Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1961 Documentary on Homosexuality


The first known documentary about Homosexuality has been found.  It was televised on Sept. 11, 1961. You can find the documentary here:

Introduced by KQED's General Manager James Day, The Rejected was the first ever U.S. televised documentary about homosexuality, broadcast on September 11th 1961. Originally titled 'The Gay Ones', The Rejected had a budget of $100 and was filmed mostly in the KQED studio. Several sources - including co-producer Irving Saraf - refer to at least one scene being shot on location at the Black Cat Bar in San Francisco (710 Montgomery Street). However, this edit of the film does not appear to feature images of the bar. In his 'Chronological History of KQED: 40th Anniversary Edition', Jay Yamada quotes a 'Focus' article from Oct. 1979: "Jim Day reported to the board that KQED had completed videotape production of a 90 minute documentary on homosexuality in San Francisco, a program entitled 'The Rejected'." The video edit preserved by the Library of Congress is only 60 minutes long. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NOM Supports the Duggars

I found the following blog post over at the National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,
As you may have already heard, the Duggar family — stars of the hit TV Show 19 Kids and Counting — have come under attack from bullying activists and radicals simply because of the Duggars' strong pro-family witness both on and off their show. I ask you to take a moment today to join me in showing your support for the Duggars.
We need to send a message to let them know that we, the advocates of traditional marriage and family, appreciate their strong moral voice in the public square. They are an example of how strong marriages and families lie at the foundation of a healthy society. We need more celebrities like them, not fewer!
Our country needs a healthier public square where people are heard respectfully, and not merely shouted down by those who disagree. This moment that the Duggars are facing is a test case for what kind of society we want: one where the values of tolerance and respect are truly practiced, or one where only those on the politically-correct side of the conversation get to be heard.
Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
No, it's not from last week or two weeks ago but a year ago.  Strangely, NOM has been silent during the revelation that Josh Duggar, who worked for the Family Research Council, molested his younger sisters and a family friend.  Unbelievable. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MassResistance Helps Another Country Recognize Marriage Equality

So ever since Marriage Equality was recognized in Massachusetts back in 2013, MassResistance has been sending out "pro-family" information to anti-equality groups and in almost every case the marriage equality side wins.  It's actually quite amusing to read about MassResistance's involvement in difference campaigns because they always claim: "We tell them things they obviously never heard before and really opened their eyes!"  Take a gander at their latest attempt:
Help from MassResistance 
Over the past few months MassResistance has been working with a number of Irish pro-marriage activists. Most recently, we have been corresponding with pastor Derry O’Sullivan in Dublin who has been working with several church groups. Late last night he sent us some descriptions of what’s been happening on the ground over in Ireland.  We asked him for a report, which we quote from below.
 One of the primary tools from MassResistance for Irish voters has been our video, “What gay marriage did to Massachusetts” – which has been used by pro-marriage activists from Australia and Hong Kong to Finland and Africa.
Among other things, nearly 55,000 postcards urging people to watch the MassResistance video have been distributed across the country. (It’s making an impression -- we’ve gotten angry emails from homosexual activists!)

We're so glad when we hear that MassResistance is getting involved in some equality movement somewhere because we know that once people hear the kooky crazy ramblings from them it's all over and we win. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Yes Jeff Jacoby, you are a homophobe

Where to start? Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe's leading conservative right wing wacko homophobe wrote an article on the so-called "March for Marriage" in Washington DC last week:

THOUSANDS OF Americans will rally in Washington, D.C., at a March for Marriage on Thursday in support of “the simple and beautiful message,” to quote Brian Brown, that “marriage between one man and one woman is unique and critical for our society.” Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage, the event’s lead sponsor.
Don’t he and his supporters know that they’re on the Wrong Side of History?
First off, there probably wasn't even a thousand people at the rally.  Secondly, to answer his question: No, they don't know that they're on the wrong side of History.  This was evident when Mike Huckabee was quoting Dr. Martin Luther King at the rally which is ironic since Huckabee is from Arkansas not to mention that Huckabee doesn't even know American civics.
I watched the so-called "March for Marriage" which was anything but.  It was a rally against gay people getting married.  There was no talk about ending divorce or strengthening marriages, no, it was all gay all day or rather anti-gay, all day.  They even had role models like the Cardinal from San Francisco who was convicted of a DUI to speak but has never lead a rally against the abuse of children by the Catholic Church.
Many times during the program Brian Brown, the leader of the National Organization for Marriage, tried to get the small crowd to chant and he even tried to come up with chants for them, but to no avail.   It reminded me of the crowds at the Massachusetts Constitutional Conventions, immigrants who were promised a meal at MacDonald's just for holding a sign. I know this because my husband and I overheard the anti-gay side while we were at the convention.

I'm still wondering which traditional marriage Jeff Jacoby is advocating for:  The one where one man had many wives or the one in which the wife became the property of her husband when he bought her from her family?  Let's pick and chose which part of the Bible we want to obey this week.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Gay Marriage 1974!

A PBS series "The Advocates" conducted a debate in 1974 on "Should Marriage Between Homosexuals be Permitted".  Most of the arguments haven't changed with the exception of the heavy handed religious tilt nowadays by most anti-gay groups.

The above screenshot is of Elaine Noble, a professor at Emerson College on "The Advocates".  She was an out lesbian on TV which was unheard of in those days.  She makes possibly the only argument about how gay marriage would change the instituion of marriage when she is asked the question about who will be the head of the household in a homosexual union:

Well, I wanted to ask you some questions about the incidence of marriage because it seems to me that marriage is designed primarily for the heterosexual couple and is inappropriate for the homosexual couple. I would like to ask you whether you plan to modify or change the marriage relationship. For example, in the homosexual marriage, will there be an identifiable head of the family?
Well, I think that's probably ... I think that's sort of a dated question, don't you think . . . I assumed . . .
Well, are you telling me, then, that there will not be an identifiable head and that both parties to the homosexual marriage will always be equal?
I would assume that that's probably what the women's movement is trying to say about heterosexual marriages.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Two! Two! Two...Two Hate Groups in One

Well, it was bound to happen, funds are drying up, lawsuits are flying, leather chaps are getting expensive... so Prono Pete, AKA Peter LaBarbara from the Illinois Family Council, then Americans for Truth about Homosexuality and Scott Lively, founder of various west coast anti-gay groups (and notorious for working with third world countries on anti-gay legislation) have combined to become a SUPER GAY, oops...I mean SUPER ANTI-GAY group. This time, this group will encompass the WORLD (I suspect the money in the US is drying up and they need new lemmings, er, contributors to fill their coffers). I guess Scott Lively, who moved to Springfield Mass and opened up a "Christian" coffeehouse has more time on his hands since he announced he was running for Governor of Massachusetts (cue laughter). The press release states:
A press conference will be held to announce the formation of a new organization, the Coalition for Family Values, whose purpose is to unify and coordinate pro-family groups around the United States and the world to more effectively oppose the now-global LGBT agenda. Press Conference Details When: Friday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. Where: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street N.W., Washington, DC The coalition is being organized by Dr. Scott Lively of Defend the Family International, based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), based outside Chicago, Illinois -- with the assistance of other existing pro-family groups and leaders in the United States and abroad. The first action of the coalition will be to issue a statement of support for the Russian pro-family laws of 2013 and 2014 -- e.g., the prohibition of pro-homosexual propaganda to minors -- and to urge other nations of the world to follow the Russian example.
We're wondering if Brian Camenker is feeling like the jilted lover who wasn't asked to participate or take a lead role in this new hate group. After all, he DID go to Jamaica! I guess they're just not into threesomes!
Hat Tip to JMG for this info!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

MassResistance BEGS for Money in Their Latest Money Grab

MassResistance is claiming that they have a "friend" who will match $75,000 if they raise it by December 31th.  Of course, Brian Camenker is the "director" of the organization so essentially, if you're contributing, you're paying his salary. It doesn't appear from their website that there is anyone else in the organization. I'm guessing with all the recent slap downs by state legislations and voters that the anti-gay well is drying up:
….We believe that good people must stand and fight back without compromise and without fear. In doing this, we have garnered worldwide respect from pro-family activists. And as 2014 approaches, we are dedicating ourselves to doing much more.
We depend on people like you -- big end-of-year opportunity! 
But a major part that equation is broad financial support from people like you. You are the hope of America for protecting traditional values. You don't have to contribute a lot of money. Even a modest amount -- even $9 -- makes you a part of this fight instead of being just a bystander. 
We are asking you to consider making a donation today, especially if you haven't done donated before (or recently). This is particularly important right now, because if we can raise $75,000 by December 31, a generous donor has agreed to match that. And you will be investing in uncompromising activism that really has no price.

Apparently, MassResistance was involved in all the states that had recent victories for Marriage Equality so I guess it's a good thing to fund MassResistance.  Their crazy antics has really opened the eyes of those people on the fence.  This so called "pro-family" organization just happens to be a recognized hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for 6 years in a row.

Oh, and they're expanding their hate worldwide:

Helped fight "gay marriage" in state (and foreign) legislatures.People around the country -- and around the world -- look to MassResistance when "gay marriage" is threatened in their state. Were were VERY busy this year, working closely with activists in Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indiana -- and even across the ocean in Australia,England, and France.