Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This Week's Quote

I was on this ship with 800 lesbians . . . we can't get off . . . so much drama. "Were you looking at her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her? Well were you?"

Margaret Cho


Monday, October 24, 2016

Clinton vs. Trump, Round 3

After the first two presidential debates I wrote about how--and whether--LGBT issues had been addressed in them.  I meant to do the same after the third debate, but this excruciating campaign has enervated me.

I have a reputation to uphold, however, so here's a simple summation.  Clinton--marriage equality still good.  Trump--gay people being pushed off buildings in the Middle East.

He was right about that, but being The Donald, he got most of the facts around it wrong.  See Advocate editor Neal Broverman's editorial for the particulars.

And see me being thrilled there are no more debates.

Monday, October 17, 2016

News Anchor Makes News

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith came out as gay today.  In further surprises, Hillary Clinton is a Democrat.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

They're Baaaack!

After a decade, Will and Grace and Jack and Karen return.  For nine minutes. What brought them out of retirement?  What else?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trump Said Something Wonderful

Years ago, Donald Trump said he's never had a gay thought in his life.  Thank God.  If he turned out to be one of us I don't think I could go on.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This Week's Quote

"When they go low, you go high." Trump has defined new lows, so I guess Hillary will fly soon.

Amanda Deibert while watching the second presidential debate

Source:  Twitter

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Clinton vs. Trump, Round 2

After Donald Trump threatened to throw Hillary Clinton in prison and called her the devil during the second presidential debate, I was in a state of shock.  His approach to that debate wasn't scorched earth--it was scorched universe.

I'm now sufficiently recovered--just--to look at how LGBT rights fared during that debate.  Unlike the first debate, the subject did come up, albeit in a teeny-weeny way.  When asked about the Supreme Court, Clinton said she wants, among other things, a "Court that will stick with marriage equality."

Trump said he wants to appoint justices exactly like Antonin Scalia.  Which is the same as saying he wants a Supreme Court that will reject marriage equality.  And snarkily.

The other point of LGBT interest was that Anderson Cooper became the first openly gay person to serve as a moderator for a presidential debate in the general election.  That fact might've gotten more attention, but when one of the debaters is the world's biggest media whore, Cooper is lucky anyone remembers he was in the room.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Going Public With His Truth

The daughter of singer Sade has come out as a transgender man.  Mickaila Adu, 20 years old, announced on Instagram this week that he's begun transitioning.

Which leaves me to say he's embraced--what else?--the sweetest taboo.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Phenomenon

Andy Borowitz of The New Yorker wrote this satire well over a year ago, but it's plenty pertinent now, what with Christian conservative Mike Pence so close to the vice presidency.


By Andy Borowitz

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Governor Mike Pence is “stunned and amazed” that so many people appear to have gay friends, Pence has confirmed.

Speaking to reporters in his office in Indianapolis, Pence said that he made the astonishing discovery about gay friends late last week.

“A lot of everyday people have gay friends, and they’re not afraid to call and/or e-mail you to tell you that,” Pence said. “To be honest, I’m still trying to process it all.”

Pence said that from what he has been able to gather thus far, the phenomenon of “ordinary folks” having gay friends “has been going on for years.”

“You could be walking down the street, and without you knowing it, this person is friends with gays and that person is, too,” he said. “It really seems to be pretty widespread.”

“It’s the darnedest thing,” he added.

While Pence acknowledged that he has “no gay friends personally,” the growing popularity of being friends with gays has made him question whether he has been “missing the boat on this.”

“When I see so many people having gay friends, it makes me wonder if I should go out and get one,” he said. “But I guess that would be kind of hard for me to do now.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This Week's Quote

God, this debate is like watching sweaters dry, but if one of the sweaters hated gay people.

Derrick Lemos on last night's vice presidential debate

Source:  Twitter

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

We Won't Serve You, 'Cause We Think You're Gay

"The Daily Show" gets between North Carolinians and their barbecue.  And it's all legal, thanks to HB2.

Think Positive

We interrupt this excruciatingly negative election season for some positivity.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Matriarch Marries

She helped make it possible for gay people in this country to get married. Now she's gone and done it herself.


Unless you've been living on a ring of Saturn, you know one of the landmark court cases leading to marriage equality was United States v. Windsor.  In 2013, 84-year-old Edie Windsor went to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue DOMA discriminated against her marriage to the late Thea Spyer.  In a 5-4 decision, the Supremes drop-kicked DOMA.

Windsor was runner-up for the 2013 Time Person of the Year.  Pope Francis edged her out, maybe because he has a friend in a certain high place.

Windsor and Spyer were together over four decades, and got legally married near the end.  Now Windsor has decided to take another marriage spin.  On Sept. 26 she wed Judith Kasen.

Windsor is 87, Kasen is 51.  Windsor's feisty enough to go to the Supreme Court; she's feisty enough to enter into a marriage with that kind of age difference.

For her part, Kasen has wed the woman Time called "the matriarch of the gay-rights movement."  I don't know if there are rules for marrying a matriarch, but I'm guessing it involves breakfast in bed.