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#PRIDE2022 - Learn All About The First Christopher Street Liberation Day (PRIDE) March - RARE VIDEO

#PRIDE2022 – Learn All About The First Christopher Street Liberation Day (PRIDE) March – RARE VIDEO

On November 2, 1969, just 4 months after the Stonewall riots Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes of the newly formed Gay Liberation Front proposed the first “gay pride parade” which was then called the “CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY MARCH.” to be held in New York City by way of a public resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) which meeting in Philadelphia..

Using Philadelphia’s smaller Annual Reminder protest which happened every year on the Fourth of July in front of Freedom Hall Rodwell, Sargeant,  Broidy, and Rhodes proposed the following to ECHO:

We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.

We also propose that we contact Homophile organizations throughout the country and suggest that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day. We propose a nationwide show of support.

All at the meeting in voted in favor of the march except for Mattachine Society of New York City, which abstained.(HYMN).

Meetings to organize the march began in early January at Rodwell’s apartment in 350 Bleeker Street not far from the site of the Stonewall bar.  At first there was major difficulty getting some of New York organizations like Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) to send representatives. In the end Rodwell , Sargeant, and Broidy, along with Michael BrownMarty Nixon, Brenda Howard of the the Gay Liberation Front and Foster Gunnison of the Mattachine Society made up the core group

For funding Gunnison sought donations from the national homophile organizations and sponsors, while Rodwell and Sargeant solicited donations via the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop customer mailing list. Nixon worked to gain financial support from GLF in his position as treasurer for that organization.  Believing that more people would turn out for the march on a Sunday they  scheduled the date for Sunday, June 28, 1970, the 1st. anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

The parade route covered 51 blocks from Christopher Street to Central Park ending in a “Gay-In” in Sheep’s Meadow.

On the same weekend gay activist groups on the West Coast held a march in Los Angeles on June 28, 1970 and a march and ‘Gay-in’ in San Francisco.

In Los Angeles, Morris Kight (Gay Liberation Front LA founder), Reverend Troy Perry (Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches founder) and Reverend Bob Humphries (United States Mission founder) gathered to plan a commemoration. They settled on a parade down Hollywood Boulevard. But securing a permit from the city was no easy task. They named their organization Christopher Street West.”   But they had more difficulty with Los Angeles than New York City.  Rev. Perry recalled the Los Angeles Police Chief Edward M. Davis telling him, “As far as I’m concerned, granting a permit to a group of homosexuals to parade down Hollywood Boulevard would be the same as giving a permit to a group of thieves and robbers.” Grudgingly, the Police Commission granted the permit, though there were fees exceeding $1.5 million. After the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in, the commission dropped all its requirements but a $1,500 fee for police service. That, too, was dismissed when the California Superior Court ordered the police to provide protection as they would for any other group. The eleventh hour California Supreme Court decision ordered the police commissioner to issue a parade permit citing the “constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.” From the beginning, L.A. parade organizers and participants knew there were risks of violence. Kight received death threats right up to the morning of the parade. Unlike what we see today, the first gay parade was very quiet. The marchers convened on McCadden Place in Hollywood, marched north and turned east onto Hollywood Boulevard. The Advocate reported “Over 1,000 homosexuals and their friends staged, not just a protest march, but a full blown parade down world-famous Hollywood Boulevard.”

The first marches were both serious protests and fun, they served to inspire the widening activist movement. The marches were repeated in the following years, and more and more pride marches started up in other cities throughout the world. In Atlanta and New York City the marches were called Gay Liberation Marches, and the day of celebration was called “Gay Liberation Day”; in Los Angeles and San Francisco they became known as ‘Gay Freedom Marches’ and the day was called “Gay Freedom Day”. As more cities and even smaller towns began holding their own celebrations, these names spread and evolved.

In the 1980’s there was a cultural shift in the gay movement. Activists of a less radical nature took over, mostly due to the advent of big organizations like the HRC and  also because of the AIDS crisis which took the lives of so many of the original activist.  At this point many groups started dropping the original “Gay Liberation” and “Gay Freedom” from the names, replacing them with “Gay Pride”.

Watch the rare video below of the first Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade which took place on June 28, 1970.  

 

 

 

North Carolina University Students Protest Notorious Anti-LGBT Speaker Michael Brown

North Carolina University Students Protest Notorious Anti-LGBT Speaker Michael Brown

Students at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina are banding together in protest to stop notorious anti-LGBT activist “Dr.” Michael Brown from speaking on campus

After flyers began appearing on campus, students began to do research into Brown’s background and literature finding that Brown not only thinks that the church can cure the LGBT community and also that marriage for gay couples is of the Devil. 

Students say this form of speech is hateful and do not understand why it would be allowed by the school.

“I think that goes its discriminatory speech and that speech empowers people to act on their hate and at that point I don’t think that is free speech at all. Whether it be small or large it’s harming people and I don’t think it should be allowed,” said sophomore Lee Hansen.

When questioned about Browns’ speaking engagement Appalachian State University sent the following statement.:  “Opening dialogue fosters understanding among people who hold different opinions and beliefs. At Appalachian we look for ways to do this while also helping our students develop and hone critical thinking, resiliency and communication skills.”

There are just some of the things that Michael Brown has said and done in the past and that ASU deems worthy of “understanding” and an “open discussion”:

— Attacked a popular Christian couple for coming out as pro-LGBTQ, writing, “How terribly tragic it is that, in your desire to save gay lives, you will ultimately destroy them.”

— Insists that the Canadian government is “Ready to Raid Your Home and Steal Your Child”: “Soon enough, there’s a knock at your door, and government agents are taking your son – yes, your very own child – and putting him in a new environment where he can live as Jane.”

— Traveled to Peru discouraging that nation’s lawmakers from “normalizing homosexuality”

— Said marriage for gay couples is of the Devil: “Yes, the battle lines have been drawn, the enemy is taking ground, and many of us hardly realize that the war is on. The devil is moving forward with energy and aggression. What in the world are we doing?” 

— Says his anti-gay book is like a modern day version of anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin

— Asked: “Are all sexual orientations gifts from God? Zoophilia, or coprophilia, the sexual stimulation by faeces, or bestiality, I mean things that everyone would be repulsed by, or pedophilia. Are those gifts from God? … How do you distinguish which sexual orientation is a gift from God and which is not?” 

— Says you “cannot possibly be a practicing homosexual and a follower of Jesus at the same time.” (16:32)

— Says activists use LGBT youth suicide victims as “pawns in a larger political agenda

— Said equality advocates were complicit in death of slain gay teen Larry King: “[R]ather than point the finger at a ‘homophobic’ society, they should point it at themselves. I’m speaking of course of gay activists, who have made Larry into a martyr for the cause of gay activism when, in reality, he was more a victim of gay activism.” 

— When asked if acceptance of gays is “the course that nations take just before their final destruction,” answered: “Once you begin to celebrate things that were once shameful, everything has become undone — and yes, the clock is ticking.” (6:27)

— Asked if “the demon” could be cast out of gays, answered: “Listen, why is it that people can accept demonic influences in other behaviors? Someone’s a heterosexual pornography addict and they get delivered from demons and their [sic] free.  Someone’s addicted to drugs, they can be taken to the florida rehab with good ratings, they get delivered from demons, someone’s got a horrific fierce temper, they get deliver from demons and their [sic] free.  Why can’t we recognize that this can happen with homosexuality too?” 

— Says gay activists aim to throw Christians in jail

— Defended a Ugandan law that criminalizes homosexuality (with jail time)