Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This Week's Quote

We do not recruit.  We can only impress.

Marga Gomez

Source:   Searchquotes.com

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jodie's Married and I Don't Feel Well

When the news broke that Jodie Foster had married Alexandra Hedison over the weekend, I had two reactions.  The first was surprise, because I hadn't known Foster was dating anybody.  The second was low-level nausea.

It's not that I'm devastated that Jodie has been taken.  She had her chance.

Before even reading the story about the Foster-Hedison nuptials, I remembered that Hedison was an ex of Ellen DeGeneres, and this whole Hollywood-lesbians-dating-each-other thing immediately threw me back in time to that A-list lesbian triangle of the '90s featuring Martina Navratilova, Judy Nelson and Rita Mae Brown.

Back then I hadn't yet realized I was gay, but I was fascinated and disturbed by the incestuousness of these lesbians in the public eye.  I don't know why--I'd already seen the same kind of musical chairs go on among lesbian friends of mine.  Why should celebrities be any different?  They shouldn't, but somehow the saga of the star tennis player, the Texas beauty queen and the deeply gifted author felt especially desperate to me.  And sad.  And distasteful.

At any rate, it's fair to say that if Rosie O'Donnell and Melissa Etheridge become an item, I'm going to get nauseous again.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This Week's Quote

I have van Gogh's ear for music.

Stephen Fry

Source:  The Mammoth Book of Great British Humor

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Question of the Week

This week five members of Westboro Baptist Church journeyed to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to protest newly out basketball player Derrick Gordon.  Had a part of you hoped that when Fred Phelps died his followers would quit their daffy protests?

Have an Equal Easter


From Support Marriage Equality In Tennessee

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stone Dead

Officials in the southeast Asian country of Brunei must think things have gotten too lax in their neck of the woods.  Reportedly nobody has been put to death in Brunei since 1957, but that's gonna change with the new penal code that's kicking in next week.

If you have gay sex you will be sentenced to death by stoning.  If you commit adultery, rape, murder, insult the Quran, declare yourself a prophet or declare yourself a non-Muslim--allegedly all these varied offenses will result in death by stoning.

Such a panoply of sins.  If you're a gay Christian harboring the schizophrenic belief that you're a prophet, best to cross Brunei off your list.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This Week's Quote

If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don't teach him to subtract--teach him to deduct.

Fran Lebowitz

Source:  Social Studies

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hate Goes North

Peter LaBarbera is wildly anti-gay.  He's the president of "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality," a group whose members wouldn't know truth if it danced naked in front of them.  And maybe it should.

Anyway, yesterday LaBarbera flew to Regina, Saskatchewan, to give a speech at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association convention.  But the Canadian Border Service Agency decided to deny him entry to the country because he's a purveyor of "hate propaganda," a no-no under Canadian law.

That decision was reversed, however, and LaBarbera is now in Regina, presumably vilifying gays, per usual.  Perhaps he'll say something unforgivable that will get him chucked out of Canada for real, something Canadian authorities cannot tolerate--like hockey sucks.

Quiet for a Cause


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Who Should Officiate?

As part of his "State of the City" speech today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer touted diversity. "One day I hope we are the city that hosts the state's first same-sex marriage," Dyer told his fellow citizens of the central Florida tourist mecca. "Love and commitment should be encouraged, celebrated and embraced as a constitutional right for all."

I suspect greater Orlando will indeed host the first same-sex marriage.  If the memes I've seen online of Cinderella romancing Snow White are anything to go by, the minute Florida legalizes gay marriage those two will have a fairy tale wedding.  In Cinderella's very own castle.

In the Swim at the University of Virginia



From Believe Out Loud

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another Sports First

Derrick Gordon had something to say today.  A starting guard for the University of Massachusetts, Gordon  is now the first active male Division I NCAA basketball player to come out as gay.   Asked by ESPN how he feels about going to opposing arenas now that he's broken this news, Gordon said,
"Hopefully I'll finally see a gay flag in the stands, which I ain't never seen before."

Well then.  You can reward Gordon for his bravery by flying the flag when he plays.  The UMass Minutemen are in the Atlantic 10 conference, which includes schools from Philadelphia to St. Louis.  Go to a game--even if you don't know a rebound from a rebate.
Derrick Gordon, a 22-year-old sophomore shooting guard for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, came out of the closet as a gay man today, becoming the first active male NCAA Division I basketball player to do so. Gordon shared his story with Outsports and ESPN.
Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2014/04/ncaa_division_i_basketballer_derrick_gordon_comes_.php#tAjL73x4EcFfiX0J.99
Derrick Gordon, a 22-year-old sophomore shooting guard for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, came out of the closet as a gay man today, becoming the first active male NCAA Division I basketball player to do so. Gordon shared his story with Outsports and ESPN.
Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2014/04/ncaa_division_i_basketballer_derrick_gordon_comes_.php#tAjL73x4EcFfiX0J.99
Derrick Gordon, a 22-year-old sophomore shooting guard for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, came out of the closet as a gay man today, becoming the first active male NCAA Division I basketball player to do so. Gordon shared his story with Outsports and ESPN.
Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2014/04/ncaa_division_i_basketballer_derrick_gordon_comes_.php#tAjL73x4EcFfiX0J.99

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This Week's Quote

It was a good loo; whitewashed and compact with a flashlight hanging behind the door.  I smuggled books in here and read them in secret, claiming constipation.  That was risky because Mrs W was keen on suppositories and enemas.  But there is always a price to pay for your art . . .

Jeanette Winterson

Source:  Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sister Sister

Last month students at Charlotte Catholic High School in North Carolina got an earful from Sister Jane Dominic Laurel.  At a mandatory assembly, the Dominican nun allegedly informed students that masturbation, pornography and absent fathers make guys gay.

And Pope Francis is really a bullfrog.

Her brand of nun-sense riled up students, parents and alumni.  Now Sister Jane Dominic Laurel's religious order has cancelled a speech she was supposed to give in May at a Catholic youth conference in Asheville.

A diocese spokesperson said, “They felt like this just wasn’t a good time for the sister to speak again in the diocese."  I can't imagine there ever being a good time.

Trauma Itself



From Have A Gay Day

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

With Friends Like These . . .

Bill Schuette, Michigan's attorney general, is defending in court the state's ban on same-sex marriage.  A group called the Traditionalist Youth Network wants to help him.  Last week it filed a friend of the court brief with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

But Schuette doesn't want the group's support, responding, "The Sixth Circuit should use this brief to line a birdcage, because that's all it's good for."

Such strong language despite the fact that he and the Traditionalist Youth Network are on the same side on this issue.  Was the brief poorly reasoned?  Were there spelling mistakes?  Was it submitted on the back of a cocktail napkin?

No, the reason Schuette doesn't want help from the Traditionalist Youth Network is that it's a white supremacist organization.

The fight against gay marriage makes for interesting bedfellows, but the attorney general doesn't want to be in bed with this group.  Moderate bigotry--like the ban on gay marriage--he can go to bat for, but radical bigotry, that's just unseemly.

A Superhero for Our Time


From LGBT News

This Week's Quote

April 1.  This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.

Mark Twain

Source:  Quotegarden.com