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Gay-Hating Preachers Silenced by Gaga Flash Mob at Phoenix Pride: VIDEO


Phoenix Pride took place over the weekend and the gay-hating religious folk were out in force.

Videographer Mike Skiff writes:

At Phoenix Pride 2012, a group of bigoted preachers who attend LGBT pride celebrations in many states, heckled folks leaving the pride parade. One hurled particularly vile, un-Christian insults at the crowd, causing emotions to run high. Then a flash mob, led by Queen B, demonstrated what true Christian love was about by performing "Born This Way" to the cheers of the crowd - and silencing the hate speech of the preachers.



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  1. Good for them. I've never run into any *gay-hating preachers* at Boston pride. I usually ride in with the Ramrod float.

    Don't confuse *gay-hating* with people who just do what they think is right because the Bible tells them so. Most of those people are just ignorant.,

    Meanwhile, gays are being hanged in Iran, hunted down like dogs in Iraq and Palestine and brutally murdered.

    So how about we direct our outrage toward our brothers and sisters fighting to stay alive under Muslim rule?

    No? Too easy to feel sorry for ourselves in America because we're too selfish to care about the rest of the world.

    Got it.

    Posted by: Alan | Apr 23, 2012 11:19:42 AM

  2. i'll just say it - those protestors are a bunch of wimps who are still living down being "caught" with a j/o buddy in their youth.

    what straight man goes to a pride parade and gets angry at gay people? simple - a man that is, for reasons we all know, clearly not paying attention to the legions of sexy scantily-clad FEMALES that populate the parades.

    i'm always stunned by the "straight men" who complain about the "half-naked men" in pride parades. whassamatter? you didn't notice all the bouncing breasts that were marching as well? how odd.....

    and in advance, NO - pride parades aren't "the reason" these bigots hate LGBT people. at all. so don't get confused, young'uns.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 11:22:06 AM

  3. "and silencing the hate speech of the preachers."

    It looked like a great morale booster for the Pride crowd but calling the preachers "silenced" is a bit generous. They're just another group of bigots that will have to die off before their hate is excised from the culture, just like the generation of anti-miscegenation racists before them.

    The most disturbing thing is that those preachers are adapting the sign and slogan styles of the Phelps clan. Someone somewhere saw their protests and thought it looked like a good idea. Creepy.

    Posted by: Landon | Apr 23, 2012 11:28:32 AM

  4. you mean how you complain about "liberals" rather than acknowledge that your own conservative family and friends haven't done anything for the LGBT community? keep it up, "Alan", and my your cowardice buy you one more day of tolerance from the people you're still sucking up to, instead of standing up to.

    *elegant curtsy*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 11:28:50 AM

  5. This was great! That was also a very poor showing for those protestors (gratefully). I don't even know if there were 10 of them. Honestly I don't think it was worth heckling those meager bible thumpers but I also wasn't there and don't know if I could have bit my tounge either. Either way, LOVE how Gaga totally changes the mood and atmosphere to a postive one. And boy with white shorts and the pink glasses on his head, work it honey!

    Posted by: Opinionated | Apr 23, 2012 11:35:23 AM

  6. Thought the same thing, Landon.

    The lines between the Christian conservatives and Westboro are vanishing. I'm hoping the moderates are able to connect the dots and realize the destructive path the sqeaky nutcase wheels of the Republican party are leading them down.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Apr 23, 2012 11:37:21 AM

  7. what gets me about these "Christians" is this - where were they during the WALL STREET protests?

    seriously. if bible-thumpers stopped thumping and actually READ their damned books, they'd see that it's explicitly stated in the bible that the "sin of sodom" was greed, the hoarding of wealth and provisions.
    we have wall street and big business hoarding money and keeping millions of americans without the basic necessities of life.

    WHERE is the "Christian" protest against THAT affront to humanity?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 11:43:43 AM

  8. We have a couple of gay hating bible believing groups who come to our October Out celebration and June Pride parade in Philly.They come with their signs and bull horns. LGBT folks have tried various tactics to use against them.The best tactic seems to be ignoring them. They want to get into arguments with LGBT folks and their friends. When you ignore them it diminishes their effect.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 23, 2012 12:11:27 PM

  9. Who cares? Just ignore them. They're insane. I'd call them stupid animals, but I like animals too much.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 23, 2012 12:11:38 PM

  10. Also, it's Phoenix.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 23, 2012 12:12:41 PM

  11. While that hate group is obviously reprehensible, seeing guys in pink speedos and sailor hats doesn't really help our cause. My least favorite part about pride - that those who are depicted in videos and photos are generally ones that do not represent the overall gay comunity.

    Posted by: Andrew | Apr 23, 2012 12:24:21 PM

  12. @ANDREW I see gay guys in suits or "normal" clothes all day long. When I go to a pride parade I want to see some skin darn it! I also think everyone is fairly well representative at most pride parades but of course, are you going to pay more attention to the fully clothed guy or the half clothed one? It is all a matter of perceptions and you are choosing to focus on the pink speedos clad peeps and what's worse you are doing so in a negative way and THAT is not helping our cause at all.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Apr 23, 2012 12:32:52 PM

  13. @ANDREW I see gay guys in suits or "normal" clothes all day long. When I go to a pride parade I want to see some skin darn it! I also think everyone is fairly well representative at most pride parades but of course, are you going to pay more attention to the fully clothed guy or the half clothed one? It is all a matter of perceptions and you are choosing to focus on the pink speedos clad peeps and what's worse you are doing so in a negative way and THAT is not helping our cause at all.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Apr 23, 2012 12:32:53 PM

  14. what's inherently harmful about pink, or speedos, or sailor hats? nothing. ok, so prejudiced bigots don't like 'em? still not justification.

    if you think LGBT Equality will be attained by having a boring suit-and-tie march you're insane. we'll just be accused of being subversive.

    i'm not sure what "representing the overall community" even means. why not do what my family and i do? we march in the parade.

    you can't complain that other people are "misrepresenting" if you have no intention of standing up to be JUST as visible, while representing yourself.

    the community includes everyone who chooses to stand up to be visible.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 12:40:04 PM

  15. basically, if my straight 60-something parents don't mind the people in speedos then why the heck do some gay people get worried about it?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 12:42:31 PM

  16. i agree paul, ignore this particular wacked out group. maybe they would not show up if they did not get a reaction to feed their rhetoric. but don't quite get your comment, "it's phoenix." prop 8 and those progressive californians, anyone?
    kudos to the flash mob, it is one hundred and freaking five yesterday in phoenix!

    Posted by: gallant | Apr 23, 2012 12:43:52 PM

  17. "One day god's gonna put you in hell."

    Spoken like a true christian.

    Posted by: sparks | Apr 23, 2012 1:38:07 PM

  18. Just wonderful. As what happened at Stonewall, it's the ones among us who are bold enough to be who they are and not apologize for wearing pink, or sequins, or makeup and make their presence known either by force against the police, or in song against the false preachers. @Andrew, it does help our cause. Learn YOUR/OUR history.

    Posted by: benjamin | Apr 23, 2012 1:42:37 PM

  19. Andrew, you're right. You know you're right. Unfortunately, when your well-taken point comes up against the distorted self-concepts of Gay people filled with internalized shame, it goes in one ear and out the other. Far too many of us think juvenile clowning = Gay Pride. We adamantly refuse to take ourselves seriously, and that's why the equality struggle isn't any further along than it is.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Apr 23, 2012 1:46:08 PM

  20. @Alan - In 29 states in the U.S. people can be fired for being gay. Hate crimes against gay people are reported practically every day. Young kids are killing themselves in record numbers because they don't see a place for themselves in this country. Please don't add insult to injury by saying that we "feel sorry for ourselves in America because we're too selfish to care about the rest of the world." We can empathy for the plight of our persecuted brothers and sisters in other parts of the world while also demanding better treatment for ourselves in the United States.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 23, 2012 1:51:29 PM

  21. @Andrew - Do you thin the haters would be any less hateful if the Pride revelers were wearing suits and ties? I guess you'd also be of the opinion that women who wear short skirts and high heals deserve to get raped?

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 23, 2012 1:54:03 PM

  22. I was there but I missed this somehow! I LOVE IT! I wanted to go make out with another dude in front of them to work those closet case bible thumpers into a lather, but I'm single and had nobody to make out with :( It was 105 degrees out this weekend but pride was a blast!

    Posted by: Lucas | Apr 23, 2012 1:54:09 PM

  23. Really. Not sure where you're from ... but in California's two largest cities, the pride parades are pretty much the only major ones ANYONE can march in. So just do it, if you want to represent something or push the representation in a particular direction. I've always marched with activist groups, so pink speedos has not been ultimately appropriate (and I'm not sure I have the bod to pull it off anyway), but YMMV. But get out there yourself or STFU. Ok?

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 23, 2012 2:07:16 PM

  24. We need as a community with our Pride Parades ... to have a group who would always bring huge white sheets on poles to curtain off the Klansmen from view .. rather like the kids in Laramie with Angle wings ... As they are most often placed behind rails and confined by police it would be easy .. I think it would be very affective ...

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Apr 23, 2012 2:16:44 PM

  25. AMEN, ZLICK!

    I don't know what some folks here think they're doing...or saying. Do you think you're changing hearts and minds and inspiring people by NOT participating in Pride? Seriously?

    What's offensive about these images? This is what my family does every year at Pride. What's stopping any of you from doing the same with your family and friends?

    learn to discern between "reasons" and "excuses".

    We don't advance a culture of Equality by catering to the baseless and indefensible prejudices of anti-gay bigots.

    GIGI makes an excellent point. I'll take it one step further and ask people like StuffedAnimal if they think black people would be "taken more seriously" if they, you know, "Stopped listening to hiphop and kept their hair neater"?


    Stop worrying about anti-gay bigots. It's not as if there's a world of LGBT-accepting people who attend a parade and then at the sight of a guy in a speedo suddenly decide to hate gay people, i mean COME ON.

    Represent yourself, or STFU. The only thing stopping any of you from standing up to represent yourselves at pride are you pitiful self-serving egos.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 2:25:53 PM

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