Ideas for LGBTQ outreach


  If Laguna Beach is 25% gay, and 50% of the adult men are gay, I
guarantee you've got gay bars there. If not bath houses, I wouldn't be
surprised if there are some kind of sex clubs.

  The definition of a circuit party, like the definition of a rave, is a
little bit fuzzy. But generally they're hedonistic dance events
frequented by a lot of shirtless guys often in really nice shape which
happen in different locations around the world (hence are part of a
"circuit"). Usually they happen irregularly or infrequently, as opposed
to your local weekly club night.

  Singing is good. If you like to sing, I'd go with that. Maybe you can
come up with some libertarian parodies of well-known show tunes and
record a CD to give out with the condoms. Or participate in open-mic
events, or get a slot in a show at a bar or nightclub. If you're not
the type to dress in drag... well, I'd suggest leather, except I'm for
animal rights. How about a simple t-shirt that says "Not the type to
dress in drag." Or better yet, a tight-fitting muscle shirt that says
"Nobody knows I'm not gay."

  You're on the ExCom. Here's something else you could do, if you can
get the rest of them to buy off on it. (Tell them you have a plan that
will get a bunch of gays coming to Libertarian meetings and expressing
libertarian ideas in very strong terms before they leave for a cost of
only $___.)

  The ExCom chooses the keynote speaker for the convention, right?
Remember the dramatic readings of Patrick Henry and Henry Lee at our
past conventions? Make room in the keynote speech for an artistic
performance. Then go to your local venues where plays and musicals are
performed, the theater departments of your local college, your local
gay bars, community bulletin boards, etc., and post fliers announcing
auditions for an upcoming performance piece. Let people know that it
will be a paying role which will get state and national press (you
don't have to say that in the worst case scenario that press will
consist of California Liberty and LP News).

  The auditions will consist of playing a gay character who gets
arrested by government officials and reacts angrily. It could be for
gay sex in the armed services, for "indecent" public exposure, for
falsifying a marriage document in order to fool the authorities into
marrying a same gender couple, for sale or possession of medical
marijuana for AIDS, etc. You can have them at your regional meetings.
Write a script where the character is a Libertarian and expresses
libertarian views on a non-liberal issue like RKBA or economics. I
recommend asking Mark Selzer to play the arresting officer, because
he's good at that kind of improv. Hell, you can get him to film the
outtakes for his show.

  OK, I know those probably aren't the kind of suggestions you were
looking for. But I bet they'd get you more positive feedback than the
typical LP approach (a table full of serious, old-school fliers).

  Here's my best LGBTQ outreach suggestion for you: Don't do anything
that isn't creative.

Yours in liberty,
                <<< Starchild >>>

P.S. - When did the LPC and Orange County leadership start calling
themselves Board of Directors? I think "Bored of Directors" would be
more libertarian. If we're going to pretend to be a corporation, can we
at least use it as an excuse to throw a cool launch party? Then since
we're all about doing what works, if the corporate thing doesn't work
this year, next year we try hip-hop.


I'm not the type to dress in drag.
I want to be me. <singing>
We don't have bathhouses here.
I don't know what a circuit party is,
but I am sure there are none of them.

The ad idea is a fun one, but not really
right for me. Keep going though.
I'm listening!
(And learning.)


From: "Starchild" <>
To: <>
Cc: "terry mcintyre" <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 1:25 AM
Subject: [lpsf-discuss] Re: Ideas for LGBTQ outreach


I applaud your initiative. Although issues are important, the manner
in which you go about your activism will probably make more difference
than which particular issues you choose. For instance, try dressing in
drag and handing out condoms at a bar, bath house, or circuit party
along with your fliers.

Here's an idea for a gay outreach flier: A picture of a good-looking
guy's butt with the caption "Nice Ass," next to a picture of a donkey
labeled "Democratic Party" and the caption "Not Nice Ass." Underneath
the photos, the words "Tell the politicians you won't kiss their ass
any more. Vote Libertarian!" I'm sure you can think of some good text
for a message on the flip side, but let me know if you decide to do it
and could use further suggestions.

Yours in liberty,
<<< Starchild >>>

I'm looking for help in writing some outreach material for the local
gay community in Laguna Beach. Unfortunately, in a place where
nearly 25% of the adults are gay and nearly 50% of the adult men
are gay, I have yet to find any Libertarians.

I'm not extremely discouraged by that, since I know my job as an
activist, officer times two and a candidate is one of education.
I just need a place to begin.

What are the main issues I should focus on? Especially those
in contrast to the gay community's usual political home, the
Democratic Party.

I think I can do pretty well with the solutions to the issues
and framing our positions. I just want to know where to focus.

Any other ideas, suggestions and commentary welcome.

Bruce Cohen
LPCA Board of Directors
LPOC Board of Directors
Libertarian US Congressional Candidate

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