Another ‘Day of Silence’ Passes Quietly…
Anti-gay legislation around the world continues to be drafted, passed and defeated. The degree of heinousness of the legislation varies — from Russia, Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, France to Malaysia, the United States. However, all seek to silence, terrorize and sanction violence against a queer [LGBQTI] minority.
Luckily the more dangerous version of the TN ‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation has been defeated again. Recent court rulings in Russia give a glimmer of hope in the fight against the ‘gay propaganda’ bill.
My previous comments on this National Day of Silence holds true:
That’s So Gay: Reclamation, Not Admonishment and Abolition
SILENCE = DEATH
We do not need another Day of Silence.
We need dialog.
We need action.
We need equality.
In the melee over ‘gay marriage’ I hope people understand there are more pressing issues at hand.
Federal legislation is needed to end workplace discrimination, protection against the denial of services/healthcare, bullying, violence and murder…
It’s time we HUSH the villans that deny our human rights, HUSH the fervor of fanatics that breeds fear and violence.
Silence the fear, shame and hatred. Not ourselves.
Boycott HRC Campaign, 2008
The Government Has No Place in the Bedrooms of the Nation
— Pierre Trudeau
Christopher Street Liberation Day, June 20, 1971
Speaking at Gay Activists Alliance weekly meeting, Fall 1970
Photo: Richard C. Wandel
Marsha P. Johnson, transgender gay rights activist (1944 – 1992).
Marsha “P.” Johnson fought back against the police during the Stonewall Rebellion. She stated the “P” stood for “pay it no mind.” Marsha was photographed by Warhol and was part of the Hot Peaches Review. Marsha co-founded STAR (Street Transvestite/Transgender Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera, to help aid, feed and shelter for queer/trans homeless and runaways. STAR advocated trans inclusion in the mainstream gay movement.
Marsha P. Johnson was an American, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, as Malcolm Michaels, Jr. and was a transgender gay rights activist and popular figure in New York City’s gay and art scene from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Marsha was likely murdered — her body was found floating in the Hudson River shortly after the 1992 Pride March — though the police declined to investigate and ruled her death suicide.
Marsha P. Johnson remains a legendary figure in the foundation of the modern fight for queer equality.
Photographer Diana Davies. Title: Marsha P. Johnson at Gay Liberation Front meeting.
Alternate Title: Marsha P. Johnson (ok G.L.F. + “S.T.A.R.”) at a GLF meeting.