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Jim McGreevey Joins Larry Kramer in Times Square Protest

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Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey (above, right) joined Larry Kramer (below in T-shirt and hat) and his ACT UP "army" of approximately 60 activists and veterans today at noon at the Times Square military recruiting station to protest remarks made by Joint Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace and the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

We sent Towleroad correspondent Dave G. to cover the activity. Kramer called for a new "gay army" in remarks at New York's Gay & Lesbian Center on Tuesday night, and announced plans to picket Times Square. McGreevey, who attended that event, promised to show up at the protest, and did.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum were both arrested for civil disobedience.

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More coverage over at Joe.My.God and Good as You and Rex Wockner.

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  1. I am still on the fence regarding McGreevey and his newfound gay activism. It has nothing to do with his coming out. I was a chicken shit and came out in my late 20s. But it always seems to be more about him and less about the gay community. I dunno. Perhaps I am being too cynical.

    Posted by: Marco | Mar 15, 2007 1:09:59 PM


  2. I think there should be a place for Mr. McGreevy in the gay community. I've observed that many middle-aged, married men with children who decide to come out later in life have a hard time finding acceptance from anyone.

    Mr. McGreevy could be a voice for the gay community. If he was able to get himself elected governor of New Jersey, he must have something going for him.

    Could he be elected to anything, given his history and ongoing missteps?

    Posted by: John | Mar 15, 2007 1:21:31 PM


  3. How do we know McGreevey is a top? And is it relevant to the article?
    :-)
    Shallow, I know, Larry I love you, but damn if it wasn't the first thing I thought of reading the post:

    Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey (top, right) joined Larry Kramer (below in T-shirt and hat)

    Posted by: tjc | Mar 15, 2007 1:22:08 PM


  4. Doesn't having McSleazy there detract from the protest?

    McSleazy didn't "get himself elected governor of New Jersey." The machine put him in there and used him as a place marker.

    Posted by: shane | Mar 15, 2007 1:25:13 PM


  5. McGreevey's an embarrassment.

    Coming out late in life is just fine. Being forced out because you sexually harrassed someone after abusing the privileges of office in order to bribe them with a job is less fine.

    Also, every time he opens his mouth he sounds more obnoxious.

    Posted by: dangbad | Mar 15, 2007 1:37:23 PM


  6. Whatever, guys. At least McGreevey's doing something.

    Posted by: the other jeff | Mar 15, 2007 1:40:46 PM


  7. TJC...I am rolling. That McGreevey top comment has me on the floor at another boring day at work. Thanks for the laugh.

    Posted by: Scott | Mar 15, 2007 1:41:19 PM


  8. seriously, lay off mcgreevey. at least he's there. were you?

    Posted by: NYCREDNECK | Mar 15, 2007 1:44:46 PM


  9. The military recruits in Times Square????

    Next thing you know, they'll have a kiosk next to Space Mountain in Disney World.

    Posted by: mark m | Mar 15, 2007 1:47:08 PM


  10. OK so credit where credit is due, he is not all bad, & any publicity is good publicity right? & At least he is willing to stand up & take a stand, so yay for Gay Rights causes, but still boo on some of his other choices.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 15, 2007 1:47:30 PM


  11. Hooray for these 60 showing up. [Where were HRC and NGLTF?], but must we have the protest sign versions of attention-at-all-costs drag freaks? "PACE IS IMMORAL. GAYS ARE FABULOUS"—yeah, I bet that opened thousands of minds. That sound you hear is fag bashers, particularly those in military service, all over the world, wailing in remorse. "If we had ONLY KNOWN!"

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 15, 2007 1:48:29 PM


  12. Damn it, Leland: just when I want to cuddle up with you in a mountain cabin in front of a roaring fire, you write something that spoils the moment! You're back to being politically correct. How, my dear, do you manage that? Let the drag-freak sign wavers wave!

    Posted by: JT | Mar 15, 2007 1:59:25 PM


  13. McGreevey's outing, book, "lover's" denial, and divorce only adds to the negative stereotype that homosexuality is wrought with dysfunction and an unhealthy lifestyle. He is just one more public figure who's homosexuality is surrounded by scandal. He should go away quietly.


    He is so sleazy. He's completely checking that guys ass out in the first picture.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 15, 2007 2:01:24 PM


  14. The anti Mcgreevy thing is becoming silly - His presence will guarantee news coverage - most likley national - and as long as he continues to use his newfound public gay voice as a vehicle for change he's cool with me.

    A heartfelt Thank You to all 60 or so "soldiers" who were there fighting for my rights! Rock on!!

    I'll definitely be at the ACT UP 20th march on the 29th.

    Posted by: GIOVANNI | Mar 15, 2007 2:01:44 PM


  15. He does look a bit out of place there in a suit and tie.

    It's a bit desperate to have to go to Times Square to attract protest attention. There are what--100,000 cameras there at any given time?

    Leland cuddly?? Perish the thought.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 15, 2007 2:13:55 PM


  16. McGreevey needs to lose the suit.

    Golan Cipel was a Mossad operative. If he was right about his accusations he would've stayed and sued. Instead he ran back to Israel. McGreevey was guilty of letting himself be manipulated by that hustler. He should've known better. But I'm willing to forgive and forget.

    Posted by: Gabriel | Mar 15, 2007 2:15:18 PM


  17. "Pace is immoral. Gays are fabulous."

    Sounds like the "dry wit" of Garrison Keillor.

    Posted by: Ed | Mar 15, 2007 2:17:31 PM


  18. Larry Kramer called for a protest in New York and only 60 people showed up? That's saddening.

    Posted by: John T | Mar 15, 2007 2:20:11 PM


  19. Saddening? It's encouraging. That old ball of hate and venom has outlived his usefulness to the gay "community." I love how his t-shirt asks, "Where is the outrage." This isn't 1981 anymore, Larry.

    Posted by: Cyd | Mar 15, 2007 2:44:34 PM


  20. If you want to see real activism, you can watch Larry Kramer's March 13th speech by following the link below.

    http://www.gaycenter.org/events/actupVideo

    Posted by: ANON | Mar 15, 2007 2:59:39 PM


  21. Leland, not only the NGLTF show up, Executive Director Matt Foreman was *arrested* for civil disobedience.

    Posted by: Joe.My.God. | Mar 15, 2007 3:07:42 PM


  22. Not very many young people there. Kind of sad that ederly gay men are still carrying the burden for the rest of us.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 15, 2007 3:12:34 PM


  23. I'm really grateful that these people took the time to gather and make a statement....

    But, am I wrong for always feeling little mortified when they pull out the rainbow flags? Seems like they should be wearing ruby slippers too or something. Maybe we could move on from the rainbow flags..

    Posted by: Greg | Mar 15, 2007 3:12:52 PM


  24. Hey, at least he's there. Ditch the rainbow flags? Never! What blasphemy...

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Mar 15, 2007 3:20:05 PM


  25. Yes, Cyd, thank God it's not 1981 for your hero, your Messiah, Ronald Reagan's first term would just be starting, that is, his genocide of tens of thousands of gay men. Did you fuck yourself this morning with your Ronnie Dildo?

    "[Kramer] that old ball of hate and venom has outlived his usefulness to the gay "community." Cyd, you're a goddamn self-loathing cocksucking neonazi fag. Much of Reagan's rape of America could be blamed on Alzheimer's—what's your excuse? Suck a razor blade, Cyd.

    For those unfamiliar with him, Cyd isn't just your typical psycho, but Mr. Outsports.com.


    Posted by: Leland | Mar 15, 2007 3:25:01 PM


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