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Demonstration Schedule

October 29th, 2005

Homophobia: SHUT IT DOWN!
RACISM & WAR: SHUT IT DOWN!


7:30AM: 88 Tremont Street. Large-Scale Protest against the anti-gay conference by Focus On The Family. Show up to protest the start of James Dobson's/Focus On The Family's "Love Won Out" Conference that aims to "prevent and cure homosexuality." Let the world know It's OK To Be GAY!


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11AM: Massive Protest. QueerToday.com founder will emcee and speak at the huge anti-war rally on the Boston Common. We'll then march in solidarity with the anti-war movement through the streets of Boston. The march will stop and create a massive protest against the Love Won Out Conference and Focus On The Family's right-wing agenda. QueerToday will lead the crowd in chants.


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Action Endorsement: October 29th Coalition, Stonewall Warriors, International Action Center

"I'm NOT an ex-gay" - Anne Heche

Anne Heche is angry that her mother will be a featured speaker at Focus On The Family's "Love Won Out" Conference in Boston.

From 365gay.com:

"This Nonsense about my mother praying for me is really making me angry. My mother never approved of my relationship with Ellen. Her hatred for our relationship is one of the many things that ultimately led to my breaking off all communication with her. (My mother, that is, not Ellen.)"

The actress also attacks the so-called 'ex-gay' movement.

"The "Ex-gay" events that are going on right now make me sick," she writes on her site.

"The fact that my mother is using my name to promote this movement makes me even sicker. I could not disagree more adamantly with what she and her group of unloving, unaccepting, Bible preaching hate mongers are doing. I do not believe that homosexuality is something that should be brainwashed out of someone. I do not believe that homosexuality should be anything but celebrated if that is the thing that makes an individual feel good about their life. I believe, as I have always said, that people should love who they want to love."

Love In Action - SHUT DOWN!

The young people of QueerToday.com are happy to learn from PFLAG that the Tennessee Department of Public Health has shut down the Love In Action camp because they were illegally providing services to youth. The camp's purpose was to convert gay youth into straight youth - a practice proven ineffective and condemned by the American Pediatric association, American Medical Association, American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, & American Psychiatric association.

There is NO debate within the mainstream scientific community. Conversion/reparative therapy is junk science.

Focus On The Family regularly refers youth to Love In Action and Exodus International.

On October 29th Focus On The Family will be holding a large anti-gay conference in Boston with the purpose of informing the public about "curing" and "preventing" homosexuality.

Protest Focus On The Family!

Article Hate: A Small Group of Crazies.

Photo: Brian Camenker, leader of Article Hate Alliance, protested QueerToday.com Members on September 18th.

On Sunday Sept. 18th QueerToday.com demonstrated in front of the Tremont Baptist Church to publicly ask them not to host the anti-gay conference produced by Focus On The Family.

Unfortunately we were unable to have our usual meaningful loving conversations with the congregation because about 5 Article Hate Alliance members came with cameras/video cameras and stood in front of us in an effort to intimidate us.

The members of Article Hate snapped photos and videotaped us non-stop. A member from Article Hate asked me why were harassing the church. I calmly informed her that holding signs was not harassment but getting in my face with cameras was.

Article Hate would like you to believe that queer people are obsessed with sex. They were fascinated and obsessed with our sex lives.

One woman from Article Hate insisted that I must be attracted to women because so many men in our community want to be women. She also insisted that I was sexist if I was not attracted to women. After stating these two comments to me, she ran like a little school girl over to her leader Brian Camenker to tell him that she had won an argument with me. Earlier I overheard her telling Brian Camenker that it was obvious the homosexuals in schools were doing this - "just look how young they are!"

A man, who may not have been with Article Hate but was there to protest our presence, reminded me several times that it was a shame that I could not enjoy vaginal sex. He used a c word that I keep forgetting that means vaginal sex...? I had to ask him what it meant! He then informed me that he enjoys anal sex with his wife, and that he is glad he gets to enjoy more kinds of sex than I do.

Yet another man insisted on asking me about my sexual relations with my boyfriend. He asked us repeatedly if we were monogamous, if we planned on getting married, etc. The same man then informed me that I was trying to be my own god by picking and choosing beliefs that fit my lifestyle. I have no idea what that meant. I wish I could be god so I could poof him into a drag queen.

Jesse Sullivan of QueerToday.com brought up another good point: "Brian Camenker is also known to compare queer activists to the Nazi’s. I have to wonder what version of history Brian has been taught and what he is teaching to his children. Thankfully his children are able to receive a public education where they will learn what the Nazi’s were really like, that GLBT people were also massacred in the camps."

The members of Article Hate are so crazy you could videotape them and produce a Saturday Night Live Skit without the need for actors.

The more Article Hate is exposed the more people can see how insane and misguided they are, which can only be good for us.

We will continue to protest Focus On The Family and the Love Won Out Conference.

Please join us and the anti-war Oct. 29th Coalition on October 29th for our MASSIVE Protest against Focus On The Family & The Radical Right-Wing Agenda.

"harassment and intimidation"


Photo Credit: Article Hate Alliance

Aren't we a terrifying bunch? We look like we are intimidating and harassing people. We look frighteningly "hard core."

"On Sunday, the Boston homosexual community continued its campaign of harassment and intimidation Sunday against the Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston. At noon, as churchgoers walked out from services, they were met with about a dozen hard-core homosexual activists. " - Article Hate Alliance

Gay Marriage Victory!

Mark Snyder (QueerToday.com) Deval Patrick & Trevor Wright (President, BAGLY)Deval is the only candidate running for governor of MA who is 100% pro gay marriage.

On Thursday Sept. 15 history was made once again in the fight for equal marriage rights. As representative Byron Rushing said, we must continue fighting but we can't just stop at gay marriage. We must all support every civil rights movement of today.

To us that means being politically queer. That means standing up against sexism, racism, senseless wars, imperialism, classism, adultism, ableism, etc. etc. etc.

Join us on September 18th at 2pm at 14 Beacon St Boston to begin some important coalition building!

Know Thy Neighbor

Our friends over at knowthyneighbor.org have set up a rad web-site exposing the people who sign the anti-gay marriage petition. Help them out if you can.

The 65,825 + names and addresses of those who would attempt to stop legal same-sex marriages are part of the public record and are available to the general public as soon as they are certified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. This is where www.KnowThyNeighbor.org , its group of passionate volunteers and YOU come in. This website has been created to give the public streamlined access to public information connected with the Initiative Petition to "Define" Marriage. KnowThyNeighbor.org will be enlisting a group of concerned volunteers to enter the names and addresses of the 65,825 + signers and will be providing easy access to all of these names and addresses on our website www.KnowThyNeighbor.org.

The True Spirit of Gay Pride


Amidst the widespread devastation a handful of queer French Quarter residents who refused to evacuate marched through the streets in celebration of Southern Decadence - the world famous gay pride celebration held in New Orleans.

Their parade should serve as a wakeup call to the gay community. The bar tenders, activists, performers and drag queens are the heart and soul of our community. Not corporations. Not rich politicians.

It is time for us to evaluate how our community has evolved. The divide between the gays and the queers will shatter our support system if it continues to grow.

Racism & Katrina Continues

"George Bush doesn't care about black people!" - Kanye West as seen on CNN & NBC

What happens when you point out the racism involved in this disaster? You are censored.

Sad Sad Situation.

Melba Harris, 86, lays on interstate 10 in New Orleans.

This is what happens when our government spends all of our money on senseless wars, tax cuts to the rich, ruining social security, and upholding institutionalized racism and classism.

Although it is difficult in this time of sorrow, now is the time to speak out against the Bush Administration. Take a moment to make a donation to the rescue efforts. I recommend donating through the NAACP web site. Then take another moment to write a letter, make a phone call, or talk to your friends about the failures of this administration. There is no reason why our elders should be dying on the side of the road.

The Gays & The Looting *updated

First, I want to send of our thoughts, prayers, and positive energy to the victims of the storm. I can't imagine having to live in the superdome just to be shuttled to another arena miles away. Thousands of people are now without homes...without anything. If I could host a family stay at my house I would.

It is appalling that during such devastation some bigoted preachers are able to spew homophobia from their mouths. But they are:

(New Orleans, Louisiana) An evangelical Christian group that regularly demonstrates at LGBT events is blaming gays for hurricane Katrina.

Another thing I find ridiculous is all of the uproar over the looting going on in New Orleans. If I had nothing left and the stores were basically destroyed, you'd better believe I would be breaking into the RiteAid for medical supplies and food. Hell, I might pick up a new stereo while I'm at it. Those big corporations have plenty of insurance, and most of their merchandise is destroyed anyway.

I read that the Mayor had diverted the attention of the police force to stopping the looting instead of rescuing people. Now, isn't saving people's lives more important that preventing people from stealing stereos? I hope he ordered them to stop violence instead of arrest people who are stealing to survive.

Also, who is allowing this to happen? Sick. Total lack of leadership.

If the troops weren't fighting a senseless war maybe they could be saving the lives of storm victims.

Here is an excellent article !

It was a "perfect storm" of a different kind that put that great city underwater: Bush-era neglect of our national infrastructure, combined with runaway global warming and a deep contempt for poor African-Americans. - Van Jones