Activist-Music Video Compared LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement to 1960s Civil Rights Movement June 28, 2015 – JTMP and Op-Critical launched “Prop 8”, the Equality project culminating in an activist-music video. Watch it below.
June 26, 2015 – Caroline Madarressy-Tehrani of HuffPo Live discusses country music’s reluctance to accept Equality with country music DJs and critics. It seems Christian country music fans will not accept gay marriage, equality and acceptance when it comes to the LGBTQ community, they are dug in. Watch the video on HuffPo Live here.
MUSICIAN OPENS UP ABOUT HIS CHARITY WORK, EQUALITY AND LGBT RIGHTS JULY 3, 2014 – World famous musician Elton John, who some people say there is one of his songs playing somewhere in the world at any given time, opened up to Sky News about his charity work and activism, and also spoke in…
JAN 24, 2014 – Do elections matter? JTMP thinks so, and to prove the point just look at Virginia's 2013 Attorney General election. By 900 people going out and doing their civic duty of voting, thousands of gay Virginians will not get their inalienable civil right to pursue happiness trampled on by a conservative Attorney General. The new progressive Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring, has announced that he will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Mark Herring won his election by a mere 907 votes, which shows one not only needs to vote, but also pay attention to your local elections. The Governor often appoints State Supreme Court Justices FOR LIFE, and Attorney Generals can trample all over the rights of gay people if the wrong one is elected. So, JTMP reminds everyone to register to vote, vote in primaries and local elections, and pay attention to these rascals. You would be surprised at how much they influence your life. Read more about Mark Herring's startling announcement on NPR.org here.
SEP 27, 2013 – They have been picketing pop star concerts like Lady Gaga recently, but now Westboro Baptist Church has been picketing the concerts of country music artists lately, over the issue of divorce and remarriage. In their sick and twisted logic, the reason why gay marriage is being legalized across the land is because both Vince Gill and Blake Shelton got divorced and then remarried, and that leads to Sodom and Gomorra, civilization crumbles, yadda yadda yadda. We have had legal gay marriage here in DC for years, and the sky has not fallen.
During a Kansas City, MO concert on September 11, 2013, Vince Gill confronted and talked to the protesters outside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The vile protesters were saying that "Jesus spoke against divorce…", but Gill responded by pointing out how Jesus also talked about "forgiveness, about grace. You guys have one of that." Read more on ChristianPost.com here.
Last Wednesday, when WBC announced they were going to picket Blake Shelton's concert because he divorced his first wife and remarried Miranda Lambert, he Tweeted back, "Blow Me". So it looks like Blake won't be taking any crap from WBC and maybe even takes a stand for equality and NOH8! JTMP will post any more country music star concert protests as they happen, so check back. Comments? Start a conversation on our JTMP Facebook Page.
MAR 28, 2013 – I came across this awesome pic on Facebook of Willie Nelson, after an interview with Texas Monthly, showing his support for marriage equality with a customized version of the popular red equality logo that is going viral on social media. Christian Helms of Helms Workshop designed the sign with the customized logo, and changed the equal signs to two joints, something he has always been associated with. JTMP also supports marriage equality, and hopes the SCOTUS will come back and throw out Prop 8 and DOMA. Read the article on Texas Monthly here. (photo credit: Texas Monthly)
DEC 7, 2012 – The US Supreme Court has decided to take up 2 cases in the 2013 calendar concerning the issue of gay marriage. One case being Prop 8, the law passed in California banning gay marriage that we did a video about back in 2010 (watch below), where we tied the struggles of civil rights to the issue of gay marriage. The other case concerns a woman who was married to her partner in Canada, lived in a state that gay marriage was legal, yet had to pay taxes after her partner of 42 years died; a tax she would not have to pay if her partner had been a man and the federal government would have recognized her marriage. Read more on NPR.org here.
Watch Adam Levine from Maroon 5 in a MTV ACT video saying "First, I'd make gay marriage legal, because that's just archaic and ridiculous." JTMP agrees and supports gay marriage civil rights, and all efforts to legalize gay marriage. We are happy top say in DC here we have had gay marriage for years, and even have friends who are married and happy.
MAY 15, 2012 – In an interview with CNN, Jay-Z has come out and praised Obama for coming out in support of gay marriage saying, "it was the right thing to do." He added, "I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination pure and simple." Watch the interview below.
Toby Keith and troops – Credit: photonichelle on Flickr
Country artist Toby Keith, who has been politically vocal in the past, mostly conservative, has taken a position when it comes to the DADT repeal and sexual orientation as none of the government's business, and he thinks they should stop wasting time and money on the issue. In a CMT Insider interview he says, "we're going to stop somebody from getting a marriage license because they're gay? You won't stop them from living together, so what have you accomplished? … Wasting a lot of money here and a lot of time that could be spent working on this deficit that we're under … I never saw the reasoning behind getting in people's personal lives. … Somebody's sexual preference is like, 'Who cares?'"