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GAY HISTORY MONTH – October 18: KKK Foiled In Gay Bar Bombing Plot, Georgia’s Sodomy Apology, and the US Navy’s Explosive Gay Frame-Up

 

October 18th.

1977:  Citizens United to Protect Our Children, an organization in Portland OR, announced they had failed to get enough signatures to get a recall election of Mayor Neil Goldschmidt after he declared Portland’s Gay Pride Day.

1990: Former Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell declared that he believed he made a mistake by voting to uphold Georgia’s sodomy laws in the 1986 Bowers v Hardwick case.

In 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bowers v. Hardwick to uphold Georgia’s sodomy law, and with it similar laws in twenty-five other states and the District of Columbia. It had been reported that Justice Powell had originally voted to strike down, but a few days later he changed his mind and became the deciding vote in the court’s 5-4 decision. His retirement the following year gave him plenty of time to think about what he had done. Four years after Bowers, Powell spoke before a group of law students at New York University where he was asked how he reconciled his vote in Bowers, which limited the right to privacy, with his vote in Roe v. Wade, which extended a woman’s right to privacy to include whether she wanted to have an abortion. “I think I probably made a mistake on that one,” Powell said of his Bowers decision.

Powell later explained to a law journal, “I do think I was inconsistent in a general way with Roe. When I had the opportunity to reread the opinions a few months later, I thought the dissent had the better of the arguments.” But Powell refused to consider his deciding vote all that important. “I thought it was a frivolous case. I still think it was a frivolous case.” He considered his decision as “one of little or no importance,” because, he said, no one had actually been prosecuted for homosexual conduct.

1990:  Three white supremacists: Robert John Winslow, Stephen Nelson,, and Procter Baker were convicted of conspiring to blow up Neighbours Disco a gay bar in Boise, Idaho.

Robert John Winslow, a twenty-nine year old former infantryman from Laclede, Idaho had it all figured out. He used a towel spread out on a table top to represent the area around Seattle’s Neighbours Disco, a popular nightclub in the Capital Hill gayborhood, as he explained to Rico Valentino how it would all go down. They’d plant four bombs in the alley adjacent to Neighbours’ rear entrance. They’d paint them black and hide them in the shadows, on opposite sides of the alley. They could even use propane to create a “fireball effect.” Then someone would phone the bar with a bomb threat and everyone would evacuate out into the alley. “Fag burgers!” Winslow laughed. Why? Winslow said that homosexuals in America were threatening “white Christianity.” They also talked about bombing the Anti-Defamation League, cars owned by Jews, and businesses owned by blacks and Chinese.

They began planning the operation on April 20, 1990, during an Aryan Nation’s celebration of Hitler’s birthday, and now they were ready to do it. Winslow, Stephen Nelson, 35, and Procter Baker, 58, who had served as master of ceremonies for the birthday observance, were members of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations) at Hayden Lake, Idaho. But Valentino, a former professional wrestler, was a paid informant who had been working undercover for three years for the FBI. He wore a wire as Winslow laid out the plans. He also collected evidence at the Aryan Nations compound in Idaho. On May 12, 1990, Winslow and Nelson were arrested after driving with Valentino to Seattle. FBI agents trailed the van and arrested them in a motel parking lot near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Agents found pipe-bomb components, a .38-caliber pistol, a 12-gage shotgun and white-supremacist literature. Baker was arrested at his home in Coeur d’Alene. A search of his cabin in Kendrick turned up a partially assembled pipe bomb.

On October 18, 1990, Nelson, Winslow, and Baker were convicted of conspiracy and manufacturing and possessing pipe bombs. Nelson and Winslow were also found guilty of using interstate commerce in a conspiracy and possessing firearms during a violent crime. Winslow was sentenced to nine years, Nelson eight, and Baker to two years. The sentence was considered light: they had faced 20 to 25 years. But U.S. District Judge Harold Ryan rejected prosecutors contention that their actions amounted to “domestic terrorism,” and he also declined the government’s request to add time to the sentenced based on the intended victims.

1991: Admiral Frank B Kelso, chief of naval operations, announced that the explosion of the USS Iowa which killed forty-seven men had been proven not to have been caused by a wrongful intentional act and apologized to the family of Clayton Hartwig. Hartwig had been accused of intentionally causing the blast as an act of suicide following the break up of a homosexual affair. (It was NEVER proven that Hartwig was a was homosexual.)

On April 19, 1989 in the Number Two 16-inch gun turret aboard the USS Iowa exploded, killing 47 crewmen who were inside the turret. Iowa crewmen were ordered to remov the bodies, throw damaged equipment overboard and repaint the damaged turret the next day — all without taking photos or gathering any evidence. Investigators immediately set out the theory that Second Class Gunner’s Mate Clayton Hartwig, was killed in the blast, had committed suicide by detonating the explosion after an alleged affair with another male soldier ended.  As far as the Navy was concerned, that explained everything and the case was closed.

But Congress and the general public weren’t satisfied. After mounting criticism, Navy Secretary J. Lawrence Garett III ordered the service to reopen the investigation and hand it over to independent investigators. During that investigation, a sample of gunpowder of the same type used on the USS Iowa exploded during a ram test, which simulated the process of raming bags of gunpowder into the gun during loading. With that, the original investigation, which was based on circumstantial evidence, also went up in smoke. The Navy was left with nothing to do but apologize. “For this, on behalf of the U.S. Navy, I extend my sincere regrets to the family,” said a statement from Adm. Frank Kekso, chief of naval operations. “The Navy will not imply that a deceased individual is to blame for his own death, or the death of others.” He also apologized to the other families of those who died because “such a long period has passed, and despite all efforts, no certain answers regarding the cause of this terrible tragedy can be found.”

 

Texas Teenager Arrested for Murder After Using GRINDR To Lure Victims

Georgia Police Arrest 9 Men in GRINDR “Drugs for Sex” Sting Operation

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia arrested nine men during a three-day sting using Grindr in what they claim is a “drugs for sex” operation.

Sgt. W. Dereck Johnson – who identified himself on Grindr as “Charlie[looking for]420” – initiated a conversation about sex and offered to host at a Quality Inn & Suites on Beartooth Parkway in Dawsonville.

When the man said he had marijuana, Johnson replied, “U share?” The man said he would. Johnson also offered to supply papers to smoke the marijuana. 

“I want to get high and fuck,” Johnson wrote.

 Johnson told a local magistrate court judge a different story according to a March 4 warrant for the suspect’s arrest.

“[The suspect] did solicit SSGT D. Johnson to perform an act of prostitution in exchange for marijuana,” Johnson wrote in the warrant.

The man was charged with misdemeanor pandering, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and criminal attempt. 

In all  nine men were arrested during the sting using GRINDR over three day and charges ranged from misdemeanors – including pandering, obstruction and marijuana possession – to felonies, including criminal attempt to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine and use of a communication device to facilitate a felony. The men arrested ranged in age from 23 to 50 years old.

Sources report that all the men’s mugshots and places of business were published in a local media outlet.

Greg Nevins, senior counsel at Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, said the pandering charge is baseless. This type of arrest harkens back to other instances of law enforcement targeting gay men.

Dawsonville is located about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Source: Project Q

HATE CRIME: Second Arrest Made In Murder of Gay Man in Georgia

HATE CRIME: Second Arrest Made In Murder of Gay Man in Georgia

A second person has been arrested in the murder of Ronald “Trey” Peters, a 28-year-old gay social worker in Decatur, Georgia in early June.

Peters, 28, was gunned down outside along Orchard Circle near Decatur the morning of June 4th. His partner told investigators he was on his way to the MARTA station before work.

Witnesses said as Peters walked down the roadway, two men in a truck pulled up and put on masks they also said the gunman shouted anti-gay slurs as they ordered Peters to turn over his bag.

“When Trey jerked away from him and said, ‘It’s my bag you’re not getting it,’ the driver got out with a louder voice yelling, ‘Give him the f***ing bag, f*g,” witness Kevin Pickering told CBS 46. “The passenger walked back toward the vehicle and the driver got out and started firing.” Peters was reportedly shot twice. 

“Shaleeya Moore is in the DeKalb jail facing felony murder and armed robbery charges after the fatal shooting, according to police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Moore and Joshua Ellis, 21, who was arrested earlier this month, appeared in surveillance photos released by police after the shooting.

Police are still seeking a third man who has not yet been identified.

All the suspects have been described as people of color.

Police have classified the shooting as hate motivated, according to the AJC.

As Boycott List Grows Netflix Remains Silent Over Filming In Georgia

As Boycott List Grows Netflix Remains Silent Over Filming In Georgia

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a six week abortion ban into law as he’d long promised. The bill, slated to go into effect in January 2020, includes a far-reaching provision declaring “unborn children are a class of living, distinct person.”  The new law effectively criminalizes — with penalties including life in prison and death — any woman who seeks an abortion or even one who miscarries in the state.

By Thursday, production companies agreeing not to do business in George included Duplass Brothers Production, and “The Wire” creator’s Blown Deadline’s Production.

“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies,” David Simon tweeted. 

Killer Films (Boy’s Don’t Cry, Carol, Party Monster, Colette) CEO Christine Vacho also tweeted that her company “will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”

Actress Alyssa Milano released a statement Thursday saying that she will not return to Netflix’s “Insatiable” for a third season if the show’s filming does not move to a different state.

“I have to be there for another month but you can be sure I will fight tooth and nail to move ‘Insatiable’ to a state that will protect our rights,” Milano said.

“And if it doesn’t move to another state, I will not be able to return to the show if we are blessed with a third season. This is my leverage. I will use it for the betterment of society and our great country,” she added. 

Netflix itself has remained silent on the boycott and is currently filming more projects in the state than any other company, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. When reached for comment a Netflix representative told Rolling Stone it is following a statement from the MPAA, which said that it was “monitoring” the situation in Georgia.

“Film and television production in Georgia supports more than 92,000 jobs and brings significant economic benefits to communities and families. It is important to remember that similar legislation has been attempted in other states, and has either been enjoined by the courts or currently being challenged,” the MPAA said in a statement. “The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process. We will continue to monitor developments.”

The statement seems to hope that the ACLU or another legal advocate will swoop in to contest the law before it goes into effect in January so film companies will not have to break current contracts with the state which will cost them millions of dollars.

The entertainment entertainment industry, brought an estimated $2.7 billion to the state of Gerogia in 2018 while filming some 455 productions there.

Georgia Republicans Introduce ANOTHER 'Religious Freedom' Right to Discriminate Against LGBT Bill

Georgia Republicans Introduce ANOTHER ‘Religious Freedom’ Right to Discriminate Against LGBT Bill

Georgia Senate Republicans have introduced the 2019 version of a bill they’ve entitled “The Religious Freedom and Restoration Act.” 
Republicans say the bill is necessary to protect people whose religious beliefs come into conflict with other viewpoints. 

Republican state Sen. Marty Harbin of Tyrone said Thursday his proposal was drafted to mirror the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by Congress in 1993 . But of course it doesn’t.

Georgia Equality, said in a news release that Harbin’s legislation “would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers, among others, and would grant taxpayer-funded agencies a broad license to discriminate against LGBT youth, families, and other Georgians.”

House Speaker and fellow Republican David Ralston in January said he was concerned a Georgia version of the federal law “has a real potential to divide us as a state.”

“It’s a much different world than it was in 1993,” Ralston said. He also said he believed the proposals were a “solution in search of a problem.”

“I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia,” Deal said at the time.

In 2016 when Georgia introduced a similar LGBT discrimination bill companies like Coca-Cola, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Studios, Salesforce.com and the NFL all came out against it and threatened to boycott the state.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, the motion picture and television industry is responsible for more than 92,100 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in total wages in Georgia, including indirect jobs and wages alon

Gay History – December 1st: World AIDS Day, Alvin Ailey, Puritan Sex Panic and Pat Robertson Goes Crazy Again.

World AIDS Day

 

December 1st:

1642The General Court of Connecticut adopted a list of 12 capital crimes, including “man lying with man.” The law was based on the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s Body of Liberties of 1641 the first legal code established by European colonists in New England

1901El Universal, a Mexican newspaper, reported that police raided a party attended by single women. The article implied that the women were lesbians.

1975 – Feminist writer Jill Johnston wrote an essay “Are Lesbians Gay?” in which she explained why she believed it was absurd for lesbians to align themselves with the gay movement. And thus began the fracturing and compartmentalizing of our community. 

1976 – In Florida, Willard Allen was released from a mental hospital 26 years after he was ordered by a judge to be held there for having sex with another man. His doctors had been recommending his release for almost 20 years.

1980 – The American Journal of Psychiatry published an article recommending religion as a cure for homosexuality.

1981  The Worldwide Church of God (now Grace Communion International) published “The Plain Truth,” which speculated that the illnesses being diagnosed in gay men were God’s penalty for promiscuity.

1982The US House of Representatives voted to provide $2.6 million in funding to the Centers for Disease Control to fight AIDS.  The amount of money that was mere peanuts considering the severity of the disease.

1986 – After being convicted of sodomy, a Georgia man was fined $1,000, sentenced to 10 years probation, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

1988 – The first World AIDS Day was sponsored by the World Health Organization.  World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.  Between 1981 and 2007 alone AIDS had killed more than 25 million people and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.  

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987  by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be December 1st.

Get tested and play safe or take PReP.  AIDS is not over yet.  The responsibility is your own.

1989 – African-American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey died of complications from AIDS. Ailey, an African-American choreographer and activist founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. and is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. His company gained the nickname “Cultural Ambassador to the World” because of its extensive international touring. Alvin Ailey’s choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance.

1997  The National Black Lesbian Gay Leadership Forum participated in a meeting with President Clinton to encourage greater inclusion of African American gays and lesbians in the President’s Initiative on Race.

1998 – Officials in Miami Florida voted 7-6 to pass a law prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment and housing. Anita Bryant was not happy.

1999 – On the 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson denounced Canada’s leaders because a commercial printer who refused to print stationary for the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives lost a suit charging that he violated Canadian law. He urged Canadian viewers to “throw out those crazies who are now running the country.” He implied that a pastor who said that incest and child molestation are wrong could be imprisoned for holding such beliefs. .

2004Project Runway debuts on Bravo and introduces viewers to avuncular judge Tim Gunn and his catchphrase, “Make it work!” The popular reality series includes many openly lesbian and gay contestestants and judges and most recently on this seasons Project Runway All Stars its first transsexual contestant

2012 – West Point’s military chapel hosts its first same-sex wedding.

Despicable GA State Rep Who Suggested Quarantine For HIV+ Americans: “It was taken out of context.”

 

Georgia Rep. Betty Price said her comments on people with HIV that ignited a national firestorm this week were “taken completely out of context.” Price, the wife of former U.S. health secretary Tom Price, was in a study committee Tuesday when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could legally be quarantined.

Price said she was just being “provocative.” She said she is not in favor of a quarantine but made the “rhetorical” statement because she was sad and troubled that “too many of our fellow citizens who have HIV are not compliant.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Here is Price’s original statement:

“I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it. Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition? So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. What would you advise or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?”

“It seems to me it’s almost frightening, the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers. Well they are carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and then at that point they are not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment.”

I suppose that the most disturbing part of that comment was “whereas in the past they died more readily and then at that point they are not posing a risk.” was taken out of context also.

They really do want us dead.

 

 

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Evil Georgia GOP State Rep Wants People With HIV Quarantined Because They Don’t “Die As Readily” As Before

 

 Project Q Atlanta:

State Rep. Betty Price, a Republican from Roswell, suggested quarantining people living with HIV during a House study committee meeting addressing the barriers HIV-positive people face.

Price’s suggestion came Tuesday during a two-hour meeting of the House Study Committee on Georgians’ Barriers to Access to Adequate Health Care. Price – a medical doctor and wife of Dr. Tom Price, the former Secretary of Health & Human Services – asked Pascale Wortley if quarantining people was an option given how much the state spends on care for people with HIV. Wortley, director of the HIV Epidemiology Section for Georgia Department of Health, was discussing HIV treatment with the committee.

“It seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers, well not carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and at that point they are not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment,” Price said later during Wortley’s presentation.

Rep. Betty Price, who is also a medical doctor and happens to be the wife of former Trump administration Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

 

Troubled Non-Binary Intersex Activist Shot Dead by Police at Georgia Tech [Video]

Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old fourth-year engineering student at Georgia Tech, and president of schools Pride Alliance  was shot and killed on Saturday night by police after reusing to surrender a knife and telling officers to shoot.

NBC News reports:

 

The school identified the victim as Scout Schultz, 21, a fourth-year engineering student from Lilburn, Georgia, who police said was armed with a knife. Schultz, president of Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance, identified as non-binary and intersex and preferred to be referred to with they/them gender pronouns, according to the alliance’s website.

Police made contact with Schultz outside a campus parking garage after they received a 911 call at 11:17 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The original call reported that Schultz was also carrying a gun, officials said.

“Nobody wants to hurt you,” an officer says in the video.

But as Schultz continued to ignore the officers’ commands and stepped forward with the knife, a single shot rang out, and Schultz’s screams could be heard.

The young engineering student died later at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Schultz’s parents said that Scout was diagnosed with depression at a young age and that their child’s mental health often wavered.  They and others are calling  into question the use of lethal force used by police.

Chris Stewart, a lawyer representing Schultz’s family, said that  that photos from the scene show that Schultz had a 12-piece multitool at the time of the shooting but that the knife blade was not extended. Steward said that Schultz was being portrayed inaccurately as carrying a more dangerous weapon.

A video has been released of the disturbing incident.  CLICK HERE to view.  (WARNING:  The video contains graphic content that may not be suitable for some people.)

Georgia “Pastor” Who Praised PULSE Massacre Found Guilty of 8 Counts of Child Molestation

Georgia "Pastor" Who Praised PULSE Massacre Found Guilty of 8 Counts of Child Molestation

Today in Karma Is A BITCH……..

A jury in Brunswick, GA has found Kenneth Adkins, a controversial anti-gay pastor who stated that homosexual PULSE massacre victims “got what they deserved” was found guilty on eight charges in the sexual molestation of a teenage girl and boy at his church seven years ago

 Adkins was convicted of pressuring two youths he was supposed to me mentoring — to have sexual intercourse first in front of him so he could judge if they were doing it properly to eventually joining in on the acts himself. Last week the jury saw two photographs of Adkins’ penis that he sent his male accuser in 2014. And they saw several electronic messages sent between Adkins and the female.

Five of the charges he’s guilty of relate to the female who denied anything of the sort happened. She lived with Adkins and his wife until about a month after his arrest.

“She’s in his clutches,” said Assistant District Attorney Katie Gropper. “What he has done to that girl is not only criminal, it is deplorable.”

The male told the jury last week that Adkins watched them have sex so many times that he lost track. He said the sex — in the presence of Adkins occurred in the church office, at the beach and in Adkins’ car.

Adkins  a former drug addict who reinvented himself in Jacksonville, FL and opened a public relations firm. Many in North Florida saddled up to him in an attempt to curry the black vote. Adkins, for his part, was fairly successful.

He said in multiple phone calls to the Times-Union leading up to his trial that he felt a calling to be a preacher. That’s when he landed in Southeast Georgia. It was here that he made an assortment of enemies for failing to make good on financial promises; for his hard-line Republican stances that tended to put him out of sync with other black people; for basically being inflammatory no matter the subject.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tapped Adkins to be on a panel discussion regarding the possibility of expanding the city’s Human Right Ordinance to include gays, lesbians and transgender people. Adkins told the Times-Union he was picked by multiple pastors to trumpet their anti-gay, anti-expansion stance. He said he was paid for his efforts that included posting lewd and inflamatroy charictures of former Jasonville Mayor Tommy Hazouri

Georgia has strict mandatory minimum sentencing laws and because Adkins has a prior record, there’s a strong chance that he will never be a free man again.  

Source: The Florida Times-Union