Entries from September 2021

  • September 2021
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    Wunderbar

    Germany held national elections on Sunday, and two politicians from the Greens party made history. Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik are the first transgender women to win seats in the German parliament.

    Hitler would be horrified, and I'm reveling in that to the point of unseemliness.

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    This Week's Quote

    Met a young farmer just now at the farmer's market who recognized me and said she'd always wanted to raise a herd of goats and name them after Dykes To Watch Out For characters.

    Alison Bechdel

    Source: Twitter

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    Swiss Bliss

    In a nationwide referendum on Sunday, Switzerland voted by an almost two-thirds majority to legalize same-sex marriage.

    Yay you Swiss—on this issue, you managed to bury that famous neutrality in an avalanche.

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    Some of Us Are More Bereft Than Others

    The Seattle Storm, the defending WNBA champion and apple of my eye, lost in the playoffs today. The Storm's season is over.

    I ask you to observe a moment of silence.

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    This Week's Quote

    Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.

    James Baldwin

    Source:  Oprahdaily.com

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    Just in Time for Halloween

    In her new memoir, Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, reveals she's been in a relationship with a woman for almost 20 years.

    The time it'll take for Pat Robertson to draw a direct line between homosexuality and all things satanic, ghoulish and spooky? About the time it takes to devour a Reese's peanut butter pumpkin.

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    Mazel Tov

    After 18 years together and two children, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Marlon Reis made honest men of each other last week, marrying in a traditional Jewish ceremony.

    Every wedding guest was required to test negative for COVID.

    I wonder whether, instead of a glass, the grooms stepped on a test tube.

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    Setting the Bar Too High

    Over the summer, Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

    So he was already making history as the first openly gay NFL player to appear in a regular-season game when he stepped on the field during "Monday Night Football." But in a Hollywood-esque turn of events, Nassib forced a fumble in overtime that led to his team's game-winning touchdown.

    I think it must be said here and now that any athlete who comes out going forward won't be expected to be the hero of the next game. Announcing your orientation to the whole world is a scary affair. After you come out, you're a winner if you can simply remember which sport you play.

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    Caitlyn Jenner has officially lost the recall race. All three of her voters are said to be disappointed.
     
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    Source: Twitter
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    Remembering 9/11 . . . and 9/13

    In the lead-up to today, the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I've heard frequent laments for the national unity we Americans felt and displayed in the days after the attacks. This isn't surprising, considering we're now a nation of fissures.

    I remember that feeling. A complete wuss where needles are concerned, even I was prepared to give blood. As much as they needed. As long as they knocked me out first.

    But I also remember that, for some, unity wasn't on the agenda.

    Two days after the planes flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Jerry Falwell appeared on Pat Robertson's "700 Club" TV show, and offered this:  "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way – all of them who have tried to secularize America – I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

    Robertson heartily agreed. During a period of monumental national sorrow, America's two most prominent conservative Christian leaders chose to demonize queer people and our fellow travelers.

    After an outcry, Robertson blamed Falwell. The televangelists couldn't even manage unity in their disunity.

    Looking back, I suspect the issue was partly timing. The nation was too raw. If they'd waited a month to blame gays and feminists and liberals, they might've been better received, not come across as heartless, vicious toadstools.

    I guess they just got caught up in their enthusiasm for sharing God's love.

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    This Week's Quote

    Clearly, there has been a lack of imagination about how much can go wrong.

    Rachel Maddow

    Source:  Azquotes

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    Male Athletes Doing the Deed

    Last week minor-leaguer Bryan Ruby became the only active professional baseball player to come out. In July Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop announced he's gay, making the 19-year-old the first NHL player, active or retired, to come out. In June Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders became the first active NFL player to come out.

    What on earth are they putting in Gatorade these days?

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    I'll Never Live This Down

    How does a lesbian know she's decrepit?

    When she needs to use her "massager" as a massager.

    Oh, the shame.

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