Good evening, peeps - trust that you had a good weekend. I needed a little blog and Facebook break -and, because I've been bombarded by Sadness lately (Orlando, the death of DJ Chris Padilla, etc) Sunday, Father's Day, I said "fuck it" and went to Folsom East for a little fun in the sun with hundreds of my closest friends. It was a good day and frankly odd not to be on stage, but totes whatevs - I had three great years on stage and frankly, most street fairs don't even give their emcees that many years in a row. So I count my blessings. Nice to talk to some pals and get some sun. My mood is slightly better going into Pride Week but am still burdened by all the shit we've been through collectively with the election and, of course, Orlando. I am sure that you are still sad/angry/etc.
Anyway, on Friday night I attended the first meeting of the "Gays Against Guns" group created in the wake of the Orlando Shooting. The room at the Gay/Lesbian Center on W. 13th was jammed with a variety of men and women from a wide spectrum of the LGBT community to the point where it was literally standing room only. The main topic of conversation was focused on action - how to pull together a contingent for Sunday's Pride parade here in New York. No small feat as it's just a week away. As the group is still forming and may, in some way, intersect with other groups also committed to gun control, the mission statement may change abit over the next few days/weeks, but here it is as it stands now:
Gays against guns' (AKA GAG) mission is to not allow the murder of our 49 siblings to be in vain. Although founded by gays, this group is open to anyone who's concerned about gun violence. Our goal is to call for an IMMEDIATE ban on all high capacity magazines. There is no reason for these weapons to be in the hands of civilians. Our second goal is to call for stricter background checks; close the loophole that allows gun shows to sell guns without background checks, ban sales of all guns off of the Internet, and block anyone on the FBI watchlist from purchasing and possessing guns. NRA : we see the blood on your hands. We are coming for you. We will make these changes. And we will make you GAG on it!
I, for one, appreciate the sense of humor - and one might say a bit of a return of the gay sensibility that has been lost in recent years. I mean, "Bye Felicia" is cute but it's not exactly a Paul Lynde bon mot,is it?
In any event, kudos to the organizers of Gays Against Guns for keeping the meeting moving and focusing on the task at hand - organizing quickly enough to be in the Parade. Also thanks to NYC City Councilman Cory Johnson for giving the group his spot in the Parade. And if plans pan out, it will be a pretty great display.
People are PISSED and these men and women are getting shit done in record time. Basically, if the NRA is smart (which they, of course, are not) they'd find some sort of middle ground - sacrifice the assault rifles to keep their business going. But since they are not, they will be bombarded by the gays and we will win. How do I know this? Because let's take a minute to look at our track record - Stonewall, AIDS, Marriage Equality, Transgender rights. Sure, we are not 100% there but geezus on a cracker, look how far we've come in less than 50 years. Watch out NRA, we are gunning for YOU. And we will make you GAG on it.
If you want to join, GAG can certainly use the help. If you can offer funds in order to cover costs, if you have skills that might be appreciated there, then make sure you go to their Facebook page and join and get yourself in as soon as possible.
However, I know that marching on the streets isn't everyone's thing - and that's OK. After some attempts at joining these types of groups in the past, I realized that I was better suited to planning cute little fundraising events that support these types of groups. That's my style of activism, and frankly, in this past week, I've missed having a forum to process this with friends while raising funds for worthy organizations. I guess that I always will feel this way in the wake of events that directly affect me and honestly, I wish that there was something that I could do at this time. But maybe, it'll 'just' have to be content getting news out to you via this blog and via Facebook. I can almost hear you say "yeah, right, how long with THAT last?" and the truth is - I honestly don't think that it will. LOL :)
Anyway, click here to join the Facebook group and if for some reason the link doesn't work, simply go to the Search box on FB and type in "Gays Against Guns". Do it now!
That's all from me tonight, best to you all and more tomorrow.
This post is part of a series of blogs celebrating The End of Will Clark