As you know I’ve been writing a lot about the discrimination hate-law or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana and Arkansas lately. So its no surprise that I came cross a new book by journalist + broadcaster Michelangelo Signorile. The book is entitled It’s Not Over and Michelangelo makes the case that equal rights for LGBT people is far from over – and the recent strides made in marriage equality do not mean the fight has been won. I believe the nonsense going on in Indiana + Arkansas is a testament that Michelangelo is absolutely right.
Obviously, I agree with Michelangelo that true equality is still far from reach. Recently, an Indiana Pizza parlor called Memories Pizza publicly said it wouldn’t cater same-sex weddings on religious ground, which RFRA now legally allows in Indiana. Undoubtedly there has been a tremendous backlash directed at the pizza parlor. Everything from negative reviews on Yelp + a Twitter war. One high school coach was suspended for suggesting the pizza parlor be burned down.
The backlash got so intense, that the family-owned business was forced to close their doors (for now). Which then spawned a GoFundMe campaign for the hateful establishment. The campaign has now raised almost a million dollars. I think the fact that people would financially support such hate and bigotry shows that now more than ever we need to ban together to ensure true equality for every American.
In response to Memories Pizza GoFundMe campaign, Equality House decided to set up its own fundraiser to help raise money for the LGBT community. The program’s “Virtual Pizza” fundraiser on CrowdRise is collecting money for homeless LGBT youth who have been displaced from their homes because of bigotry. The group has raised more than $40,000 so far. Please visit and donate if you can!
I was lucky enough to be selected to sit and listen to Rosie O’Donnell interview Michelangelo on his new book It’s Not Over last week at SiriusXM. It was an amazing experience and here is a pic for proof 😉