Let Us Prey: This Week in “Christian” Crimes Against the Innocent

Let Us Prey: This Week in “Christian” Crimes Against the Innocent

This week in “Christian” Crime and hypocrisy.

*NC Youth Pastor Arrested On Felony Child Sex Charges: Macon County authorities say a former youth pastor and current school employee was arrested and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.

*Christian School Coach Arrested On Child Sex Charges: Aaron Benneweis, 46, has been charged by Saskatoon Police with sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor while in a position of trust or authority.

North Dakota Catholic Priest Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges: According to Jamestown Police, 48-year-old Father Neil Pfeifer was arrested in Rugby, North Dakota on Wednesday. Pfeifer has been under investigation since Jan. 13 when Jamestown Police were contacted by a person accusing Pfeifer of sexual assault at St. James Basilica in Jamestown while seeking therapy from him.

*Christian School Accuses Staff Of Embezzling Millions: A Utah-based Christian K-12 academy fired four top administrators for their alleged involvement in what is potentially a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme involving tuition funds.

*Wisconsin Pastor Gets 45 Days In Underage Prostitution Sting: On Wednesday, Washington County District Judge Siv Mjanger in Minnesota sentenced Jason James Taylor, formerly a pastor at Calvary Chapel Solid Rock in New Richmond, to serve 45 days in Washington County Jail for his conviction on a single felony count of prostitution involving a teen 16 to 17 years old.

*Church School Principal Indicted On Child Sex Charges: A principal at a parochial school in Genesee County is accused of sexually abusing a child when he was a teacher several years ago. A Grand Jury indictment unsealed Monday says Jason R. Clark “engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than eleven years old.”

But remember everybody.

Drag Queens are the REAL problem. -smh-

Douche(s) of the Week - Matt Gaetz and the GOP: The Poor Should Have To Work To Get Medicaid

Douche(s) of the Week – Matt Gaetz and the GOP: The Poor Should Have To Work To Get Medicaid

“Are there no prisons?” “And union workhouses?” – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Via Semafor:

Rep. Matt Gaetz is trying to convince his fellow Republicans to demand new work requirements for Medicaid as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. He tells Semafor that he’s now “socializing” the concept among colleagues, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Aside from being a sure nonstarter with Democrats, targeting Medicaid carries political risks. It’s a colossal program currently covering roughly 84 million Americans, many of them elderly and children in lower-income households. In Arkansas, where new work rules went into effect for almost a year before being blocked in federal court, about 18,000 people lost their coverage, including many who should have still been eligible but simply appeared to get tripped up by the new paperwork. Many enrollees didn’t even know about the new rules. A study in Health Affairs later found that, for those affected, “work requirements did not increase employment” after 18 months.

Gaetz, a trust fund baby who never worked or had a poor day in his life “claims” his proposed change would only apply to “able-bodied adults.”

Of the 120,000 traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare beneficiaries estimated to be HIV positive, nearly eight in 10 (79%) are under age 65 and qualify for Medicare because they are disabled and receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, which entitle them to Medicare after a two-year waiting .

Also this week House Republicans have been working out the details of their deeply unpopular plan to cut Social Security and Medicare in order to deepen poverty and shackle people to the labor force further into old age. The proposal to raise the retirement age for Social Security to 70, per The Washington Post, which means that workers and retirees would have to work an additional 3 to 4 years to receive full benefit. 

Black History Month - Remembering Marsha P. Johnson: The Original Drag Queen Transgender Activist (1945 - 1992)

Black History Month – Remembering Marsha P. Johnson: The Original Drag Queen Transgender Activist (1945 – 1992)

Marsha P. Johnson was an African-American self-identified gay male drag queen and trans activist  in New York City’s gay scene from the 1960s to the 1990s.

One of the city’s oldest and best known “drag queens”, (which is what Marsha proudly referred to herself as) Marsha sometimes worked as a waitress, but usually she worked the streets. He was known for helping other drag and transvestites and street kids and was regarded as one of NYC’s original drag mothers.

Marsha participated in clashes with the police amid the Stonewall Riots along with her friend Sylvia Rivera (After wrongly being credited it for stating it.)) and both became co-founders, of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) in the early 1970s.   Marsha and Sylvia became the mothers of  S.T.A.R House and together gathered food and clothing to help support the young queens. Sometimes legally.  Most times not.

STAR opened their first STAR House in a parked trailer truck in a Greenwich Village parking lot later that year. It functioned as a shelter and social space for drag/trans sex workers and other LGBT street youth. However, the pair arrived one day to find the trailer was being towed, with as many as 20 youth still sleeping inside. This experience made them decide to find a more permanent home for STAR House. “Marsha and I decided to get a building,” Rivera told Leslie Feinberg in 1998. “We were trying to get away from the Mafia’s control at the bars. We got a building at 213 Second Avenue.”

Marsha was one of a kind.  Once, appearing in a court the judge asked Marsha, “What does the ‘P’ stand for?”,  Johnson gave his customary response “Pay it No Mind.” and the  judge laughed and let him go.  This phrase became her trademark. In 1974 Marsha P. Johnson was photographed by famed artist Andy Warhol, as part of a “ladies and gentlemen” series of polaroid’s featuring drag queens.

Masha P. Johnson was as tough, crazy and as gritty as New York City itself.  But as kind and as loving as any mother could be to her “children”

In July of 1992 that came to an abrupt end when Marsha’s body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers shortly after the 1992 Pride March. Police ruled the death a suicide. Johnson friends and supporters said she was not suicidal, and a people’s postering campaign later declared that Johnson had earlier been harassed near the spot where her body was found.  Attempts to get the police to investigate the cause of death were unsuccessful but many today believe that Marsha was murdered.

Marsha P. Johnson was an original, an activist, and a martyr.

May he be at peace and never be forgotten.

Listen to Marsha P. Johnson Talk About the Stonewall Riots In Her Own Words – “We didn’t start the rebellion.” [RARE AUDIO]

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Change text alignment Displays more block tools Gay History - February 4: Maria Schneider Swings, Closeted GOP Congressman BUSTED, and Liberace Tinkles The Keys One Last Time

Gay History – February 4: Maria Schneider Swings, Closeted GOP Congressman BUSTED, & Liberace Tinkles The Keys One Last Time

1973: Twenty year old French actress and star of the The Last Tango in ParisMaria Schneider, admits to the New York Times that she is bisexual, stating “I’ve had quite a few lovers for my age. More men than women . . . women I love more for beauty than for sex.  Men I love for grace and intelligence.”

In early 1976, Schneider abandoned the film set of Caligula and checked herself into a mental hospital in Rome for several days to be with her lover, photographer Joan Townsend.] This, coupled with her refusal to perform nude, led to Schneider’s dismissal and she was replaced by Teresa Ann Savoy.

Maria Schneider died from cancer on February 3, 2011 at age 58.

1981: Jon Hinson (R-Mississippi) an extremely conservative congressman is arrested for performing an act of “oral sodomy” with a twenty-eight-year-old man in the rest room of a House of Representatives office building.  He was taken into custody along with a male employee of the Library of Congress.

He pleads no contest and is given a thirty-day suspended sentence.  He resigns two months later.

It also becomes known that Hinson also survived a 1977 fire that killed nine people at the Cinema Follies, a Washington theater that catered to a gay clientele. while he was an aide for then Republican Thad Cochran. He was rescued from under a pile of bodies — one of only four men who survived.

After his resignation he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality and became active in gay political issues. Hinson fought against the ban on homosexuals in the military and was a founder of the Fairfax Lesbian and Gay Citizens Association in Fairfax County, VA before his death from respiratory failure resulting from AIDS in July 1995

1987: Liberace dies at the age of 62 in Palm Springs from AIDS.  Just two weeks earlier his publicists had denied a Las Vegas Sun story which claimed he had the disease. He is buried in Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Cemetery.

What can I say about the old queen that has not already been said in Behind The Candelabra.

2004: The Massachusetts high court rules that only full, equal marriage rights for gay couples, not civil unions, would be constitutional. “The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal,” an advisory opinion from the four justices who ruled in favor of gay marriage stated. A bill creating only civil unions, not full marriage rights, would be “unconstitutional, inferior, and discriminatory status for same-sex couples.”

Gay History: The Incredible Life of Black and Gay Civil Rights Icon Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987)

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Incredible Life of Black Gay Civil Rights Icon Bayard Rustin

Bayard Taylor Rustin was born in West Chester, Pa., March 17, 1912. He had no relationship with his father, and his 16-year-old mother, Florence, was so young he thought she was his sister. From his grandparents, Janifer and Julia Rustin, he took his Quaker “values,” which, in his words, “were based on the concept of a single human family and the belief that all members of that family are equal,”

As a teenager, Rustin wrote poems, played left tackle on the high school football team and, according to lore, staged an impromptu sit-in at a restaurant that would serve his white teammates but not him. When Rustin told his grandmother he preferred the company of young men to girls, she simply said, “I suppose that’s what you need to do.”

In 1937, Rustin moved to New York City after bouncing between Wilberforce University and Cheney State Teachers College. Enrolling at City College, he devoted himself to singing, performing with the Josh White Quartet and in the musical John Henry with Paul Robeson. He also joined the Young Communist League. Though he soon quit the party after it ordered him to cease protesting racial segregation in the U.S. armed forces. By this time he was already on the radar of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

Disappointed when the 1941 March on Washington was called off, Rustin joined the pacifist Rev. A.J. Muste’s Fellowship of Reconciliation, and when FOR members in Chicago launched the Congress of Racial Equality in 1942, Rustin traveled around the country speaking out. Two years later, he was arrested for failing to appear before his draft board and refusing alternative service as a conscientious objector. Sentenced to three years in prison, he ended up serving 26 months, angering authorities with his desegregation protests and open homosexuality to the point they transferred him to a higher-security prison.

Continue reading BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Incredible Life of Black Gay Civil Rights Icon Bayard Rustin

NYC: Three Men Robbed of Thousands of Dollars After Pick-Up's at The Eagle

NYC: Three Men Robbed of Thousands of Dollars After Pick-Up’s at The Eagle

Three men who visited a the New York City gay leather bar The Eagle were robbed of thousands of dollars using facial recognition access on their phones, the New York Police Department has confirmed.

The three men visited a Chelsea gay leather bar, The Eagle NYC, on separate nights in October and November and were each robbed of $1,000 to $5,000, according to the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of public information. 

Police believe the criminals used facial recognition to access the victims’ phones and funds once they were drugged or otherwise incapacitated after they left the bar., according to Capt. Robert Gault of the city’s 10th Precinct.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

Please be careful.

NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Controlled Senate Advances “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Controlled Senate Advances “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

 NPR reports: A bill advancing in North Carolina’s Senate would prohibit instruction about sexuality and gender identity in K-4 public school classes, defying the recommendations of parents, educators and LGBTQ youths who testified against it. Sponsors of the bill, approved Wednesday by the Senate education committee, say they want to grant parents greater authority over their children’s education and health care. Sponsor Sen. Amy Galey said that without it, teachers can “shove parents out of the school door” and teach curriculum that conflicts with parents’ beliefs. “It baffles me to think that this bill would be divisive, quite frankly,” Galey told the committee Wednesday.

North Carolina does have a Democratic Governor and while it isn’t guaranteed that he would VETO it I expect he will. 

Unless WE start fighting back. The future of America is fascism.

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FBI Searches For Suspects In Threats Against LGBT Businesses in St. Louis

FBI Searches For Suspects In Threats Against LGBT Businesses in St. Louis

The FBI is now involved in the search for who is responsible for making threats to three LGBT businesses in St Louis and a venue that was set to host a drag performer story time.

Urban Fort a play place for children with a cafe for adults has rescheduled and relocated its book reading event for kids with Drag performers due to safety concerns.

“Urban Fort is a place of acceptance and inclusion. Drag Storytime registrations are closed and the event has been moved to an undisclosed date, time and location to protect our patrons and employees,” owner, Megan King-Popp said. “We are concerned and dismayed with the violent threats our business and employees have received from opposition groups, and we’ve increased our security as a result.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Andrew Bailey demanded Missouri schools ban drag shows for school children.

The co-owner of Prism an LGBT bar and club said he too had death threats made against him by an anonymous callers: “It’s frustrating because we’re just people trying to be ourselves, trying to enjoy our lives,” said Sean Abernathy, Prism’s co-owner. “We’re not out to hurt anybody, but it feels like it’s a lot of people out to hurt us.”

Ryan Klinghammer a transgender man and performs in drag shows added: “My community is here. We’re not going anywhere.”

Gay History - February 1: Tom of Finland, Robert Opel and Tennessee Williams Terrorized in Key West

Gay History – February 1: Tom of Finland, Robert Opel and Tennessee Williams Terrorized in Key West

February 1st.

1978: Tom of Finland has his first U.S. exhibit at Robert Opel’s Fey Way Gallery in San Francisco.

Robert Opel was not only famous for being the man who streaked the 1974 Academy Awards. He also opened the first erotic art gallery in San Francisco called Fey-Way Studios (1978- 1979)

While Tom of Finland’s work went on to become famous worldwide. Tragically things did not turn out the same way for Robert Opel.

On the night of July 7, 1979, a crazed gunman by the name of Maurice Keenan killed Robert Opel in his own gallery shortly after putting on a stage performance entitled The Mock-Execution of Dan White (Harvey Milk’s murderer).

Keenan made off with $5 dollars and a camera.

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1979: A gang of teenage boys stands outside Tennessee Williams’s home in Key West, Florida, and begins throwing beer cans and firecrackers at the house while chanting “Come on out, faggot!” The incident is just the latest in a string of bizarre homophobic attacks aimed at the openly gay playwright.

Via The Washington Post:

Tennessee Williams’ life now on Key West in a way resembles the plot of one of his plays: an injured innocent in a honky-tonk town pitted against uprovoked malice, deliberate cruelty. Since January, his gardener has been murdered, his house ransacked twice. He has been mugged twice on the street, once reported, once not. His dog has disappeared. One winter evening some kids stood outside his house and threw beer cans on the porch, yelling at America’s greatest playwright, “Come on out, faggot.” The only person home at the time was a house-guest, writer Dotson Rader, and when the kids set off some fire-crackers, Rader remembers thinging: “This is it. They’ve resorted to guns.”

Yet Williams has reacted with the resiliency of one of his heroines, dismissing it all as “ridiculous.” He uses the same cliche to explain it away as does the Key West Police Department: “There is voilence everywhere.” What has happened is enough to “shatter faith in essential human goodness,” as Williams himself once put it, but he has insisted on a brave front, as if through “enduring the devil, he will earn, if nothing else, its respect.”