Gay Community Update: Activists Flip Off Reagan at Obama White House Party

“An attache of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington DC as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapes; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens … and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.” And there are photos of it.

Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal said, “It’s not a gesture that I would use in the White House when representing our city and our community.” But a lot of people did. “I have friends who work in that building. I’m not going to do something that could embarrass them or that could somehow damage a campaign that is so important. ‘Be on your best behavior,’ my staff told me. I think they know me too well.”

This guy, Mark Segal, Gay News publisher and so forth, he said he wouldn’t do it, and he was asking others not to do it. But they did it anyway. And they posted Facebook photos. Drudge posted this story I think from and immediately shut down the website. The Weekly Standard had the details I just shared with you, and went and got some of the pictures. There’s a woman named Zoe Strauss, part of the group, she’s pictured flipping Reagan’s portrait off and making out with her wife, husband, girlfriend, I don’t know, under the portrait of Reagan in the White House. And the news has now gone viral. It’s out there, as we have pretty much guaranteed that.



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