Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Big Game

Here in Seattle, the local paper has run approximately 67,000 stories about the Seattle Seahawks over the last two weeks.

In one of today's offerings, a piece about the wagering that traditionally goes on between the mayors of the cities represented in the Super Bowl, The Seattle Times casually noted, "Seattle's mayor will attend the big game in Phoenix with his husband."

I grew up a New England Patriots fan.  But that sentence alone is enough reason to pull for the Seahawks.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Far Better Late than Never

At the age of 82, Broadway star and movie actor Joel Grey has come out as a gay man.  There's only one thing to be said to the fellow who played the Emcee in "Cabaret" so memorably:  Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Week's Quote

Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman.

Attributed to Nancy Banks-Smith

Source:  Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alabama Echoes

Yesterday a federal judge struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.  Alabama--yes, Alabama--becomes the 37th state to legalize gay marriage.

US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled that the 2006 Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, which prohibited gay marriage in Alabama, was unconstitutional.

There was a collective heart attack in the Heart of Dixie.

The Alabama attorney general filed a motion asking Granade to issue a stay until the US Supreme Court gets down to business.  And Republican Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard released a statement saying:

"It is outrageous when a single unelected and unaccountable federal judge can overturn the will of millions of Alabamians who stand in firm support of the Sanctity of Marriage Act. The Legislature will encourage a vigorous appeals process, and we will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live."

Politicians like that make Alabama a special place to live indeed.  So, so special.

With his heated reaction, it's not hard to imagine Speaker Hubbard adopting the approach of a bygone Alabama politician.  As then-Gov. George Wallace stood in the door of an auditorium at the University of Alabama to block court-ordered school desegregation, maybe Speaker Hubbard will stand in the entrance of a Montgomery church in order to prevent a gay wedding from taking place.

This time, the Alabama National Guard won't be needed.  One angry Alabamian wedding planner--with a schedule to keep and 40 pounds of boiled shrimp threatening to go bad in her backseat--will put the blowhard in his place.  Right in the camellias.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This Week's Quote

I've been poor and I've been rich, and rich is better.

Bessie Smith


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This Week's Quote

Straight girls like me. They flirt with me to get whatever they want. Of course it works.

Lea DeLaria


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hey, Kids, Let's Put on a Show!

With the NFL playoffs underway, everyone here in Seattle is fully in the grip of Seahawks fever.  Well, almost everyone.

This morning at church my friend Dan, a gay guy, told me someone had just asked him if he'd watched the game yesterday.  Dan scoffed when describing the exchange.  "Gay men watch football like straight men watch musicals," he laughed.

I have the recipe for a box-office smash:  a musical about football. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

This Week's Quote

I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.

Kinky Friedman


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Like a Day Without Sunshine?

On this day, gay couples began marrying in Florida.  I can't be the only homosexual of a certain age wondering what the hell Anita Bryant is thinking today.

Marriage.  It isn't just for heterosexuals anymore!