brian camenker is one of the most prominent anti-gay activists in massachusetts. currently, he is the leader of the article 8 alliance, an activist group that seeks to remove massachusetts state supreme court judges who recognized a state constitutional right to same-sex marriage in the goodridge case.
in the past, he has gained attention for speaking out against a statewide conference, called “teach-out,” that was sponsored by the massachusetts department of education, the governor’s commission on gay and lesbian youth, and the gay, lesbian and straight education network, held at tufts university. camenker secretly taped the event and recorded explicit sexual discussion, including discussion of the practice known as “fisting” which was presented as “an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with … [and] to put you into an exploratory mode.” this led the incident to be dubbed “fistgate” by camenker and others. as a result of the outcry that was generated when parents heard tapes of the event, margot abels who made the comments about “fisting”, and two other state employees were fired. abels has filed suit against camenker as a result of his distribution of the tape recordings.
camenker gained additional attention after he and kim cariani tried to videotape an event called “to bglad: transgender, bisexual, gay and lesbian awareness day” at newton north high school in december of 2004. camenker and cariani said that they were warned by four police officers and the school principal that they would be charged with trespassing if they didn’t leave the campus. a local newspaper columnist, tom mountain of the newton tab, also was barred from the assembly “for the safety and security of the children.”
macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.
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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link