Activism

Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out Closes Shop After 11 Years Of Shutting Down Ex-Gay Torture Organizations

Via press release: Dear Truth Wins Out Supporters: On our 11th anniversary, it is with a mixture of great sadness and overwhelming pride that I reluctantly announce that Truth Wins Out is closing down. All good things must come to an end – and it is time to say goodbye. Truth Wins Out is closing because we accomplished our major ...

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TURKEY: Riot Police Use Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets Against Banned Istanbul Pride Marchers [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Activists gathered for gay Pride in Istanbul Sunday in defiance of a ban by authorities, and despite riot police who used tear gas to disperse crowds. Dozens turned up to wave rainbow flags and LGBT banners, watched by much larger numbers of Turkish riot officers as well as far-right protesters. There were more than two dozen arrests, ...

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Resistance Activists Show Force At NYC Pride [VIDEO]

Resistance groups turned out in large numbers at today’s New York City Pride parade, where they were greeted with whistles and roars when they turned the corner onto Christopher Street. Notable among the groups were Gays Against Guns, who chanted “Fuck The NRA!” and ACT UP, which carried black cardboard coffins adorned with signs warning of the death of Medicare ...

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Pride Parade

From New York City’s ABC affiliate: Thousands are expected to take part in the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday. The march in Manhattan, which starts on Fifth Avenue, ends in the West Village. WABC-TV will be its official television partner and broadcast the march. The NYC Pride March started in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration on the ...

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The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel

It was 48 years ago this week that the queer community of New York City finally said “Enough!” As I’ve done for the last few years on this day, I’m reposting the story that the New York Daily News ran one week after the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We’ve come a long, long ...

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New York City Declares “Laverne Cox Day” [VIDEO]

Mic reports: June 22 is now officially Laverne Cox Day in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, made the surprise announcement on Thursday when the actress made an appearance at his official residence, Gracie Mansion. “Can you believe that a black transgender woman from Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother has a day in New ...

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Resistance Groups To Lead New York City Pride Parade

Back in March, I reported that a coalition of grassroots activists had reached an agreement with New York City Pride for front-of-parade placement. Today we have details about those groups. Via press release: Inspired by the defiant spirit from which NYC Pride was born, 18 diverse LGBT community organizations will march together at the front of this year’s NYC Pride ...

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Cops Drag Wheelchair-Bound Trumpcare Protesters Away From Sen. Mitch McConnell’s DC Office [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I wonder how many a video is worth. In newly surfaced footage posted to Twitter on Thursday, protesters in wheelchairs and wearing medical equipment are carried and dragged away from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s office, where they were protesting the GOP’s health care bill. The protesters, participating ...

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At The Inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards

Last night longtime JMG photographer Dr. Jeff Smith and I headed to downtown Manhattan’s swanky Capitale to work the red carpet at the inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards, where emcee Alan Cumming feted the cast of Sense8, Edie Windsor, pop duo Tegan & Sara, Bob The Drag Queen, Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano, transgender youth activist Gavin Grimm, designer ...

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DENMARK: Brewery Mocks Trump And Putin With Beer Auction To Benefit Effort To Help Chechen Gays

The Copenhagen Post reports: It seems that aside from producing excellent beer the Danish brewery Mikkeller is in possession of a sense of humour as well. And it’s not afraid to ruffle some feathers for a good cause. In collaboration with the Chinese microbrewery Great Leap Brewing, Mikkeller has come up with a beer that may very well irk certain ...

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Highlights From Broadway Bares 2017 [VIDEO]

The clips may not be work-friendly. Playbill reports: Broadway Bares: Strip U, the 27th edition of the annual burlesque-style fundraiser in New York, earned $1,568,114, a jump from last year’s $1,482,724 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but slightly down from 2015’s record-breaking total of $1,598,501. Attendees watched 181 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City—joined by ...

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AUSTRALIA: Boy George Covers Village People’s YMCA In Pitch For Marriage Equality And It’s Great [VIDEO]

Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports: As a coach on The Voice, Boy George is encouraging his artists to find a new meaning when covering iconic pop songs and it seems the Culture Club front man has been taking his own advice. The ’80s pop icon has rerecorded the Village People classic YMCA in order to shine a light on issues important ...

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BRAZIL: Millions Attend Sao Paulo Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Revelers gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community. Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling ...

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UKRAINE: Thousands Of Riot Police Flank Pride Parade To Protect Attendees From Ultra-Nationalists [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of people attended a gay pride parade in Ukraine’s capital amid tight security Sunday. A counter-demonstration by a few hundred ultra-nationalists resulted in scuffles with police in which two officers were injured and six people arrested, Kiev police chief Andrei Krishchenko said. Much of downtown Kiev was cordoned off and about 5,000 police officers were ...

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TRAILER: Broadway Bares 2017

Sexy videos alert! Via press release: Class will be in session this summer at the only college campus where clothing is optional and bodacious burlesque is always in the curriculum. This year’s theme for Broadway Bares is Strip U, an unrivaled evening of seductive striptease production numbers with an academic twist, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway ...

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Lambda Legal Opens DC Office To Fight Trump

Politico reports: The LGBT legal advocacy group Lambda Legal is opening a new Washington office in an expansion aimed at ratcheting up a fight against the Trump administration for which they’re planning to raise an additional $25 million over the next four years, on top of their existing budget. The office will be run by Sharon McGowan, who was until ...

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John Oliver To Host Trevor Project Gala

Oh look, actual good news: Comedian, actor, and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is set to emcee the 2017 TrevorLIVE New York gala on June 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. YouTube personality Randy Rainbow will serve as Voice of God. Additional guests will include Imagine Dragons, Edie Windsor, Shoshana Bean, Barrett Pall, BD Wong, Brandon Uranowitz, Brendan ...

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At The National Equality March [VIDEO]

With clear skies and temperatures that pushed into in the mid-90s, today tens of thousands of LGBT activists marched past the White House, where it appeared that rooftop snipers were keeping a wary eye on the boisterous and often hilarious anti-Trump action, which included rousing chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” See some of my photos below and check out the ...

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Log Cabin Republicans Mock National Equality March

CNN reports: Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. Gay rights activists plan to air their concerns at the “Equality March for Unity and Pride” ...

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the thirteenth year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of Pride in the hope of encouraging you to attend your local events. Have a wonderful Pride Month. Love each other. Watching The Defectives ...

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