Thanks to everyone who voted for the signs and for those who offered suggestions of their own. My favs were "R. Pissy," thanks Clay and "15 Will Get You 20," thanks Johnny Action Space Punk!
Well, it was cold, really cold. But that didn’t stop those that wanted to be there from showing up. Much thanks to Local 33, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stagehands for collaborating against a common cause. For those that don’t know, Local 33 has been in a negotiations for over two years with Faithful Central Bible Church after the church’s bargaining agent forced steep cuts on Forum workers. Wages were cut more than 30 percent as well as hours. After reading the article about the protest in the L.A. Times, Local 33 was only too happy to join in the cause. Activists that came out include Najee Ali, Donald Bakeer, and Pearl Jr. among others.
I will say that most of the passerbyers honked their horns in support, which was reassuring to say the least. It’s always good to know you’re not the only one who feels a certain way. Of course there were those that were still living deep within their denial…
Media coverage was decent. CNN and Access Hollywood sent crews. KJLH’s News Director and mentor Jacquie Stephens also did a report.
In the end, while I was freezing my behind off on the way back to my car, I felt pretty good about the protest. Yeah, 18,000 piled into The Forum regardless, I never thought the protest would stop that from happening, but like I said earlier, at least L.A. didn’t just let the Pied Piper of Pedophilia sweep into town without so much as an objection.
Every now and then it’s good to take it to the streets. Today was such a day.
Now that our week of R. "I’m A Flirt" Kelly coverage has concluded, we can get back to focusing on the other wrongs of the world of which there are many.
But before I sign off, a word to the wise. I received a few emails this week questioning why I was focusing on R. Kelly instead of covering gay issues. I’ll kindly refer you back to my Frequently Asked Questions, number three in particular.
3. Does Jasmyne just focus on gay issues?
Jasmyne focuses on issues that are relevant to the Black community as a
whole. It just so happens that gay issues are a part of the Black
I focus on the issues that I choose to. I feel the same way about R. Pissy as I do Shirley Q. Liquor, disgusted. I am Black, I am female, and I am gay. If you’re depending on me to cover gay issues only, you’ll be disappointed every time. That’s not who I am or what I am about. Today it’s R. Kelly tomorrow it’ll be something else. There are a lot of people willing to talk gay, not so many willing to address the issue of a man with 14 counts of child pornography against him and a case that’s going on six years old, who is performing in a Black mega church with an audience of Black mothers, fathers, sisters, and daughters, who are living in complete denial about a video which clearly shows him urinating on a fifteen year old girl.
When there are more people willing to address those issues, good, because then I won’t feel compelled to and I can focus on something else.
But in the meantime, you do you and I’ll do me. Gay or straight, the issues that I focus on are undeniably Black. If you haven’t gotten that yet, then maybe this isn’t the blog for you.
Have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be back Monday.