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Original Stonewall Participant and Longtime Gay Activist Fred Sargeant Attacked By Trans Activist @ Burlington Pride

Original Stonewall Participant and Longtime Gay Activist Fred Sargeant Attacked By Gender Identity/Trans Activist @ Burlington Pride

Fred Sargent is an original. He is one of NYC’s original gay activist. He alongside with boyfriend Craig Rodwell and others started NYC PRIDE (Christopher Street Liberation Day Protest) A member of GLF, GAA and almost any other homophile organization Sargent participated in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City (verified unlike some others) And to this day he continues to fight. Just now a bit differently.

Sargeant, 74, was attacked after holding a sign with a red line through the phrases “Woman Face” and “Black Face” and “Gay Not Queer” at the 39th Burlington Pride Parade in Vermont.

Yes. Vermont.

Sargeant is against the recent “gender” ideology movement’ which he says is “homophobic and exclusive.” and some say are out of control. Especially the UK version of the Human Rights Campaign called “Stonewall”

Out of control perhaps by assaulting a 74 year old man at PRIDE?

Describing the incident on his Facebook account, Sargeant said, “Mugged at Burlington Pride. So, I went to Pride to protest their misogyny, homophobia, exclusionary policies and divisiveness. I was met by screaming, multiple assaults, ageist comments, shoving, slaps to the back of my head, pouring coffee on me and repeated attempts to steal my signs Being unsuccessful in their attempts to disrupt my protest and drive me away, the mob pushed me to the ground as the parade ended, further injuring me.” 

Via Gaynrd.com: This isn’t the first time that lesbians and gays have faced vitriol from trans activists at Pride. Lesbians have been intimidated, shouted at, surrounded and unceremoniously thrown out of Pride events in London and Cardiff. In Paris, smoke flares were thrown at lesbians who insisted that the definition of lesbian doesn’t include people with male bodies. Sargeant is also a target because he is able to call out trans activists for their attempts to rewrite gay history. It is now fashionable to erase boring old gays and foreground trans activists instead. For instance, it is now claimed that the pivotal role at the Stonewall riots was played not by gay people, but by ‘trans’ activist Marsha P Johnson. This is despite Johnson being on the record admitting that he was actually a drag queen and not trans, and that other than being a part of the hundreds and hundreds of rioters that night he played no significant part in the events.  But it is worthy in itself that Johnson was there and in the thick of it with 100’s of others

But. Marsha Johnson (or Syliva Rivera) did not start or lead the Stonewall Riots. AND THAT IS A FACT,

Differing opinions and ideologies should not be met with violence within our community. Go fight a Republican. Someone who REALY hurts you. But the fact that they attacked a 74 year old man gay man, be he a longtime gay activist or not is vile and disgusting. It also proves many of the negative things said about the trans movement right now.

Oh. And don’t forget about Bette!

Montreal Pride Cancels Today’s Parade at the Last Minute

Montreal Pride Cancels Today’s Parade at the Last Minute

Hours before it was due to take place on Sunday, organizers announced the cancellation of Montreal’s Pride parade.

Via the CBC: Organizers of the Montréal Pride festival have cancelled today’s parade. They cited a lack of security staff for the parade route, adding that the decision was made in collaboration with Montreal police. Events taking place at the Esplanade du Parc olympique from 2 p.m., including the closing show with Pabllo Vittar, will go on as as planned. Tens of thousands of people were expected to attend today’s parade.

Presse Canadienne, Montreal Pride executive director Simon Gamache said the organization was short 80 people on Sunday morning, most of whom had been assigned to close streets and that it was the result of multiple factors, including COVID-19 cases during the week, multiple possible cases of heat stroke and fatigue among volunteers who had contributed in previous days.

“Montreal Pride isn’t immune from human resources issues.” Gamache added..

ORLANDO FL Teachers Banned From Any PRIDE Items In Classroom

ORLANDO FL Teachers Banned From Any PRIDE Items In Classroom, No Photos Of Same-Sex Spouses Allowed On Desks

 ABC News affiliate – Orlando

Representatives for Orange County teachers sounded alarm bells Monday after word spread from principals that Orange County Public Schools would impose strict restrictions on classroom behavior after Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law, a.k.a the “Don’t Say Gay” law, took effect. According to representatives of the county’s teacher association, teachers and staff members will be disallowed from wearing rainbow articles of clothing, including lanyards distributed by the district last year. Elementary-level teachers reported being discouraged from putting pictures of their same-sex spouse on their desk or talking about them to students. “Safe Space” stickers aimed at LGBTQ students may have to be removed from doors, teachers will have to report to parents if a student “comes out” to them and they must use pronouns assigned at birth, regardless of what the parents allow, the CTA reported.

In April, Jeremy Baldwin has been teaching at Booker High School in Sarasota for the last five and a half years was forced to remove his rainbow “COEXIST” flag in his classroom, because it was “political” in nature.  

This is heinous. And what’s even worse is that there is still no national or statewide law that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people in Florida. This means that, according to state law, it is legal to fire someone, evict them from housing, or deny them service at a restaurant just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender..

Still waiting on that 45 year old Equality Act to pass Congress. -smh-

Welcome to the 1960’s.

NORWAY Kills 2, Wounds 10. OSLO PRIDE CANCELLED - WARNING: Graphic Video

Mass Shooting In OSLO NORWAY Kills 2, Wounds 10. OSLO PRIDE CANCELLED – WARNING: Graphic Video

A gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual Pride festival.

The shootings happened around 1 a.m. local time, sending panicked revelers fleeing into the streets or trying to hide from the gunman. Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting. “”I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK. “First I thought it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.”

Organizers of Oslo Pride canceled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival. One of the shootings happened outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, just hours before the parade was set to begin.

WARNING: The video below may cause some distress. Please view at your own caution,

#PRIDE History: June 11, 1988 – Hundreds of LGBT Protestors Descend on Klan Group in Portland, Maine. Runs Them Out Of Town!

This is something we should be proud and grateful to the GLBT activists of the past for showing the world. We won’t take it anymore!

Can we please get to that point again?

Via The University of Southern Maine:

About 300 angry (LGBT) protestors confronted and blocked 5 Klansmen as they tried to march up Maine Mall Road in South Portland. Protesters snatched up signs, Klan hoods, and a Confederate flag. The march was set to be the second KKK gathering in Maine in 60 years. Not much documentation exists other than the photos on this page.

Name Them! Shame Them! – Mugshots and Names of the 31 Patriot Front White Supremacist Who Came To Attack Our #PRIDE

Listen my LGBT children. In the old days they would print our pictures, name us and shame us, and destroy us for who we loved.

It’s time for us to claim that weapon and use it for the power of good instead of the evil it always has been.

These booking images provided by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office show the 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front who were arrested after they were found packed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear near an LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Top row, from left, are Jared Boyce, Nathan Brenner, Colton Brown, Josiah Buster, Mishael Buster, Devin Center, Dylan Corio, and Winston Durham. Second row, from left, are Garret Garland, Branden Haney, Richard Jessop, James Julius Johnson, James Michael Johnson, Connor Moran, Kieran Morris and Lawrence Norman. Third row, from left, are Justin O’leary, Cameron Pruitt, Forrest Rankin, Thomas Rousseau, Conor Ryan, Spencer Simpson, Alexander Sisenstein and Derek Smith. Bottom row, from left, are Dakota Tabler, Steven Tucker, Wesley Van Horn, Mitchell Wagner, Nathaniel Whitfield, Graham Whitsom and Robert Whitted. (Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Find their employers, friends and family. Google is our friend!

Go forth and righteously name them and shame them!

A very special thank you to longtime gay activist Fritz Liess for sharing this info.

MARVEL Actor Dave Bautista

MARVEL Actor Dave Bautista Has A Special Pride Month Message: “In your face, fuck you if you don’t like it, unapologetically loud and proud!’

Dave Bautista, former professional wrestler and best known for roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Army of the Dead, and Dune, posted a photo of himself wearing a T-shirt. It featured a rainbow and the words ‘Be You.’ and a very special message about PRIDE.

Bautista who identifies as “straight” was raised by his lesbian mother is one of few vocal Marvel stars to constantly stand up for LGBT Equality.

“I was always proud of who my mom was because she was always proud of who she was. In your face, fuck you if you don’t like it, unapologetically loud and proud. And her son payed [sic] attention. BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE YOU. ❤️🏳️‍🌈💪🏽 #ProudSonofaLesbian”

31 Patriot Front Right Wing Extremists Arrested for Conspiracy To Riot at Idaho Pride

31 Patriot Front Right Wing Extremists Arrested for Conspiracy To Riot at Idaho Pride

Idaho police officers on Saturday arrested 31 armed people who are believed to be affiliated with the White nationalist domestic terrorist group called the Patriot Front on their way to the Coeur d’Alene PRIDE celebration . Luckily they were stopped before they could they could get there.

Via CNN: “It is clear to us based on the gear that the individuals had with them, the stuff they had in their possession, the U-Haul with them along with paperwork that was seized from them, that they came to riot downtown,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said during a news conference. The operation in Coeur d’Alene began when a concerned citizen informed police “approximately 20 people jumped into a U-Haul. They had shields and looked like a little army,” White said. Police recovered at least one smoke grenade and documents that included an “operations plan” from the truck, as well as shields and shin guards, all of which made their intentions clear, White said.

The men come from at least 11 states, including Texas, Colorado and Virginia which proves that it was coordinated and planned hate crime could have had tragic circumstances if not for the Coeur d’Alene PD.

At this time with gun violence and mass killings running amok and the open war on LGBT’s in America it is imperative that the “No Cops At Pride” mantra does not in the end turn into a disaster because a few feel “icky” at seeing uniformed police. Sometimes people need to be reminded. Feelings are not facts.  They must also realize that the general health , safety and well being of the community as a whole at these events is what matters. If you take the safety of hundreds of thousands of LGBT people away because you “personally” get upset at seeing police officers in uniform protecting us.

That is not “self care”. Just selfish.


#PRIDE Month: “Where Were You During The Christopher Street (Stonewall) Riots?” – Rare Flyer – 1969

This rare flyer made by the Mattachine Society asks members of the gay and lesbian community asks “Where Were You During The Stonewall Riots?” and the main reasons for much of the tension and the aftermath.

A true glimpse at our past and the main tenants of the real problems we were facing in 1969 and in some cases still today.

#PRIDE To Watch: NETFLIX: Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Comedy Celebration

#PRIDE To Watch: NETFLIX: Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Comedy Celebration

Grid those loins and prepare to laugh!

For #PRIDE 2022 Netflix has put together a Historic Celebration & Performance of the best in LGBT Comedy. Legends, headliners, and emerging talent that performed at The Greek Theatre for an unforgettable gay stand-up event.

Hosted by Billy Eichner, Eichner made a passing reference to the Hollywood Bowl incident involving Dave Chapelle, who was attacked last month onstage.

“Let’s be honest, no one knows what’s going to happen tonight,” he said in the new special. “Comedy is a very violent place these days, alright? There are comedians getting attacked at the Oscars, there are comedians getting attacked at the Hollywood Bowl. But we are the LGBTQ community. We are sophisticated, we are chic, and we are above all that nonsense, right? So let’s please hold ourselves to a higher standard. Please, nobody jump onstage and try to body slam Lily Tomlin.”

Headliners include: Eddie Izzard, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes, and Rosie O’Donnell. Featuring: Solomon Georgio, Sam Jay, River Butcher, Patti Harrison, Matteo Lane, Marsha Warfield, Mae Martin, Judy Gold, Joel Kim Booster, James Adomian, Guy Branum, Gina Yashere, Bob the Drag Queen, Trixie Mattel, Scott Thompson, Todd Glass.

Available now. On Netflix.