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Gay History - April 13, 1970: The Gay Activists Alliance Protests Mayor John Lindsey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gay History – April 13, 1970: The Gay Activists Alliance Protests Mayor John Lindsey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We’ve seem to have forgotten that our power lies in protest!

On April 13, 1970, a group of approximately 300 gay rights activists gathered outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to protest an event being hosted by Mayor John Lindsay. The event was a fundraiser for the Cultural Council Foundation, an organization that supported cultural programs in the city.

The protesters, who were members of the newly formed Gay Activists Alliance (GAA), were there to draw attention to the discrimination and violence that the gay community faced in the city. They were also calling for an end to police harassment and the repeal of discriminatory laws, such as those that criminalized homosexual behavior.

The GAA had organized the protest in response to Lindsay’s decision to veto a bill that would have prohibited discrimination against gay people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill, which had been passed by the New York City Council, was seen as a major step forward for gay rights, but Lindsay had vetoed it on the grounds that it would be difficult to enforce and would create more problems than it solved.

The protesters, who had gathered in front of the museum, were met by a large contingent of police officers who were there to maintain order. Despite the police presence, the protest was largely peaceful, with demonstrators holding signs and chanting slogans like “Gay is Good” and “Equal Rights Now”.

At one point, tensions escalated when a group of protesters tried to enter the museum to confront Lindsay directly. The police intervened, using force to prevent the protesters from entering the building. Several people were injured in the ensuing scuffle, and dozens were arrested.

The protest, while barely remembered today had a significant impact on the gay rights movement. It brought national attention to the issues facing the community and helped to galvanize support for the fight for equal rights. It also highlighted the growing militancy of the gay rights movement and the increasing willingness of activists to confront those in power directly.

The protest did have an impact on Lindsay. Although he remained opposed to the anti-discrimination bill, he later acknowledged that the protest had made him more aware of the issues facing the gay community and had prompted him to take a more active role in advocating for their rights.

In 1972, in response to the unrelenting pressure, Lindsay at last signed an executive order prohibiting city agencies from discriminating against job candidates based on sexual orientation.

Today, the protest serves as a reminder of the struggle that LGBT people have faced to gain equal rights and the importance of activism in achieving social change. Something that is sorely missed in today’s LGBTQIA+ community.

*Photo above – GAA member Marty Robinson detained by police at the MMA April 13, 1970

Former UFC Fighter Nate Marquardt Goes On Homophobic Rant While Watching UFC

Former UFC Fighter Nate Marquardt Goes On Homophobic Rant While Watching UFC

Former UFC standout Nate Marquardt who last fought in MMA in Oct. 2021 got his jock all twisted out of shape while watching UFC Fight Night 219 with his family.

In between fights, a commercial appeared on the ESPN+ stream that featured two males showing affection to each other After seeing the short commercial Marquardt was rubbed the wrong way and proceeded to express his disgust Twitter

Via: MMA News: “Wow disgusting commercial watching [ESPN+] with my kids and have to tell them to look away so they don’t see two men kissing!” Marquardt tweeted Saturday. After one fan reprimanded Marquardt and questioned the possibility of one of his children coming out as homosexual, he harshly denied it would happen. “Not possible,” Marquardt replied.

Marquardt isn’t the only former or current UFC fighter to make controversial remarks about homosexuals. In recent years making it one of the most anti-lgbt sports around.

MMA MADNESS: Floyd Mayweather Calls Conor McGregor a “Faggot”at London Presser (VIDEO)

The press tour for the upcoming MMA fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been a big deal for many into that sport but it has also taken a turn into the ugly with claims of racism and homophobia between the two athletes.

Accusations of racism dogging McGregor after the UFC champion repeatedly referred to his opponent as “boy,”  and during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Guillermo Rodriguez. He also joked that he was half-black, “from the belly button down.”

On Friday though a line was crossed especially coming from a person of color when during the tour’s final stop on Friday in London, Floyd Mayweather used a homophobic slur when insulting McGregor. During the exchange, Mayweather calls his opponent a “punk” and a “faggot,” among other choice insults.

A rep for Mayweather later told TMZ that Mayweather only used that language in response to provocation, saying that McGregor had earlier called the boxer a “monkey” off-mic.

“The reason Floyd called Conor the F word is because Conor called Floyd a monkey,” the rep said. “Floyd has nothing against gays or lesbians at all … Floyd has them on his staff. Floyd has nothing but the utmost respect for gays and lesbians.”

However, Hudson Taylor, Executive Director of the group Athlete Ally, which aims to “foster inclusive sports communities,” was not buying the apology. He issued a statement about the incident and the response from Mayweather’s camp.

Athlete Ally strongly condemns the homophobic slur used by Floyd Mayweather. The response given by Mayweather’s representative is equally troubling. If Mayweather truly has the utmost respect for the LGBT community, he wouldn’t resort to using slurs that perpetuate anti-LGBT stigma and hate.

Additionally, if the allegations of Conor McGregor’s racial slur are true, McGregor too crossed an unacceptable line. Resorting to homophobic and racial epithets is shameful no matter how or why one uses them.