October 20, 2008, eight influential lesbian bloggers will launch 8
Against 8, an eight-day collaborative online fundraising drive
to defeat Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that seeks to eliminate the
right of same-sex couples to marry in the State of California.
The bloggers would like
to enlist the help of the media in promoting their cause. The
bloggers’ 8 Against 8 campaign donation page is located at the
following URL: www.8against8.com.
The bloggers include Pam
www.pamshouseblend.com, Dorothy Snarker of
dorothysurrenders.blogspot.com, Grace Chu and Grace Rosen of
www.gracethespot.com, Lori Hahn of
Kelly Leszczynski of
www.thelesbianlifestyle.com, Sinclair of
marielynbernard.blogspot.com , and Renee Gannon of
The idea came about last
Friday when Grace Chu of
www.gracethespot.com logged onto Facebook and saw a few of her
Facebook contacts openly campaigning for the passage of Proposition 8
via their status updates. “My initial reaction was to delete them from
my Facebook contacts, because if you’re actively campaigning against my
rights, you’re not my friend,” she said. “It totally ruined my morning.”
But instead of deleting
her contacts, Chu decided to channel the power of the blogosphere to
drive much-needed funds into the coffers of Equality California, the
umbrella organization of the No on 8 campaign. Over the weekend, Chu
assembled eight prominent lesbian bloggers to help get the word out and
fundraise on behalf of Equality California’s No on 8 campaign. “Among
the eight of us, we reach tens of thousands of eyes per day,” she said.
“If we come together in a coordinated and unified effort, we could send
a really powerful message, raise a ton of money, and make a real
difference in the fight against Prop 8.”
Pam Spaulding of the
highly influential and award-winning blog
www.pamshouseblend.com urges people to give to the No on Prop 8
campaign in the critical last days leading up to the election. Even if
you have already given, it would greatly benefit the drive to defeat
Prop 8 to give a little more. “We cannot allow an established civil
right in the Golden State to be overturned at the ballot box. Every
dollar you can give in these last in these last few days helps fight the
dollars donated to enshrine discrimination into California's
constitution,” said Spaulding.
Just last week, Equality
California had released a bulletin that it was $10 million behind the
opposition in fundraising. However, despite closing the gap this past
week, there is still a ways to go. Furthermore, many current polls
predict that Proposition 8 would pass if the election were held today.
"There has never been a more important time for the queer community.
This election will change our world for the better or put us back in the
Dark Ages. It's not only critical we win for California, but for the
rest of the country," said Sacramento resident Lori Hahn, owner of the
popular lesbian family blog,
The bloggers have also
sweetened the deal for any business entities that wish to get involved.
“All companies and businesses that donate $100 dollars or more will get
a free one week ad on
www.gracethespot.com,” said Kelly Leszczynski of
www.thelesbianlifestyle.com. Chu also mentioned that other
promotions may come up during the course of the campaign.
100% of the proceeds
donated through the 8 Against 8 donation page at
www.8against8.com go directly to Equality California’s No on 8