National Park Service Pulls Sponsorship Of Ceremony Dedicating Rainbow Flag At Stonewall Monument

Andy Humm reports at Gay City News:

What should have been a celebration dedicating the raising of the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village on October 11 at noon turned into another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump administration in a week full of such attacks.

The National Park Service’s Barbara Applebaum, who arranged the permit for the event, dropped out as a speaker at the ceremony — her office citing a schedule conflict — and organizers of the event said in a release that the Park Service dropped its sponsorship of the event.

When it saw the pre-publicity on the ceremony, the National Park Service under Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Department of the Interior worked to certify that the flagpole adjacent to Christopher Park was not technically on federal land so that no Rainbow Flag would be flying on US government property.

Ann Northrop, co-host of Gay USA, who will preside over the dedication, said, “This is an unbelievably petty, sleazy, transparent bit of cruelty by the Trump administration. Evidently, we are so filthy to them and their right-wing supporters that they can’t even be associated with a few yards of rainbow fabric.”

The ceremony will go on today. Hit the link for more.

  • Tawdry D’Tails

    “This is an unbelievably petty, sleazy, transparent bit of cruelty by the Trump administration. Evidently, we are so filthy to them and their right-wing supporters that they can’t even be associated with a few yards of rainbow fabric.”

    Subtlety is not their strong suit…

  • Tawreos

    These people seem to not realize how fucking childish this type of stuff makes them look.

    • Gustav2

      They love how it makes them look. That’s how they keep the base.

      • j.martindale

        Petty, vindictive and mean–all part of the racist/homophobic/xenophobic Republican Party. Yeah, I hate them right back. No pretense at Xtian “love.” These creatures lack basic humanity. I detest them.

      • The Sentinel

        BINGO. It’s all deliberate. They realize EXACTLY how this makes them look and they love it!

    • David Walker

      I agree, but it’s not meant for us. It’s engineered for them, the Unsavory Stupid Assholes. The base gets a good “haw, haw, haw, they really stuck it to them queers THIS time” our of it. We continue to stew. How long before the pressure cooker finally explodes?

  • clay

    Just “cleaning up the margins” on those national monuments!


  • blackstar
    • Gustav2

      Well, they have saved the gracious Queen.

    • greenmanTN

      Like that’s going to prevent protests?

      However, thank you Great Britain for demonstrating what the non-dictatorships think of the Orange Menace. It almost makes me feel guilty for posting things like this. 😁

      • Gustav2

        Lower key meetings, not large public celebrations of the Troll in Chief, will diminish the size of the protests.

        • greenmanTN

          I suspect they will still be large and loud though. I hope so anyway.

    • TuuxKabin

      The formation of his hands, like a capital V, is close to c u nest tuesday in ASL.

      • Bryan

        Also appropriate and fun to sign with Kristin: “suck a bag of dicks”…or more literally, “bag– inside, what?– dick. you blow job.”

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Fuck yeah!

      No Harry-grabbing for Melania.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Maybe they really are working for another government and want to destroy our country.

    • worstcultever

      Strike the “maybe,” change to “absolutely”

    • Silver Badger

      No, they want to destroy us.

      • Shy Guy

        And most of the government too.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Why do they work so hard to cater to their base which is such a sliver of America?

    Their base is a brain-dead cult that will worship Trump and his minions, none of this is required.

    What is the benefit? The vast majority of American believes in LGBT equality, reasonable gun regulation, affordable healthcare, environmental protections, etc. etc.

    • Dramphooey

      Because that base is completely dedicated to them and puts them in to power.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        But that’s my point. The base is so cultishly devoted, this is unnecessary. What level of evil is required to actively search for the minutia of government to insure maximum insult and outrage, when it serves no real purpose. There is no new base to be won over. There is no base to solidify, it is already concrete.

        • Dramphooey

          The beast needs meat thrown at it and this petty stuff is cheap. But there is another factor. I’ve been arguing against “all politicians are the same” for a long time. There is a belief in this country that politicians will just do whatever they think will get them elected and have no core beliefs. Well, I think these politicians do have some strong core beliefs. They hate minorities and they’re going to hurt them with the power they’ve been given by a foolish electorate.

        • CanuckDon

          Trump and his loyal servants must be enjoying this place in the high tower with the power to give and take away where they see fit. Life in prison won’t be fitting enough for this type of evil.

        • Nychta

          I think it’s more about controlling or destroying anyone who isn’t part of the base, starting with those who are already on the margins – LGBT people; racial, ethnic and religious minorities; immigrants; “nasty” women. They keep us off balance, turning this way and that, under a never ending barrage of infractions and insults.

    • clay

      Because they don’t believe in the concept of “allies”. They insult our NATO, NAFTA, and other international allies. They discount our straight allies. Even on Facebook, they count mere acquaintances as friends, because they’ve never allowed themselves to form a deep friendship.

    • Sebastian

      that brain dead cult got him elected… and sadly… might again. because they go out and vote unlike most other americans…

      • Dramphooey

        Well, some people cannot vote for the Democrat because they are “building for the future.” The future in a concentration camp.

        • Silver Badger

          For us.

      • CanuckDon

        Unfortunately, they’re the collective that has been most agitated at this point. They are the ones with closed minds that can easily be riled and manipulated because they can’t reason.

        • HozillaSmallpox

          Come to my neck of the woods in southwest Virginia and you will see this collective. If it weren’t for northern Virginia we would be a red state

          • stuckinthewoods

            Fortunately northern VA is dependable but in the 2016 election the cities were blue generally. Even Martinsville city went about 60% Clinton. But I feel your pain.. and good luck to us all next month. This is a good 2016 interactive map.

          • (((GC)))

            It won’t hurt to check your voter registration status (possible online in some states). Years ago I discovered that I had gotten dropped after voting absentee.

            At last night’s rehearsal of the LGBTQ+ community choir I sing in, we were reminded to be sure to register to vote by PA’s deadline of midnight (doable online) if we weren’t already, in order to be able to vote next month.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        But they will do that regardless of all these extra unnecessary attacks

      • Card

        The terrible level of disengagement aside, most other Americans also face greater obstacles getting to the polls. One of the greatest failures of our government has been to dedicate Election Day as a national holiday with additional worker protections to allow anyone eligible greater ability to exercise their right to vote.

        • canoebum

          Actually, two days would be better, a Sunday and Monday.

          • Card

            Maybe a Friday and Saturday–not sure I want them rolling out of their churches/sermons and straight to the polls on a Sunday or Monday morning…

      • stuckinthewoods

        That’s the heart of the situation. We live in a very red county situated between two solidly blue cities. Although not a comparatively high population, voter turnout is close to 90% so those disproportionate R votes add up.

    • Gustav2

      The electoral college and gerrymandering.

    • worstcultever

      It’s a national psychotic break.

    • greenmanTN

      He isn’t doing what the GOP has done in the past, pay lip-service then ignore them. He is demonstrating alignment with their cause and in return they are fervent in their support for him. It isn’t how much they like him, it’s how far they’ll go to demonstrate that support, with violence. This is not a peaceful movement.

      • canoebum

        His own cult of Brownshirts. He must be so happy. He’ll probably get some charity(he’d never spend his own money) to buy them all bump-stocks and a few boxes of ammo for Christmas.

        • greenmanTN

          The brown shirts would do well to remember what happened to the SA.

    • David Walker

      The vast majority of Americans may very well believe and even support what you mention, but the vast majority isn’t in power. Hell, we’re not even offering any resistance. Resist…Persist. Sounds good. We’re very good with words. Unfortunately, THEY are very good at unifying and rallying the troops. And we sit around and bitch and kvetch and get indignant and angry and incredibly pissed off and wonder why nobody’s doing anything and so we go back to sitting around. Anybody care to lead? Didn’t think so.

  • joe ho

    Friendly reminder to punch a Bernie or Buster and Green Partier today. After punching a Nazi, of course.

    • Gustav2

      Priorities, you know.

      • Librarykid

        Teaching Democrats a lesson was so important.

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    • Berdawn Hutchinson

      riiiiight—try blaming the people who VOTED for #SCROTUS instead of the people who didn’t

      • joe ho

        lol. Anyone too lazy or too righteous to vote for Hillary is to blame. It’s that simple.

        US presidential elections are almost always close. Especially third-term ones. Third party and protest voters on the left are to blame.

        Live with it, you imbecile.

        • Berdawn Hutchinson

          what a successful strategy you have for convincing others. keep it up—your disinterest in making the Democratic party relevant is really paying off

          • joe ho

            lol. you’re the one not interested in correcting the self-destructive voting behavior of many on the left. ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. you are indeed an imbecile.

          • Berdawn Hutchinson

            I’m not interested in “correcting” anyone–maybe if you were respectful, people might GAF what you think? I’ve not heard shit that would make me vote for a Dem in 2020

          • joe ho

            lol. Of course, you’re not interested in correcting problems. You are the problem.

          • Berdawn Hutchinson

            yep—not voting for the party the wants to poison my water? nice victim blame you got there! If you think people who chose to vote for the Republicans aren’t the problem, your definition of problem must be fascinating

          • joe ho

            lol. fucktards like you who don’t understand how a binary political system works are the problem.

            voting for the lesser of two evils really is less evil. until you learn that basic lesson, you shouldn’t be voting.

            even far-left icon chomsky says imbeciles like you made a very bad mistake in not voting for clinton. you are not attached to reality.


            delete yourself.

          • Berdawn Hutchinson

            “fucktard” my you ARE a beacon of light and reason!

          • joe ho

            lol. calling a worthless fucktard like you a fucktard is perfectly reasonable.

          • Berdawn Hutchinson

            best of luck with your campaign to get ppl to vote Dem–you’re doing a heck of a job!

          • joe ho

            lol. best of luck in undermining your progressive causes. you’re doing a heck of a job by voting against the only party that can put them into effect. you far-left fucktards are simply too stupid for words.

          • Publius

            Bernie or Busters are feeling a bit gipped after doing the same dirty work as Russian trolls, but only they did it for free.

          • JCF

            до свидания!


            [Seriously, folks, don’t bother to engage. Waste of time. There are people who actually WANT to remove Drumpf that we need to rally.]

          • Berdawn Hutchinson

            you can’t tell the difference between folks who voted FOR Trump and those who didn’t?

          • Strepsi

            In this past election, anyone and everyone who did not actively Democrat is to blame.

    • Ninja0980

      But sending a message and staying true to your values is so important!

    • CJAS
      • joe ho

        Showing up at every election and voting blue no matter who can override GOP dirty tricks. No excuses ever for third party and protest votes in our binary presidential system. Presidential elections are almost always close. And third-term elections are almost impossible to win, unless the economy is booming. Self-destructive undisciplined voting behavior on the left must come to an end. Making excuses for it is not the way forward.

        • CJAS

          Addressing voter suppression isn’t “making excuses”, it’s a course of action.

  • j.martindale

    I suggest that there be a plaque put on the flagpole with the rainbow flag. Since it is on private property, not public land, there should be no limitation on what it says. I think the plaque should describe how homophobia continued through today, such that the Republicans controlling the opening of this monument were so vindictive and anti-gay that they made it impossible to fly the rainbow flag over the memorial to the Gay rights movement and be on public land. How fitting to demonstrate the need for our movement to continue on in the face of hatred and even governmental oppression. Memorialize their hatred!

  • worstcultever

    Divide, divide, divide. It’s all that co-presidents Miller and Bannon (trust me, he’s still there) and their orange monkey have. And it’s wearing very thin. Even Cult45 is subject to boredom.

  • OdieDenCO

    OT: speaking of attacks on LGBT –
    DeAndre Harris, the black man whose beating by
    a group of white men in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August sparked a
    virtual manhunt for his attackers, was charged with felony assault on

  • netxtown

    He really is trolling the two extremist factions: white nazis and evangelicals. It could be argued they are one in the same – but donnie is going that extra mile to burn two candles rather than one at both ends. The white supremacists are ok with the xtians…and the xtians are ok with the nazis as they are white. And we end up with a militant extremist nazi xtian.

    Folks – donnie has got to go.I don’t know if it takes a huge massive march on DC – but that sonofabitch IS going for King.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      What really needs to happen is for America to turn REALLY HARD against Nazis AND evangelicals and to realize that they have a huge overlap.

      • netxtown

        there is definitely overlap of the two subsets….and that subset of the subsets is getting bigger, more politically and socially active, and unafraid.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Fuck you, Wayne Hill and Tom for voting for this asshole. Too bad boys. I guess Trump wasn’t into you as much as you thought he was, even though your gay asses hated the black people just as much as Trump.

  • caphillprof

    This is what we get by electing a white suprematist who is fond of the KKK.

    • Silver Badger

      We? Speak for yourself please.

    • TuuxKabin

      Selecting a white supremacist.

      • David Walker

        …who thinks it’s OK to drop a reporter on his head. So butch.

  • Acronym Jim

    Being in Oregon, I’m close to a massive amount of federal land. Now I know what I’m going to do for the weekend; plant a lot of flags.

  • Dramphooey

    It’s stuff like this which appears small which is the harbinger of tragedy.

    • CarbonMade

      Well said. Very sad, but well said.

  • Rex

    Trump and the Republican Party are racist bigots who do not support the LGBT community. This is not news, this is not a surprise, this is not unexpected. We must be prepared to fight and resist.

    • Todd20036

      The only ones who think otherwise are the quislings who ignore all these events, and just want the tax cuts.
      They also think THEY’LL never go to concentration camps.

      • rextrek1

        they also have pages on TWITTER…
        GAYs for TRUMP

      • Paul

        Perhaps they can use their tax cuts to stem the bleeding after a Trump supporter targets them on the steps of their Manhattan appartment.

  • MBear

    Fk the Nazi Park Shitheads

    • Daveed_WOW

      Are you my subconscious?

      • MBear

        only the evil part

        • Daveed_WOW

          Can’t have good without evil…

          • MBear

            “without evil there can be no good so it must be good to be evil sometiiiiiimes” – Satan (South Park – Bigger, Longer, Uncut)

  • Chris Baker

    I guess on the bright side, since it’s not on federal land, there can’t be any silly back-and-forth to remove it/replace it when administrations change.

    • Typical_Liberal

      Someone will take it down, just you watch

  • Daveed_WOW

    Not really surprising, but petty and cruel nonetheless. Speaking as an abuse survivor, I say stay vigilant and hold the abuser responsible for every act of abuse. Every act of abuse is meaningful to him and to his supporters. Make your response meaningful too. Let people complain about your sensitivity. They are not your friends anyway.

  • Typical_Liberal

    People pushing back to the gay agenda, nice

  • Atomicrob

    Vote Democratic. Our lives depend on it. Seriously.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Sadly, too many don’t care about reality, only the purity of the candidates. Seriously.

  • Ken M

    He needed something recent to clam credit for when he speaks at the FRC conference this weekend. Nothing like a little “up to date hate.”

  • Richard B

    Truly unacceptable and a real slight to our beautiful community.
    It is time to turn up the heat to high on the bubbling cauldron called the Trump Administration.
    To all those self loathing members our community that voted for Trump and said he was our friend ….. that is you Peter Theil and the twisted Log Cabin Republicans, we told you so. Your support push him over the finish line and set our quest for rights and acceptance backwards for many years.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I repeat:

    Yup, he’s totes the best president ever on LGBT issues. /s

    P.S. Never let those who helped this come to pass forget their part in it.

  • fuow

    But Hillary wasn’t PERFECT!
    But Bernie’s supporters were cheated in NY State!
    But, but, but…you know what? We are just two states away from a Constitutional Convention. Called by the current batch of ultra-far-right-gay-bashing-transgender/intersex hating Republicans.
    What on earth is wrong with us that (and surveys back this up) we are STILL not voting, still not working within the Democratic Party to defend ourselves?
    Enough already with the ‘moral’ victories – we need to start playing the damn game to WIN. That means VOTING for the candidate how will beat the Repulicans. Not voting Green, not staying home because the Democratic candidate isn’t perfect on the one and only issue which really matters to us as individuals.
    This is nothing compared to what’s coming down the line. Two states more. One more liberal or moderate Justice replaced and we are done for generations to come.

    • Talisman

      I’ve been ringing that bell for over a year. Deaf ears, and all that.

      • fuow

        I hear you. I’m active in the Democratic Party at a very low level all the time, not just in election years. This gives me the chance to see internal surveys (nothing you can’t find in the NY TIMES) which show we are in serious, serious trouble – the vast majority of stay at home voters in November 2016 have learned NOTHING.
        Especially distressing: Gay men, Millennials and minority women have learned NOTHING. NOTHING.AT.ALL.

        • We need grassroots folks like you, thank you!
          Do you have any thoughts of how to get folks back into the habit of voting?

  • M Jackson

    But this teapot-domed sham of an administration is not going to affect the importance of that block just south of 14th St. in the West Village where one hot night the drag queens and rentboys finally decided to fight back.

  • M Jackson
  • Rob NYNY

    There hasn’t been a new press release on the Log Cabin Republicans’ website since September 27. It’s curious that the LCR is not celebrating how great Donald Trump was going to be for the LGBTQ community.

  • John

    Once again, thank you Log Cabin Republicans. Did you get the President you wanted?

  • GayOldLady

    This is just another bump in the road on our journey to full and equal participation in this Democracy. Donald J. Trump will not be POTUS for much longer and the GOP is in it’s death throes. We have seen worse and we have risen above it. We will continue to hurdle whatever obstacles they throw in our path. Love Wins!

    • shivadog

      I hope you are right, but I have been hearing that the GOP is “in it’s death throes” for at least a decade, and they just seem to keep increasing in power.

  • Bert_Bauer

    Have the homocons come up with an excuse for this slap in the face yet?

    • andrew

      God hates figs.

  • Statistics Palin

    Now they can install the new urinal mural in time for the dedication. I’d want to see Sessions as the short urinal and Pence as the bidet.

    • coram nobis

      Your analysis is spot on.

      • Statistics Palin

        Feckin’ brilliant pun.

  • MT YVR

    Was just in Amsterdam. Of course I went to the Homomonument. These are the words there. Something similar seems appropriate for this new monument at Stonewall.

    • Thank you for this photo! I’ve not heard of the Homomonument, and if anyone else is in the dark, here’s a link.

      • MT YVR

        It was really very effecting to go.

        It was only last week. It was autumn lighting, that kind of colour to the sky that you know is somehow weaker, more washed out. Much cooler weather too. The plaza area was empty. For a moment I stood on the top step in the middle of the day and kissed a man. There is a powerful statement to that, or at least thats what I felt.

        • How utterly perfect to stand at the Homomonument and kiss your fellow, in the open, in the middle of a city, in daylight.

          What has never made any sense to me is why anyone’s religion, sexuality, gender is a concern of others. Live and let live is the best motto ever.

  • coram nobis

    Petty & Sleazy do all the administration publicity these days.

    • LeeCMH

      In consultation with Dewey, Cheatem & Howe.

    • Gianni

      Yeah, better than Hillary ever would have been.

  • GanymedeRenard

    But remember, folks, he’s our best friend! /s

  • Ninja0980

    Just another way to say fuck you to the LGBT community.

  • j.martindale
    • 2guysnamedjoe


  • andrew

    They are sure going to hear from the influential Log Cabin Republicans about this. Just you wait and see. Are you waiting?

  • Craig Collins

    Let’s contrast and compare. Here in Berlin, the Monument to Homosexuals Murdered by the Nazis, across from the Holocaust Memorial. A giant stone block reveals a scene of two boys kissing in a wood.
    Beneath it, the plaque reads at its end: “With this memorial, the Federal Republic of Germany intends to honor the victims of persecution and murder, to keep alive the memory of this injustice, and to create a lasting symbol of opposition to enmity, intolerance and the exclusion of gay men and lesbians.”

  • Gianni

    While Donnie is kissing up and sucking the asses of the fundie christian organizations for their magical support, no stain of anything gay/gay related can be allowed to appear as condoned or connected to him. He’s what he called ‘a better friend to us than Hillary’.

  • bennyseay