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The Daily Agenda for Saturday, August 11

Jim Burroway

August 11th, 2012

TODAY’S AGENDA (Ours):
Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Antwerp, Belgium; Eugene/Springfield, ORFargo ND/Moorhead MN; Indianapolis, IN (Black Pride); Mannheim, GermanyMoscow, ID; Orange Co, CAReykjavik, Iceland; Sligo, Ireland; Toledo, OH; Wakefield, UK;  and Windsor, ON.

AIDS Walk This Weekend: Denver, CO.

Other Events This Weekend: Northalsted Market Days Street Fair, Chicago, IL; Provincetown Carnival, Provincetown, MA; Rendezvous LGBT Camping, Medicine Bow National Forest, WY; Toronto Leather Pride, Toronto, ON.

TODAY’S AGENDA (Theirs):
Family Leadership Summit: Des Moines, IA. Iowa’s anti-gay organization The Family Leader, in conjunction with the National Organization for Marriage, Citizens United, and ActRight, will hold a Family Leadership Summit today at a megachurch in the west Des Moines suburb of Waukee. The summit’s stated purpose is “to educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding specific issues that impact the family.” Scheduled speakers include Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), NOM’s Brian Brown, and The Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats. It all gets underway at 1:00 p.m. today, with pre-conference activities beginning at 11:30.

TODAY IN HISTORY:
Miami Police Detective Calls On City to “Face Pervert Problem”: 1954. The murder earlier this month of William T. Simpson, a 27-year-old Eastern Airlines flight attendant (see Aug 3) blew wide open another round of frantic anti-gay hysteria in Miami, particularly after the Miami Daily News claimed to discover “a colony of some 500 male homosexuals, congregating mostly in the near-downtown northeast section and ruled by a ‘queen’.”

Not to be outdone, the Miami Herald jumped into the fray with a front-page article by Miami police detective Chester Eldridge titled, “Official urges society to face pervert problem.” He said that Miami had been luck, but only so far: “We are extremely fortunate that there have been no more violent crimes in Miami involving them. The sex pervert or deviate is an individual who has reached the age of reason, yet knowingly disregards the idea of reproduction. They compromise a group that ranges from relatively harmless homosexuals to the fierce sadist who horribly mutilates and tortures his victims.” He estimated that there were somewhere from five to eight thousand homosexuals in Miami, and urged the state to build more psychiatric hospitals “so they can be removed as a social blight and become useful citizens.”

[From Edward Alwood's Straight News: Gays, Lesbians and the News Media, p 3.]

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