A 45-minute radio documentary by Greg Gordon … for your donation of $50 (US) to This Way Out!
Alive with the sounds from the streets, this documentary captures the enormous impact on the queer community of the November 1978 assassinations of openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and gay-friendly Mayor George Moscone. The “diminished capacity” defense made it possible for former Supervisor Dan White to receive a very lenient sentence for the dual murders — a decision that sent shockwaves through the Castro District and led to what became known as the “White Night Riots.”
This fast-paced 45 minutes tracks the entire story through and including White’s eventual suicide, with comments by many leading lesbian and gay activists and journalists of the time, and riveting thematic music by the Tom Robinson Band.
Forty-year-old echoes of the outrage that overflowed into the streets of San Francisco’s LGBTQ community in response to the lenient sentence given the Moscone/Milk assassin!
Taiwan leads Asian nations in legalizing same-gender marriage, more Mexican states equalize marriage, U.S. House passes Equality Act to a surly Senate, Chick-fil-A gets fried for its “higher calling” to hate, one Aussie athlete kicked out while one comes out, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of May 20, 2019
Taiwan leads all Asian nations in legalizing same-gender marriage, federal anti-discrimination Equality Act passes from US House to poor Senate prognosis, Chick-fil-A gets fried for its “higher calling” to hate, Australian rugby star fired for anti-LGBTQ speech while soccer player comes out, and more international LGBTQ news!
Up and coming under-25 LGBTQ singer-songwriters serenade the world in a whirlwind The Way Out Music Focus tour around the globe!
A proud dance performance piece steps over social stereotypes in Hypanthium)!
A Rainbow Minute tells the story of the children’s book that frightened homophobic adults!
New wave of torture and humiliation targets gays in Chechnya, Sultan’s promise to soften Brunei Sharia seen with skepticism, Ankara students busted for “attempted Pride,” Cuba cancels Conga Against Homophobia — but activists defy the ban, and more international LGBTQ news!
Complete Program Summary and NewsWrap Transcript for the week of May 13, 2019
Chechen gay purge continues with more detentions and torture, critics disbelieved Sultan of Brunei’s claimed moratorium on gay executions, Middle East Technical University’s attempted Pride march stopped by violent Ankara cops, right-wing pressure leads to ban on Havana’s annual “Conga Against Homophobia,” and more international LGBTQ news!
Produced by Brian DeShazor
Written by Greg Gordon and Lucia Chappelle
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In response to the United Methodist Church Judicial Council’s April 26 endorsement of the anti-queer policies enacted by delegates to the denomination’s General Conference in February, a group of teens at the First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska announced in a joint letter read to the congregation during what was supposed to be their Confirmation Service on April 28th that they were postponing the action (as reported on NewsWrap: May 6)
. Sheri Shuler posted video of their protest on Twitter.
In case you needed a reason to believe that this generation will save us all, here it is. The entire confirmation class at First United Methodist Omaha decided not to join at this time in protest of the UMC’s anti lgbtq+ policies. 🌈❤️ pic.twitter.com/mDjwMTu9ZJ
Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds took the opportunity to come out as an ally against so-called “conversion therapy” when the group accepted the Billboard Top Rock Artist award on May 1st (as reported on NewsWrap: May 6)!.