Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GG Goes Into Stasis

Despite my fervent wishes, nobody has yet invented a way to pack more hours into the day.  So I've made a difficult decision.  I'm putting General Gayety on hiatus so that I can devote more time to a book I'm trying to write.  In trying to produce both the blog and the book I've wound up giving each short shrift.  It's time to focus on one endeavor, and, well, we'll see what happens.

It'll be a serious challenge for me to stay away from the blog whenever a fundie or a pol blurts a particularly crackpot homophobic declaration.  A girl can only stand so much temptation.

But I must be disciplined.  Time to stick with one task.  If I pull it off, I expect, at this point, to bring General Gayety back.  So check in on the blog now and then, and thank you for the time you've spent with me.  I'll miss you.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Wrap-Up



Quick, before it all goes out of your head.  Pick the correct answer for each question about last week’s LGBT news.

1. Which pro sports league’s new marketing campaign makes it the first to target the LGBT community specifically?
a. The National Football League.
b. The National Hockey League.
c. The Women’s National Basketball Association.
d. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

2. Church leaders in the Balkans said recent flooding that left over 50 people dead is punishment for:
a. the war crimes committed during the Croatian War of Independence.
b. the war crimes committed during the Bosnian War.
c. Austrian drag performer Conchita Wurst’s win in the Eurovision song contest.
d. the war crimes committed during the Kosovo War.

3. Last week federal judges threw out same-sex marriage bans in the states of:
a. Arkansas and Utah.
b. North Dakota and South Dakota.
c. Oregon and Pennsylvania.
d. Moosylvania and Bikini Bottom.

4. In a White House ceremony, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated a stamp to which LGBT hero?
a. Walt Whitman.
b. Sally Ride.
c. Harvey Milk.
d. Robert Mapplethorpe.

5. The antigay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) failed to disclose the names of major donors during the 2009 campaign to repeal Maine’s marriage equality law.  Commissioners in Maine recommended which penalty?
a. NOM be banned from the state.
b. NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher serve a week in jail.
c. A $50,250 fine.
d. NOM president Brian Brown be required to marry RuPaul.

6. In the world of TV, this first:  gay male main characters on a prime-time network show got married.  The newlyweds of “Modern Family” are named:
a. Will and Jack.
b. Ricky and Fred.
c. Mitch and Cam.
d. Bert and Ernie.

The answer for every question is “c.”  If you chose “d” several times, you have an interesting mind.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Standing Strong

I recently received a press release with this subject line:  "Gay Men Are Less Likely to Have ED Than Straight Men."

If word of this gets out among gay men they won't be fit to live with.

Monday, May 19, 2014

And Another One

Today U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled that Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

We've had such a run of court victories I've lost track of the number.   What do you think our staunchest opponents, religious true believers, are thinking these days?  Perhaps that God has turned his back on them.  Or at least is playing hard to get.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Still Potent

Anne and I live in Seattle.  Last night we attended the wedding of two friends of ours, Ronna and Cathy, in Bellingham, about 90 minutes north of here.  Gay couples have been able to marry in Washington since December of 2012, but when the officiant mentioned the power vested in her by the state of Washington, the crowd erupted into applause.

The thrill is not gone.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This Week's Quote

I spent my teen years trying to rationalize, "All right, fine, I may be attracted to women, but I can't be a lesbian.  I like Laura Ashley polished cottons, and I throw like a girl.  I cry for no apparent reason.  Oh my God, I'm a gay man!"

Vickie Shaw

Source:  Searchquotes.com

Friday, May 9, 2014

All the News That's Fit to Guess



Have you been paying attention?  Time to find out!  Circle the correct answer to the questions below about recent events in the LGBT news.  No cheating.

1. Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an international gay-rights lightning rod, just announced:
a. He’s hosting a show on MSNBC.
b. He’s converting to Judaism.
c. He’s getting divorced.
d. He’s leasing a popemobile from the Vatican.

2. The world’s largest gay Pride parade was held in this Latin American locale:
a. Mexico City
b. Buenos Aires
c. Sao Paulo
d. the Falkland Islands

3. Steve Wiles, a conservative North Carolina state Senate candidate who opposes same-sex marriage, lost in the primary, perhaps because it had come to light that he:
a. likes Democrats
b. hates barbecue
c. used to perform in a gay club as a drag queen called Miss Mona Sinclair
d. has a dog named Ulysses S. Grant

4. Washington’s governor appointed Mary Yu to the state Supreme Court, making her the first what on the state’s highest court?
a. the first vegetarian
b. the first Yankees fan
c. the first openly gay justice, the first Asian American justice and the first Latina justice
d. the first Pisces

5. Prominent African LGBT activist John Abdallah Wambere will seek asylum in the U.S., owing to his country’s draconian anti-homosexuality law.  Which country passed that awful law?
a. Ethiopia
b. Senegal
c. Uganda
c. Babar’s Kingdom

6. Chris Sevier filed a motion to intervene in a Florida gay marriage case, arguing that he too should have the right to marry his “preferred sexual object,” namely:
a. a 1971 VW bus
b. a manatee
c. his “porn filled Apple computer”
d. Epcot Center

The answer to every question is “c.”  I feel generous, so I’m going to assume you knew that.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

This Week's Quote

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.

Truman Capote

Source:  Quoteland.com

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Question of the Week

In your opinion and/or experience, what's the worst thing about being in the closet?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rum Pum Pum

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai to promote its Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
The two-and-a-half minute video, called "The Welcome", stars actress and former Miss India Celina Jaitly. Jaitly, who was last year nominated by the High Commissioner as a "UN equality champion" in recognition of her support for LGBT equality, makes her musical debut in the video, singing a new version of the 1979 Bollywood classic, Uthe Sab Ke Kadam. The song was recomposed and remixed by Neeraj Shreedhar of the Bombay Vikings, and produced in association with the music company Saregama India. The dance moves in the video were choreographed by Longi - the choreographer for Slumdog Millionaire - who worked on the project pro bono, as did the entire cast. The concept for the video was developed by creative agency Curry Nation.

Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2014/04/un_promotes_equality_in_india_with_bollywood_music.php#pEE4uL5d1qgyqQlQ.99
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai to promote its Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
The two-and-a-half minute video, called "The Welcome", stars actress and former Miss India Celina Jaitly. Jaitly, who was last year nominated by the High Commissioner as a "UN equality champion" in recognition of her support for LGBT equality, makes her musical debut in the video, singing a new version of the 1979 Bollywood classic, Uthe Sab Ke Kadam. The song was recomposed and remixed by Neeraj Shreedhar of the Bombay Vikings, and produced in association with the music company Saregama India. The dance moves in the video were choreographed by Longi - the choreographer for Slumdog Millionaire - who worked on the project pro bono, as did the entire cast. The concept for the video was developed by creative agency Curry Nation.

Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2014/04/un_promotes_equality_in_india_with_bollywood_music.php#pEE4uL5d1qgyqQlQ.99
A fun--and important--offering to round out your week.  This Bollywood music video, part of the United Nations' Free & Equal campaign, promotes gay rights in India.  Called "The Welcome," it features Celina Jaitly, a Bollywood star and former Miss India.  I don't know who plays the matriarch, but the woman is top-notch at conveying disapproval.

And Just Like That, Another Elton Is Born


From I bet this turkey can get more fans than NOM

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Plot Twist

Madelynn Taylor, 74, is a lesbian, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a resident of Idaho.  When Taylor's wife Jean Mixner died in 2012, Taylor asked the Idaho Veterans Cemetery to reserve space for the both of them.  The cemetery responded not on your life--or death.

Enter U.S. Army Col. Barry Johnson (ret.), who wrote in an open letter to the Idaho Statesman, “I will donate the plot I earned in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to you and Jean. I am happy to give my fellow veteran that small peace of mind. And I do it to honor all the great Americans I’ve served with along the way – gay, straight, whatever.”

What the Idaho Veterans Cemetery will do now, if anything, remains to be seen. But what a grand gesture the Army veteran has made toward the Navy veteran.  It proves not only that straights can get along with gays, but that the Army can get along with the Navy.

Johnson deserves the last word:   “Give Madelynn and Jean and others like them a break. Stop finding reasons to make life – and in this case, death – harder than it needs to be,” he wrote.  “That’s just irritating as hell and disrespectful to boot.”