Jerame and I went on a spree a while back of scanning all of our photos and adding them to our digital collection. This resulted in a few duplicates since there were so many of them and in iPhoto you can tag people like Facebook. It's a great way to organize them, but it requires quite a bit of work.
Last night as I was tagging photos, I ran across this one from 1999. (Clickety to embiggen) I'd been fired from my job as a convenience store manager after I spoke up at a company meeting and asked the executives to add sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy. The next day the head of human resources, a self-described evangelical, showed up at my store and terminated my employment for "talking about sex at a company meeting;" two other gay employees were also fired at the same time. The local Pride At Work chapter came to our rescue and staged a couple of protests outside of the store.
Even though Indiana doesn't have any LGBT employment protections, the company eventually settled with us after we launched the first online grassroots gay rights campaign. We called for a boycott of the company and set up a form to allow people to email the corporate headquarters. After getting covered in several LGBT news outlets, enough people came to bilerico.com and sent e-mails that we overwhelmed their server for three days straight. I used my portion of the settlement to buy an iMac and start figuring out how to use the new technology to improve the offline lives of LGBT people. And so a new chapter in my life was started...
In this photo, a protestor standing next to Jerame and I holds a "Vote Yes on ENDA" sign. ENDA has been introduced every year since 1994 and is going nowhere fast. It's fucked up that 12 years later, the same thing could happen to any Indiana employee and that same guy could bring that same sign to protest inequality.