Winds of Change By Wayne Besen There has been a paradigm shift in the movement following marriage defeats in California, Florida and Arizona. From seemingly out of nowhere, people who have sat on the sidelines are now making headlines at rallies across America. Up until just weeks ago, major GLBT groups instructed people to write a check and then essentially instructed donors to check their activism at the door. Sometimes, one was asked to take their commitment a step further by sending e-mail or attending a dinner. I think the recent protests mark the end of the Passive Era of gay politics. 2 | December 2008 | Q View Northwest - Spokane Edition |