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Gay History – June 4th: Anti-Gay Life Insurance, Henry Gerber, The Congressional Gay Caucus, and Oprah Ain't No Lesbian.

Gay History – June 4th: Anti-Gay Life Insurance, Henry Gerber, The Congressional Gay Caucus, and Oprah Ain’t No Lesbian.

June 4th.

1906 – Dr. William Lee Howard presented a paper to the American Association of Medical Examiners in Boston warning of the dangers of providing life insurance to male or female homosexuals. He said they are prone to disease and abuse drugs and alcohol, and males especially detest any form of physical exercise.

1925 – Henry Gerber, founder of Chicago’s earliest gay organization The Society for Human Rights, and three other members of the organization were arrested without a warrant after the wife of a member complained about the organization’s newsletter. The charges were dismissed, but as a result of the arrest Gerber lost his job, and the organization folded since he could no longer financially support it.

Inspired by Magus Hirschfeld’s work with the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, Gerber resolved to find a similar organization in the United States. He called his group the Society for Human Rights (SHR) and took on the role of secretary. Gerber applied for a charter as a non-profit organization with the state of Illinois. The application outlined the goals and purposes of the (SHR)

Gerber decided to limit SHR membership to gay men and exclude bisexuals. Unknown to them, SHR vice-president Al Weininger was married with two children. Weninger’s wife reported SHR to a social worker in the summer of 1925, calling them “degenerates”.

 Gerber was tried three times.  Charges against Gerber were eventually dismissed but his defense cost him his life savings,[some or all of which may have been in the form of bribes paid through his lawyer.

Gerber spent the last decades of his life as a resident of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home.

Gerber was 80 years old when he died at home on December 31, 1972.

1952 – Birth date of ex-Hardy Boy heartthrob Parker Stevenson, who was once the husband of Scientologist/Actress Kristy Alley.  Was it a beard arrangement set up by the Xitan cult? And if so for which one? Stevenson would later leave the cult after divorcing Ally with a massive 6 million dollar divorce settlement. Question answered!

Parker was a hottie and well worth 6 million in my eyes. (see below.) 

1979 – In Toronto, the Gay Liberation Union establishes the first gay self-defense course in Canada. The program grew out of increasing anti-gay violence on the streets. Now 34 years later New York City is offering self-defense courses to the LGBT community due to the high spike in anti-LGBT violence in the once gay-safe city.

1997 – “I am not in the closet. I am not coming out of the closet. I am not gay.” So said Oprah Winfrey, star of the U.S.’ top-rated TV talk show, in a prepared statement. Winfrey’s guest role in the coming out episode of the ABC sitcom “Ellen,” and host role in the public coming out process of its star Ellen DeGeneres, combined with a rumor started by gossip columnist Liz Smith about the impending coming out of a very much bigger star — nay, “role model to millions” — had led to so many questions that Winfrey felt she had to respond. The jury is still out on the statement.

1999 – Gay philanthropist James Hormel was appointed Ambassador to Luxembourg by President Bill Clinton.  Concerns about Hormel’s reception in Luxembourg were “blunted when officials of the country, which has laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation, indicated that he would be welcome.”[  Senator Alfonse D’Amato of New York found the obstruction of the nomination an embarrassment and urged that Trent Lott bring the issue up for a vote. When Lott continued to stall, Clinton employed a recess appointment. Hormel was sworn in as ambassador in June 1999. His partner at the time, Timothy Wu, held the Bible during the ceremony. Also in attendance were Hormel’s former wife, his five children, and several of his grandchildren.

2003 – Former stockbroker and “Walker” (non-sexual male companion to wealthy socialites) Peter Bacanovic was indicted in New York along with Martha Stewart in an insider trading scandal. Bacanovic, 41, who is openly gay, and Stewart, 61, faced charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the nine-count federal indictment. The former was also charged with perjury in testimony to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and creating false documents to explain away Stewart’s trade of ImClone stock.

2005 – President George Bush meets with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Following the meeting the Pope issued a statement declaring that same-sex marriage represents nothing more than “self-centered demands” erroneously depicted as human rights.

2008 – The Congressional Gay Caucus (now the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus) was founded.  And they’ve done so much for us.  Haven’t they?

Hunksinswimsuits: Parker Stevenson in speedos is everything

Oprah’s Buddy “Pastor” Joel Osteen: We’re For Everybody Except The Gays – Video

Con-man and gay face Joel Osteen (a Oprah discovery)of the Houston TX megachurch Lakewood, appeared on The Lead with Jake Tapper to pitch his mew book I Declare and talked about his right-wing christian-fest biblical show “The Bible” and let it be known that he doesn’t believe in or support same-sex marriage because has he doesn’t see “same-sex in the scripture.”

“It’s a fine line,” Osteen answered.  “We’re for everybody, but, of course, as a Christian pastor my base is off what I believe the Scripture says.  Marriage is between a male and a female.  But again, we’re for everybody.  But that’s where I draw the line.”

Tapper followed up by asking Osteen whether he believes that gay couples should have access to some basic rights.

“I think so.  You know, I think we have to be compassionate about it all.  We’re not against everybody.  And there are certainly people who love each other and I believe they should have those rights.  I just … you know, when I come back to the Scripture, as much as I’m for everybody, I don’t see same-sex in the Scripture.”

Well Osteen is right about one thing.  Same-sex marriage isn’t in the scriptures but also no where in the Bible does it specifically say that same-sex marriage is not allowed or the fact that it is only between one man and one woman although it does mention marriage between one man and many women.  After all, the nation of Israel comes from the offspring of the four “wives” (2 wives, 2 concubines) of Jacob.  Polygamy and sexual slavery anyone? Its in the scripture so it must be okay!

The whole interview was a thinly veiled attempt by Osteen to hide his bigotry.  And not a very good one at that and as much as I like Jake Tapper he should have called Osteen out on his woeful rhetoric.

And as for Miss Oprah.  I’ve been waiting for years for an apology from her for her “discovery”of this anti-gay bigot and using him on her daytime talk show and legitimizing him as a “Man of God”

OPRAH To Feature Inspirational Religious Bigots Rick Warren and Joel Osteen on “Lifeclass”

Oprah Winfrey who has always said that she is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights and equality has just taped one of her newest Lifeclass program, where viewers “get the lessons we can all use to lead our best possible lives,”  featuring the wisdom of two anti-gay pastors Joel Osteen and Rick Warren.

Osteen, a mega-church pastor in Houston, claims he doesn’t hate gays, only views them as sinful. and endorses “ex gay” therapy  and California pastor Warren is proudly against marriage equality. He also campaigned for Prop. 8 and declared support for Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay policies.

What the hell is Oprah thinking?  To use and promote these two religious bigots does not just endorse some of the views which she might find favorable it legitimizes all of their views.

If Oprah really cared she would know better.  You can’t straddle the fence on bigotry and civil rights to appease your audience and get ratings.  Hosting Osteen and Warren is both hurtful and offensive to the LGBT community .

One would think that Oprah of all people would know that.

Watch Oprah and Gayle King Joke About Those Pesky Lesbian Rumors. (Video)

Oprah and her best friend Gayle King joked about those pesky lesbian rumors while camping at Yosemite National Park.

As they called it a night and retreated into their (shared) camper, Gayle cracked, “Let’s just add to that lesbian rumor.”

“Lesbian rumors!” Oprah said in her trademark exaggerated voice

Believe it or not.  (That its “rumors” of course)

What’s "Too Gay" Today? – West End Bares "Strip Britannia" Video!, Montreal Is A TOP!, Stephen Fry Is Gay and Smart!, Oprah To Host "Sound of Music" 45 Year Reunion, and The American Academy of Pediatricians Has A Hard On For Viagra Commercials

*  “Strip Britannia” was the opening number from the West End Bares Fundraiser with Oliver Thornton in the sinign lead.  You can visit The West End Bares production has an official YouTube channel with a lot of other videos from the event.

*  Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, along with co-stars Charmian Carr (Liesl), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) will reunite for the first time in 45 years on Oprah on Oct. 29.

45 years?  Forget about climbing any mountains.  It’s surprising that they can get out of bed.

*  Aubin Parrish and  American Academy of Pediatricians believe that “erectile dysfunction medication” commercials should not be shown during prime-time,  Televison shows that expoilt war, murder, rape and violence seem to be quite alright with them though.

Stephen Fry has signed up to play Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s smarter brother in Sherlock Holmes 2

*   Trip Out Gay Travel Awards remains open with Logo. Montreal is determined to be the gayest city possible, in the best possible way, and shot this video for why they should take home the top prize for best place to get away from home.  So make Montreal your TOP.  (I’d love to make Daniel Bayliss mine!  WOOF @ Danny!)