AFFA's successful billboard campaign equating the gay rights struggle to civil rights just got a little company.
Lowcountry commuters heading home yesterday saw a new anti-gay billboard just before the Remount Road exit on I-26 West. The billboard reads "Heterosexual? It's ok…" Did you realize straight people are being marginalized by all this talk about gay rights? Me neither.
The billboard has a tagline encouraging folks to go to turn2god .org. I will try to wrap-up their pitch (as subjectively as possible) so that you don't have to click over and give them traffic.
• The Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. It's not our place to interpret the Bible (leave that to King James).
• It doesn't matter if you were born gay. You should repent and resist temptation (like Justin Timberlake videos, for example).
• Gays are trying to bully straight people into approving of gay marriage and gay rights. Apparently, gay activists "commonly" assault little old ladies (Honey, my savvy banter is a lot mightier than my puny left hook).
• The kicker is an assertion that gays should not be protected from targeted violence. Their suggestion is that there is more gay-on-gay domestic violence than hate crime incidences. (Well, it would make sense that gay relationships are just as rocky as straight ones. Does that make hate crimes OK?)
• Homosexuality is a mental disorder (but this kind of website is totally sane).
I'm sure it surprises no one that the maintainers of this site are anonymous (after all, the gays are chasing around little old ladies, for pete's sake).
Ask Not, a documentary on the military's anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, will air tonight at 10 p.m. on PBS (SCETV). Tonight's episode of Fresh Air on National Public Radio will also focus on Don't Ask, Don't Tell and can be found at 7 p.m. on 89.9 locally.
Both the documentary and the show include conversations with Alex Nicholson, an Army translator forced out of the Army under Don't Ask. After spending a few years in Columbia, Nicholson has moved to Washington, D.C., with his partner, fellow Army veteran Jarrod Chlapowski. The two, who visited Charleston last month to screen the film, have formed Servicemembers United, an advocacy group of gay and straight current and former military personnel who will be actively campaigning for the repeal of Don't Ask.
The Chart at 1078 East Montague in North Charleston will be hosting a viewing party for Ask Not from 8:30-11 p.m. tonight. All proceeds will go to support the work of Servicemembers United.
Where my gays at 8 p.m. on Oct. 18?
At the North Charleston Performing Arts Center for Kathy Griffin's stand-up show. The D-list diva has become a household name with a hit Bravo show and a long list of biting TV specials that take aim at just about any celebrity that crosses her path.
From the release:
Tickets … are priced at $58.50, $48.50 and $38.50 (plus applicable fees). They go on sale Friday, June 19 at 10AM at the Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix grocery stores), by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
If I end up without tickets because I informed you folks about this show, we're going to have words, bitches!
According to her website, Kathy Griffin will be making a few stops here in the Carolinas come October, including a visit to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Oct. 18. It doesn't appear that tickets are on sale yet, and I could not get a call back from the venue confirming the date.
UPDATE: The venue got back to us Thursday, saying they could not yet confirm the show.
We'll keep you posted.
photo from kathygriffin.net
We'll be providing more coverage next week, but I wanted to pass on a heads up that "Outrage," the controversial documentary by Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated") that names a few names in Washington's closet, will be opening at the Terrace Theater on June 19.