Today in 1993: a Colorado court declares unconstitutional a voter-approved prohibition on gay-rights laws. Amendment 2 has banned state and local laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
It also canceled existing gay-rights ordinances in the cities of Aspen, Boulder and Denver. The initiative has provoked a nationwide boycott of the states huge tourism industry. But today, Judge Jeffrey Bayless says constitutional rights cannot be submitted to a vote. The group Boycott Colorado will call off the boycott.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is Heat Aid Concert #3 – a benefit concert to raise money and awareness for the Keep Wisconsin Warm – Cool Fund, a non-profit that helps Wisconsin residents keep their heat and power on in times of crisis. MadCity Music and Arts Extract, a weekly podcast covering the arts in Madison, are sponsoring Heat Aid. This week’s concert features Dietrich Gosser and The Tiny Band. There is no cover charge, but a small, tax-deductible donation is requested. This is tomorrow at 2pm at MadCity Music, 600 Williamson Street. More info at 608-251-8558.
Also tomorrow is the Give To Receive Holiday Ball – a benefit concert to raise donations for The American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The concert is tomorrow night at 9pm at the High Noon Saloon, and will feature local rock and electronic acts Colorphase, Madden, Little Legend, and Golden Donna. A donation at the door is requested. For info call Alissa at 608-387-0133.
On Sunday, Palestinian farmer Iyad Burnat will speak in Madison. A leader of the Bil’in Popular Committee, Burnat is on a U.S. speaking tour about the massive campaign of non-violent resistance which has mobilized thousands of Palestinians, Israelis and international activists against Israeli theft of Palestinian land. Burnat will tell stories of life in the occupied West Bank, and discuss the prospects for a peaceful future. Free and open to the public, this will be Sunday at 2pm at Memorial United Church of Christ, 5705 Lacy Road, in Fitchburg. More info at madisonrafah.org, or call Memorial UCC at 273-1008.
Also on Sunday, the Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, monthly meeting will be from 2:15 to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, 1704 Roberts Circle. The topic will be “GLBT Travel” by Terry Halvorson and Eric Borchert, discussing what’s happening in today’s travel industry for GLBT community members. Learn some tips for finding safe places – hotels, campgrounds, and restaurants – that will help make your destination a wonderful experience. For more info contact Sharon at 608-271-5440.