In the year 1954, the satyrs motor cycle club was started with just six members. But in the current days, the queer chopper collective is one of the world largest LGBT groups that still exist. The long road to equality is now one of the unique exhibits at university of southern California libraries.
“Rumble” was on view previous month at cultural Alliance of the long beach. It features nearly more than 300 snaps, videos, posters from the south California vibrant gay biker scene from 1950’s to 1960’s. This exhibits how the former military men came together for post World War II. They arrived at loss angel’s port. These men they just lived their own life in happy manner without thinking how that could affect their future.
The satyr’s club trail blazed the efficient way for just not only the motor cycles, but the LGBT protection across the country border during the pre-stone wall era. This organization was just more than a club. Many of them are hoping that the exhibition will make a move from the long beach to the USC after a quite successful run at cultural Alliance of the Long Beach. Hopefully this exhibit may become part of many historical collections wherein might be accessible to public. It will be preserved for the future generations to come.
The club presents a photo and memorabilia exhibit which entitled Rumble: The long road to equality throughout the May month. The major part of the exhibit collection belonged to black. The exhibit will take the visitors on a ride through a leather clad motor cycle which carries history of gay men in their journey towards the civil right. The exhibit displays the archived photos of snaps, videos, and other documents, uniforms from the dissolved groups and also from the existing motorcycle clubs.
The satyrs are another facet of the diverse gay culture. Most of the people make assumptions about the groups even without bothering to know about the individuals. Many of such early organizations led the men to lead a double life. One is straight at work and other one is gay at play with the trusted group of people who would come for their help at difficult time. Some time people spend too much time in telling the people regarding what they should do rather than just encouraging the people to participate in the event. Organizations like satyrs empower the people. The very first step towards change is contributing our community.
Many members of satyrs were very much forced to live in closet during 1950 and 1960 as they were feared of persecution for being gay. Being out in the year 1950s was the period of career end for many people, who would lose their job, thrown out of social organization, lose tier professional license as told by Oliver. At that circumstances even the Los Angeles police departments would not come forward to help.
The satyrs motor cycle club sponsor number of activities which includes Labor Day and Badger Flats run which is one among the best activities and along with charity funding activities.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple is the only one of top level of Executives of top 500 US companies who is openly gay. “Proud to be gay” was what Tim declared this week. This declaration has been one of the most important moments for the Gay community.
Members who organized the campaign state that they know many other top level executives who are gay, but are reluctant to declare that openly. However, they hope that this declaration from Cook would inspire them to reveal themselves and be proud to belong in the gay community.
Lord Brownie, who resigned as a CEO of Bp in late 2007, says that the main reason why most other CEOs are reluctant to declare their sexuality is the changing times. Likewise Cook, he also declared about a relation he shared with a man that lasted for 4 years as his partner was not so faithful.
Whatsoever, Brownie says in an interview organized by BBC earlier this year, “while I was studying in University, people from gay community who did homosexual acts, were put into prison for a long time.” He goes on to state that this might be the very reason why renowned CEOs are afraid to declare their sexual preference.
As Mr. Suki Sandhu word goes, “views of our society has changed substantially now, which has occurred in the past 10 years. He is the founder of professional network Outstanding.
Brownie also adds that Mr. Cook is an important role model for both the gay community and for those CEOs that are afraid of coming out in light from the dark and reveal their sexuality.
The second reason for declaring their gay sexuality might be the secrecy of years and even decades that most elderly Executives have retained. People in their ages of 50-60 might have been keeping their sexuality hidden from their colleagues. This lengthy secret is now proving to be a great barrier for them to declare their sexual preferences. Lord Brownie also adds that when he came out, he knew his life has become a public property. Since he was a leader of a big organization, he had to keep his secrets and privacy aside. This is the case for most of the leaders of an organization nowadays.
The other reason behind this reluctance could be commercial concerns. 78 countries are listed by The International Lesbian, Bisexual, Intersex and Trans, Gay Association to have criminal laws against activities of sexuality by the different groups it represents.
The second concern could be Career Prospects. Justin Nelson, president and co-founder of US National Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce, says that over three fourth of US’ 500 largest companies have policies of non-discrimination of barring firing of people just because they are lesbian and gay.
RUTH HUNT, CEO for Stonewall, says that banks and law firms are two of those organizations that have made recent developments regarding the above mentioned issue.
Mr. Sandhu laments that, “unfortunately and depressingly, graduates who are gay openly at their respective Universities are rapidly enclosing them in a nutshell as today’s business world is being a little harsh on their sexual orientation.”