Saturday, July 29, 2017

Trump's Trifecta

On one day this week, as The New York Times pointed out, the Trump administration took three separate steps to roll back LGBT civil rights.

It made for a helluva Wednesday.

Briefly, Trump tweeted a ban on transgender people serving in the military; the Justice Department intervened in a private employment lawsuit, arguing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn't protect gay workers; Trump announced he's nominating Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who likes gay people as much as he likes kidney stones, to be the nation's ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

On that day, said HRC leader Chad Griffin, Trump "truly declared war on our community."

Poor Wednesday.  It never meant to start a war.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Generally Good

Don't Bury the Lead

Ana Brnabic, the first openly gay prime minister in Serbian history, said she doesn't want to be known just for being a "gay PM."

Fair enough.  But given eastern Europe's pervasive homophobia, I think it's a swell place to start.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Trashes Transgender Troops

So this morning that president of ours tweeted that transgender people will not be allowed in the military.

Which is worse?  That Trump chose today, the 69th anniversary of President Truman's executive order integrating the military, to launch discrimination? That between college deferments and those infamous bone spurs in his heels, Trump himself evaded military service?  That this move deflects attention from the White House's swampiness?  And panders to anti-LGBT Christian conservatives?  And puts pressure on Democrats in key states?

How about that this announcement caught the Pentagon off guard?  Or that transgender people were finally allowed to serve openly just last year, and now they have to deal with being marched right back into the closet?  Or that Trump is using patriotic Americans as political cannon fodder?

I wish to God that back when he was avoiding Vietnam he had fled to Canada. Then he'd be their problem.

They've Been in the Wars

This Week's Quote

I'd met my first boyfriend in a place called the Man Hole—not the sort of name that suggests fidelity.

David Sedaris

Source:  When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Discrimination, Italian-Style

Citing their Catholic beliefs, the owners of a guest house in Italy refuse to "accept gays and dogs."

Their bigotry will only hurt them.  Everyone knows golden retrievers are big tippers.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Make It So

The real final frontier is about to be crossed.

"Star Trek:  Discovery," set to air next year on CBS, will feature a same-sex couple.  Out actors Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp will play the first gay couple in the 51-year history of the "Star Trek" franchise.

Wow.  Somebody has set phasers to stun.

That somebody is "Discovery" creator Bryan Fuller, who worked on "Star Trek:  Voyager" in the '90s and remembers the stiff opposition he encountered to including a gay character back then.

Things have changed.  Now resistance is, well, you know.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seattle Sue Comes Out

We lesbians in Seattle have long suspected it, and now it's confirmed:  Sue Bird is gay.

The stellar Seattle Storm point guard came out in an espnW story posted today.  Furthermore, Bird is dating openly gay Seattle Reign FC star forward Megan Rapinoe.

We suspected that, too.  My we're good.

How fortuitous for Bird and Rapinoe that they're both pro athletes playing in the same city in leagues with similar schedules.  The goddess of women's sports practically threw them together.  And if they tire of talking about sports, they can move on to other things they have in common, like beauty, wealth and fame.  Really, how could they not be an item?

As a Storm season-ticket holder, my only concern is how this relationship will impact Bird.  If love starts to make the ball handler butterfingered on the court, the Reign must do the responsible thing and trade Rapinoe.  To Beijing.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This Week's Quote

I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed.  That is very gratifying to me.

Barbra Streisand

Source:  Frankly, My Dear

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Choice

Today's commentary in The Advocate addresses a popular question in the LGBT community:  Which would you prefer as president, Trump or Pence?

To me that's a choice between dysentery and mad cow disease.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Free to Pee, You and Me

In case you missed it, last week the group trying to destroy Washington's pro-transgender bathroom law had an appointment to submit petitions to get its initiative on the ballot.

The group cancelled the appointment.  It turned out Just Want Privacy hadn't managed to secure enough signatures to qualify for the election.

Bravo to my fellow Washingtonians who declined to sign.  Across the Evergreen State, you've made gladder bladders.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This Week's Quote

But the bigly event this weekend: Donald Trump finally met his BFF, Russian President Vladimir Putin. They’d never met before, and they could not take their beautiful blue eyes off each other.

Jimmy Kimmel


Monday, July 10, 2017

Anglicans Say No More Conversion Therapy

The Church of England is taking a stand against conversion therapy, saying it has "no place in the modern world."

Neither does the monarchy, but the church let that slide.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Twisted Independence Day

LGBT newspaper Gay San Diego posted this image today on Facebook as a Fourth of July offering, along with the words, "May all your beaches be open." Only a gay man would think of combining New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's beach scandal with "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" 

Monday, July 3, 2017

If Only

Completely ignored by President Trump, Pride Month has come and gone.  If only that man would do the same.