It is not surprising that The Illinois Family Institute's Peter LaBarbera has once more inserted himself into a gay leather extravaganza. For more than a decade, he has enthusiastically attended such events to either complain or conduct "research" for the right. In my book, Anything But Straight, Wade Richards, once an ex-gay (he's now ex-ex) who worked with LaBarbera, said he had a bizarre backroom with piles of gay porno mags and leather costumes so he could go undercover at these events.
"Peter was very intense," said Richards in Anything But Straight (Pg. 77). "The office freaked me out. I had never seen so much gay pornography in my whole life...It was crazy...[there were] thousands [of gay magazines] - all kinds...[He said they were] for research...I had no clue what fisting was until I met Peter LaBarbera...It was a crazy experience."
And this clown says that openly gay people are a threat to children? It seems Mr. LaBarbera protests a bit too much. If I were his wife (Thank God I'm not) I'd be a little suspicious that my husband collected mountains of gay porno mags kept going back to events that featured gay S&M. If he keeps entering such places, maybe he secretly wants to enter this arena?
LaBarbera's latest target is International Mr. Leather which drew 10,000 leather-clad men to Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. He is desperately trying to link Kraft Foods to the event because they support the Gay Games. However, we all know that that the Gay Games is about first-class competition, and Kraft is about food. Like the American Family Association's failed boycotts against Disney and Ford, LaBarbera's crusade against Kraft is also doomed to fail.
In typical Nazi propaganda fashion, LaBarbera called for the arrest of the leatherman and used the most outrageous photo he could find on his web-site in a sleazy effort to scare church-goers
(Political Porn: LaBarbera's 'Money Shot') in Middle America. It is ironic, but most Americans see outrageous pictures of leather events only through the right wing media. This likely makes LaBarbera one of the largest providers of seedy gay porn for fundamentalist Christian audiences. No doubt, he does his job well, as there is hardly a gay leather event he seems to miss.
Interestingly, I have yet to see LaBarbera attend and publicize a heterosexual S&M gathering. To be sure, there are hundreds of swingers clubs and leather events for straight people. Indeed, the heterosexual leather/swingers scene dwarfs that of the gay community (that's because there are more straight people, if you haven't noticed). Yet, LaBarbera seems to have no interest in these events. His choice of venues is, for sure, very odd.
Here is the funniest line of his article:
"That's right: here in the Land of Lincoln, homosexual men roamed the streets and halls of the Hyatt Regency chained to their male 'master' partners, being led around like dogs wherever they went."
From what we are learning about Lincoln, it would be no surprise, if he were alive, that he might be attending the event. To tell you the truth, leather isn't my scene and holds no interest for me. Therefore, I mind my own business and usually stay away. Peter LaBarbera should heed my advice and avoid leather events if it is not his scene. Or, maybe he keeps showing up, because it is.
I once saw this creepy pig roaming round an event in DC. What a freak. It is clear that he has an obsession with it. These dysfunctional right wingers are so screwed up.
Come on MK, no one should be banned from Pride, we're all in this together, now you're thinking like THEM! Also, why does this clown have to keep going 'undercover', what leather folks do is no secret society, he can just ask! AND, how often does he have to do the same 'investigation', these conventions are all basically the same arent they? OBVIOUSLY he's into it. Too bad Wayne cant get a picture of this closet case in a sling at one of these conventions with a big shvantz being rammed up his 'holy' ass!! Gary in NJ
posted by Anonymous, at
6/08/2005 10:56 AM
First, to M. K.: You "preps" embarass ME with your cookie-cutter fasion-sense and adherence to mainstream ideas of what it means to be gay. But I'm not going to ban you from Gay Pride, because Gay Pride is about all aspects of the gay community, not just the parts that you feel are socially acceptable.
Second, please someone tell me that they have a picture of this sad, sad man attending one of these leather events "undercover." Even if he is a rather unattractive man, some leather daddy somewhere MUST have approached him. Dust all the slings for fingerprints and DNA!
LaBabera uses situations like this to represent gay people. This is like using gangsta rap videos to represent black people. This would only work with people who commit to socially segregating themselves from the very group they COULD learn better about if they wanted to. And kinky sexual practices or even more importantly, sexual pathology is equal among all people-gay or not. In America, all segregation is basically motivated by sexuality. Yes, that includes racial segregation and interreligious segregation too. It's rooted in fear of losing sexual power, or sexual purity. Either way, it's archaic and the current standards never hold up to moral certitude because it's never applied equally or fairly.
posted by Regan, at
6/08/2005 9:52 PM
If anyone sees Barbara LaPeter at any gay event, please go up and tear him a new asshole, surely someone will recognize this pig. Ask him what he's doing there and then kick his bigoted ass out the door. Or better yet, flog him, he'd probably like it. What a sick puke. Tim W.
posted by Anonymous, at
6/09/2005 8:14 AM
I think I've seen this guy in a sling in a Washington circuit party. If it is the same queen, he looked pretty gay to me with his legs spread. If I would have known who it was, I would have called the press. These right wing moralizers are such scum.
LaBarbera is obviously ignorant of Christ's message of love and forgiveness, otherwise he wouldn't be leading this smear campaign. (Perhaps he feels that *all* gays should be dragged behind pickup trucks, and then strung up on barbed wire fences and left to die? That was a sickening case.) As a straight lady with gay friends, as a wife and as a mother, I can honestly say that I've never felt threatened by anyone's sexuality. It may not all be my cup of tea, but what goes on in someone else's bedroom is not my concern. Stay the course.
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