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National Organization For Marriage HATE-APOLOOZA UPDATE! – Trenton, NJ and Mayland MASSIVE FAIL, Brian Brown Speaks, Jay Lassister Of Blue Jersey Takes On NOM, NOM’s Fake Propaganda News Report (Video)

Less than 50 people bothered to come to NOM’s  “One Man, One Woman” HATE-APOLOOZA stop in Trenton, NJ yesterday where members of Garden State Equality out numbered the NOMBIES and while there was no shouting the mesage was heard loud and clear that The Garden State wasn’t going to listen to haters like Brian Brown and cultist followers.

Watch below as Jay Lassiter of Blue Jersey chimes in on NOM and what happened inside the State House while the NOM protest happened outside.

Also yesterday while the pro equality groups rocked the crowd to standing room only crowd Brian Brown himself  poo-pooed away the low numbers of NOM’s recent tour attendance to the Courage Campaigns cameraman who has been following the event and who today in Maryland where a whopping crowd of 17 people showed up Brian Brown had police officers remove  the CC’s cameraman from the Maryland rally — or risk arrest!
And last but not least NOM has created and posted on it’s hateful blog a  propaganda FAKE NEWS REPORT concerning the events in Providence R.I this weekend when “Protestors stormed the podium. threatened young children.and the  police stooding by and did nothing!” 
Please Mary………
Oh and that “hispanic woman” they are talking about who was threatened by protestors standing in front of her better make sure that her immigration papers are in the correct order because who do you think the type of people who follow NOM is coming after next you moronic bitch.

NKY PRIDE UPDATE: Northern Kentucky’s First Gay Pride Festival Is Alive and Well!

Northern Kentucky Pride Is ALIVE and WELL!

Okay here’s the deal. NKY Pride is alive and well and still scheduled for October of this year. But it has been a rough road. Like any family (And the LGBT Community IS A Family) there are “ups and downs” and “he saids and she said” and personal issues and attitudes that get in the way. But that is over AND WE ARE MOVING FORWARD.

Here are the FACTS.

*NKY Pride has hit a few bumps but is STILL SCHEDULED for late October. (Yes, October. Too many Prides in June and on our first not a good idea to compete with them) Where it would have been nice to have a Pride in June. IMO PRIDE is EVERYDAY, every WEEK, and EVERY MONTH. And c’mon can you think of anything gayer than Pride at Halloween?

*501c Non Profit Status HAS BEEN applied for and is in pending status. And NKY Pride is operating as such. ALL Monies go to the organization for Pride and other LGBT issues/events. (All members are volunteer)

*We are running behind because of the problems and are in need of Volunteers, Sponsors, and Entertainment. This may not turn out to be the biggest pride but it will be the BEST. (As most gay men know its QUALITY not QUANTITY) So if you are interested in joining the Commitee or Volunteering, Sponsorship, being a vendor, or entertaining at the event. PLEASE contact me at freewil@hotmail.com

There’s alot to do in the next 4.5 months and anyone who wants to help we are greatful to have it.

On this the 40th anniversary of the first Gay Pride March and the continuing struggle that we all still face to win our rights it’s so important that we do this. Not only to support our LGBT Pride but also the city of Covington, KY which is one of the few gay friendly cities in the state of Kentucky which has one of the lowest ratings when it comes to LGBT Equality Issues.

A new Facebook page and Website will be up shortly.

In the meantime please feel free to contact me at the above email addy with any questions, comments and ideas.

Thnak you for your patience and support.

Sunday Slavic Pride 2010 Aftermath Update: Imprisoned Slavic Pride Marcher Escapes From Police Station In Belarius!

Here’s an update about whats happening in the aftermath of Saturdays brutal police raid of Slavic Pride 2010’s March in Belarius, Minsk Russia.

One of the awesome things in todays update is that last night, one of the who was jailed yesterday managed to escape by asking to go to the toilet and then calmly walking out of a door!  How freaking awesome is that!

SUNDAY MAY 16

12.45: Food and drinks for the seven detained have been taken to the police station by Sergey Androsenko. In Belarus, anyone detained by the police have to be fed by their relatives.
12.30: Maria Efremenkova, St Petersburg Pride chief organiser, was told by the Russian Embassy this morning that the Belarusian Authorities have denied Embassy officials consular access to the two Russians being detained.
10.00: The 2010 the Slavic Pride Awards were handed out in the ‘wee small hours’. The Belarus Award went to Alexander Sakovich, the directeur of Club 6_A, the only only gay club in Minsk, while the founder and president of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, Louis-Georges Tin, picked-up the International Award.
10.00: Yes, there were eight still locked-up by the police awating court appearances tomorrow (Monday). But now there are seven. One managed to escape by asking to go to the toilet and then calmly walking out of a door to freedom! Said escapee actually made the Pride party.  There were no incidents at the closing party. There was a minute of silence to remember the seven march participants who are in police custody

Once again I must say thank you to thanks to Andy Harley and UKGayNews for their tireless work in the UK keeping the communication lines open and lettting the world know whats happening there.  (And on a personal note I must say that I am VERY disappointed in my fellow American bloggers for thier lack of coverage and updates on this heinous abuse of LGBT and human rights. Get some perspesctive.  Whats more important?  Beating the Reker’s Rentboy Scandal with a stick day after freaking day ?  For shame.)

UPDATE – As Slavic Gay Pride 2010 Comes To An End We Salute The Courage And Strength Of Our Russian Brothers And Sisters In Belarius

This will be the last update for thew night Special thanks to Andy Harley and UKGayNews for doing such a smash-up job and on repoerting the happenings in Belarus and keeping a communication line open to the courageous activist in Minsk.  We are stand in solidarity with you and  salute your Courage and Pride.

SUNDAY MAY 16
00.40:  A couple of items in the ‘food for thought’ department … the Belarus Web site Ont.by News is reporting that there wore no more than half a dozen people on the march (so how come 12 participants were arrested?) … and one march participant reported tonight that a JOURNALIST started to throw eggs at the participants during the march. Another journalist stopped him and said: “Vassya, wait at least until we have finished our work … we have expensive equipemnt here.” Only in Belarus …?

00.32: The post-Pride party is now on … though most participants are not in a party mood until everyone is released. The Slavic Pride Awards 2010 are going to be announced during the Party tonight. These will be posted here later.

00.25: The police seem to have found some petrol for their car! The group of eight have finally been moved to the detention centre for administrative offenders. They will stay there until Monday and their court appearances.

SATURDAY MAY 15

23.29: Police are mow patrolling around the club where the post-Pride party takes place tonight. Things are reported to be “quiet”.

23.05: Reuters now have a report, with a slide show of seven photos, HERE.

22.22: Belapn, the Belarus news agency, has video footage of the march and arrests, plus still photos HERE.

22.22: Proof that Russian media are adapting to the fact that Gay Prides are a modern fact of life? Today, the Russian news agency RIA NOVOSTI is reporting Minsk and Brussels Gay Prides.

22.15: The group of eight held together in custody – they were told earlier that they might be released due to a petrol shortage – have now been told that they will be kept locked-up until court on Monday. Medical services have been called as two Belarusians have injuries following their violent and brutal arrest as police broke-up the march.

Shocking Footage Emerges Of Police Agression and Arrests In Belarius At Slavic Pride! – Video and Update!

Remarkable footage of police aggressively ripping the 40 foot long rainbow flag out of the hands of the parade’s participants and of the arrests that followed has surfaced, 
UPDATE:
17:46: It appears that a total of 12 participants in the gay pride march have been arrested. Eight are being detained in one police station and four in another. The eight who are together are saying that they will be taken to the special detention centre for administrative offenders until court, probably on Monday. 
18:20: German government is being urged to make representation to Belarus. German out-gay MP Volker Beck is making the request as he been doing for a number of years when Russian activists have been arrested during unsanctionned rallies in Moscow.  
18:56: The Russians who went to their Embassy asking for consular support for the two Russians from St Petersburg arrested and detained were told that the information will be transferred to the consul and that they have to call back in 30mn. But they said that Russians who breach the law abroad have to be punished according to local laws
19:44: Reports say that the police was chased after the ‘mysteriious’ biker who opened the Pride march with a rainbow flag (Pictured Above). Luckily hey failed to catch him.
19:47: Sergey Androsenko and others have just been released together with the three others who were arrested at the cafe. Still waiting to hear from the group of eight
20:53: Bad news for the Russians who were arrested. The diplomat from the Russian Embassy, after visiting the Police station, said that they were arrested for taking part in an unauthorised event and therefore should answer according to the law. The Embassy will not provide any assistance.
More to come…….

UPDATE: Minsk Has Slavic Gay Pride March Admist VIOLENT Crackdown And Brutal Beatings By Police! – Sergei Androsenko Arrested!

*Sergei Androsenko and Nicolai Alekseev  (Photo from recent Press Conference,  NOT TODAY)

From Blogging From Belarius:

14:53: A short-lived March took place with 40 participants … violent crack down from anti riot police.

14:55: “A big mess,” a participant is reporting via SMS.

15:08 Minsk had its gay pride march. For just 10 minutes, 40 Belarusians and Russians waived a 12 meters long rainbow flag for a short march of approximately 200 meters. They were at first met by a large group of journalists, photographers and TV crew. But when they reached the first crossing point, they were trapped by several vans of anti-riot police. Suddenly, the doors of the vans opened and anti-riot officers ran towards the participants. “I never saw anything of the kind” said Nikolai Alekseev by mobile phone. “They were brutal and violent” he added. Another participant who did not want to be named said: “It was like a group of wild dogs”. The march ended with most of the participants being arrested and violently beaten. A few managed to escape but the police ran after them. 

15:45: Between five and ten participants are reported to be detained by the police, including Sergey Androsenko, chief organiser of Slavic Pride, and Alexander Sheremet, one of the St. Petersburg Pride organiser. Local activists are working to provide them with legal assistance.

15:55: Nicolai Alekseev: “I’ve never run so fast in my life”. (Russian co-organiser of Slavic Gay Pride,)

he participants who were not been arrested are still under shock. One can feel that they are proud of what they did today, but you can also feel the stress in their voices after the violent police crack down they suffered.

16:07: Three pride march participants are reported to have been arrested at a nearby cafe AFTER the event.

16:10:  19 year-old Sergei Androsenko, leaders of Belarussian Initiative of Young Gays is among the three (some reports say four) who were arrested in the cafe. They were taken from the table by the police and removed from the cafe via the backdoor.

This is just HORRIBLE!

I will be updating the events unfolding in Belarius throughout the day…….

UPDATE: Lt. Dan Choi And Captain Jim Pietrangelo Have Been ARRESTED!

UPDATE – Courtesy of Towleroad.com

1:55 pm: Police just informed the crowd that everyone must leave the sidewalk in front of the White House or be arrested, according to MetroWeekly. Choi and Pietrangelo are the only two remaining.

1:58 pm: Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo have been removed from the fence and arrested.

2:02 pm: Choi and Pietrangelo get cheers from the crowd as they are put into police van. Crowd applauds them as heroes.

Tweets Michelangelo Signorile: “Dan Choi took HRC’s and @kathygriffin ‘s celebrity photo op and turned it into a real protest at White House. And they stayed behind.”

CNN and MSNBC seem to have totally ignored this protest.

2:19 pm: Kathy Griffin, who either disappeared or was advised not to follow Choi after the HRC rally, tweets…

And of course……Human Rights Campaign President “Little” Joe Solmonese was reportedly nowhere to be seen during the Choi action.

The Prop 8 Trial (Non) Secret That No One Talked About Until Now. – Judge Vaughn Walker Is Gay.

Thats right.  Judge Vaughn Walker, the man in charge of deciding the fate of  Perry v. Schwarzenegger (Prop 8 Trial) is GAY!

This is the biggest NON SECRET of the trial.  Walkers sexual preference was and has been really no secret since well before the trial and it’s only NOW that the media is beggining to pick up on it and report it.  Regardless of the fact that  the Prop 8 case was assigned to Walker at random, and Walker has ruled against gays in cases past.  National Center for Lesbian Rights head Kate Kendell thinks the judge’s sexuality will likely be brought up by Prop 8 supporters should they lose the case, a notion that general counsel for the Prop 8 side Andrew Pugno denies.  But objections to the ruling if the Prop 8 supporters lose because of the judge’s sexuality seem unlikely to get very far legally.  But will be more hyperbole homophobic propaganda.

From SG GATE:

Walker has declined to talk about anything involving the Prop. 8 case outside court, and he wouldn’t comment to us when we asked about his orientation and whether it was relevant to the lawsuit.

Many San Francisco gays still hold Walker in contempt for a case he took when he was a private attorney, when he represented the U.S. Olympic Committee in a successful bid to keep San Francisco’s Gay Olympics from infringing on its name.

“Life is full of irony,” the judge replied when we reminded him about that episode.

And did he have any concerns about being characterized as gay?

“No comment.”

Shortly after our conversation, we heard from a federal judge who counts himself as a friend and confidant of Walker’s. He said he had spoken with Walker and was concerned that “people will come to the conclusion that (Walker) wants to conceal his sexuality.”

“He has a private life and he doesn’t conceal it, but doesn’t think it is relevant to his decisions in any case, and he doesn’t bring it to bear in any decisions,” said the judge, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the Prop. 8 trial.

“Is it newsworthy?” he said of Walker’s orientation, and laughed. “Yes.”

He said it was hard to ignore the irony that “in the beginning, when (Walker) sought to be a judge, a major obstacle he had to overcome was the perception that he was anti-gay.”

SURPRISE!

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6:30 PM – EST UPDATE:

The far-right shit rag The National Review is already calling for Walker to step down. The linked editorial cites Walker’s attempt to have the trial televised, then closes with this:

Take Walker’s failure to decide the case, one way or the other (as other courts have done in similar cases), as a matter of law and his concocting of supposed factual issues to be decided at trial. Take the incredibly intrusive discovery, grossly underprotective of First Amendment associational rights, that Walker authorized into the internal communications of the Prop 8 sponsors—a ruling overturned, in part, by an extraordinary writ of mandamus issued by a Ninth Circuit panel consisting entirely of Clinton appointees. Take Walker’s insane and unworkable inquiry into the subjective motivations of the more than seven million Californians who voted in support of Prop 8. Take Walker’s permitting a parade of anti-Prop 8 witnesses at trial who gave lengthy testimony that had no conceivable bearing on any factual or legal issues in dispute but who provided useful theater for the anti-Prop 8 cause. And so on. Walker’s entire course of conduct has only one sensible explanation: that Walker is hellbent to use the case to advance the cause of same-sex marriage. Given his manifest inability to be impartial, Walker should have recused himself from the beginning, and he remains obligated to do so now.