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Gay History – September 16: Farewell Maria Callas, NAMBLA, Wilheim Von Gloeden, and GM’s “Little Faggot Truck”

September 16:

1730: In Amsterdam, Lourens Hosponjon is executed for sodomy. Other than the record of his execution no other historical details are available.

1856: Wilheim Von Gloeden, German photographer of beautiful young men, is born in Wismar, Germany. . At the turn of the 20th century his picture postcards of naked youths from the Sicilian town of Taormina were “must haves”. Even though they passed for art they were among the first examples of modern gay porn.  

Wilhelm von Gloeden lived heroically.  He knew what he was and was proud.  Like Oscar Wilde before him, von Gloeden lived in dangerous defiance of an age and a Christian society that hounded and tortured men of his kind.  As Charles Leslie writes:

He was one of those rare nineteenth century men who would not accept the destruction of his true being as the price for being allowed to survive in an allegedly civilized Western world that officially despised what he was.  In his own way he triumphed, and therefore became one of those figures who, to this day, stand as models for people who dare to live the truth of what and who they are.

Today Von Gloeden is considered one of the most important gay visual artist of the pre–World War I era. 

1977:  Soprano Maria Callas dies at the age of 53.  There may have been divas before Maria Callas, but there is no doubt that the modern idea of what is a diva owes a great deal to the legendary opera singer, who, without ever singing a note of popular music, was as famous during her lifetime as a movie star.  “I am divine, I am oblivion, I am love.”

1979: The newly formed New York City Gay Men’s Chorus holds its first auditions.

1990:  Thanks to The San Francisco Board of Supervisors who loudly complained to General Motors after learning that a video, made to be shown only to GM personnel only, referred to a Japanese-made vehicle as a ”little faggot truck”

The presentation, made from 90 hours of taped interviews with 500 Chevrolet owners, contains one from a farmer who says he prefers full-size pickups.

“There isn’t no foreign company that makes any decent working pickup. It’s either going to be big, or some “little faggot truck,” the farmer said.

GM publicly apologized and never showed the video again.

1992: Robert Sawyer of Brattleboro, Vermont pleads not guilty to charges that he murdered his ex-girlfriend, Judith Hart Fournier, after she left him for another woman. She had a restraining order, but Sawyer violated it repeatedly. The case sparked a demand for anti-stalking legislation.

1992: Fifty-eight year old Roy Downs files a complaint of brutality against the Ft. Worth Police Department. He was arrested during a series of raids on gay bars, and officers beat and verbally abused him.

1994: The International Lesbian Gay Association loses its non-governmental organization representative status at the United Nations after a campaign by US Senator Jesse Helms revealed that one of its member organizations was NAMBLA, (The North America Man Boy Love Association) which condoned sex with children. As a result, ILGA expelled NAMBLA from its membership.

1994: Richard Hongisto, a former San Francisco police chief, is convicted of civil rights violations for ordering the removal of an issue of Bay Times, a gay newspaper, from the stands. Hongisto began his career championing justice and equality for racial minorities and homosexuals, but his career was later marred by various controversies, ending with the Bay Times controversy.

 

Vermont Trans Activists Lose Their Shit Over New Gay Bar Named “Mister Sister”

Two board members of the Pride Center of Vermont have resigned from LGBT center board citing its delay of the Center in taking a stance on the name of a new Winooski gay bar which they and other trans-activists have deemed “offensive.”

The bar’s name?  Mister Sister.

The only local gay in Winooski closed years ago. But now the owner of a successful Oak45 has closed his current venue and  is scheduled to reopen the bar next week as the gay bar Mister Sister.

The Pride Center of Vermont had been  trying to have town meetings because the bar owner is refusing to change the proposed ‘transphobic’ name from Mister Sister to something more ‘inclusive’ and the owner refuses to indulge this bullshit and meet with them

Owner Craig McGaughan says he sees the term as inclusive, but some say it’s a slur historically used to disparage transgender women.

Burlington resident Wiley Reading, who identifies as a transgender man, said he was “stoked” when he found out about the bar’s opening but “deeply concerned” when he saw the name.

“‘Mister sister’ is a transmisogynistic slur, and it is deeply uncomfortable,” Reading said. He added that the phrase historically has been used to denigrate transgender women, and transgender people often associate the term with the violence to which many of them have been victim.

“It antagonizes and excludes a large portion of the community, and especially a portion of the community that has historically been left out of the conversation or marginalized,” Reading said.

Craig McGaughan countered

“It is a term that has been used among gays and Drag Queens for decades intended to be positively gender-bending,” McGaughan wrote. “Mister Sister is for the Misters and the Sisters, those that identify as both and everyone in between. The official description of Mister Sister is ‘a gay bar for him, her and them.’ I have been very intentional in using a pronoun that isn’t specifically male or female as a way to include anyone that identifies as part of the LGBTQ community.”

The Burlington Free Press reports the Pride Center of Vermont board said it needed more information to take a position. The group, which serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, scheduled a town hall meeting for Thursday but Board members Timber Adamson and Bailey Cummings resigned, saying they won’t be part of an organization that won’t take a stance on issues that affect the people it serves.

In actuality the term “Mister Sister” IS NOT all that historic or a “transmisogynistic” slur.  There is surprisingly very little information out there on the term and what there is relates mostly  to “drag queens” and not the trans population.

According to the The Urban Dictionary:

 mister sister : A drag queen.

Example: “Will and Grace”

“Don’t mess with that mister sister, or you’ll end up looking like a Cher barbie doll gone bad.”

Ironically at the behest of trans and gender non-binary activists and theorists the term “queer”, which is a ” phrase that historically HAS been used to denigrate GAY MEN, and GAY MEN often associate the term with the violence to which many of them have been victim” has been added is okay and has been added “officially” to the LGBT acronym which is now LGBTQ.

Go figure.

Washington, Vermont, Seattle Join Others City/States Banning Government Travel to NC Over Bigoted Anti-LGBT Law

Washington, Vermont Governors Join Others Banning Travel to NC Over Anti-LGBT Law

Washington, Vermont, and Seattle have banned official city/state travel to North Carolina over its anti-LGBT law joining New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo.

The Stranger reports:

(Governor) Inslee’s memo to cabinet and agency heads today bans “publicly funded non-essential travel” to North Carolina as long as the bill “exists in its current form.” Inslee spokesperson Tara Lee says “non-essential travel” covers most state-funded trips. “Essential travel would only be to absolutely fulfill the duties of the work of the state,” she says in an email. “It would be a very rare case for that to happen.”

“It is the law of Washington State and the policy of my administration to demand equality for all persons,” Inslee’s memo reads.

Said Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin:

“The law passed in North Carolina is an absolute disgrace,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Vermont has a proud tradition of protecting the rights of LGBT individuals. I’m making this decision in that tradition. I’m proud to join with New York in taking this action. I hope other states will join us in applying pressure on North Carolina to recognize common sense, common decency, and common humanity and repeal this law.”.

New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio, during a Monday news conference with reporters, said he would be doing the same:

“Yes, we’ve initiated a non-essential travel ban for North Carolina as of today, and in the event that the governor’s veto in Georgia is overridden, we will do so for Georgia as well,” De Blasio said Monday afternoon at an unrelated press conference.

“I think it’s quite clear that voices of conscience all ver the country are expressing outrage at these decisions which are reinstituting discrimination against the LGBT community,” he said, adding, “My hope is that both these states will relent, but we certainly are not going to have any non-essential travel to those states if these laws do continue in effect.

Governor Mario Cuomo followed shortly after the mayors, banning all non-essential state travel to the Tarheel State:

“In New York, we believe that all people – regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation – deserve the same rights and protections under the eyes of the law,” Cuomo said in a statement. “From Stonewall to marriage equality, our state has been a beacon of hope and equality for the LGBT community, and we will not stand idly by as misguided legislation replicates the discrimination of the past. As long as there is a law in North Carolina that creates the grounds for discrimination against LGBT people, I am barring non-essential state travel to that state.”

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#NoCarolina

 

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