Video courtesy of FOX 33 KMSS
You do not see a video like this every day, because quite frankly, there are not many people in this world with the stones big enough to do what one Louisiana trans woman did to protect the rights and freedoms of LGBT people in the city Shreveport: She looked a bible-thumper on the City Council right in the eye, placed a stone on the table in front of her, and dared him to use it in the name of Leviticus 20:13 ... and watched as he turned his tail and ran.
Pamela Raintree took the bold after a lone member of the Shreveport City Council named Ron Webb attempted to repeal a brand new city ordinance that bans discrimination for housing and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Councilman Ron Webb was not only the lone "no" in the 6-1 vote when the ordinance passed, but was the only member of council to tell supporters of the bill that "The Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination."
Within 10 days of the ordnance passing, Webb moved forward with a proposal that would claw back the council's vote and open the doors for bigotry and hate to once again deny a group of people the right to work, and the right to have a roof over their heads. On Tuesday, Webb brought forward his proposal and although there were many in the room to oppose him, none were as brave and brazen as Pamela Raintree who had this to say to the bigot seated in front of her:
"Leviticus 20:13 states, 'If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death,'" Raintree said. "I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."
Webb quietly pulled back his proposal minutes later without so much as an explanation, or even a vote. It turns out, when when faced with the opportunity to put his beliefs into action, Webb was proven to be nothing more than a blowhard bigot trying to use the bible to deny Americans their basic civil rights.
Christine Dolen review | ‘End of the Rainbow’ revisits a troubled Judy Garland near the end of her life
BY CHRISTINE DOLEN
For much of her too-short life, the great Judy Garland walked a precarious tightrope between glory and doom.
At one end was Garland the legend, the star ofThe Wizard of Oz and A Star Is Born, the performer whose extraordinary skill at conveying the emotions in a song helped make her an icon. At the other end was the damaged Garland, an insecure woman who drank too much and depended on pills — uppers to sing, downers to sleep — to make it through life.
In End of the Rainbow, a newly opened play-with-music at Actors’ Playhouse, playwright Peter Quilter serves up both Garlands, painting an unsettling portrait of a star in steep decline. Tracie Bennett won acclaim for playing Garland in End of the Rainbow in London in 2010-2011, then starred in the show on Broadway in 2012 and Los Angeles last year.
IF YOU GO
What: ‘End of the Rainbow’ by Peter Quilter.
Where: Actors’ Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (additional 2 p.m. show Jan. 22), through Feb. 9.
Cost: $55 Friday-Saturday, $47 other shows (10 percent senior discount, $15 student rush tickets, Saturday-Sunday excluded).
Information: 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.