Con­tro­ver­sial At­lanta ac­tivist posts ho­mo­pho­bic video

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Lo­cal ec­cen­tric Tyree Lavelle Cony­ers-Page is un­der fire for ho­mo­pho­bic video com­ments. In a re­cent video post, the self-pro­claimed CEO of a Black Lives Mat­ter splin­ter group ac­cused main­stream BLM ac­tivists of push­ing an “LGBT agenda.”

Cony­ers-Page, 29, is an oc­ca­sional ac­tor who per­forms un­der the name “Sir Mae­jor.” He ap­peared twice in an un­cred­ited role on the tele­vi­sion se­ries “Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Coven.”

It’s not the first time Cony­ers-Page has at­tacked the award-win­ning civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tion. Fol­low­ing his de­par­ture from At­lanta’s BLM chap­ter, Cony­ers-Page founded his own or­ga­ni­za­tion “Black Lives Mat­ter of Greater At­lanta.” Ac­cord­ing to ac­tivist Aurielle Marie Lucier (as quoted in the At­lanta-Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion), “[Cony­ers-Page] is the head of an or­ga­ni­za­tion that does not ex­ist.”

Trou­ble fol­lows Cony­ers-Page

In the same AJC story, lo­cal ac­tivists called Cony­ers-Page “a fraud, a vi­o­lent ho­mo­phobe and a con-artist.” In a press re­lease, At­lanta BLM said they have is­sued a cease and de­sist no­tice: “[Cony­ers-Page] used to be a mem­ber of our chap­ter but left and cre­ated an­other or­ga­ni­za­tion that used our name but didn’t align with our guid­ing prin­ci­ples.”

In At­lanta, Cony­ers-Page is tied to a se­ries of bizarre pub­lic in­ci­dents. Th­ese alleged acts in­clude in­stances of provo­ca­tion, im­per­son­ation of law-en­force­ment of­fi­cials and vi­o­lence.

Ac­cord­ing to blog­ger Glo­ria Ta­tum, “Cony­ers-Page has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal back­ground span­ning many states, in­clud­ing one alarm­ing re­cent in­ci­dent in which he has im­per­son­ated an FBI agent, and an­other in which he im­per­son­ated a po­lice of­fi­cer.” Re­search in­di­cates Cony­ers-Page is orig­i­nally from Ohio: Re­ports pub­lished by the Univer­sity of Toledo Po­lice De­part­ment sug­gest Cony­ers-Page has a check­ered his­tory there. Cony­ers-Page, 29, dis­cussed the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment in a 52-minute Face­book video on March 15. (Screen­shot)

On May 5, 2011, ac­cord­ing to a Crim­i­nal Aware­ness Bul­letin re­leased by the UTPD, Cony­ers-Page, a one-time stu­dent, had three en­tries with the univer­sity po­lice for “Men­ac­ing, Ha­rass­ment, Theft, Ob­struct­ing Of­fi­cial Busi­ness, As­sault and Tele­phone Ha­rass­ment, just to name a few.” Af­ter be­ing banned from univer­sity prop­erty, “Page made 18-plus un­so­licited phone calls to the pres­i­dent’s of­fice and res­i­dence.”

A late night video sur­faces

On the evening of March 15, Cony­ers-Page ap­peared in a 52-minute video posted to the “Black Lives Mat­ter of Greater At­lanta” Face­book group. In the video, Cony­ers-Page said he would be “ex­pos­ing Black Lives Mat­ter.”

Speak­ing from what ap­peared to be a small of­fice with Vene­tian blinds, Cony­ers-Page crit­i­cized At­lanta BLM mem­bers Mary Hooks and Dre Propst.

Ac­cord­ing to Cony­ers-Page, dur­ing his first meet­ing with At­lanta BLM, “for 15 min­utes straight, mem­bers of the other Black Lives Mat­ter group ag­gres­sively tried to push the LGBT agenda. They ag­gres­sively did gay role-play­ing — they, they, they, they formed, and forced, peo­ple to be part of this LGBT-based move­ment.”

“If you ask me,” he con­tin­ued, “Black Lives Mat­ter, the na­tional group, doesn’t give a damn about black men.” Cony­ers-Page said that BLM had “no prob­lem us­ing the death of un­armed black boys and the un­armed deaths of black men to fur­ther use the LGBT agenda as a ve­hi­cle to be pushed.” Cony­ers-Page claimed when­ever the na­tional me­dia aired any­thing about BLM, “the in­ter­view’s gonna be done by a gay per­son, a gay man like, ah, ah, we ain’t gonna say no names.”

Cony­ers-Page’s claims are at odds with doc­u­mented his­tory. BLM’s pub­lic com- mit­ment to LGBTQ rights has been ex­plicit since the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s found­ing. On BLM’s na­tional site, a “her­story” of the move­ment reads, “As a net­work, we have al­ways rec­og­nized the need to cen­ter the lead­er­ship of women and queer and trans peo­ple.” Two of BLM’s three founders (Ali­cia Garza and Pa­trisse Cul­lors) self-de­scribe as queer.

At­lanta BLM re­acts

By JA­SON RHODE

Ac­cord­ing to long-time At­lanta BLM mem­bers Hooks and Propst, Cony­ers-Page’s re­cent out­burst is no sur­prise.

Propst said he be­gan the At­lanta chap­ter in 2015 with Mary Hooks. They had an open pub­lic meet­ing that was stand­ing room only. “Mae­jor came with his at­tor­ney. He told us he wanted to get in­volved with BLM,” Hooks told Ge­or­gia Voice. They in­ves­ti­gated him, and his strange his­tory came to light.

When Cony­ers-Page fell into le­gal trou­ble, Propst said, “He asked me if BLM could help him by show­ing up in the court.” Propst de­clined. Cony­ers-Page replied, “Well, y’all gonna have to,” and then said he wanted to use BLM to raise money for his le­gal fees.

“We said no,” Propst con­tin­ued, “And he started get­ting mad at us. Next thing I know, he’s start­ing to talk to peo­ple I know about ‘Those gays in the Black Lives Mat­ter Move­ment.’” Ac­cord­ing to Propst, mul­ti­ple women said that Cony­ers-Page had grabbed or at­tacked them. Af­ter BLM de­clined to make Cony­ers-Page their com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, “He got mad, and opened his own chap­ter.”

“He said BLM was black gay men, that we don’t like straight peo­ple,” said Propst. “But we do ac­cept straight peo­ple!”

“Ev­ery­where we go, he fol­lows us,” Propst said. “He shows up. He’s at­tacked women. He’s been do­ing this for a cou­ple of years.”

“What’s re­ally at stake here is the fact that he’s co-opt­ing black queer women’s work,” Hooks said. “And so … that’s what dis­turbs me: He has no in­ten­tion of man­i­fest­ing the prin­ci­ples that BLM puts into it.” Both Hooks and Propst sug­gested that Cony­ers-Page might be an agent provo­ca­teur. “Folks just need to have some dis­cern­ment when they are de­cid­ing whether or not to en­gage with him.”

Cony­ers-Page’s or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clined an in­vi­ta­tion to com­ment on this story.

April 27, 2018

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