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SOULFORCE: The 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride, which experienced anti-gay vandalism at a recent stop in Ohio, made its first stop at Notre Dame. According to the group, "On the first day, Riders were cited for trespassing and required to leave campus for giving students more information about other planned events when asked. On the second day, 6 riders were arrested when they brought wreaths onto campus to be placed at a statue of alumni Tom Dooley (a gay military commander) and at the Grotto. A Notre Dame student who joined the riders was threatened with suspension."

STEVE & MARK: This is one in a series of short videos produced by featuring committed same-sex couples and their stories, a joint project of Public Interest and the ACLU. Steve & Mark are Towleroad readers as well. Nice work, guys.

BEST WEEK EVER: Takes a look at the "F" Word.

THE IRACK: Steve Jobs presents Apple's latest gadget, courtesy of MadTV.

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  1. Haha, I love "Best Week Ever".

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Mar 12, 2007 3:58:06 PM

  2. Just wanted to point out that the vandalism occurred in Iowa, not Ohio. While we certainly have our fair share of bigots here in Ohio they thankfully haven't resorted to vandalizing SoulForce buses yet.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 12, 2007 4:43:52 PM

  3. Easy enough to confuse Tom Dooley as "a gay military commander" as he was outed in Randy Shilts' book "Conduct Unbecoming," [four years after the statue of him at Notre Dame was, uh, erected, by the ND Alumni Association]
    but actually he was just a Navy doctor but one who made himself into a major public figure who transfixed the American public, Catholic and non-Catholic in the 50s because of the his humanitarian work in Vietnam and Laos. He worked with the CIA, and there is reason to believe that his public combination of good deeds and strong anticommunist writings, along with being a poster boy for Catholicism [he has literally been nominated for sainthood] when South Vietnam was controlled by native born Catholics, helped grease the rails for our increased involvement militarily there.

    While much of his medical work in Southeast Asia was genuine, apparently he had a such a history of self-promotion and pathological lying that the term "hagiagrophy" has been applied to the many books and articles about him. All of this is discussed in a more recent book called, "Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley," including the fact that, particularly for the 50s, and within an beyond a rabidly Catholic subculture, he was fairly recklessly "open" about kissing boys. Theories vary as to what forced the Navy to go after and discharge their superstar Cold Warrior whose sexuality was unknown to the public that idolized him [there are people today who insist he was celebate], and who counted some of the most powerful people in the country as admirers, including President Eishenhower. Some say it was a pass made at the son of an admiral. In any case, he would still receive the Congressional Medal of Honor and President Kennedy would mention him when he announced the formation of the Peace Corps. Nevertheless, it's unlikely we'll ever see a St. Thomas of Fire Island or whatever.

    Ironically, another late pathological liar claimed in Shilts' book that he had been not just Dooley's lover but the lover of Leonard Matlovich, the Air Force winner of a Purple Heart, and first to legally fight the military's antigay policy. Of course, both were dead by the time Shilts got suckered into the guy's parasitic tall tale, Dooley of cancer in '61 and Matlovich of AIDS in '88.

    Ironically, the wreath laying by Soulforce at Dooley's statue will probably be the first time 99% of current and past ND students, including their 2006 Valedictorian ["While many students have laid their hopes and prayers before the Grotto, I have laid mine before this slightly less common spot."] have any idea that it is of a gay man.

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 12, 2007 4:57:37 PM

  4. that experience at notre dame sounds like the Castro...a k-hole in cancun.

    Posted by: ricardo | Mar 12, 2007 5:03:22 PM

  5. Bravo Steve and Mark!

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 12, 2007 5:03:51 PM

  6. Love MadTV!

    Posted by: mark | Mar 12, 2007 5:11:47 PM

  7. Mike Britt on Isaiah Washington getting an award "..this N said the F and now he gets an A?" Brilliant!

    Posted by: atheist | Mar 12, 2007 5:50:12 PM

  8. After watching that report, I just felt like singing along and saying "Thank you" to these brave folks from the Soulforce Equality Ride.

    You guys are inspiring me to start taking my own actions.

    Posted by: Da | Mar 12, 2007 8:06:17 PM

  9. I also have to say I'm full of admiration for these equality riders. I'm sure they are a help and comfort to those students whose sexuality may be emergent and who find themselves isolated and unwanted at these remote, parochial campuses.

    I wish they arrived in a caravan of buses rather then the one, but, hey, the symbolism is so powerful.

    Here's a cause for some rich gays!

    Posted by: John | Mar 12, 2007 9:43:18 PM

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