- June 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
I took a walk today, the first Saturday in June, and passed by a sizable high school just outside of Seattle. I noticed the flagpole flew the American flag, the POW/MIA flag, the Washington state flag and the Pride flag.
Crowded, messy, clashing, overproduced . . . and beautiful.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.
Source: the White House
- May 2021
- April 2021
if you don't feel gay enough when you wake up, help is coming.
PinkNews reports that Kellogg's is launching an LGBT-themed cereal in honor of Pride. "Together with Pride" will be made of rainbow heart-shaped pieces and—wait for it—edible glitter.
Just what I've always wanted. Sparkly intestines.
Familiar Kellogg's characters will grace the box, surely leading to speculation about the orientations of Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam and Snap, Crackle and Pop.
Starting in May, the cereal will retail at about $4. For each box sold, Kellogg's will donate $3 to GLAAD.
And that is—what else?—grrrreat!
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