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Gay and LGBT Journalism Used To Be A Tool for Activism Before It Became Mainstream and Vapid.

Gay and LGBT Journalism Used To Be A Tool for Activism Before It Became Mainstream and Vapid.

I mean really do we need articles about “Andy Cohen is living his best daddy life” or news, information, and guidance about the attacks on our community by the GOP and Red States? You decide.

A long time ago in a gay-laxy many decades away gay and LGBT journalism played a critical role in the struggle for our equal rights and acceptance in the United States, particularly in the 1970s and 80s. During this time, Gay and LGBT journalists and publications emerged as powerful tools for activism, community building, and advocacy.

The 1970s saw the birth of several groundbreaking gay publications, including The Advocate, Gay Community News (gone), and The Body Politic (gone). These publications provided a platform for people to share their stories and experiences, as well as to engage in political and social activism.

LGBT journalism has played a critical role in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance in the United States, particularly in the 1970s and 80s. During this time, LGBTQ+ journalists and publications emerged as powerful tools for activism, community building, and advocacy.

One of the key ways that LGBTQ+ journalism was used for activism during this period was through reporting on discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people. For example, in the aftermath of the Stonewall riots in 1969, LGBTQ+ publications covered police violence against queer people and the subsequent protests and activism that emerged in response. Similarly, in the 1980s, as the AIDS epidemic swept through the LGBTQ+ community, publications such as The Advocate and Gay Community News were instrumental in raising awareness about the disease and advocating for better healthcare and support services for those affected.

LGBT+ journalists and publications also played a crucial role in advocating for legal and political change. In the early 1980s, for example, The Advocate published a series of articles exposing the discrimination faced by gay people in the military, which helped to build momentum for the eventual repeal of the military’s ban on openly LGBT+ service members in 2011.

In addition to reporting on news and events, LGBT publications also served as important forums for community building and activism. Many publications included personal ads and classifieds sections, which allowed people to connect with one another and build social networks. They also often featured editorial content on topics such as Gay+ history, culture, and politics, which helped to educate readers and build a sense of community and solidarity.

Many publications faced censorship, harassment, and even violence from those who opposed LGBT rights and visibility. For example, in 1977, the offices of The Gay Crusader, a publication based in San Francisco, were firebombed in what is widely believed to have been an anti-gay hate crime attack.

Despite these challenges, LGBT+ journalism remained a powerful tool for activism throughout the 1970s and 80s.

In the 90’s and afterwards many LGBT publications went “mainstream”. Gone are the personals, history pots, and any calls to activism.

In this current political climate we need LGBT+ publications to return to its roots. To inform, lead, and create a sense of community again.


You can see some gay and LGBT vintage news magazines cover below.

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New York Times Hires Anti-LGBT Columnist David French

New York Times Hires Anti-LGBT Columnist David French

The New York Times announced New it has brought on an anti-LGBTQ+ columnist, David French, Tuesday, calling him “an expert on the law, faith and politics.” despite the fact that French was once an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom anti-lgbt hate group.

Last year, French actually praised the Respect for Marriage Act, which wrote marriage equality into federal law while assuring that it won’t interfere with religious liberty. The act “doesn’t solve every issue in America’s culture war (much less every issue related to marriage), but it’s a bipartisan step in the right direction,” he wrote in The Atlantic. he also filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case recently heard by the Supreme Court involving a web designer arguing that she has the right to refuse service to same-sex couples.

Remember this the next time the New York Times wants you to pay a subscription to get behind their paywall.

“Porno Pete” LaBarbera Pissed Off No Anti-Gays Invited To NGLJA Convention In Chicago

Porno Pete theme song
“Porno Pete” LaBarbera of American’s for Truth About Homosexuality is shaking his fist and stamping his little feet that no anti-gay bigots were invited to speak at the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Convention held last weekend in Chicago, IL.

“Even the NLGJA panel on religion and ‘gay rights’ was bereft of a traditionalist perspective, while the two openly homosexual speakers—former Episcopal Church bishop V. [Vicky] Gene Robinson and new Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA) Bishop Rev. Doctor Guy Erwin—were heralded in the program as leaders of ‘this next wave of the civil rights movement.’Both Revs. Robinson and Erwin compared opposition to homosexuality and Christian businessmen’s principled refusal to participate in ‘gay weddings’ to racist bigotry. Perhaps it is asking too much of  ‘mainstream’ journalists who consider homosexuality part of their intrinsic identity (“who they are”) to cover LGBT-related issues impartially. Nevertheless, intellectual diversity and ‘opposing’ viewpoint inclusion—the watchwords of this conference and pro-LGBT advocacy in general—were in short supply at the NLGJA convention. That is a peculiar and glaring deficit for a profession that ideally is supposed to cover ‘both sides’ of controversial issues.” – Peter LaBarbera

No worries Peter.  Hompohobic transgender blogger Parker Marie Malloy was there to represent homophobia and hate.

Vladimir Putin Abolishes State News Agency, Appoints Rabid Homophobe To Run New Agency

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In a move reminiscent of Adolf Hitler,  Russian President Vladimir Putin  has abolished the official state news agency RIA Novosti.  Novosti has been known for its very legitimate and balanced news reporting.  A new news agency will be be created and headed by Putin supporter and rabid homophobic  journalist Dmitry Kiselev

BBC News reports:

In a surprise decree published on the Kremlin’s website on Monday, Mr Putin announced it would be replaced by a news agency called Russia Today. The new agency will be headed by journalist and keen Kremlin supporter Dmitry Kiselev. The state-owned Voice of Russia radio station has also been closed. The decree was effective immediately. For many Kremlin critics in Russia, that phrase suggests this is a sinister move by President Putin, says the BBC’s Daniel Sandford in Moscow. During Mr Putin’s time as Russia’s leader, RIA Novosti has tried hard to produce balanced coverage for Russian and international audiences, our correspondent says. Although state-owned, it has reflected the views of the opposition and covered difficult topics for the Kremlin, our correspondent adds.

In the past Kiselev has been very outspoken about his “issues” with Russia’s LGBT community and has claimed that LGBT bashing victims deserve their fate and  has said that any gay person is involved in a car accident should have “their hearts should burned” rather than used as organ donations.

Our [Russian] problem with homosexuals is that they behave in a provocative, victim-like way. They deliberately provoke situations, so that they become victims. Nobody prevents them from loving each other the way they want to. They are aggressively foisting minority’s values on the majority. It is likely that society would counteract this. Naturally, right? In various ways, including brutal ones. Since they are brutally foisting this [on others]. Wanna fight? Get it, then. So what?”

Say hello to  Russia’s new Ministry of Propaganda.  This is Nazi Germany all over again.


Canadian Press Choice Of Gay Sadist Killer Luka Magnotta As Newsmaker of the Year Sparks Controversy

Memorial to murder victim Lin Jun in Montréal
Memorial to murder victim Lin Jun in Montréal

Politicians, journalists, and commentators have reacted strongly to the Canadian Press news agency’s choice of Luka Magnotta as Canadian Newsmaker of the Year.

Magnotta is accused of the grisly, sadistic murder last May of exchange student Lin Jun in Montréal. The crime made international headlines after Magnotta allegedly posted a video of the killing online, then mailed body parts to the headquarters of Canada’s Liberal and Conservative parties and two Vancouver-area public schools.

A former gay porn actor, stripper, and escort, Magnotta was arrested in a Berlin Internet café a few weeks after Lin Jun’s death. It is suspected that Magnotta had spent years cultivating an online presence with hundreds of social media profiles and faked photos. According to reports, Magnotta actively sought to link his name to that of convicted child murderer Karla Homolka in an attempt to increase his notoriety.

Initial press coverage dubbed Magnotta the “Canadian Psycho” and focused on the accused’s past as a dancer at Toronto gay strip club Remington’s, despite the accused’s near-invisibility in the Canadian LGBT community.

Reaction to the choice of Magnotta has been mixed. The CP Newsmaker is chosen by polling journalists and editors, many of whom have pointed out that the choice is not an award. However, as the Toronto Star’s senior writer in Ottawa, Susan Delacourt, wrote:

My objections to Magnotta as newsmaker aren’t personal — I recognize that egregious people make news and being a “newsmaker” isn’t necessarily a reward for good behaviour. But it seems to me that the biggest news of the year should somehow revolve around societal insights, not mere infamy.

Several politicians also took to Twitter to express their outrage, with Liberal leader Bob Rae tweeting that the choice was “a new low” for the Canadian Press.

Magnotta is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in March.


First National Newspaper Woman Film Critic Judith Crist Dies At Age 90

Judith Crist the first woman to become a full-time film critic at a major American newspaper and longtime film critic for the ‘Today’ show and ‘TV Guide died Aug. 7 at her home in New York. She was 90. Her immediate cause of death was not announced.

Crist, a caustic, exacting, irreverent, sprightly and altogether formidable film critic and journalism instructor  sent shivers and fear through generations of filmmakers.

Legendary writer and director Billy Wilder once said that “inviting her (Christ) to review a movie was like inviting the Boston Strangler to give you a neck massage.”

Mrs. Crist modeled herself on actress Bette Davis, whom she called the ideal of the “forceful woman with a cigarette in her hand.” Few critics surpassed Mrs. Crist in clout.

In a scathing review of “Spencer’s Mountain,” a family drama starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara, she blasted Radio City Music Hall for its Easter-time showing of a film “that for sheer prurience and perverted morality disguised as piety makes the nudie shows at the Rialto look like Walt Disney productions.”

Of the 1963 epic “Cleopatra,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Mrs. Crist wrote: “At best a major disappointment, at worst an extravagant exercise in tedium.”

A critic, she said in a 1989 interview with the Jerusalem Post, “is an individual voicing his or her own opinion. He’s not the voice of God. In my reviews, I say what I think of a film and why, and my readers know my tastes by now. Some hate my taste, and so I’m reliable for them, too, since they know they’ll like what I hate.”

From 1958 until last February, when she became ill, Crist was an adjunct professor of writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Gay Friendly Clergy Deliver 20,000 Signatures To MSNBC To Get FRC’s Tony Perkins Off The Air

Bishop Gene Robinson and LGBT friendly clergy delivered a petition with over 20,000 signatures to MSNBC yesterday in hopes of getting them to stop using Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council a known hate group as one of their conservative pundits because of his dangerous and harmful anti-gay rhetoric and lies.

Its about time someone protested MSNBC for  enabling this extreme homophobic bigot’s viewpoints on their news why we as a community have not been actively and physically protesting this is beyond me.

And why GLAAD, whose job it is to handle homophobia in the media hasn’t done anything is a complete disgrace.


VIDEO: Sarah Palin Wants to Clean Up Journalism Because She Has a Journalism Degree from The University of Idaho!

How about just doing no more interviews period.

Palin’s “Journalism Degree” is from the University of Idaho.  One of the FIVE COLLEGES that she attended in SIX YEARS  where she did not work for college newspapers or campus television stations, but she did worked briefly as a sportscaster for KTUU in Anchorage after she graduated college.

So she’s just as qualified to clean up journalism as she is to be in poitics!