Friday, April 15, 2011

Brody's Notes... Activists Give Maggie Gallagher Bigotry Award; Promises A Pie, à la Anita Bryant

Nom's Maggie Gallagher testifying at DOMA hearing
Photo by Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner
By LGBTQNation (Chandler, Arizona) APR 15 | At a Congressional hearing on “Defending Marriage” on Friday, LGBT activist group GetEQUAL caught up with Maggie Gallagher, the anti-gay marriage board chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, and presented her with the “First Annual Anita Bryant Award for Unbridled and Unparalleled Bigotry.”
A statement by GetEqual said competition for the prize was fierce, with Gallagher “out-bigoting such notable figures as Senator John McCain, Michelle Bachmann, Pastor Rick Warren, and Sarah Palin.”
Michael Dixon from GetEqual DC, presented Gallagher with an award certificate; watch here:

According to GetEqual, Gallagher will receive an additional prize in honor of the award’s namesake — a cream pie.
Harkening back to an incident in 1977, said GetEqual, the award is given in commemoration of the “pieing” of Anita Bryant -– then leader of “Save Our Children,” a political coalition formed in Miami, Fla., aimed at overturning a Dade County ordinance that banned discrimination in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
Here’s a clip of the Anita Bryant incident:
“I have seen the video of the four ‘self-proclaimed homosexuals’ who delivered the pie to Anita Bryant in 1977,” said Dixon. “It is truly an honor to walk in their footsteps as GetEQUAL recognizes and rewards the tireless efforts of Ms. Gallagher — the woman who has picked up the mantle of hatred and prejudice from Ms. Bryant — and worked so hard to promote bigotry and discrimination against an entire class of American citizens. I hope we can unite her with her pie as soon as possible — I have always believed that bigots should get their just desserts.”
GetEQUAL said it will “deliver the pie” during a future public appearance by Gallagher, “to ensure that she is able to celebrate the award publicly, in front of an audience.”
The exact moment of delivery is unknown at this time.