How to Build a Movement: A Conversation with Shelly Weiss Part 3

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Part 3 in this series features Shelly Weiss, the queer, Jewish, genderfluid lifelong political activist and founder of OUTmedia, as our subject of intergenerational advocacy. OUTmedia’s global commitment to groundbreaking representations of LGBTQQIA and multicultural talents in mainstream media culture started with Shelly’s early commitment to communication and representation as a form of advocacy. In this last installment, Shelly shares her vision for the future.

Posted on August 27, 2015

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How to Build a Movement: A Conversation with Shelly Weiss

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Given the rise of today’s growing youth-led LGBTQ movements, there seems to be a divide between where we have been and where we find ourselves now — a divide growing deeper by the decade. The melding of intergenerational history has been sorely lacking from my perspective as a rising activist, and I see great value in connecting the dots, learning from the movements that came before us, and re-contextualizing history.

Posted on August 19, 2015

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Back to School: Help Bring Social Justice & LGBTQ Equality to the Classroom


September is just around the corner, which means a new academic year is approaching. But schools aren’t always the ideal space for self-expression, and for some folks in the LGBT community, that could bring on some anxiety. There has been a national push for LGBT equality lately, and you — students, teachers, administrators— can help bring social justice to schools.

Posted on August 6, 2015

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Reflections from a Former Matchmaker


Tu B’Av was once a day when unwed women of Jerusalem dressed in white and congregated in local vineyards to dance in the name of finding love (also, something about a grape harvest). Since then, the day has developed into what we know in 2015 as the Jewish Valentine’s Day – a time to celebrate love in any form and any stage, while wearing any color. Still, as I think about this upcoming Tu B’Av, I wonder about those women in white.

Posted on July 30, 2015

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Legal Justice vs. Social Justice: Keep Pushing Forward

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On June 26th, the United States’ LGBT+ community and its allies celebrated a monumental victory when same-sex marriage was deemed a constitutional right in all 50 states. Across the country, streets filled with rainbow flags and celebratory chants that could be heard for miles. While this is certainly a time for celebration, I hope allies of the LGBT+ community are not too quick to move on to another hot-button social issue and call this one a success.

Posted on July 7, 2015

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