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Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad

She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird. She was angry. She was so upset she hadn't bothered to shave. A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. She was a he. A queen of Christopher Street.

Last weekend the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force. The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village. Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. "We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over," lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens.

"We've had all we can take from the Gestapo," the spokesman, or spokeswoman, continued. "We're putting our foot down once and for all. "The foot wore a spiked heel. According to reports, the Stonewall Inn, a two-story structure with a sand pained brick and opaque glass facade, was a mecca for the homosexual element in the village who wanted nothing but a private little place where they could congregate, drink, dance and do whatever little girls do when they get together.

The thick glass shut out the outside world of the street. Inside, the Stonewall bathed in wild, bright psychedelic lights, while the patrons writhed to the sounds of a juke box on a square dance floor surrounded by booths and table. The bar did a good business and the waiters, or waitresses, were always kept busy, as they snaked their way around the dancing customers to the booths and tables. For nearly two years, peace and tranquility reigned supreme for the Alice in Wonderland clientele.


This is how the riot at Stonewall was relayed to the public. This is how GLBT people were seen. This is the history of the GLBT movement.

Things have changed, with many things becoming much better, but there is a long way to go. Homophobia is still active in our society. Heterosexism is more prevalent than many are will to admit, including our community and those claiming to be allies.

Today, 50 years ago, Queer people said "NO MORE!" People took notice. The road has been long, but the journey is not complete.




Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Jun 28, 2019, 05:42 AM (16 replies)

Clarence Thomas says marriage equality ruling should be overturned 

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas urged the U.S. Supreme Court to feel they are not bound to upholding precedent. The case was about legal double jeopardy, in which you can’t be tried twice for the same crime. By a 7-2 vote, the Court upheld current interpretation of the law, allowing both state and federal governments to pursue the same charges against an Alabama man.

Thomas wrote a separate concurring opinion, however, that the Supreme Court should reconsider how it respects legal precedent (or stare decisis). He said the justices should not uphold precedents that are “demonstrably erroneous,” and the case he suggested to make his argument was Oberfell v. Hodges, the case that made marriage equality a national right in 2015.

“I write separately to address the proper role of the doctrine of stare decisis,” Thomas said in his opinion. “In my view, the Court’s typical formulation of the stare decisis standard does not comport with our judicial duty under Article III because it elevates demonstrably erroneous decisions—meaning decisions outside the realm of permissible interpretation—over the text of the Constitution and other duly enacted federal law.”

He cited Chief Justice Roberts’ dissent in the marriage equality case.


Just remember, after they come for my marriage, yours may not be far behind. Speak out!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Jun 18, 2019, 08:59 PM (47 replies)

(Jewish Group)Most Jews Weren't Murdered In Death Camps. It's Time To Talk About The Other Holocaust


It was the tiny tallit that knocked the breath out of me. Slightly crumpled along the crease lines, as if just taken out of a closet where a loving mother had put it away after washing, it hung alone in its exhibit case at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s new exhibit Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. The specificity of the single life evoked by this toddler-size garment conveyed more about the tragedy of the millions than words ever could. It was as if it had traveled through time and space to bear witness on behalf of the little boy who once wore it.

My experience at the Auschwitz exhibit was a powerful one. But it was actually a familiar one. We are used to experiencing the horror of the Holocaust through the lens of Auschwitz. When we talk about the six million, we picture concentration camps, ghettos, cattle cars.

And yet, the members of my family who were murdered during the Holocaust did not die at Auschwitz. They were killed at Babi Yar. And I cannot imagine an exhibit like this honoring their memory.

In part, this inability stems from the fact that after decades of silence and intentional forgetting, the material evidence of their lives and deaths is long gone — unlike the thousands of artifacts left behind by the Nazi concentration camps. But the main reason I can’t imagine an exhibit dedicated to the memory of my family is that their story as a whole is not part of our collective memory of the Holocaust.

The story of the Jews murdered not in death camps but by bullets, burning, gas wagons, intentional starvation, drowning, and hanging all over the former Soviet Union — an estimated 2.7 million — has been casually subsumed in the death camp-centered Holocaust collective memory.


Wonderful for Jews to do, but for more than a few non-Jews, they don't even know the fucking basics!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 02:33 AM (2 replies)

'Hitler Is Coming' Note Posted At Jewish Children's Museum

A Post-It note reading “Hitler Is Coming” was plastered onto a billboard designed for visitors to leave positive messages at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights on Tuesday night.

The disturbing anti-Semitic display in an area where children congregate has many in the neighborhood rattled and angry, reports CBSN New York’s Scott Rapoport.

Devorah Halberstam, the museum’s co-founder who’s son was killed in a terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, is appalled.

“It’s extremely, extremely horrible,” she said. “It’s devastating to the museum I represent.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:52 AM (7 replies)
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