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1975 - California decriminalizes same-sex acts between consenting adults. Assembly member Willie Brown  and state Senator George Moscone (who will later in his career be assassinated along with LGBT civil rights great Harvey Milk in San Francisco)  co-sponsor AB 489, the “Consenting Adults Bill,” which decriminalizes sexual activity between consenting adults.

Gay History – May 12, 1975: California Legalizes Same-Sex Acts Between Consenting Adults, But Not Sodomy

1975 – California decriminalizes same-sex acts between consenting adults. Assembly member Willie Brown  and state Senator George Moscone (who will later in his career be assassinated along with LGBT civil rights great Harvey Milk in San Francisco)  co-sponsor AB 489, the “Consenting Adults Bill,” which decriminalizes sexual activity between consenting adults.  Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill into law on May 12, 1975, and it goes into effect January 1, 1976.

Interestingly though prior to 2003, SODOMY was not legal in California. And could not be made so while it was illegal on the Federal level. The monumental Supreme Court case, Lawrence v Texas, ruled that systematically criminalizing sodomy is unconstitutional. The case serves as a precedent, and most U.S. states responded by decriminalizing gay sex.

In 2014, California became the first state in the U.S. to officially ban the use of gay panic and transgender panic defenses in murder trials.[ Public schools are also required to teach about the history of the LGBT community and transgender students are allowed to choose the appropriate restroom or sports team that match their gender identity.

California is seen as one of the most liberal states in the U.S. in regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights, which have received nationwide recognition since the 1970’s

California Man Arrested for Targeting, Robbing 20+ Gay Men on GRINDR

California Man Arrested for Targeting, Robbing 20+ Gay Men on GRINDR

A Compton, California man who allegedly targeted and robbed more than 20 gay men he met on GRINDR has been arrested according to authorities.

Via The Pride:

Derrick Patterson, 22, was taken into custody by the FBI and is charged in a federal criminal complaint. The robberies occurred between November 2019 and March 2022 after Patterson allegedly contacted people using Grindr and arranged to meet at their homes or hotel rooms, purportedly for sex, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and KTLA. Officials said he would then draw different weapons, such as knives or a taser gun, and demand their wallets and cell phones. 

Patterson is accused of stabbing a man in the chest in October 2020. The victim survived and was able to identify Patterson to the police.

Patterson faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

The FBI is looking for other victims of Patterson. They can contact the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565.

PLEASE always be careful when using social media for sex hook-ups.

Gay History - November 4, 1986: California's Prop 64 To Quarantine People With AIDS Defeated

Gay History – November 4, 1986: California’s Prop 64 To Quarantine People With AIDS Defeated

The AIDS Plague years is the darkest chapter in gay history. The moments of pain, horror, and degradation that gay men suffered is all but forgotten today except by those who lived through it and survived.  

One of those dark moments happened in California in 1986 when paranoid perennial Presidential candidate and nutjob Lyndon LaRouche at the height of the hysterical anti-gay backlash that had sprung up against the growing AIDS epidemic, founded his Prevent AIDS Now Initiative Committee (PANIC), which gathered enough signatures to place Proposition 64 onto the ballot. Prop 64, also known as the LaRouche Initiative, would have placed AIDS onto California’s list of communicable diseases under the state’s public health law, and that would have effectively forced anyone who was HIV-positive out of their jobs and schools and into a quarantine.

LaRouche and his followers claimed that such measures were required because AIDS was “worse than the Black Death” and was “more deadly to mankind than a full-scale thermonuclear war.”  “A person with AIDS running around is like a person with a machine gun shooting up a neighborhood,” LaRouche told a San Francisco radio program. He also  charged that “AIDS is the first known epidemic which could potentially wipe out the entire human race” and that his detractors were “guilty of one of the most evil cover-ups in medical history.”

Luckily despite support by Congressman William E. Dannemeyer, Prop 64 lost in a landslide, 71% to 29%. LaRouche brought it back again in 1988 as Prop 69, and lost by an even wider margin. He also made that AIDS quarantine the centerpiece of his 1988 presidential campaign, which again he lost.

In October 1986, federal and state agents raided LaRouche’s heavily guarded compound in Loudon County, Virginia and offices in Massachusetts. A federal grand jury indicted LaRouche with credit card fraud and obstruction of justice. In 1988, he was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, 11 counts of actual mail fraud and a count of conspiring to defraud the IRS.

LaRouche served six years in prison. At one time, he shared his cell with disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, who recalled, “to say LaRouche was a little paranoid would be like saying that the Titanic had a little leak.”

LaRouche who finally died on February 19, 20019 never stopped his insanity until the very end. He is responsible for the graphic of President Barack Obama as Hitler that began appearing at Tea Party and Town Hall meetings.  In 2009, he helped to popularize the fiction that Obama’s health care reform included so-called “death panels.” with Sarah Palin and would amount to the same thing as the Nazis‘ Action T4 euthanasia program and urged Americans to “quickly and suddenly change the behavior of this president … for no lesser reason than that your sister might not end up in somebody’s gas oven.”

Gay History – July 5: The NYC Central Park Gay Bashing Spree of 1978, Jean Cocteau and Gay Soldier Murdered At Fort Campbell

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July 5th:

1889:  Jean Cocteau, French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist avant-garde French artist, is born in Maisoms-Lafitte, France.  Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants terribles (1929), and the films Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1949).  His lover of many years was actor, Jean Marais.

1977:  Canada’s Fifth Annual National Gay Rights Conference closes in the prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1978:  A gang of anti-gay youth, went storming through The Rambles area of Central Park in New York City with baseball bats, bashing any men they thought were gay that came across their path. By the end of the night five men were hospitalized with serious injuries including Dick Button, former Olympic ice-skating star and sportscaster.

For many years a section of the west side 30-acre section of Central Park known as The Rambles was notorious for being a meeting and sex playground for gay men after dark.

From The New Yorker:

The nighttime sex scene in the Ramble is conducted in silence, lest the voice dissipate the mutual fantasy evoked by the look, the pose, the costume, the attitude. Body language is the only language needed for success here. Some night people prefer a particular quiet corner, for one-on-one encounters. Others gravitate toward the Tunnel, that part of the Bridle Path which runs under the 77th Street overpass. The Tunnel is the most active group-sex scene in that area of the park. Some nights it will be crowded wall to wall with men until four in the morning. Some nights, too, the cops decide to come full speed down the Bridle Path in their squad cars covered with hgv insurance, headlights and spotlights blazing, barely giving those  in a close encounters time to pick up their pants and run—before being run over. “For their own protection,” say the cops.

In the wake of the most recent gay beatings, there was much bitterness voiced against the police by gays—and straights—who frequent the Ramble. “They said only five gays were attacked, and that’s bullshit,” said Don, a young, straight doctor with a large gay practice in the neighborhood. “I’ve already heard about three other guys—one of them came to me—who were beaten by that same bunch. But at least they could walk.” Why don’t they go to the cops? “For what?” snorts Dr. Don. “If it happened on Central Park West, okay. The guys at the 20th Precinct are pretty good. But the cops in the park have seldom given gays anything but harassment. Go to them and you, the victim, are made to feel like a criminal.

Dick Button to this day has never come out .

1980:  The National Convention of the Liberal Party, one of Canada’s large mainstream political parties, adopts resolution to include sexual orientation in Canadian Human Right Act.

1987:  James Donovan, a New York state senator, suggested that giving teens rosary beads would prevent the spread of AIDS more effectively than the distribution of condoms.

1996: The New Zealand Presbyterian Church rules that lesbian and gay people may not be licensed or ordained as elders or ministers or put in positions of leadership. The decision is also referred back to churches for a decision in two years.

1999:  21-year-old American soldier Pfc. Barry Winchell is bludgeoned to death while sleeping on his cot in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, by a fellow solider who thought he was gay. 

The harassment was continuous until the Fourth of July weekend, when Winchell and fellow soldier, Calvin Glover, fought after Winchell accused a boasting Glover of being a fraud. Both were drinking beer throughout the day. Glover was soundly defeated by Winchell, after being taunted about being beaten by “‘a fucking faggot’ Glover took a baseball bat from a  locker and struck Winchell in the head with it as he slept on a cot outside near the entry to the room Winchell shared with Fisher. Winchell died of massive head injuries on July 6 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Glover was later convicted of Winchell’s murder and is serving a life sentence in a military prison.

The top military officers at Fort Campbell who were aware of the harassment were cleared of any wrongdoing.

2007:  George Melly, British bisexual jazz singer, music critic, author, anarchist, lush, and raconteur, dies in London, England, of lung cancer at age 80. He was also an art lecturer specializing in surrealism, a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, and widely noted for his loud suits, louder ties and the image he cultivated of a hard-drinking throwback to the jazz age

2011:  Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, the first openly gay Speaker of the California State Assembly, urged lawmakers to approve a measure requiring public schools to teach the historical contributions of gay Americans, in Sacramento, CA.  California becomes the first state in the nation to require public schools to add lessons about gay history to social studies classes, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the landmark bill into law the next week.

Seriously Deranged "Gays for Trump" March in West Hollywood

Seriously Deranged “Gays for Trump” March in West Hollywood [VIDEO]

A whopping group of about 50 seriously deranged quislings marched last night in West Hollywood to proclaim their support for Donald Trump. The homo-CON group the Log Cabin Republicans put together the event billed the march as “Gays and Housewives Take Over WeHo.”

The group many of them mask less, gathered at the Pacific Design Center on San Vicente Boulevard around 9:30 p. m. and at 10 p.m. began their march north to Santa Monica Boulevard, chanting “gays for Trump. They also walked along Santa Monica Boulevard, attracting angry shouts from people dining outside Fiesta Cantina, and also walked down Robertson Boulevard past the Abbey.

No injuries were reported during the march but some serious shade was thrown at the marchers..

You can watch rare sighting of the species known as MagaGayus Self-hateratus below.

Bigoted Parents Pull 650 Kids From School District To Protest LGBT History Curriculum

Bigoted Parents Pull 650 Kids From School District To Protest LGBT History Curriculum

Bigoted parents pulled about 650 children from the Rocklin Unified School District in California on May 1st. for one day, protesting a new state mandated LGBT-inclusive curriculum.

California is the first state to do so in the public-school system.

On May 1, the Rocklin Unified School District approved a history and social science curriculum to include the work of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. By doing so, the district is obeying the FAIR Education Act, passed in 2011 and requiring schools to educate children about people of all sexual orientations and racial ethnicities, both in history and social science.

A small group of opponents of the new curriculum led by Rachel Crutchfield of the Informed Parents of Rocklin attended the meeting.

Said Crutchfield:

We believe that anyone who has made a significant contribution to society should, of course, be included in our history textbooks. However, the concept of sexual orientation is far too complex of a topic for elementary-aged children to be introduced to at school. Children in second grade simply do not have the tools to comprehend sexuality, nor do we want them to. Let’s let kids be kids. We can connect a person’s sexual orientation to their accomplishments in later grades when kids are more ready to fully comprehend these complex sexual topics.”


A representative for the bigoted group, which called for the May 3rd sit-out, which pulled about 650 of the children from school for the day would not comment on the action. The school district serves almost 14,000 children.

The school district released the statement, “On May 1, 2019 the Rocklin Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to adopt a high quality History Social-Science curriculum designed to meet the needs of our most gifted and struggling students. It is recommended by our committee of teachers who did a tremendous amount of work and reviewed and piloted the curriculum. The curriculum addresses the state mandated Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful) FAIR Act. This means History Social-Science learning materials will include the contributions of various groups, including people with disabilities, ethnic groups and those who identify as LGBT. We respect all our families opinions and feedback and moving forward we will take extra care in developing the best course of action to ensure our families’ values are respected. We will also continue to engage our families regarding the implementation of this curriculum.”

12 Killed, Gunman Dead in California Bar Mass Shooting

#GunControlNow! – 12 Killed, Gunman Dead in California Bar Mass Shooting

At 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed when a mass shooter opened fire. Witnesses report at least 30 shots were fired. The gunman threw smoke bombs and rained bullets on a crowd of hundreds inside according to the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to the dead, 10 other people may have been injured, according to Sheriff Geoff Dean,

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer entered the bar first and were met with gunfire from the suspect, Helus was shot several times and died at an area hospital early Thursday morning, according to Dean.

“It’s a horrific incident,” Dean said. “It’s part of the horrors that are happening in our country and everywhere, and I think it’s impossible to put any logic or sense to the senseless.

Witnesses reported a horrifying scene as gunfire echoed through the club and those inside ran for cover, in some cases using chairs to break windows to escape the building. Others hid in bathrooms and an attic as they frantically called loved ones who were hearing reports of the shooting.

The number of people killed or injured is likely to rise

KKK- hristian Trump Supporter Crashes Drag Queen Story Hour

KKK-hristian Trump Supporter Crashes Drag Queen Story Hour, Traumatizes Children

The Cellar Door bookstore in Riverside, California was a hosting a story time event in which Halloween books were read by three drag queens.

Linda Sherman-Nurick the owner of the bookstore said in the days leading to the reading, she had been getting angry phone calls from people saying they shouldn’t host that event.

“Our response was ‘that’s fine, don’t come’,” she said.

During the event, Sherman-Nurick noticed a woman recording video and she explained to her that she couldn’t record the children without the parents’ permission.

But the woman refused to stop.

“She has invited the public to watch this perversion with these homosexuals,” said the woman who was identified as Los Angeles resident Genevieve Peters.

Peters said she wasn’t recording the children, just the drag queens and explains that she decided to attend the reading because she feels that the country is going down an immoral path.

“For the last 30 years, the homosexual agenda has been first and foremost wanting to desensitize our communities, our children, our families,” she said.

“This is about saying ‘You know what, this is a perverse lifestyle and if you choose it it’s your business,’” she said, “but we as Americans can choose not to agree with it.”

Eventually, a Riverside Police officer escorted Peters outside the bookstore, but she said if they bring the drag queens back, she will also be back.

On her Twitter page Peters describes herself as a “Passionate American Patriot, Rabid Trump Supporter, Constitutionalist, Lover of life, laughter and travel.”

Well she got the “rabid” part right.

 

Gay History – Meet The Satyrs Gay Motorcycle Club, America’s Oldest Continuing Gay Organization

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club was founded in 1954 at the home of Chapin “Smitty” Smith along with seven founding members. The club’s incarnation began around a pool-party a few weeks before after a night of drinking, party and sex. It is the oldest continuously operating gay organization in the United States. It was the first gay organization with a set of Bylaws and a Club Constitution.

Though American motorcycle culture had begun in the late 1940s and early 1950s, homosexuality was illegal at the time, making gay motorcycle clubs unique organizations seen as outlaws on two counts—their motorcycling and their homosexuality. As John Laird, member of the Satyrs since 1961 explained, motorcycling offered men an escape from the bars “because in those days the LAPD was on a real hunt for gay men.”

Gay motorcyclists, encouraged by visual media, created and embraced a masculine gay identity, one that countered the preconceived feminine aesthetic of “fairies.”of that era.

Campgrounds became the members meeting spaces and gave the men the freedom to express themselves sexually. Because of the constant possibility of police raids while at home or in town, the early days of the Satyrs were very secretive: “minutes could be taken but no names could be used. Secrecy was a detrimental to the club in the highly repressive 1950’s.  From the first club founding in 1954 until the mid-1980s, gay motorcycle clubs did not want to be mentioned in any gay publication, because it might result in the outing—and firing—of members who worked for the government.

Four years after the founding of the Satyrs in 1954, discontented Satyrs founded a second gay motorcycle club: the Oedipus Rex Motorcycle club.  Most copied the Satyrs’ model. Indeed, the Blue Max Motorcycle Club, founded in 1968, modeled its constitution almost exactly after that of the Satyrs, as did the Buddy Motorcycle Club, founded in 1965, and many others. As their model spread in the 1970’s, motorcycle clubs as far away as New York City began asking for founding help from the Satyrs. The founders of the Satyrs started a phenomenon of gay motorcycle clubs that by 1979 had grown to over twenty clubs in California and many more throughout the country.

Like other clubs, gay motorcycle clubs donated money and put on events to benefit the community. The Blue Max Motorcycle Club supported the Los Angeles Times’ Summer Camp Fund, providing summer camp to “underprivileged youngsters” and also had a yearly run that benefited The Spastic Children’s Foundation Training Center, for children with cerebral palsy. Outsiders were invited and encouraged to experience the innerworkings of the clubs, ideally to whet their appetite and make them want to join the club. 52 Several gay motorcycle clubs during the 1970 Christmas season threw toy parties to benefit children and senior citizens in need.   Even today, 63 years after its founding The Satyrs continues to sponsor activities including the Labor Day, Badger Flats Run which is one of their most well known activities, charity fundraising activities, and involvement community activities.

Watch – Original Pride: The Satyrs Motorcycle Club below and learn more.

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Hate Groups Claim Victory, Praise Evan Lowe For Shelving Anti-Gay Conversion Therapy

CA Assemblyman Evan Low Pulls Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Bill Because Religious Leaders “Upset”

Gay California Assemblyman Evan Low author of a bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraudulent business practice has cowardly abandoned his effort for this year after a an outcry from the state’s “religious community”.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Low acknowledged his decision was unconventional, when he almost certainly had the votes to win final approval. “Some would say this is crazy,” he said. “Why would you pause when you don’t need to, when you’re in the driver’s seat?”

Low said he had no signs of opposition from Gov. Jerry Brown. Neither did Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, the LGBTQ advocacy group that co-sponsored the bill, who expressed confidence that Brown — whom he called “the most pro-LGBTQ governor in the state’s history” — would sign it.

Zbur said he believed the bill clearly would not ban the Bible or otherwise impede religious practice, as opponents had feared. Still, he said additional time would let them “tinker with the bill to make very clear that these false assertions the other side is making are not accurate.”

Tweeted Low: “It is my obligation as a Legislator to make this difficult decision in the interest of finding common ground. The path towards full equality is a long journey, but a journey best traveled together. Will you join me?”

Matthew Rettenmund of the Boy Culture website responded: “Child abuse” is what you called it. Now you’ve gone on a listening tour with child abusers and seek common ground. An utter betrayal of all gay people, and your asinine quote about ‘why not keep going when you’re in control?’ Is exactly why so many are disillusioned with Democrats.

Lowe is up for re-election in November of 2018. 

Connect the dots.