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Gay Nationalists Vow To Teach Muslims Importance of Tolerance

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August 13, 2010

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Gay Nationalists Vow To Teach Muslims Importance of Tolerance

(New York, NY)          The international Gay community has been coalescing in recent years to establish the world’s first politically autonomous Gay-majority nation—state.  Under the banner of the FIGS (Free, Independent Gay State) Party with their President Garrett Graham at the helm, the organization is opening new offices in New York.

          Weighing in on the 911 Ground Zero revitalization efforts, the organization expressed a desire to support the neighborhood rebirth, in lieu of being geographically closer to its activities with other international bodies associated with the United Nations.  To further the organization’s outreach objectives, the international body representing the global Gay community is seeking a location in close proximity to the World Trade Center site as well as the proposed Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center.

          “Officials with the FIGS Party stated the international Gay community is declaring they stand shoulder to shoulder with all democratic, freedom—loving citizens of the world who  bow their heads to all of those who perished in the 911 attack on liberty,” according to Jack Flannigan, Press Secretary.

          The FIGS—New York headquarters will eventually become the New York Consular offices for the international governmental body.  According to FIGS President Garrett Graham, “We see this as an opportunity to increase dialogue and understanding within the Muslim community.  If Islam is to be a “great religion,” as it likes to call itself, they must stop their savage violence and discrimination against our people.  The global Gay community has endured hatred, executions, crimes against humanity and brutal oppression at the hands of the Muslim’s for thousands of years.”

          America offers the world a freedom of religion that is a shining example of tolerance.  It should inspire all of us to forgive the Muslims for their heinous atrocities against us, for their actions are rooted in ignorance and they know not what they do.  Nor should we judge them, as in time, from a higher power, they will receive their own fiery brand of justice for the unending persecution they have foisted upon our people.  Hate, especially when cloaked in religion from the posturing pious, must be eradicated.” Graham said.

          According to Jack Flannigan, the FIGS Party Manhattan offices will become a beacon for the global Gay culture and will showcase the finest it offers up to the world.  We can foresee our stylishly attired “hostesses” at the doorway, greeting all of our neighbor’s morning, noon and night.  What we can do to expose the religious, indeed all people, to the best our society has to offer, will surely pave the way to improved global relations, Flannigan stated.  They are proposing the international Gay cultural center be named after Mark Bingham, one of the 911 hero’s who prevented United flight 93 from possibly crashing into the US Capitol or the White House and instead brought the plane down in a rural Pennsylvania field.

          The FIGS Party continues to negotiate for suitable leasing terms.

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The Godfather of the Gay World And Building Bridges.

Posted in FIGS Party, Gay independence, LGBT Politics by thegaystateblog on June 24, 2010

Elton John, international super-star and Gay icon, long recognized as a “Secular Saint,” and a modern day man-of-the-people has spoken.  And he expressed a sentiment that would do us all well to follow.  

A firestorm of controversy flared up when word got out that Elton John agreed to perform  at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding ceremony to bride number four.  Rush Limbaugh?  Really?

To many, a performance for Limbaugh was seen as giving a performance for the “enemy.”  Many have asked that even if John was receiving the reported one million dollar (US) fee for the performance, it couldn’t be that he did it for the money.  Did he?  Could he?  Would he?  Ok, even John deserves to make a living.  Beyond the burdens of being the leader of a global people, the man has to pay his bills, right?

Elton has been a lightning rod throughout his public life, accompanied by tumult and controversy.  The world still loves Elton – even those who couldn’t see past the paid gig.  But forgiveness is a part of our Gay DNA and one of our 13 cherished “Gaymandments.”  But how exactly did this performance advance the global Gay condition, some are wondering?  That’s not the right question, even of the Godfather of our Gay world.   Limbaugh had a global super-star perform at his wedding.  Our detractors will always say that our man “sold us out” for the sake of a paycheck.  Where’s the upside to how we can rationalize this?  To begin with, Elton has done incredible good to support all of our people.  No one can question his generosity.  I say he should take the money,  put it to good use, however he sees fit.  And frankly if Elton didn’t perform, there would be someone else.

Elton John has reportedly said that he now has a new philosophy.  “Life is about building bridges.  Not about building walls.”  I find it to be life affirming and a beautiful way to go through life.  I have used it for years and it’s reqarding to hear Elton utter those words.  One would figure that a less caring and feeling man might not open his heart to seeing life in this way, so good for him.  I wish more of us would view life through this lens. 

Let me repeat it again because I like the sounds of it so much: “Life is about building bridges.  Not about building walls.”  Just think about it…how can each of us go about our day saying that we have worked to build bridges and not walls?

For me, I see great value in reaching out and building bridges to those who have been less than benevolent to us through history.  But we will build the bridges from our new Gay homeland, from our own position of strength, where our freedom has been secured.  The world will see us differently when we are from a position of strength.  As long as we as a people are viewed as servants, dependents and “lesser-thans” we will not be building bridges from strength but from dependency.

So readers should begin by not questioning or second guessing Elton’s decision to take a paid gig at Limbaugh’s wedding.  He will continue to use his resources to support our Gay community as he chooses.  We hope he will continue to support The Gay State and the FIGS Party as we move forward in building our bridges from a position of strength in a new Gay homeland.

12 Degrees of Failure. How does a weak state become a failed state?

Posted in FIGS Party, Gay independence, LGBT Politics, The Gay State by thegaystateblog on June 23, 2010

When I look around the world, I see that 100 percent of existing nations are non-Gay nations and non-Gay governments.  We are discriminated in nearly 100 percent of them but to varying degrees.  A handful of governments have made great strides to support their Gay citizens.  But a full 94% of all people around the world live in states that have made a colossal mess of things; sometimes just for the LGBT citizens, but often for the peril of all citizens.

I often mention in speeches and talks, some of the countries that currently exist that have an abysmal record.  Don’t tell me we as The Gay State  cannot do better than Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Nigeria or Haiti.  We as a people can harness enormous potential from our people all over the world.

Click on this link to read an article that I just came across on my way down to DC for the ALA Conference.   It is found on June 22, 2010 inside Foreign Policy.  If like me, you are a nerd for statistics and rankings, this article will be of interest to you.  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/06/21/12_degrees_of_failure

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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Third Printing of Graham’s Best Seller, The Gay State Announced for 2010.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on December 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Third Printing of Graham’s Best Seller, The Gay State Announced for 2010.

New York, NY, USA – December 22, 2009.  In 2009, the world witnessed the relentless and continuing assault of Gays around the globe.  Murders, executions, imprisonment and beatings of members of the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender community increased internationally.  The beheading of Gays even reached the US, which saw LGBT hate crimes spike by eleven percent in 2008-09.

 As a result of the ongoing global persecution, author Garrett Graham is re-releasing his internationally acclaimed book “The Gay State: The Quest For An Independent Gay Nation-State And What It Means To Conservatives And The World’s Religions.”  The book, originally written  and released in 2007, was followed up with a second printing in 2008.  After revisions and re-editing and inclusion of new data, a third printing of The Gay State is expected to be released by Spring, 2010.  Demand continues to increase, according to Graham’s agent,  Dottie Shapiro, with global distribution across five continents.

 Graham, who lives in New York, has travelled extensively as a Gay equality activist and has researched the question of creating an independent Gay nation.  According to Graham, “Gays have lived under brutal oppression for thousands of years.  And with the exception of a few liberal pockets of enlightenment, the onslaught of our people mercilessly continues.”

 In a telephone interview from London, Graham said “We, as the Gay community are a people – one people, yet we are scattered about in every nation on Earth.  Of those 195 nations, 80 of them have made our very existence an illegal act.  Even in countries where we are legally allowed to exist, we are rooted out for extermination and subjected to routine violence.”

Graham insists the time for this historic experiment in Gay independence has come.  “The global Gay community wants nothing more than to live in freedom with peace and liberty.  We seek only to be left to prosper – or fail, according to our own merit, drive and talent.”

Political conservatives and religious leaders have had mixed reactions to the plan for an independent Gay territory, but substantial numbers support the Gay community in establishing their own Gay state.  Graham’s response to the clergy was “It may be true that we are strange bedfellows.  But we all agree that our views are incompatible and by working harmoniously to separate peacefully is in everyone’s interest.”

Often referred to as “The father of the global Gay independence movement,” Graham will continue to give talks on the subject and a book tour will be scheduled in the coming months, according to his agent, Dottie Shapiro. 

Garrett Graham is available for interviews and his offices may be reached at:

GarrettGrahamAndTheGayState@GMail.com

Contact:  Garrett Graham

GarrettGrahamAndTheGayState@GMail.com