April 21st, 2005

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From Salon.com "The Gay/Hipster Index" Discuss.

The gay/hipster index
Richard Florida argues that unless America turns its cities into gay-friendly, hip creativity hubs like San Francisco, the best and brightest will opt for foreign climes.
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By Christopher Dreher

April 21, 2005 "The United States of America is on the verge of losing its competitive advantage," economist Richard Florida wrote last fall in a Harvard Business Review article based on his new book, "The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent." "It is facing perhaps its greatest economic challenge since the dawn of the industrial revolution." Even more provocatively, he later declared that "Terrorism is less a threat to the U.S. than the possibility that creative and talented people will stop wanting to live within its borders."

This might sound like the sort of breathless hyperbole regularly used to prop up glaring deficiencies in otherwise flimsy policy papers. Yet there's more than a little menace to Florida's proclamations when you consider that the professor of public policy at George Mason University published "The Rise of the Creative Class" only three years earlier. In that book, he described with earnest, unabashed exuberance the prominence of the very same class in what he calls the new "Creative Age."

In fact, the ideas in Florida's 2002 book have come into vogue and gained a certain amount of status over the past few years, with dog-eared paperbacks of "Rise of the Creative Class" landing on the desks of a disparate (and sometimes desperate) range of professionals: urban planners, community redevelopers, economists, gay activists, financers, curators, developers, musicians and so on. And don't forget the local and regional politicians, especially if said politician lords over a small- or medium-size inland city that makes up one of the postindustrial rustlands spread all too generously between the two coasts.Read more...Collapse )
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(x-posted from my journal)

Microsoft Corporation pulled its support for a gay rights bill in Washington state last month after complaints from a single radical right anti-gay leader, according to an article just published in the Seattle paper, The Stranger (the article is on the news stands already, online Thursday).

A summary of the bill in question is here: http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2005-06/Htm/Bill%20Reports/House/1515.HBR.htm

Washington folks, it may well be a good time to voice your support of this bill to your lawmakers. Folks who visit Washington as tourists, etc, you too!

While this is currently in rumor-only format, it seems very likely. Please read the whole article, and please note the people to contact below:

Microsoft's director of Government Relations, Jack Krumholtz,
at tel. 202-263-5900

Jim Desler,
Microsoft US

Dirk Delmartino,
Microsoft Europe
+32 (0)2 550 06 21

The firm handling public policy for Microsoft in DC:
The Glover Park Group
Washington, DC

The firm handling Microsoft's "rapid response" to questions:
Waggener Edstrom Rapid Response Team

Media Relations for Microsoft
Global Communications & Television
(212) 339-9920

Microsoft Investor Relations
Curt Anderson
(425) 706-3703