Longtime Controversial Activist Launches Website

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After a brief hiatus, the Southern California activist who overturned Disneyland's ban on same-sex dancing has launched a new web site that features his controversial "Crusader's Corner" column. The site focuses on people and events that have and will impact social change on many fronts.

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I decided to focus on my proofreading business and dropped my activism web site and most of my writing. I just recently discovered what was missing from my life these past few years: my writing and my activism!

A longtime civil rights activist has launched a new web site (Crusader's Corner) that will include his longstanding controversial column of the same name. The site focuses on people and events that have and will shape the world, often with a humorous bent. The publisher of the defunct gay-oriented Lifestyle magazine once described the column as "Funny! Irreverent! Controversial!"

Crusader is the 46-year-old activist formerly known as Andrew Exler who successfully sued Disneyland after being ejected from the amusement park while dancing in Tomorrowland with a male friend in 1980. He legally changed his name to Crusader in 1995. A number of his successful protests and civil rights lawsuits are featured on the web site, dating back to the 1970s when Crusader was only 11.

"Crusader's Corner" was first published in the 1990s in The Bottom Line, a gay-oriented magazine in Palm Springs. At that time, several advertisers threatened to pull their advertising if the publication didn't remove the column. Then-publisher and editor Jim Suguitan stood behind the column and did not give in to the threats, according to
Crusader.

His new site includes a very funny 2004 parody poking fun at a so-called celebrity interviewer that nearly got Crusader sued. It was originally published on metroG.com; however, that gay webzine yanked it after the person parodied threatened legal action against both metroG and Crusader.

"That parody incident lead to my hiatus as a visible activist and writer," said Crusader. "I decided to focus on my proofreading business and dropped my activism web site and most of my writing. I just recently discovered what was missing from my life these past few years: my writing and my activism!"

Although fighting for a cause is serious business for Crusader, his writings are often filled with humorous quips about celebrities, sex, politics, religion, consumer rights issues, and even weird happenings.

Under the name Andrew Exler, Crusader has penned articles for the national gay magazine The Advocate and several gay-related magazines in California.

Inquiring minds who just can't wait to learn about the two issues Crusader protested in elementary school can visit the site at: http://crusading4u.googlepages.com

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(760) 409-8139
http://crusading4u.googlepages.com

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