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Gay History – February 4: Maria Schneider Swings, Closeted GOP Congressman BUSTED, & Liberace Tinkles The Keys One Last Time

1973: Twenty year old French actress and star of the The Last Tango in ParisMaria Schneider, admits to the New York Times that she is bisexual, stating “I’ve had quite a few lovers for my age. More men than women . . . women I love more for beauty than for sex.  Men I love for grace and intelligence.”

In early 1976, Schneider abandoned the film set of Caligula and checked herself into a mental hospital in Rome for several days to be with her lover, photographer Joan Townsend.] This, coupled with her refusal to perform nude, led to Schneider’s dismissal and she was replaced by Teresa Ann Savoy.

Maria Schneider died from cancer on February 3, 2011 at age 58.

1981: Jon Hinson (R-Mississippi) an extremely conservative congressman is arrested for performing an act of “oral sodomy” with a twenty-eight-year-old man in the rest room of a House of Representatives office building.  He was taken into custody along with a male employee of the Library of Congress.

He pleads no contest and is given a thirty-day suspended sentence.  He resigns two months later.

It also becomes known that Hinson also survived a 1977 fire that killed nine people at the Cinema Follies, a Washington theater that catered to a gay clientele. while he was an aide for then Republican Thad Cochran. He was rescued from under a pile of bodies — one of only four men who survived.

After his resignation he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality and became active in gay political issues. Hinson fought against the ban on homosexuals in the military and was a founder of the Fairfax Lesbian and Gay Citizens Association in Fairfax County, VA before his death from respiratory failure resulting from AIDS in July 1995

1987: Liberace dies at the age of 62 in Palm Springs from AIDS.  Just two weeks earlier his publicists had denied a Las Vegas Sun story which claimed he had the disease. He is buried in Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Cemetery.

What can I say about the old queen that has not already been said in Behind The Candelabra.

2004: The Massachusetts high court rules that only full, equal marriage rights for gay couples, not civil unions, would be constitutional. “The history of our nation has demonstrated that separate is seldom, if ever, equal,” an advisory opinion from the four justices who ruled in favor of gay marriage stated. A bill creating only civil unions, not full marriage rights, would be “unconstitutional, inferior, and discriminatory status for same-sex couples.”

Former GOP Senator Larry “Tap, Tap, Tap” Craig Loses Appeal Over Campaign Funds Used For Sex Sting Defense

Larry Craig Memorial Bathroom

Disgraced former Republican Sen. Larry Craig (ID) who was caught and  arrested in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting, lost his appeal in a federal court on Friday on weather or not he improperly used campaign funds to pay for his legal defense.

Craig was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2007 after an undercover police officer said the lawmaker tapped his foot to signal under the bathroom stall that he wanted sex.

The federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision that said Craig must reimburse the government $197,535 and pay a civil penalty of $45,000 for violating federal election laws.

Craig originally pleaded guilty  and paid a fine. But after news of the incident leaked, (no pun intended) Craig insisted that he “overreacted and made a poor decision” and that his actions were misconstrued and he was not gay . Craig them began a long unsuccessful legal fight to reverse his plea using money from campaign accounts.

In the appeal Craig argued that using the funds were permitted under Senate rules allowing reimbursements for official travel costs because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work.

But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the legal allegations against Craig “did not concern the senator’s campaign activities or official duties.”

“The legal fees he expended trying to withdraw his plea constituted personal use,” Chief Judge Merrick Garland said.

In 1982 allegations of cocaine use and sex with male teenage congressional pages by unnamed congressmen were pursued by investigators and journalists in 1982.[ Craig issued a statement denying involvement. Craig stated “Persons who are unmarried as I am, by choice or by circumstance, have always been the subject of innuendos, gossip and false accusations. I think this is despicable.”

Tap…tap…tap.

 

Trump’s Anti-Gay SCOTUS Pick Judge William Pryor’s Gay Porn Past Surfaces…… Maybe.

Trump's Anti-Gay SCOTUS Pick Judge William Pryor's Gay Porn Past Surfaces...... Maybe. (NWSF Picture)

One of Donald Trump’s prospective Supreme Court nominees  William H. Pryor Jr is as anti-gay as they come. 

Lambda Legal, an advocacy group for LGBT people, called Pryor “the most demonstrably anti-gay judicial nominee in recent memory.” The group’s opposition to him dates all the way back to 2005.

Why? At the time they said he had “repeatedly shown clear hostility to the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV – and also to women, people of color, disabled people and others.”

Their 2005 statement was the result of a 2003 legal brief in which Pryor upheld a Texas law criminalizing consensual LGBT sex, which he compared to “polygamy, incest, pedophilia, prostitution, and adultery”. What’s more, he argued that states should be able to prosecute gay people as criminals. According to Pryor then, LGBT people as a group were not protected by the Constitution and voluntarily filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court urging the Court to uphold Texas’ Sodomy Law.

But in 2013 the Alabama Bureau of Investigations (ABI) investigated Prior about  gay porn pictures that quite possibly belonged to ultra-conservative federal circuit Judge. Pryor reportedly posed for the shots while he was a student at Northeast Louisiana University from 1980 – 1984, and sources indicate that the porn appeared in print during that time before finding new life on the internet in the ’90s on the now defunct Badpuppy.com

But it seems like Bill Pryor who went under multiple names including “Bill” and  the name of “John” of course, “allegedly” had no problem having a go at gay sodomy for money and having it photographed when he needed money as a college student.

When reached for comment Pryor replied:

I have nothing to say to you except that these accusations are totally false.
Do not contact me again.

Bill Pryor

Pryor has been insisting that the pictures are not him, but  a republican colleague in Alabama was quick to confirm that they are. “Holy cow, that’s Bill Pryor!” he said.

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