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Ryan J. Davis is the Vice President of Community at Vocativ. He's the former Director of Social Media at Blue State Digital and was a co-founder and digital director of The Four 2012. Ryan is most proud of his time spent on the internet team during Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential Campaign.

Davis sits on the Board of Directors of The Ali Forney Center, where he is the founding producer of their annual Broadway Beauty Pageant fundraiser. Additionally, Ryan is on the Board of Directors of The Deconstructive Theatre Project, the Board of Advisers of the startup TV Dinner and the Executive Board of LAMBDA Independent Democrats of Brooklyn.

Ryan has written about politics for The Huffington Post, The Hill and Next Magazine. He was once a guest editor of Queerty. For his progressive activism, Davis was awarded two Pollie Awards by The American Association of Political Consultants.

A former theatre creator and director, Ryan’s favorite projects include Veritas (Fringe 2010), Street Lights (NYMF 2009) and the eventually Whoopi Goldberg produced White Noise (NYMF 2006).

Ryan has lived in New York City since 2000 and is a proud resident of Brooklyn.

Here Ryan blogs about politics, film, TV, history, religion, science, books, theater, digital media, LGBT issues, Bushwick & Williamsburg, New York City, and anything else he's interested in at the moment. Oh, and he'll probably talk a lot about himself.

Ryan has keynoted at conferences and universities around the world on digital politics, social media strategy and LGBT rights. Email to discuss setting up a speaking engagement.

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This is a personal blog. Any opinions expressed here and on my Twitter account represent my own and not those of my employer or clients.
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Posts tagged "Gay Rights"

I think that the Arizona law, clearly unconstitutional and made to strike down, shows how few cards anti-gay US campaigners have left. The American gay community is under more threat from progressive “allies” who cut AIDS and homeless LGBT funding than Arizona’s desperate loons.

Comprehensive list of all the anti-gay laws on the books around the globe. As President Obama said recently, “What’s happening in Russia is not unique.”

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#DumpStoli vodka boycott over Russia’s anti-gay crackdown punishes LGBT-friendly company

As Russia’s anti-gay crackdown continues, some are calling for a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. But other gay activists are taking a more immediate and targeted approach at President Vladimir Putin’s pet project: They’re calling on consumers to #DumpStoli.

Read more at Vocativ

It goes without saying that a boycott of Russian vodka (specifically Stoli) won’t do anything to stop Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people. If anything, launching an attack on a company like Stoli with a pro-LGBT reputation and public stance is detrimental to one of the good guys.

Russia is playing a domestic political game, using gay people to shore up support with Putin’s rural base. It’s not much different from the Bush/Mehlman strategy during the 2004 reelection campaign. Putin isn’t concerned with the sales of a handful of companies that make up only a fraction of a point of Russia’s GDP. He’s far more concerned, like most political leaders, with consolidating domestic support.

It’s this kind of fake activism, all tactics with no strategy, that hurt progressive causes in the long run. People feel like they’ve done something of value, when they haven’t. Since most people only have a certain amount of time to dedicate to activism, this leaves plenty of actually valuable things undone.

It’s funny that Dan Savage says he isn’t interested in Stoli’s marketing efforts, when it’s hard to see this campaign as anything more than, yet another, Dan Savage marketing ploy.

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Russian neo-Nazis take Putin’s hatred of gays to a shocking new level —> http://voc.tv/12XCtyT
 

"Everyone knows Vladimir Putin’s government hates gay people. But an increasing number of Russian neo-Nazis think Putin’s gay propaganda ban is not nearly hateful enough.

The most high-profile example is Okkupay Pedofilyay, a group that has almost 75,000 likes on Russian social-networking site VK and is committed to publicly shaming pedophiles in Russia. There’s a rub, of course: These husky fellows consider all gay people pedophiles.”

Read the full story at Vocativ.

Putin’s government’s continuing denouement of gays has made it open season on them in Russia —> http://voc.tv/12XCtyT

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The Russian Parliament today passed a law banning “propaganda” about gay people, hoping the measure will prevent the country’s children from becoming gay. But according to photos of violent clashes between pro- and anti-gay activists at Duma headquarters in Moscow this morning, many Russian tweens have already made up their mind about gay rights. They are against them.

The disconcerting images from photographer Ilya Varlamov above show young children kicking, beating and chasing some activists protesting the new bill. Local police seemed to encourage the violence, stepping on the throat of one person and wrestling others to the ground in an unfriendly manner.

Full gallery and story at Vocativ.

Some pretty amazing courage from protestors in Turkey and Russia today.

Here are some images from gay protests today in Russia: http://voc.tv/19mAdbr

Here’s me on Richard French Live talking about Bill Clinton & DOMA.

I know your email boxes are overflowing today with opportunities to give to your favorite causes and organizations, but still I wanted to share three organizations that I supported in 2012.
Since today’s your last chance at 2012 deductions, don’t miss your chance to give to something important and take from the IRS at the same time. Even a $5 gift helps make the work these organizations do possible.
Tithing shouldn’t just be a religious concept.
The Ali Forney Center: One of my favorite organizations out there, AFC works directly with LGBT homeless youth in New York City. There are 1,800 homeless LGBT youth each night on the streets of NYC and AFC spends each dollar they receive on comprehensive programs that really help. 
The Deconstructive Theatre Project: An innovative young theatre company that produces work and provides community education projects in Brooklyn. 
All Out: An international LGBT watchdog organization that keeps an eye on vital gay and human rights issues from Uganda to Russia. They were also the parent organization of the 2012 marriage equality effort The Four 2012 that I co-founded. 
Of course, at Blue State Digital I’m lucky enough to work with dozens and dozens of amazing organizations that deserve support including The NAACP and Freedom To Marry.
Thanks and have a lovely New Year.

I know your email boxes are overflowing today with opportunities to give to your favorite causes and organizations, but still I wanted to share three organizations that I supported in 2012.

Since today’s your last chance at 2012 deductions, don’t miss your chance to give to something important and take from the IRS at the same time. Even a $5 gift helps make the work these organizations do possible.

Tithing shouldn’t just be a religious concept.

  • The Ali Forney Center: One of my favorite organizations out there, AFC works directly with LGBT homeless youth in New York City. There are 1,800 homeless LGBT youth each night on the streets of NYC and AFC spends each dollar they receive on comprehensive programs that really help.
  • All Out: An international LGBT watchdog organization that keeps an eye on vital gay and human rights issues from Uganda to Russia. They were also the parent organization of the 2012 marriage equality effort The Four 2012 that I co-founded.

Of course, at Blue State Digital I’m lucky enough to work with dozens and dozens of amazing organizations that deserve support including The NAACP and Freedom To Marry.

Thanks and have a lovely New Year.

Great article on Buzzfeed about the brand new video that Lady Gaga just released for The Four 2012. You can just skip to the video here

The second video of The Four’s four-part series focuses on real gay couples in the state of Minnesota. It’s lovely, please share.  

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From Minnesota, this is the second of a four-part series, co-produced by New Left Media and The Four, made in each of the states that have marriage equality votes this November. Part one, from Maine, can be viewed here.

Marriage For All Families captures the real experience of same-sex couples, to show that they have the same challenges, responsibilities, and aspirations as other couples. Still, they are strangers in the eyes of the law. That’s why marriage equality is so important: it aligns personality reality with legal reality, as a simple matter of fairness and equality.

Part three will be released Tuesday, October 16th on TheFour.com.

Money doesn’t decide elections, but it plays a huge part. We’ve lost 32 state LGBT ballot initiatives and we’ve been outspent in the majority of those fights. We’re not going to let that happen this year. Donate today to the four states.

http://www.thefour2012.com/moneybomb

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Moneybomb For Marriage: Support Marriage Equality in Four Key States

It’s started. America’s biggest anti-gay organization has written a check for a quarter of a million dollars to take out marriage equality in Washington State. This won’t be the last check they write either, and the next ones will probably be bigger, and in more states.

So we’re fighting back. This November, there are four states with marriage on the ballot and we have a chance to win them all, if there is enough money to match our opposition dollar for dollar. To make it simple, we’ve created a way for you to donate to the pro-equality groups in all four states - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington - all at once. However much you like — split any way you like.

We are 40 days out from Election Day - and every dollar counts. Will you make a contribution to any or all of the four states and make marriage happen? Thanks for helping.

http://www.thefour2012.com/moneybomb

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One problem with ballot initiatives is that sometimes the language can confuse the voter. We’ve put together this graphic to let voters know how to support marriage equality in their state.

Please share and visit us at The Four 2012 for daily content until election day. 

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Some beautiful pictures from Uganda where gay pride activities are still a form of political resistance. Bravo to these courageous people.

After months of preparation, and despite arrests, Uganda’s gay community concluded all its planned Pride events, including a beach parade, parties and a film festival. All were well attended by a courageous LGBTI community, considering that Uganda is a country that criminalizes homosexual sex acts and seeks legislation to kill its gays for “aggravated homosexuality” with long prison terms for so-called “promotion of homosexuality.”

The importance of this Pride event cannot be understated. The fact that these brave activists could pull this off in this milieu of persecution is a great victory for the community. Visibility like this notes the ongoing legacy of late activist David Kato, it defies the export of American Evangelical hate, and it helps ensure defeat of the Bahati Bill. It shows leadership for all of Africa, and above all it shows that the LGBT people of Uganda simply refuse to give up their right to exist and to live their natural born sexual orientation.

For the rest of the story and more pictures, visit The Advocate.

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