Gregory T. Angelo, the new head of the 36-year old Log Cabin Republicans, posted to Twitter today a comment that got many, including LGBT bloggers Joe Jervis and Jamie McGonnigal, riled up — and rightly so.
Gays in Seattle celebrate “pride” by beating down street preachers. Liberal “tolerance” strikes again. Scary. http://t.co/sqOwxIvduy
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) July 5, 2013
Angelo didn’t offer any proof that the altercation — which, for the record, was wholly unacceptable — involved anyone who is a “liberal” at all, and it’s disappointing that the head of a major LGBT organization would take time out to frame an ugly incident that was wholly unacceptable in a partisan light, without any evidence to support his claim.
At issue, an attack at San Francisco’s gay pride. KOMO describes the altercation:
A protester holding a sign reading ‘Repent or Else’ was attacked by a group of people following a loud argument during Pridefest Sunday, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to video shot by a witness, after officers leave the crowd continues to yell at and shove two religious protesters, one of whom is holding a sign that reads “Repent or Else” and “Jesus Saves from Sin.”
After a group of women try unsuccessfully to steal the protester’s sign, a group of men grab onto it and pull him to the ground while the crowd applauds. That’s when the video shows the 36-year-old run back toward the fight and punch the sign-holder in the back of the head multiple times.
Jervis on his blog notes:
As the rest of us know, the man arrested in Seattle is a straight, married, multiple felon. I suspect that fact is known to Log Cabin Republicans head Gregory Angelo.
And indeed, KOMO reports:
Jason Queree, the man suspected of punching the protester multiple times, has been arrested 29 times since 1995. He has been convicted or otherwise found against for nine felonies, including forgery, stolen property, unlawful firearm possession and theft, and 12 misdemeanors, including driving with a suspended license, vehicle prowl, domestic violence, assault, DUI and criminal trespass.
So, how are we to know the attackers are “liberals”?
“Numbers show Seattle is overrun w/libs,” Angelo tells McGonnigal, who writes at the Huffington Post and his own site, Talk About Equality. “And def wasn’t LCR – our WA team marched w/GOP supporters who respect freedom of speech.”
Pretty safe to say this new divisive streak of “activism” from the Log Cabin Republicans wouldn’t have happened under their previous leadership. Pity to see they’re following the failed GOProud template.
At a time when the LGBT community has scored many wins and should be coming together to build on the momentum of our successes, petty divisiveness helps no one, and hurts our entire community.
Here are the relevant tweets, and the video:
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