In Case You Missed It: Basic Rights Oregon in “The New York Times”

Everyone’s favorite activist darlings, the folks at BRO, have been very busy–not just educating the public, building support for same-sex marriage, battling for trans rights and equality–but also managing to land themselves in the New York Times. In the just-in-case-you-missed-it department, check out this NYT piece on the ways in which black leaders and the gay rights movement are beginning to march in time.

It’s not only a timely analysis, but a refreshing and welcome one; it traces the trajectory of the two movements–which have admittedly haven’t always coexisted peacefully–before and after our big Prop 8 battle. The story talks about how we’ve moved from general unease–and outright skepticism–to collaboration. For example, last month the NAACP voted to endorse same-sex marriage–and last week, gay rights advocates gathered at Stonewall (in NYC) to say they’d march to protest the New York Police Department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” practice. (Each year, in an effort to “prevent crime,” police in New York City routinely stop hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers–most of them are black or Latino.)

Check out the entire story here–it’s well worth reading. Pay particular note to the conclusion–that’s where our friends appear to help wrap things up: a nice summary of BRO’s work with Causa and BRO’s top-down self-review, which revealed a surprising lack of diversity. Since coordinating with Causa, BRO has battled anti-immigration legislation and pushed for illegal immigrants’ right to obtain driver’s licences, for example–and much more. The dynamic duo (of non-profits) also paired up to run Spanish-language same-sex marriage ads.

I mean, we knew all this. It’s nice the national media does, too.

Read more about BRO’s efforts surrounding racial justice here.