The World's New Gay State

Should Israel Exist?

Israel, Palestine and the Gay Doctrine.

The answer to whether Israel should exist is unmistakably and unequivocally  yes.  Israel should exist and has every right to exist.  May it thrive and prosper like few other nations in history.  Unlike many others who take a stand on the Israeli solution, I think too many posture and pontificate without having anything at risk in the debate.  As a leader of a people – the Gay community and an elected leader of the FIGS Party – the Free, Independent Gay State Party, I can tell you that the issue is anything but a sterile academic debate when it comes to freedom, independence and the very survival of a people.  And unlike so many who take a stand on Israel, I am not among the chorus who say the solution to the Middle East involves the relocation of Israel.  As a people, they have all ready been grossly and unjustly wronged.

Having said that, let me be very clear.  Any group – any minority that has been wronged, should be made whole and then some.  My people, the people of the Gay State for instance, are due for the opportunity to be made whole by the entire international community.  It should be made whole and then some.  Its conditions deserve to be improved upon as never before.  Does it even the score for thousands of years of savage and brutal oppression?  No, it doesn’t.  It does however, give the oppressors an opportunity to finally do the right thing and make amends for the past injustices they have wrought on the Gay people.

The Israeli’s on the other hand, have been made whole, but they have not yet received their “and then some.”  The international community and Israel’s Middle East neighbors in particular, need to atone for the treatment they have foisted on the Israeli people.  And in the spirit of equality and fairness, just as the people of the Gay State need to be made whole and then some, Palestinians deserve nothing less in fair and equitable treatment.   As any reader of “The Gay State” all ready knows, I do not favor an approach that involves degrees of equality.  Even in the most enlightened and progressive nations on Earth, Gays are still very often treated as first class taxpayers and second class citizens.  We know that in large swaths of the American landscape, Gays experience nothing short of the internationally regarded “American Gay Apartheid.”  This incremental approach to achieving equality is wrong-headed and ultimately doomed to fail.

So what does the international community do to address the Palestinian issue?  What would you want if YOU were left to endure a life of squalor and poverty amid a prison-like confinement that batters the human soul?  I don’t know of one Israeli family that would trade places with a Palestinian family.  The Palestinians need to be treated – deserve to be treated humanely.  No one – Gay, Israeli, American, nor any other people would want the unspeakable conditions forced on the Palestinians to fall upon them.  The disgust is how the international community merely turns a blind eye to their unimaginable suffering.  This is a war for justice and humanity and as always in these wars, few heed the sense of urgency.  Toward this end, the Palestinians need to be made whole and then some.  Every day that the world hesitates in solving this dilemma, more extremists and more terrorists are created.  This writer says slash a portion of the revenue pumped into the military industrial complex and instead spend the money building bridges, enhancing communities and lifting children up to a place where they can see a brighter future for themselves.

The issue in most practical terms, boils down to land and freedom.  The land will not be land taken from Israel.  This is clear, obvious and non-negotiable.  The people of Israel have all ready been sufficiently wronged by international powers who have made a colossal mess of things.  Instead, the land for the Palestinians will be land bought and paid for by the international community.  How many billions of dollars will the international community invest to solve one of the world’s great injustices and in the process bring true and lasting peace to the Middle East?  Conversely, which nation is willing to step up and be willing to cede a portion of its land for a very handsome price?    Jordan?  Egypt? Syria?  Or perhaps somewhere a bit more exotic; Libya, Iraq or Saudi Arabia for example?  Some say the Palestinians, like old prisoners, do not easily leave their cells.  They will not go quietly from their ancestral homeland.  Like countless others who left their homeland to provide a better life for their children and like so many American’s who have no sense of place, it is now the Palestinians who need to relocate to offer a fresh start for its families and a brighter future for its children.  The Irish nearly emptied their homeland a century ago in search of a new start.  At this moment, the citizens of Nauru and Kiribati are leaving their homelands in droves to make a new start as their homelands sink into the Pacific.  Many more nations will face similar fates in the years to come.  Similarly, the Palestinians need to exit the refugee squatter camps they call home and build something new and grander than they have ever had.  Beautiful homes, excellent schools, modern healthcare and employment awaits the Palestinians in their new homeland.  There is no shame in starting over.  Doing so may be the unique American optimism but conditions may well prove to be better than ever before.

There was a time in the late 1800’s when the location of a future Jewish State was considered in far-away Argentina or even the Orient.  Had the Jewish State followed through on Theodor Herzl’s concept, they might not be in the Middle-East and the world would not find itself in such dreary circumstances.   An infrastructure should be built and the Palestinian’s given a chance to prosper according to their own drive and merit.  This is a new beginning that will vastly improve the quality of life for the Palestinian people for generations to come.  For example, for the people of the Gay State, we want nothing more than the politically autonomous territory where we can be left to live in peace and to live according to our ability and drive.  If we as a people should utterly fail, we have no one to blame but ourselves.  The Palestinians deserve nothing less.  Palestinian parents will finally be able to provide their children with safety, freedom, modern conveniences, a sense of peace and liberty, and the ability to allow their children to grow up and experience the joy and prosperity we all wish for our families.

I think all parties agree the current scenario is unpalatable all the way around.  All parties should be made whole and then some.  For all of the suffering and past injustices, the international community needs to step up and do the right thing.  This might well be the last best chance to secure a lasting peace that could transform the Middle-East.

In the 21st century, is humankind mature enough to realize that some cultures do not blend well with others?  That nations around the world subject our Gay citizens to life imprison or sentence them to death because of who we are and who we love is all the evidence the we need.  We also surely must admit that humanity is not yet mature enough for diverse societies to coexist within one state.  Many claim the Israeli’s should be condemned for their ongoing aggressiveness.  Many say the Palestinians are a front for terrorism.  For my people, the Gay people, one of our thirteen Gaymandments is forgiveness.  We work on forgiving those who continue to attack us, even after Gay people have endured thousands of years of mistreatment.  Without forgiveness from both the Israeli’s and the Palestinians, the festering wounds from the ongoing hostility will prevent both sides from reaching a greater and higher plain.  Therefore, let us agree to separate, peaceably, fairly for the betterment of all peoples involved.  With a free and prosperous Israel, a free and prosperous Palestine, all of humanity can exhale.  As for Israel, it should exist and be allowed to thrive in peace.  So too should the Palestinians and even the Gay State which I proudly represent.

Gayle King To Interview Barbra Streisand, Legendary Actress, Singer, And Director For “Opening Night” Keynote At Bookexpo America On May 25, 2010, 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Posted in Book Distribution, Gay independence, Gay State Promotions by thegaystateblog on May 23, 2010

5/19/2010 |

Norwalk, CT, May 19, 2010:  Gayle King, Editor-at-Large of O, The Oprah Magazine, will interview Barbra Streisand at BookExpo America (BEA), North America’s largest annual gathering of book industry professionals. Ms. Streisand’s appearance for the Opening Night Keynote Reception will be held on May 25, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.   Ms. King will talk with the famous actress, singer and director about her upcoming first book, My Passion for Design, to be published by Viking on November 16, 2010. 

Ms. King is a noted journalist and celebrity who, in addition to her role at O, The Oprah Magazine, is also a special correspondent for both The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America, as well as the host for The Gayle King Show, a national radio show on Oprah & Friends XM Satellite Network.

“This year’s Opening Night Keynote will be a standout event in BEA history,” notes Steven Rosato, Event Director for BookExpo America. “We are enormously fortunate to have Barbra Streisand and Gayle King on stage for a one-on-one conversation. This rare and very special occasion will be an unforgettable experience for everyone in the audience.”
An Emmy award-winning broadcaster, Gayle King began her media career in Baltimore, followed by Kansas City and Hartford. Now, as Editor-at-Large at O, The Oprah Magazine, she has helped guide its editorial and creative vision since its inception in 1999.

The Opening Night Keynote with Barbra Streisand is an “all convention” event and is open to all BEA badge members BUT a free ticket to the event must be picked up at a designated kiosk area upon arrival at BEA in order to gain admittance.  No one will be admitted without a ticket.  Special instructions about ticketing and queuing are available at the BEA web site.

BookExpo America will take place Tuesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 27 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.  It is an exclusive convention for book industry members only.  BEA officials are expecting thousands of professionals to be on hand for the Opening Night Keynote Reception.

For more information about BEA, please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com and connect with BEA on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. It is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).  BEA is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself.   

“The Gay State” Book Launches Successfully from Gay Art Foundation

Posted in FIGS Party, Gay independence, LGBT Politics, The Gay State by thegaystateblog on May 22, 2010

Last night was the emotionally charged American book launch reception for “The Gay State” at the renowned Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York City.  The standing room only event drew members of the F.I.G.S. party as well as members of the general public interested in the concept of forming the world’s first Gay-majority Nation-State.

The Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation opened its magnificent collection of Gay art to all of the patrons, free of charge.  A lavish assortment of food and beverage was provided by Daniel Vater Catering of New York and Fire Island.  DVC provided their polished and professional staff and a bountiful variety of fine wines and beverages and delicious hors d’ oeuvres served up by white glove service.

Author Garrett Graham took to the podium shortly after 7:00pm.  He said in an interview afterwards, that he intended to give a light-hearted talk focusing on the advancements the Gay community has seen around the world.  Instead the talk turned impassioned and poignant when Graham mentioned the case surrounding the two Malawi men sentenced to fourteen years of hard labor in prison for daring to proclaim their love and commitment for one another.  Up until the last moment before giving his talk Graham, as the Executive Director of the Free, Independent Gay State Party (F.I.G.S. Party) and his organization had worked quietly behind the scenes for the two men to be released, but it proved to be unsuccessful at the time of the event.

Support for the global Gay community has grown around the world recently.  The Broadway theatre community in New York turned out for the book launch in showing their support for the F.I.G.S. party.  Sir Elton John wrote a letter that was emailed to everyone who purchased Graham’s “Gay Manifesto” and offered special tickets to his Broadway production Next Fall.  In addition to that, free tickets were given away to several of Broadway’s “smash hits” including Sondheim on Sondheim, Everyday Rapture and of course, Next Fall.  In addition to the theatrical support, the Hollywood community supported the cause  as attendees received tickets to the premiere to see the highly acclaimed movie An Affirmative Act, which will be the highlight of the Hoboken International Film Festival.

Following Graham’s talk he was available to sign copies of the book.  The book “The Gay State: The Quest for an Independent Gay Nation-State and what It Means to Conservatives and the World’s Religions” will have a wide release in US bookstores in June.  Books can be purchased directly through the website, TheGayState.EU and receive a discount.  Members of the F.I.G.S. Party are eligible to larger discounts and membership forms are available on TheGayState.EU website.

As the scheduled event drew to a close, all guests were invited to continue the discussions and conversations over special dinners held at two SoHo restaurants, The Antique Garage on Mercer St. and The Barolo Restaurant on West. Broadway.  Security for the event described the crowd as welcoming and curious and the threats of violence proved to be idle chatter.

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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