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Gay Pride Flag Vandalized

April 16, 2007

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A flag hung on Cross Campus to celebrate Pride Week at Yale was found desecrated Sunday, forcing students in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Cooperative at Yale to remove it.
The duct-tape lettering on the rainbow-colored flag — which the Co-op had hung on the Porter Gate between Berkeley and Calhoun colleges — was altered late Saturday night or early Sunday morning so that it read “Yale Gluttony,” instead of “Yale Pride,” LGBT Co-op coordinator Anna Wipfler ’09 said. She said the LGBT Co-op board has not yet decided on a definite response to the incident, but is likely to address the issue through dialogue and Wednesday’s “day of silence” rather than turn to the administration for help.
The desecration of the flag is part of an ongoing pattern of offensive and insensitive attempts at humor on campus that are made at the expense of minority groups, Wipfler said. As an example of the increasing incidence of inappropriate jokes, Wipfler pointed to a campus-wide e-mail condemning homosexuality as a sin that was sent out by a fictional group called the National Organization to Gain Acceptance for Your Sins — or N.O.G.A.Y.S. — during last October’s National Coming Out Day.
“It definitely feels like a repeat of the N.O.G.A.Y.S. deal from the fall, and it’s really sad to the LGBT Co-op board in particular because we thought we made it clear to folks that this kind of ‘humor’ is just not funny,” she said. “We spent a large part of our time last October getting over that, so to see it just happen again feels like an attack on us personally.”
In November, two sophomores in Jonathan Edwards College — Will Wilson ’09 and Matthew Brimer ’09 — apologized to the LGBT Co-op board for sending the e-mail and posting similar fliers around campus, saying their actions were intended as a joke.
Other recent incidents include jokes published in a few campus periodicals that made fun of various minority groups, including Asian-Americans. Although such actions have been intended as humorous, they are still hurtful to many members of those groups, LGBT Co-op Political Action Chair Hugh Baran ’09 said.
“I find it offensive because I’m sick of people making jokes at the expense of people’s identity,” he said. “I don’t think my queerness is something that should be a butt of someone’s joke all the time, in a way that is really hurtful and that is suggesting that my identify is in this case sinful.”
Baran said the alteration of the flag right before the beginning of Bulldog Days on Monday is particularly worrisome, since many queer pre-frosh might be discouraged from attending Yale if they saw the flag while visiting.
Although they are still deciding whether to approach University administrators about responding to the incident, Wipfler said, for now, Co-op members are devoting most of their energy to generating public discussion about issues relating to sexuality and gender identity on campus. The LGBT Co-op will use an evening rally after Wednesday’s day of silence — which was originally scheduled not as a response to any particular event, but as part of a nationwide campaign — to discuss the vandalism, she said.
“I think it will be less behind the scenes, less one-on-one talks, and more public reaction and discussion about how this keeps happening,” Wipfler said. “We’re going to go with public avenues of silence as protest, followed by public discussions, which everyone is welcome to come to.”
Baran said he does not know what response would be appropriate, but he thinks the administration has a responsibility to respond in a proactive manner to cases of “bigotry” on campus.
Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg said she has not seen the defaced flag but is open to working with LGBT Co-op members if they approach her to talk about the issue. Taking down another group’s sign and altering it without informing anyone is a “cowardly” thing to do, she said.
“If somebody has some problem with what the gay pride people are doing, they have to come forward and talk about it openly and above-board,” Trachtenberg said. “Why they don’t want to identify themselves is beyond me.”
Wednesday’s day of silence is part of a two-week-long series of talks and other events meant to highlight queer issues on campus that began April 7.
from The Yale Daily News

And More From Palm Springs Pride

November 7, 2006
Palm Springs Pride

It’s been a while since I went to a gay pride parade, but this weekend I attended Palm Springs gay pride. Yes, there were the lesbian bikers, adult cheerleaders, and all the usual suspects, but there was also a group called Cane Pride and they got the biggest cheer. Another huge roar went up when Talk magazine’s float suffered a potentially tragic failure.

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from The WOW Report / Fenton Bailey

‘Pride’ Takes Center Stage In Palm Springs

November 6, 2006

Palm Springs PrideLeather vests, rainbow-spangled baseball hats covering white hair, rainbow suspenders, rainbow dog kerchiefs and that special blend of tourism, rodeo, retirement, youth, Gay Pride and real estate.
It’s the 20th year of Palm Springs Pride, a two-day festival dedicated to celebrating the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in a city measured by the Census as one of the “gayest” per capita in the United States.
Rick Bard, 45, of Salisbury, N.C. came to town for five days for the Pride Festival and to visit friends. He said he had not been to Palm Springs Pride, but had been to Palm Springs for vacation before.
“I think it’s a welcome embrace to the cultural diversity of the town, “ said Bard, who has been out for 25 years, he said. “It’s nice to see couples from the young to the old. I’ve been to Pride events before (in other cities) where everybody is.”
Bard said he was most looking forward to Dykes on Bikes, who returned to the parade this year with 17 motorcycles.
He admits the other thing he likes about Pride is “the dyed poodles.”
Bard said he likes Palm Springs because it is a place with a “comfortable population.”
Renee Divine, of Sky Valley, an out lesbian for about 20 years, was attending her 14 or 15th Palm Springs Pride parade. She and her partner remembered going to the parade many years ago when it wasn’t held on Palm Canyon, but on auxiliary streets.
“I think it’s fantastic and that it’s downtown and right in the heart of Palm Springs. We don’t have to worry about people staring at us.”
Thousands lined the parade route from Alejo to Ramon — from men in their early 20s to couples both male and female who are of retirement age. The golf shirt and shorts, the $450 LA jeans, the barechested, the proud t-shirt slogans, the lesbian clad in only a brown bikini, the Leather Order of the Desert in boots and and straps, all different uniforms were accepted.
Scott Betti of Palm Desert, who works for Trader Joe’s and his friends Gary Goodrich, who is in management in San Diego and Jan Hensley, who’s retired and lives in Hemet styled themselves as the “Drag Queen Repair Team,” dressed in shocking green t-shirts, equiped with extra false eyelashes, hydrogen peroxide and nail polish remover in tool belts as they passed out beads to Pride attendees.
“We’re beautifying the street, a little pink at a time,” Betti quipped. It’s their second year as the “Drag Queen Repair Team.”
“There’s no such thing as natural beauty,” said Goodrich, quoting the line from movie “Steel Magnolias” line for line from memory.
Betti and Goodrich described themselves as out gay males. Hensley said “I’m married. I’m straight. I’m just here to support my boys.”
Betti said that despite their fun-filled endeavor, Pride is “all about getting together and having a good time,” as a community — not just about the more extravagantly made up members of the community, though local female impersonators — like the famed Pinkie — passed by looking in no need of repairs.
The parade was led by a flower-adorned car bearing a portrait of Bob Hoven, considered the “father of Pride” in the desert, who passed away this year.
“Bob Hoven, 1931-2006 Man of the Year,” the black convertible’s placard read.
Hoven was the founder of one of the desert’s first gay publications and was one of the best-known people in the local community.Palm Springs Pride
Other messages were also sent by floats in the parade. The California Teachers Association group urged Pride attendees to vote on Tuesday and carried printed rainbow placards reading “Thank You Fire Fighters” to the fire fighters who fought the deadly 40,200-acre Esperanza Fire near Cabazon in the past weeks.
Gay veterans, real estate and home building companies and local gay politicians were also out in force in the parade.
Palm Springs Councilman Steve Pougnet rode in a convertible with his partner Chris Green. The two dads have just welcomed a set of twins. “The babies are home sleeping,” Pougnet said from the car. “They’re too young.”
Other Palm Springs politicians including Mayor Pro Tem Ginny Foat, Councilman Mike McCullough and Mayor Ron Oden, rode in convertibles. Oden greeted paradgoers with “Good Morning Everyone!Happy Pride!“
Cathedral City’s politicians were out in force as well, with Chuck Vaszquez and Paul Marchand, both openly gay and up for re-election riding in convertibles. Councilman Greg Pettis rode in a convertible with Mark Leno, a Demoractic state official. Mayor Kathy DeRosa, also on the Nov. 7 ballot for re-election, waved to constituents from her convertible.
Democratic candidate for Congress David Roth brought a contingent of about 50 marchers, decked out in blue Roth t-shirts and rainbow Roth bumperstickers.
High school and college students were represented, with a group of Palm Springs High School students on a Gay Associated Youth float and students from Twentynine Palms High School marching to represent their school. College of the Desert and Riverside Community College students also brought chapters of their schools’ gay student groups.
Gay Rodeo paraded the flags of the 50 states, held by 50 gay cowboys. “Great Outdoors,” a group of 4X4 Jeep outdoor enthusiasts also had floats in the parade.
Boots In Squares, “GLBT Square Dancing in the Coachella Valley” danced along and invited people to join their Monday night square dances.
Pride groups from other California cities checked in as well, with contingents from San Diego, Long Beach and San Francisco. The Bienestar group from the greater LA area marched to Latin dance music.
The Los Angeles Police Department, which stressed that it is hiring, sent a sharp black Hummer with a female officer waving a large rainbow flag. Cheerleading groups from San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles marched and did stunts.
The Palm Springs High School Marching Band was greeted with great enthusiasm, their red, black and white uniforms and marching movements crisp in the November warmth.
The Braille Institute of Rancho Mirage entered a group that got some of the loudest applause along the route. The “Cane Pride: Precision White Cane Drill Team,” a group of visually impaired and blind marchers, stepped right along with their red-tipped white canes leading the way.
It was the 17 motorcycles ridden by more than 30 Dykes on Bikes that brought up the parade’s finale. The group had not been allowed to ride last year.
Women, two to a bike, from Sharon Stone look alikes on Harleys to a regal blonde in turquoise fringed suede chaps to a gal resembling a more masculine Ernest Borgnine revved their hogs to the approval of the crowd.
As thousands lining the streets made their way to the Pride Festival at Sunrise Park, to the area’s clubs and bars and to downtown restaurants, Tom Sweet, recently retired to Thousand Palms, said “There’s nothing like Palm Springs.”
from The Desert Sun

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Israel Refuses To Ban Gay Pride Parade

November 6, 2006

JerusalemJERUSALEM – Israel’s attorney general refused to ban a gay pride parade in Jerusalem despite threats of violence from ultra-Orthodox Jews, instructing police and gay activists to try to work out a compromise, the police commander said Sunday.
A Justice Ministry statement said Attorney General Meni Mazuz ordered police to meet with gay activists “to work out a reasonable alternative proposal” for the march, set for Friday on a route through the middle of the city. The meeting is to take place Monday, gay activists said, and a compromise was likely.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews have rioted in Jerusalem nearly every night over the past week, burning garbage cans, blocking roads and assaulting police officers in an attempt to get the authorities to call off the march, approved months ago by the Supreme Court. Many religious Jews, Muslims and Christians see homosexuality as a sin and the march as an affront to the sanctity of the holy city.
Police said Sunday that the danger of violence was too great to allow the march to proceed, but left the final decision to Mazuz.
“We understand that the potential danger to life and bloodshed is greater than that to free speech,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
Ella Canetti, one of the organizers of the gay pride march, said they would meet police on Monday and were willing to be flexible.
“We are prepared to alter the route of our march to meet police concerns,” she told The Associated Press. “According to what we understand, a modest gay pride march will take place in Jerusalem.”
After meeting Mazuz, Jerusalem police commander Ilan Franco said, “It may be that there will be a march and a closing event at place which both sides decide is reasonable and minimizes potential damage and danger.”
But it was unclear whether such a compromise would satisfy the ultra-Orthodox Jewish opponents.
At last year’s march, an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed and wounded three participants.
There was some dissent Sunday among gay activists. Saar Nathaniel, a gay member of Jerusalem’s City Council and one of the march’s planners, suggested Sunday that gay activists cancel the march in return for ultra-Orthodox members of parliament supporting gay rights legislation.
A gay columnist in the liberal Haaretz daily called on organizers to show sensitivity for Jerusalem’s special status as a city holy to three faiths and move the march to the more permissive Tel Aviv.
Jerusalem police said six policemen have been hurt in the clashes over the past week and 60 rioters have been arrested. Over the weekend, the disturbances spread outside Jerusalem to the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, where rioters blocked one of Israel’s main highways with burning tires.
from The Washington Post

Sentencing ing San Diego Gay Pride Attack

September 26, 2006

James CarrollSAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Three men who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a series of brutal beatings after a gay pride festival in Balboa Park were sentenced yesterday to prison.
James Carroll, 24; Lyonn Tatum, 18; and Kenneth Lincoln, 24, admitted to criminal charges Friday on the second day of a San Diego Superior Court hearing in which prosecutors began laying out evidence.
In keeping with the plea agreement, Judge Frederick Maguire sentenced Carroll to 11 years in prison, Tatum to eight years and Lincoln to 32 months.
Prosecutors said Carroll, Tatum and a juvenile assaulted six men with a baseball bat and a knife July 29 as the victims were leaving the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Festival in Balboa Park.
The attacks started about 10:45 p.m., on Redwood Circle near the lawn bowling center east of Sixth Avenue and north of Laurel Street.
One of the victims was beaten so severely that almost every bone in his face was broken. Reconstructive surgery was required for that victim, who almost died, and he spent two weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, according to court testimony.
Another victim, Paul Mullins, 34, testified he was hit twice with a bat by one assailant while another two shouted a gay slur.
Mullins said he called 911 after the attack and followed the men for about 10 minutes before they attacked another man sitting on a bench. He testified he then saw them beat a man in the bushes near Cabrillo Bridge while shouting “faggot.”
Mullins told the judge yesterday he was saddened and angry that no one who came in contact with the attackers, particularly those who heard them planning it, tried to stop them.
Mullins said he was “disappointed” he will have to attend a sentencing next week for a 15-year-old boy involved in the beatings, and speak to a judge about the teenager’s fate.
“I don’t know him. I don’t know much about him, but this is what you’ve dumped in my lap,” Mullins said to the defendants.
The teenager pleaded guilty last Monday in Juvenile Court to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and hate crime allegations. He could be sentenced to up to 13 years in the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Juvenile Justice when he is sentenced Oct. 4.
Carroll pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault. He also admitted using a bat and carrying out a hate crime.
Tatum pleaded guilty to assault charges, using a knife and committing a hate crime.
Lincoln, who was on parole on a domestic violence conviction at the time of the beatings, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said he was not present during the attacks, but tattooed Tatum and shaved his head to help keep him from being recognized and arrested.
Lincoln and Carroll told the judge Friday that they disagreed with prosecutors’ version of the facts, but felt it was in their best interest to take the plea agreement. Had they been convicted of the original charges they would have faced much longer sentences.
from The San Diego Union-Tribune

3 Men Plead Guilty In Attacks At San Diego Gay Pride

September 23, 2006

GaySAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Three men arrested in connection with a series of beatings after a gay-pride festival in Balboa Park that prosecutors said were hate crimes pleaded guilty yesterday to criminal charges.
James Carroll, 24; Lyonn Tatum, 18; and Kenneth Lincoln, 24, admitted the crimes on the second day of a preliminary hearing in San Diego Superior Court, during which they heard testimony from three victims.
Prosecutors contended that Carroll, Tatum and a juvenile attacked the men with a baseball bat and a knife shortly after the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Festival ended July 29.
Carroll pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault, and admitted he used a bat in the attacks. He also admitted committing a hate crime and agreed to be sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Tatum agreed to an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to assault charges, using a knife and committing a hate crime.
Lincoln, who was on parole for a domestic-violence conviction, was not accused of taking part in the attacks, but prosecutors said he shaved Tatum’s head and tattooed his arm afterward, apparently to change his appearance.
Like Carroll, Lincoln told the judge yesterday he did not agree with the prosecutor’s version of facts of the case, but felt it was in his best interest to take advantage of the plea bargain.
He pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and will likely be sentenced to 32 months in prison.
Judge Frederick Maguire is scheduled to sentence the men Monday.
A teenage boy who also was involved in the attacks pleaded guilty Monday in Juvenile Court to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and hate crime allegations. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 4.
Prosecutor Oscar Garcia said six men were attacked that night and that the most severely injured victim underwent reconstructive facial surgery and was recently released from a hospital.
Garcia said he did not know whether the man would appear in court Monday, but that all of the victims have been invited to attend and testify.
During the preliminary hearing, a detective told the judge that a girl said two men and a juvenile told her at a party that they were going out to rob people the night of the gay-pride festival. When they returned, the men were heard bragging about the assaults, with one saying he stabbed a man and another saying he smashed someone in the head with a bat.
The girl identified the man with the bat as Carroll and the man with the knife as Tatum, according to the testimony.
One of the victims, Paul Mullins, said he was hit twice with a baseball bat and that he saw the assailants attack two other men while shouting a gay slur. Mullins, 34, said he followed the attackers toward the festival for more than 10 minutes while talking to a 911 dispatcher.
Mullins said he saw the attackers assault a fourth man on a bench in Redwood Circle, an area where he said gay men often congregate after dark
from The San Diego Union-Tribune

2006 Taipei Gay Pride Festival Begins

September 18, 2006

Taipei Gay PrideTAIPEI, CHINA – Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou officiated at a ceremony yesterday marking the opening of Taipei’s 2006 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival as well as the beginning of the city’s LGBT civil rights movement.
Addressing the opening, Ma said it is hoped that by holding the festival, alternately titled the “LGBT Civil Rights Movement,” Taipei will become a society that has peace, compassion and respect for all voices and cultures.
It is also hoped that Taipei will become bigger and greater by showing its commitment to multicultural tolerance, Ma added.
Ma announced the start of the annual Taipei LGBT civil rights movement by giving out a rainbow flag to participants after the ceremony was held in front of Taipei City Hall.
The rainbow flag was a gift from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson, who wrote to congratulate the city government for the Taipei LGBT Festival and work promoting human rights and in particular LGBT rights.
Newson has strived to promote the welfare of San Francisco’s gay community since his election. His efforts have made San Francisco a strong example in the world in promoting gay marriage and rights.
With the involvement of city officials, San Francisco’s LGBT movement is no longer based on an individual’s quest for identity, but a collective effort on achieving true human rights and equal rights, said Chung Che-liang, commissioner of the city’s Department of Civil Affairs.
With a similar aspiration toward becoming a world-class metropolis with a prosperous, multicultural atmosphere, the Taipei city government has a lot more to learn about its LGBT residents and their needs, Chung said.
Although Taipei has a long way to catch up, it is now the best city in all of Asia in terms of a LGBT rights movement and protection, Chung said.
The rainbow-flag-raising ceremony was followed by three different forums to map various aspects of Taipei’s LGBT movement. All forums took place in the Taipei City Council’s main assembly hall.
Taipei began to sponsor Taiwan’s first LGBT Festival in 2000.
from The China Post