Thursday, March 30, 2017

Compromise Thwacks Human Rights

At last, North Carolina's HB2 has been repealed.  And replaced with something pretty near as lousy.

As political compromise goes, well, I wouldn't be surprised if every LGBT North Carolinian today feels like three-fifths of a person.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I'm Certain John Hancock Said This

This Week's Quote

This administration is like a fast-moving car stuck in reverse.

Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, on President Trump's quiet removal this week of federal protections against LGBT employment discrimination

Source:  NCLR press release

Friday, March 24, 2017

Thank You, George

Psychotherapist George Weinberg has died.  You've probably never heard of him, but he's the person who coined the term "homophobia."

Imagine life without that word.  We'd be forced to say, "Hey, you're being small-minded and cruel and judgmental and hostile and petty and bigoted and fearful and I think the problem is really yours and not mine and geez I wish there was an easier way to say all this."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flour Power

Last weekend on Periscope right-wing pastor Lance Wallnau recounted a "testimony" he'd read that day.   It seems some "hookers" hung out in a bar owned by a gay man, who was "very adamantly anti-Christian."  The hookers wound up being "saved" by a fellow bar-goer, and then they all baked a cake and prayed over it, so it was an "annointed cake."

They gave it to the bar-owner as a gift, and when he ate it, "the power of God hit him."  He was baptized, and "the spirit that was working him got broken off," which I take to mean he stopped being gay.

I'm not interested in becoming straight, but if these folks can pray away the calories in a cake, I'll be first in line.

This Week's Quote

I like how people who want more God in government voted for a hybrid of Judas, the Golden Calf and Caligula.

John Fugelsang

Source:  Facebook

Monday, March 20, 2017


My wife and I went to see first-round games of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday here in Seattle.  The arena was packed, mainly because the University of Washington played in the second game.

I'm here to tell you the ugly truth:  The place was full of straight people. Husbands and wives, dads and daughters, even three generations of families. I realized during the second game that I actually had to strain to spot lesbians in the crowd.

Does that sound normal to you?

I get it that the UW women's team is exciting and successful, and now draws more fans than just relatives, lesbians and the janitors.  I get it that basketball is for everyone.  I get it that we should be open-minded.

But it just feels wroooong.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Adventures in Hypocrisy

This happens so frequently, and yet I never tire of it.  That probably doesn't say a lot for me, but oh well.

I'm speaking of when a Christian conservative is found with his family values around his ankles.

In the most recent case, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey was caught in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy last week in Moore.  Shortey, 35, now faces three felonies:  soliciting the prostitution of a minor; transportation for the purpose of prostitution; and, my personal favorite, prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church.

Sure enough, the senator and the teenager weren't conducting a Bible study at the Super 8.  Via text, Shortey had said he'd pay the boy for "sexual stuff."

And also sure enough, Shortey attended Bible college, is married to a woman and has three kids.  He always voted anti-gay, and was the county coordinator for the Trump campaign.  Prior to this notable incident, Shortey was best known for introducing a bill to ban the use of aborted human fetuses . . . in food.

Oklahoma knows how to deal with a gun-loving, illegal-immigrant-hating conservative Christian Republican who suddenly reveals himself to be a horse of a potentially rainbow color.  The AP reported that before Shortey "was even arrested or formally charged, Senate workers already had scraped his name from his office door, changed the locks and painted over his name in the parking lot."

You know the expression gone but not forgotten.  In Oklahoma City, Shortey is not gone but forgotten.

He isn't alone when it comes to recent cases of flaming GOP hypocrisy. Consider another state senator, Joey Hensley of Tennessee, a veritable Richard the Lionheart in the service of conservative Christian values.

Especially when it comes to LGBT people.  Hensley pushed Tennessee's memorable "Don't Say Gay" bill, and now he's sponsoring legislation to make children created using donor sperm illegitimate, a clear swipe at gay families.

But this pillar of morality, who has been married and divorced four times, was just named in court during a local mayor's divorce proceedings.  It seems Hensley, a doctor, has been having an affair with his married nurse.  Who's also his patient.  And his second cousin.

Really people, you behave like hypocrisy is a career goal.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This Week's Quote

If Steve Bannon really is the son of Ann “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles” Bannon, she must be mortified.

Kate Clinton

Source:  Facebook

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mr. HB2

Former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has been whinging recently that he can't find a job because people have the idea that he's a bigot.

Wonder how they got that idea?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Welcome to Cherry Grove

I've never seen Logo's "Fire Island."  Apparently it's a reality show about gay male horndogs.  "Saturday Night Live" offered up, in contrast, this group of lesbian moms.  The stereotyping is extreme, but I laughed when Kate McKinnon completed the jigsaw.  You'll see.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Preying On and Praying At Gay Kids

Tonight the ABC News show "20/20" will report that there are hundreds of conversion therapy camps across the country.  It's a veritable Christian cottage industry.  Why can't Christians go back to less harmful money-making schemes, like selling the bones of saints?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 8

Tomorrow is A Day Without a Woman, when women are asked to protest against the economic inequities we face by taking the day off "from paid and unpaid labor."

So I won't be blogging tomorrow.  In case you're wondering, my General Gayety blog falls in the "unpaid labor" category.  Dang it.

Irving Berlin Meets Nabisco

Saturday, March 4, 2017

That Man Is Reliably Unreliable

Last Tuesday when President Trump spoke before Congress, many viewers were struck that he seemed, at last, presidential, because he read his speech and didn't veer into a tantrum.  That's how low the bar is set for That Man.

Now it's Saturday, and Trump has already scrapped his new aura of dignity, thanks to morning tweets accusing President Obama of tapping the Trump Tower phones before the election.

So Trump is back to his usual paranoid self, which means I'll be protesting him again.  Thank goodness—I need the money.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This Week's Quote

That's what they want:  two women.  Fellas, I think that's a bit lofty.  Because, come on, think about it—if you can't satisfy that one woman, why do you want to piss off another one?  Why have two angry women in the bed with you at the same time?  And think about it—you know how much you hate to talk after sex, imagine having two women just nagging you to death.

Wanda Sykes