Thursday, January 31, 2013

One Month in to 2013


The first month of the new year is done.  Some of the January highlights:

--In his inaugural address, President Obama actually mentioned gay people, which has never happened before.  He called for marriage equality, and linked Stonewall with Seneca Falls and Selma.  Immediately historians began debating why pivotal events in American civil-rights history all start with “S.”

--Openly gay Richard Blanco delivered the inaugural poem, the Rev. Luis Leon offered a gay-affirming inaugural benediction, the Lesbian and Gay Band Association performed in the inaugural parade and for the first time openly gay and lesbian service members took their same-sex partners to the military’s inaugural ball.  No wonder Justice Antonin Scalia wore to the Inauguration a replica of St. Thomas More’s hat—he needed a saintly presence to help him get through it.

--A Boy Scouts of America spokesman said the group is considering lifting its infamous and longstanding ban on gay members.  A couple of Girl Scouts were heard to say, “Get on with it, you weenies!”

--Director/actress Jodie Foster gave a speech at the Golden Globes in which she came out and retired.  Or not.

--Actor Jim Nabors, aka Gomer Pyle, married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader.  The duo traveled from their home in Hawaii to Seattle to do the legal deed.  Until now, Nabors was never publicly out, but rumors have swirled around him since the French and Indian War.

--In an interview, Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Tennessee, said he doesn’t understand same-sex marriage.  That’s fair, since same-sex marriage doesn’t understand him either.

Maybe . . .


From Teabonics

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This Week's Quote

Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.

James Baldwin

Source:  Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Nice of You to Say So


From Adam & Steve

Uncivil


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You're Not that Appealing to the Immigrant


Funny, I Never Heard About This . . .


From Teabonics

This Week's Quote

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

Barack Obama's inaugural address on January 21, 2013

Source:   The Telegraph

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Looking Ahead to the Future

From The New Yorker

I Think Robin Dressed Him


From LGBT Equality World Wide

This Week's Quote

I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.

J. Edgar Hoover

Source:  Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Friday, January 11, 2013

Who Blabbed?


Question of the Week

Name one way that you are not an LGBT stereotype.  (I, for instance, am a lesbian who doesn't know a wrench from a riveter.)

The Soul of Irony


From Support All Gay Rights

Band Prez Takes Two Approaches

Charlotte Pride Band President Erin Ellenburg wants you to buy a ticket to the HRC's North Carolina Gala.  Looks like sitting at her table would be a hoot.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Amen


From Have A Gay Day

Prismatic Pooch

Lucky the dog belongs to my friends Louisa and Virginia.  Today on Facebook Louisa posted, "Sunlight + window + glass prism + dog standing in just the right place = rainbow pup!"

I like to think that Lucky just wanted to show his appreciation to the lesbian couple that rescued him from the street.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Nostalgia Sets In


From LGBT Equality World Wide

This Week's Quote

Original thought is like original sin:  both happened before you were born to people you could not possibly have met.

Fran Lebowitz

Source:  Social Studies

Friday, January 4, 2013

Read the Expression


In this picture from Fair Wisconsin, House Speaker John Boehner swears in openly gay Rep. Mark Pocan, Democrat from Wisconsin, yesterday.   That's Pocan's husband, Philip Frank, between them.  I can't tell if Boehner is on the verge of laughing, crying or passing out.

Question of the Week

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about 2013?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

This Week's Quote

New Year's Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

Mark Twain

Source:  About.com