Entries from May 2022

  • May 2022
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    May 31

    It's Pride Eve, the night Santa Claus drops his balls in Times Square.

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    100 Days

    American basketball star Brittney Griner has been wrongfully detained in Russia for 100 days.

    The number feels biblical, so may Vladimir Putin be plagued by locusts up his nose, boils on his butt and Jehovah's Witnesses at his door.

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    "Ellen" Ends

    After 19 seasons, the final episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" aired today. DeGeneres spoke of how attitudes toward LGBTQ people have changed in that period.

    "Twenty years ago when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work," said the out lesbian. "Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different."

    She recalled, "When we started the show, I couldn't say 'gay' on the show."

    Over in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis observed, "That was such a fine tradition we nostalgia-loving Floridians decided to resurrect it."

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    This Week's Quote

    Republicans pass more legislation to keep trans kids out of restrooms than shooters out of schools.

    Middle Age Riot

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    An Early Stirring of Pride

    Before the internet changed shopping, it seemed that every mall in America had a Lane Bryant, the store aimed at women of generous proportions. I now know that Lane Bryant is still around, and striving to be relevant.

    How do I know this? I just received a Lane Bryant press release, trumpeting its "2022 Pride collection." A digital ad campaign features four store employees who are queer or allies modeling the goods. Also, Lane Bryant will donate to GLSEN, and apparently has been doing so since 2018.

    Yes, it's tempting to mock the company for flogging rainbow bras just to hitch a ride on the Pride gravy train. Yes, it'd be easy to criticize Lane Bryant for being part of the corporate takeover of Pride.

    But I choose not to. Especially in a period of anti-LGBTQ backlash, I'm happy to see such a Middle American company take our side.

    So, glad you're joining us, Lane Bryant, you veteran of the mall era. And bring RadioShack and Orange Julius with you. 

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    Arena Audacity

    I might make an official complaint.

    As a Seattle Storm season-ticket holder, I went to last night's game against the Chicago Sky fully expecting a family-friendly event.

    What did I see? Rampant heterosexuality.

    My lesbian friends and I were surrounded by amorous straight people. Sitting next to us, in front of us, behind us. One couple was just in their teens!

    If they have to be that way, must they flaunt it?

    Thank goodness a lesbian couple got engaged on the court during halftime. A bit of normalcy that helped me endure the evening.

    At tomorrow's game, if I'm again encircled by heteros kissing and being as bold as you please, I'll tell them all to knock it off and remember where they are. We can tolerate their being at a WNBA game, but nobody needs to see that freaky stuff.

    Especially not the children.

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    This Week's Quote

    Thoughts and prayers for Madeline Cawthorn.

    Randy Rainbow

    Source: Twitter

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    Vaid and Jean-Pierre

    Urvashi Vaid, one of the most potent leaders for LGBTQ rights we've ever had, died on Saturday. Among her many accomplishments, Vaid, who immigrated to the U.S. from India as a child, inspired other South Asian gays to be their whole selves.

    Karine Jean-Pierre, of Haitian extraction, said on Monday during her first briefing as the new White House press secretary, "I am a Black, gay, immigrant woman. The first of all three of those to hold this position."

    These two striking immigrant success stories settle it for me:  Lady Liberty is a lesbian.

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    Essay Assignment

    At the Christian Academy of Louisville in Kentucky, middle schoolers received a challenging homework assignment, reports LGBTQ Nation.

    Students were told to write a letter to a hypothetical friend of the same gender. "In at least 8 sentences, try to show the friend from the Bible, reason, and your personal friendship that God's design for them is good; that homosexuality will not bring them satisfaction, that you love them even though you don't approve of their lifestyle."

    Presumably the student who writes six sentences on Leviticus, one sentence on human anatomy and one sentence on a friendship dating back to diapers will earn an A.

    The student who writes, "My brother is gay. Get me the hell out of this school," will earn an F and a trip to the principal's office.

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    Dealing BG

    There's an unconfirmed report that Russia hopes to trade American basketball star Brittney Griner for an arms trafficker serving a 25-year sentence in the U.S.

    In a simpler time, I only imagined Griner being traded for a forward, a point guard and two draft picks.

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    This Week's Quote

    We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.

    Robin Williams

    Source:  BrainyQuote

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