Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scaring Up Votes

Equality California posted this photo of three of their own, currently deployed on the other side of the country in Maine.  Presumably the three canvassers took this shot for Halloween atmospherics, since all those people behind them can't vote.  At least I hope they can't.

A Political Pumpkin

From Equal Rights Washington

It's Halloween: Get Your Fright On

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

This Week's Quote

Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were "sure" of finding shirts.

Frida Kahlo

Source:  The Quotable Jewish Woman

Thursday, October 25, 2012

French Kiss, Cont.

Here's an update about that French photo that's gone viral.  I posted the picture yesterday, but this gives me an excuse to post it again.

From The Huffington Post:

The picture, taken by AFP photographer Gérard Julien, went viral on social media and has all the ingredients to become a symbolic image of the movement in favor of marriage equality.

On Tuesday, demonstrators gathered in 75 French cities to oppose the bill which would allow gay marriage and adoption. The picture was shot during the rally in the city of Marseille and as the two women are seen kissing in the forefront, faces of shocked protesters can be seen in the background.

Interviewed by French gay magazine Têtu the two young women explained they are both straight, but wanted to draw attention to the issue with a pure and simple gesture of solidarity.

 Mission accomplished.  Merci.

Question of the Week

Less than two weeks from Election Day, how are you feeling about the marriage votes in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington?

Could Be

From LGBT News

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

French Kiss

According to Wipe Out Homophobia, this is a picture of a lesbian couple kissing in front of an anti-gay protest in Marseilles, France, yesterday.  Given the look of shock on some of the faces, I can believe it.

Now I Get Why Gay Marriage Is Bad

Jon Lajoie spells out, for pay, the compelling reasons against same-sex marriage.

Seasonal Variation on a Theme

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This Week's Quote

Lord Darlington:  Ah, what a fascinating Puritan you are, Lady Windermere!
Lady Windermere:  The adjective was unnecessary, Lord Darlington.
Lord Darlington:  I couldn't help it.  I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde

Source:  Lady Windermere's Fan

Beats the Better-Known Version

Monday, October 22, 2012

Do the Math?

From Bisexuality Is Real

Spreading Minnesota Love

And if the previous video didn't make you weepy, this one might do the trick.  Minnesota Catholics and some of their friends gathered in Minneapolis last spring to sing in support of LGBT youth, and in opposition to the marriage amendment on the Minnesota ballot.

I admit it--I cried.  I'm neither Minnesotan nor Catholic, and I'm certainly not young.  But I am a lesbian, and acutely aware of how so many people feel about LGBT folks.  The voices in this video applied a balm to a wound that I often ignore.

Besides, I need to run this video.  I'm a Unitarian Universalist, and I skipped church yesterday, which meant I missed this song being performed by our intergenerational choir.  So now I'm sharing this heartfelt creation to make up for my absence.  That's about as close as a Unitarian gets to doing penance.

Spreading Cougar Love

An array of Washington State University students got together to film this video in support of marriage equality in the Evergreen State.  With Macklemore's now-famous anthem, "Same Love," in the background, these students earn an A for being such fabulous Allies.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Question of the Week

Have you considered going this Halloween as a binder full of women?

Approving Ref. 74 Would Be Juuuuuust Right

Not sure whether this video from Social Outreach Seattle helps the cause of marriage equality in Washington, but it is amusing.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shocked We Are Not

North Carolina-based Matt Comer, the editor of qnotes, penned this giant sigh that ran yesterday on the qnotes blog.

Another day, another anti-gay hypocrite exposed

Christian magazine WORLD reports on popular right-wing, evangelical nutball Dinesh D’Souza, the racist and homophobic author of “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” the basis of the new anti-Obama movie “Obama: 2016.” Guess who’s getting divorced? Oh, that whole sanctity of marriage thing and “until death do us part” does not apply here, you know.

WORLD reports:
About 2,000 people gathered on Sept. 28 at First Baptist North in Spartanburg, S.C., to hear high-profile Christians speak on defending the faith and applying a Christian worldview to their lives. Among the speakers: Eric Metaxas, Josh McDowell, and—keynote speaker for the evening—best-selling author, filmmaker, and Christian college president Dinesh D’Souza.
D’Souza’s speech earned him a standing ovation and a long line at the book-signing table immediately afterward. Although D’Souza has been married for 20 years to his wife, Dixie, in South Carolina he was with a young woman, Denise Odie Joseph II, and introduced her to at least three people as his fiancée.
Folks in the evangelical world are upset by what seems to be D’Souza’s unrepentant infidelity.

Us gays, though, we’re used to it. Another day ending in “-y” and another right-wing, homophobic, “traditional marriage” supporter exposed as a hypocrite who can’t even uphold the sanctity of his own marriage whilst he travels the globe trying to ruin our lives and relationships and take away our civil rights. Yup, just another Tuesday.

How a 90-Year-Old Figures It

I spotted this funny at The Equality Mantra: 

Daughter (age 59): Mom! Mary's wife got it for her!
Mom (age 90): Did you say Mary's *wife*?
Daughter: Yes. Mary and Jane got married!
Mom: Well! Good. We all know two girls are better than one.

Meet Mitt Romney, Latina Lesbian

Rosie Perez knows what would cinch the election for Mitt Romney.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Allies Take a Musical Stand

Seattle hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released "Same Love" in support of Referendum 74, which would uphold marriage equality in Washington.  The song, featuring Mary Lambert, was inspired by Macklemore's gay uncles, who obviously knew a thing or two about love.

I'm grateful to my fellow Seattle denizens, and thrilled the "Same Love" video has gone viral.  Also, their debut album, "The Heist," is at the top spot on iTunes.  Not bad for an independent album with an unabashedly pro-gay song.

Check out the "Same Love" video:

Australian 8-Year-Old Puts Crayon to Paper

From Have A Gay Day

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mother's Boy

From Have A Gay Day

This Week's Quote

You all have fought for him as surely as if you were one of his parents. You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters.  And so the fuck what?

Sally Field at Saturday's HRC gala speaking about her gay son

Source:  The Washington Post

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cruz Comes Out

At last, somebody has stepped into the ring.

Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz has become the first openly gay man in the history of the sport.

I predict an uptick in the number of gay men taking an interest in boxing.

According to USA Today, Cruz said yesterday, "I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.

"I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."

A Latino, coming out in the ultimate tough-guy sport?  I gotta say it:  The man has scored a knockout.

USA Today noted that welterweight and middleweight champion Emile Griffith, who fought in the ‘50s and ‘60s, came out as bisexual after his career was over.

Now we have a fighter coming out at the top of his game.  Cruz is the No. 4-ranked featherweight by the World Boxing Organization.  A featherweight, by the way, weighs 126 pounds.  I looked that up for you.

I can only imagine what fighting will be like for Cruz from now on.  He might be a better boxer, having freed himself from the yoke of his secret.  But his opponents might well feel extra incentive to pummel him into mashed potatoes.

And the things they may say to him when they’re in a clinch.  Stuff like, “You’re gonna die, faggot!”  Or, “Get your maricon hands off me!”

Although Cruz might also hear, “I know this great bar.  Wanna go when we’re done?"

Question of the Week

Your reaction to the first presidential debate last night?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It's Still Raining Men

The gay anthem "It's Raining Men" burst on the scene 30 years ago.  The song always makes me think of a guy I knew in the mid-1990s.  Lenny was young, rotund and as gay as the day is long, and  growing up in a depressed New Hampshire mill town had presented him with predictable challenges.  But some weekends he drove to a gay club in Massachusetts, donned a dress, heels and makeup, and transformed himself into a white Weather Girl.  I can't remember Lenny's drag name, but I do remember his moves while performing "It's Raining Men," and what a kick he got out of performing it.

Last I heard, Lenny had moved to Hawaii.  Perhaps for the song's anniversary he's taken that dress out of mothballs in Honolulu.

On Monday night Weather Girl Martha Wash performed the song on "Late Show with David Letterman."  If you watch the whole video, you'll see that men do indeed fall from above.