Ask The Lesbian

Do you have questions for her about the LGBTQ community? Ask Marci Alt, the lesbian mom who invited Dan Cathy, the Chick-fil-A president, to dinner with her family.

Well, this is my first attempt at writing a blog. I have wanted for years to do this & after recieving Ralph's message I was intrigued and ready to give it a chance. 

A little history on me. I have owned the Gay Community Yellow Pages in Atlanta for over 20 years and I also am one of the owners in Carma Productions Inc. We produce Gayborhoodapp the nation's most comprehensive resource directory for the LGBTQ community. I am married to a wonderful woman & have 2 beautiful children.

Last week I had the honor of helping with a rally at Chik-fil-A and sent out an invitation to Dan Cathy to have dinner with my famly and me so he can see we are a normal family and that we would like him to stop putting funds into groups that try to quell my rights.

To date he has not responded. I'm not surprised. What I am surprised about is that over 25,000 people have signed the petition that is live on change.org inviting him to have dinner.

The purpose of this blog is to inform our community and answer any questions one may have about the LGBTQ community.

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Marc Acampora August 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
What's the "Q" stand for? Seems like the list gets longer every time I look...
cindy carter August 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Is there someone in corporate you could contact??
Decaturette August 08, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Very gracious of you to invite Dan Cathy to have dinner with your family. Sometimes changes in hearts and minds starts with human beings getting to know one another.......
Ralph Ellis August 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Have a question about gay issues? Marci Alt will give an answer.
Marci Alt August 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Marc from what I know it stands for queer, although some people say it's questioning. I personally just miss that we used to be called GAY all the rest is very hard to keep up with.
Marci Alt August 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
where corporate if you mean Dan Cathy's camp we have contacted both him & his PR team...
Marci Alt August 08, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Thanks for your support. I will be a very hospitable hostess, and I make a mean Matzoh ball soup...
Clicker August 08, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Seriously. Just rename it LGBT+A-Z and call it a day.
Scott Tewell August 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Marci, I guess I have a question and a comment. Does it bother you that so much attention and focus is paid to this one part of you - your sexuality? In other words, if the goal is to be treated as equal, and I mean culturally as well as legally, does drawing attention to labels such as LGBTQIQ inhibit this goal? I understand it is far easier for me to take my sexuality (hetero) for granted since it is the norm, not to mention the fact that sexuality, even what is considered "normal" let alone what is deviant or immoral to some, is repressed to an unhealthy extent in our culture. To me, the root of this issue is much the same as in many conflicts we see and hear about - the extremism of people personally identifying with a label or group. And it's not just one, mind you, but many simultaneously. I'm Male. I'm Hetero. You're a Parent. She's Christian. He's Socialist. She's Black. And the whopper of them all - We're American (or They're Mexican). How many lives have been damged, laid down, or taken away, under some pledge of allegiance for one of these groups or against their opponents? When you identify your "self" with a label, you create a barrier between you and others. Each of us is human - that, Yes. Maybe it's like Gandhi said - Be the change you want to see in the world. A simple idea, but it takes great awareness to do it.
Alan Thornton August 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM
from facebook post: Local family invites Chic-fil-a owner to dine at their home. No response from Mr. Cathy so far. I admire their willingness to be gracious hosts a person who spends money to curtail their civil rights. Having a meal with an avowed enemy puts a faces on an otherwise faceless issue.
Georgina August 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I know a gay male of wealthy Muslim parents, living in Atlanta, who is insane with fear of being discovered, let alone marrying his partner. Seems gay community just concerned with trendy news stories, not really helping gay rights. Christians just an easy target -- a future under Islam is something world population growth literally proves. Death penalty for gays is that reality, not chicken bites. What r you doing about that!?
Marci Alt August 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Scott, thanks for your comment I agree with you about labels however they are apart of everyday society. Hopefully one day they will cease and all people are Looked at who they are as a person.
Marci Alt August 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Georgina, I am unfortunately not qualified to get into that political arena. I can only hope one day every human being can feel free and safe with whom they are, whom they love and be thankful for being alive. We are all gods children!!!
Atl Resident August 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I respect and love my gay friends and if anyone should discriminate or persecute them; they should be dealt with accordingly. I believe in equal rights, benefits etc. I am a republican and I am pro-choice, I say who are we to deny anyone's love... I think by making an issue of what a company's owner believes is silly and beneath the gay community, you are better than that... I do not like the personal beliefs of Ben & Jerry, but I still buy their ice cream. If that bible pusher of Chic-a-filet fires someone for being gay then you should go after him. The community should lift their head up high be proud and laugh at his views... I do the same for Ben and Jerry!
Timmy Karmasyde, Inc. August 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I hope you weren't attempting to shut down the conversation by implying that nobody is fighting for queer liberation where the news cameras don't go. That's a standard red herring. Contrary to popular belief, the gay community is not a monolithic demographic. The same applies to Nigerians, computer nerds, liberals, etc. The mainstream gl(bt) lobby focuses too many resources on marriage and assimilation. Meanwhile, issues of discrimination still affect those who are not Caucasian, male, middle-class, or cisgender. There are so many young, gay people in your town and mine, who have a parent inducing mental anguish, physical pain, or homelessness. I agree, that is more important than sammitches and marriage.
Timmy Karmasyde, Inc. August 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I am opposed to government by ANY religious extremism or theocracy, not just Islam. I can't think of any Muslim nation that allows public homosexuality, but I can name several predominantly Christian nations where gay rights activists are attacked or murdered, and the police don't investigate at all. I can also name several "Christian" politicians and evangelists who visited East Africa to participate in anti-gay conferences and to draft anti-gay legislation. Some of them represented organizations funded by Chick-fil-A. Death penalty for gays is a reality, and it's partially funded by chicken bites. That. is. the. point!


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