Thursday, October 30, 2008
In San Diego, Meaghan Yaple and the group 607 Productions are organizing a candlelight vigil in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood this Saturday to counter the nearby mass pray-in. San Diego’s Republican mayor, Jerry Sanders, who came out in support of same-sex marriage last year, will be handing our candles with his gay daughter at the city’s Gay and Lesbian Center beginning at 8 p.m.
Several nondenominational and progressive churches throughout the state have expressed their support for defeating the ballot measure, sending the general message that despite how people may feel about marriage, the proposition condones discrimination.
Currently, the two sides are neck and neck in the polls, with No on 8 funding pulling ahead of the opposition for the first time in weeks. No on 8 has recently recruited the cast of Ugly Betty and other entertainers, including actor Samuel L. Jackson, for a series of spots in support of marriage equality. (The Advocate)
Speaking of Julian Moore, go see Blindness. It's not just another disaster film. It was actually shot on location in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the adapted book was written by a Nobel-prize winning author. It's a really lovely film, difficult at points, but ultimately sharp and powerful.
While all California eyes are on Proposition 8, a proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution threatens to do even more far-reaching results. Amendment 2 on the Florida ballot states:
“In as much as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."
Although poised as an “anti-gay” initiative, this amendment possesses a vagueness critics fear will allow it to be extended to eliminate domestic partner benefits and even effect opposite-sex couples. In fact same-sex marriage is already illegal in Florida thanks to not one, not two, not three but four statutes.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It’s the perversions that LaBruce thrives on. His first feature-length movie, 1991’s No Skin Off My Ass, a black-and-white, overdubbed Warholian effort, featured a beautiful skinhead, an early ironic appreciation of the Carpenters, a punk cover of Olivia Newton-John’s “Have You Never Been Mellow,” an on-screen DIY nipple piercing, and full-frontal nudity. It’s easy to see why the film stood out like a quasar in a pop-cultural era in which nothing about being gay was funny, explicit, or tender. (This was not long after a 1989 episode of thirtysomething reportedly lost the ABC network more than $1 million in advertising revenue for daring to show two shirtless men in bed together.)
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Because I Am, Among Other Things, Sick and Tired of Being Tolerated
I am sick and tired of being tolerated. It’s not that I want to be intolerated -- I am still very much against intolerance. But I don’t understand how “tolerance” became the benchmark for acceptance of (and respect for) basic human rights. “Tolerate” is something you should do to a drunk relative who is talking your ear off, or a harried waitress who in her distraction can’t get your order right the first time. It is not something to do to a group of human beings. “Tolerate” is, at best, a thin veneer of polite resolve that barely masks the hostility underneath. “Tolerate” means “I am better and more deserving than you, but I will let you co-exist with me until you push it too far.
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Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
"There is no role for the white liberal [in social change]; he is our affliction". -James Baldwin, 1963.
In 1983, when I was in kindergarten, white (Jewish) lesbian feminist Adrienne Rich implored a white-led feminist movement: "Without addressing the whiteness of white feminism, our movement will turn in on itself and collapse." Twenty-five years later, I'm dubious about a movement -- "ours" or otherwise -- that has not only failed to honestly and consistently address its whiteness but has also, in so doing, become something far less than a movement for social change....
Oct 23, 2008 3:10:00 PM
A 65-year-old civic leader outs himself to fight Prop. 8
(University of the Pacific) For 60 years, Glenn Fait kept his sexual orientation a secret. He became a law school dean and the mayor of his hometown, Folsom, Calif. It all changed last week, when he realized "I can do this . . . My civil rights are at stake."
The ad Fait took out in his hometown paper begins: "As a gay man, I have a personal interest in Proposition 8. . . "
Folsom is a historic mining town; its roots run generations deep. Fait came out to his relatives five years ago, he told the Sacramento Bee, and ruffled the family feathers only when he mentioned in the ad that his aunt, the late Eleanor Fait, a well-known community activist, spent 50 years of her life with her partner.
"People often have stereotypes of gay people," Fait told the Bee. "It helps sometimes when they realize that someone they have a business or community relationship with is gay."
Fait, a Republican, says he has no plans to get married, but doesn't want government saying he can't. He said Wednesday he'd gotten no fallout either way from his coming-out statement.
Friday, October 24, 2008
23 Oct 2008 03:39 pm
Mormons vs Civil Rights
People may be unaware that the top leadership of the LDS church has made banning gay couples from having any legal rights in California a supreme issue, part of a determined political campaign of unprecedented ferocity and organization. In California, this letter was sent to every congregation in California with direct instructions that it be read last June. Money quote:
The Church’s teachings and position on this moral issue are unequivocal. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan for His children... Local Church leaders will provide information about how you may become involved in this important cause. We ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman.
Mormon church leaders put out a broadcast across the country earlier this month insisting that Mormons contribute to and support Proposition 8. The broadcast featured two Elders from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
BYU students from California listened in Provo stake centers on Wednesday, as LDS Church leaders led a broadcast regarding the church's support of Proposition 8... "You don't expect the church to get behind things like this," said Chelsea Martinez, 20, a statistics major from Gonzales, Calif., who viewed the broadcast at a local stake center.
Similar to other students attending the broadcast, Martinez's parents have participated in the church's effort by going door-to-door to identify voter preferences and are working to persuade undecided voters to help pass Proposition 8.
The LDS Church, from its very top, is waging war on the civil rights of gay Americans and gay Californians. If you want to do something to resist the organization behind 77 percent of the funding of this Proposition, you can donate to the fight for civil equality here. I might add that if gay Californians actually cared about this as much as straight Mormons appear to, the race would not be close.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Rash of LGBT Assaults Hits Washington Campus
Police at Washington State University are investigating three recent attacks against LGBT students on or close to campus, reports KXLY.
The first assault happened October 16 outside a residence hall and involved openly gay student Kristopher Shultz. "I heard someone shouting at me from behind," Shultz told the local news affiliate. "I turned around and got hit in the face and I don't remember anything after that."
Two days later another student was attacked by a group of three people a block from campus. The most recent attack against transgender student Jackson Hogan happened in a campus parking garage. Hogan was walking to an elevator, when he heard a man yell a transgender slur before grabbing him from behind.
"I hit the floor and he kicked me repeatedly," Hogan told KXLY.
WSU administrators send an e-mail to students and faculty yesterday, recognizing that the attackers may be targeting LGBT students and offering escorts for anyone uncomfortable walking alone across campus.
The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community also convened last night to discuss how to keep each other safe. It's a task that LGBT students at this Pullman, Wash., school have become used to.
"It's a constant environment of being afraid," Shultz said. "It's just come to the surface now." (The Advocate)
“I look at these people and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention? To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it? To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked."
- Author David Sedaris, on undecided voters
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The stretch of Davie Street from approximately Burrard to Broughton represents a uniquely queer-positive neighborhood within Vancouver, but, despite Vancouver's reputation for being a queer-friendly and "laid-back liberal" city, Davie Street is often the site of homophobic violence. Let's not forget about Aaron Webster, who was swarmed and killed in Stanley Park in 2001, and whose attackers (minors) received barely six years between them as a sentence. Although queer folks have attempted to carve out safe spaces throughout Vancouver, including Davie, the park, and Commercial Drive, we are still frequently targeted for holding hands, kissing, or showing the barest signs of affection. I know plenty of straight but queer-friendly guys who have been attacked, both verbally and physically, while walking down Davie Street with gay friends (or alone), simply because they "looked gay."
Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
City University of New York
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