Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Week's Quote

JK Rowlings thinks shes tough.  Stupid dyke.

Unknown Twitter user

1. I don't think I'm that tough.
2. I definitely do stupid things sometimes.
3. I'd be so gay if you were the alternative.

J.K. Rowling's tweeted response

Source:  HuffPost

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ferrying Their Fears On a Holiday

If you want people to sign your petition here in the state of Washington, one of the best places to go is a ferry terminal.  The people waiting in their cars to drive onto the ferry are a captive audience.  And if it's a holiday, you'll find twice the usual number of captives.

That's what passed through my mind after I spotted two women with clipboards preparing to cruise the lanes of cars yesterday, Memorial Day, at the Kingston ferry dock.  Based on their middle-American appearance I found myself thinking, "Oh God no, not the bathroom bill.  Please let this be something else.  A push for a state gnome or something."

But nooooo.  I can't remember now if I heard or saw the words "Just Want Privacy" as a canvasser approached the car ahead, but I knew we three in our car were about to be asked to sign a petition to get Initiative 1552, which would discriminate against transgender people, on the ballot.

I alerted my wife, Anne, and our friend, Phil.  Anne must've been waiting for a moment like this, because she instantly told us what she wanted to say to the woman.  I deferred to her, in part because I was in the back seat, and I find it hard to be authoritative from there.

The woman approached us with a smile, and launched in.  I guess we didn't appear hospitable, because she commented that the looks on our faces suggested we disagreed with her.

Anne said, "We care about you.  We really do."  The petitioner thanked her. Anne added, "But I think what you're doing is shameful."

The woman shrugged and moved on to the next car.  Phil, with his big heart, probably wanted to run after her and sign the damn thing just to make her feel better.  And Anne, she got to say what's true for her in this Age of Trump, that she cares about everyone, but she's sick to the teeth of people hating on other people.

And me, I needed some ice cream.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Story of Sodom Meets Marvel Comics

from Friendly Atheist

Taiwan On the Right Track

In their decision that will make Taiwan the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage, justices of the island's Constitutional Court yesterday called sexual orientation an "immutable characteristic that is resistant to change."

Resistant?  I'd call it downright allergic.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This Week's Quote

I knew the full "Judy Garland Carnegie Hall" double album set at age 2. And then my mother wondered why I was gay. I was like, "Are you nuts? You would make me get on the table to sing Judy Garland songs and you're upset?"

Mario Cantone


Monday, May 22, 2017

Cap and Frown

Yesterday at Notre Dame's graduation ceremony, students walked out when Vice President Mike Pence began his commencement speech.  They were protesting, among other things, Pence's anti-LGBT record.

I'm a tad surprised the Catholic university invited Pence in the first place, since he long ago ditched Catholicism to become a fundamentalist Christian.  It's like asking Benedict Arnold to speak to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nation Aggravation

According to reports, Lithuania is the first country to grant asylum to gay and bisexual men fleeing the gay purge in Chechnya.

The United States, by contrast, has denied visas to Chechens running for their lives.  I haven't been this mad at my government since . . . 10 minutes ago.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bang Goes the Gay Male Reputation

I just clicked on a Facebook link in order to read a story from The Advocate about a bigoted Kentucky judge.  Instead of a written story I got a short narrated video version, followed by another video story about Michael Moore's film at the Cannes Film Festival.

But the narrator pronounced "Cannes" as "Canes."  As in rhymes with "trains."

I assume the narrator is an Advocate employee, which probably means he's gay.  Gotta hand it to The Advocate.  Somehow the LGBT magazine of record found the only gay man in America to whom the world's glitziest film festival is a mystery.

This Week's Quote

In her testimony, Sally Yates said she warned White House officials about Mike Flynn being compromised by the Russians.  Yates also tried to warn Mike Pence, but every time she entered the room he yelled, "Out, temptress!"

Conan O'Brien


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fun With Stereotypes

My wife Anne and I just returned to Seattle from a week in Vermont.  Our main purpose in being there was to help my elderly mother with her needs, so we had little free time.  But I've promised myself that the next time we're in the Green Mountain State, I'll whisk Anne over to the town of Woodstock just so I can snap a photo of a lesbian walking into The Vermont Flannel Company.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today's Executive Action

The "religious liberty" executive order President Trump signed today did not, after all, expressly target the LGBT community.  Is this a sign he's decided to embrace us or will he simply attack us farther down the road?

We don't know.  I'm confident Trump doesn't either.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Tutu Ado

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi recently told students at Greybull High School, "I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights.  Well, he kind of asks for it.  That's the way that he winds up with that kind of problem."

And that's the way the senator wound up with a problem:  irate Wyomingites from Sheridan to Cheyenne.  Who found a creative way to protest the Republican's victim-blaming remarks.

They turned their anger into ballet-wear.  Men and women wore tutus to school, to work, to bars, to protest parties.  In Laramie there was a tutu tutorial for those unschooled in the art of making the gathered skirts.  Which was probably just about everybody.

As the massive anti-Trump protests across the country have led to a spike in the sales of art supplies, I assume Wyoming has seen a run on muslin, gauze and nylon.  Jo-Ann Fabrics doesn't know what hit it.

Butch's Bar, a biker bar in Evansville, held a tutu party last Friday, organized by the bar owners' gay son.  "Bartenders in tutus paused with customers to move their hands overhead and sing the song 'YMCA,'" reported The Advocate.  "Upstairs tutus, feather boas and people in plain clothes twirled on the dance floor together."

Say what you will about him, but Sen. Enzi got the state thinking about anti-LGBT violence, and he got bikers dancing next to boa-sporting gays.  He brought people together to fight for human rights, and he deserves a nickname for the (accidental) progress he caused.  I suggest Bishop Tutu.