I started doing the weekly MPH on Party934 radio show five months ago not just because I loved music mixes and missed sharing then en masse, but because I had something else to say as well. A few years back I was gifted with the opportunity to work with the organization Friendfactor using my background in product development to help fight for equality. Although my part in the company was short lived as part of what were a number of start-up pivots the groundwork we laid on LGBT rights made a difference in New York State and influenced several others. It was a life changing experience for me and one I will not soon forget working with some of the most dedicated and driven people, particularly the lead developer.
One year ago, President Obama finally came around to the idea of equality for all citizens. Minnesota’s State House of Representatives voted in favor of marriage equality the day before the radio show sending the bill to the Senate where it is expected to pass and then be signed into law by the Governor coming on the heals of the state citizen voting down an exclusionary measure to be added as a resolution to the state constitution. Earlier in the week Delaware signed the same measure into law and the week before Rhode Island did so as well joining the 9 other states, the District of Columbia and several Native American tribes as recognizing marriage equality. Meanwhile the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, lived up to its namesake and joined other cities such as New York and San Fransisco in extended full rights and equal protections to all of it’s citizens despite a lack of Pennsylvania state wide support for it.
All of this reflects the struggle the metal, punk and hardcore scene also faces within its membership. There are those who are LGBT, there are those who support equality on behalf of the LGBT community as allies and there are those who don’t understand or support it for whatever reason. This week’s show theme was about those who are LGBT and those who support the fight for equality. An opportunity to showcase the great music that is the cornerstone of the scene’s support.
As difficult as it can be, it’s still pretty amazing that Rob Halford from Judas Priest came out as he did and his legacy is only stronger now in the revelation showing metal fans aren’t as simplistically narrow minded as supposed. As more have come out, ranging from Doug from King’s X to Gaahl from Gorgoroth to Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! every aspect of the scene has become a part of the experience. Despite this, there’s still the use of “gay” as a slanderous word within the scene. There’s still bigotry and hatred manifesting in violence in the pit or the after-show parking lot. There’s still fans who live in fear in their daily lives.
And that’s where the message of this week’s show comes from showcasing not only the music but the work of organizations like Friendfactor, the It Gets Better Project and the NoH8 Campaign all come into play. I tweeted live more details during the show and of course there’s always the facebook links too
Judas Priest “Demonizer” Angel of Retribution
Bad Religion “Changing Tide” True North (2013)
7 Seconds “I have a Dream”
Minor Threat “Think Again”
Anti-Flag “The Ranks of the Masses Rising”
Rise Against “Six Ways to Sunday” the Unravelling
the Dillinger Escape Plan “When i Lost My Bet” One of Us is the Killer (2013)
Most Precious Blood “Growing Square Eyes” Our Lady of Annihilation
Boysetsfire “Twelve Step Hammer Program” After the Eulogy
Otep Blowtoarch Night Hydra (2013)
Kings X “Pillow” Dogman
Life of Agony “Through and Through”
NoFX “Secret Society” Self-Entitled
Against Me “Lost and Searching in America” Total Clarity
Anthrax “Crawl” Anthems (2013)
grab the whole show here: party934.biz/podcasts/The_Doormouse_May_10_2013.mp3