Entries from August 2021

  • August 2021
  • Image by Please Don't sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay 

    Surprise Party

    Brody Neville was facing a bleak 12th birthday.

    When the Canadian youngster came out as gay several months ago, his friends dumped him. So his mom did what modern parents do:  She put out a call on Facebook.

    Neville arrived at a Calgary park on Saturday, and saw what he assumed was an unusually large crowd waiting for the ice cream truck. But the dozens of people weren't there to celebrate overpriced ice on a stick. They were there to celebrate him.

    Family, friends and strangers gave him presents. Drag queens performed. A fire engine stopped by—probably to the relief of the drag queen who'd performed a monstrous split.

    "Thank you everybody for this," Neville told the crowd. "This is the best day of my life!"

    I'm not crying, you're cry . . . oh the hell with it, I'm crying.

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    Photo:  Wikipedia

    Josephine

    Josephine Baker, the St. Louis-born performer, spy and activist, will be reinterred on Nov. 30 in the Panthéon monument in Paris, the first Black woman to receive one of the highest honors France bestows on its citizens.

    Baker moved to France in 1925, where her career as a singer and dancer exploded. During World War II, she joined the French resistance. She was the only female speaker at the 1963 March on Washington.

    Baker was also famously bisexual. I assume she is not being honored for that . . . although we are talking about France here.

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    This Week's Quote

    If there is a supreme being, he's crazy.

    Marlene Dietrich

    Source:  Brainyquote

  • Image by Myriam Dreamer from Pixabay

    Linguistic Boo-Boo

    My Romanian sister-in-law speaks terrific English.  As a banker, Julie has occasionally needed to use the phrase "in arrears." She just told me how she used to believe the phrase was pronounced "in the rear."

    She thought that for quite a while, so I have to assume she never said those words to a gay man. His raucous laughter would've tipped her off the minute she warned, "If you don't pay this credit card bill, the bank will have you in the rear."

  • Image by Юлия Каряка from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses.

    Daphne Fielding

    Source:  Goodreads

  • Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay 

    Beyond Scary

    The Taliban has retaken Afghanistan. While it's impossible to say what's going to happen in the days ahead, professional women have reason to be very nervous.

    And LGBTQ people? They have reason to develop accents overnight and pass themselves off as Belgian diplomats.

  • Image by Lynn Greyling from Pixabay 

    From Russia With No Love

    While the Olympics were unfolding, Russians fumed on state-run TV over the presence of openly gay and transgender athletes in Tokyo. One male talk show host wore a wig and mocked transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard before calling trans folks "psychopaths."  On another talk show, a guest who's a member of the Russian parliament, said he was "disgusted" by gay and transgender people. Pointing to an image of Hubbard, he declared, "We stand opposed to all this smut and perversion, strongly opposed."

    I'd like to know the Russian word for "irony," since all this moral indignation comes from the country that was officially banned from the Tokyo Games due to its penchant for stuffing its athletes with performance-enhancing drugs.

    Russia:  home of state-sponsored doping and state-sponsored dopes.

  • Photo by Daniel Gregoire on Unsplash

    This Week's Quote

    I once had a large gay following, but I ducked into an alleyway and lost him.

    Emo Philips

    Source:  Brainyquote

  • Photo:  Facebook

    Part of the Olympic Tapestry

    We've entered a new era.  The NBC announcers for the Olympic women's basketball competition spoke freely about Diana Taurasi's wife and son, and how nervous Breanna Stewart was proposing to her girlfriend.  During the men's diving, the announcers highlighted Tom Daley's husband and son, and the fact that Jordan Windle was raised by a single gay man.

    Human-interest stories have always been a facet of Olympic coverage. I was pleased to see that this included the reality of gay lives, and I award NBC a bronze medal for its efforts.

    I award NBC a gold medal for choosing skater Johnny Weir to co-host the closing ceremonies. I assume the network picked Weir to appeal to a younger audience, but it was a risky choice, what with his singular designer outfit, mile-high pompadour and mammoth Olympic-rings hair clip. Weir is undeniably more of a flamer than the Olympic cauldron.

  • Photo:  Facebook

    Breakfast Routine

    The finish of the gold-medal women's soccer game this morning was riveting.

    These Olympics will end soon. How can I be expected to return to eating granola without a side of high drama?


  • Image by succo from Pixabay 
     
     
    Good lord, we may finally, actually, really see #Donald's taxes. So many questions may be answered! How much does he owe creditors? Did he get money from Russia? Has he ever paid more than $60 for a suit?
     
    Bette Midler
     
    Source: Twitter 

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