- John Aravosis
name = John Aravosis
birth_date = Birth date and age|1963|11|27
birth_place = America
lawyer, activist, blogger
website = [http://www.americablog.com/ www.AmericaBlog.com/]
John Aravosis (born
27 November 1963) is an American Democratic political consultant, writer, LGBTactivist and blogger. Aravosis, an attorneywho lives in Washington, D.C., is the founder of AMERICAblog and a co-founder of StopDrLaura.com.
Aravosis is a lawyer and worked on
Capitol Hillas a foreign policy adviser for Ted Stevens, a Republican senator in the late 1980s and early 1990s before becoming a Democrat. He subsequently worked at the World Bank, the Children's Defense Fund, and then started his own political Internet consulting business in 1997 and AMERICAblog in 2004. He has also written as a stringer for " The Economist" and "Radar". He has a joint law degreeand masters in foreign service from Georgetown, where he studied under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
In 1998, Aravosis defended U.S. sailor
Timothy R. McVeighwho was being kicked out of the military because he was gay after he was outed by America Online. Nine days before McVeigh was to be discharged, Aravosis came to his defense and launched an online campaign that got McVeigh and his case on ABC News' " World News Tonight", "Time", " Newsweek" and beyond. [ [http://www.wiredstrategies.com/mcveigh.htm Wired Strategies - Master Chief Timothy R. McVeigh ] ] The publicity Aravosis generated for McVeigh in this pro bonocampaign got a lawyer interested in helping the sailor, and he won his case against the military and was able to get an honorable discharge and reportedly large settlement with AOL. [ [http://www.lambda.org/McVeigh.htm McVeigh ] ]
In 2000, Aravosis and a small group of friends launched StopDrLaura.com, the first-ever successful boycott of a TV show. [ [http://www.stopdrlaura.com/ StopDrLaura.com ] ] who StopDrLaura, a one-year long pro bono campaign, got 170 of Dr.
Laura Schlessinger's television advertisers to pull their endorsements after Dr. Laura called gays and lesbians "biological errors", compared gay men to pedophiles, [ [http://www.planetout.com/pno/news/article.html?2000/10/11/1 News & Politics ] ] and routinely denigrated women and the right to choose to have an abortion. [ [http://www.alternet.org/story/9427/ AlterNet: Stopping Dr. Laura ] ] [ [http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=c4d66400-03fa-49ed-9b22-723a6246b6df E! News - GLAAD Not Happy with Dr. Laura ] ] [Adubato, Steve PhD ( 2000-03-16). " [http://www.caucusnj.org/adubato/2000/00-0316.asp Dr. Laura is Dangerous ] ". Caucusnj.org. Retrieved on 2007-12-10.] [Schlessinger, Laura ( 1999-04-19). " [http://www.jewishworldreview.com/dr/laura041999.asp Legal abortion not the salvation that feminists claim] ", "Jewish World Review". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.]
Aravosis launched a campaign against vice presidential daughter
Mary Cheneyin 2004 for accepting a US$100,000 a year job running the vice president's re-election campaign while the campaign was making a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, one of its priorities.Fact|date=December 2007 [cite news |url = http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=885 |title = Hailing Mary: Vice President Cheney's lesbian daughter becomes target in gay marriage debate |publisher = Metro Weekly |author = Sean Bugg |date = 26 February 2004|accessdate = 2008-03-16 ] Aravosis' website, dearmary.com, was immediately profiled in Newsweek and the Washington Post, and his image of Mary on a milk carton "Have you seen me?" was reproduced widely. [Wolfe, Elizabeth ( 2004-02-19). " [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56553-2004Feb19.html Mary Cheney's View on Gay Marriage Sought ] ". " Washington Post". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.]
The next year, Aravosis outed
Jeff Gannonas "a conservative operative and as an alleged male prostitute" while Gannon (real name James Guckert) was working as a White Housereporter for the Talon News. [Mary Ann Akers, " Roll Call", April 5, 2005.] He became engaged in a fight with a socially conservative seniors group USA Nextover copyright violations in a highly controversial web advertisement that appeared to link gay marriageand anti-military stances to opposition Republican plans to change Social Security.Fact|date=December 2007 USA Next failed to secure copyright for the picture it used in the web ad.Fact|date=September 2008
That same year, he took on
Microsoftand Bill Gatesfor their embrace of anti-gay bigotry. In response to complaints from the religious groups, Microsoft pulled its support for a Washingtonstate gay rights bill and then said it was rethinking its support for civil rights nationwide. [Kaushik, Sandeep (April 2005). " [http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=21105 Microsoft Caves on Gay Rights] ". "The Stranger". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.] Aravosis launched a campaign to highlight Microsoft's change of heart, and after a month of nationwide bad publicity, Microsoft recommitted itself to the civil rights battle.Fact|date=December 2007
Also in 2005, Aravosis took on the
Ford Motor Companywhen, in response to a boycott from a conservative organization, Ford was pulling its support for gay advertising and gay organizations. [cite news |url = http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=1875 |title = Roll Over: Ford puts itself at the center of the latest battle over gays and corporate America |publisher = Metro Weekly |author = Sean Bugg |date = 8 December 2005|accessdate = 2008-03-16 ] Ford maintained that it was re-structuring its advertising for business reasons unrelated to any social agenda, and, indeed, Ford continued to buy advertising space in gay media for its Volvo division. [CNN ( 2005-12-06). " [http://money.cnn.com/2005/12/06/news/fortune500/ford_ads/index.htm Ford can't please anybody] ". "CNNMoney.com". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.] Aravosis launched a campaign on his blog to get Ford to recommit itself to the gay market, even though Volvo pulled advertisements, Ford never left the gay market. [ [http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/12/14/173516/65 Daily Kos: Ford makes the right decision ] ]
Aravosis also started hosting his own
Internet televisionshow, DemsTV. As of February 2006, DemsTV became PoliticsTV, restructured its programming, and added many specials. [Gupta, Shankar ( 2006-03-07). " [http://publications.mediapost.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=40643 Left-Wing PoliticsTV.com Debuts Online] ". "Online Media Daily". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.]
* [http://www.americablog.com AMERICAblog]
* [http://www.politicstv.com Politics TV]
* [http://www.stopdrlaura.com StopDrLaura.com]
* [http://democrats.com/aravosis-law Democrats.com] (On Aravosis's advocacy)
* [http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/2/3/32920/55229 DailyKos.com] (Markos on Aravosis's blogging)
* [http://flickfilosopher.com/geekphilosophy/2006/02/geek_of_the_wee_1.html Geek Philosophy] (Aravosis named "Geek of the Week")
* [http://www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/050509roco02 Vanity Fair] on Aravosis's role in Jeff Gannon story
* [http://www.moxiegrrrl.com/2005/04/john-aravosis-claws-jjgg.html MoxieGrrrl] on Aravosis
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