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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell–Gone, Not a Day Too Soon

  Another pernicious piece of discrimination and bigotry has gone under the wheels of progress, and not a day too soon. How legislators can twist themselves and our country into illogical contortions of ignorance that blatantly violate constitutional rights with such laws as DADT, is beyond me. But not really given so many other shameful… Read more »

Republican Candidates — Are they not ashamed?

Leading Republican candidates can’t wait to broadcast their bigotry against gay Americans. Incredibly, in public statements they are shamelessly lining up to promote discrimination as part of their conservative platforms. What kind of humanistic, religious, American leadership can they possibly offer when they advocate overt abuse of human rights with their in-humanistic, un-Christian, anti-American rhetoric.–against… Read more »

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American Founding Fathers: Elegance and Shame

By Richard Ammon June 3, 2011 In the past week I have visited the mansions of three early presidents of America: Jefferson’s ‘Monticello’ (photo right), Monroe’s ‘Ashlawn’ and Andrew Jackson’s ‘Hermitage’, in Virginia and Tennessee. Viewing these stately properties a modern visitor can glimpse a past way of life both elegant as well as… Read more »

Memorial Day Remembrance of Army Private John Ammon

By Richard Ammon May 31, 2011 Memorial Day is different from other holidays. Unlike Thanksgiving, Fourth of July or religious festivals where the celebrations recall rather abstract events, Memorial Day for me is about a particular person known and loved by his family and friends. Memorial Day is both a remembrance of millions of… Read more »

Gay-Straight Alliances Blossom in Utah

By Richard AmmonGlobalGayz.comJanuary 2, 2011 Some cheerful new this New Years week as reported in the New York Times today: The new Gay-Straight Alliance Club in the conservative town of St. George, Utah, “is part of a drastic rise this past fall in the number of clubs statewide, reflecting new activism by gay and lesbian… Read more »

  USA – Gay Games: Swimming & Sports

About 800 swimmers from dozens of countries spent Gay Games VII week in competition at the University of Chicago Ratner aquatic complex. Many of the swimmers’s home cities were evident from the logos on their swim suits. GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon won several medals. (photos #47 and 48) Other nearby sports during the week were… Read more »

  USA – Gay Games: Chicago Tour

Random views of Chicago city and gay Boystown. Chicago was the host city for Gay Games VII . It is a city full of architectural wonder and scenic beauty along Lake Michigan. The gay district (Boystown) along Halsey Street was decked out in rainbow flags as thousands of visitors enjoyed the cafes and restuarants and shops. The Gay Games were also a financial success.

  Gay Games 06 Chicago Closing Ceremony

Chicago’s Wrigley Field was the host venue for the closing ceremony of Gay Games VII in July 2006. Participant athletes entered the field to the cheers of about 25,000 people. Mayor Richard Daley helped transfer the Gay Games flag to the deputy mayor of Cologne, Germany for the next Games in 2010. The star singer… Read more »

  Gay Games 1986 San Francisco

San Francisco was host to the first Gay Games in 1982 when it started under the leadership of Dr. Tom Waddell, a gay Olympian who saw the need for a sporting celebration of gay pride. Sadly, Waddell died of AIDS in 1987 not long after the second Gay Games in 1986, also held in San… Read more »

  USA – Gay Games: Opening Ceremony

Chicago’s Soldier Field was the host venue for the opening ceremony of Gay Games VII in July 2006. About 11,000 athletes from nearly 50 countries entered the field to the cheers of about 40,000 people. At the end of the evening the Gay Games torch was lit.

Garden of Delight–Westhampton, MA and its Denizens

By Richard Ammon September 4, 2010 At 0655 this early September morning a few golden rays of the sun penetrated through the earth’s atmosphere, through the forest of summer trees into our cottage and landed on the stone fireplace in our bedroom. The stones lit up with flickering morning light, a bit like those… Read more »

My Family – A Hundred Years Later

By Richard Ammon June 25, 2010 A hundred years ago today my grandparents, Francis and Cora, were married and our immediate family began. I have no family memory beyond that–photos and stories yes but no memories. My paternal great-grandfather died in 1915. My maternal great-grandmother lived to 1938, before my birth. But starting a… Read more »

New Hate Crimes Bill: New Era of Civil Rights Recognition for LGBT Americans (?)

From: October 31, 2009 Sonoma County (California) Civil Rights Examiner By Megan Cofey The expanded federal Hate Crime Prevention Act, named for 1998 victims Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. and signed into law by President Obama on October 28, may end up being much more significant than its scope would suggest. Although the… Read more »

Equality March on Washington, October 11, 2009

Westhampton, MA – October 15, 2009 Richard Ammon – In case you missed being there, here are three videos of the Equality March on Washington: Equality Across America They speak loud and clear about the message. Read more: Gay Rally in US capital

Gaining Rights vs Being Privileged–Gays and Obama

Westhampton, MA – October 11, 2009 Richard Ammon – Last night President Obama gave a speech at a Human Rights Campaign fund-raising dinner in DC. This is remarkable in itself since no other president has ever given specific attention to a gay organization in a public forum. The press were there and captured his… Read more »

Coming Out at 13 Years Old – an Eternal Truth

Westhampton, MA – September 30, 2009 Richard Ammon – The September 27, 2009 New York Times Magazine cover story of a 13 year-old boy who has come out at school is notable in many ways: -it was published by America’s premier newspaper -it was made a daring headline story with photos -it’s about homosexual… Read more »

National Equality March (NEM) in Washington D.C. Oct. 10-11

Westhampton, MA – September 24, 2009 Richard Ammon – The National Equality March (NEM) is being organized by Equality Across America (EAA) with one simple demand: full equality for all GLBT people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. Now. Events are now taking place in every state as a… Read more »

Gay Rights Organizations react to Death of Ted Kennedy

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” From Richard Ammon, owner Westhampton, MA I grew up with the Kennedys in our government, the longest serving being Ted Kennedy. He was a presence in my life… Read more »

  John Ammon Photo Gallery

Also see: Remembering John Ammon story These images have been collected from several sources including John’s own photo album, family archives in Switzerland and America and Richard Ammon’s photos taken in Switzerland in 1965. Most of the photos cover a range of years from about 1892 to 1927 as well as a few modern pictures.… Read more »

  Canada – OutGames: Montreal City (2)

Montreal was the host city for the first world OutGames in August 2006. The city was welcoming and blocked traffic from the main street of The Village, the gay district, as thousand of visitors strolled up and down shopping and eating at the many cafes and restaurants–and looking at each other. The opening and closing… Read more »

Gay Canada 2003-04: Bold Pioneer for Gay Equality

Gay Canada is a feisty, energetic, aggressive, wide-ranging herd of activists and citizens who don’t take discrimination lightly. They are not overwhelmed by a stampede of right-wing moralists hell-bent on a homophobic agenda to preserve the ‘sanctity’ of marriage. Nor are they living in fear of brutal police tactics to beat them into submission. Mostly… Read more »

It’s Normal to be Gay: Worldwide Gay Survey

Intro: Despite daunting persecution of gays in many countires, a guest author surveys mid-nineties optimistic gains in gay expression, gay pride activity and legal status around the world. Bangkok   by John Duvoli The Economist Revised June 1, 2008 Photos by Richard Ammon                                                                         Across the world a radical idea about homosexuals is gaining ground:… Read more »

Gay Canada 2006: Athletes go to OutGames Sports & Activists go to Rights Conference

OutGames Montreal presented the world with its double-header debut event linking gay sports and gay human rights under one banner. The result was a resounding success for the organizers, for the city, for 11,000 athletes, for 1500 rights activists and for 60,000 spectators. Three news reports here give overviews of the Montreal events and include… Read more »

John Ammon Remembered

John Ammon Remembered (1888-1918)   John in his twenties (1908-13) with camera   Also see: John Ammon Photo Gallery Introduction to a Short Life How are people remembered after they die? Unless blessed or cursed with fame or infamy, the departed are usually recalled in family memories and in the recollections of friends for a… Read more »

  Canada – OutGames: Opening Ceremony (1)

About 11,000 athletes from 60 countries marched into the 1976 Olympic Stadium to open the OutGames before an audience of 75,000. The featured speakers were the mayor of Montreal, Olympic swimming medalist Mark Tewksbury and tennis champ Martina Navratilova. The featured openly lesbian singer was k.d.lang.