Friday, February 28, 2014

Center Stage

When Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, he became the first openly gay athlete in America's four major sports.  Boy howdy, is he making the most of those 10 days.

Not as an offensive threat; the trainer gets more points than he does.  The Nets acquired Collins, a 35-year-old journeyman center, to defend and rebound and be generally menacing around the basket.  No, Collins is having a different kind of impact.  His Nets jersey is the top seller on NBA.com.  He's beating out stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, players who can actually, y'know, score.

And Thursday night Collins met with Matthew Shepard's parents and brother following a game in Denver.   Collins wears No. 98 with the Nets, just as he did with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards in the days before he came out on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  He chose that number in honor of Matthew, who was murdered in 1998.

''Obviously, it started off my friends and family knew why I chose that number and it's just cool to see that so many people support it as evidenced by so many people buying the jersey,'' Collins told The Associated Press.

He gave the Shepards an autographed jersey, laughing, ''I did not want to give them a sweaty jersey, so this is a backup."

''It was delightful. We were happy to finally have the opportunity to meet,'' said Judy Shepard.  She spoke with Collins over the phone last year after he came out and told the world he wore No. 98 in memory of her son.

Man, if Collins gets picked up for another 10-day stint, the only way he can top this one is if he actually scores points.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today's Scorecard

Arizona's governor vetoed the odious "turn away the gays" bill, and a federal judge declared Texas's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.  We win Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weather Report


From Kate Wade

This Week's Quote

I went to a lesbian wedding recently.  One of the brides was butch and the other was fem, yet they both wore gowns.  Of course, one of the gowns was satin and one was flannel . . . and did you know that Timberland had a bridesmaids line?

Joan Rivers

Source:  I Hate Everyone . . . Starting With Me

Friday, February 21, 2014

Magnifico

This week both chambers of the Arizona state legislature approved a bill granting Arizonans the right to refuse service to anyone--meaning LGBT people--if they did so out of religious beliefs.  This unlovely piece of legislation, derisively referred to as the gay Jim Crow bill or the Turn Gays Away law, now rests on the governor's desk.

Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson got into the spirit of discrimination and posted this perfect sign.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Get Your Game On

In case you haven't seen this ad, created for the Scandinavian sports and outdoor market, don't miss it.  The point, sports are for everyone, is a distinct message to Sochi.  And the women are smokin' hot, but you didn't hear that from me.

The Bakery Wars


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Another African Headache

The hits keep coming from Africa.

Nigeria criminalized homosexuality, Uganda's president plans to sign that country's infamous anti-gay law, and yesterday Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, speaking on state television, said, "We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively."

With mosquito nets?  Pesticides?  Fly swatters?

Jammeh added, "As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence."

Such wit.  Maybe Jammeh can be convinced to move to Los Angeles and start a new life as a stand-up comedian.  For the sake of LGBT Gambians, let's arrange it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This Week's Quote

I remember when I chose to be gay. I was just a sperm, and I was covered in all this other sperm and I thought "This is fucking AWESOME!" 

Scott McGoldrick

Source:  Goodreads.com

Monday, February 17, 2014

Presidents' Day

When people in the U.S. think of Presidents' Day, they mostly think of car dealers and those ads featuring a bewigged George Washington.  I actually think about all our former presidents and ponder a deeply historical question:  Which ones were gay?

Historian Jim Loewen wholeheartedly believes that our fifteenth president, James Buchanan, was a Friend of Dorothy long before there was a Dorothy.  Buchanan, a lifelong bachelor, served from 1857 to 1861.  Two years ago Loewen wrote, "There can be no doubt that James Buchanan was gay, before, during and after his four years in the White House. Moreover, the nation knew it, too — he was not far into the closet."

Unfortunately, Buchanan is uniformly considered one of the worst presidents we ever had.  Indecisive and out of touch, his fecklessness helped bring on the Civil War.  Now there's an accomplishment.

Buchanan was succeeded by a fellow often described as our greatest president.  His name was Lincoln.  And some historians believe ol' Abe had his own streak of rainbow . . .

We're Not Surprised


From Have A Gay Day

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fair Is Fair


Southern, Straight, Supportive



Dale Hansen, sports anchor for a Dallas ABC affiliate, told The Huffington Post he didn't think his commentary on Michael Sam's coming out "was going to be that big a deal."  Watch it and see why the segment has gone viral.  Since Hansen starts out with a funny, he fits right in on General Gayety.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Now It Looks Right


From Wipe Out Homophobia

Forward Progress

Two weeks ago Conner Mertens, a kicker for the Willamette University football team, came out as bisexual.  That made him the first active college football player to come out publicly.  Yesterday Michael Sam, a defensive lineman at the University of Missouri and an NFL prospect, came out publicly as gay.

It feels like we've gone to a hurry-up offense.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Question of the Week

Mary Helen Sears of Michigan, a candidate for a seat on the Republican National Committee, claims homosexuality is Satan's way of hurting God.  Do you feel used?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Google Takes a Stand

If you've Googled today--and I don't know how it's possible to avoid it, unless you're three years old--you've seen a remarkable Google Doodle.  Just as the Sochi Winter Olympics are getting started, these rainbow athletes and the quote from the Olympic Charter add up to a strong protest of Russia's law against so-called gay propaganda.  The Bilerico Project reports this Google Doodle is featured on the Russian Google site, too.  Perhaps Vladimir Putin will see it when he Googles "self-aggrandizing for fun and profit."



Let the Games Begin

A fine quick spoof out of Canada.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sochi 2014

The Olympic Games are at hand, and there's lots of excitement . . . about the host nation's appalling gay propaganda law; the threat of terror attacks; allegations of widespread corruption among Sochi organizers; unfinished construction; environmental degradation; uninhabitable hotels; and mass execution of Sochi's stray dogs.

I'm told these Games have something to do with sports, too.

What the Best-Dressed Babies Are Wearing


From LGBT News

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This Week's Quote

My brother's gay.  My parents don't mind as long as he marries a doctor.

Elayne Boosler

Source:  The Quotable Jewish Woman