opportunity to vote against renewing terms for three state Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of homosexual “marriage.” Pastor Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City sent a letter to pastors around the state encouraging them to join in the effort to remove the three from the bench. In response, Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a complaint against the Sioux City pastor.

    Listen to an extended interview with Pastor Cary Gordon

    (wait approx. 20 seconds into the file for interview to start)

    Pastor Gordon tells OneNewsNow that Christians are often accused of shoving their religion down others’ throats — and if they say the same things inside the walls of the church, they are accused of bringing politics into religion. “You can’t have it both ways,” he remarks.

    Rev. Cary Gordon (Sioux City, IA)”We’re tired of the hypocrisy of these people because they desire to ensconce — and frankly they’re doing it — …secular humanism [as] the new state religion of the United States of America in violation of the original intent of the First Amendment,” he laments.

    Gordon stresses that despite complaints from groups like Americans United, he will continue to preach his convictions on Sunday.


    • 42. Rhie  |  October 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      He’s conflating two different problems with certain kinds of Christians. “Shoving religion down people’s throats” refers to the directive certain Evangelical sects have that a person isn’t really a Christian unless they proselytize to everyone, everywhere, whether the situation is appropriate or whether the person wants to hear it or not. I know this because this is what I was taught. Talking about religion and what it is and how to teach it and what it says is perfectly acceptable in a church. It may not be welcome at a baby shower for a non-religious couple or to a clerk at a store.

      The issue of politics in the church refers to when a pastor pointedly tells his congregation it isn’t Christian to vote for a certain candidate. Or, that they are only Christians if they vote for an anti-choice candidate. That is against the IRS code for a 501c(3) organization.

      Talking about faith informing life choices in general, or giving sermons on a particular interpretation of verses that talk about homosexuality, WITHOUT mentioning a political candidate or court case is fine.

      I’m honestly not really surprised he is conflating the two. The kind of pastor that preaches politics is the kind that believes that politics are integral to faith. That a Christian must vote a certain way, or they aren’t a Christian. So, for him preaching politics is the same as preaching faith. In general, that sort of person can’t understand nuance or subtlety or fine points in general.

    • 43. Ray in MA  |  October 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm

      Ah yes. “You can’t have it both ways” with respect to tax exemption.

      And you can’t be a member of a religious organization that professes bigotry and discrimination against LGBT, and pick and choose which parts of the intsitituion that you want to believe in… “You can’t have it both ways”.

      The institution affects society.

      The person’s affiliation affects the institution.

      The followers gain personal selfish satisfaction.

      We lose our equality and dignity in the eyes of our fellow human beings. Our young people struggle and some end their lives.

      …a vicious vicious circle.

  • 44. Bob  |  October 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Well, very interesting, Pastor Cary Gordon, definetly defines the battle lines, call to arms, Religion against the secular world, Onward Christian Soldiers Marching As to War……..

    couldn’t be a more blatant challenge. he’s praying for a lawsuit.

  • 45. Ronnie  |  October 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet from ABC’s Modern Family say :”It Gets Better”…..<3…Ronnie:

  • 46. elliom  |  October 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Some inspirational music….

    • 47. Anonygrl  |  October 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      Ooh, nice!!! I like it!

  • 48. elliom  |  October 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Thanks everyone. Our launch day was more successful than we could have imagined!

    This community on P8TT is just AMAZING!


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