The World's New Gay State

Andrew Sullivan Should Be Ambassador To Bearville.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 26, 2010

Andrew Sullivan has long been a great thinker and leader in the Right-wing fringe of our larger LGBT community.  And he has alway been a hunk and a heart-throb for his manly man masculinity.

And then hearts sank and a collective exhale of disappoint rang out when Sullivan married his beloved.  Yes, we are all happy for them as a major sex symbol enters into holy matrimony.  blah, blah, blah.

I have long encouraged readers of these pages to frequently check out The Daily Dish.  I enjoy it enough, but it’s frustrating in trying to find entries from Andrew and not his growing cadre of writers.  True followers want Andrew, not a close facsimile.

And then yesterday there he was, Andrew Sullivan appearing on the Chris Matthews Show.  Can you say “Visual bliss?”  Andrew Sullivan has grown a beard that could “out-bear” and “out-man” any of us mere mortals.  He looks like a warrior God.   I could see statues in The Gay State built in his image.   Although conflicted by his conservative bent, I could see Sullivan coming on as the Press Secretary for The Gay State.  Now he looks like a warrior that could lead a nation.

Most of all, for our global Gay brothers and sisters everywhere, we hope the beard may be a symbol that Sullivan will continue to slide away from his wrong-headed conservative political thinking that internalized some element of self-loathing homophobia to becoming a gloriously liberal member of the world’s Gay and OUT community.

Leslie Jordan Made Me Cry.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 25, 2010

That’s right, I said it.  It happened after several days of chaotic travel and personal matters that needed my attention.  I was away and snuck into Manhattan on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday night we had dinner in Chelsea and met some friends before whisking off to the Midtown Theater to see Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan in his incredible one-man show “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet.”

From the opening line, Leslie had the audience laughing out loud.  It was funny, he was hilarious, it was intriguing hearing all of the gossip and juicy details of the strange and exciting life of a man who was an unlikely Hollywood success story.  The audience adored Leslie Jordan.  And I loved Leslie Jordan.

For the younger audience, they know Leslie Jordan as Beverly Leslie, the petite scene stealer who played the sarcastic arch-nemesis to one Karen Walker, played by Megan Mulally of “Will and Grace” fame.  From his opening line of  “Karen Walker!  I thought I smelled Gin and regret,” Leslie had us all in the palm of his hand.

What I suspect many in the audience didn’t know, was the long and storied career he has had, from working with a young Robert Urich, to John Ritter to Faye  Dunaway.   The show however, wasn’t just a laugh out loud comedy/cabaret act.  Leslie sang and boogied his way through a drug and booze filled Disco era and the audience came along for the ride.

What ultimately was most poignant, was Leslie Jordan’s strength in exposing a very human vulnerability that afflicts us all.  And yes, the issues of growing up in a non-Gay community and family that brutalized our souls and damaged our very sense of self-worth.  He spoke of his internalized homophobia and the torment he endured in coming to terms with who he was.  And as Jordan aptly described, the younger generation Twits and Tweetwers its way through Gay expression, but for us Gay men and women of a certain age, the loneliness and despair of finding ones way in the world was often a sad and desperate journey that too often ended in suicide or psychosis that required therapy.

While some in the audience were wiping away the tears, others simply laughed their way through the tears.  Readers, while you can, see this show.  It will strike a chord, I guarantee.  It will remind you of what we’ve been through to get where we are.  But make no mistake, this is one of the most fun evenings many of us have had in a very long time.

“The Gay State” To Launch in New York. FREEDOM Commences May 21st, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 21, 2010

April 22, 2010

(New York) – The highly anticipated launch of “The Gay State:  The Quest for an Independent Gay Nation-State and what It Means to Conservatives and the World’s Religions” is scheduled for May 21, 2010 in New York City.  According to Dottie Shapiro, agent for author Garrett Graham, “This book has been a rally cry for Gay people around the world who are yearning for peace, freedom, liberty and above all, equality – and a lightning rod for those who oppose their advances.  And in keeping with his pride in the Gay community,  Garrett (Graham) has agreed to hold the launch reception at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Arts Foundation.”  The general public is invited to attend the exclusive Friday evening event and will take place beginning at 6:30 pm and will conclude by 8:30pm.  The address is 26 Wooster Street, New York.  It is one block north of Canal Street and two blocks east of 6th Avenue.  Due to the adult nature of the topic, all attendees must be 18 years of age or older.

“The Gay State” was published by The Gay State Government Services Corporation.  According to Graham, “We’ve been invited to hold our launch at a number of prestigious venues, but in the end, the Leslie/Lohman Gallery has such an astounding record of accomplishment for standing up to support the Gay community and allow for an expression often shunned or marginalized in the mainstream art world.  For us, it was an easy decision – as humbled and gratified as we were to be invited by The National Press Club in Washington, DC, The Yale Club, among others, we felt an allegiance to the good people at Leslie/Lohman for their astonishing work and their courage.”  According to Shapiro, “it will be an evening filled with amazing Gay art, books and discussion, all the while imbibing in spirits and meeting the leaders and thinkers of the Gay community.”

“The Gay State” is Graham’s continued galvanizing of the global Gay community.  The Gay independence movement which has been gaining momentum around the world, has formed the international F.I.G.S. Party – for friends and supporters of a “Free, Independent Gay State.”  Graham’s hypothesis is that Gay people everywhere are a people – one people – with a distinct culture, traditions and ideals and deserve a politically autonomous territory, free from the ongoing oppression and persecution of the “non-Gay” majority.  In the book, Graham outlines 3,000 years of a “kaleidoscope of horrors” as he puts it.  He also details some of the atrocities up to today, when he claims 95% percent of the nations still discriminate against Gays at the very least, and root them out for extermination at the worst.  “There remain at least 80 nations that have outlawed our very existence,” the author and international Gay activist explains. Graham’s “The Gay State” covers the socio-political solution to the ongoing tensions that exist between the Gay community and the “so-called” conservatives and the religious.

Graham added, “Millions of my people have had their lives destroyed and to what end?  Enough! As Bishop Desmond Tutu has said in defense of oppressed people everywhere, ‘I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master.  I want the full menu of rights.’”  With Graham’s book, more people around the world will open their eyes to what the world could be, an alternative to what it is.

Don’t Miss the Equality Forum. It’s the Spring Event Not-To-Miss!

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 21, 2010

We have been following the Equality Forum for the last three years.  I can tell you today and I have said in the past, all gentle readers, know that this annual event and this organization will continue to grow and inspire our community to new and greater heights.

Time and time again, my Manhattan centric-colleagues have listened at my urgings with some intent, until I mention just one word: Philadelphia.  Yes, Philadelphia.  That’s right, I said it!  Philadelphia, it’s closer by train than East Hampton on a Summer Saturday!  Gay Philadelphia is worthy of your attention.  This one week is chock-full of events you won’t want to miss.  Sure, there are parties.  And there are dances.  But there is culture and education as well.  I know anyone who reads this blog enjoys stimulation that arouses — especially the cerebral cortex.

On Monday, April 26th, the International Equality Forum, which by the way is truly becoming more international with every passing year, is holding its VIP Kick-off Party.  The entire week is filled with discussions on Family, Community, Politics and so much more.  There will be movie premieres and concerts.  There will be events for Gays and Lesbians and Bisexuals and Transgender people.  Every spectrum of our Gay rainbow will have plenty to enjoy and learn from.  There will be talks and conversation with Ambassador Michael Guest and dinners with nationally renown political friends such as San Francisco’s Mayor, Gavin Newsom.

Wherever you may be when you read these words, I hope your life is filled with Gay celebration.  But if you live within travel distance to Gay Philadelphia, don’t miss this week.

The International Equality Forum celebrations run from Monday April 26th and wrap up on Sunday May 2nd.  And I’ll let you in on a little secret and I’ll tell you the truth as I always do.  Mid-week events are worthy of your consideration.  But the word is out all around the country that Sunday OUT! at the Piazza is the day and the event not to miss.  So I urge you to go to their website and pick the events that appeal most to you and by all means participate.

You often hear me go on a tear that we must stick together in ways outside of the corner Gay Gin Mill.  There is no way I will denigrate our bar culture, but there is so much more to life and the International Equality Forum serves up a veritable feast of cultural options.  New Yorker’s especially, who think they “have it all.”  If you miss this event it will be to your detriment.

Come with me.  Go to Gay Philly.  And you won’t forget it.  Check it out! — www.EqualityForum.com

The Point Foundation Honors Dinner A Star-Studded Success

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 20, 2010

April 20, 2010.

(New York) – The Point Foundation, America’s largest LGBT Scholarship organization held its annual dinner and ceremony in New York City last night and when it was all said and done, the event raised over $600,000 USD.  The contributions came from table and tickets sales, monies raised through a silent auction and through corporate contributions.

This night offers a fresh hope for America’s Gay community.  Ensconced in The Pierre Hotel, a bastion of Manhattan elitism, bathed in the lavender glow of opulence and splendor, the night was so special and really not to be missed.  It was one of those rare coming togethers that I wish every reader of this could have experienced.  For the 500+ pampered attendees, life is good.  Looking around I swear I tumbled into a Gentleman’s Quarterly photo shoot.  With money comes the time and ability to pamper oneself and everyone looked amazing.  Fit and stylish.  Tanned and happy.  Everyone was schmoozing.  Ah, yes, the progress we’ve made as a community.  Yes, this was a moneyed crowd from the Gay world and they were raising money to send a new generation of Gay leaders off to the best education money can provide.  In the end, we can give the resources to our young and this is a tool for building a future for more and better equality.  There are many fronts on the war against the oppression Gay Americans have endured and this is one of the better strategies for being able to make a difference, without getting ones hands dirty.

“30 Rock” star and Tony Award Winner  (“Nine”) Jane Krakowski was there as beautiful as ever, to accept the Point Courage Award.  Citi (as in Citibank) was represented for the Point Inspiration Award.  But the night’s highlight belonged to our good friend and a true leader in our community, David Mixner, who took to the stage to receive the Point Legend Award for his lifetime of accomplishments and contributions to our community.  Before the author/political strategist/civil rights activist received the Award, there was first a pre-recorded video message from Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain and his wife Sarah Brown, two Brits who have been openly in the forefront of supporting the LGBT community and supporting their right to full equality.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy was in attendance to present the Point Legend Award to an individual who has, through the course of their lifetime, achieved greatness in their professional career and unapologetically supported the LGBT community.  Referring to her late husband Senator Ted Kennedy’s relationship with David Mixner, Mrs. Kennedy said, “My husband was honored to be in the fight with him.  And Teddy never doubted that in the end, the cause will be won– not partial equality, but full equality; not second-class equality, but the right to live free, and to marry and raise a family.  My husband said: ‘Equality is a continuing struggle and America is a continuing revolution.'”

The evening was hosted by Andy Cohen and Kelly Ripa.  Presenters included Mark Consuelos, Alan Cumming, Judith Light, Susan Sarandon and Harry Smith.  Saxophonist Dave Koz and pianist Billy Stitched performed.  Also Tony nominee and “30 Rock”co-star Cheyenne Jackson and Broadway star Orfeh each performed beautiful and poignant numbers.

To learn more about the Point Foundation, go to their website www.PointFoundation.org.  And let me remind you, all gentle readers, when you donate to a worthy cause, keep The Point Foundation on your short list of worthy causes.  It is a tax-deductible organization and remember that keeping our hard earned money within our community is the best way to help end the struggles for future generations.

Urgent! Venue Change for Tonight’s Point Foundation Honors

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 19, 2010

To our readers, you need to know that The Point Foundation is most prestigious LGBT Scholarship Programs for LGBT Americans.  Tonight’s star-studded event is one of the most significant events of the year for our LGBT youth.  Tonight they are honoring our friend David Mixner with the Point Legend Award for all of his incredible contributions he has worked for on behalf of our community.

For all of you who may be attending, this is one more reminder THAT THE VENUE HAS CHANGED!!! 

Due to circumstances beyond the organization’s control,

Point Honors – New York is changing venues from: 583 Park Avenue to The Pierre Hotel @ 2 East 61st Street (at 5th Avenue).

Both venues are operated by The Rose Group who has graciously made the
move to The Pierre Hotel possible at no change in cost to the Point
Foundation.

The Pierre re-opened just nine months ago following a $100 million
renovation and Point couldn’t be more thrilled to have our gala held at
such an iconic and prestigious venue.

We apologize for any inconvenience and ask that you please share this
information with any guests planning to attend the gala on April 19,
2010.

So there you have it readers — one more time.  We’ll look forward to seeing you at The Pierre!

Flag Burning, Hateful Attack on Gay Community Stirs Impassioned Response for Gay Equality.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 17, 2010

The Center is a beacon of safety and hope for LGBT New Yorkers and our building stands as an emblem of our community’s presence in the city. The Center is visited over 300,000 times every year by people in search of support, safety and transformation. More than 1,000 young people come through our doors annually searching for acceptance and a place where they feel comfortable expressing their true selves.

Cowardly acts of hateful speech must be responded to with acts of courage and unity.

The Center has partnered with Gilbert Baker, the Rainbow Flag’s creator, as well as many elected officials and other organizations to bring together our community and unfurl a new 20 foot long flag that will drape the building. On Wednesday, April 21st at 5:00 pm we will gather together as one to prove that we will not sit idly by while our home is threatened. We invite our straight allies to stand with us to demonstrate that LGBT safety and rights are not just an issue for LGBT people. Our city is strong and we need to come together to show that we cannot be intimidated.

Please join us and demonstrate the true power of community!

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Where: In front of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W 13th Street, Manhattan
For questions or how to help, please contact Jeffrey Klein at jklein@gaycenter.org


Statement from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:
“New York City, which itself is a symbol for hope and opportunity worldwide, takes symbols of hate very seriously. We’re the most diverse place anywhere on the planet, but we’re unified against anyone who tries to attack because of who other people are.”

Statement from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer:
“This hate crime perpetrated against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center is a cowardly attempt at intimidation, and it will not be tolerated. The burning of a rainbow flag – a proud symbol of the LGBT movement – should be taken as seriously as if the American flag had been desecrated. I urge anyone with information about this despicable act to contact the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS.”

Statement from Congressman Nadler:
“I was appalled to learn of the recent hate crime at the LGBT Center,” said Congressman Nadler. “Burning a rainbow flag and placing it in front of the Center’s entrance is a cowardly act clearly intended to intimidate members of the LGBT community. As a proud cosponsor of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed into law last fall, I deeply believe that there is no place in our society for such hateful treatment of human beings, especially not for their sexual orientation or gender identity. I commend the NYPD for its swift response to this incident and for appropriately treating it as a hate crime.”

Statement from Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell:
“I am appalled by the recent hate crime incident at the LGBT Community Center. Leaving a burned pride flag at the symbolic doorstep of our community is an act of intimidation that should be condemned by every New Yorker. I am grateful that the New York Police Department is taking this incident seriously and will make every effort to catch the culprit and bring them to justice. As an out and proud member of this community and patron of the LGBT Center, I will do everything in my power to ensure that the Center remains a safe space.”

Statement from Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn:
“The act of hate demonstrated outside the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in the Village is unacceptable. I was angered and deeply disturbed when I heard someone would go to such great lengths to burn a rainbow flag and pin it to the outside of the building. The Center has long been a safe space for LGBT people and will continue to serve New Yorkers who need specific health and social resources. We will continue to combat hate through education to ensure spaces like the Center stay safe. We will continue to speak out against hate and to ensure spaces like the Center stay safe. Our community will continue to stand up against all acts of hate.”

Statement from New York State Senator Tom Duane:
“I was deeply aggrieved and angered to hear that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center was vandalized under the cover of darkness Tuesday night. The Center represents an entire community whose sense of security has been violated by this targeted violence, but we will not be intimidated and we will not be victimized. The Center is working with the New York City Police Department’s 6th precinct and Hate Crimes Unit and the New York City Anti-Violence Project to respond to this apparent hate crime and I am confident that those responsible will be brought to justice. This event is only the latest indicator of the continued need to reduce ignorance, hatred and bigotry in our society.”

Statement from Assembly Member Deborah Glick:
“The LGBT community will not be intimidated by acts of vandalism directed at this important institution in our community. We stand united with the broader Village community to ensure the safety all those who visit the Center.”

Statement from Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner:
“This chilling act of hate reminds us that despite the gains the LGBT community has made violent intolerance is still a very real and disquieting aspect of our society. It is critical that justice is delivered swiftly because it sends a message—particularly to LGBT youth—that civil society does not align itself with bigotry, but rather embraces the diversity that makes our city great. As an openly bisexual man, I understand acutely how important these messages are in the social and emotional health of the younger members of our community. I am pleased to learn that the NYPD has acted appropriately in the investigation of this deplorable hate crime.”

Statement from Assembly member Matthew Titone:
“The LGBT community is a strong and proud community that will not be intimidated by cowardly acts of ignorance. Intolerance like this should not be tolerated by anyone.” Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens “This hateful act is yet another reminder of how far we have to go toward making our City one that is free of hatred and biggotry at all times and for all people. “I am confident that the NYPD, along with the help of New Yorkers, will find those responsible for this attempt at intimidation.”

Burning of Rainbow Flag Symbolizes Hatred; Motivates Growing Passion for Gay Independence.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 17, 2010

The burning of the Gay Rainbow flag in New York City in front of the LGBT Center was meant to stir fear among our people and to declare to all that Gay citizens will no longer be tolerated.  The very act leads to a weakening of our liberty in a city long known to embrace diversity.  While the attack occurred under the dark of night on April 14th, the effects can be far-reaching. 

The community is coming together on April 21st to demonstrate we will not cower and we will not ignore the expressions of hatred.  I urge you all to gather at 5:00 pm in front of the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St, Manhattan.

On the whole, most of you know I do not endorse marching.  The exception is when the purpose is important enough and the march itself will result in a powerful act.  Our oppressors like nothing more than keeping us busy marching back and forth like a bunch of chumps!  In this case, our coming together shows that we will not cower, we will not go silently slinking off into the night.  We know that by dividing our community only serves to weaken us.  Our Gay oppressors have separated us for far too long and it has proven to keep us down.  No more!  This time we stand together.

You know that I have wrestled with the documenting of the atrocities of our people.  We know (the truth is many Gay people don’t know of the atrocities and many prefer to bury their heads in the sand as if their ignorance will protect them.) that every day there are thousands of attacks around the world against our people.  Whether it’s a teenager being bullied and psychologically scarred or other Gays being intimidated, chipping away at our spirit and battering our soul.  Then there is of course the realm of physical violence; the Gay bashings and beatings around the world, Gay murders from civilian thugs and attackers.  As a write this, some lone and isolated lesbian women could very well be violently raped and attacked in her African village, as if it will “cure” her straight.  We know this is all happening.  We know there are governments around the world are that are hunting down our Gay brothers and sisters to kill and maim and imprison them for having been “found out.”

We know this is happening.  And there are those Gays who are the “apologists;”  the ones who want to believe it isn’t so; the ones who want to believe each atrocity against us is an “isolated incident.”  Most non-Gays barely care a wit about the extermination.  The attacks are not worth the ink in the daily paper.  Television media  focuses on the one attack here, the one beheading there, the Gay beating over there and again, it’s presented as if it not one of hundreds of such attacks every day but again, as the rare incident that deserves to be covered.  This kind of coverage does not do justice to our people and makes the media no friend of ours.

We could spend our days documenting all of the attacks on our people but to what aim?  The non-Gay world doesn’t listen and most do not care.  Even many of our Gay brothers and sisters are in denial or fall prey to the “over there” mentality as if that somehow pardons them from outrage or concern.

We know the atrocities occur and they have always occurred.  The better use of our time is not to document the obvious, but instead devote our time to create a solution that would free many of us to live in peace and freedom.  And that of course, is to establish for ourselves our own territory where we will secure our democracy, our equality, and our safety.  We cannot save the world from itself, so lets begin by saving our people.  It is a life affirming and worth-while endeavour.

Now that our enemies have taken to burning our flag, our symbol that we rally around, it is time to bring all of our Gay brothers and sisters together to take notice.  If you are in New York on April 21st, at 5:00 pm, and you are in the Village or Chelsea, do what you need to do, but be at the Center.

Graham Elected President of FIGS

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 2, 2010

A GROWING INTERNATIONAL GAY INDEPENDENCE PARTY

Launching Int’l. Gay News Network Part of Platform

Summary:  The reality is every day, thousands of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender people are murdered, beaten, executed, imprisoned and psychologically abused because of who they are and who they love and after 3,000 years of brutal oppression, the global Gay community is saying “Enough!”  They want peace, freedom and liberty and they want it NOW!  This growing movement for Gay independence and Gay nationalism is rallying around their newly elected President, Garrett Graham, proclaiming a call to arms in his “Gay Manifesto.”

(New York, NY) – FIGS – the Free, Independent Gay State, an international organization representing the global Gay community, has elected Garrett Graham as President to a three year term.  Members of the governing body reside on six of the seven continents.  In the twenty seven voting blocks, Graham garnered 73 percent  of the vote.  The remaining 27 percent of the votes were cast for two other candidates, Jack Smith of Sydney, Australia and Gabriel Silva of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Membership in the FIGS party is rapidly expanding around the world.  Members are known to one another as “Figgies” and advocate for a politically autonomous Gay Nation-State and stress their demands for Gay independence.  “At no time in modern history, have conditions been more favorable, nor do I suspect conditions will improve if we wait any longer.  This is a unique moment in time and Gay people everywhere are demanding equality, freedom and liberty and they want it now,” Graham said from his New York office.  Interest and membership in FIGS has been growing rapidly.  “Of course our people exist in every nation on Earth and unfortunately, the LGBT community is oppressed and persecuted in 95 percent of all nations.  Conditions are shameful in America, but the situation is even worse in most other countries,” he added.

Graham has devoted more than twenty five years of his life as a Gay activist, promoting international Gay equality.  As a human rights mediator and university lecturer, Graham has travelled extensively.  As an author, his book The Gay State:  The Quest for an Independent Gay Nation-State and what It Means to Conservatives and the World’s Religions is due to be released in late Spring.  The book is a 21st Century “Gay Manifesto” that is inspired by the work of Theodor Herzl and Thomas Paine, two intellectuals and visionaries who motivated a people to escape tyranny, claim their independence and issue a call to arms, if necessary.  According to Graham, “if not for Muslim fundamentalists, self-righteous Christian practitioners and the political conservatives, we would not find ourselves in such difficult straits.  No one can deny the brutal treatment we’ve received from them since time immemorial. It is clear by their actions and words that they will not allow us to live in peace.  Even our religious and conservative allies and supporters know we must separate in order to secure our freedom.”

Recently Graham petitioned for the release of a Gay couple in Malawi, being imprisoned for being in a committed Gay relationship.  The case continues to seek a resolution.  He also successfully negotiated with Gambian authorities to suspend their decree to initiate beheadings of all Homosexuals arrested in an undercover sweep by secret police squads.  “No one can deny that we as a people have been savagely oppressed for more than 3,000 years and it shows no sign of ending.  Even today, our very existence is outlawed in more than 80 nations around the world. All that we seek is to have our own small , politically sovereign territory and to be left in peace.  We want nothing more and will take care of the rest.  We will prosper and succeed or despair and fail, according to our own merit, drive and talent.”  A FIGS official stressed that their commitment to equality is a fundamental principle of the FIGS and they will welcome all Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender people to their new Gay homeland.  “We will also welcome all of our non-Gay Heterosexual Allies who care to join us in one of Mankind’s  greatest experiments, the first majority-Gay nation in recorded human history,” according to Jack Flannigan, acting Press Secretary.                                                                                                          

Graham’s platform in this week’s election included plans to consolidate the organizations resources and broaden their global communications.  They plan to launch The Gay News Network in June.  It will focus on international news coverage for the global Gay community utilizing internet podcasts and its international media affiliates around the world.  Members of the Communications Department have been working with the New York headquarters of CBS, one of the major television networks in the United States in preparation for the launch.  According to Jack Flannigan, “At the rapid rate we are currently seeing,  we expect to have delegates installed in every country in the world by the end of the year.  Their duty will be to represent all of our members within their district, in essence acting as our Consular sections.”

FIGS is stressing in their mission statement that all of their members will have equal representation. Officials stress that they will not allow the organization to become a de facto  state for wealthy Americans or privileged Europeans, but will instead  represent every spectrum and every demographic of the “global Gay rainbow of humanity.”

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