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February 25, 2016

Justice Scalia “Do you Sodomize your wife?”(NYU student)

Eric Berndt when he was a 24-year-old law student at NYU.
Eric Berndt when he was a 24-year-old law student at NYU.

In April 2005, Scalia gave a 30-minute address to students at New York University, and he got a stark –– perhaps embarrassing –– reminder that the personal is indeed political.
Eric Berndt was a 24-year-old NYU law student. As Duncan Osborne reported, Berndt had little use for Scalia as a legal profession role model, describing him as a “homophobic bigot” whose language is “demeaning” to the queer community. Two years before, the conservative justice, in his dissent in the Lawrence v. Texas sodomy case, had written, “The Texas statute undeniably seeks to further the belief of its citizens that certain forms of sexual behavior are ‘immoral and unacceptable,’ the same interest furthered by criminal laws against fornication, bigamy, adultery, adult incest, bestiality, and obscenity. [The 1996] Bowers [ruling] held that this was a legitimate state interest.”
Berndt was willing to challenge Scalia on his legal reasoning, asking him if he believed that the “liberty interest” identified in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the sodomy case might outweigh the “state interest” he identified.
Then Berndt drove the point home, asking Scalia, “For example, do you sodomize your wife?”
According to the law student, there was a “huge collective gasp” among the 400 in the audience, though Berndt said he heard that in an overflow crowd of 300 watching a live feed in another room, a cheer went up. Scalia’s jaw dropped, Berndt recalled, and he looked toward his Secret Service protection.
Berndt worried little that Scalia never answered the question.
“He should not be morally shielded from that,” he said. “He is asserting that it is not a serious invasion of liberty… My question was a symbolic act, a gay man against a homophobe.”
Berndt’s symbolic defiance did not go unanswered by NYU officials, however. In a school-wide email, Richard Revesz, the law school dean, wrote, “One student posed an extraordinarily rude, immature, and inappropriate question. Such a show of incivility to any individual invited to be a guest of the Law School, let alone to a Supreme Court justice, has no place in our intellectual community.”
Berndt was not shy about responding, writing in his own mass email, “It should be clear that I intended to be offensive, obnoxious, and inflammatory. How am I to docilely engage a man who sarcastically rants about the ‘beauty of homosexual relationships’ (at the Q&A) and believes that gay school teachers will try to convert children to a homosexual lifestyle (at oral argument for Lawrence)?”
Later the same year, Scalia was back in Manhattan, this time as grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade. There, he faced a protest from several dozen LGBT activists, who were joined by a longtime community ally, Chelsea Assembly member Dick Gottfried.
Gerard Cabrera, who was then president of the Out People of Color Political Action Club, told Gay City News’ Andy Humm, “I think generally Supreme Court justices are not viewed as public figures the way politicians are. But the fact that Scalia has so politicized his own office by going to extremes when writing about his animosity toward the LGBT community, he sets himself apart from the rest of the court — except for [Clarence] Thomas — who are supposed to be just interpreters of the law.”
Other politicians chose not to join Gottfried in picketing Scalia but rather to participate with him in the parade. Mayor Michael Bloomberg marched, though when his spokesperson, Ed Skyler, was asked whether the mayor was “happy, sad, or indifferent” about the justice’s role as grand marshal, the response was, “Indifferent.”
Senator Chuck Schumer also marched, explaining that it was appropriate that “the first Italian-American associate justice” on the high court serve as grand marshal. Schumer hastened to add, “But I’m fighting to keep people like him off the court.”
Scalia himself was not particularly chatty with the press that day. Asked how being grand marshal differed from his marching with Xavier High School as a Queens youth, all he would say was, “I’m older.” He became downright exasperated when asked where he saw gay issues going on the high court, saying, “I have no idea.”

March 11, 2015

College Students Knew and Sang lyrics used before Blacks were Hung to Trees


Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national chapter shut down the chapter on Sunday, March 8, 2015, suspended all of the chapter's members and threatened to remove those responsible from the fraternity for life. (Credit: KFOR)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national chapter shut down the chapter on Sunday, March 8, 2015, suspended all of the chapter’s members and threatened to remove those responsible from the fraternity for life. (Credit: KFOR)
The video shows a group of young white students chanting the n-word loudly and boisterously while riding on a bus.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national chapter shut down the chapter Sunday night, suspended all of the chapter’s members and threatened to remove those responsible from the fraternity for life.
In the video, the students are heard chanting, “There will never be a ni**** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me.”
“SAE” stands for Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. “Sign with” means join the fraternity.
“I was not only shocked and disappointed but disgusted by the outright display of racism displayed in the video,” SAE National President Bradley Cohen said in a statement.
‘Racism is alive’
A black student organization, Unheard, posted the video online Sunday with the comment, “Racism is alive at The University of Oklahoma.” It was addressed @President_Boren.
That’s the University of Oklahoma’s president, David Boren.
He took less than an hour to tweet back his disgust.
“If the video is indeed of OU students, this behavior will not be tolerated and is contrary to all of our values. We are investigating.” He threatened to throw the fraternity off the campus, if the allegations were true.
‘We are disgusted’
But SAE’s national headquarters beat him to the punch.
“Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters has closed its Oklahoma Kappa chapter at the University of Oklahoma following the discovery of an inappropriate video,” it said.
“We apologize for the unacceptable and racist behavior of the individuals in the video, and we are disgusted that any member would act in such a way,” it added.
A group of students gathered to pray over the racist insults. One of them told CNN affiliate KFOR he was “nauseated, frustrated,” but he was happy with the SAE headquarters’ decision.
“We should be past this. This is disgusting,” he said.
Spray paint marked a wall of SAE’s fraternity house at the university. It appeared to read, “Tear it down.”
Police posted squad cars in front of the house.
Forced to change
SAE says it was founded shortly before the American Civil War, when racism and secessionist anger against the abolition of slavery ran hot.
SAE has had to work hard to change recently, after a string of member deaths, many blamed on the hazing of new recruits, Cohen wrote in a message on the fraternity’s website.
“The media has labeled us as the ‘nation’s deadliest fraternity,’ ” he said. In 2011, for example, a student died while being coerced into hypothermia and excessive alcohol consumption.
SAE’s previous insurer dumped the fraternity.
“As a result, we are paying Lloyd’s of London the highest insurance rates in the Greek-letter world,” Cohen said.
Universities have turned down SAE’s attempts to open new chapters, and the fraternity had to close 12 in a period of 18 months over hazing incidents.
On Monday, OU students plan to protest peacefully against racism.

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A fraternity has shut down its University of Oklahoma chapter after a disturbing video showed members singing a racist chant that used the n-word.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon suspended all of the Oklahoma chapter's members and threatened to ban those responsible for life.
In the video, the students are heard chanting, “There will never be a n----- in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he'll never sign with me."

July 11, 2014

Salem Mayor Cuts Ties with College Discriminating towards Gays

SALEM — Citing Gordon College’s “blatantly” discriminatory policy toward gays and lesbians, Mayor Kim Driscoll yesterday terminated the school’s contract to manage the city-owned Old Town Hall.
In a letter to Gordon President Michael Lindsay, Driscoll said the college’s policies forbidding homosexual practice “fly in the face” of the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which prohibits the city from contracting with organizations that have discriminatory practices.
“While I respect your right to embed religious values on a private college campus, religious freedom does not afford you the right to impose those beliefs upon others and cannot be extended into a publicly owned facility or any management contract for a public owned facility, like Old Town Hall,” Driscoll wrote.
Driscoll said she made the decision after Lindsay signed on to a July 1 letter urging President Obama to include a religious exemption in an executive order that would ban organizations from receiving federal contracts if they discriminate against gays and lesbians in their hiring practices.
Driscoll said she was “truly disappointed” in Lindsay’s position and the college’s policies regarding sexual orientation.
“I hope you realize how hurtful and offensive these ‘behavioral standards’ are to members of the greater Salem LGBT community, some of whom are Gordon alumni, staff and/or students,” she wrote.
The city has partnered with Gordon College since 2008 in running Old Town Hall, where the production of “Cry Innocent” and The Salem Museum are based. The city had planned to take over management of Old Town Hall at the end of August, but Driscoll said she is now terminating the contract with Gordon College effective Tuesday.
Driscoll said she expects “Cry Innocent,” which has been performed in Salem since 1992, to continue without interruption. She said both History Alive!, which stages “Cry Innocent,” and the Gordon Institute for Public History, which runs The Salem Museum, can continue to operate if they sign a nondiscrimination agreement with the city.
The organizations are affiliated with Gordon College but don’t share its attitudes on sexual orientation, Driscoll said.
“I don’t think any of those folks agree with any sort of discriminatory conduct,” she said. “If we can sort that through, we’d be happy to maintain our relations with them.”
Kristina Wacome-Stevick, artistic director of History Alive!, said the organization would “absolutely” sign a nondiscrimination agreement.
“I don’t expect the show to go away,” she said. “We’ve been working on becoming our own organization anyway, and this accelerates things a bit. I’m not getting the message that the city wants ‘Cry Innocent’ out. I’m getting the message that this is much more about President Lindsay’s letter.”
The current cast of “Cry Innocent” includes four Gordon College students, two alumni and about 10 actors from other colleges, Wacome-Stevick said. She said the company is “intentionally inclusive” and does not require the same code of conduct imposed by Gordon College.
“I was beside myself when I read the letter (signed by Lindsay),” she said. “I don’t feel it reflects the spirit of our company at all. We’re a very diverse gang, and I am really proud of that.”
The fallout from Lindsay’s letter has been felt by “Cry Innocent,” said Carl Schultz, one of the actors. He said some people have refused to buy tickets because of the controversy. On Monday, a person walking past the performance shouted, “Too bad Gordon hates gays,” he said.
“The ‘Cry Innocent’ staff is very upset,” said Schultz, who graduated from Gordon in 2013. “I don’t agree with (Lindsay’s letter) personally, and I would say most, if not all, the people in the cast feel the same way. I really hope that we’re able to continue doing this. We have a good relationship with the community.
Gordon College has long had policies prohibiting homosexual conduct, but Driscoll said Lindsay’s decision to sign on to the letter to President Obama “brought the full circumstances” forward regarding the college’s official stance toward sexual orientation and gender identity.
In an interview, Driscoll acknowledged that she was “surprised” by the college’s policy, which says homosexual practice is “expressly forbidden” in Scripture and “will not be tolerated in the lives of Gordon community members, either on or off campus.”
“It’s blatantly discriminatory, and it’s very concerning,” Driscoll said. “We’ve had a long relationship with Gordon, and it pains me to see it end this way. But in the same vein, we couldn’t let something stand that’s not only in conflict with our nondiscriminatory polices but is offensive to members of our community.”
Driscoll said she called Lindsay Monday night to inform him of her decision. Lindsay told her he would send her the statement that was eventually posted on the college’s website explaining his decision to sign the letter.
Gordon College spokesman Rick Sweeney said Driscoll’s decision to terminate the contract was “not a surprise” because the city was set to take over management of Old Town Hall anyway at the end of August.
“I certainly understand, given everything that’s been going on in the last few days, why she feels she needs to take that type of action sooner rather than later,” Sweeney said. “I’m sorry it’s come about that way, but I certainly understand what she’s trying to do.”
Sweeney said the college is not considering making any changes to its policy regarding sexual orientation, which he said is part of the “foundational documents” of the college. He said any policy change would be handled by the college’s board of trustees.
Gordon College also ran the city-owned Pioneer Village from 2008 until last year, when the college decided to end its management agreement in order to concentrate its resources on Old Town Hall.

March 24, 2013

Conner Habib, Porn Star Canceled by Corning U President

Connor Habib
Connor Habib / Provided photo
CORNING — An adult film actor, TV host, lecturer and writer whose invitation to speak at Corning Communty College was rescinded came to Corning anyway and spoke somewhere else.
Conner Habib, 35, of San Francisco, gave his lecture, “Sex, Sexuality, Pornography and Culture,” on Thursday at the Southeast Steuben County Library instead of at CCC.
Habib said he was asked to speak at the college by Equal, a student group that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual students and supporters, as part of CCC’s Sex Week events.
Other topics in the weeklong educational series included “Getting Good at Getting it On: The Importance of Pleasure and Communication,” “Latex, Toys and Bonking,” and “Play Ball: How Society Dictates Your Sex Life.”
The Sex Week schedule that was announced last Friday didn’t include Habib’s talk, which had been set for Thursday.
“The president decided to cancel the talk against student wishes ... because of who I am and what I do,” Habib said in a phone interview with this newspaper.
Bill Little, executive director of the office of institutional advancement at the college, said the college would not let Habib participate because of his fame in pornography.
“Mr. Habib’s celebrity status as an adult film star is inconsistent with the educational theme of this program,” Little wrote in an e-mail to this newspaper.
Little added that the school had no intention of interfering with students’ rights. “Our students are free to express themselves and attend any events they choose,” he said.
Habib said his talk was in line with the other programs during Sex Week. “My talk at Sex Week wasn’t going to be about pornography at all,” he said. “I mean, maybe a little bit.
“It was mostly just going to be a really sort of broad lecture on how we’re as a society kind of screwy when it comes to sex, a little messed up about it, and it’s hard for us to think clearly about it whether culturally or just as individuals in our own sex lives,” he said.
His weekly web show, “Ask The Sexpert,” discusses sexuality and sexual health; it appears on, a website owned by the Logo TV network.
For his presentation at the library, Habib slightly changed the content of his talk, which had “pornography” in its title.
“Because (the original talk) was sort of silenced because of who I am, not because of the content of the talk, ... I’m mostly going to just try to create discussion, so it’s going to be much more people talking with each other, people talking with me about certain issues surrounding sex and sexuality,” Habib said before speaking at the library.
The talk and open discussion would cover “healthy sexual attitudes, sexual rights, freedoms and civil liberties,” according to a poster for the speech.

February 5, 2013

College News} One Gay Night a Week in College Vs.A Gay Bar?

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So being that BG (Bowling Green Ohio) is a college town, many feel that it is very liberal, I disagree. Just this weekend I was walking home from the bars, when I witnessed a verbal altercation between two people in front of the Circle K on Wooster. The argument was between an older man who was about seventy and a younger college aged female. I’m assuming the man was a townie, because I don’t know many people his age who travel to BG to go out on a Friday night. Although I don’t remember the specifics of the conversation (for various reasons), I do remember that it was basically about how this female was a lesbian and how the old man did not like that, so he was saying some not so nice things. The girl was extremely upset by his words and began to run after the man shouting and almost crying. As she ran toward the man I stopped her and said “hey don’t worry about it he’s ignorant, it’s not worth it”. She agreed that he was ignorant, but continued to shout at him. 

The moral of the story is that BG is full of intolerant, ignorant people when it comes to the matter of gays and it’s really unfortunate. My story from this weekend is just one example of this. Now I don’t know about other college town’s nightlife, but BG doesn’t have a strictly gay bar. Not strictly in the sense that you must be gay to enter, but in the sense that it serves the gay community and it’s interest. 

The fact that BG doesn’t have a gay bar made me begin to think, why not? I don’t think the answer is because there isn’t a big enough customer base for it. In fact as a student at BG, with gay friends I know that’s not the reason. Every year the University enrolls thousands of young adults I’m certain that the gay men and women included in that number alone could support a gay bar. To add to that number of potential customers are the people in town and in the surrounding areas. In addition to that number is the number of straight people, well at least females who would come too. 

So, then if it isn’t the problem of lack of want/need, what is it? I think it’s the city. Maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t think of any other reason, but the city is too intolerant of gays. The old yelling man is a prime example. 

Now, I have not forgotten that BG does have gay NIGHT at uptown every Tuesday. However one night a week is very different from a bar devoted to the gay scene. Since I talked about the townies having a problem with it I must also mention the conservative students from small towns much like Bowling Green who attend BGSU. They could also be apart of the reason we don’t have a gay bar, but I feel there are far too many more students from larger cities or who are simply less ignorant that would out way the ignorant few. 
So, here is my message Bowling Green, as my friend Justin likes to say GROW UP, stop being ignorant and open a gay bar!

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