GAG Wants YOU!

GAG wants YOU to spray paint your clothes with our stencils and then WEAR THEM at The March with us!

Join your fellow GAGGERS tomorrow, June 23rd, for our ANNUAL SPRAY PARTY at Lucky Bar (168 Avenue B between 10th & 11th Streets) from 1:00pm – 5:00pm! Bring a t-shirt, jacket, messenger bag, hat, bra or jockstrap to spray paint the Gays Against Guns logo onto, and have fun huffing paint with your GAG family. The family that huffs together stays together!

Then the NEXT DAY, Sunday, June 24th, is the PRIDE MARCH! There’s been a LOT of contention around the organization of The March this year. Not least of which comes from Heritage of Pride limiting each contingent to 200 participants. They’re issuing wristbands, and asking folks to show the wristband to access the holding area, from which we’ll be stepping off to join the March. Because of this provision, GAG decided to ask as many of us as possible to participate as Human Beings (the folks dressed in all white, each of whom represents someone who lost their life to gun violence). Our *goal* number is 104 Human Beings, because that’s the average number of people who die from a gunshot every day in The United States. At this time we have 75 people confirmed and over 30 who’ve signed up but haven’t replied to our confirmation text / email. So, if you’re definitely interested in being an HB but haven’t signed up yet, PLEASE email us at : hbspride18@gmail.com

If you want to march with us, but are NOT interested in being an HB, you have a few options. We’re looking for a some more marshals, and a few more HB wranglers (people who’d make sure the HB’s are fine, have water if needed, and don’t get approached by other marchers). If you’re interested in helping out in those ways, please also email us at : hbspride18@gmail.com. You’ll be asked to wear all black so as to distinguish yourself from the HB’s. The OTHER option is slightly more complicated. We definitely want as many people to march with us as possible, and we encourage you to join us, even if you don’t have a wristband. We were told that some of the Resistance contingents would be arriving with fewer than 200 people, and that the Heritage of Pride volunteers who will be staffing the entrance to our staging area, which is 17th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, would make allowances for that fact. (IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE : you MUST approach this area from the WEST side of the avenue. There will NOT be an opportunity to cross the avenue at 17th Street, or probably anywhere near there). It is, however, crucial to know that we don’t have any assurances from HOP that people without wristbands will be allowed into our staging area. This is one of the many, many issues that some individuals, as well as the group The Reclaim Pride Coalition, have been upset with Heritage of Pride about. To voice your anger and/or concerns, attend the Reclaim Pride Coalition meeting tomorrow (Saturday 6/23) morning at The Center (208 W 13th Street in Manhattan) from 11:00am – 2:00pm and make yourself heard.

So, we’d love to see you all there, but be forewarned that there’s a possibility that it will include an argument at the gate. There will be GAG members at 17th St & 7th Ave at all times, so please reach out to them if you’re experiencing difficulty entering the staging area. This is OUR March, and we do NOT want ANYONE to be kept from participating in it.

Gays Against Guns had our very first public appearance at The Pride March in 2016. It was only a few short days after the Pulse shooting, and our emotions were raw and on display. We could never have imagined that GAG would not only survive, but flourish into a national organization, with new chapters springing up often. We’ve introduced direct action and civil disobedience into the vernacular for the Gun Violence Prevention movement, and we’ve charted a course for new groups, such as March For Our Lives, by showing them that the time for polite conversation around the topic of gun violence has past. We’re so VERY proud of the work that we’ve done, and the accomplishments that we’ve made. And we owe it all to you : our membership. YOU ARE GAG! JOIN US AT THE MARCH AND CLAIM YOUR SPACE!!!

For more info about GAG, visit : www.gaysagainstguns.net

Gays Against Guns In The New York Times After Our First Time Up In A Parade!

Okay? Showing Out. Coming correct and garnering international acclaim with our initial notices. We are GAG. New York was GAGging.

 

Just below 12th Street on Fifth Avenue, parade-goers staged a protest for gun control.
Just below 12th Street on Fifth Avenue, parade-goers staged a protest for gun control.Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Gays Against Guns, a new gun-control advocacy group, held “NRA Stay Away” and “NRA prepare to GAG” signs to wild applause.

According to a pamphlet, the group was formed to “stop the life-threatening convergence of homophobia and flawed gun policy.”

The group’s mission is to formalize “our responsibility” and create “our place within the larger pre-existing gun control movement through action.”

Jessica Dickerson, 32, who is a lesbian from Tampa, Fla., said she supports the gun-control issue.

“Things like Orlando are going to happen and the fact that anyone can carry a gun is a problem,” she said. “Guns are made for one purpose and if you have a gun, you’re probably going to use it. Peoples lives shouldn’t end this way. This is about love.”

The issue in Orlando was targeted, she said. “And now we feel particularly threatened. And guns were the problem.”

Signs referencing gun violence dotted the entire parade.

Earlier, a group of people covered in white veils, some carrying white parasols marched in a moment of silence for the victims.

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And around 2 p.m., on the corner of West 8th Street and Fifth Avenue, one marcher held a sign reading: “Thou shalt not inflict thou hate on others.”

Marchers fell to the ground in front of the Stonewall Inn, in a form of protest known as a die-in, as another marcher, Bruce Kreuger, 65, stood holding a sign written in Arabic.

It said, he said, “Gays against guns.”

“I’m not Arab and I’m not gay but I’m really, really against guns,” Mr. Kreuger said. “I thought when I saw the sign if there are any gay Muslims out there, they’d take a look at that and say, ‘Hey I’m not alone.’”

The Spark That Started Your Burning Pride…

was the untimely death of Miss Judy Garland. When Judy died, we all needed a drink together.

Allow me to let Tennessee Williams describe her powerful magnetic appeal that has rarely been put so succinctly.

(Thanks to DJDemille for bringing this bit of Judy Study forward.)

“What she had was a pure talent. Whatever training she had or used or needed came from performance, from experience, from sharing. The talent poured from her like sweat or blood, and I think of those fluids when I think of her performances–not the fluids which did so much to calm or seduce her when she did not have an audience. I have drowned in those fluids myself. There was no effort with Judy–other than to stay alive and to show up and to keep the standard so high for so long. We live now in a world of proficiency and efficiency and managers of one minute who get a particular job done. No flab; no fuss. I don’t like this new world. I like the world of pure talent fully given; lives fully lived; hearts fully open. Try to do whatever it is you do with the passion and commitment and terminal feeling that Judy had. None of us can. The talent was too big, and all of the recipients of this talent far, far too small.” –Tennessee Williams on Judy Garland/Interview with James Grissom, 1982/Follies Of God
Let the pride week-end begin!

(artwork created by Duke Todd)
Please take a moment this weekend to thank the living memory of Miss Judy Francis Ethel “Baby” Gumm Garland for starting gay liberation without even trying. Now you youngsters who don’t know much more about La Garland than Dorothy Gale and Toto in Oz, you all git to studyin’!

A well rounded knowledge of our gay liberation history demands a more than superficial study of Judy – made so easy via Youtube – and besides that, if you allow yourself to feel that famous force, it will be hard to stop wanting more. It’s basically gay crack.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND WATCH JUDY RESPONSIBLY.

If you find you have a problem with watching too much Judy or you find it difficult to stop watching Judy or that you find yourself thinking about Judy (like) all the time, then please call me. There is help.  I can talk you down and help you find a local barstool where you can share anonymously (because you lost all their numbers) with “friends” who have been there just like you.


Bitch be BUGGIN, YO!!!!