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Video: Courage Campaign members flash mob against Michele Bachmann

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By Adam Bink

On Friday night shortly before Michele Bachmann’s speech to the California Republican Convention, about 75 people turned out to flash mob to “Like a Prayer” by Madonna to raise awareness of the Bachmanns’ “ex-gay” clinic and support for “praying the gay away.” Michele, you can’t pray away who you are.

The event was covered by Huffington Post, LA Times, SF Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, KABC Channel 7, KTLA Channel 5, Towleroad and any other number of blogs. Bachmann’s message shouldn’t go without response anywhere across America.

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  • 1. Ronnie  |  September 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Ecellent Courage Campaign….Subscribing & sharing…… Yesterday on Fire Island at Cherry Grove Robert Scherffius & Victor Alfieri, who met in NYC 58 years ago, were one of the 5 couples who exchanged rings & vows legally marrying the person they love officiated by Rev. Alison Caiola. (video)…… Congratulations to the happy couple….& congratulations to the other happy couples as well…… <3…Ronnie:
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  • 2. Sagesse  |  September 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

    'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Countdown: The End Is Near

    "We're Gay. Get Over it," stated the cover page of the Marine Corps Times distributed to bases worldwide a week ahead of Tuesday's repeal."

    Good summary of the work that remains to be done. This will work in favour of DOMA repeal.

    The battles after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

  • 3. Rich  |  September 18, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Love the flash-mob are the participants given instruction in dance prior to the event?

  • 4. Brad M  |  September 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I wish I could have been there. That was amazing! Keep up the good work!

  • 5. _BK_  |  September 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Can't wait until Tuesday!

  • 6. Ann S.  |  September 18, 2011 at 11:23 am


  • 7. allen  |  September 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Who is the exceptionally energetic limber dancer in the front! Lol so awesome.

    I'm glad Leno brought attention to the pray away the gay on his show earlier this week. It served as a great precursor to this event since it's now fresh in peoples minds. Thanks CC members who participated and put this thing together!

  • 8. Anne F.  |  September 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Rich, we were sent instructional videos to learn in advance and there were 3 optional rehearsals. The day of the flashmob we met up several hours before hand to finalize all the details and rehearse. It was an amazing experience.

  • 9. JonT  |  September 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Same here :)

  • 10. Ann S.  |  September 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Sounds like fun!

  • 11. Tim in Sonoma  |  September 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Great job to all of you who participated! *high five* I wish I could have been there! The fact that anyone thinks you can really pray the gay away floors me.

  • 12. Sheryl_Carver  |  September 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Ya'll were amazing!!!

    Wish I could have been there. Don't have a lot of dance talent, but do have lots of enthusiasm.

    Anybody going to do something in San Francisco???

  • 13. Lodi Gal  |  September 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Very cool! Bystanders seemed charmed. Great job everybody!

    Where can I get one of those t-shirts? The ones on the website are different.

  • 14. Ronnie  |  September 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Soldiers' Civilian Partners, Long-Silent, Celebrate End of DADT

    Night-long celebrations will mark the final countdown to the historic end of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay troops, and even more partying will take place once it is lifted Tuesday. But in many ways change is already here…

    Several have come out to their peers and commanders.

    A few have since placed photographs of their same-sex partners on their desks and attended military barbecues and softball games with their significant others. In San Diego, about 200 active-duty personnel — both gay and heterosexual — made up the nation's first military contingency to participate in a Gay Pride march this summer, carrying banners identifying their branches of service. An Army soldier had tears, saying she was touched by the thousands cheering them on, after hiding her identity for so long.

    "We're Gay. Get Over it," stated the cover page of the Marine Corps Times distributed to bases worldwide a week ahead of Tuesday's repeal.

    (me) Photographs on desks? Nibbling on sweetcorn (NY's state "vegetable") hot off the grill ? Softball games? With their significant others?……. unit "cohesion" must be spiraling out of control…..(runs out the house screaming)…. Now that I got the sarcasm bug out, onto a more serious note… Huge congratulations to those currently serving & to your spouse or the person you are dating waiting to exhale on Tuesday & thank you for your service. To those wronged by DADT & the barbaric mistreatment prior to that evil "law", thank you for your service. I know your exhale will be the longest & the most deserved……. <3…Ronnie

  • 15. FlexSF  |  September 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Hahaha! Kudos to anyone who can do this in the day light. I would love to see Madonna's reaction to this.

  • 16. Sagesse  |  September 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Powerful testimony.

    Repeal of gay ban welcomed by civilian partners

  • 17. Sagesse  |  September 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    The time is coming around when SPLC updates its list of hate groups.

    NOM Promotes Calling “Sodomy” The “Cancer Version” Of Heterosexuality

  • 18. Reformed  |  September 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Gay marriage isn't even about sodomy (although who knows what that term actually means) its about marriage. A great many gay couples do not even engage in what might be called sodomy, whereas , interstingly enough, many heterosexual couples do. Marriage is about loving someone and and making a life together with that person, an association with another person (naturally of your mutual choosing). Married couples are free to engage in whatever type of intimacy is right for them. Maybe there is some negative health aspect to a certain form of intimacy. What does that have to do with withholding the benefits of marriage from an unpopular minority? It is perfectly natural for people to love and desire intimacy with the person they will and in the form that they will. Pair bonding is natural and it isnt always hetersexual pair bonding. Society had a great interest in the mutual support and order that is achieved by recognizing and protecting bonded pairs.

    I lost the love of my life to family/society pressures (his not mine). Is it really healthier for me to endure the resulting loneliness and depression?

  • 19. Reformed  |  September 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Another thought, are the statistics regarding how "unhealthy" homosexual behavior is adjusted for outright gay bashing and the suicide that results from bullying? What about the risky behavior that results when the government will not recognize a marriage between persons of the same sex? That discrimination and the discrimination that it fosters keeps many people closeted. I dont think it needs much explanation to convey how that leads to uhealthy behavior that negatively affects everyone, including the heterosexual spounces of many gay men and woman.

  • 20. dwpiper  |  September 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    First, I hope you will accept my sympathy for your loss.

    Second, great points, well made.

    Third, a thought I had shared elsewhen:

    Why do they only care about men's intestines?

    It's a talking point for some anti-gay crusaders: "Homosexual sex is disgusting! A man violently crams his penis into another man's intestines and wriggles it around in excrement!"

    What they don't say is that heterosexuals engage in anal sex too.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "National Health Statistics Reports" dated March 3, 2011 states that of the adults aged 25-44 years surveyed, 44% of the men and 36% of the women reported having had anal sex with an opposite sex partner. Yet only 6% of the men and 12% of the women reported having had any kind of sex with a partner of the same sex.

    Obviously the number of men who "violently cram" their penises into a woman's intestines is vastly larger than the number of men cramming them into another man.

    Is it that a woman's intestines aren't important? Is it because a woman's excrement doesn't stink? Or is it because "a hole's a hole, unless it's a man's"?

  • 21. FlexSF  |  September 19, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Proposition 8 discussed on Morning Joe for over 10 minutes. Unfortunately I couldn't embed the video, so here is the link.

    Good day.

  • 22. DaveP  |  September 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Nice flash mob! Well done!

    …. and on an unrelated topic, I just wanted to mention that I'll be away for about three weeks starting Thursday. I'm taking a vacation to some pretty remote areas of the south Pacific with no internet access (yes, these still exist), but I'll be back around October 13th or so. I'll be spending a couple of weeks on a riverboat heading up a river into the rain forests of Borneo, plus a few days in Hong Kong before & after.

    Really glad I'm leaving AFTER the repeal of DADT tomorrow so I get to watch all of that happen.

  • 23. loaferguy  |  September 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Rob Reiner Talks Equal Rights, Bigotry Tonight's Prop 8 Play Reading on 'Morning Joe' VIDEO

  • 24. James Sweet  |  September 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Michele, you can’t pray away who you are.

    Oh, if only one could, then maybe Bachmann could pray away the stupid.

  • 25. Gregory in SLC  |  September 19, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Safe Journey Dave!

  • 26. Sagesse  |  September 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Ends This Week With Celebrations, Revelations and Questions

  • 27. Kevin  |  September 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Anyone get Judge Ware's order yet?

  • 28. Jeff Tabaco  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Yeah, PDF anyone? I got the list e-mail, and it's too tantalizing not to see the actual order yet! "ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO UNSEAL DIGITAL RECORDING OF TRIAL; GRANTING LIMITED STAY re [771] USCA Order. Signed by Judge James Ware on September 19, 2011."

  • 29. Christian  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Just the e-mail from the Appeals Court saying that Ware has granted the motion to unseal the tapes. I'm sure Kathleen or someone will be along shortly with the full decision.

  • 30. Alan_Eckert  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:03 am


  • 31. Kathleen  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

    UPDATE: Perry
    District Court Judge Ware has granted motion to unseal tapes, but stays order until Sept 30 to allow appeal to higher courts

  • 32. Ed Cortes  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I read the whole thing, and my smile got bigger with every page! I can't wait to hear the spin doctors at NOM try to take this one apart!!

  • 33. B&E  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I just saw this hit my email Very good news. Anxiosly waiting to see the full recordings of the trail.

  • 34. Ann S.  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Have a great trip!

  • 35. DaveP  |  September 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Yeah!! : )

  • 36. Reformed  |  September 19, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Let me paraphrase in advance. . . I'm melting! I'm melting!

  • 37. Ann S.  |  September 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for posting that — interesting appearance, and Rob did a good job.

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