September 11, 2001: Gay Victims & Heroes (Continued)
Then there's the living...The faint smell of putrid smoke seeped through my gas mask as I passed buckets of unrecognizable ruin to cops and firefighters I'd never seen before. For hours we quietly passed buckets filled with lost hopes and dreams in a silence I have never before experienced. -- Edgar Rodriguez, executive director, Gay Officers Action League New York
Lesbian and Gay New York police and a firefighter:
Spike Cutolo; Grace Telesco; Francis S. Coppola (he watched his boyfriend, a firefighter, go into the south tower and never come out); Andrew Lavenski; Carol Paukner; Edgar Rodriguez; Tom Ryan; Ann Cregan; Thomas Verni -- Reported by Jessica DuLong (advocate.com)
Tom Ryan, one of just three out-of-the-closet firefighters in New York, [says] he "learned that about 25 closeted gay firefighters died on Sept. 11," and he knows "others who survived but are still afraid to come out."
Gay journalist and architecture expert Fred Bernstein's
9/11 memorial proposal: Twin Piers
Accounts of New Yorkers who lived to see another day
When you ask what difference does it make if the heroes were gay, I say I agree with you. That's precisely our point. They were just like everybody else. So we ask, why is it that when they died, they were equal to everyone, but had they lived, they would not have the same equality as heterosexuals?"
-- Judy Wieder, editor in chief of The Advocate
Special Memorial Day cards with September 11 themes:
Gay Victims/Heroes site listed in Related Links
God Bless America: "Sexually active Gay men" Excluded
The American Red Cross announced it would give benefits to homosexuals who lost partners in the September 11 attack. Ditto Safe Horizon.Citing a 16-year-old ban, the American Red Cross still won’t accept blood donations from sexually active Gay men. However, Canada has convened a panel to review that ban.Homeland Coward
A September 11 Gay & Lesbian Family Fund was administered by the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and was divided equally among the estimated three-dozen surviving partners and their families around the country.
-- Dan Kerman, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network
After September 11, donations for the United Nations Global Fund for AIDS have gone from $1.5 billion (in Canadian dollars) to less than $3,000. -- Jack Siu (365gay.com)
As of mid-December 2001, 16% of respondents in an Advocate poll said they decreased their financial support of AIDS service organizations since September 11. So...
Forget the homophobic Salvation Army and Boy Scouts -- give to AIDS funds instead!
=-=-=-=-=Gay domestic partners are "left out of my program...Otherwise I would find myself getting sued in every state...I can't get into that local battle." -- Kenneth Feigberg, discussing the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund -- via John Aravosis
God Bless America: "Homosexshuls" ExcludedHomeland Terrorists
Rev. bigot Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the ... Traditional Values Coalition, urged relief agencies working in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies to withhold assistance to surviving partners of Gay people who died. -- pfaw.org
On March 9, 2002, Rev. [bigot] Fred Phelps and [hypocrites] from his Westboro Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, picketed in New York City at 9 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn. Their target: the "fag ridden" New York Fire Department, which Phelps says brought down the wrath of God upon itself September 11. -- Queer Mail via J. Steakley
Baptist Watch: "He is not the only one watching!
God Bless America: "Gays & Lesbians" Excluded
Before a television congregation, [bigot] Jerry Falwell offered up his credo: "I really believe that ... gays and lesbians ... helped this happen." His henchman, [bigot] Pat Robertson, seconded the motion, "Well, I totally concur." -- Ellen Goodman, Washington PostFalwell from Grace
=-=-=-=-=MAD Magazine named Rev. bigot Jerry Falwell the "dumbest person of 2001" for blaming the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Gays and Lesbians.Mouthpiece of the Anti-ChristSalzburg (Austria) Archbishop bigot Georg Eder made it clear: "The terror against the USA was God's punishment for...Gay marriage." -- Salzburger Nachrichten (Salzburg News)
Referring to Mark Bingham, a Gay rugby player and hero of Flight 93, National Public Radio commentator Scott Simon asked,"If your plane was hijacked, who would you rather sit next to? Righteous reverends who will sit back and say, 'This is God's punishment for gay Teletubbies,' or the gay rugby player who lays down his life to save others?"
Love thine Enemy; or Know thine Enemy?al-Qa'ida (The Base)/World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders/Osama bin Laden
For a better understanding of Holy War, get search results for Crusades, and, Inquisition
From Attack on America to Panic Attack:
Know Thyself! Select this link for symptoms of Panic Attacks
Once Again, We All Have a Lot of Grieving to Do: The impact of the September 11 disaster on people living with HIV/AIDS by Michael Shernoff, MSW
Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries by Paul Fregosi. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
More titles under "Islamic Studies" from Prometheus Books:Rage Against the Veil
Women and the Koran
From the Pentagon
God Bless America: "Queers" ExcludedA "stop loss" policy has been authorized for all branches of the military, but "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" discharges are specifically excluded; queers will still be discharged as before. -- Greg at TWO Radio
The new security plan also harbors "Don't Ask" rule
-- PlanetOut.com via Yahoo News
The world got very small on 9-ll or was this a 911* call to everyone?
Did you all get your flag for your desk top? Check out the DeskFlag from Tiger Technologies -- John (St. Augustine, Florida)
*911 = emergency telephone number in the USA
God Bless America: "Fags" Excluded
A Navy officer signs a bomb (with homophobic graffiti) attached to the wing of an aircraft on the USS Enterprise in the Arabian Sea [10-11-01]
Whose God is it Anyway?When it comes to homosexuality, the Bible and the Koran refer to the same god and to the same story of Lot and Sodom; both religions impose the death penalty for being Gay.
According to the Dutch press, a Muslim cleric stated that a homosexual earned the death penalty if there were four witnesses to the homosexual activity. [In 2001, a Christian councilman in Detmold, Germany, calls for gassing homosexuals like Jews; in 2002, an Israeli Rabbi supports the death penalty for homosexuals, especially the ones in Tel Aviv; Alabama chief justice advocates execution of Gays; Saudi Arabia publicly beheads 3 Gays; former Iraq edict imposes death penalty for homosexuality]
On Record: At least they're not GayThe hijackers of September 11 visited female prostitutes days before their hate-filled deeds. --CNNMore Gaybaiting?
"Now the [media's] telling us that Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta was gay. According to the National Enquirer, 'Atta's gay lover, Abdulaziz Alomari, was with Atta when he crashed the plane into the North Tower.'" -- Rex Wockner on PlanetOut.com
American Taliban John Walker Lindh enjoyed secret gay sex romps with his Muslim mentors....Married Pakistani businessman Khizer Hayat told Time magazine he was 21-year-old Lindh's lover. An imam from the Lindh's Islamic religious school also hinted that he enjoyed carnal capers with the young zealot. -- Brad Hunter in New York Post
Gay Muslims: Homosexuality and Islam Links
- Tampa Bay Coalition: wtcgay
- Activism after Sept. 11
- 9-11 coverage in German
- Woman's Monthly 9/11 Resources
- Terror Does Not Discriminate
- WTC victims in same-sex relationships
- NY 9/11 Latest News
- What Makes a Gay Hero?
- Gays & Patriotism
- Gays: Forgotten Heroes of 9/11
- Tolerance, Peace and War. By Crusader
- Non-Gay German/English memorial site
- Helping Us Remember
- Transformed by tragedy 09/11/02
- Partners Task Force: Surviving Terrorism
- America's 9-11 Memorial Quilts
- Memory Miles
- Fiancés of 911
- Survivor John
- I Was There
- Lesbians 9.11 Commemoration Service
- Gay Newspaper Nabs 9-11 Con Artist
- Homosexuality and Terrorism
- Gone but Never Forgotten
- Spontaneous Memorials and Individual Narratives
- 9-11 Fund Relents In No Will Lesbian Survivor Case
"Yes, This Is About Islam""If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries' freedom will remain a distant dream." --Salman Rushdie
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