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Gay Glitter 'Barbarians' Descend on Bachmann Clinic


Nick Espinosa, the activist responsible for glittering Newt Gingrich, and several others today launched a colorful action at Marcus Bachmann's clinic where Bachmann is said to practice gay "reparative therapy".

Writes Espinosa in a press release:

Today a horde of gay barbarians descended upon Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s “pray away the gay” clinic and demanded that Marcus come out and discipline them for their “deviant” behavior.

Marcus Bachmann, who conducts “reparative therapy” at the clinic intended to convert homosexuals, has said that gays are “barbarians who need to be disciplined.” The horde requested to speak directly with Bachmann and experience some “discipline” for themselves.

When Marcus was no where to be found, the barbarians glittered the empty waiting room and reception area while chanting, “You can’t pray away the gay — baby, I was born this way!”

The action was organized by the same young man who threw glitter on Newt Gingrich, starting a national trend in political protest of anti-LGBT sentiments from political candidates and campaigns.

“Michele and Marcus Bachmann think gay people are barbarians?” asked LGBT activist Nick Espinosa. “I think its clear to everyone who the real barbarians are, based on the Bachmanns’ archaic views on LGBT equality.”

I expect we'll see a video of some sort soon.

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  1. Honestly, it's embarrassing to see the reaction here. If you don't know that these glitter-bombers are doing you a favor, at least have the courtesy not to insult them and complain about it. Have you honestly never heard of this style of protest before?

    These protests address the Bachmanns on EXACTLY the level on which they should always be addressed: as a joke.

    As to the concerns expressed above:

    Because this mess needs to be cleaned up, the glitter-bombers are now officially "job creators". Good for them!

    I will fully support any lunatic-christer glitter-bombing of any unlicensed psychotherapy clinic headed by a gay man with a fake degree who claims he can turn straight people gay.

    There -- everybody happy now?

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 21, 2011 2:03:16 PM

  2. TOUTWEST, if you think this silly display had ANYTHING in common with the Boston Tea Party then you must get your history lessons at the Palin/Bachmann school of Histrishy. In brief, the Boston Tea Party was a direct action against the British GOVERNMENT for an unfair tea tax and other unfair taxes. It had nothing to do with media whores vandalizing a private business looking to get attention and have a good time.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 21, 2011 2:05:19 PM

  3. I think its funny..I don't think it will really help or hurt our cause..The people who are going to lump us all together and hate are going to do that anyway! If the bachmans were smart they would let it blow over and go away without making it an example..but they wont..they will talk talk talk and spew their self righteous venom to get as much press as they can proving they are as simple as the kids who threw the glitter. BTW some of you guys need to back off a little..the name calling and the I'm smarter than you stuff is REALLY unappealing..

    Posted by: Jotto | Jul 21, 2011 2:07:45 PM

  4. Acts of trespassing and vandalism like this are not helpful -- unless you're trying to further the cause of the anti-gay folks.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jul 21, 2011 2:08:45 PM

  5. Thankfully none of you were around when AIDS started and needed the loud unruly behavior of a courageous few, obviously none of you chicken littles. Again you are COWARDS!!!

    Posted by: Toutwest | Jul 21, 2011 2:13:13 PM

  6. It's amazing how many people on this comment thread are convinced that dyed-in-the-wool, virulently anti-gay people will decide to like us if we are just polite enough to them. They are further convinced that people on the fence about supporting gay rights will be pushed into the anti-gay camp simply by the virtue of some people dressing like barbarians and throwing around some glitter somewhere in Minnesota.

    Take a deep breath. Now let it out slowly. It's going to be OK. Really.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jul 21, 2011 2:15:11 PM

  7. @RYANINSACTO - I think I'd prefer to leave the "creative protesting" regarding the Bachmanns to someone like Jon Stewart. At least he has an audience, and is funny, and actually makes a point. This is just petty and childish and one-dimensional. It won't change any hearts or minds.

    Posted by: TJ | Jul 21, 2011 2:18:55 PM


    This has nothing to do with getting anti-gay people to "like" us. Glitter bombing won't exactly have that effect either...

    The point is that reasonable, non-extremist, open-minded folk will look at these miscreants with disdain, and thus it will affect all of us negatively.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 21, 2011 2:19:24 PM

  9. it would have been more productive to picket Outside,and throw glitter in the air for the cameras...as a few others have said....vandelizing (no matter how limited,and non destructive..is still Vandelism) STOP IT! You're making folls of yourselves and making us all look bad.

    Posted by: Gay American | Jul 21, 2011 2:25:08 PM

  10. I think a previous commenter here said it best: if the religious right did something like that to a gay organization, bust through the LGBT Center here in San Francisco and paper-bombed it with pamphlets on how we are all going to hell, nobody here would be defending them for their actions.

    Posted by: Austin | Jul 21, 2011 2:28:05 PM

  11. How are giving a receptionist a headache and a cleaning staff some overtime considered favors to the gay community? Because that's all they've accomplished here. This is not disruptive activism, nor is it the work of a "courageous few." This is a masturbatory act of publicity for publicity's sake done by people not bright enough to check the parking lot for Bachmann's car.

    Posted by: rodolfo | Jul 21, 2011 2:33:09 PM

  12. Austin:

    That's because they are ok with doing things like that...so long as they agree with you.

    What we have here is a bad case of lacking principles.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 21, 2011 2:34:14 PM

  13. @TJ: So someone has to get a television show to make a creative statement? That's reasonable.

    @JACK: Do you have any data that shows that things like this make "open-minded" people look at us with disdain? How open-minded are they if one small group of gay people can make them think that all gay people are disdainful? Come on. The straight girl that I showed this story to today laughed her ass off. That's only one data point, but it's more than you've provided.

    @AUSTIN: And no one on the religious right would be crying about how wrong it was, either.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jul 21, 2011 2:35:12 PM

  14. I fail to see how this in any way serves to sway public opinion in favor of LGBT rights.

    The only upside, I can see, is that maybe it forces more outlets to highlight the Bachmann's homophobia - but seems to me that issue is already well covered.

    IMHO, the whole thing just seems spiteful and ends up playing into the hands of our opponents.

    And to the people who say this is courageous - I fail to see how dress-up vandalism is courageous.

    Courageous people would be running for local public office, mobilizing the community where this facility is located to picket and inform their neighbors, moving to change the zoning for the facility, seeking the enactment of regulations aimed at making such facilities near-impossible to run.

    Or maybe thats too smart - too slow - not an immediate enough sense of spiteful satisfaction.

    Posted by: AERES | Jul 21, 2011 2:37:38 PM


    I know that if I were on the outside, I would view this with disdain, and would likely to be less sympathetic. Which is just as valid as your friend's reaction. Look at it this way: it isn't going to make anyone SUPPORT us, and it runs a risk of negative effects. So it's not worth it.

    Oh yea, and it's criminal.

    And re: your response to Austin...clearly you think that gays shouldn't be talking about how wrong this is, so what on earth is your point?

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 21, 2011 2:38:48 PM

  16. @tout - You weren't kidding ! SHEESH! Lot's of sticks up lots of asses in here.

    Posted by: ronnykmarshall | Jul 21, 2011 2:40:33 PM

  17. @RONNYKMARSHALL: *sigh* You're right ... so very many sticks and so very many asses.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jul 21, 2011 2:45:22 PM

  18. These deviants are a menace to decent people everywhere! How will our Community ever earn the respectability it deserves if we allow some of us to behave like this?

    If these people would only consider how African Americans achieved assimilation by behaving like white people, they'd get married, become obese, and stay home breeding children and credit card debt.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 21, 2011 2:45:51 PM

  19. @JACK: Regarding criminality, in your opinion, is it ever OK to break the law? If so, under what circumstance(s)? If not, do you condemn all law-breaking that has occurred with regard to civil rights protests in the past?

    Also, a quick scan of the front pages of cnn.com, foxnews.com, and msnbc.com revealed no headlines about this story. I think any concerns about this being some giant stain on the lgbt rights movement may be just a figment of many feverish imaginations on this comment thread.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jul 21, 2011 2:53:43 PM

  20. I'm not so much angry at it as I am bored. It's like we're riding into a battle mounted upon My Little Pony. Why does it always have to be so JUVENILE?

    Protest -- even obtrusive protest -- can work in the right situation. This is just a bunch of bored hipsters doing something that won't get them in too much trouble, in a shallow framework of supposed protest.

    And thinking something is stupid doesn't equate one to being uptight, by the way. I prefer a bit of cleverness to my nonconformity, thank you.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 21, 2011 2:57:02 PM

  21. Wow! We're so wild! We're so crazy! We're glitterbomb protestors and we're so completely ineffective at doing anything other than making asses out of ourselves...

    Posted by: Cheryl | Jul 21, 2011 2:58:59 PM

  22. Gregoire, what did you do today?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jul 21, 2011 2:59:47 PM

  23. Embarrassing.

    My anti-gay cousin emailed this to me and wrote.."I told you"

    Posted by: Annony Nonny | Jul 21, 2011 3:03:07 PM

  24. any of you sitting on your asses at a computer at home should remember if it was not for "in your face" activism, there would have been little progress in the fight for our rights as well as in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

    go children, go!

    Posted by: QJersey | Jul 21, 2011 3:03:46 PM


    If you're trying to equate this with civil disobedience in the civil rights movement, then...wow.

    There's also the issue of the fact that this is a private clinic where people go voluntarily (hopefully). Last time I checked, the government is the place to go when you want your rights.

    Furthermore, there is no attempt to gain access to a right denied to gay people in this case. The Bachmann clinic cannot give you gay marriage, ENDA, or anything like that. Even if Michele Bachmann got elected president and decided she wanted to, she couldn't.

    There is absolutely NO parallel to civil disobedience here. This is wanton criminal activity directed at people who disagree with the criminals for the sole reason that they disagree.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 21, 2011 3:05:42 PM

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