East London’s big fat gay pissing contest

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The boys and girls in West Hollywood could teach these twits in London a thing or two

Who knew there were so many warring factions within the gay and transgender community and who knew how off the centre some of them are. Here is a short simplistic synopsis (try saying that early in the morning) of what’s being happening in East  London recently. A bunch of friends get together and decide they want to put a boot in the asses, of Islamic fundamentalists they claim are behind the posting of Gay Free Zone stickers in East London including Hackney. They form East End Gay Pride (EEGP) and decide 2nd of April is a great day to have an almighty shing ding.

I began to follow EEPG on Twitter, but soon tired of the over excited head cheer leader and person behind the twitter account. His whooping and squealing reminded me of an excited puppy. There was the ‘build up’ to their website, then a lot of hollerin’ when it received 400 hits…..400 hits? More whoopin’ and hollerin’ every time ‘Raymond’ made a new blog post and when ever ‘Raymond’ gave a press interview, you would think twitter boy just blew a wad in his panties. “We’re being interviewed by the Daily Star and BBC News today! And Raymond will be live on the radio between 1.30 and 2pm. Dets to follow”, screamed one of their twitter posts.

Soon I began to think ‘twitter guy’ and the rest of the EEPG team have a collective persecution complex and slightly paranoid, as every other tweet was about haters and people out to get them. Still not aware of the growing drama, I just assumed they were referring to homophobe trolls on line.”Its Monday morning and the haters & non supporters are back! spread the love peeps!”, read one of their tweets.

It wasn’t until last week I realised the ‘haters’ were other LGBT “community groups”  who began to voice their doubts on who was behind the blitz of homophobic stickers. Some think it’s the thugs better known as English Defence League (EDL). Out East, Rainbow Hamlet, Imaan and others began writing about it and when they notice main stream media is taking an interest then begin vying for king (or queen) of the heap. They become adamant about their disapproval and start issuing press releases left right and centre, ‘welcoming inquiries’ from the press….as if. Soon it becomes a massive he say she say, with people taking sides and coming up with their own theories. Pink News soon becomes my favourite source of information with a blog called Latte Labour lending it’s views.

Finally a coup d’état of sorts, when EEGP lead organizer Raymond Berry stepped down on Tuesday followed by back slapping and self-congratulatory by those that opposed EEGP’s leadership and intent. Imaan, a Muslim support group for LGBT folks claims to have a ‘dossier’ of “evidence of right wing and fascistic associations amongst the organisers, which has been painstakingly collected by Imaan and other concerned community groups and will be part of a complete community publication expected to be ready for release on Thursday March 17.” They claim Raymond Berry wasn’t the only EDL and fascist member and will expose the others. It’s Friday 18 March and still nothing from Imaan. If you ask me, the whole lot of them are like vultures all living off the same carcass.

Not so with EEGP followers, whom as you can imagine were and are still pissed off about having their big ole party cancelled. EEGP responded with a bitterly worded statement:

It is with deep regret that the East End Gay Pride Team have collectively decided to cancel the march on April 2nd.With the events of the last few days coming about, we have found it extremely difficult to deal with the copious amount of personal attacks that are coming mostly from Terry Stewart of OutEast and Jack Gilbert and Rebecca Shaw of Rainbow Hamlets. These individuals have been attacking EEGP from the very beginning, even though OutEast and Rainbow Hamlets, along with Imaan and several other ‘community groups’, were invited to help create the event from day one.

In a day and age where the LGBT community of East London should be working together to combat hatred of any nature, we have found it shocking that OutEast and Rainbow Hamlets have continuously set out to divide the community. Internet forums have proved this to no end.

Jack Gilbert, alone, posted on a public forum, the name and contact details of a member of the EEGP team. We now call for him to be removed from his post and urge ALL of the EEGP supporters to question his role in the community.

Terry Stewart has been spreading vicious lies about the entire EEGP team from day one. For someone that co-organises Hackney Pride and promotes love for all and tolerance for all, it brings into question his motives behind these attacks.

The entire EEGP team had nothing but good intentions for this event from the off set. We planned to make it a fun march with no hatred being shown. We even planned on a bigger event next year, dropping the word ‘gay’ from the name and making it a festival for the entire community to show how diverse and tolerant we all are. With the help of Terry Stewart of OutEast and Jack Gilbert and Rebecca Shaw of Rainbow Hamlets, this now looks impossible.

We are stepping down from this event because of the personal vendetta from OutEast and Rainbow Hamlets to name but a few.

We would like to thank our supporters for standing beside us in these times and urge you to stand up against hatred within the LGBT community as well as hatred from outside of any form.

The East End Gay Pride Team

They appear to have removed several bitchy comments by the team, including other statements they released, but you can see the dregs here on their Facebook page.

I come from the school of an eye for an eye. Passive discussions with certain groups will achieve nothing, it’s like pissin’ in the wind, but hey, this is the UK and this is the socialist state of East London, the land of pussy whooped do-gooders. I’m not gay, but I enjoy a good ole Pride Parade void of politics. C’mon East London, what’s so hard about putting on a good old fashioned, flamboyant stereo typical gay oops LGBT big ole hoopla? Isn’t being outrageous in the thousands enough to let people know you are queer, proud, here and unmovable. Even last years Hackney Pride march was a sea of Socialist Workers Placards and banners.

Note to any of y’all who might want to start speculating on any far right wing involvement here (I know how paranoid y’all are), I can assure you I’m not. I’m a Black female with an aversion to apologists and smug self-righteous, sanctimonious, kumbaya singing panderer’s.

Hackney Pride 2010 was a sea of Socialist Workers placards

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