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'Gay Shame' Protesters Arrested At Prison-Themed Pride Party In San Francisco

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No matter what, everything is offensive to someone, somewhere, and this past Pride the San Francisco activist group 'Gay Shame' took umbrage with Kink.com's prison-themed "Prison of Love" party. Some 150 members of the group collected outside The Armory to protest, and according to Kink.com owner Peter Acworth the protesters were largely peaceful, if unruly, and offended that the organizers of the party would try "to [turn] these genocidal practices [of prison rape] into a cash-making joke."

However, as is often the case, a few people ruined it for everyone. They began harassing people on the sidewalk, punching security guards, smashing phones, and even breaking the collar bone of one bystander. When one Kink.com security guard followed a few of the protesters for the purpose of identifying them for the police, the protesters then threw objects at the guard and made violent threats, both felonies. Once the police arrived to arrest the assailant, two other protesters intervened in the arrest, which just so happens to fall under California's definition of lynching.

Mary Lou Ratchet, a Gay Shame representative, tried to draw a parallel between protesting a Pride party and Stonewall, saying,

Like the Stonewall rebellion 45 years ago, last night's attack reminds us how trans and queer people of color are criminalized and arrested for simply gathering in public space, like the 16th St. BART plaza [where the arrests took place].

The three protesters - Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, and Sarai Robles-Mendez - remain in custody, allegedly on "trumped up charges." Ruiz-Lichter and Robles-Mendez's bail is set at $50,000 each; Carpenter's bail is $78,000.

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  1. So, they're both LGBT organizations but one is protesting the other?

    Sounds almost like GOP and the Tea Party.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 3, 2014 7:53:48 AM


  2. It sounds like Mary Lou Ratchet has been stealing talking points from Daniel Venereal. Incidentally, I noticed he's, unfortunately, back writing here.

    Posted by: Carmelo | Jul 3, 2014 8:01:34 AM


  3. It sounds like Mary Lou Ratchet has been stealing talking points from Daniel Venereal. Incidentally, I noticed he's, unfortunately, back writing here.

    Posted by: Carmelo | Jul 3, 2014 8:01:35 AM


  4. Oh, look, a moral crusader. Kindly sit and rotate, Helen Lovejoy.

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 3, 2014 8:05:45 AM


  5. Yes a bunch of gay men having a fetish party thrown by other gay is EXACTLY the same as the Mafia owning a gay bar and NYC police arresting people for their clothing.

    These people don't want a dialogue at all. They are the UBER LEFT who will dictate to others what is acceptable and correct. No different from the Tea Baggers.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Jul 3, 2014 8:07:17 AM


  6. What a poorly written article. "Which just so happens...lynching." What?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 3, 2014 8:11:50 AM


  7. Mike, it's a blog, not the f*cking New York Times. Get a life.

    Posted by: TBD | Jul 3, 2014 8:14:25 AM


  8. Qj

    sounds more like moralizing righties

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 3, 2014 8:21:51 AM


  9. According to Rick's logic, the protesters are protecting the gay cause and "image". The prison-themed party makes the gays look bad in the eyes of the hetero majority as if they don't exist in the larger world. Maybe not exactly but a Roman orgy party may be fun. Never to one. Have seen it in movies of Fellini or the movie caligula.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 3, 2014 8:21:58 AM


  10. Well, the protesters sound unbearable, but it really is about time we stopped making light of prison rape (though "genocidal" may be a little much). Dismissing the high incidence of male in prison comes a little too close to "she deserved it" for my comfort level.

    The article IS badly written, TBD's admonishment to Mike to "get a life" notwithstanding, so I don't completely understand what was happening in the second paragraph.

    Posted by: Zell | Jul 3, 2014 8:27:31 AM


  11. This article fails to mention the trannie component of this pathetic protest.

    They were actually protesting the prison-rape of trannies.

    So this was a group of hysterical trannies protesting a gay party.

    Trannies are hysterical and homophobic and this story is further evidence of why aligning ourselves to this group of hysterical homophobic bigots is not good for the LGB community.

    Drop the T.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 3, 2014 8:50:07 AM


  12. I presume the 3 violent lunatics arrested were trannies?

    Can someone confirm?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 3, 2014 8:51:43 AM


  13. Well, that was confusing.

    Why would people protesting prison rape become violent? Doesn't that go against their morals?

    Posted by: anon | Jul 3, 2014 8:54:24 AM


  14. They weren't protesting prison-rape - if they were then they would be protesting at jails or at a court house.

    This trannie group is called Gay Shame.

    They were engaged in a protest against gay people.

    Gay Shame is a homophobic hate-group, that just happens also to be a trannie group.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 3, 2014 8:58:38 AM


  15. Marym/Rick/Arsehol from Arseholvania -

    AH, so nice to see that the right-wing troll is still trying to sew discourse and destruction within the community by introducing Trans-phobia in an environment in which doesn't exist naturally. Congratulations, moron, your attempted invasive species failed miserably.

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 3, 2014 9:06:55 AM


  16. per the open letter by gay shame prior to this did site a trans component to the protest

    http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/06/gay_shame_to_protest_kinkcom_p.php

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 3, 2014 9:07:13 AM


  17. The trolls have a point. Its seems that trans lesbians have been behind the DIY internet bullying "activism."

    In the 1970's cisgender (stupid word) lesbians didn't like trans lesbians participating in their organization because trans lesbians failed to check their "vestigial male privilege" at the door.

    In other words, now that trans lesbians are their "true selves" they magically have the "balls" or "chutzpah," "arrogance" and privilege they could not seem to embrace when they were men.

    And let's not forget that all these transbian activists are all white.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Jul 3, 2014 9:20:43 AM


  18. Between the incompetence of the posts and the predictability of the replies, this article on Trollroad is even more boring than usual.

    Does anybody except the few who find the trolls endlessly fascinating actually read what they write after the first five words?

    And why bother ever trying to decipher Villareal, who obviously has some serious blackmail material on Towle.

    Posted by: oncemorefeeling | Jul 3, 2014 9:31:54 AM


  19. Between the incompetence of the posts and the predictability of the replies, this article on Trollroad is even more boring than usual.

    Does anybody except the few who find the trolls endlessly fascinating actually read what they write after the first five words?

    And why bother ever trying to decipher Villareal, who obviously has some serious blackmail material on Towle.

    Posted by: oncemorefeeling | Jul 3, 2014 9:31:55 AM


  20. Calling me a troll is avoiding my point.

    This 'Gay Shame' group is a trannie group, who decided to protest prison-rape at a private, themed party, where there was no glorification of rape. That is no different to the religious fundies protesting.

    If Bryan Fischer formed a group called 'Gay Shame' then there would be universal condemnation of his bigotry.

    But because this hate-group is a trannie group, and because we are meant to accept these homophobes are part of our community, we are not even allowed to mention the fact that they are trannies.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 3, 2014 9:46:13 AM


  21. Why is this article written with such a slant against the protestors?

    Can no one see that the protestors definitely have a point, regardless of whether things escalated inappropriately?

    It's like internet-troll-mob-thinking.

    SFO pushes the limits of ppl's understanding all the time & usually shows itself to be ahead of progressive thinking... are you certain that isn't what's happn'd here?

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jul 3, 2014 9:48:34 AM


  22. Actually the protestors have no point at all.

    If they have issues with prison conditions then they should be protesting at a prison or at a court house.

    Protesting a private gay party is an act of homophobia.

    'Gay Shame' is a trannie hate-group made.

    Drop the T.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 3, 2014 9:57:43 AM


  23. But you are a troll, you are.

    You only comment about one topic, and rather than engage in civil discourse over a story that has merits on both sides, you simply post to provoke heated reaction. It's the very definition of trolling.

    And, once and for all, can you clarify whether you're a gay man (using a common woman's surname as a handle, hello irony) or a woman? It matters since you constantly presume to speak for the entire gay community. Are you even gay? Prove you're not a troll by setting the record, ahem, straight.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 3, 2014 10:01:42 AM


  24. pete n sfo: In fact i don't see their point at all. It's a fetish party for god's sake not a manifesto glorifying prison rape.

    In my opinion this group take themselves too seriously wich makes them a joke to the rest of the world

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jul 3, 2014 10:14:00 AM


  25. wait, i'm confused. are the "tranies" in all the replies, trans gender or are they trannies, as in drag queens? what's a trans lesbian?

    Posted by: Keith | Jul 3, 2014 10:19:05 AM


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