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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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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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Gay History - January 31, 1989: AIDS Protestors Shut Down The Golden Gate Bridge

Gay History – January 31, 1989: AIDS Protestors Shut Down The Golden Gate Bridge

On January 31, 1989 a group of about 80 to 100 courageous demonstrators shut down the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco at the height of rush hour to demand faster government action in stopping the spread of AIDS.

The CDC’s reported a cumulative total of 117,781 cases since AIDS reporting began in 1981. 

Below is the original AP wire service article about the protest:

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*January 31, 1989: From Los Angeles Times wire services

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of about 80 demonstrators shut down the Golden Gate Bridge at the height of rush hour this morning to demand faster government action in stopping the spread of AIDS.

The bridge remained closed for about half an hour until police arrived and made 20 to 30 arrests, authorities reported. The group, which called itself “Stop AIDS Now Or Else,” spread a banner across the width of the heavily traveled span and handed out leaflets to blocked motorists. Bridge Officer Lou Garcia said the demonstrators started blocking lanes about 7:30 a.m. and quickly succeeded in stopping traffic in both directions. The closure snarled traffic heading into San Francisco from Marin County on U.S. 101. Frustrated motorists shut off their engines and got out of their cars in an effort to see what was going on.

A spokeswoman for the group said they chose the bridge for the protest because it would be ″the most disruptive to people.″

″AIDS is disrupting our lives and until people’s lives are disrupted, they don’t pay attention,″ said Darla Rucker, spokeswoman for the group of AIDS victims and friends of AIDS patients.

″We don’t have the time to wait. My friends are dying all around me.″

The demonstrators closed all the traffic lanes by spreading a banner that read: ″AIDS Genocide; Silence Death; Fight Back,″ according to Highway Patrol officers, who called for police vans to cart off those arrested.

Some motorists stuck along U.S. 101 north and south of the bridge expressed anger at the demonstration and traffic tie-up.

Ruth Wheeler, of Larkspur, said she veered off the highway in Marin County, parked at a Safeway store and queued up with some 20 people to use five public telephones.

″People at Safeway were very upset. They said it was going to defeat their (the protesters’) cause,″ said Wheeler, who finally arrived at her destination about 9:30 a.m. ″The people said, ’Hey, if they think I’m going to be for them, doing something like this, forget it.‴

You can read the entire article about the event by clicking HERE

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HOCKEY: NY Rangers Cancel Player's Pride Night Jerseys at the Last Minute

HOCKEY: NY Rangers Cancel Player’s Pride Night Jerseys at the Last Minute

Coming just two weeks after a Philadelphia Flyers player earned national headlines for refusing to wear the teams Pride Night jersey because of his “religion”. The New York Rangers did not wear Pride Night jerseys or use rainbow stick tape during warmups on Friday night’ PRIDE night game, despite promoting them in ticket sales materials leading up to the game.

ESPN reports: The Rangers promoted Pride Night to fans by saying players “will be showing their support by donning pride-themed warm-up jerseys and tape in solidarity with those who continue to advocate for inclusivity.” Instead, the team wore their “Liberty Head” jerseys in warmups. The Rangers’ 7th annual Pride Night was celebrated throughout the game in other ways. Fans were given a pride-themed fanny pack as a giveaway. The exterior and interior lights at Madison Square Garden were illuminated in rainbow colors. The Rangers also made a charitable donation to the Ali Forney Center on Pride Night, the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ+ homeless youths in the country.

The Ranger’s statement on not wearing pride-themed warm-up jerseys last night: Our organization respects the LGBTQ+ community and we are proud to bring attention to important local community organizations as part of another great Pride Night. I n keeping with our organization’s core values, we support everyone’s individual right to respectfully express their beliefs.”

Which in turn asks the question was there NOT A SINGLE PLAYER on the Rangers wanted to express his belief and wear a Pride jersey in support of the LGBT+ community? Or did the Rangers disallow that too? Duly noted.

Two weeks ago after the Philadelphia Flyers player refused to wear the teams Pride jersey the NHL released this statement: “”Hockey is for Everyone is the umbrella initiative under which the League encourages Clubs to celebrate the diversity that exists in their respective markets, and to work to achieve more welcoming and inclusive environments for all fans,” the league said in its statement to ESPN. “Clubs decide whom to celebrate, when and how — with League counsel and support. Players are free to decide which initiatives to support, and we continue to encourage their voices and perspectives on social and cultural issues.”

The tide is turning. Not in a good way. Who would have ever thought a New York sports team would punk out on us?

*RUMOR HAS IT: Word has it Russian players, Panarin and Shesterkin are the players who are pulling the Religion card. It is likely being promoted by Putin and his Republican Allies in the U.S to hit the Pride Community and continue to create divisions in society

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Watch: The Classic PBS ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? - "Is Joe Gay?" Episode - [VIDEOWATCH: The Classic PBS ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? "Is Joe Gay?" Episode - [VIDE

WATCH: The Classic PBS ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? “Is Joe Gay?” Episode – [VIDEO]

¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? is America’s first bilingual situation comedy, which ran from 1977-1980 and the first sitcom to be produced for PBS.. The program explored the trials and tribulations faced by the Peñas, a Cuban-American family living in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, as they struggled to cope with a new country. Along the way the sitcom tackled pressing social issues such as homophobia, addiction, women’s liberation, and sexual freedom.

The “Is Joe Gay?” episode was filmed in 1980 and is as relevant today as it was then.

COLD CASE: 6th. Victim of San Francisco's Notorious Serial Killer The Doodler Identified.

COLD CASE: 6th. Victim of San Francisco’s Notorious Serial Killer The Doodler Identified.

The Doodler, is an unidentified serial killer believed responsible for up to 16 murders and three assaults of men in San Francisco, California, between January 1974 and September 1975.[ The nickname was given due to the perpetrator’s habit of sketching his victims prior to their sexual encounters and slayings by stabbing.[2] The perpetrator met his victims at gay nightclubs, bars and restaurants.[

Now some 45+ years later San Francisco police on Tuesday announced the identification of the sixth suspected victim of a serial killer 

““As a result of a new investigation, it is believed that Warren Andrews may be the sixth victim of the ‘Doodler,’” the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement released yesterday. “On April 27, 1975, Andrews was a victim of an assault at Land’s End. Andrews was found unconscious and never regained consciousness, dying several weeks later. All six (6) victims are believed to be Gay Caucasian males.””

Police reportedly have a suspect who was interviewed at the time of the killings and may still be alive today, but need further help from witnesses to make an arrest.

At the time, activist Harvey Milk publicly expressed empathy for the victims who refused to speak with police  stating, “I understand their position. I respect the pressure society has put on them.” Milk elaborated that the surviving victims likely feared damaging relationships with family and in the workforce.

Police also increased the reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the the “Doodler” from $200,000 to $250,000.

German Parliament Officially Recognizes Gay Victims of the Nazis for the First Time

German Parliament Officially Recognizes Gay Victims of the Nazis for the First Time

The German parliament for the first time on Friday focused its annual Holocaust memorial commemorations on people persecuted and killed over their sexual or gender identity during World War II.

“”Now you’re a gay pig and you’ve lost your balls.” That was how Otto Giering was taunted by a guard in August 1939 after his forced castration in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Even before his deportation to the concentration camp, the 22-year-old had been convicted twice for homosexual contact and sent to a labor camp

Campaigners in Germany have worked for decades to establish an official ceremony for gay victims of the Nazi regime (LGBTQ is not appropraite phrasing)

“Today’s hour of remembrances focuses on a group of victims which had to fight for a long time to achieve recognition: people who were persecuted by the National Socialists because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity,” Baerbel Bas, president of the Bundestag lower house, said while opening a ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation. More than half of these men were convicted, usually to serve long prison sentences or forced labor. In some cases, men were forced to undergo sterilization. Many were driven to suicide, Those who did not conform to National Socialist norms, lived in fear and mistrust. The hardest hit were the many thousands of men and women who were deported to concentration camps because of their sexuality – usually under a pretext. Many were abused for medical experiments, most perished after only a short time or they were murdered,” she added.

It has taken over 65 years for the gay and lesbians brutalized and murdered by the Nazis to be officialy recognized.

The commemoration was attended by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and two visiting members from Ukraine’s Jewish community.

January 27 – Holocaust Remembrance Day: Nazi Germany, The Pink Triangle and Paragraph 175

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of over six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

But also as a part of the Nazis’ attempt to purify German society and propagate an “Aryan master race,” they condemned homosexuals as “socially aberrant.” Soon after taking office on January 30, 1933, Hitler banned all gay and lesbian organizations. Brownshirted storm troopers raided the institutions and gathering places of homosexuals. While this subculture had flourished in the relative freedom of the 1920s, Nazi tactics greatly weakened it and drove it underground.

Later, a harsher revision of Paragraph 175 of the Criminal Code went into effect, making a broad range of “lewd and lascivious” behavior between men illegal and punishable by imprisonment. The revision of Paragraph 175.

The Nazis believed that male homosexuals were weak, effeminate men who could not fight for the German nation. They saw homosexuals as unlikely to produce children and increase the German birthrate. The Nazis held that inferior races produced more children than “Aryans,” so anything that diminished Germany’s reproductive potential was considered a racial danger.

The police had powers to hold in protective custody or preventive arrest those deemed dangerous to Germany’s moral fiber, jailing indefinitely—without trial—anyone they chose. In addition, homosexual prisoners just released from jail were immediately re-arrested and sent to concentration camps if the police thought it likely that they would continue to engage in homosexual acts.

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