40 Years Ago Today The National Guard Opened Fire on the Students at Kent State

When the shooting was over four students lay dead, murdered by their fellow citizens, kids their own age only wearing a uniform of the National Guard.

Nine others were wounded.

When the media talks about the violence of the 1960s they make it sound as though it was the protesters who did the violence yet from the murders of the civil rights workers and the Panthers to the murders at People’s Park, Kent State and Jackson State it was the police and the National Guard doing the murdering or in the case of the murders of the civil rights workers abetting the Klan in their filthy racist acts.

Leading Ex-Gay Activist George Rekers Caught On Vacation With ‘Rent Boy’

Posted May 4th, 2010 by Wayne Besen

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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Leading Ex-Gay Activist Caught On Vacation With ‘Rent Boy’

Behind the Scenes, George Rekers Is A Major Anti-Gay Figure Who Has Caused A Great Deal of Harm, Says TWO

NEW YORK – Truth Wins Out called on anti-gay activist Dr. George A. Rekers to resign from the board of a leading “ex-gay” therapy group and apologize to the LGBT community after the Miami New Times discovered that he took a male prostitute that he met on Rentboy.com to Europe. According to the sex worker, Rekers “likes younger guys to hang out with.”

“This is a bombshell that completely discredits the ex-gay industry and proves that the movement is a fraud,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “While Rekers keeps a low public profile, his fingerprints are on almost every anti-gay effort to demean and dehumanize LGBT people. Lobby groups that work to deny equality to LGBT Americans ubiquitously cite his work. Rekers has caused a great deal of harm to gay and lesbian individuals.”

A major anti-gay figure that used to work at University of South Carolina, Rekers is a founder of the Family Research Council, a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, and testified as an expert witness in favor of gay adoption bans in both Arkansas and Florida. He has also published several anti-gay books.

Both the sex worker and Rekers deny having sex on the trip, and emails exchanged between the two prior to their escapade are carefully worded. Reached by New Times reporters Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp, who broke the story, before a trip to Bermuda, Rekers said he learned that the man in question was a prostitute only midway through their vacation. “I had surgery,” Rekers said, “and I can’t lift luggage. That’s why I hired him.” (Though medical problems didn’t stop him from pushing the large baggage cart through Miami International Airport, according to the New Times.)

“It is clear that Rekers has baggage and certainly needs help,” said Besen. “At least he did not say he was walking the Appalachian Trail. Given the sordid and tawdry facts, he should immediately step down from NARTH’s Board and apologize to the LGBT community for his extreme hypocrisy and self-loathing. As of today, his entire body of work on LGBT issues is rendered meaningless.”

This is the second NARTH board member to be exposed as a fraud in the past three months. In February, Arthur Abba Goldberg was unmasked as a con artist who had served prison time for bond fraud. Goldberg was also the co-fonder of Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH). Goldberg resigned from NARTH’s board in shame.

Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that defends the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community against anti-gay misinformation, counters the so-called “ex-gay” industry and educates America about the lives of LGBT people. Our goal is to fight for a world where LGBT individuals can live openly, honestly, free of discrimination and be true to themselves.

Autumn Sandeen and the DADT Demonstrations

For the record I am a long time anti-war activist who believes almost all wars are rich men’s wars and poor peoples fights.

This does not mean I hate the people who serve either as draftees in the era of conscription not today when poverty often serves as an enticement to enlist.

Direct action takes guts.  Just as it takes guts to enlist knowing you are LGBT/T.  Particularly considering how many of the ultra-conservative war hawks are actully chicken hawks who found any and every imaginable excuse not to serve, particularly during the Vietnam war.  While the left was derided as deserters, cowards and draft dodgers almost zero of the modern conservatives in the Congress or media ever served.  They all had excuses.

Perhaps Autumn Sandeen enlisted thinking that doing so might make a man out of her and cure her of transsexualism or transgenderism.  Of course TS or TG doesn’t work that way and isn’t cured that way.

But serve she did. So did Monica Helms and a whole slew of other people.  It doesn’t matter if they served on the front lines or in an office.  They served.  This means they put up with all the heterosexist/transphobic bullshit that is endemic to the military.

It has become a popular sport among a certain set of TS/TG people to mock both Autumn and Monica as well as others who served. One pathetic troll who lives in San Francisco is given to regularly disrespecting Autumn by using  male pronouns and mocking the courage it took for Autumn to engage in an act of civil disobedience by handcuffing herself to the White House fence right along side of Dan Choi and others.

It takes a particular level of courage for any person with transsexualism pre or post-op, or any person with transgenderism to commit civil disobedience and allow oneself to be subjected to arrest. As any TS/TG person who has ever had any sort of run in with the law knows the police routinely subject TS/TG folks to seriously gross abuse and personal humiliation.

I applaud Autumn’s activism. I no more look upon her traveling around the country speaking out and engaging in direct action as “a publicity stunt” than I do say the women of Code pink or Cindy Sheehan.  She is speaking from her heart and putting her body upon the line.

She is not a cowardly troll like some people.  She does not hide behind aliases like others.

She stand up, speaks out and is genuinely courageous and is every bit as deserving of respect as Dan Choi and the non-trans L/G people who are speaking out in opposition to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.