Friday, September 26, 2014

At This Stage of the Game(s)

They don't want to go through that again.

The International Olympic Committee has served notice that future host cities must abide by rules forbidding discrimination.  This is due to the global uproar caused by Russia's passing of an anti-gay law during the run-up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

With this move aimed at quelling future controversy, IOC members can breathe easier.  Lesbian lugers and bisexual biathletes have to be feeling pretty good, too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This Week's Quote

To speak frankly, I am not in favor of long engagements.  They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.

Oscar Wilde

Source:  The Importance of Being Earnest

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Day--and Night--at the Theater

On Sunday Anne and I did a marathon.  Not the running kind--don't be silly.  We went to see both parts of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America."  The epic about AIDS in the age of Reagan first ran here in Seattle 20 years ago, so this was an anniversary production.

Oh, the differences between 1994 and 2014.  For a start, back then we audience members wouldn't have been checking our cell phones at every intermission.

In the play's New York City of the mid-'80s, homosexuality is still a sin.  Now in New York gays can legally marry--each other!  Kushner's closeted Mormon, Joe Pitt, tries with every fiber of his being not to be gay.  Now there are Mormons marching in Pride parades.  Back then an AIDS diagnosis is a death sentence.  Now, at least if you're American, it isn't.

I don't want to overstate the changes.  AIDS is still with us, rampaging parts of the world.  But the pace of LGBT political and social progress has really been breathtaking.  Then "Angels in America."  Now, in significant measure, we've seen the better angels of America's nature.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Week's Quote

Whatever you have read I have said is almost certainly untrue, except if it is funny, in which case I definitely said it.

Tallulah Bankhead

Source:  And I Quote

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sweet Support

The ice cream behemoth Ben & Jerry's has signed onto an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting same-sex marriage.

The company believes everyone should have the right to a Chubby Hubby.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Week's Quote

Boy George is all England needs--another queen who can't dress.

Joan Rivers

Source:  The Seattle Times

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More Homo Humor

In May I stepped away from General Gayety, and I've been pining ever since.  So I'm back.  In a limited way, mind you, as my time is still very tight.  But I just can't keep away from the happy intersection of LGBT matters and humor.  Onward.

Friday, September 5, 2014

21 and Done

Earlier this week U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage.  Until Feldman's ruling, 21 federal court decisions in a row had gone our way.  That's a wining streak Michael Phelps would envy.