Saturday, July 30, 2016


I'm on vacation, at least after a fashion.  Stop by again around August 10.  I'm sure I'll have something to say.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This Week's Quote

I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Source:  The Telegraph

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hot About Cleveland

Now we should all turn our attention to the Democratic National Convention.  Except that I'm not done with the Republican one.

I still can't get over . . . all of it.  But as a lesbian, what especially continues to chap my hide is that odious Republican platform, which repudiates same-sex marriage, backs conversion therapy, endorses a "religious freedom" bill enabling anti-gay discrimination, and tells transgender people to go piss in the wind.

The platform is so regressive on LGBT issues even gay Republicans were shocked.  It feels like conservatives, furious at our many successes during the Obama years, seized this chance to offer us a Cleveland-sized helping of bile.  

In his speech accepting the Republican nomination, Donald Trump said, "As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology."

What will he do to protect us from a hateful domestic ideology?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Unkindest Cut of All

North Carolina has suffered another loss over HB2.  The NBA announced today that it's pulling the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte.

After their state government passed the infamous anti-LGBT law, North Carolinians barely flinched when companies like PayPal and Deutsche Bank opted out of creating jobs in the Tar Heel State, and performers such as Bruce Springsteen and Itzhak Perlman cancelled shows.

But this . . . this is basketball.  The hoop-mad state has been hit right in its roundball.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This Week's Quote

Log Cabin Republicans have been working to "transform the GOP from the inside" for forty years and not only hasn't it gotten better, it has gotten worse. The 2016 Republican Platform, adopted today without a peep of protest from Log Cabin Republicans, is worse on LGBT issues than any Republican Party Platform in history. Worse than the GOP platform in 1980, when the religious right was ascendent; worse than the GOP platform in 1984, when AIDS hysteria was at its peak; worse than the GOP platform in 1992, when delegates to the RNC were waving "Family Values Forever! Gay Rights Never!" signs on the floor of the convention in Houston. Worst. Platform. Ever. Log Cabin Republicans spent months wriggling their tongues up Donald Trump's ass and this is the thanks they get.

Dan Savage

Source:  The Stranger

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Let the Games Begin

Stephen Colbert, in full Hunger Games persona, crashed the Republican National Convention.  Wait for the line about the North Carolina delegates.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Going Great Guns

Pink Pistols, a national LGBT gun club, had about 1,500 members before the killing spree at a gay club in Orlando last month, Reuters reports.  The day after the shootings, membership zoomed to over 4,000.  Now it stands at more than 8,000.

When I think about lesbians packing, guns are not part of the picture.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This Week's Quote

People always ask me, "Were you funny as a child?" Well, no, I was an accountant.

Ellen DeGeneres


All I'm Saying

From George Murphy

Monday, July 11, 2016

Today's International Sports Scene

The World OutGames, held every four years, will take place next year in Miami from May 26 to June 4.  The 34 sports include basketball, rugby, water polo, track and field, rowing, wrestling and soccer, as well as bridge, chess and dominoes.

Just wondering if dominoes has a doping problem.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Some Good News

Let's step back for a moment from the searing emotional turmoil of the past few days in America.  Let's go . . . to the bathroom.

I take my good news where I can get it.

Here in the state of Washington we've been grappling with the specter of Initiative 1515, which would require that everyone use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender at birth, not the gender with which they identify. I-1515 is a shot at transgender people.

Proponents argue that I-515 is needed to keep sexual predators from posing as transgender to gain access to women and children.  Yeah, that's a real problem.  It happens about as often as Donald Trump expresses humility.

The Just Want Privacy folks--because they couldn't call their campaign You Trans Folks Are Icky, Scary and Confusing--needed to collect 246,000 signatures to get I-1515 on the ballot.  They failed.

In case you missed that, they failed.  They failed.  They failed.

I'm surprised, to tell you the truth.  I thought they could whip up enough fear to get the thing on the ballot.  Apparently fundraising didn't go well--not enough donors rallied to the bathroom banner--and  proponents faced opposition from our community, politicians and from corporations like Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

Ultimately much of the credit for the outcome must go to Washingtonians who simply declined to sign.  Thanks to them, we have discrimination-free comfort stations.  And that's a comfort.

Put another way, the campaign to control the crapper came a cropper.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

This Week's Quote

Of all the types I've ever met within our democracy,
I hate most the athlete with his manner bold and brassy,
He may have hair upon his chest but, sister, so has Lassie.

Cole Porter's "I Hate Men"


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Even the Animals and Helicopters Strut Their Stuff

The members of the Orange County Sheriff's Office participated in the #KeepDancingOrlando challenge.  In this video, they do Pulse proud.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Torn Between the Options

The other evening two friends of mine had a terrible time trying to decide whether to go to the k.d. lang concert or a WNBA game.

It was a clear case of lesbian paralysis.