Wednesday, February 28, 2024

This Week's Quote

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Embryos are not life. They have the potential to become life. Most of them aren’t even viable, a lot like the Republican Party.

Dana Goldberg

Source:  X


Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Only Explanation

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I received my ballot for Washington's presidential primary in yesterday's mail.

Today I examined the choices listed under the Republican Party, and prepared to fill in the oval next to Donald J. Trump.

Then First Officer Spock walked by wearing a goatee, and I realized what the hell was going on.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

This Week's Quote

Image by Maicon Fonseca Zanco from Pixabay

I love being trans, gay, and queer because I'm 60% of the LGBTQ acronym and it feels good to be a majority shareholder in something.

Charlie Girard

Source:  Bored Panda

Monday, February 19, 2024

Warning

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It's Presidents Day, the day Americans celebrate George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and, God help us, Donald Trump.

Whether he's in court or on the campaign trail, Trump will be omnipresent in 2024. I know and understand that many folks will strive to block him from their eyes and ears. I warn you now that I'll be doing the opposite.

In order to survive Trump-a-looza, I need to make sense of him and all he represents. That's just who I am. So if reading yet more about Trump sounds as appealing to you as gastritis, you'd best ignore General Gayety for the bulk of 2024.

Naturally I don't want to lose readers. But I also don't want to be sued for inflicting emotional distress.

Don't expect daily diatribes on the subject. I don't have the time. These ruminations on Trump world will be periodic.

I've decided, thanks to Trump's deleterious effects and his initials, to call each post "The DTs."

Friday, February 16, 2024

Herculean Task Accomplished

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Greek lawmakers voted yesterday to make Greece the 16th nation within the European Union and the 35th worldwide to legalize same-sex marriage. What's most striking is Greece becomes the first Orthodox Christian country to take this step.

Somewhere Apollo, Sappho and Alexander the Great are guzzling ouzo and smashing plates.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Please Be Certain

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Democrat Tom Suozzi won yesterday's special election in New York to succeed Republican Rep. George Santos, the serial fabulist and accused crook who was expelled from Congress late last year. The only thing Santos told the truth about was being gay.

Maybe I'm a tad paranoid, but are New York officials sure Suozzi is who he says he is, and not Santos in Democratic drag?

This Week's Quote

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Love is a grave mental illness.

Plato

Source:  Parade

Monday, February 12, 2024

Take the Pledge


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Unless you've been living in Donald Trump's armpit the last couple of years, you know that red states have been pumping out all kinds of anti-transgender legislation. It's against that backdrop that the National Center for Transgender Equality last week released its 2022 U.S. Transgender Survey.

In the survey of over 90,000 people, 47 percent of respondents had thought about moving to another state because of the anti-trans goings-on in their state capitals. And five percent had actually moved.

It's appalling that transgender people feel the need to pack up and flee their homes. I call on every cisgender lesbian, like myself, to support our transgender brethren in their hour of need by pledging not to tie up all the U-Hauls.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Palm Beach Episode

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Take a gander at the lead of a story from The Advocate this week:  "The son of a Florida sugar company executive was arrested and charged with beating a female companion because he was upset at being seated next to a gay couple at a swanky steakhouse earlier that evening."

Perfectly reasonable. Whenever I'm seated next to a straight couple at Pizza Hut, the evening ends with tears and the SWAT team.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

This Week's Quote

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Happy "Citizen Trump is not immune from prosecution" day to all who celebrate.

Victoria Brownworth

Source: X

Monday, February 5, 2024

Mr. Mature

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Lawyer Roberta Kaplan, fresh off her victory in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case against Donald Trump, recalled on a podcast a story about Trump that I couldn't forget if I tried.

Kaplan was at Mar-a-Lago to depose the former president in yet another lawsuit. Trump requested they work through the lunch break, claiming the deposition was "a waste of my time." Kaplan declined.

"And he said, 'Well, you’re here in Mar-a-Lago. What do you think you’re going to do for lunch? Where are you going to get lunch?'" Kaplan answered that his attorneys had offered to provide her team lunch, as is often done in such circumstances.

"At which point there was a huge pile of documents, exhibits, sitting in front of him, and he took the pile and he just threw it across the table. And stormed out of the room," said Kaplan, adding that Trump bellowed at his lawyer for providing the opposition sustenance.

Later on, at the end of the deposition, Trump said to Kaplan, "See you next Tuesday." Kaplan was confused, as they were due to meet again on Wednesday. Only when in the car did her colleagues tell Kaplan, who's openly lesbian, that the phrase is a known way of calling someone "cunt" without saying it.

Throwing the pile of papers? The temper tantrum of a three-year-old. Hurling an offensive, sexist insult? The impulse of an adolescent boy.

I guess Kaplan has to consider herself lucky that there was no ketchup in the room.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Kickoff

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Today is the first day of February, so it's the first day of Black History Month.

Google got the observance off to a fine start with a Google Doodle celebrating author James Baldwin. It depicts him writing longhand.

I think of this Doodle as a threefer, since it lauds someone who was Black, gay–and left-handed.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

This Week's Quote

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I just broke up all the furniture in the house. My mother had to get rid of me. So she put me in dance class.

Chita Rivera (1933-2024)

Source:  The Washington Post

Monday, January 29, 2024

Lauren in Trouble?

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, the Colorado conservative firebrand and family-values hypocrite, recently switched districts to run in one that's more reliably Republican.

But in last week's straw poll in her new district, Boebert came in fifth out of nine Republican candidates.

Oh dear. Perhaps the accusations of being a carpetbagger have stuck. Or perhaps the video of her with her date at a Denver theater during a September performance of "Beetlejuice" was a grope too far.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Another Sports First

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The world likes to assume that male figure skaters are gay, and female figure skaters are resoundingly straight.

Meet Amber Glenn, who came out in 2019.

"The fear of not being accepted is a huge struggle for me," she said at the time, according to Outsports. "Being perceived as 'just a phase' or 'indecisive' is a common thing for bisexual/pansexual women. I don’t want to shove my sexuality in people’s faces, but I also don’t want to hide who I am."

Yesterday, after capturing the U.S. women's figure skating championship, Glenn posed with the Progress Pride flag. She's the first out queer woman to win the title.

If she winds up on the Olympic team, I'm just glad there are no more East German judges.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

This Week's Quote

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Greta & Margot,

While it can sting to win the box office but not take home the gold, your millions of fans love you.  You’re both so much more than Kenough.

Hillary Clinton, who should know

Source: X

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Breaking a Sweat

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As I plodded away on an elliptical machine at the gym the other day, I sensed there was a woman a few machines over moving faster and smoother.

Okay, who doesn't?

Anyway, I got a look at her later, and tried to guess whether we were of similar age. Then I tried to figure out whether she was gay. Maybe if I hadn't been occupied with such absorbing questions, I'd have noticed sooner that she was walking straight into the men's locker room, and shouted a warning.

I didn't want to add to her embarrassment, so I made a point of not looking at her when she reemerged. I don't know if her face was beet red. If it was, I'll never get answers to my questions, because that woman will be joining a gym in a different county.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Bye Bye

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Two days before the New Hampshire primary, Ron DeSantis has ended his presidential bid.

All that time he spent as the governor of Florida burnishing his ultraconservative credentials, and he didn't even come close to dislodging frontrunner Donald Trump.

Geez, just how many civil rights does a fella have to take away before he gets to be head caveman?

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Live to Bake Another Day

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In Bristol, Conn., the Bakery on Maple almost became the empty building on Maple.

Since the business opened in 2021, owners Erika and Dave Landi have welcomed the LGBTQ community, offering rainbow cupcakes and displaying the Pride flag. Financial troubles led to Erika posting on Facebook on a recent Friday that the bakery's demise was imminent, in part because supporting the queer community "cost me customers and revenue."

When she arrived the next morning to open the shop, a line of people waited to get in. The bakery sold out in an hour and 20 minutes to customers who'd come from across the state.

At least for the short term, sympathetic souls in the Nutmeg State saved the Bakery on Maple. Never underestimate what can happen when you combine LGBTQ folks, their allies, social media and cinnamon rolls.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

This Week's Quote

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In the early 80s, I was pretty innocent and confused. I was like Marie Osmond, only with bigger eyelashes.

Boy George

Source:  The Mammoth Book of Great British Humor

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Unreal

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Last night Donald Trump stood on stage in Des Moines, celebrating his massive victory in the Iowa Republican caucuses. Today he was in a courtroom in New York for his second E. Jean Carroll defamation trial.

In Iowa, 53 percent of White evangelical voters supported Trump. In New York, Trump's legal proceedings follow a trial last year in which a jury found he sexually assaulted Carroll.

That airplane of his is a miraculous machine. To get from Iowa to New York, it sliced though time, space and the Salvador Dali painting in which we're all living. 

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Under the Weather

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With the 2024 Iowa Republican caucuses two days away, pundits tell us the pressing questions are how big Donald Trump's victory will be and whether Ron DeSantis or Nikki Haley will come in a clear second.

Pish tush. My pressing question is much different.

The Hawkeye State is experiencing fierce snowstorms, and on Monday evening, when GOP Iowans are supposed to caucus, wind chill could make it -45 degrees Fahrenheit. The dangerous, record-breaking cold could easily depress turnout. It could even pick off a few diehards waiting outside to be admitted to their local caucus site.

Which brings me to my question:  What is God saying with this horrifying weather?

Don't scoff. How many times have we queer folk been told that murderous weather events are due to the Almighty's anger over our existence? How often have conservative Christian preachers turned into meteorologists in order to explain a hurricane or flood as divine fury at us and/or our fellow travelers?

With blizzards encasing Iowa and temperatures plunging precisely when thousands of Republicans are due to anoint a candidate, I haven't heard anyone declare this weather is God's judgement. Funny that.

I'll pick up the slack. By making it so hard to caucus, God is telling Iowans they shouldn't vote for any of those putzes. And especially not for the tangerine-hued dolt most intend to vote for. This weather is a clear, unequivocal message that God opposes Donald Trump. And not just because of that "Two Corinthians" business.

But you and I know that not a single conservative Christian Iowan will interpret the atmospheric conditions that way. Instead these Republicans will semi-joke to each other that with such frigid temperatures God is really testing their faith. How convenient.

Assigning meaning to dramatic weather is about bolstering a narrative. It's a snow job.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

This Week's Quote

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I'm a black, gay woman. I think the only way to make the GOP hate me more is if I sent them a video of me rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.

Wanda Sykes

Source:  AZ Quotes

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

French Twist

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French President Emmanuel Macron today named Gabriel Attal as prime minister. At 34, Attal is France's youngest-ever in that job.

Attal is also the first openly gay prime minister.

Another barrier fallen like the Bastille.

Friday, January 5, 2024

So Gay

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Each year the Seattle Men's Chorus puts on a fun holiday show, but I couldn't make it last month.

That irritated me. Not just because the performance is always a hoot, but because I had research to do. The Chorus had sent out publicity postcards promising "the Pacific Northwest's gayest sing-a-long."

I yearned to discover what that meant. Would Seattle's sing-a-long include more show tunes than Portland's? Feature more drag queens than Boise's? Use more glitter than Spokane's?

Now I'll never know. Remember "Sleepless in Seattle?" I'm just Clueless in Cascadia.


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

This Week's Quote

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Clarice Schillinger, leader of the PA Moms For Liberty, has been charged with drunkenly punching teenagers at her daughter's birthday party, after supplying these underage guests with liquor. Clarice explains, "I only assaulted those kids to stop them from reading."

Paul Rudnick

Source: X

Monday, January 1, 2024

The GG Question

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 Let's cut to the chase. What are you most afraid of in 2024?