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Guess what Happened to Anita Bryant 31 Years Ago Today?


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At least it was fruit.

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  1. fuck that bitch

    Posted by: bigmoney | Oct 14, 2008 3:07:07 PM

  2. Some may think that stunt was funny, but it sure didn't help our cause. The "homosexuals" only succeeded in turning a mean women into a sympathetic victim figure.

    Posted by: Jonny | Oct 14, 2008 3:13:00 PM

  3. ...and in more recent years, Bryant has been in and out of bankruptcy court in three states.

    Posted by: Josh | Oct 14, 2008 3:13:32 PM

  4. The sad part is that hatred like hers continues to this very day.

    Posted by: Douglas | Oct 14, 2008 3:21:21 PM

  5. not only has she been in & out of bankruptcy courts but she has also left a number of employees unpaid and broke through her reckless business ventures.

    Posted by: alguien | Oct 14, 2008 3:22:53 PM

  6. Wow, was that really 31 years ago? I remember that big bruhaha.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 14, 2008 3:28:48 PM

  7. Sure it might not have helped, but it felt good. And sometimes, you simply want to throw a pie.

    Posted by: JAYDUB | Oct 14, 2008 3:38:07 PM

  8. I am with jaydub. Will someone PLEASE get Ann Coulter with a big juicy one?!?

    Posted by: Rocco | Oct 14, 2008 4:02:33 PM

  9. Yeah that was really classy. I'm sure it propelled the gay rights movement forward by light years.

    Posted by: KevinQC | Oct 14, 2008 4:05:08 PM

  10. Thanks for the remind. Many gays don't even know who she is/was and how long we've been fighting this fight (albeit hopefully with more maturity than throwing pies).

    I have to give it to Anita for her quick wit. "At least it was a fruit pie" was brilliant.

    Posted by: | Oct 14, 2008 4:12:27 PM

  11. looking at Bryant - its like looking at PALIN but with a different hair-do.....anyone else notice? Tehy're about the same age..huh....SCAREY! "SEND PALIN BACK TO ALASKA"

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 14, 2008 4:17:34 PM

  12. Actually it did help, Bryant lost her job as a spokeswoman for the Florida Orange Juice growers over her stance.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 14, 2008 4:20:22 PM

  13. I know we are supposed to rise above this type of behavior but DAMN, that felt good to watch!

    Posted by: Tweety | Oct 14, 2008 4:24:16 PM

  14. Having worked in the office of the anti-Anita side in the last month of that historic 1977 campaign, I vividly remember those days. AND the fact that while it technically was only about a job protection ordinance applicable to Miami, many gays across the country realized its symbolic importance and sent all they could to help fund it. I remember opening donation evelopes with only a few coins inside. The largest gay fundraiser then-to-date was held at the Hollywood Bowl, starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. The night we were defeated, there were angry/heartbroken demonstrations in San Francisco, LA, and other cities. Gays in New York City marched to Congresswoman Bella Abzug's house, getting her out of bed to express their rage and hurt to the woman who introduced the first gay rights bill into Congress. Later, demonstrations sprung up at Anita concerts in DC and New Orleans. The gay Mormon group, Affirmation, arose out of a conference the following weekend, and the affirmation of what Anita called "normal values" politicized countless others for the first time.

    So I am one of those all the more speechless at the lack of a sense of urgency among so many in relation to Prop 8, the anti marriage initiative in California, most shockingly in California itself.

    While Andy Towle hasn't lived in California for a couple of years now, he has repeatedly urged donations and activism here on Towleroad. Bruce Bastian, among others from other states, has contributed over $1 million. There are many dedicated, hard working, sacrificing people across California fighting to defeat 8, but the larger apathy and silence remains deafening. Over twice as many donors to the pro 8 side? Only 30,000 or so pro gay donations in a state where there must be at least one million adult gays?

    Even in the Castro one sees few No On 8 signs, despite the fact that the campaign's SF HQ is there. To the best of my knowledge, multimillionairess Ellen, selected by "Advocate" readers as the greatest LGBT hero of the last 40 years, has still thrown only a few words at 8 while throwing a huge million dollar fundraiser at her Bel Air estate for Prop 2 which would provide more leg room for cows and chickens.

    Multimillionairess Rosie, who told Gavin Newsom the day that she and Kelli were married in SF in 2004 that she would always be there when needed, has apparently given nothing.

    Only an hour's flight away, Elton is selling tickets to his Las Vegas show starting at $100 a piece. What's he doing on his nights off?

    Ad nauseum.

    The success of Anita's bigots in Miami in 1977 directly led to defeats of similar gay rights ordinances in other cities, and gave birth to the antigay industry nationwide. If Prop 8 wins in our most liberal state, the deformed progeny it will bear will set us back decades.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Oct 14, 2008 4:42:55 PM

  15. Guess what, Anita is still around even at age 68 splling out anti-gay hate:

    "She now lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, and says she does charity work for various youth organizations while heading Anita Bryant Ministries International.
    Anita Bryant appears to have resumed the anti-gay stance, however, in that Anita Bryant Ministries International presently features just two articles, both championing her long-standing opposition to the purported "homosexual agenda".[4]"

    Once a bigot, always a bigot.

    Posted by: FunMe | Oct 14, 2008 5:26:40 PM

  16. This is what should happen to Sarah Palen.

    Posted by: VicoDANIEL | Oct 14, 2008 5:28:19 PM

  17. bitch had it coming.

    Posted by: KFLO | Oct 14, 2008 5:47:57 PM

  18. Sure, there are better ways to move the gay rights movement forward, like being classy and dignified. But a good pie-in-the-face gag? C'mon. That's just comedy gold.

    And, might I add: at least it wasn't a bullet. As Chet Baker reminds us, "Look for the silver lining."

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Oct 14, 2008 6:57:37 PM

  19. How did these people just happen to have pie around?

    And am I the only one whose immediate reaction is, "Did they just keep pie handy in those days?"

    Inquiring minds...

    Posted by: Evan | Oct 14, 2008 10:41:25 PM

  20. History has a very short memory. Hitting Anita Bryant in the face with a pie neither turned her into a sympathetic victim nor did it set back gay rights (California Proposition 8, which would have banned "homosexuals" from teaching in public schools, was soundly defeated). The act of throwing a pie in her face was a wonderful anarchic act meant to harmlessly humiliate a very destructive, divisive woman--whose husband CAME OUT several years later. Ahhh, I miss the good ol' days when being gay was, in itself, a political act. And because we have no choice, vote for Obama.

    Posted by: djork | Oct 14, 2008 10:46:45 PM

  21. once more, let's give it up to Minneapolis! not to play the victim but honestly - pie throwing as a potential setback to the cause? gimme a break. everyone assumes we'll just take it and complain - here there's an actual confrontation. and - it's done in one of the most theatrical and in some ways, traditional - means of interrupting a hate filled speaker.

    go back and re-read the history of the civil rights movement. or perhaps what ACT UP and other activists did to advance action on AIDS. then sit back, be nice, and continue to wait for someone w/ privilege to care.

    Posted by: resurrect | Oct 14, 2008 11:29:50 PM


    Posted by: Evan | Oct 15, 2008 12:05:00 AM

  23. Too bad it wasnt a brick instead of a pie

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 15, 2008 2:23:48 AM

  24. In May of 1977, I outed myself nationally, when I created the "ANITA BRYANT'S HUSBAND IS A HOMO-SAPIEN!" T-shirt. The story was featured on the United Press Wires. A few weeks later,
    I gave one to Jane Fonda at a S.F. gay fund raiser to help fight Bryant's anti-gay Dade County vote, to overturn a a gay rights ordinance.

    On the night of the election,June 6,1977-when the reults of that election showed that she had helped to change the law... Many gays came to Market and Castro St. (now called Harvey Milk Plaza) to vent their anger. Harvey came with a bullhorn and started an impropmptu march by yelling 'OUT OF THE BARS AND INTO THE STREETS"... and over a thousand marched pass City Hall, and downtown to Union Square. I was a freelance photographer and took a picture of Harvey Milk, as he spoke to a large crowd. The bullhorn in one hand and a candle in the other and a "SAVE OUR RIGHTS" in the background. I took the photo to the Associated Press, and they ran it. Introducing Harvey Milk nationally 5 months before he was elected to office. Harvey said, that a anti-gay victory in Dade County was an anti-gay victory everywhere... and we had to unite. This was a defining moment in gay history. Ironically, in the movie "Milk", they said the results of 6/7/77 anti-gay event was in Wichita, not Dade County Florida... that is wrong. Wichita came almost a year later. Looking back, the anti-gay stance by Anita Bryant in the media, helped to bring many non-gays into the gay movement...that helped to defeat the Brigg's Initiative, Prop 6 in California. For a great web-site about that era and Harvey...visit

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin | Oct 15, 2008 7:08:10 AM

  25. I'm so proud that this happened in my state.

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 15, 2008 1:17:06 PM

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