Threat in San Diego: What about Comic-Con?

Screen shot 2016-06-15 at 1.48.39 PMEarlier this morning, I came across a news report for San Diego Lesbian and Gay News about a posting on Craigslist threatening an Orlando-style attack on San Diego’s LGBT community. Once police were notified, they began an investigation, with the FBI lending a hand, and notified officials at Craigslist, who promptly deleted the threatening post.

The San Diego mayor and police chief reassured the city that police and city officials have seen no credible threat to the LGBT community there, but that security had already been strengthened in response to the Orlando shooting. I have absolutely no doubt they are taking the Craigslist threat seriously, and no doubt they are taking every step possible to make their city and its LGBT community as safe as possible.

But I also want to remind folks to keep in mind the safety of our nerd community, too. As my partner pointed out to me after I posted the blog about the Craigslist threat. Comic-Con International, the largest comic con in the world, takes place July 21-24 in San Diego, and the con will be brimming over with LGBT nerds and non-LGBT nerds who are staunch allies of the LGBT community.

Let’s make sure they’re safe, too.

Last year at Comic-Con, my partner told me, cosplayers re-enacted a gay wedding scene from a comic book (The X-Men #51 comic maybe? I don’t know). And a special effects artist from the web series Con Man surprised his boyfriend with a proposal on stage during a discussion of the series, earning wild applause and cheers from the capacity crowd.

My partner also reminded me that it was the nerd community that staged an uprising of sorts in 2013, boycotting a much-anticipated story arc in DC Comics Superman series after finding out that an anti-gay writer named Orson Scott Card had been asked to write it. DC eventually put Card’s Superman story on hold indefinitely. And that same year, an LGBT group called Geeks OUT! proposed a boycott of the movie adaptation of Ender’s Game calling Card’s view anti-gay, causing the movie studio Lionsgate to publicly distance itself from Card’s opinions.

As my partner explained to me, “Nerds said having someone who’s anti-gay write a comic book stood in direct opposition to what they believed. They celebrate diversity, and comics feature people that are shunned by society for being different, where mainstream America seeks to destroy them.”

She told me that nerds understand because the bigotry and bullying aimed at LGBT people mirrors what the nerds went through in their youth, being bullied and made fun of. Besides, she said, a lot of nerds are LGBT themselves.

So hey, San Diego, keep the Comic-Con safe for us. (Oh, and just so you know, I use the word “nerd” because that is the word that my spouse and both of our sons use to describe themselves and others like them.)

—  Tammye Nash

San Diego LGBT community threatened on Craigslist

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Police in San Diego are investigating a post on Craigslist threatening violence against the LGBT community there, according to SDLGN.com (San Diego Lesbian and Gay News).

The post, which included a photo of a revolver being fired, read:

“We need more Orlando’s (sic).

“Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name. Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next…”

 According to SDLGN, “A concerned Craigslist user saw an ad in the men-seeking-men sub-section of the site which depicted a firing handgun. The user became more distressed by the posting’s title, and the conflicting message that followed. … The concerned citizen followed the ‘see something, say something’ rule and sent the ad to 10 News San Diego, who sent a screen shot of the threatening message to law enforcement. Craigslist has since removed the post from their site.”

The San Diego mayor and police chief said on Monday, June 13, a day after the shooting in Orlando that killed 49 and injured more than 50, that they have found no credible threats against San Diego’s LGBT community but that they have increased security in the city, nonetheless. They also stressed that people should trust their instincts, and that if anyone sees or hears something that concerns them, they should contact police as soon as possible.

(The same goes here, folks. The same goes everywhere. If you see something that worries you, then let someone in authority know about it.)

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas Diamonds win quarterfinal, putting them a game away from another championship bid

From the blog Women Who Play Football.

At Saturday’s home game, the Dallas Diamonds football team defeated the Kansas City Tribe 55–35 in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) 2012 playoffs. As they head into the semi-finals, all that the Diamonds have to do is defeat the San Diego Surge in their home town, and that puts them into the finals. Not only does beating the Surge put them one step closer, but it also secures the team the American Conference Championship. They play July 21.

At 10–0, the team has played a perfect season so far. If they go on to win the world championships, it will be the team’s fifth ring.

Now comes the hard part — getting the team to San Diego. On their Facebook page, the Diamonds have asked for fan support to help cover traveling expenses. From the Diamonds:

We are respectfully soliciting any donations or airline miles in order to help us reach our goal. Thank you so much for your support if the 2012 Dallas Diamonds!! We love our fans!!!

To make your donation, click here for their fundraising page. And for a breakdown of Saturday’s game, the blog Women Who Play Football did a notable job covering the match.

 

—  Rich Lopez

Chris Tina Foxx Bruce to be 1st trans bodybuilder competing as woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A year ago this week, I wrote a story about Chris Tina Foxx Bruce, a North Texas-based personal trainers and male-to-female transgender, for a story I titled “Trans fit.” Well, Chris Tina has since moved to Southern California, where she has met with success continuing her career as a trainer and as a bodybuilder. You can tell, because LGBT Weekly, a California magazine, wrote about her… and stole my headline. That’s OK, I guess.

Anyway, the big news is Chris Tina will be competing next week in San Diego as the first trans bodybuilder to compete in her new gender. Congrats!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What’s Brewing: DMN prints 1st gay weddings; active-duty troops march at San Diego Pride

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. The Dallas Morning News published its first-ever same-sex wedding announcements on Sunday. Two gay couples — Mark Reed and Dante Walkup (right), and James Kreidel and Mark Pierson — had announcements appear under Weddings in Sunday’s Celebrations section of The DMN (Page 11E). Reed and Walkup, who convinced the newspaper to publish same-sex weddings after filing a discrimination complaint with the city, were married in Washington, D.C., last year. Kreidel and Pierson were married in Massachusetts last year. Congrats to both couples.

2. In another head-spinning twist over “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a federal appeals court late Friday temporarily reinstated the policy but ordered the government not to use it to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone. On July 6, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco lifted its stay of a district judge’s ruling halting enforcement of DADT. But last week the Department of Justice asked the court to reimpose the stay, saying its removal could interfere with the orderly legislative repeal of the ban on open service. The appeals court on Friday agreed to reimpose the stay but blocked the Pentagon from discharging anyone under the policy. The military can, however, refuse to accept applications from openly gay recruits. The court gave the DOJ until today to submit additional arguments as to why the stay should remain in place.

3. As the legal maneuvering over DADT repeal continues, a contingent of active-duty military servicemembers marched in a gay Pride parade Saturday for what is believed to be the first time in U.S. history. About 200 active-duty troops, wearing T-shirts representing every service branch, marched in San Diego’s Pride parade. Watch video below.

—  John Wright

It’s official in Argentina: President Cristina Fernandez signs gay marriage bill into law

Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, signed into law on Wednesday a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. From the Associated Press:

“Today we are a society that is a little more egalitarian than last week,” Fernandez said at the signing ceremony.

Representatives of groups for gays and lesbians cheered, crying out “Equality, equality!”

The law, which was approved by the Senate last week following earlier endorsement by the lower house, grants same-sex couples the full legal protections and responsibilities that marriage gives to heterosexual couples, including the ability to inherit property and to jointly adopt children.

Washington-based LGBT leader Bob Witeck happened to be in Argentina for Wednesday’s ceremony. Via Rex Wockner, here’s a portion of Witeck’s report:

In her office, after her official act was complete, she was captivating, dramatic, ebullient, intense and embracing — still touched by the poignancy of the signing ceremony itself.  After she signed the legislation in the public space downstairs, we witnessed hundreds of the attendees inside the room and outside as well, begin to press forward to touch her, hug her, hand her flowers, seek photos with her — in a throbbing human crush that probably mirrors the passionate nature of Argentinian public life most of us merely know from history or films. It was a scene of such emotion that as a lifelong resident of Washington DC, I cannot imagine any such event resembling this scene taking place in the White House or in many executive mansions — and simply because of the risk of physical harm alone to the President or others in the pushing, pressing and jubilant crowd on the floor.

Witeck points us to this Spanish-language blog that has posted a three-part video of the ceremony. We’ve posted the final segment above.

—  admin

Cloris Leachman is pretty cool

The gay community celebrates its old ladies who are cool with gay rights. Since Rue McClanahan died — she who appeared in Dallas last year at a gay event — we’ve apparently switched our focus toward Cloris Leachman.

On Saturday, the 80-year-old Oscar winner and Dancing with the Stars phenom will share grand marshal duties with Harvey Milk’s nephew Stuart in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade. Its her third Pride parade. Way to go, Cloris! You can read about it here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

For Boy Scouts: what goes around, comes around

scoutsIn 2000, the Boy Scouts were quite proud of themselves when they won Boy Scouts et. al v. Dale. In that case, the organization proved it had the right to discriminate.

As a private organization, they had the right to exclude gays, atheists and anyone else they wanted. The city of San Diego had a lease with the Boy Scouts that the city council voted to extend.

Representing a lesbian couple and an atheist couple with scouting-age boys, the ACLU sued the Boy Scouts and the city. They claimed they are not a religious group — just a group that preaches “do duty to God.”

According to the Associated Press, a lower court found in favor of the couples who could not place their children in the Scouts and therefore not take advantage of something going on in a city facility.

Today, the Supreme Court, probably mindful of their 10-year-old decision finding that the group has a right to exclude, refused to hear the case.

The Boy Scouts remain booted from San Diego public property.цены продвижение сайтов

—  David Taffet

Mistrial declared for Texas man accused of murdering gay San Diego resident in 1971

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A jury in San Diego deadlocked 8-4 on Tuesday in the murder trial of 62-year-old Gerald Metcalf, who’s accused of fatally stabbing a gay man at least 61 times after they met in a popular cruising area in 1971. Metcalf was arrested in 2008 at his home in Chandler, Texas, after a cold case unit linked him to 27-year-old Gerald Jackson’s murder using DNA evidence and fingerprints from the scene. A status conference in the case is now scheduled for Jan. 5, according to the San Diego News Network. for mobileпродвижение интернет магазина seo

—  John Wright