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Catalyst Radio: Until Love Is Equal seeks LGBT non-discrimination rights

Until Love Is Equal formed over efforts to secure non-descrimination right for the area's LGBT community. Organizers say they feel free speech has been hampered, though, after a national media corporation rejected the group's billboard message.
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Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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Billboard design rejected for being 'negative'

Billboard design rejected for being 'negative' /Until Love Is Equal

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On today’s Catalyst Radio, we talk with representatives from the local grassroots organization Until Love Is Equal, working on anti-discrimination efforts for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community.

ULIE representatives Michael Tuffelmire and Erin Wilson discuss, in part, what they see as a recent challenge to the organization’s freedom of speech when a national media company rejected the group’s message and design for billboard space locally.  The message was to simply say "...with liberty and justice for ____." and include the group's website address and logo, according to organizers. But the billboard company reportedly said the message was too negative, and declined to do business with the group based on the message they submitted.

Hear about the months-long process that ultimately resulted in abandonding the effort to "speak" through the medium of a local bilboard.



Music featured this week is from West Michigan’s Big House Blues Band, with the classic “People Get Ready,” which appears on the 2006 release called We Knew Them When…

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