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Back2Stonewall’s Friday Night Movie: What Grown Ups Know (2004) Australia: 30 min

Roy and his mother flee from his abusive father. They run into trailer-park owner Maurice, to whom Roy is attracted. As Roy’s mother begins to die, Roy may either seek false security in Maurice’s arms or become a man and confront his mother’s illness

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A New Low – HRC Moves Gift Store Into Harvey Milk’s Camera Shop In the Castro

In what has to be a new low even for the HRC.  The Human Rights Campaign, is moving its San Francisco Action Center and gift store into the historic business and  home of slain gay civil rights legend Harvey Milk.

“In addition to merchandise with HRC’s signature ‘equal’ logo, the store will offer items emblazoned with the words and images of Harvey Milk. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to local organizations that continue to carry on the legacy of Harvey Milk, such as the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society, according to the organization.”

Said HRC President Joe Solmonese: “It is Harvey Milk’s vision of hope that continues to inspire the work that we do at the Human Rights Campaign. We are the beneficiaries of his groundbreaking activism and are honored to be a part of the future that he envisioned.”


Thats the sound of Harvey not only rolling over in his grave but trying to pound his way out to bitchslap Solmonese and the HRC.

The utter nerve and gall of the HRC leaves me speechless.   Rather than opening gift shops at gay historical monuments of REAL LGBT Civil rights leaders perhaps they should try political action themselves.

Oh and please note “A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to local organizations that continue to carry on the legacy of Harvey Milk, such as the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society, according to the organization.” They forgot to add “and a larger portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will go straight to Joe Solmonese’s martini party and designer suit fund.”

The HRC has no shame.  San Franciscans should be protesting in front of that store EVERY day until the HRC move out and more respectable and reverent treatment of Harvey’s historic landmark and legacy can be thought of and implemented.

Straw meet camels back.

Go to hell HRC!

Officer Who Investigated Matthew Shepards Murder Ask Others To Fight Hate Crimes At Law Enforcement Conference In Ohio

David O’Malley, the former police chief of Laramie, Wyo., looked a lot like the people he was speaking to Monday morning. He’s broad-shouldered, square-jawed, every inch a cop at a civil rights rights conference hosted by the local FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, OH.

In 1998, “I was fully homophobic,” he said. “Mean-spirited. ‘Faggot’ came out of my mouth as easily as ‘I love you’ to my children.”

That was before he investigated the death of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man tortured and murdered in a crime that shocked the conscience of the nation and inspired a new civil rights law. Delivering this opening remarks, O’Malley asked the authority figures to take hate crimes more seriously and to investigate them more ruthlessly, using new tools at their disposal.

“Why is this legislation important?” O’Malley asked. “Because there are places in our country that think , if you’re queer, you deserve what you get. If you happen to be gay, we may not investigate as well. We may not prosecute. I’m hoping that all stops.”

O’Malley said he learned more than the heinous details of the crime, “injuries like I had never seen before.” He learned how much Shepard was loved by friends, family and his parents, Dennis and Judy Shepard, who had to envision the unthinkable.

So tight was their boy lashed to the fence, O’Malley said, that the first sheriff’s deputy on the scene could not get a knife between the ropes and his flesh to free him.

O’Malley said he still thinks of the Shepards when he hugs his own son, knowing they can never do the same. “And that gives me a real intense feeling of loss.”

“Hate crime is a difficult topic for some people to engage in,” said Dan Leeper, a supervising special agent for the Cleveland FBI. “But when a law enforcement veteran like that, someone everyone respects, presents that message, I’m sure it’s being well-received.”

Throughout O’Malley’s speeh the auditorium was silent. The police, federal agent and prosecuting attorneys hung on his every word.

Phelp’s Westboro Baptist Church Van Tires Slashed In Oklahoma, Locals REFUSE To Do Repairs

After picketing the funeral of a McAlester, Oklahoma soldier this weekend the cazies of The Westboro Baptist Church returned to thier van to find two of its tires slashed.  And every auto and tire repair shop in town refused to make any repairs.

As their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according to police. The minivan finally pulled over several blocks away in a shopping center parking lot, where AAA was called. A flatbed service truck arrived and loaded up the minivan. Assistant Police Chief Darrell Miller said the minivan was taken to Walmart for repairs. Even before the protesters discovered their damaged tires, they faced off with a massive crowd of jeering and taunting counterprotesters at Third Street and Washington Avenue, two blocks from the First Baptist Church, where the soldier’s funeral was held. Miller estimated that crowd to number nearly 1,000 people, and they not only drowned out the Westboro protesters with jeers, but with raucous chants of “USA, USA.” A few motorcyclists interspersed among the crowd also revved up their engines to muffle the protests.

Can we please get the names and addresses of all the businesses that denied them service?

Because everyone of them should get a little hand written “Thank You” note!

Is "Bitch" The NEW "N" Word? – Rant of the Day

bitch – noun \ˈbich\

1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals

2a : a lewd or immoral woman b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse

3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant

Examples of BITCH

That word is a bitch to spell.
tiresome members of the tour group who had one bitch after another

Recently I have been called out twice for calling someone a bitch. 

Now I’ll adnit it.  I speak very plainly here and with passion which sometimes does include cursing.  I have called Men , Tony Perkins, Bryan Brown, and Joe Solmonee a BITCH.  I have called Maggie Gallager and Michelle Bac\hman a BITCH and I never heard a word.  But recently in a heated post I made about Rea Carey of the NGLTF and the total waste that she and her organization had been over the past two years wasting what little time that we had to make LGBT advances I called her a BITCH.  And viola!  Suddenly I am a MISOGYNIST asshole. 

Now I will freely admit I can be an asshole. But all of a sudden, because I called a lesbian a “bitch” I am a misogynist that hates all women?  That’s just a bit of a stretch don’t you think?  And a bit of a double standard.  How many women out there say “you bitch” to another woman?  Or if a woman says “I feel like such a bitch today, or if you called Joan Collins character on “Dynasty” a bitch does that make them misogynist?

 In some cases are wemaybe  getting too UBER PC? 

If a woman calls a man a “prick” or a “dick” or worse a “scumbag” does that mean she hates all men?  Should we as a male race be offended?  Is that woman  ‘misandrist’. Greek roots ‘mesein’ (“to hate”)/’misos’ (“hatred”) and ‘andr’ (“man”).

ANYONE who read that post could see clearly that I used the word bitch not as an attack on the entire female species.  Should I have not cursed?  YES. I probably should have found another word.  Not for the fact of misogyny but for better writing.  But  I was angry.  I AM ANGRY.  At what Rea Carey and the NGLTF and Joe Solmonese of of HRC  for not doing their job and wasting what little opportunity they had. while collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars and selling us up the river.

If I did offend, I mean TRULY offended people out there by calling Rea a BITCH and you REALLY TRULY BELIEVE  it was an attack on ALL women I am sorry.  It was not meant that way.  And I suggest that you go back and read the original post and you’ll see that.

In the end what can I say.  I’m just one angry HOMO.

Now I suppose I am anti-gay and a homophobic too.  *siiigh*

End Of Rant.

San Diego Man Beaten, Kicked and Called "Fucking Faggot" But Police "Aren’t Sure" It’s A Hate Crime

Jacob Harshbarger,of San Diego’s North Park, was attacked and beaten in an alley behind his home early Sunday morning while walking his dogs.  ,” Harshbarger was attacked after one of the men read it and began calling him a “fucking faggot.” The beat, which included kicking him to the ground that left him with a concussion, black eye, and 13 stitches in his lips, while screaming ay him “homo” and “come over here and kick the fairy

San Diego police officer, J. Hebdon, isn’t sure this is a hate crime or a matter of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 Like what? Walking your dogs near your house and being gay?

1000 Russian Orthodox Protesters Rally Against Gay Pride and Gay Marriage in Moscow, Russia

Following the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that Moscow’s ban on gay pride marches is illegal  a number of Orthodox religious organizations put together a rally against gay parades, legalization of same-sex marriages and immorality propaganda and gathered some 1,000 protesters on Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow on Saturday.

Vladimir Khomyakov, a co-chairman of the Narodny Sobor (People’s Gathering) Orthodox organization, said, “Despite the stories about our belligerent homophobia, we have never urged and are not urging to destroy gay clubs and attack gays. We have come to claim that the ECHR ruling is a gross interference in Russia’s domestic affairs and a violation of the Russian constitution and international law.”

The video below taken in 2009 will show you just one of the examples of “belligerent homophobia” that Vladimir Khomyakov says is just a “story”.

WATCH: ABC News "What Would You Do?" Segment on LGBT Teen Bullying (Video)

ABC News’ “What Would You Do?” presented a segment last night on Gay Bullying. 
ABC News hired 4 teenage actors to play bigoted bullies and a helpless gay victim and set the stage on a Long Beach, New York boardwalk.

“You’re a disgusting homo!” one bully yells. Our victim covers his face, his eyes filling with tears. “What do you have in that bag? Fairy dust?”

The insults keep coming as bystanders fill the boardwalk.

Then we start to notice an alarming trend. Despite the bullies’ relentless taunting, most people pass the group without saying a word. Our victim yells “stop!” and tries to get away from the three bullies but they keep blocking him at every turn.

Some people watch in the distance — pausing for a moment to stare but eventually just continue on.

For 15 minutes, no one seems the least bit interested in stopping the harassment. Some tell us they simply didn’t think it was their business to get involved.

“It wasn’t at a point where I thought I should jump in,” one man said. “I just didn’t feel it was my place to step in.”

Only 3 people who passed stopped over a two day period of taping to help.

Maike Carr, a self confessed former bully who not only stopped the bullies but then attempted to lecture them.  Mike Brady who survived a hit-and-run accident over 20 years ago; he was left with only one working hand as a result of his injuries . “Well, I went over to him and said, what’s going on here?…And you know, I was ready to punch one of them with my left hand, but that didn’t happen, thank God.” and Jeff Kupferman is a retired social worker who used to work in a local school.

Kupferman had a message for those who, over two days of taping in Long Beach, witnessed our gay bullying and did nothing to stop it.

“It’s not just about letting somebody be picked on,” he said. “being bullied and being harassed…and, and it’s a normal part of growing up. It’s not a normal part of growing up.”

Coudersport, Pennsylvania Bigots Gather To Spread Hate and Violence Towords The LGBT Community After Screening Of Joe Wilson’s Documentary "Out In Silence" (Video)

This is so disturbing that I literally shaking as I write this.

Joe Wilson’s documentary “Out In Silence” which takes a look at what it’s like to be LGBT in asmall rural Pennsylvania town . Was crested by hatred, bigotry and talk of LGBT violence by a group of Christomaniac homophobic bigots at Coudersport, Pennsylvania’s public library  (Wilson’s subject was Oil City, PA, his hometown, two hours away not Coudersport, PA)

Joe Wilson had  screened Out in the Silence Coudersport, PA a month before the presentation you’re about to see here, to a standing room only crowd and faced fierce opposition from the local Tea Party and Dr. Robert Wagner, who in the video presents his “A Bible Believing Christian’s Response to OUT IN THE SILENCE.  Sitting next to him is Diane Gramley, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Family Association, and a resident of Oil City who plays a central role in Wilson’s film for opposing Wilson and his partner’s same-sex marriage announcement in the local paper.

“I’m gonna put a ball bat in my car, and if I ever see a guy (transgender individual) coming out of a bathroom that my granddaughter’s in, I’m gonna use the ball bat on him…In the good old days, before ‘she-males’ existed, they just called such people perverts.” – Robert Wagner

The video below is shocking and disturbing and just proves the hatred and small mindedness that exists in small towns and gets worse everyday that our rights hang in the balance

Joe Wilson is very courageous and reasonable in the face of a room of white fundamentalist bigots who have no interest in any opinions other than their holier than thou religion entrenched hate.

Because I for one would have taken a bat to Robert Wagner’s face thats how furious this has made me.

Back2Stonewall’s Friday Night Movie: "Color Me Gay!" (2000) – LGBT Comedy Short

Color Me Gay is an instructional training film provides all the answers to those men and women struggling to knock down the closet door and what to do once it’s open. It also provides insights for the ever-present heterosexual family and friends trying to make sense of it all.

Audience Award Winner in the Comedy category of the Second Annual PlanetOut.com Short Movie Awards (2000, USA)

Director: Waddell, Eric and Jeffrey Wylie Producer: Waddell, Eric Starring: Tim Dunaway ; Mona Mansour ; Mark Cirillo