LGBT Civil War Explained

LGBT Civil War Explained

By Bob Small

It’s hard to believe now, but for many years, male and female homosexuality was considered to be “the love that dare not speak its name”.     

Then, in 1950, the Mattachine Society was established, founded exclusively by gay males.

Five years later, the Daughters of Bilitis was established as a lesbian rights organization.

For many years, these two organizations, singly and occasionally in concert, worked for gay civil rights. Unless you were involved “in the struggle”, you probably never heard of them.

In 1969, Stonewall happened.   The Stonewall Riots changed the equation — now gays and lesbians began working together and “coming out”. They banded together in various groups, holding demonstrations and expressing their demands in other ways.

At some point many of these organizations began to embrace bisexuals as well, although not without some opposition.   

In the 1970’s, “pride events” began occurring on a regular basis, in Philly and elsewhere, and June was designated as “Pride Month”. In Philly, The William Way Community Center  began in 1974, and is now  at 1315 Spruce St.   Various media reflecting gay culture began to appear, such as the radio programs   “Amazon Country” and “Gaydreams” on WXPN,  and the gay newspapers “Au Courrant” and “Philadelphia Gay News” (PGN, which still publishes.

Poets and Prophets, the Philadelphia poetry reading series that I helped coordinate, was the first, to my knowledge, to present Pride Month readings.

There was much opposition, both religious and secular, from members of society who thought gays and lesbians would  destroy the American family.    Now, given that many of us believe that gays and lesbians should have certain human and civil rights, we also need to  understand how and why others feel threatened by this idea, and by gay marriage. This understanding would require that both sides of the issue listen to each other, rather than making the assumption that each one has “God on their side”.   

For historical context, let us consider the case of Christine Jorgenson 

LGBT Civil War Explained

In 1952, Jorgenson became the first American that most of  us had   ever heard of to have had “sex reassignment surgery”.   Somewhere in the 1970’s, transexuality  went from being very rare to being a regular occurrence.   And somewhere over the decades, the age limit for the right to undergo  this operation seems to have been removed. Then transexual rights groups began to emerge. The addition of the letter “T” to the letters “LBG” is where this war begins.

The war is not between gays and straights, or between church and state, or between tradition and modernity, but one within the gay community. I am including bisexuals and lesbians.

To some, including transexual rights to the list of gay rights to be championed seemed to be a logical extension, but to others, this became a bridge too far.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual (LGB) Alliance was founded in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019.

The LGB does  not  include transexuals (TS) and sees TS as a separate group. Thie Alliance has spread to Australia, Canada, and, recently, the US, though not in state groups.

Recently the Alliance became a cause celebre in Vermont, and that is how I became aware of it. My long-term agitator friend, Scott Norman Rosenthal, sends me too many e-mails daily to even review, but occasionally, an e-mail piques my interest. The following all relate to the alleged attack on Fred Sargeant, a co-founder of the NYC Gay Pride Month and, more importantly, a  verified  participant in Stonewall.  

Below are two of Fred Sargeant’s statements and a rebuttal.  ›  p › statement-from-fred-sargeantStatement from Fred Sargeant – by Holly Math Nerd  ›  watch?v=XzR3Id6yeOc  Statement from Fred Sargeant – YouTube

Fred Sargeant is 73 and a retired police lieutenant from Stamford, Connecticut. Our local  gay newspaper, the Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) has their take on it

The current story on Sargeant involves the ever popular issue of “trans men” using women’s locker rooms.

Victoria A. Brownworth, a poet and writer whom I’ve known for at least 40 years, who currently writes for PGN, has been accused of being a lesbian transphobe.

To be clear, the LGB Alliance recently opened a chapter in New York called LGB NYC, although an LGB Philadelphia has not yet been established.

Since we all need to have a position on every question, mine would be to support the rights of gays and lesbians as one group, and  those of transexuals as another. I believe that any man who has not made the final cut (that is, has not had transgender surgery) should be allowed  only  in the men’s locker room.

Scott, I beg of you, please go back to sending me only non-controversial topics, such as supporting the Palestinians or not supporting Antifa.

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US Assisting Child Traffickers Whistleblower Says

US Assisting Child Traffickers Whistleblower Says — Project Veritas has released an interview with a government whistleblower who claims that Biden Administration is knowingly sending children to be used as sex or labor slaves.

Tara Lee Rodas of The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency says the unaccompanied minors taken at the Mexican border are fed and clothed by our authorities then flown directly to a trafficker at US taxpayer expense.

The fig leaf is that the trafficker is someone who who will allegedly care for the child, often pretending to be a family member. The child has a note with the name of the person on them for our border authorities to find.

She said 44 children have been sent to just one address alone in Texas. Project Veritas went to several of these addresses and found young children living with multiple unrelated men.

Lara Logan described the same thing in an interview with Diamond and Silk.

Yes, the government knows this is going on. Yes, the government doesn’t care.

Can you say sick and evil?

Can you ask why we are not stopping it?

Will you feel shame if you voted for this bunch?

A child being sex trafficked has a life expectancy of two years.

Here’s the Project Veritas story.

US Assisting Child Traffickers Whistleblower Says

US Assisting Child Traffickers Whistleblower Says

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Umpire Augie Donatelli Learned Trade In POW Camp

Umpire Augie Donatelli Learned Trade In POW Camp

By Joe Guzzardi

During World War II, 130,000 American soldiers and nearly 19,000 U.S. civilians were prisoners of war. In all but the worst circumstances, usually the Japanese camps where POWs lived in brutally inhumane conditions, a little recreation was possible, and baseball was the preferred pastime.

In his book, “POW Baseball in World War II,” author Tom Wolter tells the stories of baseball played behind barbed wire in the most unlikely places that included Central Asia, along the Baltic Seacoast, in Indonesian jungles and in Japanese cities where guards challenged prisoners to games. Refusal would have been dangerous.

Games were played, said one POW, to avoid crushing boredom, and to create a “Little America.” Within the camps, the players formed leagues, and rivalries were intense. Umpiring disputes were heated, and ringer roster-stacking allegations common. Prison-run newspapers detailed the games in prose that would have made Damon Runyon proud.

Among those liberated from POW camps was Army Air Force Sergeant Augie Donatelli, a future National League umpire. Stationed in England with the 379th Bomb Group as a tail-gunner on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the Air Force’s most dangerous jobs, Donatelli’s plane, during the first daylight mission over Berlin, was shot down. Looking back, Donatelli said that “fighters [were] diving at us, 20-millimeter shells exploding all around. We flew into the clouds to hide. What action! That day 68 bombers were shot down.”

Donatelli, who previously had flown 17 successful missions, parachuted out but broke his ankle when he hit the ground. Trying to escape from the forest after his fall, Donatelli recalled that he heard a Nazi soldier yell, “Halt,” and was soon a Stalag Luft IV POW.

During his 14 months as a POW, Donatelli tried to escape twice, but was recaptured. Former National League umpire and friend Doug Harvey later recalled, “He always laughed when he talked about his second attempt. He was hiding in a haystack, but didn’t get all the way in. His rear was showing. One of the German guards got him out with a pitchfork.”

Umpire Augie Donatelli Learned Trade In POW Camp

As a young boy, Donatelli, the son of Italian immigrants, worked in Western Pennsylvania’s coal mines. Donatelli told the Society for American Baseball’s Oral History Committee, “It was dangerous and hard work, but what else were you going to do? I started even before graduating from high school.” But Donatelli began his 24-year career, which ended with him universally regarded as one of baseball history’s best umpires, when he presided over POW softball games.

Before Donatelli enlisted, something he said that his patriotic spirit compelled him to do, he had played shortstop in the Class D league for the St. Louis Browns. But Gus, as Donatelli’s friends called him, sensed that his skills weren’t up to MLB snuff. After graduating from umpire school, his new career began, and soon, he was umpiring in the big leagues where he became famous for his quick hook and the dramatic gestures that accompanied it.

By the time he retired, Donatelli had worked four All-Star games, five World Series, two League Championship Series. Donatelli was also behind the plate for four no-hitters, as well as when Whitey Ford set the World Series record for scoreless innings, 32, when Don Drysdale got the single season consecutive shutout innings in a season, 58, when Stan Musial hit five homers in a doubleheader, and when “The Man” got his 3,000th base hit, and when Nate Colbert hit five homers and had the most RBIs, 13, in a doubleheader.

In 1970, Donatelli helped organize the Major League Umpires Association which eventually led to today’s umpires earning an average $235,000 salary. When Donatelli looked back at his career, he pointed with pride to missing only one game in 24 years, and his patriotic World War II service; “I felt it was something I had to do, not to escape the mines but because you just felt it was up to you to get into it.” At age 75, Donatelli died at home in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research member. Contact him at

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8 Billion People On Planet Earth

8 Billion People On Planet Earth

By Joe Guzzardi

The arrival of the planet’s 8 billionth human inhabitant, which the United Nationsexcitedly announced in mid-November, was greeted in some circles as a joyous event. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed 8 billion people as an occasion “to celebrate diversity and enhancements.”

For other population growth enthusiasts, 2037 can’t come fast enough. By then, only 17 years from today, the world population will hit 9 billion. The Washington Post’seditorial board wholeheartedly agrees with Guterres. In its op-ed piece, disdainfully, the Post encouraged readers not to fret because population growth is “mostly inevitable anyway.” The editorial overlooked, perhaps purposely, other harmful population growth consequences, including, but not limited to, drought and its inevitable water shortages, megafauna extinction and ground subsidence, as well as pollution in its multiple forms.

Suddenly, or so it seems, everyone is advocating for higher birth rates, and hence more people, but without mentioning the obvious negative effects on the already eroding ecosystem and depleted, irreplaceable natural resources. Elon Musk, father of nine, is sounding alarm bells about what he refers to as a crumbling civilization, inevitable without a population spike.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has joined the more people, the merrier crowd, and uses his advocacy as an excuse to defend the U.S.’s unprecedented and unlawful border invasion. Coinciding with the UN’s gleeful announcement that world population had hit 8 billion, Schumer urged his GOP congressional colleagues to join in the effort to “welcome” more immigration and to put existing illegal aliens, as well as, presumably, those pouring across the border every hour of every day, on a citizenship path. Schumer’s reasoning: the U.S. has “a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to.” Therefore, Schumer warned, without immigration, the nation’s economy is doomed.

8 Billion People On Planet Earth

The magnitude of Schumer’s distorted vision is stunning. The existing illegal immigrants’ exact population is unknown. It is such a mystery that Schumer himself refuses to take a stab at the total. In his plea for a citizenship path for aliens, Schumer referred to “all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.” Eleven million is the conservative end of the range that, in some estimates, extends upward to 30 million.

A word or two about the border invasion’s totals that must be evaluated as part of Schumer’s grand citizenship plan. Eight weeks into fiscal 2023, which began October 1, a record number of illegals have crossed the border. The number of gotaways — those seen crossing illegally but not apprehended — are on an unprecedented pace during FY 2023 to date: 134,649 since October 1, per CBP sources. Overall migrant encounters also are on an unparalleled pace, FYTD23: 349,216 compared to 275,624 this time in FY22. Assuming those statistics continue indefinitely — and there’s no reason to expect otherwise — at least 2,496 illegals per day will get away, and border agents will encounter 6,467 aliens daily.

Given that more than 5.5 million aliens have entered since President Biden took office, the U.S. population will have increased by roughly 10 million when Election Day 2024 rolls around. Schumer has nothing to worry about; family reunification will be the impetus for the 10 million total to go ever-upward.

The worldwide migrant community has every incentive to keep coming. The administration gives free-to-them, but taxpayer-funded, airline tickets, train tickets, bus tickets, cell phones, welfare, public education and health care, purposely provided incentives that will help satisfy the seditious goal of Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to destroy sovereign America. For Musk, Schumer and other population growth deniers, Biden’s open borders are a dream come true.

Joe Guzzardi writes about immigration issues and impacts.

8 Billion People On Planet Earth

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Thousand Drops Of Rain Makes Great Christmas Present

Thousand Drops Of Rain Makes Great Christmas Present — We last discussed Pete Crittenden back in September and now we can review his other book, A Thousand Drops of Rain.

One of the reasons it took so long to finish is because we didn’t want it to end.

It was that good.

It’s an old school compilation of short stories about adventure, mysticism and science fiction with Mike, a proprietor of a hotel and bar in Thailand on the shores of the Andaman Sea, being the glue that holds it together.

Thousand Drops Of Rain Makes Great Christmas Present

Pete is a retired Green Beret who grew up in Thailand and now lives in Chester County, Pa.

Some of the stories are inspired by things he actually experienced like a python sliding down a banyan tree to the terror of a dachshund, or a soldier participating in a voodoo ceremony to resolve a political issue.

For those concerned about the dog, he ends up fine.

And for a retired Green Beret, there is little shooting or blood and guts. The book is the perfect Christmas gift for a boy entering adolescence.

Or his dad.

The book comes from The link on the book’s image takes you to Barnes & Noble. You can also get it on Amazon.

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