Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This Week's Quote

I'm miserable if I'm not in love and, of course, I'm miserable if I am.

Tallulah Bankhead

Source:  Women's Wicked Wit

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

This Week's Quote

The Colorado cake baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple now has a gay governor.

Rev. Jes Kast

Source:  Twitter

Monday, November 5, 2018

Election Fervor

Here in Washington state we vote by mail, so I've already voted. My ballot has been received and processed.

Believe me—I checked.

I'm sorry that I have no polling place to go to tomorrow, no opportunity to commune with other irate souls as we perform our democratic duty.

So I'm creating an online polling place. Please help me get some warm fuzzies by writing in the comments where you're voting. Feel free to add any thoughts about the experience, and/or your hopes.

If you like, say who or what you voted for. I'm happy to share that my ballot would anger a certain carrot-colored cad.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Too Harsh?

I've been pondering what should happen to any gay person who doesn't vote in these midterm elections.

I believe that person must surrender his or her toaster oven.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

This Week's Quote

I dressed up as a veterinarian for a Halloween costume party. I had the lab coat. I got a couple of stuffed animals for patients and put bandages on them.

Tracy Chapman

Source:  Brainyquote

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jenner Jaundiced

In an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, Caitlyn Jenner writes that she was hopeful the Trump administration would help trans people.

"Sadly, I was wrong."

That came as a surprise only to Jenner and a guy named Fred in Sheboygan. Most of us were crystal clear what Trump's election meant for LGBT people.

"The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president," Jenner writes. "He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party, claiming his anti-transgender policies are meant to 'protect the country.' This is politics at its worst."

Believing she could work with this administration "was a mistake," she now knows. It would be easy—so, so easy—to belittle Jenner for being gullible. This rich, white professional celebrity actually thought that other rich, white professional celebrity would be on her side.

But I'm not making further fun of Jenner. I take this mea culpa as a sign that her eyes have truly been opened, and maybe now she can do some real good. Her confession, presumably spurred on by that leaked anti-trans HHS memo, also underlines how horrible Trump has been to trans people that even the relentlessly Republican Jenner is done with him, and with the Republicans who keep him in power.

So I say welcome to the fight, Caitlyn. We can certainly use a woman with a decathlete's stamina.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

This Week's Quote

Look, I'm a black lesbian. I'm pretty sure you know who I'm voting for.

Wanda Sykes

Source:  Late Night with Seth Meyers

Monday, October 22, 2018

I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together

Last night I went to see Carol Burnett at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The 85-year-old comedy queen showed clips from "The Carol Burnett Show" and answered questions from the audience.

She told a story I'll never forget. Years ago, when in Washington, D.C., to perform at an inaugural event for President Johnson—Lyndon, not Andrew. It wasn't that long ago—she and her pal, actress Julie Andrews, were staying in the same hotel.

While sitting and waiting by the elevator for comedian Mike Nichols to join them, Andrews suggested to Burnett that they pretend to be kissing when the elevator door opened. As they saw the elevator near their floor, they went into a clinch.

The door opened. But they heard no reaction from Nichols. Untangling, they looked up to see Secret Service agents. And behind the agents was Lady Bird Johnson, the first lady.

As Lady Bird made her way down the hall past the apparently amorous female pair, she turned and asked, "Aren't you Carol Burnett?"

"Yes ma'am," Burnett responded. "And this here's Mary Poppins."

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Rainbow Wave

At this time in America, when it seems like so many politicians have boarded the train for Crazyville with a stop in Cruelty Junction, I take heart in the LGBTQ Victory Fund's announcement that during this election cycle openly LGBTQ candidates ran for office in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

This is the first time that's happened in U.S. history.

I'm not crying, you're crying.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This Week's Quote

My dad was a homicide cop in the gay neighborhood in the city when gay neighborhoods were desperate, depressing, sad places run by the mob. The only gay people he'd met when I came out to him were corpses.

Dan Savage

Source:  Brainyquote

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The 11th of October

It's National Coming Out Day.  It's also National Sausage Pizza Day.  Feel free to celebrate one with the other.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This Week's Quote

They need to read the Scriptures; where it says in Matthew, chapter 4, verse 17, it says: "Shut the fuck up." That's the King James version, by the way.

Margaret Cho

Source:  Wikiquote