I just came back from the ACT UP Protest in Times Square, where the newly revived organization staged a protest of the recent comments by top U.S. military officer and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, who commented this past Monday that gays shouldn't be allowed to serve in the military, as homosexuals are "immoral."
Turning out for the protest in front of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square were pioneer activist Larry Kramer, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force honcho Matt Foreman, activist Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, writer/activist Michelangelo Signorile, rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, and former NJ governor Jim McGreevey, who handily shmoozed with the press.
McGreevey searches for a sound bite. And a protestor's "fabulous" sign.
Rainbow banners were hoisted, folks chanted ("Fire Pace! Hire Gays!" and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, General Pace can go to hell!"), signs waved, and all in all it was an avid, peaceful event that carried the cool statement of, basically... "Why do the governmental powers-that-be have to be such bigoted jerks?" and "Bring our troops home!" and "You're calling us immoral? Your war is immoral!" (Heard that!) Seeds seemed to be planted for further protests and actions. Keep your eyes and ears open...
Matt Foreman, Larry Kramer and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum are knocking at the door of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center. But no one's home.
The hour-long event ended with Foreman and Rabbi Kleinbaum and a few others leading their large rainbow banner and protest out into 7th Avenue, stopping traffic, and then the arrest of Foreman and Kleinbaum, as part of this act of civil disobedience.
Hey, it's a start.
Some video from the event:
Protesters in front of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square
NGLTF Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, Larry Kramer and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum knocking on the recruiting center doors, and commenting on Gen. Pace's comments
More after the jump, too.
CBS News on Logo was also there. Watch for their report soon.