Gay History – January 26: Nikola Tesla Was Hot and Asexual, The First Gay Wedding License, and RENT Opens Off B’Way

Today in Gay History – January 26

1886 – Serbian Nikola Tesla (July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was issued nearly 300 patents in the US for his ground-breaking career focusing on electricity. He was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current(AC) electricity supply system. Likely asexual, Tesla never married, explaining that his chastity was very helpful to his scientific abilities. Tesla chose to never pursue or engage in any known relationships, instead finding all the stimulation he needed in his work.

1958 — Comedian Ellen Degeneres (born January 26, 1958) is born. Degeneres is the first star of a television sitcom ever to come out — in 1997 — to the public, an act many see as having dramatically improved the climate for LGBT actors, though she almost instantly lost her show. Her current success in daytime talk television was unforeseeable at the time and she had no reason to think she would not have to go back to stand-up comedy clubs forever at the time she risked her television career.  In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi (born 31 January 1973),  Australian and American actress, model, and philanthropist.

1971 –Look Magazine includes a gay couple from Minnesota, Jack Baker and Mike McConnell, as part of that week’s cover article on “The American Family.” Baker and McConnell are also noteworthy as they are the first same-sex couple in the U.S. to be granted a marriage license.

Jack Baker and Mike McConnell were married by a young Methodist minister in Mankato, MN in 1971. Baker had legally changed his name to the gender-neutral Pat Lynne McConnell to get the marriage license. By the time the state of MN figured  out that the bride was actually a male it was already too late. The two were officially married.

While Minnesota did try to null and void their marriage Baker and McConnell fought back furiously and predicted they would win eventually, but the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that their marriage was illegal. However, their license was never revoked

1996 – Rent opens off Broadway in the New York Theater Workshop for a six-week run. The creator, Jonathan Larson (February 4, 1960 – January 25, 1996), died unexpectedly the morning of Rents first preview performance Off Broadway. He suffered an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, in the early morning on January 25, 1996. 

Rent is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini‘s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City‘s East Village in the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of poverty and HIV/AIDS.

2011, Uganda – David Kato Kisule (c. 1964 – 26 January 2011), founding member of Sexual Minorities Uganda, is murdered. He was the founder and leader of the LGBT rights movement in Uganda where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. He was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist, considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights movementand described as “Uganda’s first openly gay man”. He served as advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Kato was murdered in 2011 allegedly by a male sex worker, shortly after winning a lawsuit against a magazine which had published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed.

Town In Pennsylvania Repeals LGBT Protections [VIDEO]

Town In Pennsylvania Repeals LGBT Protections [VIDEO]

Chambersburg, PA on Monday became the first town in Pennsylvania to repeal protections for residents against discrimination based on their sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender identity by a REPUBLICAN majority vote..

By a 7-3 Republican-majority vote, the Chambersburg Borough Council made good on its pledge, repealing the ordinance citing a host of reasons, including redundancy in the ordinance and lack of muscle in its provisions. The ordinance, enacted just four months ago in October by a then Democratic majority, extended protections against discrimination toward gay, transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.Penn Live

“We are a very diverse community,” said council vice president Bill Everly, “For that reason I don’t understand why we need to have special protections for people. I think by creating special protections for people we open the door for other protections for other people. I think we need to come together and not divide us. I think this would divide us.”

And so it begins

CALL THEM! It may not change the vote. But it will allow you to speak up and be counted against hate!

Borough of Chambersburg – 100 South Second Street – Chambersburg, PA 17201 – 717-264-5151

Nazi Flyers Delivered To Hundreds Of Miami Beach Homes

South Florida authorities are investigating the origin of hundreds of anti-Semitic Nazi flyers that were distributed overnight in Miami Beach and Surfside neighborhoods.

Miami Beach police increased patrols in neighborhoods and religious institutions following the first report received shortly after 7 a.m., Ernesto Rodriguez, the department’s spokesperson, told Miami Herald via email. The anti-Semitic flyers appear to have been distributed by the Goyim Defense League, or GDL — a loose network of anti-Semites and white supremacists with leaders in Florida, New York, California and Colorado, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

the miami herald

The Goyim Defense League (GDL) is a small network of virulently antisemitic thugs led by Jon Minadeo (above pictured right) of Petaluma, California. GDL parodies the Anti-Defamation League’s name and logo by replacing “Anti-Defamation” with “Goyim Defense” — “Goyim” being a disparaging Yiddish and Hebrew word for non-Jews.    

Home to a thriving Jewish community for decades, Miami Beach counted about 60,000 people in Jewish households in 1982, 62 percent of the total population. Today, that number has shrunk to less than 16,000, or less than 19 percent, according to surveys conducted by the University of Miami.

You can read more about them by CLICKING HERE (Safe Link at ADL)

HomoCON Jan 6. Rioter Brandon Straka: Pray For Me, Sentencing Is Today

HomoCON Jan 6. Rioter Brandon Straka: Pray For Me, Sentencing Is Monday

Dear Patriots, It’s been a long, dark, and twisting road. After a year of delays, I’m hopeful that tomorrow will finally bring my sentencing, and that that will finally bring us to the beginning of the end. It has been a year of indescribable pain, stress, worry, pressure, and fear. My hope is that no matter what happens at my sentencing, even if it’s the very worst possible outcome, that it will bring us to a point of being able to let go of the burden of constantly wondering what is next, and asking, “What if? What if?”. I hope that just simply knowing what IS will be the beginning of moving forward from all of this. There have been 10 delays which have strung my case out for a year. I can only hope that sentencing will be tomorrow, as scheduled, but it ain’t over until it’s ACTUALLY over- so please include in your prayers that this really does take place tomorrow and that we’re on to the first step of moving on.” – Convicted HomoCON Jan 6 rioter and Walk Away Founder- Brandon Straka

What a Drama Queen!

Federal prosecutors on Thursday recommended a sentence of only four months of home detention and three years probation for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. (It’s noted that Straka encouraged and celebrated the violence of the day but did not personally engage in violence or property destruction during the riot.)

In other words: Traitor and right wing nutjob begs for empathy about what his crimes ‘put him through’ while he raises money for nothing because the grift must go on!

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Anti-Vaxxer Dies In Texas After Family Sued Minnesota Hospital That Wanted To Pull The Plug

Anti-Vaxxer Dies In Texas After Family Sued Minnesota Hospital That Wanted To Pull The Plug

Earlier this week we reported on Scott Quiner 55, of Buffalo, who was flown from the Twin Cities to Texas over the weekend, after Mercy Hospital said it would disconnect the ventilator Quiner, who was unvaccinated, had been in the hospital’s ICU since Nov. 6 with critically low oxygen levels and had shown little signs of improvement since his arrival. Quiner’s wife, court seeking an emergency restraining order to prevent Mercy from disconnecting the ventilator. The judge issued a restraining order Jan. 13 and Quinner was moved to Texas  where his wife could keep giving him futile care while taking up an ICU bed in a pandemic .

He died:

“On behalf of the Quiner family, I would like to thank the public for their outpouring of love and support during this difficult ordeal,” she said. “We ask for privacy for Anne and the children as they grieve the loss of Scott, a wonderful husband and father.” – Marjorie Holsten laywer for the Quinner family.

The family feels Quiner didn’t receive adequate care at Mercy, Holsten said. She said that Anne told her a Texas doctor said Quiner was “the most undernourished patient he has ever seen.”

The hospital in Texas he was transferred to., United Memorial Medical Center lost it’s Medicare funding because of roaches in the OR in 2021.

Minnesota kept him alive for months. Texas killed him in 2 days..

 

#FlashbackFriday (1984) Eartha Kitt Performs “I Love Men” On German Variety Show – CAMP EXTRAORDINAIRE! (Video)

The fabulash Ms. Eartha Kitt performs the song “I Love Men” on the German WWF-Club.

I will say one thing for the 4 male back-up dancers.  Its hard to out camp Kitt, but these boys give it the old bathhouse try.

Must be seen to be believed.

Gay History – January 21: Caligula, Frederick the Great, Winston Churchill and SpongeBob Squarepants

January 21st.

41 A.D. – Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated at the Palatine Games by his own officers after a reign of only four years, noted for his madness and cruelty including arbitrary murder. His taste in men was far reaching. In fact, his taste for anything sexual, male, female, relative or animal seems far reaching. One of his playmates was a priest who he enjoyed screwing in public at religious events. He forced his officers into regular sex bouts. He is reported to have made them kiss his middle finger in public.

 76 AD – Roman Emperor Hadrian was born near Seville Spain. Hadrian built the famous wall on the Northern fringe of the empire, in Britain, and put down the last serious uprising by the Jews. When his lover Antinous mysteriously drowned in the Nile Hadrian went into a deep despair then put all of his wealth into building memorials to his lover, even building a city in his name. It said that the beautiful Antinous copmmitted suicide before old age destroyed his looks. He was 21.

1712  –  Frederick the Great was born in Berlin, Germany. Perhaps in another life he would have been a poet or an architect, but his father wanted him to be a warrior. Frederick fled with his lover Hans von Katte, but the pair was captured and Frederick was forced to watch von Katte’s execution. On his father’s death, when Frederick became emperor, he went to the palace of Sans-Soucci at Potsdam and came into his own. He excluded women and surrounded himself with sexual young men. On hearing that a particularly well endowed soldier had been arrested for “Beastiality with his horse,” the emperor said “Fool don’t put him in irons, put him in the infantry.”

1965  – Winston Churchill (1874-1965) died. He had been Britain’s wartime prime minister whose courageous leadership and defiant rhetoric had fortified the English during their long struggle against Hitler’s Germany. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat,” he stated upon becoming prime minister at the beginning of the war. He called Hitler’s Reich a “monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.” Following the war, he coined the term “Iron Curtain” to describe the barrier between areas in Eastern Europe under Soviet control and the free West. In his biography of W. Somerset Maugham, Ted Morgan writes that Maugham once asked Churchill if it were true as Churchill’s mother had claimed, that the statesman had affairs with men in his youth. “Not ture!” Churchill replied. “But, I once went to bed with a man to see what it was like.” (The man turned out to be British musical-comedy star Ivor Novello) “And, what was it like?” Maugham asked. “Musical,” Churchill replied.

1975  – The first international Lesbian Conference is held in Montreal. It was attended by more than 200 delegates from Canada and the US.

1978  – 25-year-old French songwriter/record producer Cerrone‘s Eurodisco hit Supernature tops Billboard’s Dance chart.

2005 – The anti-gay group Focus on the Family alleges that popular cartoon character Spongebob Square Pants promotes homosexuality and becomes a laughingstock.

In 2005, a promotional video which showed SpongeBob along with other characters from children’s shows singing together to promote diversity and tolerance was criticized by a Christian evangelical group in the United States because they saw the character SpongeBob being used as an advocate for homosexuality though the video contained “no reference to sex, sexual lifestyle or sexual identity.” James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the makers of the video of promoting homosexuality due to a gay rights group sponsoring the video.

The incident led to questions as to whether or not SpongeBob is a gay character.  In 2002, when SpongeBob’s popularity with gay men grew,

Dobson later stated that his comments were taken out of context and that his original complaints were not with SpongeBob or any of the characters in the video but with the organization that sponsored the video, the We Are Family Foundation. Dobson noted that the We Are Family Foundation had posted pro-homosexual material on its website, but later removed it. After the laughable controversy, John H. Thomas, the United Church of Christ’s general minister and president, said they would welcome SpongeBob into their ministry. He said “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we”.

Death Reported on Atlantis Events Gay Cruise

Death Reported on Atlantis Events Gay Cruise

There has been a death reported on the much discussed Atlantis 30th Anniversary Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Sea’s. Reporter Chris Wiggins tweeted news of the death. He also reported on several “Code Alpha” (medical emergency) announcements broadcast on the ship.

Atlantis Cruise and it’s operators have come under scrutiny the past few days as pictures and video’s released by passengers show the cruise sailing at 100% capacity with no social distancing or masking in place. Atlantis which had bragged about the safety restrictions before the cruise has remained silent about the sudden disappearance of all of these, on a full ship while Omnicron rips through the population affecting both non-vaccinated and in some cases vaccinated Americans alike. Ironically, in a separate move Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines have cancelled many of it’s cruses going out these past 2 weeks on ships sailing at 50% capacity or less.

Of course Atlantis and fellow gay vacation VACAY are trying to frame the backlash as a homophobic attack by those complaining which of course it is not since many of the complaints are coming from within the LGBT community itself.

Other than the obvious concern over the spreading of the Omnicron variant this cruise has also shined the spotlight on past Atlantis Events cruises which have been plagued by drug use, passengers going overboard and shipboard deaths over the years.

*In January 2020, a member of the Atlantis technical crew went overboard from the Oasis of the Seas.

*In February 2019, federal agents arrested two men trying to board the Allure of the Seas at PortMiami for possession of a large quantity of drugs which they were intending to sell on the cruise ship which had been chartered to Atlantis Events.

*In January 2018, Storm Chasers’ star Joel Taylor died of a suspected overdose on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, which had been chartered by Atlantis Events.

*In February 2012, an Atlantis Events attendee went overboard from the Allure of the Seas operated by Royal Caribbean. His body was never recovered and he is presumed to be dead.

*In January 2011, cruise passenger, Barry Krumholz, was arrested for selling large quantities of ecstasy pills, methamphetamine, ketamine and other drugs aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas chartered by Atlantis Events. There were reportedly a half-dozen drug overdoses during the cruise.

And these are just some issues over the years.

After the death of Joel Taylor in 2019 it has also come to light that Atlantis Events hires it’s own medical team for the cruise and does not use Royal Caribbean’s. Weather a gay or a straight cruise  cruise ships are notorious for the limited nature of the cruise ship’s medical facilities and no place to have a medical emergency,

So while Atlantis Events cries homophobia to cover it’s blatant disregard of health and safety protocols for COVID perhaps we should also talk about the dangerous and deadly institutionalization Atlantis Events has made of supporting the gay drug underground.