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Ft Lauderdale Couple Forms Non-Profit in Response to Anti-gay Airport Incident

Anthony Niedwicki and Waymon Hudson, the couple at the center of the incident at Fort Lauderdale airport in early May in which a skycap read an anti-gay passage from the Bible over the airport's PA system, have formed a non-profit to counter hate and discrimination.

NiediwckiNiedwicki told Towleroad that a few things have happened since the incident and the intense media attention that it generated. The couple has received hate mail and Hudson "has been spit on and called fag when he has been out in public." On the flipside, they have "received lots of support and thanks from around the country for pushing the issue and taking a stand."

Niedwicki says that they wanted to pass along some of the lessons they learned from the experience and have started a website and non-profit organization called Fight OUT Loud to assist others when they encounter anti-gay hate and discrimination. Niedwicki notes that at the time of the Fort Lauderdale incident they really found there was nowhere to turn with their complaint, so they hope to fill that void.

They have also set up a MySpace page to help publicize their efforts.

Niedwicki told us, "The web site has three basic functions: to use our experience as a guide for individuals who find themselves in similar situations, to provide advice and support on how to confront incidents and roadblocks that they may encounter, and to set up an action email alert system to mobilize our community and its supporters when immediate action is required. We found no real organization that was available to help people who face individual incidents of discrimination or hate. Most organizations tend to work toward legislative or legal goals, with no real support for the everyday discrimination that individuals confront."

They are in the process of applying for 501c(3) charitable status, which would make all sponsorship and donations tax-deductible.

Fight OUT Loud [official site]
Fight OUT Loud [myspace]

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  1. Good for them!

    While a non-profit's scope, funding needs and burden of time can quickly outstrip a 2-man team's best intentions and resources, at least they are trying and, who knows, maybe it will be a smashing success. I'd be happy to support it with my 2 cents (or $20).

    I can't help but wonder, though, why groups like HRC and NGLTF, etc., aren't doing this since they have the national scale and (ostensibly) are aware of the organizations that can respond to this hate, how to file police reports, support options, etc., without these guys having to do it from the ground up.

    I guess those orgs are too busy preparing for the next Reichen award dinner or "outraged" press release.

    Posted by: Becks07 | Jun 18, 2007 12:22:28 PM


  2. What a great idea. Thanks guys. Everyone should support this cause. With the HRC, Gladd and others becoming more of a joke, we should focus attention on the everyday issues of our community. Hope this works out well.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 18, 2007 1:05:05 PM


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    I agree with becks07, this should be on a national level. But I also am encouraged that there is a grass roots organization that has formed to help the real needs of gay people. Thanks Anthony and Waymon.

    Posted by: John | Jun 18, 2007 1:23:32 PM


  4. Good for them. People (including gays) still don't take these things seriously. I'm glad they've pursued this and are continuing to do good work.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 18, 2007 7:11:56 PM


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