Catholic League's Bill Donohue Seems a Little Nervous About Actually Marching in the Gay Pride Parade [Updated]

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Bill Donohue, whose face always looks like that.
One-man outrage machine Bill Donohue, president and evidently the sole member of the Catholic League, has asked for and received permission from the NYC Pride March, a.k.a. the gay pride parade, to march with them in June. Donohue says he wants to hold a banner with the words "Straight Is Great." Bill Donohue has a lot of time on his hands. But we suspect he's not actually going to march in the parade. Join us, won't you, as we march resolutely down this rabbit hole of trollery?

Update, 5:30 p.m.: We're psychic! The full update's at the bottom of this post.

Donohue is well known for his opposition to gay marriage, though he'll often insist, not super convincingly, that he has nothing against gays. His request to march in the pride parade is, as you might have guessed, a response to this year's St. Patrick's Day controversy, when Mayor Bill de Blasio and a large contingent of the City Council declined to march because the St. Pat's folks don't permit openly gay people or groups to participate. Donohue argues that the St. Patrick's Day organizers have every right to exclude whatever group they wish, and is one of those calling for a boycott on Guinness to protest their decision to pull out of the parade.

Fine. Great. But Donohue's next move -- asking to participate in the pride parade, in the apparent hopes that he'd be turned down and could be outraged at the Hypocrisy of the Gays -- has not gone quite the way he expected. Now, he's in the awkward position of having to actually march in the Pride Parade. This is going to be great.

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This Was the Gayest St. Patrick's Day Ever, Relatively Speaking

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All photos by Jenna Pope
The Irish Queers protest at the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade
While St. Patrick's Day revelers were puking technicolor green on each other all up and down 5th Avenue, a mass beericide was narrowly averted at the Stonewall Inn, as part of what turned out to be a (relatively) gay-friendly St. Patrick's Day. The famed gay bar had planned a mass dumping of Guinness yesterday afternoon, to protest the company's decision to sponsor the official, no-gays-allowed St. Patrick's Day parade. Stacy Lentz, co-owner of the Stonewall, says the bar planned to dump between 10 and 15 cases of the beer.

But late Sunday, Guinness announced it would pull its sponsorship of the parade, writing: "Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy." The Stonewall canceled its planned beer-dumping and proceeded with its $10 Guinness and Jameson special, allowing everyone to dump beer down each other's gullets, where it belongs. (Heineken also pulled its support for the New York parade, as did Sam Adams in Boston.)

At the same time, both New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh were declining to march in their city's parades, citing the anti-gay policies. The Irish Queers, a group that's been protesting the parade for more than two decades, see a sea change underway.

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"Homo Demons" Pastor James David Manning Says Obama Ordered Everybody To Start Ignoring Him Again

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Pastor Manning.
Last week, we heard from Harlem pastor James David Manning, who put a rather controversial sign in front of his ATLAH World Missionary Church declaring that President Obama had "released the homo demons on the black man." He follow that up with a videotaped sermon, delivered through his website, that expounded on the dangers of the Obama-controlled "white homosexual man," who has been loosed on the black community, especially black women. The white homosexual male's special weapons are demonry, of course, as well as their enjoyment of the theater.

It was a pretty spectacular display of nutballery, and ATLAH's sign went viral. A whole lot of news outlets covered it, and then, just as quickly, everybody was done covering it. Some might argue that's just the nature of a one-day, novelty news story about a wacky guy. But Pastor James David Manning, homo demon hunter, knows the real reason nobody's writing about him anymore: Barack Obama.

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Harlem Pastor James David Manning Very Upset About Obama-Controlled "Homo Demons"

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The sign in front of ATLAH this week.
If you're not familiar with James David Manning, the pastor of ATLAH World Church at Lenox and 123rd in Harlem, his latest video, released through his website yesterday, will serve as a pretty good overview for his particular and rather eccentric brand of old-time religion. The video begins with Pastor Manning speaking about the "catastrophic crisis of the absence of males in the home" in the African-American community, adding, "Black women are having a hard time finding black men to marry."

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Journalist Randy Gener Beaten and Left With Brain Trauma In Possible Hate Crime [UPDATED]

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Photo by Kelly Stuart; image via Facebook.
Friends of Randy Gener gather at a candlelight vigil on Sunday night in Hell's Kitchen.
A local journalist has suffered brain injuries and remains in intensive care after being viciously attacked near his home earlier this month. Just before 4 a.m. on Friday, January 17, theater critic and journalist Randy Gener was on his way to his apartment from the opening night of a play, walking on Seventh Avenue between 54th and 55th streets. Just steps from his home, Gener was attacked and beaten. He was found a short while later, bloody and unconscious.

Gener has previously written about theater for the Village Voice, as well as the New York Daily News, the New York Times, NPR, New York, and a couple dozen other big-name media outlets. He's also gay and Filipino; the NYPD has announced they are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime. A friend told CBS that the attackers didn't steal his wallet. The NYPD told Pix11 that a witness may have seen a Hispanic man punch Gener in the head and flee in a silver four-door car.

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Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller Blows Kisses at LGBT Rights Protesters

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Courtesy of Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand
Jamaican LGBT rights activists are taking this week's official visit of the country's prime minister to New York to speak out against homophobic violence. Seven protesters from Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand paced the sidewalk in front of the Ford Foundation headquarters during Prime Minister Simpson-Miller's visit. When the prime minister came out to meet her motorcade, she blew kisses at them, and walked straight back inside the building.

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Petition Asks Selena Gomez to Agitate at Russia Concerts; Russia Yanks Her Visa First

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Celebrities putting the screws to the Russian government is becoming a popular tool in the push-back against the country's "homosexual propaganda" law. Actress/Singer/Disney invention Selena Gomez might have added her name to the list of A-list agitators.

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Surprise: Anti-Abortion & Anti Gay-Marriage Groups Are Uniting to Donate Lots of Money Against Gay City Council Candidates

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One of City Action's anti-Torres mailers
The City Action Coalition is an assemblage of conservative religious groups, whose members mostly pop up to oppose abortion and hold rallies against legalizing gay marriage. But this election season, they've also quietly expanded into city politics, holding a mayoral candidate forum at Monroe College in April that Politicker gently described as "peculiar." And while City Action's stated platforms include "religious freedom" and "opposition to racial discrimination," in practice, their PAC, which has just five donors, is mostly throwing money at one thing: defeating three openly gay City Council candidates. They paid for the mailer above, which attacks Ritchie Torres, a 25-year-old candidate who lives in a supportive housing unit in the Bronx.

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A Transgender Woman Dies After an Assault in Harlem [Update]

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Islan Nettles
As if we needed another helping of tragedy this summer: Twenty-one-year-old Islan Nettles died last night from injuries sustained during fight in Harlem. The fight is believed to have been a verbal attack that escalated when the assailants discovered Nettles's gender identity.

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New Jersey Becomes Second State to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

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New Jersey just became the second state in the Union to ban conversion therapy for minors. Telling teens they can overcome their gayness through therapy and prayer, a practice considered by just about everyone with half a brain to be religiously motivated quackery, was banned by legislation signed by Governor Chris Christie earlier this morning.

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