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You gotta light! Up the night! Then you can party.

by Jeremy Hooper

What are you doing tomorrow night? Drinking your weight in eggnog? Caroling, using both the "jingle bells" and "batman smells" versions? Lubing up your dreidel for its forthcoming spinjob? Playing reindeer games and excluding Rudolph?

Well, lil' holly berries, we have another suggestion. We think you should don your warmest and gayest apparel and Light Up The Night For Equality:

No matter where you are, there is likely an event near you. Check the out full national listings here, and make plans to get your fruitcakes and latkes to the pro-equality, pro-wax-based-illumintion events!

Oh, and if you're at the NYC one, be sure to look for this writer. I'll be the one with the stern look on my face, cute gloves on my hand, and 'nog on my breath.

Light Up The Night For Equality [Join The Impact]

**From Logo to Milk, here are some more developments surrounding the event:

Courage Campaign: “MILK” Does a Body Politic Good
Online Group to Host Screenings Statewide as Part of Join the Impact's "Light Up the Night" Candlelight Vigil

LOS ANGELES – Working to start the conversations “we should have had for years,” the Courage Campaign Issues Committee – an online organizing network with more than 300,000 members – has called on its members to host screenings of “MILK” throughout the state. After the film, audience members will then participate in Join the Impact's "Light Up the Night" candlelight vigil.
Picture 21-30“’MILK’ is an inspirational film that provides us with the perfect opportunity to jumpstart conversations -- even between committed progressives -- about what's truly important to them, personally and politically,” said Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign Issues Committee. “These are the conversations we should have had for years. The goal of this event is to promote communication, not persuasion, between all of our communities. We are proud to be a part of this peaceful demonstration in the spirit of the holidays.”
On Saturday, December 20, the volunteer-powered Join the Impact are organizing "Light Up the Night" candlelight vigils across America to draw attention to the 18,000 same-sex couples who were married in California before Prop 8 passed.

The Courage Campaign has asked its members to host a screening of "MILK" in the afternoon prior to Join the Impact's "Light Up the Night" candlelight vigil. To find a screening near you, visitwww.couragecampaign.org.

“MILK,” directed by Gus Van Sant, is based on the life of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans.

The Courage Campaign has taken a lead role in the effort to restore marriage equality. More than 300,000 people have signed the "Repeal Prop 8" pledge launched by the Courage Campaign and joined by MoveOn.org, CREDO Mobile and Join the Impact. At the vigil, the Courage Campaign will continue to gather signatures.

“This is the start of a new movement to restore marriage equality in California,” added Jacobs. “It’s inspiring to see so many people, from all



NEW YORK, NY – December 17, 2008 – The gay marriage debate continues across the United States. In response to JoinTheImpact.com’s “Light Up the Night for Equality,” LOGO will participate on-air and online in the nationwide candle light vigil occurring on December 20, 2008.
Picture 22-26As members of the LGBT community and allies gather across the nation, LOGO will keep its audience up-to-date that evening with an “on-air candle” directing viewers to the latest news from 365gay.com, the online source for the latest LGBT news, opinion, video blogs and streaming video news. Updated news will be posted throughout the weekend, further supporting LOGO’s status as the ultimate aggregator of LGBT related content across all platforms: on-air, online, on mobile and on-demand.
LOGO continues to reach all various digital platforms on issues that affect the LGBT community including the recent “Day Without a Gay.” LOGO’s NewNowNext.com created a witty, but poignant viral video demonstrating what would happen if people called out “gay” at work in response to the nationwide “Day Without a Gay,” thus generating dialogue within the community and in the press. In addition, on-air efforts include “365Gay News,” LOGO’s half-hour weekly magazine-style LGBT news show, airing Thursdays at 7 PM ET/PT on LOGO and 365gay.com hosted by Emmy-award television journalist Ross Palombo. “365Gay News” has covered extensive issues related to LGBT rights including a recent special on Harvey Milk and political issues including gay marriage on its multiplatform brand “Road to Gay Marriage” on-air and on 365gay.com.

For more information on “Light Up the Night for Equality,” go to JointheImpact.com and for the latest in LGBT news and entertainment, go to 365gay.com and LOGOonline.com.

On December 20, 2008, JointheImpact.com, the official organizers of the nationwide November 15 protests against California’s Proposition 8, have called all LGBTQ individuals and allies of the community to participate in a peaceful demonstration in local commercial district areas in congruence with their National Food Drive for Equality.

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I just got back from the rally, and despite the wicked cold temperatures in the 20's, a few hundred of us turned out to march from Herald Square to Times Square, ably assisted by the NYPD. Well attended and also fun!

Posted by: john ozed | Dec 20, 2008 9:05:33 PM

John: Did I see you and not realize it?! Wish we could have said hi.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 20, 2008 9:44:49 PM

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