Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GG Goes Into Stasis

Despite my fervent wishes, nobody has yet invented a way to pack more hours into the day.  So I've made a difficult decision.  I'm putting General Gayety on hiatus so that I can devote more time to a book I'm trying to write.  In trying to produce both the blog and the book I've wound up giving each short shrift.  It's time to focus on one endeavor, and, well, we'll see what happens.

It'll be a serious challenge for me to stay away from the blog whenever a fundie or a pol blurts a particularly crackpot homophobic declaration.  A girl can only stand so much temptation.

But I must be disciplined.  Time to stick with one task.  If I pull it off, I expect, at this point, to bring General Gayety back.  So check in on the blog now and then, and thank you for the time you've spent with me.  I'll miss you.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Wrap-Up

Quick, before it all goes out of your head.  Pick the correct answer for each question about last week’s LGBT news.

1. Which pro sports league’s new marketing campaign makes it the first to target the LGBT community specifically?
a. The National Football League.
b. The National Hockey League.
c. The Women’s National Basketball Association.
d. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

2. Church leaders in the Balkans said recent flooding that left over 50 people dead is punishment for:
a. the war crimes committed during the Croatian War of Independence.
b. the war crimes committed during the Bosnian War.
c. Austrian drag performer Conchita Wurst’s win in the Eurovision song contest.
d. the war crimes committed during the Kosovo War.

3. Last week federal judges threw out same-sex marriage bans in the states of:
a. Arkansas and Utah.
b. North Dakota and South Dakota.
c. Oregon and Pennsylvania.
d. Moosylvania and Bikini Bottom.

4. In a White House ceremony, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated a stamp to which LGBT hero?
a. Walt Whitman.
b. Sally Ride.
c. Harvey Milk.
d. Robert Mapplethorpe.

5. The antigay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) failed to disclose the names of major donors during the 2009 campaign to repeal Maine’s marriage equality law.  Commissioners in Maine recommended which penalty?
a. NOM be banned from the state.
b. NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher serve a week in jail.
c. A $50,250 fine.
d. NOM president Brian Brown be required to marry RuPaul.

6. In the world of TV, this first:  gay male main characters on a prime-time network show got married.  The newlyweds of “Modern Family” are named:
a. Will and Jack.
b. Ricky and Fred.
c. Mitch and Cam.
d. Bert and Ernie.

The answer for every question is “c.”  If you chose “d” several times, you have an interesting mind.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Standing Strong

I recently received a press release with this subject line:  "Gay Men Are Less Likely to Have ED Than Straight Men."

If word of this gets out among gay men they won't be fit to live with.

Monday, May 19, 2014

And Another One

Today U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled that Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

We've had such a run of court victories I've lost track of the number.   What do you think our staunchest opponents, religious true believers, are thinking these days?  Perhaps that God has turned his back on them.  Or at least is playing hard to get.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Still Potent

Anne and I live in Seattle.  Last night we attended the wedding of two friends of ours, Ronna and Cathy, in Bellingham, about 90 minutes north of here.  Gay couples have been able to marry in Washington since December of 2012, but when the officiant mentioned the power vested in her by the state of Washington, the crowd erupted into applause.

The thrill is not gone.