Konrad Juengling

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Konrad Juengling
Born
Salem, Oregon, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
CitizenshipAmerican
Alma materPortland State University
OccupationGay rights activist

Konrad Juengling is a German-American political activist, gay rights activist, and writer.

Biography[change | change source]

Konrad Juengling was born in Salem, Oregon. He was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1] The Juengling family has been characterized as being very involved in the arts.[2]

Juengling attended North Salem High School. While a student he wrote for the student newspaper The Clarion. After starting at Portland State University, Juengling began writing for their newspaper, the Vanguard. His first article was titled Ender of the Line.[3] Juengling graduated from Portland State with a bachelor's degree in psychology.[4] He previously worked as a mental health associate[4] before attending Boise State University for grad school, where he earned a Master's in Social Work.

Activism[change | change source]

Non-political activism[change | change source]

Juengling has advocated for increased literacy in the overall population, and started a queer men's book club in Portland in 2013 through the Cascade AIDS Project.[5] Also in 2013, Juengling advocated against people watching the movie Ender's Game, citing Orson Scott Card's views on homosexuality and encouraging people to practice queer ethical consumerism.[6] The op-eds he wrote and overall stance "helped to raise GeeksOUT’s profile after their ‘Skip Ender’s Game’ campaign."[2] Juengling then joined the GeeksOUT team, writing posts about queer-related media for their site.

Citing queer ethical consumerism again, Juengling has taken the position that people should not donate to the Salvation Army based on their policies relating to homosexual people.[7]

Politics[change | change source]

Indiana State House representatives[change | change source]

In March 2015, Indiana passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.[8] In response, Juengling purchased the domain names of six Republican Indiana State House representatives.[9] He linked them to the Human Rights Campaign's Youth Statistics page.[9] He stated the information on the site would educate the lawmakers about a population that "is already disadvantaged and have less accesses to family, community supports, and healthcare."[9] The domain names he purchased were for representatives Dale Devon, Don Lehe, Donna Schaibley, Douglas Gutwein, Kathy Kreag Richardson, and Martin Carbaugh.[10]

In reference to purchasing the domain names, writer Brian Anderson called Juengling an extortionist.[11] He said he "is holding [the domains] hostage until they bow to his will."[11] Criticism has also come from the LGBT community including PinkNews, In an article by Nick Duffy he stated "We could not possibly condone such a petty move."[12]

The Huffington Post awarded Juengling with their Unicorn of the Week award for his efforts in combating Indiana's RFRA bill and "doing something positive for the LGBTQ community" and his "tech-savvy queer activism."[13]

2016 presidential election[change | change source]

Juengling supports Hilary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the United States 2016 presidential election.[14] He has made comments why he is against the campaigns of Ted Cruz.[14]

In December 2015, Juengling published Jeb's ABCs, a satirical children's book on presidential contender Jeb Bush.[15]

Personal life[change | change source]

Juengling is married to Robert Juengling. The two married at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon in August 2016. Robert's father Stephen Peterson is an aerospace engineer for Honeywell International, Inc.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Drake, Aaron (February 18, 2015). "Is This the First Time Grindr Led to Nuptials?". The Advocate. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Konrad and Robert engagement". Gay PV. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  3. "Recent Headlines for Konrad Juengling". PSU Vanguard. Portland State University. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Newsman, Mormon (February 19, 2015). "Mormon News Report, 19-February-2015". The Cultural Hall Podcast. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  5. "News from across the pond". GScene. February 2, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  6. Stevens, Greg (October 18, 2013). "Don't boycott 'Ender's Game'; donate to the Trevor Project instead". Greg Stevens. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  7. Juengling, Konrad (December 18, 2013). "GUEST OPINION: WHY SKIPPING THE RED BUCKETS IS A GOOD THING". PQ Monthly. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  8. Kristine Guerra; Tim Evans (April 2, 2015). "How Indiana's RFRA differs from federal version". INDYStar. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Terkel, Amanda (April 21, 2015). "Gay Rights Activist Scoops Up Domain Names Of Indiana Lawmakers Who Voted For 'Religious Freedom' Bill". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  10. Alberts, Thomas (April 21, 2015). "Activist Buys Domain Names Of Anti-Gay Indiana Lawmakers, Offers To Hand Them Over, If..." The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Anderson, Brian (April 21, 2015). "Gay Activist Extorts Indiana Lawmakers Who Voted For Religious Freedom Law". Downtrend. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  12. Duffy, Nick (April 21, 2015). "Activist buys up website domains of Republicans who voted for Indiana's anti-gay law". Pink News. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  13. "Our #UnicornOfTheWeek Is Konrad Jeungling". Huffington Post Live. April 23, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Alberts, Thomas (May 26, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: A Very Gay Amazon Gift Registry Created For The Very Anti-Gay Ted Cruz". The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  15. Jeb's ABCs: Konrad Juengling, Chayadi Chin: 9781519404565: Amazon.com: Books