Gay Toughs Bash Back

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2009 1:49 AM CDT
Marchers carry a rainbow flag at the gay pride parade along Fifth Avenue in New York last year.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – Many gays are damn mad and they're not going to take it anymore. Now Bash Back!—formed just over a year ago—is boosting gay, transgender and sex worker protest to a freshly provocative level, reports Details. The group, with some 15 chapters nationwide, has forged its reputation with in-your-face actions like flinging condoms during a church "invasion" in Michigan and ripping down university bathroom signs to challenge a "binary" sexual classification.

A confrontation with the National Socialist Conference in Greensboro, NC, is the latest event planned on the Bash Back! web site, which features angry members sporting pink bandit masks and hoisting cudgels. "We won't take this lying down," the site warns. The group isn't "trying to change people's minds, we're not trying to bend straight people to give us freedom—we're fighting back," said one member in Wisconsin.