Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LOOK: Madonna Unveils 'MDNA' Album Cover

Madonna is giving us "Vogue"/Blond Ambition-era vibes with this cover for MDNA comes out March 26th. The first single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" is set to drop this Friday, while the video with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will premiere on American Idol this Thursday, just days before Madge's Superbowl performance, which is rumored to include the legendary House of Ninja (a.k.a the house founded by the late great Willi Ninja.) Are you excited? I'm excited:).

Cynthia Nixon Says Being Bisexual "Is Not A Choice"

In the wake of her comments to the New York Times that being gay was a choice, Cynthia Nixon released a statement to clear up any confusion:

"My recent comments in The New York Times were about me and my personal story of being gay. I believe we all have different ways we came to the gay community and we can't and shouldn't be pigeon-holed into one cultural narrative which can be uninclusive and disempowering. However, to the extent that anyone wishes to interpret my words in a strictly legal context I would like to clarify:

"While I don't often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship.

"As I said in the Times and will say again here, I do, however, believe that most members of our community — as well as the majority of heterosexuals — cannot and do not choose the gender of the persons with whom they seek to have intimate relationships because, unlike me, they are only attracted to one sex.

"Our community is not a monolith, thank goodness, any more than America itself is. I look forward to and will continue to work toward the day when America recognizes all of us as full and equal citizens."

On one hand, it feels a bit sad that she had to release a statement to declare her sexuality, because I think anyone who really examined her earlier comments could come to a similar conclusion. Consenting adults shouldn't have to defend or define their relationships. Then again, putting this out will most likely stop any bigots from twisting her words or using her as an example of someone who "chose this wicked lifestyle." In the end it's a clash between idealistic dreams and political reality.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Gal In The Mirror....

All I can say is these videos are TOO REAL. Kid Fury serves from the hip! 1:30 in the second video is just....I'm dying and clutching the pearls as I type. Get into the clips below.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

WATCH: Trailer for New TV Show 'DTLA'

DTLA, a new show about gay life in downtown L.A.,  will begin airing in late spring on Canada's OUTtv. Produced by the L Word's Larry Kennar, the show follows a group of friends as they deal with the breakup of long-time couple Lenny (Darry Stephens--Noah got a new job ya'll!), and Bryan (Matthew Stephen Herrick).

DTLA, which seems to be in the vein of previous gay-centric dramas like Queer As Folk and Noah's Arc, features a few other familiar faces as well (a few obvious hints: Ms. Patterson, Love Muffins and Baby Gap:). To contribute funding for future episodes of the show, head over to Kickstarter. Watch the trailer below.

Rick Santorum Confronted By Florida Mom On Gay Rights

More babble came spewing out of Rick Santorum's mouth at a campaign stop at Community Christian Academy in Stuart, Florida on Tuesday, during which he not only told a mother that her a gay son had no right to adopt a child, but that he engaged in "unhealthy activity" that the government should not "promote."

According to ThinkProgress:

“Everybody in America should have the same rights, and I would agree with that,” Santorum said. “Everyone in America should have rights that are endowed to them by the Creator, those are unalienable rights. And your son, just like everyone else here, has those unalienable rights.”

But, Santorum said, “There are certain things that government does that gives people privileges in order to promote activity that are healthy for society and are best for society. And those things we promote would give people advantages or benefits, government benefits because we think that is healthy activity. Mothers and fathers coming together, forming healthy marriages, having children and raising those children. Every American child has the right, and the government should support the right to have and know their mother and father and be raised by their mother and father.”

Santorum has gone on record saying he would outlaw same-sex adoption nationwide by banning same-sex marriage, and Los Angeles Times reported he told a crowd of supporters that, "He found that even fathers in jail who had abandoned their kids were still better than no father at all to have in their children's lives."

Watch a short clip of the exchange below.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Born This Way Or Choosing To Be Gay?

Cynthia Nixon, a.k.a Miranda Hobbs, has pissed off some gays with some comments on whether she chose to be gay in a New York Times interview:

“I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.” Her face was red and her arms were waving. “As you can tell,” she said, “I am very annoyed about this issue. Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”

As could be expected, some in the blogosphere reacted with anger, like America Blog's John Aravois, who said, "It's not a 'choice,' unless you consider my opting to date a guy with brown hair versus a guy with blonde hair a 'choice,'" he writes. "It's only a choice among flavors I already like... every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights."

I'll have to admit, when I first read Cynthia's comments I, like Mr. Aravois, was ready to read her like a bedtime story. But then I came across J. Bryan Lowder's take on the whole controversy over at Slate and thought about Nixon's words a little bit more.

First of all, let me speak for myself: I did not choose to gay, and anyone who's read this blog for a extended period of time knows I struggled mightily to come to terms with that fact. But if I had to be precise, I'd say I'm a solid 5.5 on the Kinsey scale (0 being absolutely straight and 6 being totally gay for those who don't know). Throughout my life I have felt mild (and chile I do mean mild) attractions to women, but they are so minute that I identify as gay. My attractions/romantic desires are overwhelming directed towards men.

But what if, at another time and place in my life, I found myself attracted to the opposite sex? Would that be a choice? Would I have been living as a confused gay man in denial up until that point? Would that negate any of the relationships I had with men? Of course not. Because it would not be case of me hiding or repressing my sexuality like I did in my childhood and teen years. It would be me responding to a (very surprising) new development in my sexuality and making the choice to act upon it.

I think what's really getting everyone riled up is Nixon's shaky (at least IMO) use of the word choice. Her quote makes it seem like she's forcing herself to fall in love with and be sexually attracted to another woman, which I don't believe was her intention. I don't know about you, but I can't force myself to feel attraction, desire or love for someone when it's just not there. What's she most likely saying is that for much of her adult life she only felt attraction towards men, and pursued those attractions. But at some point, her sexuality  shifted--like it often does with women (or at least they cop to it more than men)--and she chose to act on it.  Why she phrased her words this way is beyond me, as they come off as confusing and make her sound like the bisexual she says she's not. 

Secondly, I'm of the opinion that if scientists discovered inarguable, genetic proof that people are born gay, bi or trans tomorrow it wouldn't do diddly squat to change the minds of deeply religious people who believe what their holy book says about homosexuality or bigots who'd like to see us all destroyed. If anything, they would former would probably start spouting the same "being gay is horrible, but God will tolerate your evil sodomite ways" bullshit Joel Osteen crapped out for Oprah, while the latter would probably start looking for ways to remove the gay gene from all fetuses, if not abort them altogether. Being gay would be seen/proven to be a defect or a mental handicap. If someone chooses to put faith over logic, then there's not much that can be done to sway them.

Maybe she's a bisexual whose "choosing" to be gay because her attractions are mainly towards women (or perhaps only her girlfriend) for the moment. Maybe she's a pansexual who refuses to be labeled by either the LGBT or straight community.  Hell, maybe she possesses some Mystique-like power to morph her sexual orientation at will (which if you do, gurl you betta keep that under wraps before the wingnuts kidnap you to run experiments). Obviously, I can't pinpoint Nixon's sexual orientation. But maybe that's what been the most enlightening part about this whole thing; that while for most people, including myself, sexuality is set and constant, for others it is or can be fluid over a lifetime. And that there are things that we still don't fully understand about it.

So what do you think about Cynthia Nixon's comments? Do you think she may be onto something or do Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte need to sit her down for an "inter-friendtion?" Discuss.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Random Diva Tribute: Pink

Like other random diva honoree Alicia Keys, I feel that Pink, a.k.a Alecia Moore (aww...Alica Keys and Alecia Moore...Alicia twins unite! But I digress),  has been both consistently good and consistently underrated in the decade and two cents she's been making music.

Why this is the case I don't know. But let's break this down into pure diva terms: If Madonna is the "mother" of all current female stars (don't be mad Janatics....Ms. Jackson is definitely the auntie or the fab younger sister!), then her DNA is popping up in one way or another in every pop starlet currently on the scene.

As it stands Lady Gaga inherited Madge's arty/avant garde side, Katy Perry's got the cute cheekiness, Rihanna the kinky raunch factor, Beyonce the glamour goddess and Britney the enduring mainstream appeal (chile if someone can shave their head, sleepwalk through a performance now immortalized online,  attack paparazzi with an umbrella and still have hit records and sold out shows, they got to have something that resonates with the public). I'd argue that Christina Aguilera  has a mix of M's arty side (remember the Fighter video?) raunch and glamour, but with her pipes I consider her a part of the vocal diva tradition. You know, Whitney, Mariah and the like.

But if anyone inherited Madonna's attitude and wise-ass swagger, it's Pink. "U+ Ur Hand," "There U Go" "Stupid Girls,"  "Mr. President," "So What"--baby, Pink ain't scared nothing or nobody, m'kay? Not to mention her voice, all raspy, strong and full of life, is the perfect compliment to whatever genre she sings. If you're in a flip-a-middle finger-to-the-world mood, (minus the self-destructive nihilism:) Pink's your gal.  She can also turn from raising hell to heart-on-the-sleeve intimate on a dime with cuts like "Family Portrait," "Just Like A Pill," "Sober,"  and "Glitter In The Air." Whatever she's feeling at the moment, she's not afraid to explore it.

And like Ms. Ciccone, she's also fearless in reinventing her sound, from R&B to rock, dance, or acoustic folk. Who else would have hired Linda Perry, who had one hit back in '92, or Rancid's Tim Armstrong to produce entire albums for them? Or explicitly call out other celebs for shallow, asinine behavior? Maybe that's why she's not automatically mentioned in the same breath as the other divas. She does what whatever she wants, regardless of what's selling and who's more popular at the moment. While the aforementioned Perry, Aguilera, and Rihanna amped up the weirdness in the wake of Gaga, Pink stayed in her own lane.

Or perhaps it's because Pink's persona, while clearly influenced by the Material Girl, is in the mold of Pat Benatar (I say Pat because Pink's sound isn't quite gutta enough to be compared to the likes of Joan Jett or Courtney Love. Debate me if you must!). If you don't know about Mama Pat, look her up on YouTube.  But in the meantime, raise your glass, kick back and get into some of Pink's hits below.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Gay Agenda...

Oral Roberts (left), Randy Roberts Potts (Right)

Randy Roberts Potts, grandson of famed televangelist Oral Roberts--the original big baller of modern day American Christianity and founder of Oral Roberts University (Michele Bachmann's alma mater)--is out to expose the gay agenda for what it really is: watching TV, ironing, fiddling with a puzzle, lounging around with the boyfriend and other utterly mundane activities homophobes think gay couples are incapable of.  It's all a part of Potts' traveling side show designed to challenge misconceptions about well, being gay.

"It could be a typically staid and eventless evening for Randy, with one fat exception: He's doing all this on a 6-by-16-foot set on a patch of downtown sidewalk, surrounded by drifting crowds of passersby.

With folded arms and befuddled frowns, the onlookers try to make sense of the scene—to the right, atop rugs laid directly on the concrete, there's a farm table and a bookcase stocked with cans of black-eyed peas and stewed tomatoes; to the left, a leather couch sits before a black-and-white television on which a silvery episode of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp is flickering. A few of them lean in to read a printed explanation affixed to a coatrack up front. THE GAY AGENDA, it explains, IS PERFORMANCE ART DESIGNED TO FOSTER LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE. Huh. They glance up at Randy—he's dipping a spoon into the slow-cooker now, or studying the half-done puzzle—and then lower their gaze back to the paper. In capital letters, they see: THE GAY AGENDA AS CONCEIVED SHOULD BE INCREDIBLY BORING TO WATCH."

Read the rest over at Details.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Blues Legend Etta James Dies At 73

Blues and soul icon Etta James, whose powerful, earthy voice created R&B classics like "I'd Rather Go Blind," "Something's Got A Hold On Me," and the wedding staple "At Last," has died. She was 73.
The singer died of complications from leukemia with her husband Artis Mills and her sons by her side, according to longtime friend and manager Lupe De Leon. James, who also suffered from dementia and hepatitis, passed away at a hospital in Riverside, CA. She would've been 74 next Wednesday.

"This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," De Leon said. "She was a true original who could sing it all -- her music defied category.

"I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always."

While James may be best known for "At Last," a lush, romantic ballad with smooth strings, the singer's rollercoaster life was anything but. Born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles to a teenage mother and an unknown father, she was raised by a string of different people before her mother moved them to San Francisco.

After starting a group called The Peaches she was discovered by singer Johnny Otis and eventually singed with Chess records. In the ensuing decades James endured troubled relationships with her family, men and the music business, and battled heroin addiction, but endured long enough to earn her the admiration of her peers and new artists like Adele. The British singer named James and Aretha Franklin as one of her favorite singers.

"If you were to look up the word singer in the dictionary, you'd see their names," Adele said in an interview. James also got the biopic treatment in 2008 when  Beyonce portrayed the singer in the film Cadillac Records. Up until recently, James maintained a steady touring schedule, thrilling audiences with her voice even when she simply sat down onstage due to weight issues.

Throughout her storied career, James won six Grammys, opened for the Rolling Stones and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993. Get into a few of Etta's classics below.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rick Perry To Drop Out Of Race Today

Another one bites the dust. According to CNN.com, Perry "is telling supporters that he will drop his bid Thursday for the Republican presidential nomination, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN.
The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina, the sources said."

Just like when Michele Bachmann announced the end of her nomination bid, I think I'll let Ari sum this up:

Tennessee Rep. Says: ‘I would stomp a mudhole’ in a trans person'

Republican state Rep. Richard Floyd went into graphic detail when describing his opposition to transgender people using restrooms that match their gender identity.

“I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry,” the lawmaker told a Tennessee newspaper.

“Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk,” the legislator continued. “We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.”

Mmmmm....Tennessee just sounds so nice and progressive (then again I live in Louisiana, so maybe I shouldn't throw stones lol:). Like a state where a pastor would never send deacons to attack his gay son and his boyfriend or a bill allowing students speak out against homosexuality for religious reasons would never have a chance of passing.  Fortunately there was a least one voice of reason. The bill's Senate sponsor Sen. Bo Watson dropped the measure, saying there were “far more pressing issues facing the state of Tennessee at this time.”

No other Senators  have voiced support for a bill.  Listen to Rep. Floyd's ignorance below.

Second Class Citizens....

I came across this via Darian Aaron's (a.k.a Living Out Loud With Darian) Twitter account and was genuinely moved by it. There isn't much to say, so just watch the trailer for Ryan James Yezak's documentary  Second Class Citizens below and, if you feel like I did at the end of it, donate to help him fund the documentary HERE.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Random Jam: Daft Punk "Voyager"

I dare you not to groove at least a little bit when the bass line drops.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oh Snap! Bernice King Gives Pro-LGBT Speech At MLK Rally

As I noted yesterday, Bernice King, daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr., is known for her anti-gay actions and attacked. So you could imagine the shock and awe when she gave a positive shout out to the LGBT community at a MLK rally.

"In a passionate, sermon-like speech about building unity, King said she didn't care if people were Hindu, Buddhist, Islamist, were from the North side or the South side, were black or white, were “heterosexual or homosexual, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender” — that all people were needed to create unity.

LGBT people who attended the rally said they were shocked that King – who has a long anti-gay past — actually acknowledged the community in a public speech, but said they were also glad because it shows people can evolve.

Rev. Maressa Pendermon, a minister with LGBT-inclusive Unity Fellowship Church, said she at first intended to tune out King because of her anti-gay past, but decided to pay attention one more time.

For her father's vision to be realized we've got to come together across boundaries and then she got in preacher mode. Then she said ‘heterosexual or homosexual,’ and then backed up and said ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.’ We need all of us,” Pendermon said. There's always room for growth,” Pendermon said, describing her reaction to King's words. “People grow and people change. Sometimes we don't let them. I wasn't expecting that. And I was already ready to shut down but I challenged myself to listen and I'm glad I listened."

If anything, this is a welcome reminder that we can't always dis and dismiss those who've said hurtful/ignorant things in the past. We have to be open to the possiblity that folks can change and evolve. Read the rest HERE.

H/t Wonder Man

Monday, January 16, 2012

MLK And Gay Rights

I was unsure of what to post, if anything, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. I mean what could I say that hasn't already been said? The man has had a massive influence on the way Americans, and the world, thinks about race, poverty, class and social justice. But what of gay rights? It's clear what his late wife thought about the gays, but what about King himself?

CNN.com has an interesting article about the subject, including a letter an anonymous boy sent to King in 1958:

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was writing an advice column in 1958 for Ebony magazine when he received an unusual letter.

“I am a boy,” an anonymous writer told King. “But I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don't want my parents to know about me. What can I do?”

In calm, pastoral tones, King told the boy that his problem wasn’t uncommon, but required “careful attention.”

“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” King wrote. “You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”

Yet King would have been a champion of gay rights today because of his view of Christianity, says Michael Long, author of, “I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters,” who shared the story of King’s Ebony letter.

“Dr. King never publicly welcomed gays at the front gate of his beloved community. But he did leave behind a key for them - his belief that each person is sacred, free and equal to all to others,” says Long, also author of the upcoming “Keeping it straight? Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and Gay Rights.”

Ravi Perry, a political science professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, said King’s widow once said in a public speech that everyone who believed in her husband’s dream should “make room at the table of brother and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.”

There is no private or public record of King condemning gay people, Perry says. Even the FBI’s surveillance of King’s private phone conversations didn’t turn up any moment where King disparaged gay people, she says.

“If Dr. King were anti-gay, there would likely be a sermon, a speech, a recording of some kind indicating such,” she says. “And knowing how closely his phones were tapped; surely there would be a record of such statements.”

The article also mentions King's daughter Bernice, who infamously marched against gay marriage with Bishop Eddie Long, Coretta Scott King's support of LGBT rights, and openly gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, and his influence on King and the movement. Read HERE.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

ABC's 'Work It' Canceled

ABC came to its senses and fired it's cross dressing comedy Work It. From its inception the show was heavily criticized for it's none-too-subtle rehashing of the 80's sitcom Bosom Buddies and by the LGBT community (including moi) for it's potential negative impact on the trans community.

"ABC Entertainment Chief Paul Lee told reporters last week that he didn’t understand the response from the advocacy groups. He has said in the past that, as a Brit, he appreciates the cheeky humor that comes with cross-dressing comedies like the Dustin Hoffman movie Tootsie.

GLAAD’s senior director of programs Herndon Graddick released this statement today: “While many of ABC’s positive and groundbreaking portrayals of LGBT people have been critical and popular successes, the public had little interest in this outdated show. As a result of this campaign, an important dialogue has been started in Hollywood and mainstream media about the real discrimination faced by transgender people today.”

Rest the rest HERE.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WATCH: Ladies Of The View Go In On Pope Benedict XVI

The women of The View (or as Sir Toddy English refers to them, Ms. Havisham and the Harpies) came out loud and strong against Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments on same sex marriage, which he decried as a threat to humanity's existence.

Whoopie and Joy Behar provide the usual sane logic, but the biggest "oh snap" moment came when Elizabeth Hasselbeck defended gay marriage, saying "Gay marriage doesn't affect my marriage. For people to actually say that gay marriage is harming marriage and the idea of marriage is inhumane."

Quelle surprise. Watch below.

Gay Man Beaten, Robbed In El Paso

Police in El Paso, TX are investigating what they are calling a hate crime after a gay man was assaulted and robbed outside a bar, leaving him hospitalized with several face injuries including a broken nose.

Twenty-three-year old Emilio Moreno was beaten by two men late Sunday night in an alley outside the Rumors Sports Club and Lounge, according to police. Officer Javier Sambrano says the men allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs during the attack.

Read the rest HERE.

Baltimore County To Propose Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

Baltimore County councilman Tom Quirk plans to introduce a measure to prohibit discrimination against transgender people. The bill, set to be introduced at a council meeting on January 17, would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the county's anti-discrimination laws.

The measure comes in the wake of a videotaped attack on transgender woman Chrissy Lee Polis, whose brutal assault at a McDonald's in Rosedale last April drew national attention. But Quirk explained his reasons for pushing the measure are bigger than the attack.

"To me, the bottom line is the majority of people want to make sure that people are hired and fired based on their job qualifications, period," Quirk said. "It's about respect."

Quirk said the he wants to focus on the issue of discrimination in the workplace, adding that he is still working out details of how the legislation would address discrimination in housing and public places.
The planned legislation was first reported by Patch.com.

Maryland state law bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, but efforts to add gender identity have failed. Howard County passed transgender protection bill last month, joining Baltimore City and Montgomery County, which have similar laws in place.

"It's about treating people with respect and on an equal playing field," he said.

Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond said she plans to co-sponsor the legislation. "I feel it's the right thing to do," said Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat. "I just think that freedom's for everyone."

Read the rest HERE.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thank You Joel Osteen...

During an interview on Oprah's Next Chapter (you know it just had to be with Oprah), megachurch pastor Joel Osteen said while he believes being gay is a sin, we can still get into heaven.

“I believe that homosexuality is shown as a sin in the Scripture,” but he doesn’t think anyone can become totally free of sin, so he believes gays will be accepted into heaven. He also said, “I would encourage people to be willing to change and grow” — for gays, ostensibly this means to become straight."

Awww, ain't that nice? Thank you Joel, for officially giving my gay ass the greenlight to enter into the gates of heaven, if such a place exists, even as you continue preach to millions that my orientation is inferior and a dirty sin that I should try to change and grow out of until my dying day. Thank for you for deeming me unworthy of burning in the eternal inferno known as hell, another place not proven to exist. Thank you Joel Osteen, you snake oil-selling used car salesman in preacher's clothing.

Watch this foolishness below.

Pope: Same Sex Marriage Endangers Humanity

It's been a minute since we gays have had to bear the brunt of responsibility for a hurricane, tsunami, earthquake or some other act of massive desctruction. But now Pope Benedict XVI has come to our rescue by saying gay marriage threatens "the future of humanity itself." Well at least we got an upgrade in our destruct-o-meter. According to The Advocate:

"The Catholic pontiff made the comment in his annual State of the World address to the diplomats from about 180 nations who are assigned to the Vatican, Reuters reports. He said the traditional family, “based on the marriage of a man and a woman,” is “not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself."

Okay, first of all,  marriage was a social convention long before it was based on any type of mutual love and committment. Marriage was for the most part a pre-arranged business transcation between families in which land and money were exchanged to strengthen said families' influence and power. Women often had little or no say when came to saying "I do" (Peep those Bible passages about making women marry their rapists in exchange for 50 shekels or being stoned to death if found guilty of adultery for confirmation).

Second of all, when will religious leaders understand that they can't legislate morality? You don't want gays getting married in your gaudy sanctuary? Fine. Those are your beliefs. Key word being your. You can't turn around (at least in most Western countries) and dictate whether or not gay folks can get married outside of your church walls.

And finally, I think an organization that has a decades-long history of looking the other way while their officials pass altar boys around like a pack of menthols in a penitentiary is much more dangerous than two guys or girls that want to walk down the aisle. People in kid-banging houses shouldn't throw stones m'kay? Plus it's hard for me to take seriously the opinions of any adult whose day-to-day wardrobe consists of a giant coffee filter on his head and gowns that would make Liberace give a Z-formation snap from his grave.

Read the rest of this mess HERE.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tennessee Bill Could Allow Students To Speak Against Homosexuality For Religious Reasons

Why single out homosexuality? Why not let students speak out against other races if their religion says so? But I think we all know the answer to that.

Transphobic New Zealand Tampon Ad Pulled

New Zealand-based feminine hygiene company Libra has stirred up some controversy with an ad for tampons that sends what some call a transphobic message. In the ad, two women, one in subtle makeup, the other in heavy make up, enter a bathroom. The women apply makeup and compare breasts, with the heavily made up woman coming out on top with the larger bosom. Finally, the woman one on the right pulls out a tampon and flaunts it in front of the trans woman(not sure if they meant her to be a drag queen or trans woman, but most drag queens don't go out in full drag outside of the gay club, so I'll go with trans woman), causing the latter to leave the bathroom in a huff. And scene. Watch below.

Personally, I feel this ad reeks of hot messiness. It seems again, like the creators of Work It, that Libra's advertisers have confused being transgender with dressing in drag(and even if they haven't, see my view on that above). Notice how the woman on the left was big and masculine looking with exaggerated makeup, while the one on the right was petite and feminine with understated makeup? It's all designed to say "Look at this freak, with her big hands and man shoulders. She can slap on some makeup and get her breasts done, but she's not a real woman. But I think Renee of Womanist Musings, who wrote about the commercial in a guest post over at Trans Griot, really hits the nail on the head:

"Let's start with the most obvious suggestion, the idea that menstruating defines you as a woman.  I am so sick and tired of this ridiculous suggestion.  First, not all cis women menstruate.  There are plenty of women who have to take medication in order to have a period to get pregnant, and of course those of us who do menstruate regularly will eventually reach menopause. The idea of menstruating defining womanhood means that plenty of cis women would be excluded.  Menstruation as the determinant of womanhood is a fallacious argument at best.

This argument is further sexist because it reduces woman to the ability to bleed once a month.  Seriously?  Is that all there is to say about women?  It is extremely reductive and offensive. I also think it is worth mentioning that the idea that women are always looking for opportunities to compete with each other is sexist.  Who stands in a bathroom and compares themselves to another woman so blatantly? From my experiences, most people simply want to do their business, clean up and leave as fast as possible. 

In an effort to make a profit, what Libra did was engage in the age old strategy of divide and conquer.  Libra knew damn well that there are plenty of cis women who are actively engaged in maintaining cis supremacy. Feminism itself has a long history of excluding trans women and labeling them everything from men in dresses to frankenstinian.  What Libra did was depend on transphobia to sell their product to women and in the process encourage cis women to continue to defend their privilege."

Read the rest HERE.

Michele Bachmann Ends Presidential Bid

Although she may turn around and try to hitch a ride as a vice president (hence why she's suspending her campaign--that way she can still raise coins while plotting her next move), this is fabulous news. But I think Ari Gold can sum it up best.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Oops...let me whisper that if you're still hung over *happy new year*:). Anywho, hope everyone has a safe and happy 2012...before we're all utterly annihilated, lol. I didn't make any hard and fast resolutions this year, only to pay off some lingering bills and get published in some way, shape or form. So what, if any, resolutions, or to put an Oprah-esque spin on it, realizations (can't you just hear O saying that in her most self-important, I-have-all-keys-to-life voice), did you make for 2012?
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