August 27, 2009 - Lutherans Lift Ban on Gay Clergy
""I am really proud of them," said Mark Snyder, who lives in downtown San Francisco. "I think it's going to make a huge difference for the youth in the church, especially for the gay youth who are struggling to be accepted." He added, "This will prevent queer youth who are Lutheran from committing suicide. There's no doubt in my mind."
Snyder is a founder and current blogger forhttp://www.queertoday.com, an online activist organization."
August 2009 - Driving Equality Interview with Mark
"We had a great interview today with queer activist, Mark Snyder.
Mark is the founder of the online queer forum and activism powerhouse,QueerToday.com.
He started QueerToday nine years ago, in 2000, when few organizers were utilizing online tools.
Mark’s work focuses on coalition building and liberation of all oppressed people."
December 22, EdgeBoston - 2008 Year in Review
"In October, the Boston-based advocacy group Queer Today staged a protest against the Human Rights Campaign at their October 25 dinner at the Haynes Convention center, for their support of a version of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), under consideration by the U.S. Congress, that failed to include protection for Transgender individuals, as well as their selection of a non-unionized site for their event. "
November 24, 2008 IndyMedia - Prop 8 Energizes Queer Community
So now a young grass-roots movement of new non-professional leadership is emerging. They show new energy and are using the Internet extensively (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, JoinTheImpact.org and QueerToday) to recruit the troops, according to baby-faced Tony Cochran, 21, of L.A. "
November 19, 2008 Workers World - Prop 8 Protests Sweep Nation
Progressive LGBT blog sites like www.queertoday.com are leading the way at refuting the false racist charges raised by the right wing. One thing is certain: the potential for unity is unlimited and the classwide power that could result for the benefit of all the oppressed everywhere would be a welcome sight."
October 26, 2008 EdgeBoston - HRC Dinner Protest
"Outside the Sheraton Hotel where the dinner was held, the protesters shouted slogans such as: "The HRC doesn’t represent me. We want trans equality." The protestors, some trans, some supporters, marched on the sidewalk while clutching their signs: "HRC = Betrayal," "I May Be Trans But I’m Human Too."
October 23, 2008 Bay Windows - HRC Dinner Protest
"But this year’s dinner will not pass without controversy; the activist group QueerToday.com plans to stage a demonstration outside the hotel to protest HRC’s support last year for a non-transgender-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress and for their support for conservative political candidates."
August 15, 2008 CAMP - HRC Dinner Protest
"Efforts are underway to protest HRC’s annual dinner on Oct. 25 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. QueerToday activists and allies are trying to build a coalition of trans and queer activists, anti-war activists and women’s rights activists to protest HRC’s support of a non-inclusive ENDA, its support of pro-war and anti-choice candidates, and its lack of grassroots coalition building.
In July, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa withdrew as the keynote speaker for the HRC’s gala dinner and fund-raiser in San Francisco, refusing to cross picket lines. Several San Francisco city officials and gay rights leaders had agreed not to attend the event, and the San Francisco Labor Council urged its members to “boy/girlcott” the dinner.
Brad Luna, a spokesman for HRC, said in a statement that the protest “has nothing to do with organized labor.” Apparently Luna didn’t appreciate his accidental irony in stating that an employment anti-discrimination law has nothing to do with labor issues. "
August 14, 2008 New England Blade - HRC Protest Boston
" QueerToday.com activists and allies, who will protest the annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Dinner at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on October 25 at 5 p.m., are looking to build a coalition of trans and queer activists, anti-war activists, and women’s rights activists to protest HRC’s lack of grassroots coalition building, support for pro-war and anti-choice candidates, and support of a non-inclusive version of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA)."
July 17, 2008 Bay Area Reporter - HRC Protest SF
"On July 26 activists from the group http://www.QueerToday.com
will join in solidarity with the queer community to protest the Human Rights Campaign's gala dinner.....You see, HRC is not just misguided when it comes to trans issues. It has failed to make the connection between all oppressed communities and movements for decades....It is time for queers to unite and make lots of noise so that everyone becomes aware that HRC does not speak for them, and does long term damage to our community's vibrancy."
May 16, 2008 The Advocate "In Massachusetts, California Ruling Is Sweet Confirmation"
"This victory...will no doubt provide important protections to couples and families,” said Mark Snyder, a Boston-based activist and founder of Queertoday.com. “Still, I remain mindful that a broader social justice–oriented agenda is what will liberate the queer community."
May 13, 2008 Bay Windows "Youth Pride charts progress and problems still facing LGBT youth"
At the post-march festival, Mark Snyder, founder of the activist group QueerToday.com and one of the honorees of this year’s Youth Pride, also fired up the crowd’s activist spirit. He urged the youth to hold adult activists in the community accountable to progressive values. "At QueerToday.com...we believe in direct action and speaking out and forming coalitions, and we think it’s important for young people like us to hold the adults in our community accountable, too. If you don’t think the adults in our community should endorse pro-war candidates or anti-immigrant candidates or anti-women’s rights candidates, let me here you," shouted Snyder, prompting cheers from the audience.
May 10, 2008 New England Blade "GLBT Youth Stymie Efforts to Tape Youth Pride"
Youth Pride Committee chair Kelly Lydon emceed.... presented awards to...QueerToday.com. Snyder talked about the importance of his group's style of direct-action protest — which most notably have included a 2005 protest at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston in which a number of same-sex couples kissed during a Catholic mass, that event made national headlines; as well as a 2006 protest of an appearance by James Dobson's Anti-Gay Group Focus on the Family. It is the responsibility of youth, he said to "hold adults in our movement responsible," when their actions don't live up to the goal of equal rights for all, said Snyder. "We believe that working together is the only way for us to achieve equality."
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June 26, 2006 - Workers World "Uniting our Struggles"
his year’s forum featured LeiLani Dowell, a managing editor of Workers World newspaper; Erica Lopez of Somos Latin@s LGBT Coalition; and Brian Rainey of Queertoday.com. The speakers told of compelling struggles linking the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities: recent gay bashings, the Bush administration’s anti-immigrant policies and the increasing corporati zation of Pride celebrations in the United States.
June 15, 2006 - Workers World - Spirit of Stonewall Revived!
Marchers from community organizations revived the true spirit of Stonewall, demanding an end to institutionalized transphobia, funds for LGBT youth organizations, money for AIDS and not for war, and an end to racial profiling and the anti-immigrant policies of Bush, the racist Minutemen, and their corporate sponsors.
November 5, 2005 - Workers World - 2000 March Against War
A highlight of the blocks-long march came at the Tremont Street Baptist Church where bigot James Dobson and his organization Focus on the Family was holding a “conference” encouraging LGBT people to renounce themselves and become heterosexuals. Mark D. Snyder of QueerToday.com, standing on the flatbed of a truck donated for the day by the Boston school bus drivers union USW Local 8751 president Steve Gillis, began call and response chants over a booming sound system. “Homophobia: Shut it down!” and “Racism: Shut it down!” rang out. The protesters, proceeding with the march, left a parting message: “Get the F… out of Boston!”
November 2005 - MassResistance (right wing blog) - "homosexuals terrorize church"
"The homosexual demonstrators also set up two coffins right in front of the church, with frightening messages accusing the conference of causing death and suicides. "
November 2, 2005 - New England Blade - Protest Times Two!
"At approximately 1:50 p.m., the size and volume of QueerToday's circle procession was about to increase ten fold. As In Newsweekly reported three weeks ago, QueerToday's moderator, Mark Snyder, planned on teaming up with the simultaneous anti-war rally down the street at the Boston Common. Organizers from the anti-war contingent, who called themselves the "October 29th Coalition," were more than willing to stop by and join forces with their glbt comrades during the course of their parade."
October 13, 2005 - New England Blade - Winning Love from Both Sides of the Isle
"Ex-gay conference coordinator Mike Haley and Queer Today protest organizer Mark Synder prepare for Oct. 29 Boston Love Won Out conference"
October 13, 2005 - New England Blade - Protesting the War & Focus on the Family
"We as a community cannot afford to be silent on this war. We certainly weren't silent during the Vietnam War. Our movement's history with the Gay Liberation Front and the Stonewall Riots sprang out of counter cultural opposition to that war."