Segal founded the Philadelphia Gay News – Believes to be one of the oldest of its kind, an LGBTQ weekly – in 1976long before most people even knew homosexuals, even less interested in LGBTQ media. The Stonewall riots, which launched the gay rights movement, had taken place six years earlier. Segal created the publication in the hope of improving communication both within the LGBTQ community and outside.
Over time, Segal's paper has grown in importance and importance. Segal believed in real practice, serious journalism, covering communities traditionally ignored by the mainstream media. Hillary Clinton She wrote an editorial in the publication in 2016, for the first time that a large presidential candidate wrote an editorial for an LGBTQ newspaper. Philadelphia Gay News always exists, providing added value at a time when the average LGBTQ person can sometimes feel as if state of decline.
Segal did more than just find a weekly. He was at Stonewall riots. He was known LGBTQ activist as early as 1972, when he was thrown out of a TV dance contest to dance with a male partner. After this show, Segal began to crush the series of other television programs, or to "zap" them, as I called it. In 1973, Segal jumped ahead of Walter Cronkite, the legendary presenter of the news, with a sign saying "Gays Protest CBS Prejudice".
Later, Cronkite made arrangements for Segal to meet the top management of the CSB and discuss ways to improve their gay coverage. A year later, Cronkite produced a complete segment on gay rights.
Segal founded The National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild, which serve LGBTQ journalists and LGBTQ newspapers, have been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Journalists.
Mashable has been talking to the media pioneer about his accomplishments and his confidence in the future.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Mark Segal: The obvious answer is to be a participant in Stonewall, but it was the beginning of my life as a "gay activist". At that time it did not exist, nor a salary that went with it. You did it by passion. Although many would like to make (Stonewall) my legacy, personally, my campaign against the media to end the invisibility of LGBTs is high on the list. I think this has been a theme in my life.
I was among those who founded the Gay Liberation Front from the ashes of Stonewall (Editor's Note: The Gay Liberation Front was formed as a group of homosexual activists who organized marches, formed awareness groups and published a newspaper following the Stonewall riots). I created a committee of young homosexuals to deal with the issues facing LGBT youth, including a 24-hour hotline in 1970.
MS: Andy Warhol said everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Social media has only 15 tweets, or likes. With the Trump administration trying to reduce the gains made by our community, especially with trans questionsit's time to not just scream. We must act.
And as we did at Stonewall and what TAKE ACTION made for AIDS (Editor's note: ACT UP is an organization created in response to the AIDS crisis that prompted the medical community and government to respond.), we must start again. We need to be creative in responding to bigots, bullies and bad guys. We should be united with other communities. This battle does not only concern LGBT people, it concerns the race, it concerns women's rights, immigration rights. Social justice is not just about a cause.
MS: It taught me how to fight back and end invisibility for our community – lessons I learned Philadelphia Gay News award-winning LGBT media. We believe in news and impactful comments.
MS: Until 1967, LGBT media were scarce, mainly newsletters of small "gay rights" organizations. Then in 1967, a raid on a gay bar called The Black Cat in L.A. leads to the discovery of L & # 39; lawyer, the first major national LGBT news publication (Editor's Note: Activists founded The Advocate after the raid inspired the wave of organizing). The majority of LGBT media are born of local activism.
I now hope that LGBT journalism will become more local, local, local … You can get news and national information on thousands of websites on the web. We need original stories that we have and can not be found elsewhere.
MS: For an old man, too.
MS: To help my community learn that she has to see things big, have a great vision and not be afraid to get in front of people for that to happen. This is the spirit of Stonewall.
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Google offers free food and nap pods-But several employees say that he also has hostile managers.
Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton were both organizers of the Walkout for a real change in November, 200,000 employees "left" to protest sexual misconduct, "golden parachutes" for the accused and other forms of discrimination at Google.
The arrival was a decisive moment for the employees who led progressive changes to some Google policies. However, in the months that followed, the two organizers felt that their working environment had changed dramatically and reported that "several" organizers had similar experiences.
Google has refuted the claims, saying that "there has been no reprisal here," according to a spokesman. But the organizers' stories – of being downgraded, set apart and isolated by management – paint a picture of the divisions within Google around employee activism and what it feels like advocating for change in one of the most powerful societies in the world.
"Reprisals are not always obvious," wrote Whittaker and Stapleton. "It's often confusing and intriguing, made up of icy conversations, gas lighting, project cancellations, refusal of transition or demotion. One behavior that tells the problem that the problem is not that they have stood up to society is that they are not good enough and do not belong. "
They also invite employees to attend the "Friday meeting" at City Hall on Retaliation, where people can share their own stories and organize against reprisals.
"If we want to put an end to discrimination, harassment and unethical decisions, we must stop retaliation against those who speak honestly about these problems," the organizers wrote.
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Google refutes the claims of Whittaker and Stapleton and remains true to the actions of management, while maintaining that it is investigating all allegations of retaliation.
"We prohibit retaliation at the workplace and investigate all allegations," said a spokeswoman for Google. "Employees and teams are routinely assigned new tasks, or reorganized to keep pace with changing business needs, and there has been no retaliation here."
Whittaker and Stapleton see things differently. both felt that their work as an employee organizer had an impact on their treatment by management. Supervisors recently informed Whittaker that she should abandon her work on the ethics of AI inside and outside Google if she wanted to keep her job. Stapleton was demoted and she was asked to go on sick leave, even though she was not sick. She returned to her position after hiring a personal lawyer to investigate the matter.
The organizers added that retaliation is an integral part of Google's culture – a firm statement that contradicts the company's former reputation as a hub for honest and open employee feedback. The two people write that the more than 350 testimonials collected during the Walkout show that "a sad trend is emerging: people who denounce discrimination, abuse and unethical behavior are punished, put away and expelled . " Abusers often remain unimpeded, or even rewarded. "
Google employees may not be unionized, but their internal architecture follows a broader trend technical employees engaged to make changes to their workplace, and increased unionization in knowledge-based industries, such as the media and academia. Google says it has a policy against retaliation. Retaliation for participating in "protected activities", such as reporting discrimination in the workplace, forbidden by national labor law.
In technology, employees no longer seem to consider Bosses as untouchable celebrities. And if this information about Google's retaliation is true, it's probably for the better.
At the UN headquarters in New York, Mashable met with Noura Berrouba and Alexandria Villaseñor, two young activists working to make the world better and greener. Berrouba, 25, sits on the board of directors of the European Youth Parliament, a program that helps young people address critical political and cultural issues in their region. Villaseñor, 13, jumped out of school several Fridays in a row to strike at the UN headquarters in New York, inspired by Greta Thunbergof #FridaysForFuture movement.
If, like them, you feel the weight of a warming world on your shoulders, here are three steps for a greener future.
Like many of us, Villaseñor has known the dangers of climate change. During a family holiday in California, the 2018 campfire (the deadliest in the history of Californiahas begun. Villaseñor stayed at about an hour and said that she was breathing bad air, which burned her nose and eyes. In addition to that, she has asthma. Because of this, she returned home to New York earlier than planned.
"I think young people also have a role to play in education, in mobilization and mutual commitment."
"Once back in New York, I have a little related California wildfire to climate change, because climate change is fueling these fires," says Villaseñor.
It was then that Villaseñor began his research on the causes and effects of climate change – and on the means that it could bring. For young people who are also looking for reliable resources, Villaseñor recommends following the work of climatologists. Michael E. Mann, Katharine Hayhoe, Kate Marveland Peter Kalmus.
Berrouaba also emphasizes the role of education, highlighting the importance of passing on knowledge.
"I think young people also have a role to play in education, as well as in mobilization and mutual engagement," Berrouba said.
For Berrouba, action against climate change requires government intervention.
"We will not solve the problem of climate change with small solutions everywhere, that's part of it, but the key is to change the way our system works – rebuilding our governance, rebuilding our economy – and that occurs in governance, "said Berrouba That's why Berrouba encourages other young people to get involved in governance.
Villaseñor says that small personal actions such as recycling and eating less meat can make a difference, but ultimately agrees that there needs to be a systemic change.
"It should be exceptional that citizens have access to their governance and join their governance and their vote.
"That's what I tried to do myself, but I realized that 70% of greenhouse gas emissions come from 100 companies around the world, which is why governments need to take more action to combat climate change, "said Villaseñor.
Berrouba further emphasizes the importance of citizenship education in schools, which according to her often does not exist or is deficient. Because some schools fail in this area, it encourages individuals to take responsibility for learning about governance themselves.
For her, without this knowledge, it becomes very easy for the government to become an exclusive place that no one understands, does not know how to account for its actions, how to become a member or how to exert influence.
"This should not be the exception that citizens have access to their governance and join their governance and voting.This should be the rule," said Berrouba.
Berruba says that although voting is a seemingly fundamental action, it is important. This is why voter turnout must increase among young people. She wants young people to encourage their peers to vote, to attend town halls and to call their politicians – all that is needed to make their voices heard.
And for those who are too young to vote, Villaseñor says that there is still hope. She recommends contacting local organizations, using social media and going down the street.
"Really, I think to be heard, if they can not vote, they have to demonstrate in the street because we are in the day and age where we can not wait to be in power," says Villaseñor . "So we must start acting now so that the people in power are acting against climate change because we have no time to waste."
Protesters in London were spotted wearing a green banner asking for a Green New Deal, an American proposal to transform the country's energy infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions.
This student-led protest comes after a government report showing that the United Kingdom misses its emissions targets for 2025 and 2030.
Tens of thousands of young people participated. They walked in cities like London, Cambridge and Birmingham, according to the UK Student Network.
"This is my future, that's why I care … We are on strike today during our school holidays, which shows that we are willing to take leave of our holidays to protest because it's such an important cause, "Aida Freij, 13, said the Guardian.
The climate activist initiated the movement in August 2018when she jumped out of school for three weeks and sitting on the steps of Swedish parliament building. She has continued to protest and carry out strikes since September.
On March 15th, Thunberg and children from around the world went on strike, taking away powerful signs This calls for action against climate change. This shows that young people are really the future.
That's why the crowdfunding site launched GoFundMe.org Causes Thursday. The initiative allows donors to support several campaigns related to one of six causes: animal rescue, mental health, environment, classrooms, high schools, veterans and heroes.
The company knows that its donors are passionate about these issues, said Raquel Rozas, director of marketing for GoFundMe. New topics will be added in the future.
A single donation to a cause will be distributed to several non-profit individuals and organizations approved in part by the new GoFundMe.org, an independent public charity working with GoFundMe.
SEE AS WELL: Everything to consider before making a donation to a cause
The goal is to reach people who might otherwise have heard about the campaigns and to involve leading influencers who prefer to return to a broader cause rather than a single fundraiser. .
"Our hope is to bring new donors and communities to these existing campaigns," Rozas said.
The initiative is an evolution of fundraising that GoFundMe was already doing with the Direct Impact Fund, a non-profit organization that has helped fund urgent campaigns for several groups working on issues such as disaster relief and political crises. This included support for California forest fire survivors and those affected by the Trump administration family separation policy. GoFundMe.org Causes will always include campaigns for urgent campaigns, said Rozas.
On the anniversary of his assassination, you will probably see more of his quotes than usual, which of course is inspiring. But it's important to remember to go beyond tweets and sharing and put these words in action.
Here are seven tweets from politicians, activists and others who share their famous words and explain how the civil rights leader inspired them to make a difference.
One day before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered these words: "It is only when the darkness is sufficient that you can see the stars."
I carry those words with me. We must remember that, as dark as it may seem these days, there is also a lot of energy, activism and optimism.
– Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) April 4, 2019
MLK was murdered because I challenged white supremacy. He was killed by white militiamen who exercise their power through the extra-judicial killings of black Americans. Periodt. https://t.co/NZa8zgYWdi
– Jenn M. Jackson (@JennMJack) April 4, 2019
We are celebrating your birthday. We commemorate your day of death. And we quote your good words on the days in between. One day, I pray, we will authentically embrace the ideals and actions that your big words were supposed to inspire. I still believe and want to help us get there. I miss you. pic.twitter.com/1K8RllWjio
– Be a king (@BerniceKing) April 4, 2019
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. A father, a husband, a son, a pastor and an activist have been kidnapped, but his legacy continues in hearts, minds and the soul of people who embody his values and, above all, his dream. (: Getty) pic.twitter.com/TdoF1xds5y
– HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) April 4, 2019
Fifty-one years ago, the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. came to an end. But during his life, even in the face of great adversity, he was not afraid; he did not leave. I have supported and inspired a movement that has changed the world. pic.twitter.com/EDFeDkYLO2
– Action for moms (@MomsDemand) April 4, 2019