Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wal-Mart Adds Trans Protections For Employees



Wally world is now offering protection for its transgender employees, adding gender identity to their list of protected categories.

"Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, already has protections for LGB employees. The additional transgender protections were praised by the Human Rights Campaign.

“What matters in the workplace is how you do your job, not your gender identity or sexual orientation,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said in a press release. “As the nation’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart shows that doing the right thing is also good for business. We urge them to continue to move forward by ensuring all of their LGBT employees receive equal benefits.”

Great news, but I still look back on being a Wal-Mart cashier as a mildly profitable, but soul-draining experience lol.

Google Gets Gaydar


For most of gays, gaydar is a natural skill honed over years of clocking tea and being the target of stares that are held just a few seconds longer than what is publicly acceptable. However, for those who find that the force is not strong within them, Google has offered a solution.

All you have to do is type into the search tab is "Is (Insert celebrity/politician/whoever) gay? and Google will give you it's best guess. Some aren't surprising at all: Rachel Maddow came up as a lesbian, as did Jodie Foster. Ricky Martin and Wanda Sykes also passed with rainbow colors. However searches for Queen Latifah and Anderson Cooper's orientation turned up nothing, as did Will Smith and LL (curses!), while Jada showed up as straight, as did that gal Marcus Bachmann. Visual confirmation below.



I guess Google still has some kinks to work out.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Black Gay Youths Form Gangs For Protection


I came across this article over at Wonderman's blog and had to post about it. Apparently the hostile, homophobic environment in the D.C. metro area has caused some black gay youth to form gangs.


“I just got tired of people beating on me and calling me faggie,” Tayron Bennett, 21, told me recently. He’d helped to organize Check It while a student at Hine Junior High School. Other gay youths from his Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast soon joined, followed by gay youths from throughout the city.

D.C. police estimate that Check It has a core membership of about 20 and counts between 50 and 100 others as “associates.”

“At first, I tried fighting bullies one-on-one, but they don’t fight fair; they fight two and three on one,” Bennett said. So the youths got together and “started carrying mace, knives, brass knuckles and stun guns, and if somebody messed with one of us then all of us would gang up on them.”

The District may have a reputation as a “gay friendly” city, home to one of the largest, most affluent and politically influential gay and lesbian communities in the country. But Bennett and his friends live in a world where attitudes toward homosexuality are not always so progressive.
 
Philip Pannell, a community activist who is gay, said he believes that Check It would benefit from having some adult black gay male role models in their lives. But that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

“It’s sad that we have all of these gay black men in Washington and all they do is work all day and go to black gay clubs on the weekends,” Pannell told me. “They won’t help out the gay youth because then they’d have to confront the homophobia of the larger black community.”

While I can certainly sympathize with why Tayron and his friends would take such an approach to dealing with bullying and harassment (there is strength in numbers), going the vigilante route can have dangerous consequences. According to the article, Tayron has been charged with assault once and suffered injuries from a jailhouse scuffle, and who knows what else could happen if he and the other gang members continue to get into violent situations.

Read the rest of the Washington Post article HERE.

Random: Snow Tha Product



White girls and rap have a long, strange history, at times highly entertaining, cool and funny (think Debbie Harry, Fergie and Gwen, Madonna's "Vogue" rap), to awkward (Madonna on "American Life." Chile I don't care how ironic it was supposed to be. Mini-cooper and supa dupa should not be rhymed together) to cringe-inducing (Kreayshawn and her White Girl  Mob). But after stumbling upon a few videos by white female rapper (technically she is part Latino, but clearly she'd fall under the white and Hispanic category in a Census:) named Snow Tha Product, I've been more than a little shocked by her rapping ability.

Simply put, this gal can spit. Like Nicki when she's channeling Roman Zolanski. Or Lil' Kim in her Hardcore, "Quiet Storm" remix days. Unlike the aforementioned white girls, there's no cute novelty air to her raps or a like Kreyshawn, a fake, white girl trying to be black wannabe swag--she's just attacking the beat. Take a look at a few videos and see what I mean.










Thursday, September 22, 2011

Death Penalty 'Unlikely' In Hit And Run Killing Of Black Mississippi Man



The white Mississippi teenager charged with killing 49-year old James Craig Anderson, is unlikely to face the death penalty despite being indicted for capital murder and a hate crime, since the family opposes it.

Anderson, an auto plant worker who was raising a child with his partner of nearly two decades, was beaten and run over with a truck by a group of teenagers while in a hotel parking lot on June 26. According to ABC News:

"Smith [plans] to make a formal announcement in the next two days, after strongly considering the family's wishes to spare Dedmon, 19. "Nearly all of the time we would like for the families to be pleased with the outcome of their loved ones' cases," he said. "We try to give that family peace of mind." 

In the letter sent to Smith, dated Sept. 13, Anderson's sister Barbara Anderson Young said she spoke on behalf of their mother, and her two brothers, in asking prosecutors not to seek capital punishment, saying the family's opposition to the death penalty is "deeply rooted in our religious faith, a faith that was central in James' life as well."

"We also oppose the death penalty because it historically has been used in Mississippi and the South primarily against people of color for killing whites," the letter says. "Executing James' killers will not help balance the scales. But sparing them may help to spark a dialogue that one day will lead to the elimination of capital punishment."

Two men, 18-year old Deryl Dedmon Jr. the ringleader of the group who has a history of making homophobic and racist remarks and John Aaron Rice, have been charged in connection to the crime, Dedmon Jr. with capital murder and hate crime charges, and Rice with simple assault. Anderson's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the two teens and five others that were involved in the attack. Unfortunately, Anderson's partner is prevented by Mississippi law and the Defense of Marriage Act to get in on any of the legal action, including the settlement the family stands to get. 


Hopefully the family's attitude towards the Dedmon Jr. is an indicator of how they'll treat Anderson's partner, but you never know. So much for gay marriage being a white issue...


New Music: Rihanna "We Found Love"


Say what you want about Rihanna, but that girl sure is productive. Ri-Ri's new song "We Found Love" debuted on radio today. The song, produced by Calvin Harris, has the same euphoric, throw-your-hands-up feel as her last album Loud, which has barely been out a year.

While the tune is catchy and undeniably danceable--expect to see it performed at a drag show near you soon--it didn't quite smack me upside the head the way "Rude Boy," "SOS," "Umbrella," or "Hard" did when I first heard them. Perhaps it's too soon? Or maybe because it sounds a little too close to what Rihanna's been doing lately. But she does get rainbow points for channeling early Madge in the cover art for the single. As always, visual proof below.




Personally I'd like to her switch things up a bit a get a little dark/edgy (minus the traumatic domestic violence of course) but this song will probably be a hit since her career is so hot right now. Listen below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Eye Candy: Lenny Kravitz


I could go into some long, drawn out explanation about why Lenny Kravitz is the latest Eye Candy. But hell ya'll know why. It's Lenny. He's phine. And he's a very talented musician that's been representing for black men in mainstream rock (shout out to Living Colour, Fishbone and Killswitch Engage's frontman) for over two decades. So enjoy. View a few NSFW pics after the jump. Just make sure to wipe your keyboard down when you're finished.




Sunday, September 18, 2011

Accept Yourself...


Photographer Parker Austin has launched the site MyAcceptance.org, an continuous photo essay project that shows two images of LGBT people--one which shows how they felt about themselves growing up, and another that shows how they feel about themselves today--along with their personal coming out stories.

So far the are three stories, including 41-year-old Jeffrey Reddick, who talks about the challenges of growing up biracial and gay and the positive influence of his mother.

"When I was young, the racism ranged from subtle to blatant. If I went in to certain stores, the workers would follow me around to make sure I didn’t steal something. At school I was bullied, verbally and physically…even spit on. And in any altercation, the word Nigger would often be the first insult hurled. But even in those unenlightened times I met good decent people.

The surprising thing is that today I’m not bitter about the past. All the credit for that goes to my wonderful mother, Elizabeth Reddick. I am blessed with a strong mother, who was ahead of her time. She divorced her first husband in the 60’s because of his drinking. Later, she married an African American man. And she found her spiritual path with The Baha’i Faith. I was raised as a Baha’i and the main tenet of our faith is Oneness. The oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the oneness, and equality, of all of humanity regardless of race, gender, creed or social status...

Today, I look back on my childhood with fondness. I think the struggles made me stronger and more compassionate. I understand the kids I grew up with where raised in an era of racism. It warms my heart to see how they’ve evolved. Prejudice of any kind isn’t an innate trait. It’s learned behavior. And the only way to undo the damage of prejudice is with education and patience.

But it’s hard to be patient when I hear horrific stories of kids being bullied, assaulted, or kicked out on the street, because of who they are. It’s hard to be patient when I see my young GLBT brothers and sisters’ taking their own lives. It’s hard to be patient when I see the same twisting of religion that kept African Americans and women second class citizens in the past, being used to justify homophobia today. It’s hard to be patient when there are those out there, against every fact to the contrary, that still say being gay is a choice. The reason is simple. If people can say we chose to be a certain way, then they can blame us for any persecution we face. The truth is, it’s not a choice. So, knowing this truth, there’s only two ways to live. You can love yourself and pursue a life of happiness and joy. Or you can chip away at your soul by repressing who you are."

Read the rest of Jeffery's story and the other ones HERE.

Friday, September 16, 2011

What Are You Lookin' At Bitch!


Via Boy Culture:

If you're one of the millions who take ironic pleasure in the unintentional (but marketed now as intentional), hilarious camp that is Showgirls, take a look at this montage of clips featuring Nomi Malone, Cristal Conners and other assorted characters below.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

McDonald's Attacker Gets 10 Years, Will Serve 5 For Transgender Hate Crime

Teonna Brown (L), Chrissy Polis (R)
Teonna Brown, who pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault and a hate crime for beating a transgender woman at Maryland McDonald's, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with 5 years suspended, along with three years of supervised probation. The crimes' maximum sentence is 35 years.

According to The Baltimore Sun:

In court, Brown asked for a second chance and apologized for the attack.

"My mother didn't raise me like this," Brown said before her lawyer asked the judge for probation only. "I would really like to apologize to the victim."

Assistant State's Attorney Rachel Cogen said Polis was too upset to come to court. In an emotional statement submitted to the court, Polis wrote that she did not forgive Brown and her 14-year-old companion for the attack. She described a demeaning attack in which Brown and the younger girl spat on her, called her names, kicked her and pulled out her hair.

"While being beaten, I felt like I was going to die that day," Polis wrote. After the beatings, her epileptic seizures, which had stopped for a year, started again and became more frequent, she added. She has suffered emotional damage as well, Polis wrote.

"My private life has been exposed to the world. I lost my job. I cannot go anywhere without the fear of getting hurt again," Polis wrote. "I want to go into a hole and hide."

The whole incident is unfortunate and demonstrates the lack of knowledge and understanding, and discrimination against transgender people," said Patrick Wojahn, board president of the Equality Maryland Foundation. "If anything, five years may have been too short of an amount of time for the attack and the amount of hatred that was shown in the incident."

First off, her apology comes off faker than a three dollar bill. If you're mother didn't raise you like that, then why did you repeatedly come back and attack someone who was clearly not trying to attack you? Why would you drag by her hair like an animal, spit and beat on her to the point she had a seizure? And more importantly, why did only one employee and an old woman attempt to stop this from happening? And only five years in jail? Unbelievable Watch a news report about the incident and you decide.

I Know My Rights!

Do you really? Head over to The Advocate's Equality Guide page to see how your state stacks up on LGBT rights.

New Hampshire Republicans Seek To Overturn Marriage Equality

Gov. John Lynch


Whatever's in the water in North Carolina must be spreading to New Hampshire, since Republicans there are seeking to repeal marriage equality in their state.

"A House Judiciary subcommittee voted 3-1 to amend a bill that had originally banned both same-sex marriage and civil unions, House spokeswoman Shannon Shutts told Reuters. Now the bill is more narrowly focused on defining marriage. Options such as civil unions and domestic partnerships usually have even broader public support, which could have complicated Republicans' efforts."

New Hampshire's governor John Lynch, a Democrat, signed marriage equality into law back in 2009 and vows to veto any legislation to repeal the law. With Lynch announcing that he won't run for reelection in 2012, same-sex marriage could become a bigger political issue for the state, though 64 percent of New Hampshire residents say gay couples should keep their marriage rights. Read the rest over at The Advocate.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Oh Snap! Oaklahoma Sen. Sally Kern Compares Gays To Terrorists


First that gal Donnie McClurkin called us vampires. Then his sista (they're two of a kind you know) Marcus Bachmann called us barbarians who needed to become civilized. Now Ms. Sally Kern, last seen spinning conspiracy theories that gays were "infiltrating city councils," is back on her BS, saying that we're terrorists. What's next Visigoths?

Sally spewed her latest batch of bigotry during an interview with Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (more like lies and fear-mongering about homosexuality. Read some of this crap below.

"You know if you just look at it in practical terms, which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/ ​AIDS? In the last twenty years, fifteen to twenty years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat? And you know, every day our young people, adults too, but especially our young people, are bombarded at school, in movies, in music, on TV, in the mall, in magazines, they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean."

So now diseases count as terrorism? If that's true then all the tobacco companies and smokers of the world should be shot on sight, since they're destroying the lives of themselves and others exposed to second hand smoke if they end up diagnosed with lung, throat or any other form of cancer. Natural disasters have a pretty high body count? Are they just nature's version of a suicide bomber?

She's dead wrong of course, but in Sally's nutty nutty world fundamentalists Christians are the innocent victims of persecution and the evil homosexticals are the big bad boogeyman out to destroy all of civilization with their despicable displays of public affection and demands for equal rights. Hear her whole deranged diatribe below.




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Welcome To Banana Halla...



If you recognize the source of the words above, then you are going to love this post. For those who don't know, Courage The Cowardly Dog was/is (I'm not sure if it still comes on) a cartoon about a small dog named Courage who is adopted by a sweet old woman named Muriel and her no good husband Eustace, a couple regularly visited by a slew horrendous creatures and creepy characters (remember the episode when Muriel's cousin Fred came to visit?). It's basically Dr. Seuss meets Nightmare Before Christmas on acid.

But one of my all-time favorite Courage episodes was when Courage, Muriel and Eustace somehow got transported 1000 years into the future, into a world run by bananas, otherwise known as Banana Halla. Watch the hilarity unfold below. 6:50-7:25 has me dying every time.

Monday, September 12, 2011

True Blood Season 4 Finale



Ding dong, Marnie is dead (and so is Jesus, Nan, Debbie and possibly Tara). That crazy bitch Russell is back, Arlene may be seeing Terri's dark side soon, at least according to Rene, while Sookie backs away from gettin' some Alcide, Eric and Bill lovin', taking Grams' advice and choosing to be bad all by herself. I was left shocked, frightened, excited, and pissed off. Which is to say I loved this season finale!

Pam is heartbroken over Eric being blinded by Sookie's "precious fairy vagina," and throws a shit fit in Fangtasia, proving even the most cold-hearted diva can have a breakdown over a man, albeit a dramatic and fabulous one. Of course, knowing Pam, she won't go gently into that good night without exacting revenge. I'm sure we'll being seeing plenty of plotting and scheming over the next season. Or maybe we won't since Sookie walked away from both Bill and Eric. All I can say is it's about time! I love hot vamp sex scenes and all, but the whole irresistible fairy-blood induced love triangle has been worked to death. Tara being on the verge of death will provide plenty of distraction for Sookie. Speaking of which, how awful and awesome of a cliffhanger was it to leave Tara lying in a pool of blood on the floor? True people were dropping like flies through the whole episode, but Tara is a major character. It was a shocking twist to say the least. If Tara does kick the bucket, who knows what kind of havoc this could wreak on Lafayette's already fragile psyche? That girl is tough as nails, but she can only take so much. Having the man you just stabbed to death come back and tell you everything's alright is exactly a magic cure all. Although I can see why Jesus had to bite it, since their relationship really wasn't going anywhere.

I loved the scene with Jessica strolling up to Jason's house, serving us Little Red Riding Whore. I'm kinda glad she and Jason are hooking up; I like Hoyt but his whole cry-baby routine was getting so irritating I wanted to reach into the screen and slap him. Although it seems Jason's bliss might be short-lived, what with Steven Newland becoming a vampire and all (what's that about)? Hopefully Jason won't spend another season strapped to a bed. As for Andy and Holly's burgeoning romance, I really could care less. It's nice that Andy's not a raging V addict anymore, but I really don't see where that storyline can go, outside of the potential fairy baby mama drama that may result from the sex-in-the woods session from last episode. Arlene and Terry may be in for a wild ride next season though. After all, if your serial killer boyfriend comes back from the dead to warn you about your current boyfriend's dark past, you know you're in for a rude awakening.

The whole finale seemed to be about bonds being temporary, broken or on the verge of being broken, whether through death (the aforementioned Jesus), heartbreak (Bill, Eric and Sookie), ominous warnings (Rene's beyond the grave message to Arlene) or betrayal (that grand bitch Nan. I was sure she was going to spend season 5 going all vigilante on The Authority).  Everything was left up in the air, from the return of Russell to Sam being attacked by a werewolf to whatever fall out may happen between Alcide and Sookie as the result of her blowing his ex-girlfriend's head off. I mean Big Wolf Daddy (my nickname for Alcide:) may be a softie, but everyone has their limits.

I had my doubts about this season and still feel that it didn't quite stack up to season three episode for episode, but this finale has renewed my faith in True Blood. So what did you think?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Random Diva Tribute: Donna Summer


I've always felt Donna Summer has never gotten her due. Yeah, she's been recognized (or in some cases, almost typecast) as the Queen of Disco  for eons, but whenever the great divas of that era are mentioned--Aretha, Barbara, Diana, Patti, Chaka, Cher, and so on--Ms. Donna always seems to be left out. I'll admit that even I made the mistake of leaving her out of my "Divas Live" post a while back. But being a good gay and diva lover, a grievous wrong must be righted.

The only reason I can think of as to why she isn't mentioned in the same breath as often as the aforementioned Aretha, Chaka, Diana and Patti by young R&B starlets in particular is because the majority of her music was rooted in Europop and dance, and was made in a time that is often looked back on with either disdain (Disco Sucks!) or as a novelty/guilty pleasure. Personally I feel her music transcends disco, both as a genre and musical era. "I Feel Love," "On The Radio," "Last Dance," "Bad Girls," "Love To Love You Baby," "Hot Stuff" and other classics are not just great dance songs, but great songs period.

Furthermore Donna was a trailblazer musically, her dance-pop sound and mainstream success paving the way for the next generation of divas like Madonna, Whitney, Janet and Beyonce. Plus her fashion was eclectic as well, especially for a black woman in the 70's music industry. True she wasn't gettin' all intergalactic on our asses like Labelle (you can't beat Patti when it comes to being outlandish), but you can still see glimpses of her style--the big hair, berets nearly scandalous gowns--in 80's artists like Jody Whatley (don't act you never sang "I"m Lookin' For A New Love" in the mirror lol) and the aforementioned Janet, as well as modern singers like Bey and Kelly (view the pics below for confirmation :).



Anyway, get into a few of Donna classics.















Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Anti-Gay Megachurch Moves Into Gay-Friendly Portland


An anti-gay megachurch is moving into Portland, OR an ultra-liberal, gay-friendly city with an openly gay mayor. According to the Advocate:

The Mars Hill Church, which is based in another highly liberal city — Seattle — has bought a vacant church building in southeast Portland and will begin offering services there this weekend, The Oregonian reports.

Mars Hill has nine church campuses in the western United States, with three more to be added soon, including the one in Portland. Its founder, Mark Driscoll, often preaches against homosexuality. “A gay couple walks into your group, you’re supposed to tell them to repent,” he said in a sermon posted on the church website. “And if at any point you don’t tell them to repent, you’re not faithful to Biblical Christianity.”

Nine church campuses, you say? Sounds like the same expansion plans for New Birth Ms. Eddie was talking about in the wake of his "spiritual sons" scandal. Members of the Q Center, Portland's LGBT center, say that while Mars Hill is a "strange fit" for the city, they will try to build a bridge with the church, inviting congregants to visit the center. "We’ll be respectful of them and try to make friends," staff member Logan Lynn said.

This may sound cynical, but I wouldn't hold my breath that Mark and the majority of Mars Hill members will be hitting up The Q Center for drag queen bingo anytime soon. I mean, how can you be truly be friends and seen as an equal with someone who believes your sexuality is something you need to repent from, and that they are under a mandate from God to tell you so? If I were in Portland and extended an olive branch to one of Driscoll's disciples, I'd always wonder if their motivation for befriending me would be to "convert" me back to holy heterosexuality.

But then again, if The Game (with his cute self:) can tell closeted rappers to "be gay and be proud," maybe this is possible as well.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Random Jam: Soul II Soul "Back To Life"


An epic, souful, (no pun intended) classic club jam that always brightens my mood. The fact that a young, Fresh Prince era Will Smith comes to mind probably helps *blushes*. Listen below (and check out a young Vivica A.Fox at 3:20).

James Craig Anderson's Family To Sue Teens For Wrongful Death


The family of James Craig Anderson, the 49-year old Mississippi plant worker, who was beaten by a group of white teenagers in an allegedly racially-motivated attack, is suing the teens for wrongful death. The New York Times states:

"The lawsuit, filed in Hinds County Circuit Court in Jackson, paints the death of James Craig Anderson as a hate crime, and outlines an evening of drinking that culminated with a caravan of teenagers from a largely white suburban county intent on finding African-Americans to harass.

Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center joined Winston Thompson III, the family’s lawyer, in preparing the suit, which includes charges of battery and negligence. 

The lawsuit makes public for the first time the names of all seven young people who had piled into the two vehicles that night, and alleges that while some were directly responsible for assaulting and killing Mr. Anderson, others were negligent because they acted as “look-outs” and did not help Mr. Anderson once he was beaten. 

The district attorney for Hinds County, Robert Shuler Smith, has said he will try to implicate other teenagers when he takes the case to a grand jury, expected to happen this month. The F.B.I. has also gotten involved, with civil rights investigators helping Mr. Smith piece together the case, which was hampered early on by missing evidence and holes in some initial police work."

Anderson was in a hotel parking lot on June 26 when two carloads of white teens jumped out and began beating him. In the widely seen surveillance video, James is seen struggling to get up before one of the teens driving a pick up truck speeds towards him, running over and killing him.

Eighteen-year-old  Derly Dedmon Jr., who has a history of making homophobic and racist remarks, believed to be the leader of the group that attacked Anderson, has been charged with capital murder. Rice was initially charged with murder but a judge reduced his charges to simple assault because he is not believed to have driven the vehicle that killed Anderson.

The family has created the James Craig Anderson Foundation for Racial Tolerance, but has not spoken much about the incident. Anderson's partner of 17 years, James Bradfield, was not named in the lawsuit but is scheduled to be at a family news conference today.

For more about the case, click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

LA Church Kicks Out Gay Activists At LGBT History Bill Protest


Several gay activists, including a local rabbi, were kicked out of a Los Angeles church where the congregation had gathered to kick off a signature drive to repeal California's Fair Education Act, or SB 48, which would require schools to teach LGBT history as part of their curriculum. True to the form, the church's pastor Xavier Thompson claims he's not a bigot.

According to Rod 2.0:

"This is not about us hating anyone or being homophobic or guilty of bigotry," pastor Xavier Thompson told KTLA. "The fact of the matter is that we believe that we cannot sexualize history."

Groups who support the new law showed up the meeting to voice their perspective. ... Just prior to the start of the meeting, a trio of SB 48 supporters, including a local rabbi, were asked to leave.

"We just wanted to know if we could come, listen, observe and hear their side, because we want to come to the table on some common ground," said Milton Davis, of the Jordan/Rustin Coalition. "They said that they did not want us on the property at all, period. They told us they were asking us to leave, but they told us they would be willing to remove us if they needed physically," Davis told KTLA.

First off, just because you're not spewing anti-gay slurs and frothing at the mouth doesn't mean you're not homophobic or a bigot. The fact that you want to exclude the struggles and contributions of LGBT people from school curriculums on the grounds that it would "sexualize" history (feeding into the stereotype that we're all perverts whose existence totally revolves around sex) and would indoctrinate your children into the 'homosexual agenda' makes you a homophobic bigot. And while we're on it, "sexualize history?" Is the inclusion of Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcom X and other major black/hispanic figures in school books racializing history? Is history being "feminized" by teaching kids about women's sufferage or profiling contributions female politicians, activists, singers, writers and artists have made to society? Of course not.

The signature circulation deadline for the bill, signed in July, is October 12. About half a million signatures needed for the bill make the ballot, which is sadly a likely possibility. Watch KTLA's report below.





Friday, September 2, 2011

Madonna Unveils Trailers For W.E.


While I'd prefer a new album from Madge (I'm a super fan but even I'll concede that M and films usually go together like oil and water), the two new trailers for her film W.E.,  Madonna's take on the story of King Edward VIII's abdication of his throne for his American lover Wallis Simpson as told through the eyes of a modern day woman obesessed with her, does look stunning. But of course this is coming from the same woman who served us old-school glam homages like "Vogue," "Material Girl," "Secret" and "Express Yourself," so I shouldn't be surprised. Take a look at the trailers as well as some red carpet/press conference pics below.




Thursday, September 1, 2011

WATCH: Nightline Special On Transgender Issues


Last night, Nightline air an in-depth, five part special about transgender people and the issues they face. Some of the faces are familiar, like 5-year-old Dyson, whose love of wearing dresses inspired his mother to write the book Princess Boy. Other stories--like Kim Petras, an aspiring pop star who became the youngest person in the world to transition at age 16, and Vanessa, who has taken to sex work in order to pay for surgical procedures--are new. Watch all five parts (part 5 may take a minute to play) below.


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Log Cabin Repulicans Seek Legal Precedent In DADT


 Usually I view Log Cabin Republicans (a.k.a. gay republicans) as suffering from a terminal case of cognitive dissonance. But in this instance, they're right on. Even though Don't Ask Don't Tell is set to be repealed September 20, the LCR are trying to make sure Republican candidates like Michele Bachmann don't get any funny ideas, should they be elected.

According to the Advocate:

"Dan Woods, an attorney representing the national organization of gay Republicans, will present arguments to a panel of federal judges in a case demanding that the U.S. government allow openly gay people to serve in the military even though it already plans to end the policy on September 20. R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director for Log Cabin, told The Advocate that while the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" is imminent, the organization is hoping to ensure that a legal precedent is established in court. Republicans such as Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann have said they would like to see "don't ask, don't tell" reinstated if elected president.

Cooper said that's why the organization had launched a three-pronged approach toward eradicating the antigay law: lobbying Republican members of Congress to support repeal, consulting with military officials including former Defense secretary Robert Gates, and the lawsuit."

DADT was declared unconstitutional by district court judge Virginia Phillips last October. Phillips also issued an injunction to end all enforcement of the law, which to a repeal being issued by the Department of Justice before Congress  passed law ending the policy with President Obama's support.

Read the rest over at The Advocate.com, and watch a short clip of Republican candidates stating whether or not they would repeal the DADT ban below.


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