Entries from June 2021

  • June 2021
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    The Latest in the Potty Wars

    The Supreme Court today declined to wade into the issue of which school bathrooms transgender students should use. That means the appeals court victory of transgender former student Gavin Grimm still stands.

    This is great news for trans kids.

    It's also great news for the planners of Donald Trump's next rally. Conservative activists will seize, as usual, the opportunity to fearmonger around bathrooms. They're nothing if not toilet trained.

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    Hot, Hot, Hot

    Here in Seattle today we reached an all-time record temperature of 104. If Seattle Pride hadn't been virtual, oodles of twinks in designer underwear would've frolicked in the Seattle Center's enormous fountain . . . and hordes of heat-crazed older lesbians in sports bras would've mowed them down to get at the water.

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    What a Difference a Year Makes

    President Joe Biden yesterday signed a law designating Orlando's Pulse nightclub as a national monument. Also yesterday, at a Pride commemoration event in the East Room, Biden declared, "Pride is back at the White House." Pete Buttigieg, the gay transportation secretary, spoke too, as did 16-year-old Ashton Mota, an Afro-Latino transgender teen. Faces in the room included Rachel Levine, a transgender assistant health secretary, and Bree Fram, a transgender lieutenant colonel.

    A year ago, then-President Donald Trump had bravely proclaimed June as National Homeownership Month.

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    This Week's Quote

    Bravo to NFL player Carl Nassib for coming out and donating 100K to The Trevor Project, which helps LGBTQ youth. He's 6'7". Calm down.

    Paul Rudnick

    Source: Twitter

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    The First Not to Punt

    In a video from his home in Pennsylvania, Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out yesterday. He's the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

    Boy, those of us who monitor LGBTQ firsts in sports have been waiting for this moment, when an active pro football player would get up the gumption to cross that macho line.

    Touchdown. End-zone dance. We're going to Disney World.

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    Pride in the Past

    This is so cool.

    The White House has partnered with the Smithsonian for a Pride-month exhibit. The White House's Ground Floor Corridor, lit up in rainbow colors for the first time, presents LGBTQ+ history, like Stonewall, the AIDS epidemic, Harvey Milk and Marsha P. Johnson.

    The exhibit also goes farther back in time, and fittingly for the location, tells of Rose Cleveland, who served as White House hostess for her brother, President Grover Cleveland, until he married in 1886.

    "For almost 30 years, Rose Cleveland maintained a romantic relationship with Evangeline Marrs Simpson Whipple. The women lived together in Italy from 1910, until Rose’s death from the Spanish flu in 1918," notes the exhibit. "Rose and Evangeline are buried side by side in Italy and their love letters, housed in the Whipple Collection in the Minnesota Historical Society, were published in 2019." 

    I don't know whether there's any mention in the exhibit of President James Buchanan. Historians suspect he was gay, but I've not been hot to claim him, since historians also often label him as the worst president ever. I might be more inclined to embrace Buchanan now, though. Despite the fact that he set the stage for the Civil War, I do believe, after the last four years, the title of America's Lamest Chief Executive no longer belongs to him.

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    The People in Your Neighborhood

    Check out what Alan Muraoka, who plays the current owner of Hooper's Store on "Sesame Street," posted yesterday on Facebook.

    "'Sesame Street' has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. So I'm so excited to introduce Nina's Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street. Our Family Day episode drops today on HBOMax and on YouTube," wrote Muraoka. "I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode. Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our 'Sesame' family. Happy Pride to all!!!!"

    What a positive addition. Now maybe we gay folks can stop pressuring Bert and Ernie to come out. They're just not ready.

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    This Week's Quote

    If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.

    Quentin Crisp

    Source: Brainyquote

  • Making Pride History

    Over the weekend, Vice President Kamala Harris walked in the Capital Pride parade in Washington, D.C. That made her the first sitting vice president to march in a Pride event.

    Ignore the rumors. Former Vice President Mike Pence NEVER marched in the same event as a drag queen named Bo Dacious.

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    Bread and Circuses

    Warning: I'm about to use so many baking references you might want to toss your cookies.

    Last week, a bakery called Confections in Lufkin, Texas, posted a photo of rainbow heart cookies to its Facebook page, along with the sentiments, “More LOVE. Less hate. Happy Pride to all our LGBTQ friends! All lovers of cookies and happiness are welcome here."

    It took no time at all for tempers to rise. (I warned you.)

    Confections reported the next day on Facebook that it had lost a lot of followers over the post, and a dough-head of a customer had cancelled an order of five dozen cookies.

    “My heart is heavy," wrote one of the owners. "Honestly I never thought a post that literally said more love less hate would result in this kind of backlash to a very small business that is struggling to stay afloat and spread a little cheer through baked goods."

    Yes, the pronounced reaction did take the cake. Though I can't imagine any queer person was surprised.

    Confections announced it would sell the canceled order as individually wrapped cookies, on the theory that half a loaf is better than none.

    The next day, well, Lufkin proved that it's not a cookie-cutter Texas town. Confections opened to a line of supporters that lasted until it had sold out of every single thing.

    The icing on the cake? "The last several people in our shop put money on their credit card for us to donate because there was nothing left to purchase.” The money will go to local animal rescues, so even cats and dogs got a piece of the pie.

    On that memorable June 4th, the goods sold like hotcakes and the bakery found itself rolling in the dough. Confections had an actual pie-in-the-sky experience.

    And I'll now shut my cake hole.

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