Friday, February 04, 2011

Know Your LGBT History - The Streets of San Francisco

Here is something from the waaaaaaaayback machine.

The Streets of San Francisco was a 70s police drama starring the late Karl Malden and Michael Douglas before he became a huge star.

It was an interesting show with very well-written scripts. And the following clip is from the episode Masks of Death. In the episode, John Davidson portrays a famous female impersonator whose schizophrenia is leading him to murder men.

As this clip shows, Davidson's performance was riveting. Actual female impersonator, the very talented Jim Bailey provided the voice but Davidson brings the pathos:

Past Know Your LGBT History postings:

Know Your LGBT History - Two looks at transgender characters in films

Know Your LGBT History - Flawless

Know Your LGBT History - Mahogany

Know Your LGBT History - Beverly Hills Cop

Know Your LGBT History - Some Like It Hot

Know Your LGBT History - Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia 

Know Your LGBT History - Dirty Laundry

Know Your LGBT History - The Willie Witch Project

Know Your LGBT History - Spartacus

Know Your LGBT History - Caged

Know Your LGBT History - The Birdcage

Know Your LGBT History - Maude

Know Your LGBT History - That Certain Summer

Know Your LGBT History - Boat Trip

Know Your LGBT History - Staircase

Know Your LGBT History - Beautiful Thing

Know Your LGBT History - Armed and Dangerous

Know Your LGBT History - The Proud Family

Know Your LGBT History - Suddenly Last Summer

Know Your LGBT History - Gay TV Now

Know Your LGBT History - Stewardess School

Know Your LGBT History - Up the Academy

Know Your LGBT History - Don't be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Know Your LGBT History - A Different Story

Know Your LGBT History - Victim

Know Your LGBT History - The Color Purple

Know Your LGBT History - Making Love

Know Your LGBT History - A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

Know Your LGBT History - Noah's Arc

Know Your LGBT History - Ode to Billy Joe

Know Your LGBT History - Adorable Adrian Adonis

Know Your LGBT History - The Night Strangler

Know Your LGBT History - All in the Family

Know Your LGBT History - Tongues Untied

Know Your LGBT History - The Celluloid Closet

Know Your LGBT History - Querelle

Know Your LGBT History - Theatre of Blood

Know Your LGBT History - Strange Fruit

Know Your LGBT History - Designing Women

Know Your LGBT History - The Children's Hour

Know Your LGBT History - Sylvester

Know Your LGBT History - Once Bitten

Know Your LGBT History - The Boys in the Band

Know Your LGBT History - Christopher Morley, the crossdressing assassin

Know Your LGBT History - Midnight Cowboy

Know Your LGBT History - Dracula's Daughter

Know Your LGBT History - Blacula

Know Your LGBT History - 3 Strikes

Know Your LGBT History - Paris Is Burning

Know Your LGBT History - The Women

Know your LGBT History - Soul Plane

Know Your LGBT History - The Player's Club

Special Know Your LGBT History - Fame

Know Your LGBT History - Welcome Home, Bobby

Know Your LGBT History - Barney Miller

Know your lgbt history - The Jerry Springer Show

Know your lgbt history - Martin Lawrence and that 'gay guy' on his show

Know your lgbt history - The Ricki Lake Show

Know your lgbt history - Which Way Is Up

Know your lgbt history - Gays in Primetime Soaps

Know your lgbt history - Boys Beware

Know your lgbt history - The Boondocks

Know your lgbt history - Mannequin

Know your lgbt history - The Warriors

Know Your LGBT History - New York Undercover

Know Your LGBT History - Low Down Dirty Shame

Know Your LGBT History - Fortune and Men's Eyes

Know your lgbt history - California Suite

Know your lgbt history - Taxi (Elaine's Strange Triangle)

Know your lgbt history - Come Back Charleston Blue

Know your lgbt history - James Bond goes gay

Know your lgbt history - Windows

Know your lgbt history - To Wong Foo and Priscilla

Know your lgbt history - Blazing Saddles

Know your lgbt history - Sanford and Son

Know your lgbt history - In Living Color

Know your lgbt history - Cleopatra Jones and her lesbian drug lords

Know your lgbt history - Norman, Is That You?

Know your lgbt history - The 'Exotic' Adrian Street

Know your lgbt history - The Choirboys

Know your lgbt history - Eddie Murphy

Know your lgbt history - The Killing of Sister George

Know your lgbt history - Hanna-Barbera cartoons pushes the 'gay agenda

'Know your lgbt history - Cruising

Know your lgbt history - Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones

Know your lgbt history - I Got Da Hook Up

Know your lgbt history - Fright Night

Know your lgbt history - Flowers of Evil

The Jeffersons and the transgender community

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Iowa group stooping to junk science and hate groups to smear lgbts

A religious right group in Iowa, The Family Leader, is on a tear about homosexuality.

And the organization is going not the "we just want to protect morals and traditional values" route.

Rather for them, it's the classic  "homosexuals are a disgusting health risk" routine.

Jeremy Hooper from has made a video about it:

Think Progress gives more details:

Hooper discovered, a slight alternation of the organization’s website reveals, a site which describes homosexuality as a public health crisis akin to smoking and endorses discredited ex-gay reversal therapies.

. . offers the following “facts” about homosexuality:
– Reduces life expectancy by about 20-35 years.
– Homosexuals are 20x more likely to be abused by partner than heterosexual.
– CDC reports cancer rate is 90x higher in homosexual men – while smokers is only 10-30x.
– Yes, they CAN change! (Sept. 1, 2009 NARTH report).

Now supposedly these facts are backed with citations. HOWEVER, the citations are to non-objective right-wing sites which have a history of distortion

For example, take all of these claims about the supposed dangers of homosexuality in public schools:

● Months after the ruling in MA, school teachers were instructing middle school students “lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex toys.”
● A parent was jailed in 2005 when he insisted on being notified when homosexuality was discussed.
● Federal judges ruled schools have the “duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children, and that schools have no obligation to notify parents...”
● In 2006 a mother complained when a “transvestite” was brought into class. She was told her complaints were “inappropriate behavior.”

These claims all come from a Massachusetts organization by the name of Mass Resistance who supposedly works to fight the alleged "gay agenda" in the state. For its efforts, Mass Resistance was named an official anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This is because Mass Resistance and its leader, Brian Camenker, has a long history of demonizing the lgbt community and even stooping to coordinating phony moral panics, including:

Manufacturing a phony panic about "schools teaching children about homosexuality,"
Claiming in 2005 on Comedy Central's Daily Show that if given time, Camenker would be able to connect gay marriage in Massachusetts to the "reduction" of the quality of life in the state, a spike in homelessness rates, or and a lowering the quality of the air in the state, or
Making a claim in 2006 that "gays were trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals" in Massachusetts

But that's not the only bit of inaccurate information peddled by the Family Leader.

That claim above about how homosexuals can change is cited from an article entitled:

Byrd , A. Dean, Ph.D, MBA, MPH, "Homosexuality Is Not Hardwired," Concludes Dr. Francis S. Collins, Head Of The Human Genome Project, February 2008.

There is just one problem with the article Collins never said that. In fact, he has gone on record numerous times complaining about this.

But the best way in showing just how distorted the Family Leader's information is when it pertains to lgbts is to the name of its site - SecondHandEffects.

The inference is that homosexuality is as dangerous as smoking.

It's a bad inference and it's not original as the following 2007 article published by Lifesite News - the  web page supplying many citations for the Family Leader's site:

Studies have shown that years of smoking shortens the lifespan of the smoker from 1 to 7 years. Recent analysis of the age of death in Norway and Denmark for gays who are legally married suggests that engaging in homosexual behavior reduces lifespan by 24 years!

So reported Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association on March 23.

"What justification is there for condemning smoking and endorsing homosexuality?" asked Dr. Paul Cameron, of the Family Research Institute, a Colorado-based think tank. "Today, all across the Western world, school children are being taught the acceptability of homosexuality and the wrongness of smoking.

That's right. The Family Leader is channeling information from our old friend, Paul Cameron, the discredited researcher who has been rebuked, censured, and dismissed from several medical organizations due to his bad research techniques and tendency to spread awful lies about lgbts - such as we wallow in feces or that we castrate children.

Even the name of The Family Leader's site - SecondHandEffects - is an inference to junk science, i.e. Cameron's work.

It may help to mention that Cameron's group, the Family Research Institute, is also listed as an anti-gay hate group by SPLC. Cameron himself is chronicled on a huge page of SPLC's web site.

This entire situation would be hilarious if it weren't so scary. As Hooper's video relates, potential presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Tim Pawlenty, as well as a myriad of other national leaders, have either spoken to this organization or will be a part of their lecture series.

This ain't good, folks. The Family Leader's goal is to repeal marriage equality in Iowa. God help us as to what else it wants to accomplish.

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Family Research Council gets in trouble for its lies and other Friday midday news briefs

Sorry for the lateness, folks.

NOM gets pwned - Once upon a time, there was this anti-gay organization who had the audacity to distort someone else's work . . .

Barney Frank Mocked By Defeated Challenger
- And I bet Frank is just soooo upset over it. LOL

CounT with a capital 'T': New transgender survey hailed as landmark, overdue - You darn right it is.

Readers: The case against gay marriage makes no sense - Awesome news for a Friday. Peter Sprigg and the Family Research Council gets smacked down by the very people they are attempting to reach.

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When a rabid wolf (Michelle Malkin) defends a homophobic chicken

I hadn't written about the Chick-Fil-A controversy nor had I made any actions regarding it, other than refusing to eat at Chick-Fil-A.

But since a certain rabid columnnist - Michele Malkin -  is trying to distort the situation, I figure why not jump in.

Here is the tale:

It's been discovered that Chick-Fil-A has ties to anti-gay advocates, including the National Organization for Marriage. According to the New York Times:

  . . .the company’s operators, its WinShape Foundation and the Cathy family have given millions of dollars to a variety of causes and programs, including scholarships that require a pledge to follow Christian values, a string of Christian-based foster homes and groups working to defeat same-sex marriage initiatives.

It also owns a retreat center.

According to Jeremy Hooper from

 . . . this is the same retreat center that hosts an annual Marriage Comission seminar, featuring invited guests like Maggie Gallagher, Jennifer Roback Morse, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, and many more who fight in the public square against equality for gay people. A seminar where Chick-Fil-A higher ups both speak and receive personal shout outs (see videos of that here). At a retreat that was born out of Chick-Fil-A profits: Profits you contribute to anytime you eat at one of the chain's many locations.

This retreat center explicitly bans lgbts.

So is this fair? Of course it is. Chick-Fil-A is a private company and has the right to do what it wants.

 But - and herein lies the rub -  lgbts also have a right to decide where NOT to spend our money. Furthermore we and our allies have a right to make a stink in regards to a company who wants us to buy its product, but not afford us respect.

However, in a recently syndicated column, conservative Michelle Malkin makes us sound like jackbooted thugs. Of course she should know the true definition of the term based some of her blog fans.

In this case, she is way off the mark - which is saying a lot for her. She whines that lgbts are undertaking mob type practices and actually accuses The New York Times of running a hit piece on Chick-Fil-A.

This is because The New York Times had the "audacity" to look at the issue in an objective manner, garnering opinions from both sides.

No doubt this confuses Malkin, seeing that her definition of good news coverage is probably Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, or Laura Ingraham huffing and puffing on Fox News and interrupting those who lodge a different viewpoint from conservative talking points. After all, Malkin is a "contributor" there too.

The irony of Malkin's silly piece is that it ran on the phony news site One News Now, which is owned by the American Family Association. The American Family Association has made a name for itself by boycotting businesses, including Pepsi, Home Depot, and McDonald's.

In other words, Malkin wouldn't even have some of the audience she does now if it weren't for boycotts.

I doubt, however that she will appreciate the irony of the situation.

I think irony is a word lost on Malkin (much like other words such as integrity, truth, accuracy, etc. etc.)

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