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Log Cabin Republicans Head Blames ‘Liberal Gays’ For Seattle Pride Violence

by David Badash on July 5, 2013

in News,Politics

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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.


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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Mykelbarber July 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

When uninvited assholes show up with signs with hate speech on them and don't expect a beat down, they are perpetrating a fallacious veneer that Americans will tolerate gay bashing by words.

MiddleGrounds July 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

While I don't condone what happened overall, you have to admit that when your toting around a sign at an event such as this, your going to be asking for a beating. No matter what your orientation, people have a breaking point.

Woodstock1947 July 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

Be just like a racist white guy going up to a group of blacks, calling them "niggers", spewing racist invective-he'd get his ass kicked. Why would anyone expect anything else?

sdfrenchie July 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Why? Because some of them still think of us as sissy faggots who won't fight back. They have no idea how much anger we've stored up over the years. Now we can say, "Bring it on!" without running away to Oz.

sweettopndallas July 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

So Gregory Angelo, what do you think we should do? Should we ask our breeder masters for our freedom and hope they will tolerate our unnatural love?

barbonine July 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Considering that a Log Cabin Republican makes as much sense as Jews For Hitler, this guy is clearly a troubled fellow from the getgo, and I would not put much weight into anything he has to say.

He doesn't know how the good ol' boys talk when he leaves the room. Poor dupe!

BearFlagCitizen July 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

While I don't condone violence, the conservative right whining about lack of "liberal tolerance" is laughable.

At least the rabid conservative and religious right makes no pretense about having any tolerance or empathy for the LGBT population whatsoever and makes no apologies at the VAST number of gays and lesbians who have been verbally accosted, beaten to within an inch of their life and yes…even outright MURDERED at the hands of the conservative and religious minded people.

How many people in the United States have been outright murdered because of their heterosexuality? because of their Christianity?


sdfrenchie July 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Where was the Log Cabin group a few years back when two gay men were beaten with baseball bats while leaving the Pride Festival in San Diego? To them, is it okay for gays to get beaten but not okay for gays to finally fight back? For me, any LGBT person who proudly wears the GOP banner, knowing what that party represents to us, is one of those who, just like non-LGBT Republicans, stands in judgment of those they think of as lesser gays. As usual, it's a matter of noses tilted upward and dollars flowing out of the pockets. Fuck 'em.

Happy 2013 Pride to the rest of us! All men are created equal. You fight with us, we'll fight back. Now that we're out of the closet, we're not light in the loafers anymore!


danielavery1000 July 6, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I think the gay GOP is pathetic but why isn't anyone here condemning those at the Pride event who pushed and cheered as those men were attacked? It doesnt matter if the man who was arrested was straight or gay, such actions need to be condemned by all.

thomwatson July 7, 2013 at 5:24 am

David wrote, in the //second// paragraph, "…the altercation — which, for the record, was wholly unacceptable..".

And later, he points out that Joe Jervis wrote: " I denounced the attack on my blog yesterday. And I did so without claiming it's an example of liberal behavior, unlike you."

You couldn't even be bothered to read past the first paragraph of David's post before scrolling down to the comments section in order to regurgitate Angelo's lies?

BJLincoln July 8, 2013 at 7:00 am

I see petty bickering picking up speed among the LGBT population as a whole. I think we will begin to see more altercations at Pride events and any other LGBT events in the next few years. The tension between the Right and any liberal is warming up for the next election cycle and the LGBT folks are fighting harder for equality in each state. Add an insult on a sign carried by a person who can not understand why it hurts and you will have an explosion.
We have had enough. Every day we hear of the pain, suffering, and death of someone under the rainbow. Every day people like Bryan Fisher is allowed to spew lies, hate, and imply violence toward us shielded behind a holy book. Our suffering goes under reported while theirs is, infrequent at best, blasted in the media like it's the worst thing ever.
We have been perceived as weak because we don't fight back but that is coming to an end. We have been forced to fight back. We have been forced to take classes on protecting ourselves because we are being attacked more often. Our allies may not be as patient. They are jumping in and throwing punches like the guy who thumped the preacher. They don't have the same restraint.
@ss hole like both the twitter feeds above don't help. I love Dan but he is a child when pushed. The other guy….well….GOP and GAY should never be used in the same thought.

searchcz July 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

I watched that video and saw a drunk thug confronting a man holding a sign about drunkenness. Looks like that altercation was about BOOZE rather than LGBT+ pride.

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