Friday, January 31, 2014

Bulgarian Normal

On Wednesday the Bulgarian Parliament discussed an anti-gay bill similar to Russia's, if not worse.

During the discussion, Adrian Asenov, a member of the nationalist Ataka party, asked, "What happens if I go for a walk with my children and they see those half-naked buggers with psychotic abnormalities?  What about the children's rights?  Don't they have the right to live in normal families?"

They do.  Which  pretty much leaves him out.
Gay propaganda has reached such levels that it threatens the demographic situation", said the Ataka MP Adrian Asenov. - See more at: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=157695#sthash.p7RiKQto.dpuf
nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov in September last year and was rejected in November by the parliamentary committee on human rights and citizens' complaints as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Surprisingly, however, it was put on the agenda for discussion in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Those personal matters cannot be publicly manifested and cannot affect the children and the other members of the public", Ataka Deputy Head Pavel Shopov said.
"Gay propaganda has reached such levels that it threatens the demographic situation", said the Ataka MP Adrian Asenov.
"What happens if I go for a walk with my children and they see those half-naked buggers with psychotic abnormalities? What about the children's rights? Don't they have the right to live in normal families", Asenov added.
The scandalous amendment will be voted on Thursday.
- See more at: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=157695#sthash.p7RiKQto.dpuf
nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov in September last year and was rejected in November by the parliamentary committee on human rights and citizens' complaints as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Surprisingly, however, it was put on the agenda for discussion in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Those personal matters cannot be publicly manifested and cannot affect the children and the other members of the public", Ataka Deputy Head Pavel Shopov said.
"Gay propaganda has reached such levels that it threatens the demographic situation", said the Ataka MP Adrian Asenov.
"What happens if I go for a walk with my children and they see those half-naked buggers with psychotic abnormalities? What about the children's rights? Don't they have the right to live in normal families", Asenov added.
The scandalous amendment will be voted on Thursda
- See more at: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=157695#sthash.p7RiKQto.dpuf
nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov in September last year and was rejected in November by the parliamentary committee on human rights and citizens' complaints as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Surprisingly, however, it was put on the agenda for discussion in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Those personal matters cannot be publicly manifested and cannot affect the children and the other members of the public", Ataka Deputy Head Pavel Shopov said.
"Gay propaganda has reached such levels that it threatens the demographic situation", said the Ataka MP Adrian Asenov.
"What happens if I go for a walk with my children and they see those half-naked buggers with psychotic abnormalities? What about the children's rights? Don't they have the right to live in normal families", Asenov added.
- See more at: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=157695#sthash.p7RiKQto.dpuf
nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov in September last year and was rejected in November by the parliamentary committee on human rights and citizens' complaints as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Surprisingly, however, it was put on the agenda for discussion in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Those personal matters cannot be publicly manifested and cannot affect the children and the other members of the public", Ataka Deputy Head Pavel Shopov said.
"Gay propaganda has reached such levels that it threatens the demographic situation", said the Ataka MP Adrian Asenov.
"What happens if I go for a walk with my children and they see those half-naked buggers with psychotic abnormalities? What about the children's rights? Don't they have the right to live in normal families", Asenov added.
- See more at: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=157695#sthash.p7RiKQto.dpuf

The Conundrum


From Have A Gay Day

Lampooning Russian Homophobia--and How




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Finally, a Legitimate Concern


From George Takei

Tennis With No Love

I'm a fan of this cartoon from Hindustan Times, assuming I'm interpreting it correctly.  By reinstating Section 377, the law against gay sex, India's Supreme Court has hit the ball into Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh's court.  The ball--and chain--weighs heavily on India's gay population.  Note the Muslim, Hindu and Christian representatives' enthusiasm for this game.

I picked this illustration up from the Facebook page of Satrang - The Gay India.  Give it a look if you want to know more about LGBT life in the world's second most populous country. Yes, India has over 1.2 billion people.  Just think, statistically, how many of them must be gay.  They won't be playing the role of ball boy forever.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tidal Wave!


A Big Night for Many

I didn't watch the Grammy Awards last night, but I'd heard rumors that same-sex couples would get married during the show while Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performed their anthemic hit "Same Love."  I discovered today that the reality was even better than the rumors.  Last night on live television over 30 same-sex couples AND straight couples married--the love is the same, which is the point of the song and the point of the movement.

Admittedly, the mass wedding also put me in mind of the Moonies.  Oh well.  At least these individuals actually knew the person they were marrying.

Gay icon Madonna joined Macklemore, Lewis and Lambert on stage, singing her "Open Your Heart."  Queen Latifah presided over the marrying couples.  That to me was the truly strange part, since conventional wisdom has it she's a closet case.  Irony at the Grammys.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Question of the Week

Although officials say it's not meant as a protest, the German Olympic team will wear rainbow uniforms at the Sochi Games.  What should the American Olympic team wear to protest Russia's anti-gay law?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Stark(ville) Truth

On Tuesday the city of Starkville, Miss., passed the following resolution:  "The City of Starkville declares it the public policy to respect the inherent worth of every person, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, veteran's status, disability or source of income."

In case your eyes glossed over the list, I want to make sure you realize that it included sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  I also want to make sure you realize that Starkville is in Mississippi.

I also want to make sure you close your mouth.  I know you're shocked, but slack-jawed isn't a good look for anyone.

Starkville is the first Mississippi municipality to pass such a resolution, according to the HRC.  A resolution, as far as I know, doesn't have legal teeth, but it does send a message of inclusion to LGBT folks.

Is the day coming when it will no longer be possible to make assumptions about Americans' beliefs based on the states they come from?  Will red and blue states turn mauve?  I mean, Utah and Oklahoma are grappling with marriage equality, and Shreveport, La., banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  What's the world coming to?

As a lesbian and as a person with a conscience, I'm overjoyed to see these changes.  As a humor writer, I'm being put on notice that it's getting harder and harder to take casual swipes at a whole region.  Yay and dammit.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Sochi Homophobic Olympics

Jon Stewart poses the burning question of the moment:  Who has the right stuff to win the Sochi Homophobic Games?  Will it be India?  Nigeria?  Uganda?  All three have shown they're capable of capturing gold.  But Russia has the home-field advantage.  And what of the U.S.?  Will the red, white and blue pull off a Lake Placid-like miracle to stand atop the podium?


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Back to Basics


This Week's Quote

JUDY HOLLIDAY:  I've worn strapless evening gowns since I was 12 years old.
TALLULAH BANKHEAD:  Isn't 12 a little young for a strapless evening gown?
JUDY HOLLIDAY:  If it stays up, you're old enough.

Source:  The Quotable Jewish Woman

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Change in Staunch States

Gays allowed to marry in Utah.  Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage struck down.  Next you'll tell me Rick Perry has gone vegan.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This Week's Quote

Jean Harris was an early hero of mine.  Who hasn't wanted to blow away a diet doctor?

Kate Clinton

Source:  Don't Get Me Started

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

What Next?

On Wednesday Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert said the state wouldn't recognize the 1,300 same-sex marriages that took place there.  Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced the federal government will recognize those marriages.

Next week I expect Gov. Herbert to go for a diversion.  Maybe he'll invade Colorado.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Taking the Plunge

Actress Lily Tomlin and writer Jane Wagner got married on New Year's Eve.  Tomlin and Wagner have been together for 42 years.  I suspect the marriage will take.