I was in (yet another) civil disobedience demonstration... Yesterday several hundred LGBT NYers crowded into the main concourse at Grand Central yesterday evening and lay down for, "Flash Mob: Homophobia Kills Die-In."
The protesters, who unfurled a giant yellow banner reading, END HOMO/ TRANSPHOBIC APARTHEID IN AMERICA, disrupted foot traffic in the terminal in the midst of rush hour, while organizers read the names of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of murder or of suicide prompted by bullying and violence.
The event was in response to several highly publicized suicides and attacks of gay men recently, including the Stonewall Inn beating and the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi (the Latin King Goonies assault occurred after the die-in was planned, but was another reminder of the issue at hand).
According to Gay City News, two of the organizers were arrested by MTA police and charged with misdemeanor obstruction of pedestrian traffic; another man was reportedly taken away by police for "inciting" the crowd, but was not in handcuffs.
See the video here -- another one is here.
In other news, since this week has been slow at work, I managed to complete a project I've been working on since 2006 -- every episode of Dr Who ever made is now online Chazhome.com! Yes, some of the original film and video was destroyed, but people have painstakingly re-created/reconstructed every missing episode with as much original content as available!
So, while we're awaiting the 2010 Christmas Special, you can watch virtually unseen 'Classic' episodes of Dr Who from William Hartnell through Paul McGann, as well as the new programme by going to my special Dr Who area.
Although I know many folks of today's generation won't enjoy black & white episodes, let alone the reconstructed episodes which are similar to listening to a radio programme -- but they're there if you want them.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Oh well, back to work now.