Leader of the Philippines'
To Headline 7th Annual Shepard March
Edgar Oscar Atadero, the President of ProGay Philippines, that country's
first Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans group, will be the keynote speaker at this
year's Matthew Shepard March for LGBT Rights, at 8 pm, Saturday, October 8th at
the corner of Halsted and Roscoe. A few years ago, ProGay Philippines organized
the first ever gay pride parade in the Philippines, a heavily Catholic and
Muslim nation of 87 million people.
The Matthew Shepard March has been organized annually by the Gay Liberation Network, and its predecessor
organization, the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, since 1999 to highlight the
continuing problem of anti-LGBT violence and the lack of civil rights for gay
people which encourages this violence.
Others on the program include representatives of the newly-formed Arguyo en
Acion (Spanish for "Pride in Action"), The Religious Coalition for the Freedom
to Marry, Equal Marriage NOW Coalition, Sangat, the Joel Hall Dancers, Theatre
521, Lickity Split, and The Radical Cheerleaders.
The event will start with a short rally, followed by a march out of
Boystown and take the pro-LGBT message into "straight" Wrigleyville, returning
back to Halsted Street for a closing rally.
GLN & Pro-Gay Religious
To Co-Sponsor Film
Exposing the "Ex-Gay" Movement
Producer and Director of the Film
On Hand for Chicago Premiere of "Fish Can't Fly"
The Gay Liberation Network and
the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches are proud to co-sponsor the Chicago
premiere of "Fish Can't Fly," a new documentary film exposing the "ex-gay"
movement, 5:30 pm, Saturday, October 22 at Broadway United Methodist Church,
3344 N. Broadway, Chicago. Among those featured in the film are Broadway
United Methodist's Rev. Gregory Dell.
The so-called "Ex-Gay Movement" pushes the belief that homosexuals can
happily lead heterosexual lives. The participants in the documentary all
voluntarily joined the programs and now talk of the lack of effectiveness of the
programs and the damaging effects they had on their lives. The show
follows the participants' paths into the ex-gay program, results of the program,
and their present attitudes toward Christianity and sexuality.
The film is a must-see for anyone who has struggled to reconcile
fundamentalist doctrine with homosexuality. It is important watching for
religious and non-religious people alike, as it explores this dangerous threat
to LGBT equality.
The Huge DC
GLN's Andy Thayer spoke towards the end of the rally (unfortunately, after
most people had started on the march), but it was carried live on CSPAN and thus
watched by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in their homes. He was
one of only a few openly LGBT speakers and perhaps the only speaker from the
Midwest. Below is the text of his speech:
"Greetings from the Gay Liberation Network and DontAmend.com.
"There's only one thing worse than death itself, and that's needless death,
a life wasted for no reason.
"Recently the anger of the nation rose up with each image of a bloated
corpse floating in the streets of New Orleans, because we knew this was needless
death, death that could have been avoided, lives wasted for no reason, except
for bureaucratic incompetence and a stark contempt for the lives of African
Americans and the poor.
"Multiply those wasted lives in Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama by a
factor of 100 and you have the Iraq war. More than 100,000 Iraqi dead for
no decent reason, except for a racist contempt for their lives, a class based
contempt for the lives of U.S. soldiers, and a base desire to expand U.S. power
"Now Bush and his allies in the Republican and Democratic leaderships say
the war is about building democracy in the Middle East.
"Well, we in the gay community know something about your so-called
democracy, and we don't buy it. We know what it's like to have our lives
being wasted due to bigoted contempt, as when the government ignored the AIDS
crisis for years, and allowed it to grow into the most destructive epidemic in
"And when Bush says that killing people helps spread democracy, we take
note of the kind of democracy he spreads as he supports regimes like the Saudi
monarchy, which hangs gay people. At home, we see the so-called democracy
Bush favors as he helps pass constitutional amendments against the gay
community, in effect declaring us second class citizens. And with this we
say to the politicians of both parties who support this war, your democracy is a
lie. And we say NO MORE NEEDLESS DEATHS, Bring the troops home now,
STOP THIS WAR."
Friday, September 30 - Gay
Liberation Network live call-in show on CAN-TV, 6:30-6:55 PM on
Cable Channel 21 in Chicago.
Wednesday, October 5 - Monthly Gay Liberation Network general meeting. All who
want to work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender freedom are welcome! 7
PM at the Gerber Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville (just west of the "Granville"
Red Line el station). We meet here at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of each month.
Saturday, October 8 -- 7th
Annual Matthew Shepard March for LGBT Rights! 8 PM, corner
of Halsted & Roscoe (see notice above).
Saturday, October 22
-- Chicago premiere of "Fish Can't
Fly," a documentary film exposing the "ex-gay" movement. 5:30 pm, Broadway
United Methodist Church, 3344 N. Broadway, Chicago. See notice above for
"Formed in response to three September '98 anti-gay
bashings in the "Boy's Town" neighborhood...[we] respond to all serious hate
crimes, no matter which scapegoated group is targeted. We will actively seek out
and work with individuals and organizations in other communities to assist them
in responding to hate crimes that target them. Only by the active involvement of
grass roots people from all communities can we isolate the bigots and thus
-- from the GLN/CABN founding statement
Gay Liberation Network
(formerly Chicago Anti-Bashing Network)
a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgendered Direct Action Group