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Watch: Bible-Believing Bigots Foment Violence Against LGBT People in Rural Pennsylvania Town

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Check out this archaic assemblage of bigots at Coudersport, Pennsylvania's public library at a presentation meant to counter the screening of Out in the Silence, a documentary by filmmaker Joe Wilson about what it's like to be LGBT in a rural Pennsylvania town (Wilson's subject was Oil City, PA, his hometown, two hours away).

Library Wilson had screened Out in the Silence a month before the presentation you're about to see here, to a standing room only crowd and faced fierce opposition from the local Tea Party and Dr. Robert Wagner, who speaks in this video.

Behind Wagner, is Diane Gramley, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Family Association, and a resident of Oil City who plays a central role in Wilson's film for opposing Wilson and his partner's same-sex marriage announcement in the local paper.

During Wagner's presentation, called "A Bible Believing Christian's Response to OUT IN THE SILENCE", he discusses his feelings toward transgender people:

Oits "I'm gonna put a ball bat in my car, and if I ever see a guy (transgender individual) coming out of a bathroom that my granddaughter's in, I'm gonna use the ball bat on him...In the good old days, before 'she-males' existed, they just called such people perverts." 

When Wilson discusses the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer and his views that gays should not be allowed to hold public office, he receives a round of hearty "amens" from the crowd.

Watch Wilson's film of Wagner's presentation, which he and his partner Dean Hamer traveled there to witness, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's the trailer to Out in the Silence:

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  1. Growing up in the Oil City area (Subject of the documentary), I know this belief system very well. As they say in the documentary, a majority of us bolt the town as soon as we can.

    Posted by: J | Sep 1, 2010 5:16:49 PM


  2. I'm just wondering why all of these comments, and the story itself are calling these people archaic bigots. This movie is crying out for equality, and this post, and almost every comment is condemning those who believe differently as being a bigot. Why? Follow the message of the movie and move for equality, not more rights than the next person.

    Posted by: Terry | Sep 1, 2010 8:46:56 PM


  3. These people are not christian. Nothing about them is Christ like.

    Posted by: Harry | Sep 1, 2010 9:05:14 PM


  4. No Grabbin because you're the only bigoted fucktard that brings up race against Blacks on the computer that is................

    What a lowly lonely life you have!

    Posted by: grobby | Sep 2, 2010 5:21:05 AM


  5. As a resident of this community for several years, I am ashamed and not just a little disgusted that hate-mongering bigots who lack fundamental reasoning skills continue to grab attention because of their vitriol and 'side-show' freak attraction. As with a tantrum-throwing child, responding calmly, sensibly, is the best tactic for allies of GLBT (I am a proud ally!). Bigotry is born from fear--of the unknown and of change. We cannot meet their fear with anger, but we can simply move forward, live honorably, and set a standard of decency and civil disrespect.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 2, 2010 9:45:09 AM


  6. But wait - I thought the currently accepted dogma was that Trans issues had nothing whatsoever to do with GLB ones? That the Trans should be left to look out for themselves, as they're "riding on the coat-tails" of the GLBs?

    I've seen such views expressed many times here, and on other GLB sites. We all have.

    Not by everyone. Not even by a majority. But by quite a few, have we not?

    Posted by: Zoe Brain | Sep 2, 2010 2:40:53 PM


  7. and if i ever see any of the tea party members or this hatred of a religious group in pittsburgh pa i will have a metal base ball bat wrapped around there head for being a biggot. you want to preach hate on us. for just living then we should preach hate on christianity.

    Posted by: bastard bitch | Sep 4, 2010 7:01:53 AM


  8. I did'nt get to see the video it has been removed, but I did read the part about the baseball bat comment. As a mother of a 14 year old daughter I would have a major issue with a man going into the ladies restroom. Anatomically he is still a man and has no business in a ladies bathroom. I don't care how many horomones you take or breast implanted you have that does not make you a female. They should use the men's room.

    Posted by: classychazy | Jan 3, 2012 7:55:49 PM


  9. Once OUT IN THE SILENCE became reality, the Oil City Council (Oil City Hall) proclaimed a Joe Wilson Day! Yes, the OC has its problems because it has been kicked in the teeth by losing substantial industry: Oilwell, Pennzoil, Quaker State, Foster Forbes, Manions, J&L, etc.; however, it keeps plugging away. Yes, there is homophobia, but when Joe and Dean had their wedding announcement in The Derrick, two-thirds were in favor, and one-third weren't. That says something! Most people here are too busy partying to have time to hate!

    Posted by: Anthony A. Guyda, Jr. | May 23, 2012 10:22:55 PM


  10. Once OUT IN THE SILENCE became reality, the Oil City Council (Oil City Hall) proclaimed a Joe Wilson Day! Yes, the OC has its problems because it has been kicked in the teeth by losing substantial industry: Oilwell, Pennzoil, Quaker State, Foster Forbes, Manions, J&L, etc.; however, it keeps plugging away. Yes, there is homophobia, but when Joe and Dean had their wedding announcement in The Derrick, two-thirds were in favor, and one-third weren't. That says something! Most people here are too busy partying to have time to hate!

    Posted by: Anthony A. Guyda, Jr. | May 23, 2012 10:22:59 PM


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