The Daily Agenda for Sunday, June 24
June 24th, 2012
TODAY’S AGENDA (Ours):
Pride Celebrations Today: Augusta, GA; Berlin, Germany; Chicago, IL; Columbia, SC (Black Pride); Harlem, NY; London, UK (World Pride); Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Regina, SK; St. Louis, MO; San Francisco, CA; Santa Fe, NM; Seattle, WA and Wilton Manors, FL.
Other Events Today: Frameline36 LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco, CA.
TODAY’S AGENDA (Theirs):
Family “Research” Council’s Values Bus Tour: Kenosha, WI. The Family “Research” Council, an SPLC-certified hate group, continues its Values Bus Tour with the Heritage Foundation today. The tour is part voter registration drive and part propaganda tour where they will disseminate “materials on defending life, marriage and religious liberty.” Today, the tour is scheduled to stop in Kenosha for a “Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote Rally” with local tea party groups. The rally will take place at Lincoln Park from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
Sydney Police Block Pride Parade: 1978. This was supposed to be Sydney’s first Gay Pride Parade, known locally as Mardi Gras, and was planned as a night-time celebration after a morning march and commemoration of the Stonewall riots. (You can see film of the morning march taken with a super-8 camera here.) While homosexuality was still against the law in New South Wales, organizers had obtained all the necessary permits for the celebration beforehand. The evening celebration began simply, with a small crowd walking down Oxford Street on a chilly Australian winter day. The idea was to encourage people to come out from the bars and join the fun. But the crowd aroused suspicions of the police, which had gathered around the group.
By the time the small crowd, estimated at between five hundred and a thousand, reached the end of the street, the police confiscated the sound system, removed their identification badges and turned on the crowd. One participant recalled, “There was, you know, pretty serious bashing and kicking and all sort of things going on. It was a real riot.” Fifty-three marchers were arrested. One marcher recalled that while in police custody, he was beaten so badly he began to convulse on the floor.
“They took me along a long corridor in the police station through a U-shaped route into a room and then just beat the hell out of me. There were two police officers who did that – one in particular – bashing me with their fists in the head and saying ‘you’re not so smart now are you’.” Mr Murphy said he was beaten solidly until a blow to the solar plexus floored him. He was thrown into a solitary cell where he could hear protesters gathered outside chanting his name. “They tried to break my leg but fortunately the bones didn’t snap,” he said. “I was (literally) pissing my pants.”
Although most of the charges were dropped, the Sydney Morning Herald published the full names of everyone who was arrested, outing many to their family, friends and employers. Many lost their jobs. More than thirty years later, many of those surviving original marchers are still waiting for an official police apology.
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