John Aravosis

John Aravosis

infobox celebrity
name = John Aravosis
birth_date = Birth date and age|1963|11|27
birth_place = America
occupation = lawyer, activist, blogger
website = []

John Aravosis (born 27 November 1963) is an American Democratic political consultant, writer, LGBT activist and blogger. Aravosis, an attorney who lives in Washington, D.C., is the founder of AMERICAblog and a co-founder of

Aravosis is a lawyer and worked on Capitol Hill as 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 degree and 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. McVeigh who 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. [ [ Wired Strategies - Master Chief Timothy R. McVeigh ] ] The publicity Aravosis generated for McVeigh in this pro bono campaign 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. [ [ McVeigh ] ]

In 2000, Aravosis and a small group of friends launched, the first-ever successful boycott of a TV show. [ [ ] ] 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, [ [ News & Politics ] ] and routinely denigrated women and the right to choose to have an abortion. [ [ AlterNet: Stopping Dr. Laura ] ] [ [ E! News - GLAAD Not Happy with Dr. Laura ] ] [Adubato, Steve PhD (2000-03-16). " [ Dr. Laura is Dangerous ] ". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.] [Schlessinger, Laura (1999-04-19). " [ 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 Cheney in 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 = |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,, 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). " [ Mary Cheney's View on Gay Marriage Sought ] ". "Washington Post". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.]

The next year, Aravosis outed Jeff Gannon as "a conservative operative and as an alleged male prostitute" while Gannon (real name James Guckert) was working as a White House reporter 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 Next over copyright violations in a highly controversial web advertisement that appeared to link gay marriage and 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 Microsoft and Bill Gates for their embrace of anti-gay bigotry. In response to complaints from the religious groups, Microsoft pulled its support for a Washington state gay rights bill and then said it was rethinking its support for civil rights nationwide. [Kaushik, Sandeep (April 2005). " [ 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 Company when, in response to a boycott from a conservative organization, Ford was pulling its support for gay advertising and gay organizations. [cite news |url = |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). " [ Ford can't please anybody] ". "". 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. [ [ Daily Kos: Ford makes the right decision ] ]

Aravosis also started hosting his own Internet television show, DemsTV. As of February 2006, DemsTV became PoliticsTV, restructured its programming, and added many specials. [Gupta, Shankar (2006-03-07). " [ Left-Wing Debuts Online] ". "Online Media Daily". Retrieved on 2007-12-10.]


External links

* [ AMERICAblog]
* [ Politics TV]
* []
* [] (On Aravosis's advocacy)
* [] (Markos on Aravosis's blogging)
* [ Geek Philosophy] (Aravosis named "Geek of the Week")
* [ Vanity Fair] on Aravosis's role in Jeff Gannon story
* [ MoxieGrrrl] on Aravosis

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Americablog — is a liberal American blog founded by John Aravosis in April, 2004, with several co bloggers. The blog helped expose Jeff Gannon in 2005, and in 2006 helped make cell phone privacy an issue by obtaining Gen. Wesley Clark s call records. The blog… …   Wikipedia

  • Список лесбиянок, геев и бисексуалов: А — Список лесбиянок, геев и бисексуалов А | Б | В | Г | Д | Е | Ё | Ж | З | И | Й | К | Л | М | Н | О | П | Р | С | Т | У | Ф | Х | Ц | Ч | Ш | Щ | Э | Ю | Я   Эта статья содержит указатель для списков известных[1] лесбиянок, геев и бисексуалов.… …   Википедия

  • Jeff Gannon — Infobox Person name = Jeff Gannon image size = 200px caption = birth name = birth date = Birth date and age|1957|12|1 birth place = death date = death place = death cause = resting place = resting place coordinates = residence = nationality =… …   Wikipedia

  • Netroots Nation — logo Netroots Nation is a political convention for American progressive political activists, originally organized by readers and writers of Daily Kos, a liberal political blog. It was previously called YearlyKos.[1] The 6th Annua …   Wikipedia

  • Washington Blade — Type LGBT weekly newspaper Format Tabloid Publisher Lynne Brown Editor Kevin Naff …   Wikipedia

  • Talon News — is an American website which became newsworthy in January 2005 because alleged irregularities in the background of its chief correspondent, known as Jeff Gannon, came to light. Gannon, born James Dale Guckert, resigned from Talon on 8 February… …   Wikipedia

  • Netroots — is a term coined in 2002 by Jerome Armstrong[1] to describe political activism organized through blogs and other online media, including wikis and social network services. The word is a portmanteau of Internet and grassroots, reflecting the… …   Wikipedia

  • Capital Athletic Foundation — The Capital Athletic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity organization founded in 2000. The organization s nominal purpose was to provide needy youths with athletic opportunities. The organization has been used by its founder, admitted felon Jack… …   Wikipedia

  • Tully Satre — (born Tully Meehan Satre on May 17, 1989 in Dover, DE) is an American gay rights activist and gay writer. In June 2005, Tully Satre founded Equality Fauquier Culpeper in the rural suburbs of Virginia. Equality Fauquier Culpeper was noted that… …   Wikipedia

  • Timothy R. McVeigh — This article is about the U.S. Navy sailor. For the terrorist, see Timothy McVeigh. Timothy R. McVeigh was a member of the United States Navy, best known as the first person to ever win a case against the U.S. military s Don t ask, don t tell… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”