Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This Week's Quote

We can't elect a man who is obsessed with hate for Rosie O'Donnell. You never hear Putin bring up Yakov Smirnoff in a political debate.

Arsenio Hall

Source:  Twitter

The Debate You Didn't See

Randy Rainbow is at it again.  Thank goodness.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Clinton vs. Trump, Round 1

Last night, in the first debate between the two presidential contenders, the subject of LGBT people never came up.

I don't whether to be relieved or offended.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Edward and George and Martha

It's so easy to get caught up in America's current political and social turmoil--especially with the first presidential debate just hours away--but something happened earlier this month that I won't let go unmentioned.

Edward Albee died.  Whether you loved or hated the openly gay playwright's work, he was one of the most significant figures in American theater history.

Personally, I'm grateful to him for having written "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"  That play and movie set a standard in more ways than one.  When my wife Anne and I are having a particularly intense argument and one of us says, "We sound like George and Martha," that's a warning that the fight is getting way too heated.

Come to think of it, there could be another George-and-Martha performance today.  Not from Anne and me.  From Donald and Hillary.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Today's Suggestion

from Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This Week's Quote

I can fluently speak five languages: English, emoji, sexting, sarcasm and sass.

Tyler Oakley


Monday, September 19, 2016

Royally Gay

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, has become the first member of the British royal family to come out as gay.

I'm sure there's never been another gay person in the history of the British monarchy.

Uh huh.  And Anne Boleyn was a Spice Girl.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sea Change

A little over two months ago, the American military lifted its ban on transgender troops.  A week ago, at the Navy Memorial, Blake Dremann became the first openly transgender service member to be promoted.

These relatively speedy changes give even me pause, and I suspect make many a Deplorable want to jump back into his basket.

Wearing his male summer whites, Dremann was promoted from lieutenant to lieutenant commander.  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Amanda Simpson, the highest ranking transgender person in the Department of Defense, performed the ceremony.

As if all that wasn't great enough, my favorite part of the story is the reaction of Dremann's parents, who flew in from St. Louis for the event.  Were they proud?  His mother Diane said, "He's been the apple of my eye for years and years and we finally got to make one (of his promotions)."

She also said, "I wouldn't be surprised if he'll be the first transgender admiral."

Nothing like a little parental pressure to round out any ceremony.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This Week's Quote

I have van Gogh's ear for music.

Stephen Fry

Source:  The Mammoth Book of Great British Humor

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Anderson Can't Take His Show on the Road

Pastor Steven Anderson has uttered so many appalling anti-gay statements he must be the love child of Fred Phelps and Phyllis Schlafly.  After the Orlando massacre, Anderson celebrated "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world."

Anderson, the leader of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., was readying to take his brand of Christian love to South Africa.  Today that country said don't bother.  South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, citing anti-discrimination laws meant to "prevent and prohibit hate speech," said he's banning Anderson from South Africa indefinitely.

Bet Tempe wishes it could do the same.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Babs Skewers The Donald in Song

At a recent LGBT for Hillary fundraiser in New York, Barbra Streisand offered a reworked version of "Send In the Clowns."  Broadway never sounded so good.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

This Week's Quote

I'm a black, gay woman. I think the only way to make the GOP hate me more is if I sent them a video of me rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.

Wanda Sykes


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Confusing Phyllis Schlafly

When Phyllis Schlafly died yesterday, a meme raced around Facebook with her picture and the Schlafly quote, "There will be a woman president over my dead body!"  Many gleefully responded that God took that deal.

Schlafly never said those words, according to Snopes.  But it's easy to believe she had.  The ardent anti-feminist who led the successful fight against the ERA was a study in dissonance.  She practiced politics in order to prevent other women from doing the same.  She made a career out of trying to deny other women careers.  Schlafly was a tightly coiffed contradiction.

That fact is painfully apparent in another area.  Schlafly fought against gay rights tooth and nail.  The Advocate called her "one of history's worst homophobes."  Yet her eldest son was gay.

That's gay, gay, gay!  Yup, I've long considered that one of the juicier ironies in the story of the Right.

When her son John was outed by the gay press in 1992, Schlafly didn't soften her homophobia one bit.  And for his part, John kept working for his mother and her Eagle Forum organization.

I guess John's a chip off the old coif.  Schlafly passed down to her son that cognitive dissonance.  I hope she's left him plenty of money to compensate.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sort of Ready to Answer the President's Call

My wife and I were standing in a long line today when she casually mentioned that she subscribes to a website called Modern Farmer.

"Apparently you and Obama have been talking behind my back," I said.

Anne noted, "Pretty soon I'm going to be issued my flannel shirt."

Well, she isn't really headed to the heartland to take up farming and aggravating Red Staters.  But she actually does get Modern Farmer in her inbox, and has an eye on raising chickens in the future.

I dunno.  When Rush Limbaugh alerted America to the Obama administration's plan of subsidizing lesbians to become farmers so we can "attack rural states," it sounded like Rush expected us dykes to make a serious agricultural commitment.

We're supposed to plow 500 acres in Missouri.  Raising a couple of chickens in Vermont suggests Anne's heart isn't in it.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Season of Firsts

This fall Anderson Cooper will be the first out gay man to moderate a presidential debate in the general election. Donald Trump will be the first Oompa-Loompa to participate in such a debate.