(Updated) GetEQUAL TX: Gay Group's Protest Shutting Down Austin's 11th & Congress Intersection

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A gay-rights group is trying to draw attention by shutting down a key Austin intersection this rush hour.

GetEQUAL TX is sitting in the intersection, protesting the lack of legislative movement on an antidiscrimination bill.

"We've already called these senators, petitioned them and had conversations with them to explain why this bill is important," said Tiffani Bishop of GetEQUAL TX. "We are down to 19 days left in the session and they still haven't moved on this bill."

In a release the groups said of itself: "This is the same group that was arrested after staging a sit-in at the State Capitol last Wednesday. Those blocking traffic at this moment are also risking arrest."

The protest concerns Senate Bill 237, which is called by supporters the Fair Employment Act. It would change Texas law, which allows employers to fire workers simply because they are gay.

"It's a simple matter of survival. You have to eat to live and you have to work to eat," said Michael Diviesti of GetEQUAL TX. "Over 400,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans go to work knowing that their jobs are not protected and that they can be fired simply for who they are or who they love with no legal recourse. This does not make for a safe and healthy working environment."

The group said it will continue its protests if the bill remains stalled.

Updated: GetEQUAL TX says five members were arrested for the Class B misdemeanor of obstructing traffic.

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wcvemail
wcvemail like.author.displayName 1 Like

To my experienced knowledge over 33 years in business, nobody has ever been fired for being gay from any organization I've known. However, this group will manage to tick off and turn off hundreds, maybe thousands of people, which I suppose is their intent. Must be nice to have non-work source of income, no worries about arrest records, no concern about all the lives they're disrupting to publicize a non-issue. If they took on gay marriage, or the Boy Scouts thing, or something else, I could support them, but as it is, they're just showboating because nobody paid them enough attention the last time.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@wcvemail Like hell you would support them. Such a bald face lie, as if this was the last straw that made you turn you back on them, as if you ever supported them to begin with.

wcvemail
wcvemail

Hex, tantrum much? I suspect much.

gustafsonD
gustafsonD

@wcvemail  I agree with the other poster:  you sound like a cowardly little lion boy, all worried about this and that, concerned about your work-history and references and arrest records, as if you cower at being late to work. 'ticked off' is what you are really about, and justify it with rationalizing bs.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@wcvemail That's all you have? 

You tried to use this one action as a reason to not support human rights. That is disingenuous because you group together the people who did this with the gay rights movement, a human rights movement at its core, and that does not indicate that you were ever on the fence to begin with.

wcvemail
wcvemail

Take a nap, or take a laxative, or take a breath, drama queen.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@wcvemail I'm not here to persuade, I'm here to call out your disingenuous bullshit. You were never going to support gay rights, so coming on here and bemoaning the action of this particular is nothing but a transparent attempt to justify your position after the fact. 

wcvemail
wcvemail like.author.displayName 1 Like

Actually, this vitriolic reflex makes my point. Instead of seeking to persuade, or at least educate, here's an unnaturally dramatic insult to one who dares question the self-righteous publicity whores who fucked up a bunch of strangers' evening commute.

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