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Hate group speakers draw LGBT protesters at Boston tea party rally

Monday, April 16, 2012

BOSTON — A Tea Party rally in Boston on Sunday — featuring guest speakers from two noted anti-gay hate groups — drew a crowd of counter protesters from LGBT advocacy group Join the Impact Massachusetts and members of the Occupy movement, and led to arrests of at least three people.

Scott Lively, head of Abiding Truth Ministries, and Brian Camenker, Executive Director of MassResistance, both organizations of which are designated anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were among the scheduled speakers at the The Patriots Day Tea Party rally on Boston Common.

An unidentified protester confronted by a Boston police officer during a demonstration
April 15 in Boston. (Photo by Paul Weiskel.)

At least one counter protester (pictured above) is now contemplating legal action after being confronted by a Boston police officer, who was photographed with his hand around the protester’s neck. The protester, who gave the name Allie but did not want to be identified by gender, was participating in the rally to represent gays, lesbians, and transgender people.

The protester gave the name Allie but did not want to be identified by gender, and was not arrested.

From the outset, approximately 20 protestors from Join the Impact MA stood along the edge of the surrounding sidewalk quietly holding signs condemning Lively and Camenker for their anti-gay advocacy.

Don Gorton, Join the Impact MA

Matthew Murphy of Join the Impact MA

Just prior to Lively’s and Camenker’s turns at the podium came, an estimated 100 exuberant protestors from the Occupy movement charged onto the scene chanting loudly and waving signs. The din became an uproar as Lively
took the microphone.

In his speech, Lively blasted conservatives who would minimize the importance of social issues. He then denounced LGBT rights activists as “fascists” who were intent on destroying civilization.

Camenker met with similar push back
as he criticized the work of GLSEN for allegedly promoting homosexual “recruitment” of public school students,
a reference to the group’s efforts to prevent anti-LGBT bullying.

Lively and Camenker were loudly booed, and much of their speech-making was drowned out by Occupy chants and “mic check” counterpoints.

Ian Harris Struthers, a co-chair of Join The Impact MA told LGBTQ Nation on Monday that the group had not attended the rally looking to have a confrontation with the Tea party members present.

“We wanted a peaceful and non-violent message to be heard,” he said, but added that the presence of Lively in particular, along with Camenker, shifted the focus of the event away from the fiscal issues the “tea party” movement purports to emphasize to the social issues many Republicans would rather avoid.

Lively is best known for his role in promoting the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” pending in the Ugandan Parliament, which would impose the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.”

Camenker stands out for his strident opposition to safe schools programming designed to reduce bullying and harassment of LGBT youth.

Not far from the podium another person protesting the anti-gay messages was assaulted by a Tea Partier who knocked the person’s wig off their head. In the ensuing scuffle, a Boston Police Officer intervened and grabbed at the person’s neck while shoving the person backwards.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Bet you could pick the haters by their two heads or circumcision scars where they had 1 head removed!.

    Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:34pm
  2. ignorance is not bliss you all better wake-up or your rights will be next

    Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:40pm
  3. Just look at the grip this COP has on this PERSONS NECK He should be in JAIL HIMSELF

    Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 9:10pm
  4. Damn right, the kid should sue.

    Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 9:15pm
  5. absolute powere corrupts absolutely

    Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10:00pm
  6. Having just spent the past couple of hours reading some of the submissions put to the Australian Senate Committee Inquiry into Marriage Equality, I am exhausted. The opposing submissions make the most dreadful claims and some are just hate filled pieces of gay bashing. Accusing homosexuals of everything from not being worthy parents, to carriers of disease to being unstable and not normal.
    I am truly shocked at the level of sheer ignorance out there in society. It makes me actually want to cry for the volume of hate, discrimination and rejection inflicted upon my gay friends and all LGBT people. I am so sorry for the way my fellow heterosexuals treat you and think of you.

    Keith Bowker – Admin and proud supporter of Marriage Equality

    Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10:05pm
  7. i love it yes i suffering now in discreminiation of LGBT,,but istill i wnat to be strong even i am ladyboy…

    Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 2:11am
  8. um, why do you have your hands around the young man’s throat, mr. officer, someone needs to check his ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 5:57am
  9. Lively looks gay to me. He is so full of self hate and gall. Same as calling the LGBT activists fascists whom he is the biggest fascist by the true meaning of the word.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:25am