Friday, October 29, 2010

Say What?

This is part of the reason why I have an ambivalent attitude towards Christianity/religion in general. Amber Yust, transgender woman, went to her local DMV in San Francisco to get her name changed on her driver's license. The change went through without incident. At least until Yust got a letter at her home a few days later. According to the Transgender Law Center:

Unbelievably, on Monday, Amber received a letter from the person who had processed her name change at the DMV. In the letter, which had been mailed to her at home, the DMV employee quoted from the Bible and stated that Amber had made a "very evil decision." The strongly-worded letter told Amber that she was "an abomination" and said that homosexuals should be put to death.

"I was shocked to receive this letter from the person who processed my paperwork at the DMV," said Amber. "I would never have expected that a DMV employee could use information from my name change application to reach out and personally attack me. This has been a traumatic experience for me and I want to ensure that nothing like this happens to anyone else."

The Transgender Law Center is investigating the incident.

What could make someone feel they have the right to use someones' personal information obtained from their job to send a letter telling them that who they are is an abomination that is destined to burn in hell? Nothing but the pompous, self-righteous attitude that too often comes from those who claim to be "speaking the truth in love."

No employee has the right to lecture (or in this case harass) customers who they feel don't live up to their personal standards. I wasn't thrilled about the fact that people came through the checkout line and bought cigarettes/chewing tabacco when I worked at Wal-Mart, but I definitely wouldn't send them a letter in the mail admonishing them for their "sin." Not that I'm comparing smoking to being transgender, but you get the point. I mean what's next? Sending Daily Bread books to a guy if he buys pink polos at the mall? A box of holy water for girls who wear baggy jeans?

You can read the whole letter here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

President Obama: "It Gets Better"

President Obama contributes his voice to Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign, and I must say it's well needed. With the disturbing trend of LGBT youth suicides, having the president take such an elegant but still forceful stance against bullying is a beautiful thing to see. The adminstration has also created a page for LGBT youth on its website. Watch the clip below:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Random Thoughts

Yes boys and girls, its that time again. All the silly, nonsensical, serious and personal observations I've been meditating on will now be regurgitated on the page.

1. Will Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday live up to the hype?

2. And speaking of Nicki, isn't her album cover both cool and a little distrubing?

3. Is it just me, or is The Event the most confusing show ever?

4. Aren't you hoping that NBC doesn't cancel Undercovers only because you want to see Boris shirtless everyone (c'mon, I know I'm not the only one lol)?

5. Why isn't Angela Bassett in For Colored Girls? Seriously, after Meet The Browns Tyler OWED her a role in this flick.

6. While we're on the subject, wanna bet that if For Colored Girls is a success, we'll be getting less music from Ms. Jackson in the future (I don't want to believe it, but Janet ain't no's been a hard 5 or 6 years sales wise...)

7.Is it just me or was Jennifer Love Hewitt's acting on Law and Order: SUV on point? I mean Ms. Hewitt gave me LIFE with that performance!

8. Aren't you intrigued/nervous about Faith Evans playing Florence Ballad in the upcoming biopic?

9. Why is Sarah Palin even relevant to the midterm elections? I mean she's not a senator, representative (she damn sure isn't a governor) or even a mayor of any city, yet she's babbling about bullshit at every Tea Party rally. Seriously, the woman couldn't even name her favorite founding father excluding George Washington.

10. And why is that Republicans can disagree with every policy (i.e. bailouts, health care etc.), but still can't come up with any specific plan of their own? President Obama may not be perfect, but he's doing better than Bush. You can't crawl out from under 8 years of crap in two years. And to paraphrase Whitney in Waiting to Exhale "once you been treated good, you can't go back to bullshit."

11. Will Obama ever get more forceful about ending DADT? I mean a federal judge has already stopped the policy dead in its tracks for the time being. Why not just finish it off?

12. I'm not a big Twilight  fan, but aren't you hoping that Bella finally gets her cherry popped in Eclipse? Seriously its been three movies...I think the tweens and teens can handle at least a little I've-just-been-turned dry humping. Or maybe Taylor and Rob will have a scene (oops did I just say that out loud:)?

13. Wasn't Oprah's episode about the down low so depressingly disappointing? I'm sure the big O or someone on her staff had a rolodex of well-adjusted, openly gay black men she could've called for the show(i.e Keith Boykin, Dr. David Malebranche, Lee Daniels). But instead it was just one big ol' mess of stereotyping and fear.

14. If Eddie Long is so rich why couldn't that girl buy a better lace front than that shag he wore during his "sermon?" And that grey two piece? Chile you not about to get beamed up to the mothership (but i bet you wish you could right now).

15. Isn't B Slade's new album a beast? If you ain't up on thangs, download it here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mary Is Diana...

Mary J. Blige pays homage to Diana Ross in honor of Ebony magazine's 65th anniversary. Its always a risk when a celebrity does a tribute to another star in photo form (Remember Lindsay Lohan's Marilyn Monroe attempt? I'm not a Norma Jean stan, but if you're gonna do Marilyn Monroe, you betta bring the heat! I'm just sayin'.) But fortunately the Queen of Hip Hop Soul does Miss Ross proud. Take a look below and compare:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Review: B Slade: A Brilliant Catastrophe

It's certainly been an interesting journey for B Slade, the artist formerly known as Tonex. Last year he became the first gospel singer to come out of the closet, a decision that effectively ended his working relationship with the mainstream gospel music industry. However, with wardrobes consisting of multi-colored mohawks, furs, scarfs and platform boots, and music that varied from R&B jams to electronica-inspired pop, B Slade never fit the mold of a traditional gospel star. Even Kirk Franklin never strayed that far from the format.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

LGBT Artist Spotlight: B Slade

B Slade, the gospel artist formerly known as Tonex, has new alter ego and a brand new swag, epitomized in his clip for "Get Over You," from his A Brilliant Catastrophe mixtape. All I can say is that I'm in looooove with this track. It's like the spirit of Sylvester, the grand diva herself, invaded B Slade's body and has taken over! Rocking a straight long perm and serving much attitude, the video incorporates clips from the classic 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning. B Slade will definitely be an artist to watch. Expect a full review of A Brilliant Catastrophe soon. Watch the video below:

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