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This excellent article is published in Freedom Socialist and reminds us Yes it is happening here again.

April 11, 2019
SOAPBOX
Return of the Red Scare

BERNADETTE LOGUE | APRIL-MAY 2019 FREEDOM SOCIALIST

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination and control.” This intoned by Donald Trump during his much-delayed State of the Union Address. Delayed because he forced a government shutdown to coerce Congress into paying for his Wall to deprive refugees from seeking … liberty and independence.
Alarmed? Trump and his fellow capitalists are in a downright tizzy, because interest in socialism is at an all-time high. And why wouldn’t it be? Desperate people are looking for rational answers. If we can put cars on Mars (R.I.P. Opportunity Rover), why can’t we dump fossil fuels and begin to deal with climate change? If Congress can give the Pentagon more money than requested, why can’t it fund universal healthcare? For working people trapped in immovable wages, students crushed by debt and seniors unable to afford medications like insulin, the capitalists offer no answers — only scapegoats and war.
Our rulers are terrified of socialism, because they think it means nationalizing private companies and banks and redistributing their vast wealth back to the people who created it, the workers. They are absolutely correct. That is what it means. As a revolutionary socialist, I’m all for sharing the wealth and abolishing poverty.
But the social democracies of Europe and the mixed economies of Latin America, like Venezuela, are not socialist countries, no matter how many times Fox News calls them communist or socialist. A country may have free healthcare and education. But wherever capitalists control the banks, trade, factories, utilities and agriculture, then sorry — that’s not socialism.
“I love war,” says Trump of the heel spurs. And why wouldn’t he? War is very profitable. Trump & Co. are not doing the fighting and dying. The war with Iraq was sold as a war to stop nonexistent weapons of mass destruction; it was really about stealing Iraq’s oil. Now we’re being sold a shiny, new war to “free the Venezuelan people from a socialist dictator.” But it’s really about stealing Venezuela’s oil and imposing more harsh sanctions. It’s called re-enforcing good old Yankee Imperialism in Latin America.
Trump has assembled a troika of fervent anti-communists to accomplish this — John Bolton, Elliot Abrams and Mike Pompeo. Bolton, national security adviser, also loves war. He and the president have that to share as they decide which countries to sanction, bomb or invade. Secretary of State Pompeo’s ultra-hawk positions fit perfectly with old cold-war politics. He’s for expanding Guantanamo Bay prison, defends CIA’s torture interrogations, focuses on “radical Islamic terrorism,” and applauds spying on people by Google and Facebook.
In a truly twisted move, even for this White House, Elliot Abrams was appointed to head up the ‘humanitarian aid’ for Venezuela. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, he refused to answer Rep. Ilhan Omar’s question, “Yes or no, would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide if you believed they were serving U.S. interests, as you did in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala?” (more…)

One thing that we know from ourstories past is that there has never been any love affair between the LGBTQ population and the cops. No matter what city or town we live in this has always been the case. From Dewey’s, to Coopers, from Comptons, to The Black Cat and on to Stonewall. From cruising  by the river side, to the tearooms and backrooms, from the parks to the drag balls, to our political demonstrations our people have never been safe. We cross their line, we are the other. The Transgender Community is more than aware of this. “How did the rising at Coopers Donuts (1959), Dewey Lunch (1965), Compton’s Cafeteria (1966), and Stonewall Inn (1969) start? With polices raids on these gathering places many times they checked for three items of male clothing. In other words they were looking for trans people.  Thousands of our women and men have been arrested, their lives ruined. But still we fight back. We know we have to, our lives depend on it. Many of the people who were at the forefront of these protests were people who did not conform to established gender roles set by society which everyone was suppose to follow.

Black Cat Tavern protest Sunset Blvd. February 11, 1967. ( 1 )

In so many instances our people have fought back, trying to throw off the yokes of oppression and other times gone passively for nothing else presented its self as an alternative for that time. I am old enough now to remember both times and say thank you to those who have come before and to those who continue this fight so that more of us are no longer afraid and that we know that any attack against us by the police or others will be met by our comrades resistance.

“It wasn’t that long ago that people like me were targeted by the police for being true to ourselves. Lives were ruined, and a whole class of people were marginalized,”

This oppression isn’t new and this oppression still goes on today. Do not be fooled by those who tell you otherwise as these are the people who have too much.  In this essay we have gleaned from other essays published on furbirdsqueerly, many updated and revised for this article. We would like to share excerpts from those articles and build a new article on a history of the interaction of the police and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population in Hartford Connecticut and elsewhere. We have researched in back issues of the Metroline and other publications, we have talked to friends and comrades. We do not pretend that these situations brought up here are the only interactions with the cops and our people as we well know many times crimes committed against the LGBTQ population are not reported. Of course we are no fools to think that police oppression, the vice squad, the politicians and others of the oppressor state are located in Hartford Ct. alone. They are everywhere as we are, the guardians of the gates waiting for us to step out of line. We know when push comes to shove that there will be two sides of the barricades our side and the side of the oppressor. Which begs the question which side will the LGBT cops be on? But here we are getting ahead of ourselves.

A bit of our stories concerning crack downs against our people:

Just about everyone in the LGBTQ population knows about the famous 20th century attempted crack downs on our people as we mentioned above. These crackdowns lead by the police were met with a fight back by many in the community and of course the cops did not expect that to happen. Well our people fought back and they showed us the way. They were a light that beckoned us “To Liberation” they cried and to liberation we went. Liberating ourselves and others, but on that road to liberation a wrong turn was taken. A turn that causes us to stop and ask, Is all inclusion, good inclusion? To this we would have to answer no. Not as long as the oppressor state continues to stand.

Here are just a few interesting facts from ourstories put together as a collage from many sources for Part 1.

A Very Short History of Ourstories

In the late fifteenth century, as many as one in two Florentine men had come to the attention of the authorities for sodomy by the time they were thirty. In 1432 The Office of the Night was created specifically to police sodomy in Florence. Indeed, nearly all Florentine males probably had some kind of same-sex experience as a part of their “normal” sexual life. Seventy years of denunciations, interrogations, and sentencings left an extraordinarily detailed record. The men of Renaissance Florence were so renowned for sodomy that “Florenzer” in German meant “sodomite.” In the short period from April 1492 to February 1494 they convicted 44 men for homosexual relations not involving violence or aggravating circumstances. So you see folks this is nothing new. All though out ourstories we have recorded police raids on the gathering places of our people. (see note *)

Records of men meeting for sex with other men in bathhouses date back to the 15th century. A tradition of public baths dates back to the 6th century BC, and there are many ancient records of homosexual activity in Greece. In the West, gay men have been using bathhouses for sex since at least the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time when homosexual acts were illegal in most Western countries and men who were caught engaging in homosexual acts were often arrested and publicly humiliated. Men began frequenting cruising areas such as bathhouses, public parks, alleys, train and bus stations, movie theatres, public lavatories (cottages or tearooms), and gym changing rooms where they could meet other men for sex.

On February 21, 1903, NYPD conducted the first recorded raid on a gay bathhouse in the basement of the Ariston Hotel at the corner Broadway and 55th Street in New York City. 26 men were arrested and 12 brought to trial on sodomy charges; 7 men received sentences ranging from 4 to 20 years in prison. In the 1950s exclusively gay bathhouses began to open in the United States. Though subject to vice raids, these bathhouses were “oases of homosexual camaraderie” and were, as they remain today, “places where it was safe to be gay”, whether or not patrons themselves identified as homosexual. The gay baths offered a much safer alternative to sex in other public places. If you didn’t care for the baths there was always the showers at the good old YMCA.

Drag Ball Webster Hall Harlem, 1920s.

Drag balls in Harlem held at Hamilton Hall began in 1869 come under the scrutiny of the vice squad, politicians and the police. In1916 a moral reform organization known as the Committee of Fourteen periodically investigates the Drag Balls. The committee released 130 reports describing its visits and demanding that such “perversion must desist.” During this period and throughout the 1920s the police, politicians and mainstream society found themselves simply unable to suspend the ball scenes. The patrons rather than abandoning the scene fought for change and opportunity which made the ball scene unstoppable. The fight back spirit of the patrons, ball organizers and attendees against the moral reform organization, the politicians and the police allowed these balls to thrive and survive. No one cowered in fear, went away with their tails between their legs. They said no and a beautiful part of our Queer culture was formed.

In 1926 a female undercover officer entered Eve’s Hangout a speakeasy in the West Village in New York City where, “men were admitted but not welcomed.” Eve was showing her collection of short stories she was writing called Lesbian Love. Eve was arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct and for allegedly making homosexual advances toward the officer. Her manuscript along with other objectionable books was seized as obscene material. Eve was sentenced to a year in the workhouse and deported to Poland. This was a part of the police crackdown on Gay and Lesbian bars and other gathering places in 1920 New York.

1952: One Hartford judge, S. Burr Leikind, announced in June 1952 his intention to clean up all areas of the city where “sex deviates” gathered. Dozens of men were arrested for meeting at train stations and public parks, and their names were published in local newspapers. Most men at the time were not open about their gayness to their family, friends and in the workplace.

1953: The arrest of Bayard Rustin, Pasadena California: Civil Rights activist, writer, Socialist and pacifist Rustin was a key figure in the struggle for racial and social justice. A key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement Rustin a gay man was arrested over and over in the fight for justice. In 1953 police arrested Rustin on a morals charge. He had been found having sex with another man in a parked car and jailed. He was forced out of the movement due to the stigma attached to homosexuality at the time. As plans for the 1963 March on Washington J. Edgar Hoover passed Rustin’s arrest record to Strom Thurmond, the segregationist Senator from South Carolina who declared on the Senate floor that the march was being organized by a “pervert.” Towards the end of his life Rustin gave vocal support to the gay rights movement.

1955: A sweeping investigation of a supposed “homosexual underground” in Boise, Idaho. Began with the arrest of three men in October 1955, the investigation broadened to encompass allegations that over 100 young men and teenage boys had been involved in sexual acts with a ring of adult homosexual men. By the time the investigation wound down in January 1957, some 1,500 people had been questioned, sixteen men faced charges, and fifteen of them were sentenced to terms ranging from probation to life in prison. Although framed in terms of “protecting children” from adult predators, the probe was not confined to investigating charges of men having sex with underage boys and some of those convicted and sentenced to prison were found guilty only of sexual encounters with other consenting adults.

1962: October 26, 44 people were arrested at the National Variety Artists Exotic Carnival and Ball in Manhattan. The ball drew up to 2,000 party goers. The people arrested were arrested on the sidewalks or in the lobby of the Manhattan Center. The charges were masquerading and indecent exposure. Police Commissioner Michael J. Murphy directed the arrests and as quoted in the New York Times as saying, “the most disgraceful condition of the spectacle.”

1965: A New Years Eve Ball is raided by the San Francisco police. The Council on Religion and the Homosexual, or the CRH sponsored the New Year’s Eve Ball. This group was formed in order to increase discussion between clergy and homosexuals. The organization’s goal was to promote homosexuals as belonging and being a part of mainstream society (Sides, 2009). Despite the CRH having filed the proper permits and even meeting with the sex crime department of the SFPD, problems with the police arose that night. Over 20 officers showed up blocking the intersection, photographing event attendees, and harassing them.
The publicity that followed was unprecedented and served to bring the struggles of the homosexual community to the attention of mainstream America. Press conferences and newspaper articles alike raised awareness of this event and sympathy for the LGBTQ community. This negative press was so powerful that it represented a decrease in police power. No longer were police free to harass the homosexual community; hence forward, “the SFPD stopped arresting gay men for doing ‘what was wrong’ and only arrested them for a ‘violation of the law.”

1971: 1971 Eleven members of the Kalos Society are arrested and verbally and physically abused by the police while protesting at The Park West a local “Gay” bar. Lesbians were being harassed by management for not dressing properly.

A person perceived as male who dressed in clothing customarily designed for women could technically be arrested in New York for “impersonating a female” as recently as 2011 — the remnants of a 19th century statewide law prohibiting wearing “the dress of the opposite sex.”

Haddon Township, New Jersey
1964’s Ordinance 175-10 for Indecent Dress or Exposure: “It shall be unlawful for any person to appear in any street or public place in a dress not belonging to his sex or in an indecent or lewd dress. In 2014, comedian Ben Kissel sought to overturn the law. He succeeded.

2005: “They could have been more helpful, in fact they were rather rude.” A lesbian women reported after contacting HPD about an attack near the Polo Club in Hartford left her and another women she was with black eyes, a broken cheekbone, and a broken sternum. The women added, “The police have been less than sympathetic.” A protest by the community was held.  (more on this in Part 2)

2016: Undercover police acting on a tip arrest men for public indecency, attempted sexual assault (moving a hand towards an officers crotch) and lewd conduct in Manchester Ct. and their photo’s published in the newspaper.

2019:  Two gay bars in New Orleans, The Phoenix and the Rawhide Lounge are accusing the states Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control ATC have unfairly singled them out for citations just one week before Mardi Gras. Michael Musa, Director of Operations at the Rawhide Lounge, told the Big Easy magazine the ATC imposed “numerous fines and citations and imposed regulations on how to operated, after the city’s 2018 Southern Decadence celebration. Both bars plan on attending the hearings and to fight these citations.

2019: A Lesbian police officer in Hartford reported sexual and homophobic harassment. Another women officer comes out and states that she too has been harassed. A fight back by a newly formed community group, HPD Not Safe For Women begins.

Arrested at the National Variety Artists Exotic Carnival and Ball NYC 1962

One would think that after centuries of persecution that no one would still love those who persecute you.

“You’re okay as long as you stay within the lines that we draw, as long as you are willing to wear our straight jackets and as long as you are willing to be “just like us.” If not we will arrest you or have you arrested and from then on your life will be miserable.”

Do LGBT folks love the Police?

Some do and many don’t. Ask a white middle class lesbian or gay man and they will pucker up their lips and say, “Kiss Kiss.” But ask the trans women of color on the street, trying to get by the best way that she can how much she loves the cops and she will say, “All cops are bastards.” Ask the young queer man who is demonstrating against the rise of the KKK and other right wing scum in America, who the cops just beat to the ground while the cops are forming a protective wall around the scum. Ask him and see what he will tell you. You know it all depends on where one is coming from. Instead of trying so hard to please the little white middle class goody two shoe lesbian or the gay man perhaps the approach should be towards the most vulnerable in society. Want the true pulse of the situation ask the person on the street. Go to the most vulnerable. Go to those who have the least. Their stories should be our top priority. (more…)

January 18, 2019
Women’s March 2019
ARE YOU IN?
Let’s build a radical, multi-racial, working-class feminist movement!

Click here for leaflet.

As the sun rises on the third outpouring of women’s marches around the globe, optimism is in the air, with the realization that the time for change is now and we can make it happen!
Controversies have shadowed march organizing in some U.S. cities this year. But a new and positive step is the feminist left contingents that were organized in several places to indict capitalism for the attacks raining down on women, immigrants, people of color, transgender and queer folks, Jews, Muslims, youth, unions and socialists.
Forging unity. When women and low-paid workers take the lead – as 50,000 Bangladeshi textile workers and 30,000 Los Angeles teachers are doing right now – historic divisions begin to fall. Unity is possible when people realize that their common experience of living paycheck to paycheck means they also have a common enemy: the profit system, which steals the wealth created by the world’s workers and terrorizes its opponents.

Winning justice for all women means prioritizing the leadership of those who have the least. This is especially true in the U.S. of working-class women of color, whose experiences of prejudice and poverty tend to make them the most militant in confronting the powers that be.
Trouble at Women’s March, Inc. Over the last few months, leaders of the national Women’s March have gravely mishandled serious issues of anti-Semitism, transphobia, and racism. This has become a debacle of identity politics – an approach which tends to promote competition, rather than common cause, between people of different backgrounds.
National co-chair Tamika Mallory has come under fire for refusing to condemn the anti-Semitic and generally reactionary politics of Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam (NOI). This is an issue because of Mallory’s attendance at a Farrakhan speech in which he blasted Jews as “responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men.” Meanwhile, Vanessa Wruble says she was pushed out of the leadership team because, among other things, she urged that opposition to anti-Semitism be added to the 2018 march demands and disagreed with NOI doing security for the march.

The conflicts have caused some cities to cancel marches and led to calls for key national organizers to step down.

Opponents of women’s activism are taking advantage of the disarray to attack from the right. Conservatives and Zionists have slammed Arab American march leader Linda Sarsour with the false accusation of being anti-Semitic because of her support for Palestine and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Pro-police and racist forces have denounced the Women’s March for sending greetings to exiled Black revolutionary Assata Shakur. Undoubtedly, a mix of forces from the FBI to so-called men’s rights advocates are busy trying to prevent a multi-racial, grassroots feminist movement from consolidating and truly taking off.

The core Women’s March organizers are heads of NGOs and businesswomen supportive of the Democratic Party, which upholds capitalism. Their class interests lead toward alliance with powerful funders and politicians rather than bold, system-shaking action. And it has been difficult for the movement to confront their liberal views and identity-focused politics because they are not democratically accountable. (more…)

A welcome to Jerimarie Liesegang our Anarchist comrade, mother of the Ct. Transgender Movement, and good friend.

Trans Homelessness: A History, Statistics and a Right to Adequate Housing

by Jerimarie Liesegang

“We used to sit around, just try to figure out when this harassment would come to an end. And we would always dream that one day it would come to an end. And we prayed and we looked for it. We wanted to be human beings.”
– Sylvia Rivera quoted in The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement, ed Glisson, Susan

“As far back as I can remember, my half sisters and brothers liberated themselves from this fucked up system that has been oppressing our gay sisters and brothers – by walking on the man’s land, defying the man’s law, and meeting the man face to face in his court of law. … They have been brainwashed by this fucked up system that has condemned us and by doctors that call us a disease and a bunch of freaks. … That transvestites and gay street people are always on the front lines and are ready to lay down their lives for the movement.”
-Sylvia Rivera, Come Out Vol 2, #8, pg 1 (1971)

“People experiencing homelessness face violations of a wide range of human rights. Access to safe and secure housing is one of the most basic human rights. However, homelessness is not just about housing. A person who is homeless may be facing violations of the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to education, the right to liberty and security of the person, the right to privacy, the right to social security, and the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to vote and many more.”
– Australian Human Rights Commission

A Story
“The following is a first person account of the last fifteen months of my friend Alice Johnston’s life, as if she may have told it. The events in this actually happened. – MFH.” Below is excerpted from the original version [Author]

ALICE (1)
By Monica F. Helms

… The time came when my roommate and I had to move out of our apartment and put our things in storage. We still had some weeks left on our unemployment, so that would help a little… When my roommate and I finished packing and moving everything into the storage unit, we shut the door and locked it. I had a strange feeling that I would never see my things again. People I helped in the past rejected helping me. The transgender community of Georgia turned their backs on me. I lost my job and had no prospects… The odd jobs I did couldn’t keep me in money, so I began doing something I never thought I would ever do. I started working at the bordello as a hooker… My personal relationships with the Madam began to deteriorate. One day, after a heated argument, she threw me out of the house… In December 2002, I realized I would soon become homeless for the first time in my life. The prospect of being homeless frightened me. “Why is this happening to me?” I asked myself. “I didn’t ask to be a transsexual. If I didn’t have a choice then why are people treating me so badly?” I felt truly alone. No place to go. No friends to turn to. No hope. Only despair. I can do many jobs, but no one will hire me because I’m a transsexual. Where can I turn to? The last chance I had was to see if a homeless shelter would take me. I began calling around to all the women’s shelters in Atlanta, but I had to be up front with them. Each time I told them that I was a pre-op transsexual they would tell me I wouldn’t be accepted in their facility. I called a few men’s shelters to see what they could tell me and they said they would accept me only if I presented as a man. They wanted me to deny my identity and lie to them and myself before I would be accepted. Even then, I could easily become a victim of rape or violence once they found out I was a transsexual. My options had run out. My friend gave me access to his computer one last time, so I put an automatic message on my Yahoo E-mail address. The message said, “I will soon become homeless and since homeless shelters won’t take in transsexuals, I’m a goner.” Where is my family? They have all abandoned me. Where are all my friends? What friends? The transgender community here in Georgia never wanted to help me. I didn’t fit their narrow viewpoint of what a transsexual is supposed to “properly” do to transition. Others who still say they’re my friends are either gone or in a situation no better than mine. Is this what I have left after all the things I’ve been through? Nothing? I was safer in Iraq during Desert Storm. At least I was treated better there. My car still worked, just barely. I have only one thing to do. Time for a road trip. After driving for 45 minutes I arrived at my destination, the Chattahoochee River. My jacket kept me from freezing. I could hear the water moving and the moonlight reflected off of the ripples. No one else would have dared to be out on a night like this. But, I had a plan, as I unwrapped the towel, I revealed my one last true friend, my trusty .357 Smith and Wesson. I felt its cold steel and its well-balanced weight in my hands. Out of everything I gave up in the last fifteen months, I could never part with my .357. Now, it has become my last piece of pleasure in my lonely, miserable life. “Why am I a transsexual?” I screamed. The trees dampened my voice. “Why am I a transsexual?” I whispered. I got no answers. Tears flowed from my eyes as I cocked the hammer. “All I wanted to do was to live my life as me.” My .357 seemed lighter somehow. “I didn’t ask for this life.” I lifted the gun. “I just wanted to live.” I felt the cold steel barrel pressing against my temple. “But, they wouldn’t let me.” My hand shook and I lowered the pistol. “This is what they wanted me to do.” I raised the .357 once more. “They’re getting their wish.” My finger tightened around the trigger. “They got what they wanted.” I pulled my finger back. “They got me . . . “

– On December 17, 2002, Alice was found along the Chattahoochee River, a .357 slug had shattered her skull. (more…)

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How about some jerks of the week. You know the award we give out every once in awhile to some rather fucked up people. Well Pink News had an article that we knew we had to share with all of you and then take it one step further by giving out our award. Are you ready folks for some big jerks from up in Maine who want to ban banned books.

Anti Gay Preachers want LGBT Books Banned.  

Pink News UK
By Nick Duffy
19th September 2018

Local church leaders tried to censor a library’s display of banned books, in order to remove books referencing homosexuality.

The coalition of preachers took exception to the display at Rumford Public Library in Maine, which marked the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week.

Annual rankings for Banned Books Week are consistently dominated by LGBT-themed books, which still face disproportionate censorship and complaints across the US.
In a bitterly ironic twist, the display standing up against book censorship has itself faced calls for book censorship, after attracting attention from conservative church leaders.
You got that?

They want to ban the books that are banned!

Here is a list of those books.

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.
And Tango Makes Three, based on the real-life story of a gay penguin couple, and lesbian-themed classic The Color Purple.”

However…
Nowhere in the letter did the men object to the BDSM-themed erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which was also part of the display, despite their explicit objection to PG-themed children’s books.
So BDSM is okay, but LGBTQ is not.

What did the library say?
Fournier [a library employee] said: “I’ve been coming to this library just about every day since I was five years old, and I now work here.

“Those complaining, you don’t come here. I don’t see you. This is the first time I’ve seen any of you show up to a meeting.

“Where were you when we were talking about what we’re going to do for the troubled kids that come here? Did you know that we feed these kids?

Fournier continued to point out misleading and hypocritical claims that were made in support of censoring the display.

She said: “I’m getting frustrated. I’ve been yelled at for doing my job. The library code of ethics says we are not supposed to censor.

“This display, you’re all saying you don’t want it in the eyes of your children. But it’s upstairs in the adult section!
Some rabble-rouser sent out a call to action and once again they protest not knowing the facts.

We have to protect the kids! they scream, (Heard that before!)

Oh it in the adult section… not important… We have to protect the kids!

Furbirdsqueerly stands up for the right of everyone to read any book they want. Our people certainly know our history and if anyone reading this doesn’t we take this from our timeline:  The National Socialist Party begins its war against homosexuals in Germany. In May, The Institute for Sexual Science and Magnus Hirschfeld’s library are ransacked, and the books burned in the street.

Students of the Deutsche Studentenschaft, organized by the Nazi party, parade in front of the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin on May 6, 1933. They later attacked it, looting the archives, and setting afire much of the material.

Interesting note: The charter of the institute had specified that in the event of dissolution, any assets of the Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation (which had sponsored the Institute since 1924) were to be donated to the Humboldt University of Berlin. Hirschfeld also wrote a personal will while in exile in Paris, leaving any remaining assets to his students and heirs Karl Giese and Li Shiu Tong (Tao Li) for the continuation of his work. However, neither stipulation was carried out. The West German courts found that the foundation’s dissolution and the seizure of property by the Nazis in 1934 was legal. The West German legislature also retained the Nazi amendments to Paragraph 175, making it impossible for surviving gay men to claim restitution for the destroyed cultural center.

Note: An excellent article re-published recently in Freedom Socialist is Guerry Hoddersen’s article, The High Price of Ignoring Teenage Fascists. This article was first published in 1999 after the Columbine High School massacre but remains relevant today. The article is found HERE.

This piece is again a collage of ideas put together in the service of the people. We would like to start this piece with two very important events that took place in our community in the past months. We stand with No Justice No Pride and Trans Queer Pueblo. The second part of this piece is dedicated to ourstories from history past.  This piece concerns police entrapment (yes baby it is still going on here today) in history and our people responds or not in fighting back or sitting back. Important fight back that continues today with groups such as No Justice No Pride and Trans Queer Pueblo. We stand with all of our people within the LGBTQ tribe who see the connection with the murder of Black Men and Women, with cops and ICE harassment of people and ourselves. We stand with all of our people who see the connections on why white middle class pride just doesn’t fit the bill anymore. We remember from ourstories this: In early 1952, leaders of the Mattachine became aware that the issue of entrapment of homosexuals by police in Los Angeles also affected Mexican Americans. In the latter regard the Mattachine was contacted by the local Civil Rights Congress (CRC), a Communist Party front group. The Mattachine also made an alliance with the Red-friendly Asociación Nacional México-Americana, which had its roots in organized labor but concerned itself with police brutality as well. ( 1 ) We realize that this is the only way to go. The only way to fight back.

News of Today

No Justice No Pride shows LGBT folks the way to go.

Here is a statement by No Justice No Pride about the Blue Lives Matter Flag flying at Nellies in Washington DC.

Nellie’s Sports Bar is Cancelled.

In the wake of the murder of Stephon Clark and non indictment of the officers who killed Alton Sterling, they have the audacity to fly a flag that tells us they don’t value Black lives NOT TO MENTION NO JUSTICE FOR KAYLA MOORE, A BLACK TRANS WOMAN WHO WAS MURDERED BY BERKELEY POLICE in 2015. Judge Breyer last week ruled in favor of the City of Berkeley and dismissed the case brought by the family of Kayla Moore. The judge thinks that we don’t have enough evidence to prove that the police “mistook her disability for a crime”. It was already so disgraceful that the judge threw out the claims of excessive force and wrongful arrest back in October of 2017. This most recent discarding of the humanity of people with disabilities is also what we are up against. Maybe this is actually better because now we can go back to the arguments about all three of the main claims and widen this movement back up again.

This is anti blackness.
#BoycottNellies
#NeverNelliesx

blue flag at nellies

Nellie’s a gay bar in Washington, D.C., was forced to apologize Saturday for hanging up a “Blue Lives Matter” flag outside its establishment after a group of gay police officers held a meeting there. The blue flag angered some people who claimed it was offensive to the Black Lives Matter movement and represented “anti blackness.”
Representatives of police departments across the country and an organization that manufactures and distributes the flag have said repeatedly that the flag was never intended to be used as a symbol of discrimination or racial injustice.
“The thin blue line stands for the sacrifice law enforcement officers of this nation make each day,” USA Today quoted Thin Blue Line, an organization that distributes the flags “We reject in the strongest possible terms any association of our flag with racism, hatred, and bigotry,” the organization told USA Today. “To use it in this way tarnishes what it and our nation believe in.”

Drew Ambrogi an organizer of No Justice, No Pride one of the groups behind the gay pride protests of the past few years told the Washington Blade the group learned about the flag being displayed at Nellie’s when one of its members walked past the bar last Friday and saw it hanging from a flag pole.

“We saw it as an issue and we posted about it pretty quickly,” Ambrogi said

“We now understand that flying this flag — at this point in time, in particular — was at best tone deaf, and at worst offensive. We sincerely apologize to our customers and our neighbors for this egregious mistake, and want to assure you that this flag will never fly at Nellie’s again. What it represents to you is not what we want to represent, or what we want our bar to be,” the D.C. establishment said in a statement posted to Facebook Nellie’s said it would be sending a donation to No Justice No Pride.

As many have said and we are saying it again, One can not love the oppressed and the oppressor, it just can’t be done.

A wonderful page from Trans Queer Pueblo Zine 2018. To check it out and other great information on what this upfront, out front and great group is going go to HERE.

Trans Queer Pueblo Phoenix Arizona

After a year of trying to convince Phoenix Pride Board that trans, queer, and gender-non-conforming people of color deserve an LGBTQ Pride where we can be safe from the police and the corporations that fund our deportation, we are saying goodbye.

Join us in reclaiming Pride’s roots of protest and resistance. Join us for LGBTQ+ Justice Week in Phoenix, AZ.

A bit of ourstories from history past.

Gay Entrapment

Police entrapment of homosexual men and harassment of gay bars were widespread; during the 1950s, cities such as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., police arrested 100 men a month on misdemeanor charges relating to homosexuality. This harassment was not just limited to the 1950s. This harassment continued throughout the following decades and continues today. One of my very close friends was arrested for a “lingering stare at an undercover cop who was beating his meat in a highway rest stop. “This was in 2001. In 2016 police in Toronto arrested 65 men in a out of the way park some for as little as gazing too long at the undercover agent who again had his dick out, stroking it and the one who was the “come and get it” man.

The Connexion a gay newsletter published in the early 1970s had this to say, “Hartford gays are experiencing a new low in cruising freedom these days, Ask anyone who normally cruises the infamous Asylum Hill and Garden Street area. The numbers of people who have been taken down to the precinct houses are already legion and the arrests and friskings continue to mount… One individual who lives in the neighborhood was arrested for loitering while… [going] to the store for milk.” ( 2 )

Here in Hartford men were arrested for cruising along the river banks back in the mid 1980’s. As recently as last year men were arrested for cruising in a off the way park in Manchester Ct. and this blog heard that the cops in a wealthy suburban town were keeping their eye out for any cruising in a local park. Arrests for cruising go way back in history. All over police are still raiding bath houses and arresting men there, arresting men in parks, in tearooms and other places men meet up with other men. The cops, society and many of their friends in both the L & G and straight communities have this to say, “You’re okay as long as you stay within the lines that we draw, as long as you are willing to wear our straight jackets and as long as you are willing to be “just like us.” If not we will arrest you or have you arrested and from then on your life will be miserable.”

Will you join us in this fight?

How to swell the ranks of a movement, just let the cops act the way they do and bam, folks will turn out, join up and fight back. Here is one example from our early history the entrapment of Dale Jennings, his arrest, trial and the break up of the Mattachine and the founding of ONE INC.

“Were all homosexuals and bisexuals to unite militantly, unjust laws and corruption would crumble in short order … Were heterosexuals to realize that these violations of our rights threaten them equally, a vast reform might even come within our lifetime”. …Dale Jennings

We do not see this ‘vast reform’ simply as rights within this system, such as marriage, the military issue but see the bigger picture of liberation. As we said in the early days we do not seek to transform this system but to topple it. (more…)

This is a ideas collage, in the service of the people. It is gleaned from many sources.

“We are getting beaten, raped and robbed and we are afraid to tell the police. Why because if they find out we are sex workers then what. On your knees bitch, suck my dick. I going to arrest you for prostitution or worse, give you a fucking slap upside of the head, a night stick up your ass. No baby the police are not my friend no matter what some folks want to tell us. In fact I think all cops are bastards and I hate them.”

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Thought for everyday.

Who killed our sister? Can You Spell Cops!

Comrade Marielle Franco, Present!!

Brazil and the world have been shocked by the assassination of the Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, Marielle Franco, of the PSOL (Party of Socialism and Freedom) and her driver Anderson Gomes on March 15, 2018. Millions have taken to the streets in Rio and in other cities throughout Brazil to denounce this crime and call for justice. Marielle was assassinated after she left a meeting called to advocate for the rights of Black women–one of the most oppressed, discriminated against and exploited sectors under capitalism in Brazil, where a Black is killed every 23 minutes. Today in Rio de Janeiro, millions of Blacks, workers, students and housewives live in terrible conditions of extreme poverty in favelas (poor neighborhoods) under the threat of violent state repression, drug traffickers, arms dealers and criminals. Marielle was a young, Black lesbian and socialist activist for the rights of women, Blacks, inhabitants of the favelas and the LGBT community. She devoted her life to systematically speaking out against police and paramilitary repression and focused on describing how state violence attains levels of ethnic and social cleansing.

President Michel Temer has declared that “This crime against an elected city council woman will not go unpunished.” The spokespersons of the governing parties and the establishment media have declared that the assassination of Marielle is the product of “organized crime.” However, Marielle was murdered when fourteen 9-mm-caliber bullets were fired into her car. It has come to light that the same type of bullets is used by the Federal Police (FP), and the latest investigations indicate that the bullets belong to a lot of ammunition acquired by the police in December 2006. To read more about this go to HERE. 

Blue Lives Murder! and that is exactly what they do.

Stephon Clark, an unarmed Sacramento man killed by police in his grandmothers backyard last month was shot from behind 6 times according to an independent autopsy released Friday. Two more bullets hit the 22 year old father in the leg and the arm March 18– wounds inflicted by police who said they were hunting a neighborhood vandal. In police accounts, cops said that Clark whose death prompted major protests across the country, had been facing them holding an object extended in front of him. The object was later determined to be a white cell phone. ( 1 )

We shouldn’t expect the police to be something they’re not. We ought to know that origins matter, and the police were created by the ruling class to control working class and poor people, not help them. They’ve continued to play that role ever since.

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