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PRESS: Allies for Change

Arbus Allies for Change

We Are Straight Allies sends a huge “thank you” to Arbus Magazine, along with publisher Cinda Sherman and journalist Wesley Grissom, for their feature article in this month’s edition and their unwavering commitment to equality.

View the article in its entirety here: http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=215886&p=12

 

We Are Straight Allies Statement Regarding Removal from One Spark Creator Venue

**UPDATE as of April 9, 2014; 8:30am**

We Are Straight Allies deeply appreciates the outpouring of community support in response to our previous statement to Parkway Properties.  At this time, we have been told our signage is “allowed to remain” up through the duration of the One Spark event.  Therefore, we will stay in our current location at the Juice Gallery in the Wells Fargo Tower located at 1 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, Florida.

Once the One Spark Festival has ended, We Are Straight Allies would like the opportunity to meet with Parkway Properties and their “key stakeholders” to discuss issues of bias and discrimination against the LGBT community, and their straight allies.  We would also be happy to conduct diversity training for their senior leadership and staff, as this is a crucial component to our mission as we work towards the passage of a fully comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance in the city of Jacksonville.

We hope to see you all at One Spark!

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

We Are Straight Allies would like to publicly express our deep concern and disappointment regarding statements made by Parkway Properties on April 8, 2014 on behalf of several of their “key stakeholders” in the Wells Fargo Tower at 1 Independent Drive in Jacksonville, Florida. As a registered One Spark Creator Project, We Are Straight Allies has spent the past several months preparing an intentional and educational advocacy campaign. During that time, we were not informed of any issues surrounding our campaign or materials chosen for the event.

When we were told there were building tenants that were uncomfortable with the content of our campaign and wanted us removed from the Creator Venue space, we were disheartened as it served as a stark reminder of the daily bigotry that faces our LGBT family.

While we appreciate the support of Wells Fargo, JCCI, OneSpark and several members of the Jacksonville community to help us resolve this matter, it does not detract from the fact that homophobia and discrimination are insidious in our city. As allies, we have made a firm commitment to champion the rights of those marginalized in our community. Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we again stand at the crossroads of freedom and equality.

We hope this unfortunate incident will serve as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue to reach better understanding of our differences, help us find common ground upon which to stand, and create a more inclusive city for us all. The larger issue remains that if these companies discriminate against allies, we fear their LGBT employees may face even greater bias. The time is now to pass a comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
–Audre Lorde

Sincerely,

Chevara Orrin, Laura Riggs and Dan Bagan

http://www.wearestraightallies.com
http://www.beonespark.com/discover/creator_projects/we-are-straight-allies

PRESS: Florida Times-Union One Spark Article

“The fight for equality will make its mark at One Spark 2014.” writes Lindsey Kilbride.  Read more of the article here.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2014-03-18/story/creators-fighting-equality-all-people-one-spark#ixzz2wMMXhfFR

22 Days until One Spark and We Are Straight Allies is deeply grateful to The Florida Times-Union for running the amazing article written recently by #ignitemedia!

You can help us make a BIG difference at this year’s event by donating just $5 to help us pay for materials we would like to pass out to everyone attending the event. To contribute, please click here: http://wp.me/P3PnKk-cn

PRESS: Ignite Media JAX/One Spark

Huge “thank you” to #ignitemedia for featuring our We Are Straight Allies One Spark 2014 Creator Project!  Read more: http://ignitemediajax.com/2014/03/09/340/ 

#IgniteMedia is an independent news bureau that was created, designed and is currently updated by student journalists from the University of North Florida. #IgniteMedia will appear across a variety of platforms ranging from print-ready stories appearing on this website to photos, images and short bursts that will appear on social media platforms.

All the content will focus on events and issues concerning the One Spark festival that will take part in Jacksonville, Fla., from April 9 through April 13. The content is offered not only for public consumption but also to any news media outlet that may want to publish our content. #IgniteMedia asks that any news outlet utilizing our content give the reporters appropriate bylines. Reporters may be identified as #IgniteMedia reporters or University of North Florida student reporters.

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PRESS: Arbus Magazine Mar/Apr ’14 Issue

We Are Straight Allies has been featured as one of TEN One Spark Creator Projects (out of over 700) in the March/April issue of Arbus Magazine! Thank you, Cinda Sherman! Also, check out page 45 to see Hope McMath’s Ally Ad, then click to read her profile here:  http://wp.me/p3PnKk-ef

We would also like to send a special thank you to our ad participants: Gloria Steinem, Steve Halverson, Rachel Thomas Vitti, Pat Geraghty, Frieda Saraga, Brennan Campa, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Rabbi Jesse Olitzky, Ronald Breaker, Pastors William & Victoria Hamilton, Luis Lopez, Darnell Smith, Gary & Nancy Chartrand, Meredith and Mark Frisch, Pastor Bruce Havens, John Delaney, Pedro Cohen and Hope McMath.

One Spark, “the World’s Crowdfunding Festival” is April 9-13, 2014 in downtown Jacksonville. Creators from all over the world will light up our city with projects in art, innovation, music, science and technology. They’ll showcase their best ideas for a chance to access $310,000 in crowdfunds and cash awards, 3.25 million dollars in capital investments and direct contributions from more than 150,000 attendees and backers around the globe.

You can check out our project profile by clicking on this link:
http://www.beonespark.com/discover/creator_projects/we-are-straight-allies