Episode 164: Tired of God | Donna Scott Davenport and Anita Bryant


March 1st, 2023

1 hr 37 mins 59 secs

Season 4

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About this Episode

Tina and Hillary cover Judge Donna Scott Davenport and anti-LGBTQ activist Anita Bryant.

Tina’s Story
Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversaw juvenile justice cases in Tennessee. BUT after implementing a “filter system," she illegally sent children to jail.

Hillary’s Story
Throughout the 1960s-80s, Anita Bryant had a modest singing career that bought her some notoriety. But it was her anti-gay crusade that made her infamous.

Tina's Story
US Dept. of Justice: Investigate Tennessee Judge Donna S. Davenport for Jailing Kids!

Daily Mail
Tennessee judge who 'used unconstitutional detention' and arrest policies to jail children as young as seven for truancy announces she's retiring - one day after legislators moved to remove her--by Tommy Taylor and Christopher Eberhart

Daily News Journal
D.L. Hughley confronts Rutherford County for arresting kids: 'There have to be accomplices'--by Kailee Shores
Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.--by Ken Armstrong and Meribah Knight
Tennessee Judge Who Illegally Jailed Children Plans to Retire, Will Not Seek Reelection--by Ken Armstrong

Rutherford County Source
Judge Donna Scott Davenport to Retire in September of 2022

Rutherford County TN
Judge Donna Scott Davenport

WPLN News 90.3
Rutherford County will pay out $6M for illegally arresting and detaining hundreds of children--by Alexis Marshall and Emily Siner

Murfressboro Daily News Journal
MTSU president: University cuts ties with Judge Donna Scott Davenport as adjunct instructor--by Nancy DeGennaro

Judge Donna Scott Davenport--from Rutherford County Website
Distorted Video of Fight--ProPublica screenshot from YouTube--via ProPublica
Judge Travis Lampley--via Lampley Campaign Page on YouTube

Hillary's Story
Understanding Anita Bryant, the Woman Who Declared War on Gays--by Robert Whirry

Gay South Florida (Miami Herald)
Bob Green: Anita's ex paid dearly in the fight--by Steve Rothaus

Anita Bryant Hit in the Face With Pie

LGBTQ History Month: The early days of America's AIDS crisis--by Catherine McGann

NBC News
How 1970s Christian crusader Anita Bryant helped spawn Florida's LGBTQ culture war--by Jullian Eugenios

National Geographic
Zapping: The boisterous protest tactic that ignited early LGBTQ activism--by Erin Blakemore

Today In Gay History: Gay Activist Pies Anita Bryant In the Face

Anti-Gay Organizing on the Right

Anita Bryant--photo from AP via NBC News
Pie in Bryant's Face--by Bettmann screenshot via National Geographic
Anti-Anita Bryant Protest--via Houson Public Media

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