Love Obliterates Hate at LGBT Festival Inspired by Orlando Shooting
Love conquered hate in more ways than one on Saturday in Harrison, Arkansas.
In response to the terror attack that left 49 people dead at a gay Orlando nightclub in June, LGBT supporters staged the small town’s first-ever gay Pride event, with proceeds going to a fund for the Pulse victims and their families.Â
But those who attended the Harrison Pride Fest were also met by counterprotesters from the League of the South, which is considered a neo-Confederate hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.Â
Harrison, population 13,000, is often referred to as the home of the Ku Klux Klan, since national director Thomas Robb maintains his office in an outlying town and uses a Harrison mailing address.
â€œOur part of the country has been well known for bigotry and backwardness for so long, and there’s a whole lot of us who live here who donâ€™t believe like that, and we donâ€™t want to be labeled like that anymore,â€ Harrison Pride Fest attendee Cynn Parton told KFSM-TV. Â Â
Dozens of counterprotesters lined a street across from the park where the Pride Fest was held, waving Confederate flags and holding signs saying “Protect Christian Marriage.”Â Â
Another station, KY3-TV, reported that some of the signs were so mean-spirited and insulting that it refused to show them on air or in print.
A blog post promoting the counterprotest referred to the Pride Fest as “a degenerate event” where “sodomites and other sexual deviants” would gather to “celebrate their perversion.” The post also contained a veiled threat against Pride Fest attendees.Â
“We certainly are glad to see people come out in support of this faggotry display, it lets us know who are (SIC) neighbors are,” the author of the post wrote. “We will not allow such degeneracy to go on in our town without it being decried.”Â
On the Facebook page for the counterprotest, one person asked organizer R.G. Miller, chairman of the Arkansas League of the South, whether he should attend even though he would be armed.Â
“Come on up,” Miller responded.Â
“His law condemns this and says that it is evil and we donâ€™t want our children to be growing up in a city where homosexuals can parade around the town square or get married on the courthouse steps,” Miller told KSFM.Â
But Pride Fest attendees had the perfect response.Â
Pride Fest organizer Alexx Breedlove, who was singled out by name in the hateful post promoting the counterprotest, told KSFM she was unfazed by the League of the South’s presence.Â
“I mean everybody’s got their freedom of expression, they’ve got their significant choice of words, and I’ve got love, acceptance, community, that kind of thing,” Breedlove said.
Another Pride Fest attendee told the station: “Maybe you’re not so sure what it looks like over here, but you can kinda see what it looks like over there. I think we look like we’re having a better time.”
Image via FacebookÂ
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White Nationalist Congressman Tweets White Nationalist Group’s Motto in Sex Worker Meme
Dr. Paul Gosar, a Republican U.S. Rep. from Arizona and a white nationalist on Sunday tweeted out a meme featuring a sex worker and the motto from a white nationalist group.
“$50 WHATEVER YOU WANT BABY,” says a woman peering into a car. The driver says, “Can you TELL EVERYONE AMERICA FIRST IS INEVITABLE.”
“America First is inevitable,” as HuffPost reports, “is the motto of the ‘America First’ white nationalist movement headed by the racist and anti-Semitic podcaster Nick Fuentes.”
Gosar’s original tweet is here. NCRM has inserted a screenshot in case it gets deleted.
Gosar late last month delivered the hate group’s keynote address, then on the same day headed to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and appeared to denounce white nationalism.
RNC Reinforces Ties to Trump by Moving Major Donor Dinner to Mar-a-Lago
The Republican Party has had multiple chances to distance itself from former President Donald Trump, including most recently when he sent the RNC a cease and desist letter warning them to not use his name or image for fundraising. But as usual the RNC just reinforced its ties to Trump, moving a major donor dinner to Mar-a-Lago.
“The weekend retreat in early April for the party’s most influential donors will be at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, as in past years,” The Washington Post reports. “But the RNC has decided to move the Saturday evening portion of the schedule to the former president’s private club to accommodate Trump and guests who would like to visit the site.”
The move will line Trump’s pockets with cash and give him another opportunity to bask in the spotlight of the donors’ adulation.
At least 350 are expected to attend the Mar-a-Lago event.
Image Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Monday used her time to address the House of Representatives by lying to her colleagues and attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act.
The legislation, which passed the House but has not been debated in the Senate or even voted on, much less signed into law, “has completely destroyed women’s rights,” and “has completely canceled women,” the QAnon Congresswoman lied.
The Equality Act, she continued, “has taken away women’s rights in sports,” which is also false.
“It has completely canceled women and I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to the women in America who have come so far, our grandmothers and mothers worked so hard to achieve our rights. And now with the passage of the Equality Act they have put men in our little girls bathrooms, sports, locker rooms, playing fields, and seem to care less about women’s rights whatsoever.”
Again the Equality Act has only passed the House, not the Senate, nor has it been signed into law, so it has not been enacted.
“They’ve also completely destroyed religious freedoms and and violated our freedoms and rights in every single way,” she insisted, not naming who “they” are.
“The Equality Act is atrocious and evil,” she said, repeating the false claim she has made several times. “It completely erases gender, that God created us ‘male and female in his image.’ He created us. Women deserve their rights, we deserve our sports, we deserve our privacy, and should not have the invasion of biological men in any of these areas.”
Green has been trying to remake herself from a conspiracy theorist and QAnon promoter to a far right religious extremist anti-choice activist. Her diatribe on International Women’s Day did little to advance that goal, or any other cause.
On International Women’s Day, I rose to condemn the so-called “Equality” Act.
This disgusting bill destroys the rights of women and girls across America and sets a horrific precedent for the rest of the world. pic.twitter.com/qswerFcnhH
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) March 8, 2021
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