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November 27, 2018

Jury Selection Begins For The Supremacist Trump Man That Drove Car Into Crowd Killing Heather Heyer





Jury selection begins today in the trial of the man accused of ramming his car through a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. James Alex Fields, Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer, and faces additional charges of malicious wounding.
One of those wounded was Star Peterson. When the August 12, 2017 "Unite the Right" rally erupted in violence, Peterson was with a multi-racial group of counter-protesters marching downtown. She didn't see the gray Dodge Challenger coming from behind, accelerating down a hill on a narrow one-way street.
"I just heard three bumps," she recalls. "Two of them were his left tires going over my leg."
Star Peterson was injured when a car rammed into a crowd in August, 2017, during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
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Sporting neon-pink pigtails and a Black Lives Matter t-shirt, 38-year-old Peterson now uses a cane for walking. She's had five surgeries and has not been able to go back to work due to the severity of her injuries.
"He broke both of my legs, two parts of my spine, and one rib and then [I] also had a pretty big laceration that had to be sewn up," she says.
Peterson plans to testify at the trial.
"I need to do something for Heather other than just lay flowers at her grave and if I can be part of prosecuting the person who killed her then that's something I can do for her memory," says Peterson.  
Authorities say Fields, a 21-year old white man from Ohio, deliberately plowed his car into the anti-racist demonstration and say he had earlier participated in the rally with chants promoting white supremacy.Image result for Fields, a 21-year old white man from Ohio,
Fields have pleaded not guilty. His court-appointed defense attorney, Denise Lunsford, declined to comment on the case.
Lunsford has sought to have the trial moved outside of Charlottesville, arguing the impact of the event on local residents and widespread publicity will prevent Fields from getting a fair and reasonable trial.
Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore has taken the defense motion for a change of venue under advisement. He says if an impartial jury cannot be found from the large jury pool of 360 people, he will revisit the matter.
Key evidence from prosecutors will include graphic videos shared on social media by witnesses.
"I feel like the court's going to be watching my daughter die again, over and over and over," says Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mother.
She's ready to get the trial over with and hopes selecting a jury won't prove to be an issue.
"I want them to have a completely fair and impartial trial," she says. "I don't want to have to redo this 15 times."
She says she feels like the process could go on for years if there are appeals. But no matter what happens, she wants to see the case through.
"I have never hated Mr. Fields because I felt like he's in the hands of justice now," says Bro. "But I do pray that justice prevails here."
The broader community is also looking for justice as it seeks to reconcile the forces that made Charlottesville shorthand for racial strife.
"Where we go from here I don't I don't know," says Don Gathers, co-founder of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.
Don Gathers, a deacon at historic First Baptist Church and co-founder of the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter.
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"We've got to figure out how to make Charlottesville more than just a hash tag again, and more than just a blip on the racist history of this country," he says.
Gathers has served on several citizen advisory panels — including the city's Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces.
He says there's been an awakening that this is the focus of a new civil rights battle.
"We've reached a point now that we've got to stop having the conversations about race and start talking about the real elephant in the room which is racism."
Addressing systemic racism is a goal of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. It's raised over a million dollars for the Heal Charlottesville Fund.
"Part of what we heard from our community that was needed for the healing was opportunities to act, opportunities to really be good and honest about our collective history," says Foundation President Brennan Gould. "And also to start to act in ways that that will help address the impacts of that history."
The foundation has funded an initiative to increase teacher diversity for instance and to improve security in the Jewish Community. Gould says the ongoing focus is helping injured survivors with myriad needs including rent, utilities, medical bills, and counseling.
"It seemed like the world had moved on in a way," she says. "And yet people were still very much living and dealing with the consequence of that tragedy."
One way the fund helps survivors is through a grant to social worker Matthew Christensen at Partner for Mental Health. He serves as a navigator, helping people deal with things like filling out disability applications or finding accessible housing.
"It's a lot of whatever they need," says Christensen.
Right now they need help coping with the trial, which he says could be re-traumatizing. But Christensen says the trial itself is an opportunity for accountability.
"For the perpetrator to face real consequences because that's something that people struggle with — not seeing the organizers like Jason Kessler or Richard Spencer face real consequences legally for organizing this rally."
Four rally participants have been convicted related to the violence, but rally organizers have not been charged with any crime. The organizers face a civil lawsuit, however, brought by Charlottesville residents who sued under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.
Survivor Star Peterson is bracing for her testimony in Fields' trial. But she thinks justice will be elusive.
"There can't really be justice," Peterson says. "We can't undo what's been done. We can't bring Heather back."
If convicted on the Virginia charges, Fields could be sentenced up to life in prison.
He's also been indicted on federal hate crime charges, which allow for the death penalty.

October 30, 2017

Gay Concentration Camps in Russia and Neo Nazis in Florida-Next: Where You Are



Maxim Lapunov spoke out about Chechnya’s “gay concentration camps.”
This week a courageous young man named Maxim Lapunov, 30, came forward in Moscow to detail his experiences of torture at the hands of Chechen authorities, in what have become known as Chechnya’s “gay concentration camps.” 

I'm not sure why reports are still putting concentration camps in inverted commas. We already know that they exist, that since April 2017 at least 100 gay men have been arrested and many killed in the Russian region. Lapunov himself was brutally tortured in one of these detention centers for twelve days.
Two men he didn't know bundled him into a car earlier this year and took him to a cell that was already blood soaked. Then the beatings began. “They burst in every 10 or 15 minutes shouting that I was gay and they would kill me,” he told the press conference arranged by human rights activists last week. 
“Then they beat me with a stick for a long time. In the legs, ribs, buttocks, and back. When I started to fall, they pulled me up and carried on. Every day they assured me they would kill me, and told me how.”
At night he couldn't sleep due to all the terrifying screams he heard from nearby cells. When he was finally released he couldn't walk for days. Every night they had brought in a new captive he said, and every night a new torture session began. 
Because Lapunov was an ethnic Russian he was assured by Chechen authorities that he would not be beaten as badly as native Chechens. They did not electrocute him with wires as they did their own countrymen. Instead, they forced him to watch other detainees being beaten and bloodied.
Human rights groups have detailed the cases of at least 15 detainees who “were released to their relatives and have since disappeared without a trace,” raising the suspicion of “honor killings” by their own families. Kill them before we do, they are reportedly told.
Meanwhile, Russia’s independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has published a list of the names of 27 men, executed in a single night in Grozny on January 25, 2017.
Because Russian authorities have reportedly made no serious attempt to investigate these charges, Lapunov made the decision to come forward last week, putting a face to the allegations. He is risking his own life to do this. But he feels he had no choice but to go public. This year, for the first time since Nazi Germany, people on the European continent are being targeted for extermination based on their sexuality alone.
One survivor of a camp located at a former military base in Argun claimed he was tortured and interrogated by the Chechen officials themselves. They had used a hookup app on his phone to lure him into their trap, then they tried to use his contacts to identify and arrest his contacts.If this sounds a page from the Nazi playbook, that's because it is.
In the 1930s, when fascists began to target out-groups for detention, torture, and extermination, many people told themselves they were not directly affected. Yes, the wider atmosphere was being poisoned by their propaganda, but they did not anticipate that the doses would be slowly increased until they resulted in millions dead.
If we keep looking the other way when fascists arrive in our public squares with their burning Tiki Torches, they can assume we no longer oppose them so vehemently, they can even assume we may secretly share some of their aims.
Sadly we don't even need to look overseas now to recognize the growing threat. Last week three neo-Nazi's were charged with attempted homicide here in the United States after they shot at protesters outside an event hosted by white supremacist Richard Spencer at Florida State University. Flyer campaigns by fascist groups have become more common across the country this year. Now they march without hoods or masks. They clearly believe their time has come. So the time has come for us all to decide what we stand for too. If we thought we'd still have a little longer to figure it out that's too bad. If we thought we weren't directly threatened by the forces that are gathering around the globe that's too bad too. We are all of us threatened by the global resurgence of fascism. The moment is here. Now.
This simple truth needs to be remembered: fascism is an inherently violent ideology. It does not seek to live in peace with its neighbors because it will not. What it wants is to remove, first by threats and intimidation, then by violence or extermination, all threats to its total dominance. Today they are targeting the most vulnerable. That's how all of this starts. Tomorrow it will be you.

August 21, 2017

Some Liberty U. Grads Returned Their Diplomas-Graduates Not Aware What "Falwell" Represents?




 Anti Gay, Anti black, anti equality Rev. Falwell honors Trump in this picture as he is invited to speak at Liberty University. Some politicians like Ronald Reagan whose presidency gave roots to the "Silent Majority" formed by Jerry Falwell Sr.  became visibly close to Falwell while running but distanced some after winning. At the time of Falwell Sr
 anti gay and so called family values gained strength in the South. The closeness to the clan at the time was a well known secret but Reagan ignore it. By the time Trump won the Presidency, this fact was well known as some went to some of his rallies wearing the dunce hats. Trump felt they had contributed to his winning and that he owe them. It is clear Trump wanted to be President so bad and found it so unreachable at times (he himself has said as much) he was willing to accept help from wherever he could get it. Be Russia or be the Clan. After all he had always like Russia who helped him when his casino's starting going bad to pay some of his debt to keep investing and making money and with the Ms.Universe Pageant. Trump hated the name and the man Barack Obama. He could not believe a black man and then a black whose father was born outside of the US would become President. He started the birther movement (a racist organization making it clear a black should not be president, he was not a real American) knowing better than most people Obama was born in Hawaii and had been born a US citizen thru birth and family of his mother which were whites. But he knew if he could break up the political voting habits of poor blacks and poor whites he could split up the black and white collision. He eventually did not only got the poor white vote but the more educated white men vote. Still not enough to win, still he needed more help and it would come from outside the US.  The bigger issue here is not why students returned their diplomas but why a religious , homophobic anti black University got its accreditation? Through political contributions, which is wrong.

 This University which pay no taxes is the best example of why they should.  No religion should be preaching and teaching anti American rhetoric on the American dime. Allowing Islamic, or Protestant, or followers of any religion should not have accreditation for Universities and schools when they are teaching against the values of the Constitution and its amendments. Free speech is fine but accrediting a teaching institution is not a right but a privilege controlled by requirements. 
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A group of alumni from one of the country's most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school's president for his continued alignment with President Trump.

A small but growing number of Liberty University graduates are preparing to return diplomas to their school. The graduates are protesting university President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s ongoing support for Trump. They began organizing after Trump's divisive remarks about the deadly white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Va.

Chris Gaumer, a former Student Government Association president and 2006 graduate, said it was a simple decision.

"I'm sending my diploma back because the president of the United States is defending Nazis and white supremacists," Gaumer said. "And in defending the president's comments, Jerry Falwell Jr. is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit."



Liberty graduate Chris Gaumer said that "Jerry Falwell Jr. is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit," with President Trump's comments about white supremacists.
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Trump has been criticized — including by many Republicans — for a series of statements after an anti-racist counterprotester was killed by an alleged Nazi sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd.

Trump initially responded by blaming "many sides" for the violence, and then made a statement condemning white supremacists, before eventually giving an off-the-cuff statement in which he claimed that there were "very fine people on both sides."

Falwell responded the next day with a tweet praising Trump's statement and adding, "So proud of @realdonaldtrump."


Falwell later followed up with a tweet calling white supremacists, Nazis, and other hate groups "pure evil and un-American."


In January 2016, Falwell became one of the earliest evangelical leaders to endorse the billionaire candidate, at a time when many conservative Christian leaders were expressing concern about Trump's multiple marriages and past support for abortion rights.

Last October, some Liberty students circulated a petition opposing Trump after the release of a 2005 Access Hollywood video where he could be heard bragging about groping women without their consent. Students also criticized Falwell for defending Trump.

Falwell invited Trump to give the first commencement speech of his term as president to Liberty University graduates. During his remarks, President Trump thanked evangelicals for their support at the voting booth last November.

Falwell isn't alone among his evangelical peers in continuing to stand with the president. In recent days, multiple members of Trump's evangelical advisory board have publicly condemned white supremacy, though most have stopped short of criticizing the president by name.

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A university spokesman told NPR that Falwell "wants to make it clear that he considers all hate groups evil and condemns them in every sense of the word."

In a group letter being prepared to be sent to university officials, several alumni declare their intention to return their diplomas and call for Falwell to repudiate Trump's remarks:

"While this state of affairs has been in place for many months, the Chancellor's recent comments on the attack upon our neighbors in Charlottesville have brought our outrage and our sorrow to a boiling point. During the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, white supremacists, nationalists, and neo-Nazis perpetrated brutal violence against anti-racist protesters, murdering one woman and injuring many. Instead of condemning racist and white nationalist ideologies, Mr. Trump provided equivocal and contradictory comments. 

The Chancellor then characterized Mr. Trump's remarks, which included the claim that some of the persons marching as white nationalists and white supremacists at the rally were 'very fine people,' as 'bold' and 'truthful.' This is incompatible with Liberty University's stated values, and incompatible with a Christian witness."

"We're asking that Liberty University return to its stated values and accept that the pursuit of power is leading it into some dark places, and really repudiate that," said Georgia Hamann.
Courtesy of Georgia Hamann
Georgia Hamann, a 2006 alumna and an attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., helped pen the letter.

"We're asking that Liberty University return to its stated values and accept that the pursuit of power is leading it into some dark places, and really repudiate that," she said. "The word in Baptist and evangelical circles is 'repent.'... You know, truly a turning away from wrong conduct."

Alumni who can't find their diplomas are being asked to sign the group letter or write individual letters to Falwell expressing their concerns.

Some Liberty graduates see Falwell's association with Trump as both a personal liability and a moral embarrassment. Rebekah Tilley graduated from Liberty in 2002 and now works in higher education in Iowa.

"I was to the point where I didn't even want to include my alma mater on my resume when I was applying for jobs, just because I think that can be so loaded," Tilley said. "There's such a strong affiliation now between Liberty University and President Trump that you know that reflects badly on all alumni."

For Doug Johnson Hatlem, a 1999 graduate who now works as a Mennonite pastor in Ontario, Canada, Charlottesville feels like a tipping point for many alumni who have been concerned about the university's association with Trump.

"It really is a watershed moment to have people openly chanting Nazi chants ... holding white supremacist signs, and carrying weapons along with all of that, and killing somebody, injuring many in the process," he said. "For there not to be an unconditional condemnation of that kind of action and behavior is just completely anathema."

Johnson Hatlem said returning diplomas is an important symbolic statement.

"I'll have to have my mom dig it out of storage," he said. "But I do plan to send back my diploma to Liberty."


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Matthew Colligan, An American Nazi Who Never Had to pay a Price for Spreading Hate, Not Anymore



 Matthew Colligan (center with mustache) marched through the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Friday night.




The photograph is as chilling as it is unforgettable: a sea of young white faces, lit by torches and inflamed by hatred.

The picture was taken in Charlottesville, Va. But the hate? At least some of that has its roots in Boston. 

When Dicky Stock first saw that now-infamous photo from last weekend’s violent rally, a face jumped out at him: The mustachioed guy in the second row was unmistakably his former Brighton neighbor and onetime friend. That, he knew instantly, was Matt Colligan.

“I considered him a friend,” said Stock, a comedian who now lives in Los Angeles. “He would come over and drink beers on our porch with us.” That was in 2011, and there was no inkling, Stock said, that his neighbor, who has spent the last several years living in and around Boston, would become one of the most recognizable faces of a white supremacist movement. 

“He was a very nice guy, I really liked him,” Stock said. “There was no sign he was going to get into this disgusting stuff.”

On Twitter, where he is known as @Millennial_Matt, Colligan cultivated an insipid notoriety, palling around with a right wing “comedian” known online by the nom de idiot Baked Alaska. The poster known as @Millennial_Matt once compared Auschwitz to a five-star resort and devoted a lot of time to trolling the right-wing men’s group the Proud Boys, evidently for not being far enough to the right.

In one video, he sidles up to Senator Elizabeth Warren under the pretenses of taking a selfie. Once he’s in position, Colligan smiles through his mustache and happily recites what has become his catch phrase: “Hitler did nothing wrong.” 

In Charlottesville, Colligan pulled the same stunt with Elle Reeve, the Vice correspondent behind a searing documentary about last weekend’s unrest. As he blurts his Holocaust denial, Reeve appears to realize what’s happening and dives out of the picture.

Until Stock outed him, Millennial_Matt was another anonymous Internet troll, spreading hate without consequences and saying increasingly outrageous things to get a rise out of people.

How much of his shtick is trolling for attention and how much was deeply held racism is impossible to know, if that even matters. Many a racist has sought to obscure his ideology in a cloud of LOL JKs. But once you show up among the chanting, torch-bearing crowd, then you own the full-throated white supremacy that comes with it.

In liberal Boston, Colligan could blend in — another skinny, white, twentysomething Allston hipster with a silly mustache. But if you believed the audience for white nationalist speakers at Saturday’s “free speech” rally in Boston would be coming from someplace else, consider Matt Colligan.

Colligan did not respond to requests for comment through various channels. But his Instagram account, “allstonninja,” confirms that Colligan and Millennial_Matt are one and the same. Several of the same photos appear on both the Instagram account and Millennial_Matt’s Twitter account, though the allstonninja is largely devoted in recent years to (I swear I’m not making this up) selfies taken with a hairless cat named Igor. “Allstonninja” at one point also posted what was plainly his own driver’s license photo. He cropped out his name but not his birthdate — a birthdate that RMV records show matches Matthew Colligan’s.

Colligan’s current address isn’t listed, but his driving record and Instagram photos suggest he remains in the Boston area.

Though he initially had some reservations about outing his former friend, Stock decided to identify him on Facebook as the man in the Charlottesville photo. Freedom of speech isn’t freedom from consequences, and the same Constitution that gives Colligan the right to shout his Holocaust denial and march alongside neo-Nazis gives Stock the right to tell the world who he is.

Soon after though, others posted phone numbers and addresses for Colligan that were either outdated or incorrect.

One home address that circulated had belonged to his mother years ago; a man in Illinois started getting death threats on his cellphone, which a database had incorrectly linked to Colligan.

After initially responding with taunts — he posted what he said was his “real” home address, the site of a Jewish temple in Boston — Colligan soon turned serious. In a video posted on Twitter, Colligan pleaded for the future of the country he’d been helping to tear apart.

“What’s happening today is horrible,” Colligan said. “This is a very dark time for America.”

Millennial_Matt is gone now. Not long after I reached out to him for this column, he tweeted that he had received death threats police deemed credible, and wrote that his family was in danger. Then he abruptly deleted his Twitter account. Police in the town where his mother lives said they were aware of the situation but did not confirm the specifics.

“I’m usually a jokester. I do a lot of comedy,” Colligan said in the video, visibly emotional. “But there’s nothing funny about threatening people’s lives, threatening people’s families.”

Publicly, at least, it was the first true thing he’d said in a long time.
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Boston Globe

August 17, 2017

Why Did a Tough 36 yr Old Neo Nazi Christopher Cantwell Cried like a Baby?






Meet Christopher Cantwell. He’s a 36-year-old alt-right, neo-Nazi, white supremacist homophobe who participated in last weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Read a detailed account of his horrible, horrible views here.
A few days after the rally, Cantwell learned there was a warrant out for his arrest after he was caught on video saying he had a pistol and was “ready for violence.” 
He just posted a cellphone video on YouTube literally sobbing about being in trouble with the law. 
“I have been told there’s a warrant out for my arrest,” he sniffles. “With everything that’s happening, I don’t think it’s very wise for me to go anywhere. There’s a state of emergency. The National Guard is here!” 
(It should be noted, the reason the National Guard is there is because of guys like him.) 
“I want to be peaceful. I want to be law-abiding. That was the whole entire point of this,” Cantwell continues. “I’m watching CNN talk about this as a violent, white nationalist protest. We have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful!” 
Watch the pathetic video. Then scroll down for more.

In other Cantwell news: We unearthed a video of him and another homophobe from about nine months ago discussing their refusal to accept trans people. In it, they actually mention our sister site, LGBTQ Nation, by name. 
“F*ck f*ggots,” the caller says. “I can’t stand them.” 
The caller also openly speaks about wanting to violently beat gay couples. While Cantwell does indicate that he has tried to “get over the gay thing,” he does nothing to defuse the rhetoric or refrain from using trans slurs. 
In fact, he says: “We’ve read things before from a blog titled ‘LGBTQ Nation‘ and I’m, like, OK, fine, if this is so fantastic then go start a nation out of it and see how that pans out for you. I don’t think that your population’s exactly going to thrive when everybody stops breeding.”

 


April 19, 2016

In the 70’s a Gay Newspaper Publishes The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals


Despite the fact that gay people formed a significant portion of the Dachau prisoners, they had not been included in the early histories of the concentration camps. 
Photo Credit: Leffler, Warren K / Wikimedia Commons
 First they forced him to dance, and then they chained his hands and his feet to a crossbeam and beat him. One of his contemporaries described him as “effeminate.”
This is all we know of him.
There was a reference to another: a cultural attaché to a foreign embassy who, in a deep state of depression and hopelessness, “fell over dead for no apparent reason.”
There was a story of a third: a young and healthy man who, after the evening roll call, was ridiculed, spat on, and beaten by soldiers. They put him in a cold shower and forced him to suffer “alone and in silence” on a “frosty winter evening.” The next morning his fellow soldiers described his breathing as “an audible rattle.” Despite his suffering, the soldiers continued to beat and kick him. They tied him to a post and “under an arc lamp until he began to sweat, again put under a cold shower.” He died later that evening.
These are fragments of stories about gay men in Nazi concentration camps recounted in the pages of The Body Politic, a gay newspaper founded in 1971 that reached readers across the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe. The article was published long after the defeat of Hitler and the end of the Nazi regime, and far away from the death camps, the torture, and the mass murder.
The article was nonetheless viewed as news by its readers. It was the first account that many of them had ever read about the Holocaust, let alone about the persecution of homosexuals by Hitler’s regime. They learned that Nazis tortured those presumed to be homosexual, referred to gay people as “degenerates,” “weaklings,” and “congenital cowards,” and branded homosexuals with a pink triangle, forcing them to wear it on “the left side of the jacket and on the right pant leg.” The Body Politicincluded an illustration of the inverted pink triangle, which had yet to develop as a symbol within the gay community, on the first page of the article. This was probably one of the first places it was seen by many gay people.
The article appeared in The Body Politic as part of a larger series on the history of homosexuality in Germany by the notable literary scholar and historian Jim Steakley. The series appeared around the same time as “The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864– 1935),” the pamphlet that had been so influential in Jonathan Ned Katz’s intellectual, political, and personal development. Steakley’s series focused on tracking gay life in Germany from 1919 to 1933 (the Weimar period), through Hitler’s persecution of gay people before and during World War II, and from the postwar period to the rise of gay rights in Berlin in the 1970s.
Steakley’s interest in German history began when he was an adolescent and his family lived in Germany for four years. Visiting a concentration camp for the first time at age ten, he came into direct contact with the aftermath of genocide. His interest in German history was not limited to the war, however. He collected stamps of German leaders, learning their names and exploring the general history of the nation. In the summer between his junior and senior years in high school, he returned to Germany on a scholarship that sent him to Munich and to Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp that held political prisoners. “It stimulated my thinking,” he remembered.
Steakley learned much about the Nazi regime from reading John Hersey’s novel The Wall, about resistance in the Warsaw ghetto, and Leon Uris’s Exodus, about concentration camp survivors. These books raised his consciousness about Jewish history and further piqued his interest in studying history more broadly. But he distinctly remembered never reading anything about gay people in the camps. Despite the fact that gay people formed a significant portion of the Dachau prisoners, they had not been included in the early histories of the concentration camps.
After he had embarked on an academic career, Steakley returned to Germany in the early 1970s and began to dig up details about the Nazis’ persecution of homosexuals. He came across a memoir that mentioned a homosexual inmate whose scrotum had been placed in boiling water. In the course of his research, he realized that what he was uncovering had implications for gay liberation in the contemporary United States, in the sense that, as he put it, the Nazis’ persecution of gay people served as a “frightening prospect of what could happen.” Although he defined himself as a Marxist and doubted that history “could repeat itself,” he nevertheless believed that history “offered lessons.” As he explained, “The Nazis brought something to an extreme point.” The lesson was clear enough: “We had to show examples of oppression.” According to Steakley, after the start of gay liberation, many nongay people doubted gay people’s accounts of the struggles and oppression they claimed to experience. Steakley credited the work of Jonathan Ned Katz with inspiring him to look to history and with laying the groundwork for his own research, which he hoped would “advance the consciousness of society.”
Soon after Steakley returned to the United States from Germany in 1972 with bundles of photocopied notes, he went to Toronto to begin working on his series of three articles for The Body Politic. “Part of the oppression of gay people lies in the denial of our history,” read the opening line of the first article, which appeared in June 1973 (the same month as the Up Stairs Lounge fire). Steakley launched into an in-depth analysis of gay life in Germany from 1860 to 1910, writing about Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, who disputed that homosexuality was a sin and instead likened it to uncommon preference, like left-handedness. Steakley chronicled the rise of the sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld and the unknown history of the gay movement in the 1930s. Unlike “The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864–1935),” the pamphlet that Jonathan Ned Katz read, Steakley’s research went beyond the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century homophile movement and down to the rise of Nazism and the reemergence of gay liberation in Berlin in the 1970s.
The second installment in the series, published in January 1974, detailed the persecution of homosexuals in the 1930s and during World War II. Steakley revealed that the Gestapo had lists of homosexuals. In 1933 the SS rounded up gay people and convicted 835 men of homosexuality. In 1937 the official SS newspaper, Das Schwarze Korps, called for the death of what it claimed were 2 million German homosexuals. Of those 2 million, Steakley reported, 50,000 were officially sent to camps, but overall “perhaps hundreds of thousands of homosexuals were interned in Nazi concentration camps.” The official statistics mostly counted the men who went to trial, but many others were sent “to the camps without the benefit of a trial,” and some of these men were “summarily executed by firing squads.”
 Steakley’s third and final article offered an account of the gay liberation movement in Germany in the early 1970s, focusing on how leftist politics, campaigns for workers’ rights, and the student movement had paved the way for gay liberation. Throughout the article, Steakley compared German gay liberation to the American gay rights movement, noting how the success and power of the left in Germany had helped to promote gay liberation. As he explained: “The millions of women and foreign nationals in the German labor force were united on the issue of class oppression and escaped the separatism which vitiated the American left.”
Why did The Body Politic run a series in 1974 on the history of homosexuality in Germany, at the height of gay liberation, a period often hailed by historians as victorious?
The reaction to the publication of Steakley’s series signaled that many gay people in the seventies were looking for what historians refer to as a “usable past”—a connection to a previous decade or epoch that would provide legitimacy, meaning, and, most of all, a genealogy to their plight. For historians like Jonathan Ned Katz, finding a usable past became a life’s work. Steakley, like Katz, showed readers that the gay culture that arose in the 1970s was not an entirely new phenomenon. “We were living in tremendous freedom in Toronto and New York City, and that seemed like a parallel to the Weimar Republic,” Steakley said. Yet there was a “free-floating anxiety that America could become more fascist”—the awareness of “a frightening prospect,” as he said of Nazi persecution, “of what could happen.”
In the 1970s, many gay readers turned to the pages of an ever-growing gay newspaper culture in order to historically situate their culture. This expanding culture and the articles, like Steakley’s, that started to appear gave gay people a language with which to frame their predicament. In recounting the history of violence against gays in Los Angeles, for example, Rev. Troy Perry referred to the police as “the Gestapo.” A reporter for The Gay Clone explained the connection between the persecution of Jewish people in Europe in the early twentieth century and the persecution of gay people in the United States in the 1970s: “There is a tolerance among good people of discrimination against homosexuals that is similar to the tolerance of anti-Semitism that was so pervasive in Europe before the holocaust and that, at least according to some scholars, created a hospitable climate for the destruction of European Jews.” W. I. Scobie, a writer for San Francisco’s Gay Sunshine, argued that “the so-called ‘National Socialist League’ is California’s very own gay Nazi party.” In his article “Death Camps: Remembering the Victims,” he further asserted, “Today, gays suffer still under totalitarian regimes not very different from that so admired by our own ‘Gay Nazis.’” Scobie bookended his exploration of the death camps with a political call to action. The gay press made this history accessible to gay readers, partly by allowing journalists to spell out the political importance of the events they wrote about in a way that traditional history books could not. In fact, printed at the top of The Body Politic throughout the 1970s was an epigraph by the writer Kurt Hiller, written in 1921: “The Liberation of Homosexuals Can Only Be the Work of Homosexuals Themselves.”
Excerpted from Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs. Available from Basic Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group. This is an excerpt from the new book Stand By Me by Jim Downs (Basic Books, 2016): 

July 14, 2014

A Religious Group Displays a Pro Nazi Swastika over the beach




A religious group flew a banner with a swastika on it over Coney Island and the Rockaways on Saturday.
The Raelian religion shelled out $2,000 to rent a plane to pull an advertising banner aimed at changing minds about Adolf Hitler’s Nazi symbol.
The banner was part of what the Raelians call “International Swastika Rehabilitation Week,” which ended Saturday.
“By keeping the negative connotation of the swastika and linking it to Hitler, you only give credit to this guy’s monstrosity,” said Thomas Kaenzig, a Raelian spokesman, who believe the symbol arrived on Earth millions of years ago — on the same spacecraft that brought our ancestors. “It’s very important to reclaim it and explain to the public that this symbol has a beautiful origin,” he said.
But locals disagreed.
“Whenever I see a swastika, I think about white supremacy,” said Arverne resident Cuauni Lee, 46, who saw the banner in the Rockaways.
“It was horrific,” said Ariel Creamer, 14, who saw the banner near her home in Belle Harbor. Several of her relatives were killed in the Holocaust, she said.

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 If you write down all the words that you hear from pulpits, literature and followers of any religion group and then go back and cross-reference those words with what the  Nazi’s used you will find a unique resemblance and in most cases is the same word.
Some of those words are purity, giving your life, heart, being. Only one way to obtain our means, supreme, for ever,  homosexuality, eliminating, perfection, dying for the cause,leaving you parents and family if they oppose, we have the truth, only one way to be save, a new generation, destruction of the world, etc ., etc.

 If you understand the religion movement in this country or the world is very simple what they are looking for and the tactics that they use are similar to the nazi’s just like the Church of latter day saints that do it in the open, others tend to put butter, cream or anything the listener likes or might have a phobia against it. They will threaten you with accidents in your life in which you might die, with unhappy empty life (without jesus). Excommunication and lastly Dante’s hell. 
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Adam Gonzalez

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