By now practically everyone in the Queer Nation has heard the story of the really unfortunate incidents that occurred in March 2013 on the Washington Mall during the Supreme Court arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
But do you know the real people who it happened to? Well meet the guy who was holding the Trans* Flag that day.
As Bryan Ellicott explains, what started as a happy and exciting day of LGBT Pride & History turned into his ”Supreme Court Marriage Rally Transphobic Experience From Hell” when a staffer and one of the big Gay Inc. groups (ok so it was HRC again) became upset to see other than approved people and symbols cluttering up their photo-op moments and tried to run the riffraff off. With Bryan his Flag suddenly thrust unwilling into a staring role as "unapproved riffraff".
A political activist for the progressive and LGBT community Bryan describes himself as an ”open and proud bisexual transman”.
A native of Staten Island NY graduating from College of Staten Island with a BA in Poli Sci, he has interned in the offices of then City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and then Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. During 2012, he went out and worked in the Ohio OFA (Organizing for Action) office helping re-elect Obama to a second term and he was a campaign aid (LGBT Liaison) to Mel Wymore in his run for the New York City Council. Bryan is also a long-time board member of the Stonewall Democrats of New York City. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Bryan worked with FEMA doing Community Relations work.
In June of 2014 Bryan sued NYC for discrimination after he was ordered to use the wrong public pool locker room.
Says Bryan,"the bulk of my work is in the LGBT community whether it be advocating for Marriage Equality across the country, calling out the need those who talk ill to me or any of my transgender brothers and sisters as well as my continued work for Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State or when it comes to people learning about bisexuality and not thinking those horrible myths are anything but that.”
When trouble came Bryan and his friends were there standing strong representing the the entire LGBT Community. So while you are cheering the symbolism please also remember the actual person. Says Bryan,
So what do you says people? He was there for us. Can you be there for him? Please click the link and Help Fund Top Surgery for Bryan. Thanks
Says Bryan, "Everyday I become more of the man I see myself too be … We have a short period of time but I am super excited too give me my dream. I need just a little more help and we are there”.
Italian restaurant appeared to be putting itself out as an alternative to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road in the West Village, New York.
A New York restaurant has decided to go down the rocky road of saying they serve ‘straight’ ice cream.
Italian venue Gallo Nero, which is located in New York’s West Village neighborhood, put up the sign over the weekend as a direct response to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop from across the road.
And when the gay shop heard about the sign, they tweeted a photo of it.
'If you pass by @galloneronyc maybe you could pop in & let em know what you think of this advertising campaign,' they said.
Responses to the pic include: ‘Apparently the “true taste of Italy” that @GalloNeroNYC creates is homophobia. Mmm…tasteless.’
'Wow! That is the most inappropriate ad I've seen in a long time! Obviously @biggayicecream must be a threat.'
'Funny how your homophobic ice cream is boring and @biggayicecream has fun flavors. A lot like life, huh?'
And on Yelp, the restaurant’s rating is plummetting over the sign.
One review includes: ‘Had spent the last few Saturday afternoons having some drinks at the bar with friends. If I knew how homophobic the management was, we would have never spent a dime there.
'The food sucks, but we thought the bar was welcoming enough for a drink. We won't make that mistake again. A pathetic excuse for a business in the west village.'
And another says: ‘Homophobia does not belong in new york. Don’t bother with a place that advertises it blatantly!’
'What's the issue?' a manager at the restaurant reportedly told Gothamist. 'We can call our ice cream whatever we want.'
i expected the comments to be terrible BUT THEY WEREN’T YAAASSSSS NEW ZEALAND
Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by the people in our country