Famous chef and storyteller Anthony Bourdain, who took television viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.
Psychologist Dr. Evelyn Hooker is widely credited for establishing that gay people not mentally ill at a time when being lesbian or gay could cause arrest, being fired from a job, and being institutionalized in an insane asylum.
In 1942 while a teacher at UCLA, one of her students introduced her to other members of the gay community and then challenged her to a study about “people like him”. Namely homosexuals who weren’t troubled by their homosexuality and who had none of the features commonly associated with mental illness. Among those she came to know was noted author Christopher Isherwood, who rented a guest house from her. “She never treated us like some strange tribe,” he recalled later, “so we told her things we never told anyone before.”
Hooker quickly concluded that most gay men were socially well-adjusted, unlike the gay men characterized during McCarthy’s “lavender scare” period — So Hooker set out to prove her observations through psychological testing.
Hooker gathered two groups of men. The first group of men, made of many members of the local Mattachine Society, and a second group of men which were all heterosexual.
Hooker then administered three sets of psychological tests. The independent evaluators were unable to tell the difference between the members of the two groups. When she presented her paper, “The adjustment of the male overt homosexual“, at the 1956 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Chicago her results were met with incredulity. It was a well-established orthodoxy in psychology that all gays were mentally ill, and that the disturbances would have been obvious in the test results. But until Hooker’s study was published, there was no scientific data available about non-imprisoned, non-patient homosexuals. For the first time, Hooker’s peer-reviewed study — it would soon appear in the March 1957 edition of the Journal of Projective Techniques and Personality Assessment – would prove that there were well-adjusted, normal and healthy gay men, and lots of them.
Hooker’s research didn’t stop there.. In 1958 she penned a paper called “Male Homosexuality in the Rorschach” and challenged whether the Rorschach inkblot test could weed out gays from straights as claimed by its backers. In 1959, she published “What Is A Criterion?”, in which she again reiterated that the three most popular tests then in use for personality assessments were incapable of picking gay men out of a crowd. .
Her 1969 paper, “Parental relations and male homosexuality in patient and non-patient samples,” refused the widely accepted claim that parents were the cause of their children’s homosexuality. That same year, she chaired the National Institute of Mental Health’s Task Force on Homosexuality, which recommended the decriminalization of homosexuality and its removal from the APA’s list of mental disorders. The APA finally acted on that recommendation in 1973, but it would take another thirty years before the U.S. Supreme Court would finally eliminate the remaining sodomy laws across the nation.
Dr. Evelyn hooker retired from her research at UCLA in 1970 at the age of 63 and started a private practice in Santa Monica. Most of her clients were gay men and lesbians
In 1991, the American Psychological Association honored Dr. Hooker with its Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest, saying: “Her research, leadership, mentorship, and tireless advocacy for an accurate scientific view of homosexuality for more than three decades has been an outstanding contribution to psychology in the public interest.”
Hooker was also the subject of the 1992 Academy Award-nominated film Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
Dr. Evelyn Hooker died at her home in Santa Monica, California, in 1996, at the age of 89
We all owe her a debt of gratitude and thanks for her hard work on our behalf..
You can watch a clip of Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker below:
Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America’s most beloved television moms in “The Brady Bunch,” has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82.
Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.
Family and friends had surrounded Henderson’s hospital bedside, Pressman said.
Premiering in 1969, The Brady Bunch was among the first shows to introduce to television the blended family. As its theme song reminded viewers each week, Henderson’s Carol was a single mother raising three daughters when she met her TV husband, Robert Reed’s Mike Brady, a single father who was raising three boys.
The eight of them became “The Brady Bunch,” with a quirky housekeeper, played by Ann B. Davis, thrown into the mix.
Mourners flooded social media with memories of Henderson.
The blonde, ever-smiling Henderson was already a Broadway star when the show began, having originated the title role in the musical “Fanny.” But after “The Brady Bunch,” she would always be known to fans as Carol Brady.
Henderson who was an outpsoken LGBT ally in a 2014 interview said that “If the show (TBB) were on today, I think it would definitely be addressed. After all, their father was gay.’
Not the character of Mike Brady, of course, but the late Robert Reed, the actor who played him.
Reed, who died in 1992, was not out publicly but Henderson always knew he was gay and early in the show’s run defended him to a director who she perceived to be a homophobic bully.
‘I think so many young people have such a difficult time,’ she says. ‘Most of the gay people I know – and I have so many gay and lesbian friends – so many tell me they were disowned and how tough it was for them growing up.
And all of them, they all knew they were gay from the time they were 5 or 6 years old. The kids that have no place to go and the parents don’t get it, don’t understand stand and stop loving them. How can you do that to a child?’
Henderson, also participated in many LGBT benefits and among her last was the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th anniversary gala
‘I do so many benefits for the LGBT community – always have. ‘When AIDS first started, I was one of the first along with Debbie Reynolds to do a benefit – many, many years ago at The Hollywood Bowl. It was not easy to get people. I just think I love people and have great compassion for human beings. Who are we to judge anyone. It always came natural for me to love people”
We love you Florence. Rest peacefully Mrs. Brady.
Sarah Scanlon, director of LGBTQ outreach for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, issued the following statement on Friday about state-based, legislative efforts to discriminate against LGBTQ people:
After the Supreme Court’s historic decision last year in favor of marriage equality and continued actions to decrease the marginalization of LGBTQ people across the country, we’re seeing major backlash from those who believe that discrimination should be legal in our country. That is unacceptable.
North Carolina’s H.B. 2, Mississippi’s H.B. 1523 and Missouri’s S.J.R. 39 are extreme and discriminatory. Every American deserves equal treatment under the law and every transgender person should be able to use the bathroom that matches their identity. The sole intent of these bills, and those like them, is to allow people to discriminate against LGBTQ people. We stand in solidarity with all of the local LGBTQ advocates and their allies who have worked tirelessly against these measures. This country has made remarkable progress on LGBTQ rights in the fifty years since Stonewall, and we are not turning back now.
As mayor, Sen. Sanders was one of the first in America to sign a local anti-discrimination housing ordinance. Sexual orientation and gender identity should not be the basis for employment or housing decisions. As president, Sen. Sanders will work to ensure protections under our civil rights laws are extended to all LGBTQ people.
Hillary? Your court.
NOTE: Back2Stonewall.com at this point HAS NOT officially endorsed either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton to be the 2016 Democratic presidential campaign candidate at this time.
My very own soon-to-be husband Actor, ally and proud Irishman Colin Farrell has spoken out and stated that the Catholic Church got it wrong when it criticized the recent decision by voters in Ireland to legalize gay marriage.
“It was really funny because one of the arguments when the vote went through was that the church came out and said, ‘You know, this was a dark day for Ireland,’ and all you could see was literally rainbows everywhere, posters of rainbows, T-shirts of rainbows, men and women hugging, men and men hugging, women and women hugging, and yet cut to, ‘This is a dark day in the history of [Ireland]? A dark day in the history of a country is internal civil conflict and war and bloodshed. It was a great day.” the smoking hot Irish actor, said this weekend.
Colin who has a gay brother, has been an outspoken ally and advocate of LGBT rights.
Before the vote, his brother, Eamonn, had to leave Ireland to legally marry his husband, Steven.
“I was a bit concerned about him; he put himself on the line greatly for a cause that he believes in and a message that he wanted to see brought to the point of being a constitutional change,” the “True Detective” star told E! about his brother. “I’m sure he will be married [in Ireland] within the next year. He got married in Vancouver seven or eight years ago to his husband, but I think it’s time he’ll enjoy a home-grown celebration.”
God love you Colin. I do.
Former Minnesota Vikings punter and LGBT ally Chris Kluwe said Tuesday that he wants the football team’s special teams coach Mike Priefer, who used extreme and violent anti-gay language in the locker room, to get help.
“After thinking about it, after reflecting on it, I don’t think an appropriate punishment is if he never coaches again,” Kluwe said on “Fox Sports Live.” “I think it would be better if he got therapy, if he got counseling, and then a year or two from now, come back into the league as a role model, help out with LGBT groups, and show people that this is an important issue.
Kluwe earlier this month came forth with a piece that he wrote for Deadspin, letting it be known that he was let go from the Vikings for being an ally to the LGBT community. He described Priefer as a”bigot who used anti-gay slurs around him and was quoted as saying “gays should be rounded up and put on an island and nuked”
Priefer, however, “vehemently denies” using anti-gay language
I LOVE Jamie Kilstein.
Cute, intelligent, hysterical, and of course with my luck, straight. (DAMN YOU ALLISON KILKENNY!)
Jamie, an outspoken vegan, athiest and progressive political comic is also a huge ally to the LGBT community and in a newly posted set of of rant vlogs Jamie goes to bat for the trans community with the video below: Cis Privilege: Don’t Forget the T in LGBT.
You can catch more of Jamie (oh yeah and his wife Allison, hmmph.) everyday on Citizen Radio at http://wearecitizenradio.com
The Oakland Raiders has released outspoken LGBT ally, fellow geek and punter Chris Kluwe, who had signed a one-year minimum contract with the team shortly after his release from the Minnesota Vikings in May tp go with the younger rookie Marqutte King this upcoming football season.
“We had both had a pretty good preseason, but as the young guy, he definitely has the higher potential ceiling. It makes sense,” Kluwe wrote in a series of tweets over the weekend. “King’s got a really strong leg. He reminds me a lot of me when I was a rookie.”
Chris 31, posted a career-best 39.7 average on 72 punts last season, his eighth with the Vikings. But the team drafted Jeff Locke in the fifth round out of UCLA and released Kluwe after watching the newcomer in rookie camp.
Ever the great guy Kluwe publicly thanked everyone at the Okland Raiders for the pre-season chance and said he intends to stay in shape and thinks he can punt in the NFL this season.
Game on Chris! Game on!
An ally is someone who is able to not only empathize with the oppression and plight of a group of people but also actively seeks out solutions to bring about advocacy for equal rights. Allies are instrumental in helping a group or community eliminate discrimination. And if/when said person(s) has said or done something that is insensitive or harmful against said community, they reach out to understand the error in their ways to prevent any other insult. They openly challenge those that condemn us and are a bridge to a solution, not the cause of our problems.
What allies don’t do is belittle and compare us to stereotypes that are based in hate. They do not call us toxic little queens and threaten to sodomize us with foreign objects and then fetishize how much we would enjoy the pain. And they certainly wouldn’t tell us that we use our coming out stories as a way to have credibility and popularity within the gay community.
See that is what Alec Baldwin should have done when he was confronted about his latest twitter rant by journalist Anderson Cooper. Baldwin felt it was necessary to tell a photo jornalist earlier this summer to stop being a toxic little queen this summer after his wife was reportedly tweeting during a funeral. During Baldwin’s tirade to try to defend his wife while publicly shaming the photog was weak for being gay and tried his best to demean the man by his sexuality, and not by any unethical practices. Soon after Cooper spoke out against Baldwin and his insensitive statements that were homophobic in nature.
But Baldwin had to respond to Cooper’s comments by making even more insensitive, homophobic statements on the Howard Stern radio show:
“What I realize about [Cooper] is, everybody in media, they have a job to do. Anderson Cooper has a job to do. And that job is to try to reinforce his credibility in the gay community after the fact that you couldn’t get him out of the closet for 10 years with a canister of tear gas. Now he’s the sheriff. Now he’s running around writing everybody a ticket!”
Sounds less about addressing the nature of the business and more about an actor that has an inflated appraisal of his talents going on to again attack the ibe thing he feels he has dominance and power over Cooper, his sexuality. Never mind that the process of coming out is different for all of us and takes years, sometimes decades to reconcile the constant unending judgement that you cannot (and should never be taught to) get rid of. There are still men and women that take their entire lifetimes to gain clarity in accepting something society constantly shames you for.
Why is it whenever someone confronts people like Baldwin, they have a tendency to claim the person opposing their view is some politically correct zealot that is just trying to win points with a group thereby warranting them to invalidate the truth? Was the fact that Baldwin felt he had to talk about a gay man as feminine and someone who’s prone to drama as he did in his latest twitter rant? Or how we talked about this man that accused his wife of tweeting at a funeral as someone that needs to be kicked in his rectum but would like that, because he apparently believes that we gay men love to sexualize violence.
The entire time Baldwin and his statements were about comparing homosexuality to femininity because they were implying that feminine is weak, which is the typical rhetoric of a bigot. And it is misogynist because it places not just femininity in gay men as a weakness, but all women as well. Claiming that you’ve had a long running history with helping numerous unnamed LGBT organizations does not exclude you from having a prejudice mindset or enacting in dialogue that is problematic, hypocritical and downright harmful to this community.
There is no timetable for it because we each have to accept it in our own time. But Baldwin, a straight man that never has to deal with anything other than being a mediocre sitcom actor, feels like he can postulate on the complexities of one’s coming out process. Snide remark aside, let’s go along with this assertion made by Baldwin of Cooper coming out merely to gain favor with the gay community. In a time when there are still LGBT youth that are still openly attacked, bullied, dismembered, driven to a point where they want to end their lives, then any visibility that eliminates the stigma and negative stereotypes that Baldwin promotes, then I still welcome it. Even if it is to gain some sort of status it is a whole lot more than anything Baldwin has ever done for this community.
So please tell me, how someone who can so easily trivialize the process of coming out could ever be an ally. Save the speeches and blanket apologies for someone that truly believes you give a damn, Alec Baldwin. You are no better than the bigots that openly try to oppress us. But at least they’re honest about it. We are now in a time when instead of a person admitting the error in their prejudiced ways they would rather double down on their idiocy while claiming they know the real complexities of a struggle they themselves are lucky enough to never have to experience. So they make even more insufferable, uneducated comments to try to cover up their ignorance their privilege of being a member of the majority has given them. And they look like insensitive, uncaring, completely unaware fools while doing so.
I for one am exhausted from so called allies that deem themselves as a good guy that had a rough day who was simply using their offensive manner in a different context that we are just too simple to understand. Sorry but you aren’t that good an actor. Claiming that they can so easily discern the reasoning behind someone coming out is laughable and to refer to the process of coming out as a bargaining tool for popularity is not only insulting, it’s disgusting. It’s paramount that so called allies like Baldwin be called out so when they make their mea culpas that are supposed to make us forget their numerous transgressions.
You see the best quality about an ally is that they are willing to listen, because they know no matter how much they are made aware of the oppression and discrimination a group or community face, that they still will never know exactly what the experience feels like. So they must always be willing to accept that there will be times that they see nothing wrong with their behavior when it in fact is very problematic. And since Baldwin seems too keen on ignoring that aspect. we can not call him an ally.
“If any NFL players happen to read this, I guarantee you’ve played with or against a gay player at some point during your career — that’s simple statistics. Guess what? It didn’t make him any less of a player. It didn’t make him any less able to push through conditioning drills, less able to stay awake during meetings, less able to rally for the win when down by 10 with four minutes to go in the game. That gay player, whether you knew it or not — he was a teammate. He was your teammate. He was my teammate. Just like the coaches go on and on about every preseason: Once you step between those white lines, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, what you believe or when you were born. There’s only one thing that matters, and that’s ‘Can you play?'” – Minnesota Vikings punter and most awesome LGBT ally and geek Chris Kluwe, writing for Salon
Chris Kluwe is a shining light of remarkable intellect and articulation in a mud bog of posturing masculinity, intolerance and end-zone proselytizing that is the NFL.
What a great ally and wonderful human being. (And oh so very, very hot)