This is a short blog because there is so much work to do and so little time left to do it before the election. I’ve blogged in the last week about what we’re facing here in Iowa:
We’ll be there to greet the bus
Are you angry yet?
And we aren’t alone. Three weeks ago, It Gets Better was a trending topic – an important and hopeful response to news of several recent suicides by gay young men who had been bullied. But trends wax and wane, and the bullying and loss of life continue.
It will only get better if we work to make it better, whether the topic is trending or not, whether there’s an election tomorrow or not. We are in this campaign for the long haul.
See you after the election!
We’re under attack in Iowa. For a year and a half Iowa has enjoyed marriage equality, based on the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling of April 4, 2009. Now failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats is organizing an attempt to unseat the three Iowa Supreme Court judges who are up for retention in this year’s election. The lies and hatred in his campaign are frightening – as is the depth of his financial support from several national ultra conservative groups. Gay news blogger Andy Towle provides an analysis of these sources in his October 22 blog.
Beginning today, for the next four days, a bus tour featuring Rick Santorum, Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins, and Iowa Representative Steve King will make stops in twenty Iowa cities and pass through 45 Iowa counties to promote NO votes on the three judges.
I’m frightened by the money, the lies, and most of all the hatred. But I am not alone. A bipartisan committee calling itself Fair Courts for Us has organized Homegrown Justice events to greet the bus at each stop. If you’re an Iowan, or if you know an Iowan who would support this cause, please click on this link to the Homegrown Justice event schedule and share it.
Both halves of Adriana will be there to meet the bus when it stops in our town.
Together, my husband and I write LGBT erotic fiction under this pen name. Together, we have a gay son. Together, we have worked for years to support equality, end discrimination and try to make the world a safer place. We’ve been doing this since long before we knew our son was gay.
Counting today, there are ten days left until the election. Between now and then as much as I’m able, I’ll be making phone calls to get out the vote. I’ll still be out and about on the web, but for the next ten days I’ll focus my blogs and tweets on the issues I care about.
If you read my books, you know my values. You can link to some of my past blogs on these issues here:
Proud to be an Iowan April, 2009
National Equality March October, 2010
Marriage Equality, Take #2 August, 2010
So yes, I’m angry, and I’m scared, and I’m taking action. I hope you are, too.