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Gay History – February 20, 1927 – August 03, 1986: Roy Cohn The Most Evil, Self Loathing, Despicable Closet Case In History

In our history we have heroes and villains  And there could be no one more villainous and despicable in gay history than the monster named Roy Cohn.

Cohn born to an observant Jewish family in The Bronx, New York City on February 20th, 1927 howed signs of legal brilliance early, having been admitted to the bar at twenty-one, becoming an Assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan and playing a prominent role in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1951. Cohn always took great pride in the Rosenberg verdict and claimed to have played an even greater part than his public role. He said in his autobiography that his own influence had led to both Chief Prosecutor Saypol and Judge Irving Kaufman being appointed to the case. He further said that Kaufman imposed the death penalty, based on his personal recommendation

In 1952, Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) appointed him as chief counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on the recommendation of FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, where Cohn became known for his aggressive questioning of “suspected” Communists. Cohn preferred not to hold hearings in open forums, which went well with McCarthy’s preference for holding “executive sessions” and “off-the-record” sessions away from the Capitol in order to minimize public scrutiny and to question witnesses with relative impunity. Cohn was given free rein in pursuit of many investigations, with McCarthy joining in only for the more publicized sessions.

Cohn invited his “friend” G. David Schine, an anti-Communist propagandist, to join McCarthy’s staff as a consultant. When Schine was drafted into the US Army in 1953, Cohn made repeated and extensive efforts to procure special treatment for Schine. He contacted military officials from the Secretary of the Army down to Schine’s company commander and demanded for Schine to be given light duties, extra leave, and exemption from overseas assignment. light duties, extra leave, an exemption from overseas assignment — and threatened to “wreck the Army” if they didn’t accede to his demands. The bitter irony of all this is that while Cohn was pursuing special treatment for his “special friend”, McCarthy’s witch hunt extended beyond communists to also include gay people. (See The Lavender Scare) That conflict, along with McCarthy’s accusations of Communists in the defense department, led to the Army–McCarthy hearings of 1954, in which among other developments the Army charged Cohn and McCarthy with using improper pressure on Schine’s behalf, and McCarthy and Cohn countercharged that the Army was holding Schine “hostage” in an attempt to squelch McCarthy’s investigations into Communists in the Army. During the hearings, a photograph of Schine was introduced, and Joseph N. Welch, the Army’s attorney in the hearings, accused Cohn of doctoring the image to show Schine alone with Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens.  Welch asked the staffer sarcastically, “Did you think it came from a pixie?” McCarthy interjected, “Will counsel (Welch) for my benefit define– I think he might be an expert on that– what a pixie is?” Welch responded, “Yes. I should say, Mr. Senator, that a pixie is a close relative of a fairy.” in a jab at Cohn. Others in the chamber who were in on the rumors, broke into laughter. Cohn later called the remark, “malicious,” “wicked,” and “indecent.”

Although the findings of the hearings blamed Cohn rather than McCarthy, they are widely considered an important element of McCarthy’s disgrace. After the Army–McCarthy hearings, Cohn resigned from McCarthy’s staff and went into private practice.

After leaving McCarthy, Cohn had a 30-year career as an attorney in New York City. His clients included Donald Trump, Mafia figures Tony Salerno, Carmine Galante, and John Gotti, Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Texas financier and philanthropist Shearn Moody, Jr., and the New York Yankees baseball club. He was known for his active social life, charitable giving, and combative personality. In the early 1960s he became a member of the John Birch Society and a principal figure in the Western Goals Foundation. He maintained close ties in conservative political circles.  Cohn’s frequent phone pals included Nancy Reagan and the former C.I.A. director William Casey, who “called Roy almost daily during [Reagan’s] 1st election.”  Cohn was also as an informal advisor to Richard Nixon.

Cohn was also friends with the now “President” Donald Trump, and sought advice after they first met asking: How should he and his father respond to Justice Department allegations that their company had systematically discriminated against black people seeking housing?

“My view is tell them to go to hell,” Cohn said, “and fight the thing in court.”

Cohn also showed Trump how to exploit power and instill fear through a simple formula: attack, counterattack and never apologize.

Donald Trump prized Roy Cohn’s friendship and his reputation for aggression. According to a New York Times profile a quarter-century ago, when frustrated by an adversary, Trump would pull out a photograph of Cohn and ask, “Would you rather deal with him?”

In a 2008 article published in The New Yorker magazine Jeffrey Toobin quotes Roger Stone on Cohn’s homosexuality: “Roy was not gay. He was a man who liked having sex with men. Gays were weak, effeminate. He always seemed to have these young blond boys around. It just wasn’t discussed. He was interested in power and access.  Stone worked with Cohn beginning with the Reagan campaign during the Republican Party presidential primaries, 1976.

While publicly closeted and working actively against gay rights, Cohn partied at the best gay bars and threw lavish parties in New York and Provincetown. In 1984, he was diagnosed with AIDS.

From LIFE magazine: THE SNARLING DEATH OF ROY M. COHN (1988)

Labor Day, 1984. Provincetown was readying itself for another night of dancing and partying, for this was the last holiday of the season. Lying on a chaise on the deck of Roy’s cottage, Russell Eldridge was sick. He was 20 years younger than Roy, but misfortune had come to Russell first. At one time or another Russell had done everything for Roy but get into bed with him. He had mixed the drinks, cut Roy’s hair, brought in the cash from Roy’s various businesses. He ran strange errands, such as rounding up the night’s boys at the Boat Slip bar in Provincetown. Gay people, straight people cottoned to Russell. He had a way of being a part of Roy’s madnesses and yet standing apart from them, looking on with sardonic good humor. Years ago he was supposed to have been wicked, the mean kind of man hustler. He had outgrown his bad self, but now Russell was 50 pounds lighter, a shaking scarecrow, wrapped in towels and lying on Roy’s deck.

There had been great times in Provincetown, but this time Russell hadn’t wanted to come. He couldn’t even walk by himself. “He knew he’d have to pretend he was feeling better than he was for Roy,” Russell’s friend Sue Greenig remembers. “That’s what he did until he couldn’t pretend anymore.” Roy acted as if there were nothing wrong with Russell, though he knew the virus was in both their bodies. Roy wasn’t admitting it, and Russell shouldn’t either.

Cohn used his connections to jump to the head of the line for treatment with the then-scarce and experimental AZT. By the time he died on this date in 1986, he maintained his public denial both of his homosexuality and his disease — he said it was “cancer.”

Cohn  died on August 2, 1986, in Bethesda, Maryland, of complications from AIDS, at the age of 59.[ At death, the IRS seized almost everything he had.

Roy Cohn is buried in Union Field Cemetery in Queens, New York. While his tombstone describes him as a lawyer and a patriot,

Roy Cohn’s name is also on a panel of the AIDS memorial quilt. It reads, “Roy Cohn: Bully, Coward, Victim.”

A fitting eulogy if there ever was one.

 

 

Talk about perfect casting. Watch James Woods as Roy Cohn below in “Citizen Cohn (1992)
This Gay Latino Trump Supporter Will Make Your Brain Explode

This Gay Latino Trump Supporter Will Make Your Brain Explode

Pete Gomez, a gay metal sheet worker was interviewed by the Fort Worth Star Telegram about his support for Donald Trump, who held a rally in Dallas last week.

Said Gomez:

I definitely have a different mentality of using your brain and not your heart because your heart will deceive you. And I just want everyone to know in the LGBT community that Trump is for us. The 2nd Amendment is for us. We need to stand with this president because he’s the only one who is helping us restore this nation back to everything we’ve ever had which is so amazing. We literally are going to make America more greater than it’s ever been and keep it that way.”

If you’re saying shit like “make America more greater” then you definitely are not thinking with your brain.

This just proves that there are stupid uneducated gay people just like there are stupid uneducated straight people. 

James Franco In Talks To Play Self Loathing Ex-Gay Activist Michael Glatze In Gus Van Stat Biopic

James Franco

James Franco is in talks to star in Gus Van Stats upcoming biopic based on the life of gay activist turned ex-gay nutsy religious zealot wacko devotee, Michael Glatze.

Glatz who was at one time the was an award winning gay rights activist and editor of Young Gay America, Glatze found “God” and then claimed that his homosexuality came to him “because I was already weak”. He attributes his sexual “confusion” to the death of his father when he was 13, and his mother when he was 19. He was 14 when he decided he was gay, and 20 when he came out publicly.

In 2004, he launched YGA as a “virtuous counterpart” to adult-oriented gay magazines.

Glatze says he eventually drew his own conclusions about the movement he was leading, which he now says was “a movement of sin and corruption”. He left YGA magazine with the parting words “Homosexuality is death, and I choose life,” left on his computer screen for his colleagues to see. He says that coming out from under the influence of the “homosexual mindset was the most liberating, beautiful and astonishing thing I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.”

The reformed Glatze leaves us under no illusions about his current position on homosexuality:

Gus Van Sant (Good Will HuntingMilk) is on board to produce the $3.5 million movie with shooting scheduled to begin in New York this July, reports the New York Post. 

“Abnormal means “that which hurts us, hurts normal.” Homosexuality takes us out of our normal state, of being perfectly united in all things, and divides us, causing us to forever pine for an outside physical object that we can never possess. Homosexual people – like all people – yearn for the mythical true love, which does actually exist. The problem with homosexuality is that true love only comes when we have nothing preventing us from letting it shine forth from within. We cannot fully be ourselves when our minds are trapped in a cycle and group-mentality of sanctioned, protected and celebrated lust.”

“I was repulsive for quite some time; I am still dealing with all of my guilt. … Now I know that homosexuality is lust and pornography wrapped into one. I’ll never let anybody try to convince me otherwise, no matter how slick their tongues or how sad their story. I have seen it. I know the truth”

Why Van Stat picked this particular self-loathing  ex-gay  racist douchebag to make a movie about is unknown.

Note to Glatze:  You are still repulsive.

Ezra Klein To The LGBT Community: Give Brandon Ambrosino A Chance! – Dear Ezra: FUCK YOU!

Fuck You!

In the past three days Ezra Klein has claimed he hadn’t read any of  Brandon Ambrosino’s work before hiring him for his new media venture VOX, to that that he has read some and it and it does not contain “one iota” of homophobia, to today’s latest spin that Brandon is only a poor inexperienced writer who Klein thinks has some talent and wants to groom.  (Obviously we haven’t read the same person)

Today in a post on his Facebook page

In a post on his Facebook page, Klein addressed the controversy that’s swirled around Ambrosino, the 23-year-old (ehm) openly gay writer who landed a fellowship at the fledgling Vox.com.

“Brandon isn’t our LGBT correspondent. He’s not even the only LGBT employee of Vox.com,” Klein wrote. “He is a young writer who we think has talent who’s going to receive a lot of editing and a lot of guidance.”

In an interview with The American Prospect earlier this week, Klein said he hadn’t read Ambrosino’s pieces that were lambasted by the likes of Media Matters and Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern prior to making the hire.

Those pieces included a loving retrospective on Ambrosino’s time at the Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University and a defense of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.

On Facebook, Klein now denys  that he wasn’t familiar with Ambrosino’s work,

“Contrary to some garbled reports, before hiring Brandon I read a lot of his previous work,” Klein wrote. “Brandon’s past writing was often quite pointed and personal, and not a fit for Vox — and I told him so. The writing fellowship requires a very different approach.”

Klein closed the post with a show of contrition, and urged readers to give Ambrosino an opportunity to prove himself.

“I could’ve, and should’ve, handled this hire a lot better,” Klein wrote. “But I would ask people to give Brandon a chance. He’ll be held to the same high standards as all Vox.com employees, and I believe he’ll meet them.”

Right.

Translation:  We fucked up and I didn’t vet him. (Or he gave me  a hellua blowjob). Ambrosino now has a signed one year contract that we can’t get out of without paying him off some money.  Also if we get rid of him now the right-wing anti-gay loons will be down our throats even before we open Vox.  So I’ll just keep spinning this bullshit till something clicks and you get you gays off my back.

 

CBS Journalist Itay Hod Outs Self Loathing Espadrille Wearing Closet Case GOP Rep. Aaron Schock

Aaron Schrock

 

In a rather lengthy Facebook post, gay CBS journalist Itay Hod has essentially outed Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock.

Schock (which rhymes with cock) has been dodging his gay “rumors” for years while constantly voting the along the lines of the GOP’s anti-gay ticket.

“People always say, no one has the right to out anyone. that coming out is a private matter. i disagree. as you can imagine, not a very popular opinion. but bear with me. 

Here’s a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let’s just say from Illinois, is gay… and you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower… together. Now they could have been good friends just trying to conserve water. but there’s more. what if this congressman has also been caught by TMZ cameras trolling gay bars. now what if you know that this very same guy, the darling of the gop, has also voted against repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, opposed the repeal of DOMA, is against gay marriage; and for the federal marriage amendment, which would add language to the us constitution banning gay marriage and would likely strike down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country?

Are we still not allowed to out him? 

Let me ask another question… doesn’t the media have an OBLIGATION to expose his hypocrisy? If he had done something so hypocritical and he wasn’t gay, wouldn’t we demand journalists do their job? But they can’t… because we won’t let them. you’re not allowed to out ANYONE, we tell them. 

We’ve created a situation where even though news organizations know this guy is gay, they can’t report it because he hasn’t said so on twitter. 

If we keep saying that being gay is genetic; ergo, it’s no different than having blue eyes or blonde hair… than why are not allowed to mention it? why do we need anyone’s consent to talk about their sexuality? are we not allowed to say someone has blue eyes until they post a fb message telling us they are in fact blue?

We’ve been so effective at convincing everyone that outing people is a crime against humanity, that we’ve made it impossible for any network or news organization to talk about this “hypothetical” gay republican congressman and his hypocritical vote against gay rights. they won’t touch it for fear of retribution from GLAAD or HRC. (in fact when my friend’s network interviewed said hypothetical republican, he talked about wanting to find a nice woman to marry… and the network aired it… knowing it was a lie…)”

Good for Itay.

This has been another of the GOP’s dirty little gay cover-ups D.C. since 2009 when Schock took office.  Schock calls his being questioned of his sexuality and his anti-gay GOP voting record “inappropriate and ridiculous” and not “worthy of further response.” Well it is appropriate and not only is it worthy of a response from him but is also the LGBT community’s duty to out him once and for all before she becomes a longtime GOP Closet Case Teflon Queen like Miss Lindsey Graham.

The media both gay and straight and we as individual activists ABSOLUTELY have an obligation and a right to expose such dangerous hypocrisy in elected officials.

Now all we need is one gay man to step forward and come out publicly and admit to sleeping or dating Aaron Schock.

If you are out there and you are reading this PLEASE contact us or someone else in the media.  You’d be doing your community a great service.

 

Arron Scrock Gay