We’ve already shown you Dave Evans’s awesome collection of gay news clips from the 1970s - and here’s his next compilation video, with this one highlighting gay news of the 1980s.
The video chronicles the early days of the AIDS crisis, the rising power of the ‘gay vote,’ openly gay Representatives Gerry Studds and Barney Frank, growing visibility of LGBT families, the influence of Jerry Falwell and the Christian Right, and efforts to combat anti-sodomy state laws.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall, who came out as gay to his students at the D.C. school's annual Pride Day last week, led hundreds in a counterprotest of the Westboro Baptist Church today. The WBC had come to picket the school because of its strong support for LGBT students.
More than 2,000 students and teachers took part in the counter-protest.
“Education breeds tolerance and hatemongers breed ignorance,” said a participant.
“When I was in high school, we really didn’t include the LGBT community but these students are insisting that we do that and I just couldn’t be prouder,” said a participant.
“I just couldn’t imagine what happened today in my wildest dreams,” said Cahall.
The rally lasted about an hour. Police escorted members of the Westboro Baptist Church from the area.
Four hundred members of the surrounding community also showed up at the students’ event
Monday outside the school.
Watch WJZ's report, AFTER THE JUMP...
Pro LGBTQ students counter protest Westboro Baptist Church at Wilson High School pic.twitter.com/ObbT0x35nX— Armando Trull (@trulldc) June 9, 2014
In a tweet sent out yesterday, American Family Association spokeshater Bryan Fischer proposed that rather than punish homosexuals, perhaps the U.S. can create a rehabilitation program for gays - not unlike the ‘drug court’ rehab option for nonviolent felony drug offenders.
Drug Court a template for public policy on homosexuality? Rehabilitation rather than punishment. http://t.co/PxwzwkuXK6— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) June 8, 2014
Good ole Bryan, always looking out for our best interests.
(via Good As You)
What To Watch This Week on TV: Remembering 'Robert De Niro, Sr.' and 'Game of Thrones' Finale- VIDEO
Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.
— Robert De Niro honors his father in Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr., a documentary premiering tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO. The film focuses on De Niro, Sr.’s art (he was an abstract expressionist painter) and his struggle with his sexuality.
More picks and clips, including one of the strangest competitions on TV,
AFTER THE JUMP ...
— There’s plenty of guilty-pleasure viewing this summer, but few as guilty as Pretty Little Liars. The ABC Family drama makes its fifth season premiere Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern with an episode titled “EscApe From New York.”
— Get ready for a bro-down Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Spike TV at the Guys Choice Awards. Honorees include Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Rihanna, while the awards span categories like “Holy Grail of Hot, “ “Decade of Hotness” and “Our New Girlfriend.” It’ll be hard to confuse this with a re-airing of last night’s Tony Awards, that’s for sure.
— The most bizarre reality competition in recent memory comes to a close Saturday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Sing Your Face Off has pitted “celebs” (I use that term extremely loosely) — including Jon Lovitz, Lisa Rinna and Sebastian Bach — against one another in a competition for who can best impersonate pop stars. They have to nail the look and sing a song in that artist’s style. Yes, it’s every bit as insane as it sounds, but where else could you see Jon Lovitz sing "Benny And the Jets"?
— Game of Thrones ends its season Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. After last night’s battle of Castle Black, the action continues with big moments for Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).
What are you watching this week?
A fascinating trailer has been released for a new Kickstarter-backed documentary film about the story of Nate Phelps – the estranged son of the late Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps.
Via the film’s Kickstarter page:
"Not My Father's Son" will chronicle Nate's story from the years of physical, emotional and mental abuse he suffered at the hands of his father from a young age through his journey toward healing to his subsequent and current fight for justice and equality for all people.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP…
Over $8,000 of the $50,000 goal has already been raised. Head over to the Kickstarter campaign here to donate.
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