Shocking Homophobic Incident In Michigan! Fight Back!

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Woman of Achievement Sarah Stangl
This just came in from this blog's own, beloved Gregory Moore:


"Yesterday, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the YWCA of Kalamazoo presented their annual 'Women of Achievement' awards to five very deserving, accomplished women, all of whom were presented with a framed proclamation from the State of Michigan, signed by the Governor, three state representatives and one state senator---that is, all the recipients except for one:

"Sarah Stangl, the only openly gay awardee, who was being honored for her service as the coordinator of LGBT Services at Western Michigan University.

"I spoke today with someone who was in attendance, who said that the attendees at the awards banquet last night were appalled to learn that two of the representatives and one senator signed all the proclamations...except for Ms. Stangl's...which they REFUSED to sign!

"She received a proclamation signed only by Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Democrat State Representative Sean McCann. What is more, they are too cowardly to admit the reason why they refused to sign.

"It's truly shocking in 2012 to be confronted by such blatant bigotry. I'm attaching the letter I sent to each of these wise legislators, along with their email/contact addresses, should you wish to make your feelings known as well. Such hatred and idiocy should not go unchallenged. Please forward this link to anyone you think may be interested in TEACHING these ignorant fools that this bigotry must stop---NOW!"


Here is Gregory's letter to the offenders:


"I hope you slept very well last night, knowing that you had brought DISGRACE upon yourself, your office and the vast majority of your constituents with your petty, hateful, bigoted and vile decision to withhold your signature to the state's tribute to Sarah Stangl.

"The number of dropped jaws in the room last night reflected how stupefied people were by your idiotic decision.

"It is almost mind-boggling, in the year 2012, to see such naked hatred and bigotry on the part of a supposedly enlightened individual whom the people of Michigan, in their wisdom, somehow elected.

"This small-minded act of homophobia and hatred on your part will follow you to the next election and now that your clear and shocking bigotry is revealed, will rightly prove to be your downfall. You should be ashamed of yourself. I would think that your way of thinking would be most welcomed....in Alabama, 1955. WAKE UP! You are a disgrace.

"And the blood of gay people who are attacked or murdered by hate-mongers like yourself is on your hands."

Republican State Representative Margaret O'Brien: MargaretOBrien@house.mi.gov

Republican State Representative "Jase" Bolger: JamesBolger@house.mi.gov

Republican State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker: (link to contact her)

And here's a brief local news article about the incident:

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Phil44
Phil44

Gregory Moore and Michael Musto, what a disgrace YOU are for such ugly, offensive, out-of-place rhetoric.  It is people like you who contribute caveman-like attitudes to the debate and dialogue.  

HollandReader
HollandReader

Thank you, Mr Musto and Mr Moore, for bringing this to our attention.  You cannot be blamed for the dialogue that has taken place.   

corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

I think it's unwise to make too much of a fuss about this. After all, another four or five years from now politicians will avoid being associated with or signing awards given out to talibangelical bigots. When that day comes we want to make sure the evilgelicals have no grounds to complain.

BrettjustBrett
BrettjustBrett

How do you know the reason she didn't receive the award was because she is a lesbian. I am 100% for gay rights. but we condemn people without knowing the whole story. Doing that would make us just bigoted and dumb as the people blamed in this incident. 

Iowa Girl
Iowa Girl

We don't know that.  Ms. Stangl's gender identity was not printed on the award anywhere.  The award was for her work with the University's LGBT Services.  Perhaps it was the work they didn't feel like acknowledging.  Which is just as bad...

Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger

first of all, you're most likely a troll, but just in case you are aren't: we know this just as we know the reason that the prosecutor in Virginia was the only prospective judge not allowed a Senate vote on his nomination.  Republicans have moved into a new realm of outright intolerance of any and all gay people in the country.  I'm just surprised that the governor signed it. 

Yeesh
Yeesh

Do you need a fucking roadmap?  They signed everyone's except the only openly gay person's.  And one of these legislator's has now said that it's because she has to stay true to her "personal belief system".  If anyone is dumb here, it's you....learn the facts before making a stupid statement on a topic you don't know the facts of YOURSELF!

Guest
Guest

In an era when boys perform worse on standardized testing than girls, receive vastly more disciplinary actions, are likelier to be medicated for social-behavior issues, drop out of high school school at much higher rates, are less likely to graduate or even attend college, and are more likely to face unemployment than their female counterparts, why are there still these gender-exclusive, women's achievement awards? Surely there is some male director of a LGBT services worthy of acknowledgement by the state government?

Yeesh
Yeesh

Did you really take two minutes out of your life to write this IDIOTIC posting?  Did you really?  What in the fuck is your point here?? YMCA=A NATIONAL WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION.  You are seriously fucked up.

Iowa Girl
Iowa Girl

Why are there gender-exclusive women's achievement awards?  This was an award from the YWCA.  All five of them were.  I am sure the YMCA could issue awards to men for their achievements.  Your objection is not relevant to this topic.

Trenton Trim Bulat
Trenton Trim Bulat

Hmm, perhaps Tonya Schuitmaker would like to cross out her name on my Special Tribute?

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

As beautiful a state as Michigan is, it's also a hotbed of intolerance and ignorance.

robert
robert

Good job Senator Schuitmaker.  The LBGT fascists have been exposed and are running scared!  Thanks to heroes like yourself.

VonD
VonD

Gag, honey, you're exposed as a sickening anti-gay fascist, now go come out of the damned closet and go back in!

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

"And the blood of gay people who are attacked or murdered by hate-mongers like yourself is on your hands."Yeah, it was pretty stupid for those politicians to not sign her proclamation, but Gregory Moore needs to tone down the hyperbole. Calling everyone you percieve as an enemy a hatemonger, bigot, fool, and vile person while blaming them for years of discrimination is about the stupidest and most backwards way to get them to understand your point of view. 

Why don't you try a little harder to get them to explain themselves instead? I know that if I was confronted with that type of anger and insult I would just ignore the fool who wrote it, and dismiss their entire argument.

How do you expect people to treat you like a human being when you don't offer them the same right?

And yes, I know that you're all sick of being discriminated against, and want to stand up to intolerance. Let me just ask though: who was more effective in achieving essentially the same goals, MLK or Malcom X?

Non-violent action is the only true solution to social problems, and your words are an essential part of that action.

Joe VanWagner
Joe VanWagner

In his book, "Striding Toward Freedom" (and, I imagine, other works, as well), MLK actually presents a very good case for why he chose non-violent action, however, his philosophies on this - which are straight from Gandhi - recognize and outline how 'violent' action may sometimes also be necessary, though less favourable.

Gregorama
Gregorama

Blah, blah, blah...Thank you, St. Hurdy Gurdy.   "Let them explain themselves?"  I think they just did that...and that's all I need to hear from them...or from you either, for that matter.  Take your sanctimonious, bleeding heart horseshit somewhere else.  Your evident and utter CLUELESSNESS is hardly even worth a response. And you call ME "stupid and backwards"?  Thanks for the laugh, fool....and you're talking about "the cycle of respectful discourse?"  I hope you enjoyed practicing your typing today...as that's all your posts here are:  Typing.  Empty blocks of typing.

Stingray
Stingray

Don't even worry about it, gregory. Hurdygurdy is a big old hatemonger apologist. Hurdy would have probably told the Jews to stop railing at Hitler! Just be nice about it, Jews!

Gregorama
Gregorama

Thanks, Sting...perfect analogy!  It's against my better judgment to get into a mudslinging match with an unbalanced wack-job....what's the point?  And wow...that one's all over the map...got Lithium?  

By the way, the offending legislators are finally getting pinned down as to why they pulled this shit.  And, predictably, they're each coming up with creative excuses...two of them are now claiming that they didn't have time to read over the proclamation beforehand (Rep. Margaret O'Brien....not to be confused with the lovable child star and Rep."Jase" Bolger) ...despite the fact that it was in a stack with five other proclamations that they somehow FOUND the time to read and sign.  More cowardly backpedaling.  

In the meantime today, Sarah Stangl released a poignant press release, which in part stated, ""While I should have been celebrating my achievement in my work for inclusion and the amazing people that supported me along the way, I have instead been been faced with the exclusion that I worked so hard against". 

Pretty ironic, huh?

Sparrow
Sparrow

I applaud Gregory for being upfront and outspoken and not mincing words. Politeness was not appropriate here. He had to grab them and tell them the result of their bigotry. Gay militancy has gotten GREAT results and stems from a genuine anger that should not be second guessed. Yay, Gregory!

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Ah, I see. Politeness and civil dialogue are only required for the other guys. You and your team though, with your particular grievance, are allowed to be as mean, judgemental, and reactive as you please.

That logic has worked for thousands of years. No point in fixing something that isn't broken, right?

Joe VanWagner
Joe VanWagner

People can politely and civilly support hateful causes, and will often do so unwittingly; this is done far, far MORE often, and to greater overall effect, than militant hate. Throughout history. For thousands of years.

Sparrow
Sparrow

Why are you blaming the victim? Hateful homophobia is at work here and you're mad that we fight back? Sorry, we'll keep doing so no matter what you say.

Samantha Ruddy
Samantha Ruddy

I'm all for politeness and civility. I am one of the most polite people you will ever meet, however I am also aware that the minority will not be heard if they do not point out when they are being mistreated. And they need to do it without sugarcoating or their concerns will be thrown away. The squeaky wheel gets the oil. 

Also by 'you and your team,' do you mean people who don't think that they're better than a minority group like these politician addressed in the letter seem to? A bit of a misguided way to put that. Supremacy is wrong. Gay supremacy, straight supremacy, and those who support it--even in word only and not deed--are tacitly supporting violence. That's how these things tend to end and it's just not right.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Civility goes both ways people. It's up to the people who know better to start the cycle of respectful discourse.

Allen Firth
Allen Firth

I'm sure their excuse has something to do with that "C" in YWCA standing for "Christian," and we all know how "Christian" some of these groups can be when it comes to exemplifying Christ-like behavior.

Iowa Girl
Iowa Girl

 Please don't tar all Christians with the same brush.  I am a Christian and a friend of Ms. Stangl's.  Remember, it is the YWCA giving her this award.  It was Republicans who refused to sign it.  Apples and oranges.

fritzrth
fritzrth

Christians are already tarred by 2000 years of history and tradition, but Allen Firth did not say what you accused him of. If you read carefully, he said "... some of these groups ..." not "... all Christians ..."

Iowa Girl
Iowa Girl

 I'm sorry, I wasn't accusing anyone, merely asking that the tarring not be done, which you proceeded to do.  The organization making the award is a Christian organization, and quite willing to recognize her work.  The assumption was made that the folks who refused to sign it were "Christians" who weren't exhibiting Christ-like" behavior.  Their collective religious faiths were no where mentioned in the article.  Perhaps you could read more carefully.

Gregorama
Gregorama

I certainly didn't want this posted to start a "bash Michigan" thread.  And as ValGal says, "What's this got to do with Detroit, anyway?"  Can we channel this anger in the direction that was intended:  Toward these cowardly "voices of the people" who still think that this behavior is acceptable?  Please, take a minute to drop them a line to voice your own disgust at their filthy deedsOn a more positive note, if you'd like to thank the Democratic Representative Sean McCann who drafted and proposed the proclamation for Ms. Stangl, his contact link is easily Google-able (can't post links here).  And maybe a nice word or two of encouragement for Sarah Stangl I'm sure they would be welcomed as well.  I hear she was rightfully very upset by this outrageous miscarriage of justice.  You can find her on Facebook if you search for Sarah C. Stangl and send her a message.  These cretins did a fine job of absolutely ruining what should have been one of the proudest days of her life.  Neanderthal bastards.

Starzzz
Starzzz

Well, it's true that Detroit is pretty lowdown on the totem pole. They should strive higher and fight for equality. That would give them a certain glow they can't otherwise get.

Valgal84
Valgal84

What does Detroit have to do with this article.  What a lame reaction....you should be fired up about the inequality, not doing a typical, oh so easy way out attack on Detroit.  The incident happened across the state...ya know...between Detroit and Chicago.

Platha
Platha

And instead of yelling at people on this board, have you contacted the offenders as per the links in the blog? I have.

Marquesa
Marquesa

The state that brought us the national armpit known as Detroit has the nerve to be pissy about gay equality? I'm shocked by this.

Valgal84
Valgal84

Hey Hey Marquesa.....the problem is the people who feel this way.  Detroit has contributed one hell of a lot to the culture and status of this country.  My My....YOUR bigotry is showing now.

Marquesa
Marquesa

"They've contributed a whole lot the culture." Not lately.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

MoTown gives them a lifetime pass. But, seriously, Detroit is one of our essential cities and historically important manufacturing centers, and would still be the pulsing heart of our economy if we chose to invest in its people.

Trent
Trent

I'm shocked that you think an ignorant comment like yours is actually helpful to this conversation.

Roids
Roids

Tonya's a Shitmaker all right.

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