A ZIONIST VICTORY IN NEW YORK’S GAY COMMUNITY

  
Even the oppressed are capable of oppressing….. 
  
 
 NY’s famed LGBT Center folds under pressure – bans “Party to End Apartheid!,” Israeli Apartheid Week event and groups
 
 Taking Pinkwashing to a whole new level, one of Israel’s very very good friends– gay male pornographer Michael Lucas– is boasting that he single-handedly got NY’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Community Center to not only cancel a “Party to End Apartheid” fundraiser to cover costs for Israel Awareness Week, but to ban the group from ever renting there again. How? You know, the usual calls from supporters and threats to withhold major donations (according to Lucas). Stephen Thrasher in the Village Voice writes:

Lucas, one of gay porn’s most outspoken figures, is known equally for his “Men of Israel” films, hisrabidly right-wing political writing for theAdvocate, and his custom-made dildo in the shape of his own manhood.

We were surprised at how quickly he succeeded.

Just hours after writing, “It was an inexcusable decision on the Center’s part to associate itself with a hate group like Israeli Apartheid Week, but there’s still time for them to reverse course and begin restoring their reputation,” Lucas proclaimed victory, writing: “We prevailed! Congratulations to everyone who stood with me in support of Israel. With your help it took only eight hours to accomplish our mission.”

The LGBT Center released a two-sentence statement: “We have determined that this event is not appropriate to be held at our LGBT Community Center, which is a safe haven for LGBT groups and individuals. Therefore, the meeting at The Center has been cancelled and the host group will no longer meet at The Center.”

Safe haven? For whom exactly?

Perhaps it’s the use of the word ‘apartheid’ that got to Lucas. The event was part of Israel Apartheid Week- but that word, whether you agree with it or not, has long been used to describe conditions in Israel by many including former education minister Shulamit Aloni, and former Israeli Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair. And how is Israel so utterly weak that it apparently cannot stand strong or at worst strident language? Isn’t this the core of democracy- protecting popular and unpopular speech?

Here’s a recently released open letter from Queer Palestinians that has something to say about safety, which should extend beyond safety for just Michael Lucas and his friends. It also makes a compelling case that many other groups have made for aligning LGBT freedom with other struggles (including the fight for free speech). A message likely long ago internalized by the LGBT Center except, it turns out, when it comes to Palestinians.

We believe that, as Queer communities, we must pay close attention to any grave human rights violations on our way to support the LGBTQ struggle, especially in a context where the country in question that oppresses, discriminates, and implements an apartheid system. We should question the ethics and the values of Queer organizations or groups that voice fervent support for and participate in an apartheid state’s institutions. Human rights should not be compartmentalized, and the human rights of a certain group should not be more important than others’. We, as Palestinian queers, cannot ignore the struggle and the rights of the Palestinian people.  To us, the two struggles go side by side.

All I can say is, the LGBT Center screwed. It’s appalling how easily they folded to threats from right-wing donors-apparently it took just 8 hours to make this unprincipled decision. I can’t imagine that NY area LGBT activists, who love and helped build the ground-breaking center, are going to like this anymore than the activist community in Toronto that staged a full-out Cairo-style rebellion when a small group of right wing friends of Israel similarly pressured Toronto Pride into banning the word ‘apartheid’ , when associated with Israel, in the parade. (Pride overturned the decision because, like this decision, it was indefensible.)

Thrasher says:

“Party to End Apartheid!” was a benefit for the Siege Busters Working Group, whose membership includes Emily Henochowicz, a Cooper Union art student who lost an eyeduring a peace protest in Israel, and the group Existence is Resistance. Both groups are raising money to send another aid ship to Gaza. The last such unsuccessful effort led to the death of nine people (and to the protest where Henochowicz lost an eye).

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And from the culprit himself…..

Michael Lucas Calls for Boycott of LGBT Center for Hosting Anti-Semitic Event

 

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2011  — Gay adult entertainment entrepreneur and Advocate.com columnist, Michael Lucas, today threatened to organize a boycott against New York’s LGBT Center for its decision to host a party for an anti-Semitic organization.

Lucas called on the LGBT Center to cancel a party by Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), scheduled for March 5th.

He further demands that the LGBT Center’s leaders publicly apologize, and pledge to ban any and all anti-Semitic groups from using their facilities in the future.

“I’m preparing to organize a boycott that would certainly involve some of the Center’s most generous donors,” said Lucas. “It was an inexcusable decision on the Center’s part to associate itself with a hate group like Israeli Apartheid Week, but there’s still time for them to reverse course and begin restoring their reputation.”

Lucas says he has already spoken with a number of other furious LGBT Center supporters who plan to withdraw all future donations should the “Smash Israeli Apartheid” party go forward.

Anti-Israeli groups, like IAW, are using the pretext of support for Palestinians to stoke old anti-Semitic hatreds and perpetuate Jewish stereotypes. They’re also growing increasingly and aggressively pro-Islam. Sociologists, like Phyllis Chesler of College of Staten Island says, “Anti-Zionism is new antisemitism.” The IAW is attempting to organize a boycott campaign against Israel.

Jewish and non-Jewish members of the gay community are baffled by the LGBT Center’s decision to support a controversial organization that has nothing to do with gay rights.

“At first I thought this was a joke,” says Lucas. “Israel is the only country in the Middle East that supports gay rights, while its enemies round up, torture, and condemn gay people to death — often by publicly hanging or stoning them to death.”

In fact, gay people in these societies flee to Israel for safety and protection.

“If the LGBT Center wants to host a fundraising and awareness party for anti-semites, they might as well go all the way and host a tea dance for Fred Phelps,” said Lucas.

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4 Comments

  1. richard Guillemette said,

    February 25, 2011 at 22:15

    a pornographer.what is the definition.what he does is reduced all relationship to a mere carnal encounter of a few minutes either gay or hetero is the same thing.all emotion and humanity is taken out. of course his take on jewish racism and israeli apartheid would have the same connotation.The LGBT center ends up like all the other american institution.of course you are not a whore the only difference is how much is it going to cost?

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  3. Tom said,

    February 26, 2011 at 00:33

    As a man who happens to be gay and living in New York City, allow me to point out that Michael Lucas does not, has never, and will not ever speak for me, nor anyone I respect. In my opinion he represents the basest and most repellant manifestation of same-sex desire. His films are revolting displays of the very worst aspects of gay “culture,” emphasizing vapidity, materialism, and a body-fascist chic that gay men I know find abjectly anti-erotic and embarrassing. In fact, with his trademark silicon pout and otherwise plucked and plasticine features, Lucas is nothing more to any man than a walking joke, and a bad one at that. Now he proves himself representative of the most cowardly, bullying and reactionary aspect of the homosexual “community,” and a perfect illustration of the tendency among some people in any oppressed minority to seek out another group to vent their own internalized hatred and rage against. In short, he is the sort of person Truman Capote had in mind when, with an admirable disregard for political correctness, he spoke about the kind of faggot who has antifreeze instead of blood in his veins.

    There are many gay men and women who view it as our duty to stand by other oppressed minorities in their struggles for dignity and survival. Unfortunately, since our type generally chooses not to pander to the lowest common denominator when it comes to making a living, we do not have the money to buy the influence Gotham’s own Queen of Smut does. It is tragic that so many gay people never recover from the wounds that growing up gay all too commonly inflicts upon their psyches, remaining inured in a pornographic spectacle they mistake for pride in themselves, and in a hedonistic subculture where sex is mistaken for love and where sensual pleasure, however achieved, represents a purposeful existence. It is this exploitative, vulgar and antihuman milieu that is the source of the malign influence which Michael Lucas’ currently wields against a defenseless people. And that is all the more the pity.

    The New York City LGBT Center has historically been a place where underdogs of all sorts, gay as well as straight, have been able to gather in an atmosphere of peace, tolerance and respect. It has been a historic locus of resistance to corrupt and bigoted power. It is disgraceful, if predictable, that such power can emanate from within the ranks of gays. But while the pertly preening, ever-poutier and more-airbrushed Wicked Witch of Chelsea may wield a financial power which our Community Center does not feel equipped to withstand, his obscenities, whether political or cinematic, will never represent the spirit of freedom, tolerance and respect that sparked the Stonewall uprising, and that lives in all people of goodwill…the very same spirit that is under attack in Palestine.

    As a gay MAN, I demand an end to apartheid in Israel, and to the Israeli massacre of the Palestinian people. And I condemn the sick and shameful joke that Michael Lucas is.

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