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Ryan Davis is the Executive Director of Social Innovation at Blue State Digital. He speaks regularly on social media and politics at venues from Yale and Harvard to Social Media Weeks in NYC and DC. He tweets regularly at @RyanNewYork and blogs on Tumblr. He's a proud veteran of Howard Dean's 2004 webteam.

Entries by Ryan J. Davis

#DumpStoli Is Bullshit

(29) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 4:06 PM

It goes without saying that a boycott of Russian vodka (specifically Stoli) won't do anything to stop Russia's crackdown on LGBT people. If anything, launching an attack on a company like Stoli with a pro-LGBT reputation and public stance is detrimental to one of the good guys.

Russia is playing...

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Globally Gay: Americans Should Use Their Privileges to Push Harder for International Gay Rights

(13) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 1:56 PM

As part of Milan's recent Social Media Week, I gave a speech on the strategies and tactics we used at The Four 2012 to support marriage equality wins in four states last November, and explained the state of our country's fight for gay rights to the international audience.

I told...

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An Unbalanced Budget: Does NY State's Proposed Budget Show How Governor Andrew Cuomo Really Feels About the Gay Community?

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:14 PM

"Are we going to have to fight him every time?" a prominent gay blogger pinged me in late January in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo's latest budget proposal. It's not generating much reaction. The New York Times even shrugged it off, calling it "low-buzz," although "extra-lean." It's Cuomo's...

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Three Takeaways From Creating Change 2013

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Last month I was lucky enough to attend Creating Change 2013, the largest gathering of LGBT activists in the country, produced yearly by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. At the New Media Training Institute I gave a presentation, curated by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD),...

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Why I'm For Corey Johnson

(4) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 4:06 PM

I've known Corey Johnson for nearly 10 years; we met as young staffers on Howard Dean's 2004 Presidential Campaign. Corey and I were those young progressive idealists that you can really only be in your extremely early twenties. The kind willing to work sixteen hours a day for ten months...

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Four Lessons From the Four State Marriage Equality Victories

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 4:31 PM

On Tuesday, LGBT activists reversed a 32 election losing streak to win all four states equality on their ballots: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

As co-founder and digital director of The Four 2012, a social media campaign focused exclusively on activating young voters in those states,...

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Maryland Has a Chance to Stand on the Right Side of History

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 6:47 PM

Tomorrow, Election Day, Marylanders have an opportunity to make history by voting for Question 6 and passing marriage equality by popular vote for the first time in our nation's history. Supporters of marriage equality have lost 32 ballot initiatives in a row, but 2012 is the year we capture the...

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Social Media Lessons From a Revolution

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 2:13 PM

Revolution 2.0, former Google Marketer Wael Ghonim's brisk, first person account of the Egyptian Revolution offers real lessons that online community managers of any brand or organization should learn. Ghonim was the administrator and creative director of the 'Kullena Khaled Said' Facebook Page, easily the largest opposition social media page...

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Gay Youth Homeless Shelter Vandalized

(28) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 12:04 AM

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On Wednesday night, a gay youth homeless shelter was vandalized with anti-gay graffiti that read; "We don't want gay people here."

The shelter, located in Queens, is operated by New York City's Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization serving homeless...

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Episode #12 of Two Beers In, NYC's Political Podcast

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2010 | 11:37 PM

Greg Palmer and I's new episode of our weekly podcast Two Beers In went up tonight. It's a really good episode. Listen below, more details from CitizeNYC:



On this week's Two Beers In, we...

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Episode #10 of Two Beers In, NYC's Political Podcast

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 10:03 PM

On this week's episode of CitizeNYC's Two Beers In, hosts Greg Palmer and Ryan J. Davis talk about renaming the Freedom Tower to One World Trade, New York's most popular politician, and David Paterson's improbable campaign. Plus, gay activist groups that sound like gay bars.

Listen online right...

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Best Theatre of 2009

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2010 | 2:08 PM

In 2000, my first year living in New York City, I attended over 200 different theater productions. This year, I clocked in barely a hundred. Below are my top five in no particular order.

  • In The Next Room or the vibrator play: A beautiful production (directed by Les Walters)...
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    Gore Vidal Has Lost His Mind

    (25) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 12:13 PM

    Last week when Gore Vidal said a bunch of stupid things about Barack Obama, I left him alone. He's old and prone to saying anything that will get his name in print. Remember, he was completely inconsistent during the primaries, flip-flopping between Obama and Clinton. He said things that many...

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    New York For Gillibrand

    (3) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 6:36 PM

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) filled up a large room with gay activists at New York's LGBT Community Center yesterday for a 45-minute town hall meeting that touched on many issues important to the community. Questions ranged from gay persecution in Iraq to repealing "Don't ask, don't tell." Although she has...

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    No Public Option Is Still Much-Needed Reform

    (38) Comments | Posted August 22, 2009 | 11:35 PM

    There is a lot of anger from the left about what's being seen as Obama capitulating to the Republicans on health insurance reform. During the campaign Obama favored a public option. Now, the public option appears in danger and many liberals don't think "real" reform is possible without it.

    In...

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    The Disgraceful Mr. Dobbs

    (11) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 4:12 PM

    Pressure is building for CNN to do something about their resident conspiracy-theorist-in-chief Lou Dobbs. His nightly "reporting" on Obama's birth certificate drew fire today from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which called on CNN to take Dobbs off the air for "fanning the flames of racism." None of this should...

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    Off Broadway Shows To See

    (1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 3:33 PM

    The New York City stage is packed this summer and the three Off-Broadway productions I'm recommending, Ruined, The Temperamentals, and Jeffery & Cole: Make It Bigger, all represent the wonderful diversity of offerings currently available to theatergoers.

    Ruined, which won the Pulitzer Prize this year, is the story...

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    Gay Democrats Targeted for Supporting Bloomberg

    (0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 2:59 AM

    An e-mail circulating among NYC gay politicos of a poorly photoshopped wanted poster, attacks the many gay New Yorkers who recently endorsed the reelection of Mayor...

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    Stunning -- Though Not Shocking -- Setbacks

    (16) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 3:02 PM

    Yesterday's decision by the California Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8's ban on gay marriage is a sad, though expected, decision.

    Now gay Californians have no way legally to protect themselves; they have zero legal recognition. All these couples have are California state domestic partnerships, which provide every single legal...

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    The GOP and Gay Marriage: Let's Get it Straight

    (5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 3:59 PM

    Maine leaped to the right side of history today with the passage of a gay-marriage bill through legislative channels. I'm impressed with the momentum of the LGBT movement post-Iowa, and it looks likely that advocates will reach their goal of marriage equality throughout New England by 2012.

    What's overblown is...

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