Joe Mirabella

Meet Will Phillips, new spokesman for Get Equal

Filed By Joe Mirabella | March 16, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: bisexual, gay marriage, gay rights, Get Equal, GLAAD media awards, lesbian, transgender, Will Fillips

Will Philips won a GLAAD Media award for taking a stand by sitting down. He refused to say the pledge of allegiance at his school, until all Americans are treated equally under the law. He was featured in this award winning CNN segment, "Why Will Won't Pledge Allegiance"

Watch Will's Acceptance speech.

Will is not done with speaking truth to power. He is the new spokesperson for my friends Bilerico contributor Kip Williams and Robin McGehee's recently launched organization Get Equal. I'm expecting big things from this new org. The last time Kip and Robin teamed up, they brought us the National Equality March against all odds and with the tightest budget for an event like that in history.

He is the new spokesperson for my friends Bilerico contributor Kip Williams and Robin McGehee's recently launched organization Get Equal. I'm expecting big things from this new org. The last time Kip and Robin teamed up, they brought us the National Equality March against all odds and with the tightest budget for an event like that in history.

Kip and Robin are more comfortable thinking out of the box than repeating the status quo. It was not a surprise to me when I learned that Young Will is going to be the spokesperson. This choice exemplifies Williams's and McGehee's strategic risk taking.

Will is articulate, wise beyond his years, fearless, and the media loves him. He is impossible to ignore and perhaps the best spokesperson our movement has had in a generation.

Here he is challenging the President to do more to achieve equality for all Americans via GetEqual.org .

Will clearly has a mind of his own and is ready to use it. His courage is inspiring, and his reminder that sometimes we need to get in a little bit of trouble is a valuable lesson.

I'm looking forward to hearing more from Will and GetEquual


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Anthony in Nashville | March 16, 2010 9:51 AM

I'm not fond of this move. Phillips is very eloquent for his age, but how seriously are people going to take a gay organization with a straight child as its spokesperson? To me that means they couldn't find any gay adults who could do better.

Will is a good example of the changing cultural conversation in America. His stand is very powerful. We need to find and highlight more acts of courage like this.

But, Will has nothing to do with this new non-profit. It's another Join-the-Impact, Equality-Across-America, "let's organize and protest" non-starter. We don't need any more non-profit non-sense, we need a strategy to win.

Kip and Robin are very enthusiastic, but there's nothing compelling here except the logo - it's cool.

Sorry to say, but I share the misgivings of those who have posted thus far. While the boys' remarks are endearing and affirming to me, I worry that the opposition will snipe that our movement has hijacked and manipulated a child. Or worse: "You see? We told you those damn gays are trying to recruit your children! Doesn't that piss you off?!" And really; don't we kinda hate it, when rednecks and homophobes press their own children into the fray?

We'll judge this organization by its actions, and while this first video is kind of silly (does footage of Will playing with his airplane really push Obama forward on ENDA?), we'll see what they cook up.

I hope they also get some sort of agenda together, too.

They promised to have their Agenda by the end of this week. I'll forward it to you.