Friday, July 22, 2011

Barbarians with Glitter!

A friend of mine donned (faux) fur and was part of the recent non-violent direct action at the Minnesota "counseling" center of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus. And, yes, glitter was involved!

The action has received national attention. Following is The Washington Post's coverage.


Marcus Bachmann’s Clinic Invaded
by ‘Gay, Barbarian Horde’

By Melissa Bell

The Washington Post
July 22, 2011

While British protesters may still find pies their weapons of choice, glitter is fast becoming the American protest pick.

The latest victim? The counseling center of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus. The clinic, which receives federal and state funding, has come under fire for reportedly using “pray-away-the-gay” techniques.

Marcus Bachmann has come under fire for his strong views on homosexuality, with much of the focus on an interview in which he called anyone with homosexual tendencies “barbarian.”

To show their displeasure, gay and lesbian activists donned Viking-esque attire, called themselves a “gay, barbarian horde” and descended on the clinic to shower the lobby with glitter.

Recommended Off-site Links:
Bachmann's Clinic Gets Glittered Over Ex-Gay Therapy Charges – Andy Birkey (The Minnesota Independent, July 22, 2011).
Protesters "Glitter" Bachmann Offices Free Speech TV (July 22, 2011).
Gay Protesters Glitter Bachmann Clinic (July 22, 2011).
"Gay Barbarians" Glitter Bomb Bachmann Clinic – Josh Voorhees (The Slatest, July 21, 2011).
Conservative Gay Leader to LGBT Glitterers: You're Not Helping – Evan McMorris-Santoro (TPM, July 22, 2011).
Fred Karger: "Marcus Bachmann, Come Out of the Closet and Debate Me" – Lynda Waddington (The Minnesota Independent, July 15, 2011).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – July 9, 2011
It's Official: APA Opposes "Reparative Therapy"
Gay Catholics, Courage, and Reparative Therapy


Mareczku said...

Aha, fighting hate with humor.

Fran said...

Glitter-tastic! I love it!

brian gerard said...