Andy Towle has the background on this disturbing video:
Check out this archaic assemblage of bigots at Coudersport, Pennsylvania’s public library at a presentation meant to counter the screening of Out in the Silence, a documentary by filmmaker Joe Wilson about what it’s like to be LGBT in a rural Pennsylvania town (Wilson’s subject was Oil City, PA, his hometown, two hours away).
Wilson had screened Out in the Silence a month before the presentation you’re about to see here, to a standing room only crowd and faced fierce opposition from the local Tea Party and Dr. Robert Wagner, who speaks in this video.
Behind Wagner, is Diane Gramley, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Family Association, and a resident of Oil City who plays a central role in Wilson’s film for opposing Wilson and his partner’s same-sex marriage announcement in the local paper.
Referring to transgender people in the video, here’s what Robert Wagner says:
“I’m gonna put a ball bat in my car, and if I ever see a guy (transgender individual) coming out of a bathroom that my granddaughter’s in, I’m gonna use the ball bat on him…In the good old days, before ‘she-males’ existed, they just called such people perverts.”
This is, of course, a pigheadedly ignorant refusal to understand what it means to be transgender. Those who know better scare those who don’t into believing that allowing space for transgender people to use facilities in line with their gender presentation is somehow tantamount to letting dirty, perverted old men go to the bathroom with young girls. But it’s good to have a “Bible-believing conservative” on video threatening violence against people. It shows people how they really are.
Later in the video, a quote from Bryan Fischer is read, where he says that gays should be barred from public office, and the crowd of bottom-feeders cheer and applaud the idea.
The heartwarming thing about this video, though, is this: Note the ages of the people in attendance. The anti-gay side of society is aging, rapidly, and the young people simply don’t buy the bigotry they’re trying to sell. The days of anti-gay hatred will indeed come to an end.
Scary people, nonetheless.