Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Michele Bachmann Glittered To Protest Anti-Gay Rhetoric

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 18, 2011 12:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: GetEqual, glitter, glittering, Michele Bachmann

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UPDATE: Video below, and ABC News and KSTP News reports, and Rachel Lang's video explanation of why she glittered for her lesbian mom.

From GetEqual:

LGBT Activists Glitter Bachmann to Protest Anti-Gay Rhetoric
Saturday, June 18th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2011

Media Contact: Rachel E. B. Lang, 612-600-0277

LGBT Activists Glitter Bachmann to Protest Anti-Gay Rhetoric
Confront Bachmann With Connection to "You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide" Ministry

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Following a speech in her home state, pro-LGBT activists added Michele Bachmann to the list of Republican presidential candidates who have been "glittered" to draw attention to their grave and hurtful anti-gay rhetoric.

Shortly after a speech at the RightOnline conference, pro-LGBT activist Rachel E. B. Lang approached Bachmann, threw glitter in the air, and said, "You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!" -- a reference to the "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide" ministry for which Bachmann has helped raise money and to a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The ministry, a brainchild of rabidly anti-gay Bradley Dean, charges thousands of dollars to speak at public school assemblies and evangelize young people based on a shocking and offensive anti-gay program.

Bradlee Dean, the ministry's founder and chief evangelist, was invited to give the opening prayer during the recent Minnesota legislative session that considered putting an anti-gay marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot. The prayer was so offensive that it was denounced by both Republicans and Democrats, and the house chaplain was asked to give another prayer immediately afterward. The ministry often charges thousands of dollars to speak at public school assemblies, which have routinely drawn criticism for its over-the-top evangelism and have even caused school principals to call follow-up assemblies to apologize to students.

Bachmann has a long history of anti-gay rhetoric and mainstream media outlets are starting to pick up on her extremist viewpoints.

"My response to Michele Bachmann's hateful and anti-gay rhetoric was light-hearted, but these issues are very serious," said Minnesota resident Rachel E. B. Lang, today's glitterer. "Bachmann's support of groups like You Can Run But You Cannot Hide show exactly how extremist she is -- she in no way represents the values of Minnesota and certainly does not represent the values of America."

Lang is straight and a lawyer in Minneapolis, and has several gay family members, including her mother and her 75-year-old uncle who recently married his 75-year-old same-sex partner in Iowa.

"As long as Michele Bachmann and other out-of-touch politicians are attacking my family and limiting my freedom, there will be more and more glitterings across the country," said Lang. "Today I welcomed Bachmann into the Glitter Hall of Fame and, until these politicians stop their anti-gay attacks on families like mine, people will continue to stand up for equality and the freedom to love whoever they want."

See the GetEqual release for the footnoted backup.

On a side note, Mike Huckabee called for arrests of all glitterers. No wonder he's dropped out of the race; he's terrified.

Here's Rachel Lang's explanation of why she glittered Bachmann:

UPDATE: ABC News just reported on the glittering on its blog. KSTP's story is here, which discussed anti-gay preacher Bradlee Dean's role in all this. More: Minneapolis Star-Tribune, ABC

Jillian Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors of GetEqual.

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I think the glitter thing is kind of dumb, but as a resident of Minnesota, I have to say Lang couldn't have picked a better target. Except that Bachmann probably thought the glitter was Jesus kissing her or something.

Glitter for them all! I love it!

NPR just did a great article about Michelle Bachman http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/06/16/137197315/michele-bachmann-charged-with-unrivaled-extremism-by-daily-beast
I don't think Glittering her is going to solve the problem if anything I think it is going to make it worse. I think the problem with many of these Religious Right Conservatives goes deeper then religious freedom and enters into the realm of an irrational psychological problem with religion and life. She is very smart don't think she's a dummy I think she is very disturbingly mentally ill. Read the article and look at what she's done to her family.

Johnny K. | June 18, 2011 2:39 PM

I, too, think the idea is rather dumb, giving them cover to whine about being "attacked" all the more. Please explain what positive effect this has? Thanks!

I'm proud to have been a part of planning this direct action. Direct action has its place in our history and our movement. This was a safe, fun way to draw attention to important issues. As a COLAGEr I'm proud of Rachel for standing up for her family.

I, on the other hand, think it's a degeneration of the debate. There are far more effective and civil ways to humiliate the Representative, most involving quoting her in context.

Brad Bailey | June 18, 2011 5:46 PM

Kudos to Rachel Lang. I applaud her gutsiness.

Just a suggestion: raining glitter down (as at a book signing) has more of a psychological impact than tossing it up onto a stage. The first expresses the power of the "glitterer," while the second could be mistaken for fan worship.

I don't support this "glittering" nonsense. Admittedly, turning Bachmann into a TBLG supporter is unlikely, but how can we expect to possibly ever win over an "anti" candidate if we attack them publicly in this way? It's stupid, shouldn't be done, and I won't support it. Instead, get to work for a candidate that does support your values, at local, state, Congressional, or Presidential level.

I like the glittering campaign. I hope enough politicians get glittered to have a pattern reported. However. I don't think this one was that effective, just logisically. She was moving instead of sitting, so she couldn't be covered in it for the rest of the day. However, I do like that it had a local connection, too.

For those who think people will turn this against us, I dare someone to make a glitter campaign seem like a threat. Our daily lives as LGBT individuals are purported to cause more harm than this craft supply. Although, glitter is said to be the herpes of art supplies...

I like it. It's a little less humiliating than a pie to the face, but it's so persistent. Glitter NEVER goes away. You will always find it on you in you've been doused with it.

I hope that any time she looks in the mirror and catches a glint or two in her hair or her skin, she and others who have been glitter bombed will remember why.

You have Kobe Bryant shouting out the word Faggot...then again with the jets guy and David Tyree speaking out against Gay Marriage...and of course you have Tracey Morgan being downright hateful against gays and there are no ramifications. Even the sight of Weiner's Weiner has brought down a Congressman. Are people that afraid of Gays in this day and age? Well Marc Freden, too, has been given pause with the issue.

As a gay man, even he feels the need to apologize for the blatant use of the word "Faggot" in his new book "REALLY!?!" Now Freden using the "F" word should get a tacit pass...much like black people using the "N" word to describe themselves. His harmless use of the word...(And you must read the book to understand) has lead him to a video mea culpa on YouTube "Marc Freden Must Apologize to the Gay Community".

Furthermore, Freden has pledged that if Kobe Bryant can be fined $50,000 then he too should pay a price. A percentage of every book sold as a result of his apology will go to the Trevor Project - a gay hot line for distressed teens looking for a voice of calm and understanding. It is the least he can do. Who will join Freden in this cause?