Gay History: The Incredible Life of Black and Gay Civil Rights Icon Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987)

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Incredible Life of Black Gay Civil Rights Icon Bayard Rustin

Bayard Taylor Rustin was born in West Chester, Pa., March 17, 1912. He had no relationship with his father, and his 16-year-old mother, Florence, was so young he thought she was his sister. From his grandparents, Janifer and Julia Rustin, he took his Quaker “values,” which, in his words, “were based on the concept of a single human family and the belief that all members of that family are equal,”

As a teenager, Rustin wrote poems, played left tackle on the high school football team and, according to lore, staged an impromptu sit-in at a restaurant that would serve his white teammates but not him. When Rustin told his grandmother he preferred the company of young men to girls, she simply said, “I suppose that’s what you need to do.”

In 1937, Rustin moved to New York City after bouncing between Wilberforce University and Cheney State Teachers College. Enrolling at City College, he devoted himself to singing, performing with the Josh White Quartet and in the musical John Henry with Paul Robeson. He also joined the Young Communist League. Though he soon quit the party after it ordered him to cease protesting racial segregation in the U.S. armed forces. By this time he was already on the radar of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

Disappointed when the 1941 March on Washington was called off, Rustin joined the pacifist Rev. A.J. Muste’s Fellowship of Reconciliation, and when FOR members in Chicago launched the Congress of Racial Equality in 1942, Rustin traveled around the country speaking out. Two years later, he was arrested for failing to appear before his draft board and refusing alternative service as a conscientious objector. Sentenced to three years in prison, he ended up serving 26 months, angering authorities with his desegregation protests and open homosexuality to the point they transferred him to a higher-security prison.

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NYC: Three Men Robbed of Thousands of Dollars After Pick-Up's at The Eagle

NYC: Three Men Robbed of Thousands of Dollars After Pick-Up’s at The Eagle

Three men who visited a the New York City gay leather bar The Eagle were robbed of thousands of dollars using facial recognition access on their phones, the New York Police Department has confirmed.

The three men visited a Chelsea gay leather bar, The Eagle NYC, on separate nights in October and November and were each robbed of $1,000 to $5,000, according to the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of public information. 

Police believe the criminals used facial recognition to access the victims’ phones and funds once they were drugged or otherwise incapacitated after they left the bar., according to Capt. Robert Gault of the city’s 10th Precinct.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

Please be careful.

NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Controlled Senate Advances “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Controlled Senate Advances “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

 NPR reports: A bill advancing in North Carolina’s Senate would prohibit instruction about sexuality and gender identity in K-4 public school classes, defying the recommendations of parents, educators and LGBTQ youths who testified against it. Sponsors of the bill, approved Wednesday by the Senate education committee, say they want to grant parents greater authority over their children’s education and health care. Sponsor Sen. Amy Galey said that without it, teachers can “shove parents out of the school door” and teach curriculum that conflicts with parents’ beliefs. “It baffles me to think that this bill would be divisive, quite frankly,” Galey told the committee Wednesday.

North Carolina does have a Democratic Governor and while it isn’t guaranteed that he would VETO it I expect he will. 

Unless WE start fighting back. The future of America is fascism.

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FBI Searches For Suspects In Threats Against LGBT Businesses in St. Louis

FBI Searches For Suspects In Threats Against LGBT Businesses in St. Louis

The FBI is now involved in the search for who is responsible for making threats to three LGBT businesses in St Louis and a venue that was set to host a drag performer story time.

Urban Fort a play place for children with a cafe for adults has rescheduled and relocated its book reading event for kids with Drag performers due to safety concerns.

“Urban Fort is a place of acceptance and inclusion. Drag Storytime registrations are closed and the event has been moved to an undisclosed date, time and location to protect our patrons and employees,” owner, Megan King-Popp said. “We are concerned and dismayed with the violent threats our business and employees have received from opposition groups, and we’ve increased our security as a result.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Andrew Bailey demanded Missouri schools ban drag shows for school children.

The co-owner of Prism an LGBT bar and club said he too had death threats made against him by an anonymous callers: “It’s frustrating because we’re just people trying to be ourselves, trying to enjoy our lives,” said Sean Abernathy, Prism’s co-owner. “We’re not out to hurt anybody, but it feels like it’s a lot of people out to hurt us.”

Ryan Klinghammer a transgender man and performs in drag shows added: “My community is here. We’re not going anywhere.”

Gay History - February 1: Tom of Finland, Robert Opel and Tennessee Williams Terrorized in Key West

Gay History – February 1: Tom of Finland, Robert Opel and Tennessee Williams Terrorized in Key West

February 1st.

1978: Tom of Finland has his first U.S. exhibit at Robert Opel’s Fey Way Gallery in San Francisco.

Robert Opel was not only famous for being the man who streaked the 1974 Academy Awards. He also opened the first erotic art gallery in San Francisco called Fey-Way Studios (1978- 1979)

While Tom of Finland’s work went on to become famous worldwide. Tragically things did not turn out the same way for Robert Opel.

On the night of July 7, 1979, a crazed gunman by the name of Maurice Keenan killed Robert Opel in his own gallery shortly after putting on a stage performance entitled The Mock-Execution of Dan White (Harvey Milk’s murderer).

Keenan made off with $5 dollars and a camera.

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1979: A gang of teenage boys stands outside Tennessee Williams’s home in Key West, Florida, and begins throwing beer cans and firecrackers at the house while chanting “Come on out, faggot!” The incident is just the latest in a string of bizarre homophobic attacks aimed at the openly gay playwright.

Via The Washington Post:

Tennessee Williams’ life now on Key West in a way resembles the plot of one of his plays: an injured innocent in a honky-tonk town pitted against uprovoked malice, deliberate cruelty. Since January, his gardener has been murdered, his house ransacked twice. He has been mugged twice on the street, once reported, once not. His dog has disappeared. One winter evening some kids stood outside his house and threw beer cans on the porch, yelling at America’s greatest playwright, “Come on out, faggot.” The only person home at the time was a house-guest, writer Dotson Rader, and when the kids set off some fire-crackers, Rader remembers thinging: “This is it. They’ve resorted to guns.”

Yet Williams has reacted with the resiliency of one of his heroines, dismissing it all as “ridiculous.” He uses the same cliche to explain it away as does the Key West Police Department: “There is voilence everywhere.” What has happened is enough to “shatter faith in essential human goodness,” as Williams himself once put it, but he has insisted on a brave front, as if through “enduring the devil, he will earn, if nothing else, its respect.”

The Last of Us' Ep.3 is Getting Review-Bombed by Angry GFB Gamers

The Last of Us’ Ep.3 is Getting Review-Bombed by Angry GFB Gamers

HBO’s latest episode of “The Last of Us,” its new video-game adaptation, aired Sunday to widespread praise and impressive ratings. But the episode, titled “Long, Long Time,” is getting review-bombed by angry, homophobic greasy fan boys (GFB) of the game.

On IMDb, the episode still has a strong rating of 8.2 (out of 10) but on MetaCritic the episode has a user rating of 4.2 (out of 10) as of Tuesday morning 

The reason the GFB’s are up in arms is the fact that In the game, it’s quasi-evident that Bill is gay and had a relationship with Frank, but he never appears on-screen in the game. Now some of the more severely homophobic gamers were faced with the gay relationship of two men in the fleshed out storyline.

Neil Druckmann, the co-creator of the series who also developed the video game, told The Hollywood Reporter that Bill and Frank’s relationship “went over a lot of people’s heads” in the game. At the time, [the subtlety is] what helped get it in,” he said. “It’s sad to say, but it would have been controversial otherwise.”

One Metacritic user wrote that they “turned it off as soon as saw what was happening.” Other users complained of what they called the show’s “LGBT agenda” or “LGBT propaganda.”

In the end though HBO got the last laugh with the episode being watched by 6.4 million viewers on Sunday, HBO announced on Tuesday, giving it the highest first-night viewership yet for the series.  The network has already renewed the series for a second season.

Black History Month -READ: Black Panthers Leader Huey Newton’s Pro-Gay Rights Letter

A little over a year after the Stonewall riots of 1969, Black Panther Party leader Huey Newtospoke these words on August 15th, 1970, in an attempt to guide his more homophobic and patriarchal brothers into remembering that oppression, any kind of oppression is wrong, even if its directed towards gays and women.

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Ron DeSantis Accuses DirecTV of 'Intellectual Discrimination' for Dropping Newsmax

Ron DeSantis Accuses DirecTV of ‘Intellectual Discrimination’ for Dropping Newsmax

Florida Governor and Anti-Christ. Ron DeSatan DeSantis argued on Tuesday that DirecTV was guilty of “intellectual discrimination” because it dropped Newsmax, a conservative propaganda “news” station

DeSantis was asked if DirecTV should be investigated at the state level over the cancellation after accusing Direct TV of using an “ideological litmus test” to oust Newsmax..

Via Raw Story:. “They have so much other content that is very lightly viewed and yet they keep that on,” he said, “and it seems it’s the One America News and the Newsmax who are being targeted. So, I think it does warrant investigation.”

DeSantis went on to say that it should even be investigated by Congress: I think they need to ensure that there is not intellectual discrimination going on when it comes to what people are able to view.”

Newsmax is currently facing a lawsuit from voting machine company Smartmatic, which has also gone after OANN and Fox, while one of its hosts comes under fire for claiming COVID vaccines make recipients bioluminescent. 

LOUISIANNA: Dahmer Copycat Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison After Using GRINDR to Bait Victims

LOUISIANNA: Dahmer Copycat Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison After Using GRINDR to Bait Victims

A 21-year-old Louisianna man who targeted gay and bisexual men on a dating application with the intent to kidnap, kill, and dismember them recently pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to over four decades in prison.

Chance Seneca used the gay dating application Grindr to meet with one of his victims, the Department of Justice announced. Seneca reportedly drove the victim to an “isolated house, took out a handgun, instructed him to put on handcuffs, and then used several methods to attempt to murder him.” Seneca believed the victim was dead and tried to dismember him.”

The Justice Department said Seneca acknowledged that this fascination “led him to spend months designing a murder-kidnapping scheme that mirrored the murders of gay men committed by the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.” Seneca reportedly planned to eat and preserve the remains of his victims.

Seneca had allegedly kidnapped two other men. One of Seneca’s victims, an 18-year-old man identified as Holden White, was found in a bathtub with strangulation marks on his neck and his “wrists slit to the bone.” Due to the attack, White was in a coma for three days and remained hospitalized for nearly a month.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said, “The facts of this case are truly shocking, and the defendant’s decision to specifically target gay men is a disturbing reminder of the unique prejudices and dangers facing the LGBTQ+ community today. The internet should be accessible and safe for all Americans, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. We will continue to identify and intercept the predators who weaponize online platforms to target LGBTQ+ victims and carry out acts of violence and hate.”

On Jan. 25, the Justice Department announced that Seneca had been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison. The decision was made by the court based on “many factors,” including that Seneca specifically targeted his victims based on their gender and sexual orientation.

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