Stonewall Riots

Obama: Stonewall A Landmark; Sean Hayes On When He Came Out; Cher Flip Flops On Brexit Vote

Obama: Stonewall A Landmark

I would be highly remiss if I didn’t post about this on the blog. This is huge for gay culture and gay history.

President Barack Obama announced today that the Stonewall Inn – the birthplace of the modern LGBTI rights movement – has been declared a national monument.
The announcement comes just days before the first anniversary of the US Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

You can read more about it here.

This is, indeed, history being made. And I have a feeling that when President Obama leaves office, he’ll be remembered for being on the right side of history in many respects.

Sean Hayes On When He Came Out

Back when the TV sitcom, Will & Grace, aired we knew nothing about Sean Hayes’ sexuality. Of course we knew, however, Hayes never spoke about being gay openly in RL. And now he’s saying this…

It’s something the now completely out and proud actor wishes he had handled differently.
‘I had personal issues inside of myself that I regret,’ the 45-year-old admits to Playbill.
‘I regret not coming out sooner and helping more people, and I regret not coming out during the show.’

There’s more here. Times were very different back then. I wasn’t as openly gay as I am now. I think we all feel that way at one point or another…that we could have done more.

And then there are those in Hollywood still to this day who flatly refuse to come out at all. They live a lie; they claim they don’t like “labels.”

Cher Flip Flops On Brexit Vote

This is an example of why I think celebrities should stay away from things like this. I have seen so many idiotic, insulting tweets about the Brexit vote by US celebrities who don’t know what they’re talking about I’m embarrassed for all of us here in the US. One in particular didn’t even realize how dumb he looked on Twitter…and he probably still doesn’t. (I just keep duct tape on my mouth at all times these days.)

I also think that if you’re going to tweet about something as important and complicated as the Brexit vote you should damn well know what the hell you’re talking about. And you shouldn’t joke about it unless you’re very, VERY clever.

In any event, Cher wasn’t joking, but she first tweeted support for the Brexit vote, and it was bad. When other people replied to her tweets, and she saw the negative responses, she flip flopped. She even started praying for everyone with those pithy little hand praying emoji. It’s a mess.

I’m not quoting here because the tweets are all screen shots. You can check them out here.

I like Cher. I don’t think she meant any harm, and she did try to make it right. She gets a big pass for that, at least I think she should. There are celebrities out there who would have taken the first tweet down and just ignored it. Cher didn’t run away. She owned it. But I also think celebrities should think twice before they tweet about issues that are this important and that will affect so many people.

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Would It Bother You If Toni Morrison Were A Straight, White Male? Sexy Hot Guys Over 50; Stonewall Riots 1969; Hillary Clinton’s Discomfort With Gays

Would It Bother You If Toni Morrison Were A Straight White Male?

Of course that question is both hypothetical and rhetorical. I’m posting it because there’s been a great deal of discussion in the m/m romance community about authors coming from places of privilege masquerading as gay men.

If you are straight and white, male or female, you’re still coming from a place of privilege *compared* to anyone in the LGBTI community. I didn’t say women don’t have it harder than men. They do and I’ve always supported them. I said “compared” to anyone in the LGBTI community. Before you get into that debate with anyone, remember we were just allowed to legally marry a few months ago and that controversy is still happening. They are still kicking us out of restaurants and bars.

Toni Morrison is one of the most prominent, respected authors in the African American community and the entire literary community. I’ve read all her books more than once. She’s really who she says she is. She’s not a fake. People have seen her. 

I’m not talking about a straight white male writer using the pen name, Toni Morrison. I’m not talking about a straight female author openly using a pen name in the m/m romance genre. There are many authors using pen names and they’re doing a fine job at it, especially the women writing gay romances.

This is not about pen names.

I’m talking about what if a straight white male used the fictitious name and fictitious identity of an African American woman to portray himself to the public for praise and monetary gain?

I’m not talking about his writing, or whether or not his books are good. Clearly, Toni Morrison’s books are wonderful.

Hypothetically, I’m talking about how you would feel if you found out Toni Morrison were really a straight white male after all this time.

Would you be thrilled with him?  

Sexy Hot Guys Over 50

This is great article because it diminishes that ridiculous stigma all gay men face about getting older, and it does it with excellent examples. Personally, I’ve always been more attracted to men over 40…even when I was in my twenties. Of course there’s nothing wrong with twinks either.

The “Men Over 50 Project” celebrates hot everyday guys who have made it past the big 5-0. The project features both photos of the men as well as accompanying one to two minute audio clips.

You can check out the photos of hot guys here. 

Don’t forget, hot guys over 50 take you out to nice places in nice cars, not to the flea market or Walmart. And unless you’re doing something wrong, they usually pay.

Stonewall Riots 1969

Here’s an article about the Stonewall riots and about what life was like for gays back then. I think it’s significant, given the huge discussion that’s been sparked by the new film release, Stonewall.  We have fought long and hard and I think we’re just beginning to realize that. In other words, many are saying don’t screw around with our history or our culture through your appropriation for monetary gain. Give us the respect we deserve just as you’d give any other minority.

This alone is gutting: 

Forty-five years ago here is what you could expect as an LGBT person in the United States :
  • Your name (along with all of your friends and family members) would be put on a list by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because as a homosexual you were ?prone? to blackmail and “overt acts of perversion”
  • The United States Post Office also kept your name on a list to monitor any homosexual “paraphernalia” you were receiving so they could tip off the police and have you arrested

 You can read the rest here.  

I’m going to continue to post about Stonewall in gay history as I see more information. I honestly don’t know much about it, or what things were like back then, but I never take anything for granted.

Hillary Clinton’s Discomfort With Gays

Now this I do know about. As a registered Democrat, I’ve been watching it for many years. I’ve watched Clinton turn from a silent non-supporter of gays to a huge supporter when the time and opportunity suited her. She’s a politician and I expect that.

The quotes date back to 2000, when Hillary was running for the senate in NY. Allegedly, a historian did tons of interviews with Bill Clinton about the Clinton White House and this all allegedly came out during the discussions.

Bill Clinton warned a close friend in 2000 that Hillary’s New York Senate run could suffer because she was not “comfortable around gay people who were kind of acting out, or pushing her to the limit,” and that she had a “general discomfort” around gay rights issues.

And then this quote:

 “[Bill] came in and he said, ‘You know I’ve had much more contact in my life with gay people than Hillary has,’” Branch says in the audio recording. “He said, ‘I think she’s really a little put off by some of this stuff.’”

Here’s the source. It’s a long article that gets a little annoying in the end, considering the source. But the comments are interesting. As one person pointed out, virtually no one supported gay marriage in the late nineties. The saddest part of all this is when I realize that straight people, human beings, actually had to “evolve” to a point in time for when they thought I was ready to deserve the same equal rights as everyone else.

So, you had to “evolve.” Well, thanks for that. But I don’t think you get extra points for “evolving” on an issue that I should have had all along. The same equal rights as everyone else. I’m just not that gay guy who is going to praise you for “evolving” so well. I think a few apologies are in order, not pats on the back for evolving.

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"Stand with Margie" and Pope Francis; Stonewall Star Jeremy Irving Comes Out Swinging; Grindr Bots and STDs

“Stand with Margie” and Pope Francis

One of the reasons why I still keep this blog running is for things like this…the story about Margie and Andrea, a married couple, where Margie was fired from a Catholic school for being gay and married. It’s not great clickbait. It will never get nearly as much attention as pundit, Megyn Kelly, or Donald Trump, and yet it’s 100 times more important. It’s simply about two decent, hard working women trying to live their lives to the best of their ability and still facing discrimination through no fault of their own. I could go on, but you get my point. No one else has touched this topic since it broke. I first posted about all this here.

And I’ve been following the story ever since. Now the supporters who set up a Facebook page for Margie are asking people to write to Pope Francis as some sort of show of appeal.

TAKE ACTION!
Letter Writing Campaign:

Write to Pope Francis this week
Children: Tell Pope Francis your story and ask him to meet with Margie and Andrea

Adults: Tell your story, ask Pope Francis to meet with Margie and Andrea and ask him to declare a moratorium on firing LGBT Catholics.
Send these letters to our
P.O. Box 343
Narberth, PA 19072
so we can send them to Pope Francis all at once.
Letters MUST be received by Wednesday August 19 th 2015. Please look at the the messages below for sample letters you can use.

Thank you for your efforts to help achieve a moratorium on firings and eventually inclusion for all.

You can check that out here. 

The story about Margie didn’t make the Guardian, but one similar did. 

In May 2012, she wed the love of her life, Donna, in Iowa. It was also at that time she learned her cancer was in remission. The following May, she applied for – and later accepted – her dream job, a position that entailed running a food pantry at St Francis Xavier, a Roman Catholic church.

And this year, on 9 May, Simon was asked to resign from that job after her marriage to a local Lutheran reverend, Donna Simon, was noted in a magazine article.

In any event, the main point I’m trying to make is that I live in the northern most section of the Philadelphia area, between New York and Philadelphia, in New Hope, Bucks County, PA, and I watch the local news regularly from Philadelphia. So far I have not seen one single follow up on this story, and the only news I see related to Pope Francis is how wonderful his visit to Philadelphia is going to be. You would think God himself is coming. So I have very little hope that any letters from any amount of people on this topic of Margie being fired will help much. But I do give them credit for trying. At least there’s that.

Stonewall Star Jeremy Irving Comes Out Swinging

In yet another attempt to save the image of the upcoming film, Stonewall, a white star in the film, Jeremy Irving, recently made a few comments of his own. I posted about activists calling for a boycott yesterday and if you scroll down you’ll see more links. The main reason we’re seeing this is because activists are calling for a boycott of Stonewall. And that can get nasty and gain momentum. I’ve seen that happen on the Internet many times before.

To anyone with concerns about the diversity of the #StonewallMovie. I saw the movie for the first time last week and can assure you all that it represents almost every race and section of society that was so fundamental to one of the most important civil rights movements in living history. Marsha P Johnson is a major part of the movie, and although first hand accounts of who threw the first brick in the riots vary wildly, it is a fictional black transvestite character played by the very talented @vlad_alexis who pulls out the first brick in the riot scenes. My character is adopted by a group of street kids whilst sleeping rough in New York. In my opinion, the story is driven by the leader of this gang played by @jonnybeauchamp who gives an extraordinary performance as a Puerto Rican transvestite struggling to survive on the streets. Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ character represents the Mattachine Society, who were at the time a mostly white and middle class gay rights group who stood against violence and radicalism. I felt incredibly nervous taking on this role knowing how important the subject matter is to so many people but Roland Emmerich is one of the most sensitive and heartfelt directors I’ve worked with and I hope that, as an ensemble, we have not only done such an important story justice but also made a good movie as well. Jeremy

He can “assure” us? How old is this dude? And and could there be a conflict of interest in his comments? 

Here’s a link to the entire article. You’ll want to check out the comments on this one, especially this comment from someone who is allegedly a Stonewall Historian, David Carter.

Here is what Stonewall historian David Carter said about Marsha and Sylvia in an interview published on GayToday.com:

Paul D. Cain: Where’s Sylvia Rivera? Duberman’s Stonewall placed her at the bar on the first night of the riots, yet your book makes absolutely no mention of her (although you do mention her buddy, Marsha P. Johnson). Do you think that, like so many others, she fabricated her remarks about being there?

David Carter: Yes, I am afraid that I could only conclude that Sylvia’s account of her being there on the first night was a fabrication. Randy Wicker told me that Marsha P. Johnson, his roommate, told him that Sylvia was not at the Stonewall Inn at the outbreak of the riots as she had fallen asleep in Bryant Park after taking heroin. (Marsha had gone up to Bryant Park, found her asleep, and woke her up to tell her about the riots.) Playwright and early gay activist Doric Wilson also independently told me that Marsha Johnson had told him that Sylvia was not at the Stonewall Riots.

Sylvia also showed a real inconsistency in her accounts of the Stonewall Riots. In one account she claimed that the night the riots broke out was the first time that she had ever been at the Stonewall Inn; in another account she said that she had been there many times. In one account she said that she was there in drag; in another account she says that she was not in drag. She told Martin Duberman that she went to the Stonewall Inn the night the riots began to celebrate Marsha Johnson’s birthday, but Marsha was born in August, not June. I also did not find one credible witness who saw her there on the first night.

There are more quotes like this, and it gets even more interesting. Evidently, something I didn’t know, there’s controversy about everything surrounding what happened at Stonewall. Frankly, I’m kind of curious about what the real story is.

From yet another POV, here’s a piece from Huff Po with a quote from someone who was actually there…not a well paid actor who has to promote a film.

Miss Major, a 73-year-old trans activist who participated in the riots, didn’t even make it through the full two minutes and 20 seconds of the trailer before she turned it off. “It was too much to watch,” she told HuffPost. “It’s just, ugh, they’re whitewashing it again. They’re burying us in the ground so when they step off of us, there’s no proof that we were even there.”

Many say that Emmerich’s decision to cast a handsome white man in the film’s lead role is part of a long history of the mainstream gay rights movement ignoring trans issues and the concerns of people of color in favor of causes like marriage equality and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
 
Say what you will, agree to disagree, but that last paragraph is a very difficult point to argue. This what they’ve done in the past and I’ve never yet seen a case where history didn’t repeat itself.

Grindr Bots and STDs

This is all a novelty to me because I know nothing at all about Grindr. I’ve never been there and don’t see myself going there any time in the near future.

However, those who do use Grindr in the UK are fuming because these alleged spambots catfished them and infected their phones with STDs.

Several men have reported falling victim to the spambots, which have been preying on users in the U.K. The bots are designed to strike up a conversation. Once they’ve engaged a user by talking about their “really nice dicks,” they try to lure them into clicking on a link to a fake webcam site, which then installs a virus on their device.

“It’s not a natural conversation flow,” one of the victims tells Pink News. “So it seems suspicious, but equally convincing enough to be real.”

And there you are.

You can read more of that here.

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