I first made and posted this video in 2016 — I was going to reprocess the images and add new photos to the video. Still, I decided to leave it because there is an Easter egg in this video, a moment that seemed curiously out of place at the time, but only evident as disinformation in retrospect.
The photos in the video were taken in 2015 when Pride celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
I used “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge because in the 1970s, ‘We Are Family” was an anthem for the Gay and Feminist movements.
Political leaders who use hate speech to ‘fire up’ their base know that some of those people will act on what they hear.
They want violence and plausible deniability.
Dan White had reason to think he’d be seen as a hero when he gunned down Harvey Milk and George Moscone in 1978.
Herb Cain, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote after the trial about the police department’s support for White, and their “dislike of homosexuals.”
As a former police officer, White knew he could use some form of the ‘Gay Panic’ defense and get a reduced sentence.
Historically, in US courts, use of the gay panic defense has not typically resulted in the acquittal of the defendant; instead, the defendant was usually found guilty, but on lesser charges, or judges and juries may have cited homosexual solicitation as a mitigating factor, resulting in reduced culpability and sentences. Wikipedia