Entries from June 2023

  • June 2023
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    Today's Decision

    The U.S. Supreme Court blew a raspberry at queer people today. Nice touch, announcing the decision on the last day of Pride month.

    Citing free-speech rights, the court's conservative majority sided with the Colorado website designer who lived in mortal fear a same-sex couple would ask her to create a wedding site.

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented with a will. "The Supreme Court of the United States declares that a particular kind of business, though open to the public, has a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class," wrote my new hero. "The court does so for the first time in its history."

    The decision, stated Sotomayor, condemns LGBTQ people to "second-class status."

    Losing rights overnight courtesy of this Supreme Court is getting old. If I have to lose something between falling asleep at night and waking up in the morning, I nominate pounds.

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    The GG Question

    As June winds down, cast your mind back:  What's the most memorable thing you've ever seen at a Pride?

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    This Week's Quote

    Growing up every song I heard, every movie I saw, every ad on TV was about cis heterosexual love, and I still turned out to be a big ol’ lezbo. Pride flags won’t make your kids gay or trans but they will make them feel seen and less alone if they are already LGBTQ.

    Dana Goldberg

    Source: Twitter

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    Still Not Used to It

    During remarks in New York yesterday, former Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said the trouble with American politics is "we're electing idiots."

    I never imagined myself thinking so well of the spawn of Dick Cheney.










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    Mystery Solved

    Rep. George Santos fought to keep secret the identities of those who guaranteed the $500,000 bail bond on which the indicted Republican was released last month. Santos lost that battle, and this week we learned the sureties were his father and his aunt.

    And here I thought the Santos backers would turn out to be Ursula and Maleficent.

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    This Week's Quote

    Proud to be me this month—and every other month.


    Source:  Women's Health

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    I received an email from AAA with a subject line inviting me to check out the "Lavender Capital of North America."

    Turned out the story was really about plants.

    AAA, don't do that during Pride month.

  • Image by Alexa from Pixabay

    Out of the Office

    I'm on vacation!  First time in years.  So you won't hear from me this week.

    If you find yourself missing my voice, you can always snag a copy of my humorous memoir, "Fun With Fred:  Life With OCD and Hoarding," at Amazon, B&N or Bookshop.org. I sincerely appreciate all purchases, and general spreading of the word.

    See ya soon.

  • Image:  Maggie Mcelroy-jackson


    What do you call a small Pride? A Minipride? A Pridelet?

    At any rate, I attended one today in the small Washington city where I live. Shoreline, which shares a border with Seattle, held its first annual Pride celebration, grafting it onto a regularly occurring farmers market.

    Pride with vegetables.

    In one corner of what's normally a park and ride, the local arts organization invited folks to make rainbow penny spinners. Nearby was a selfie station. I stood in front of the Pride-flag backdrop, clutching a small Pride flag and a rainbow fan that were being enthusiastically distributed, so my friend Maggie could take a photo of me fully rainbowed.

    Especially compared to Seattle's ginormous yearly celebration, this was altogether a fraction-sized Pride—which is totally beside the point. In this era of rabid national anti-LGBTQ sentiment, I'm happy to support any municipality, let alone my own, that makes a point of celebrating us rather than denigrating us.

    And now I know where to find 30 kinds of lettuce.

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    First Thought

    When I heard that Pat Robertson had died, I immediately imagined him meeting up with Jerry Falwell again and remarking, "Boy, it really is hot here."

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    This Week's Quote

    George Santos says he'll go to jail before revealing the names of whoever posted his $500K bond. In jail George would:

    - Ask to see the manager

    - Refer to the prison yard as "the lanai"

    - Wear the collar of his jumpsuit up

    - Call his cellmate his assistant

    - Claim he's in Paris

    Paul Rudnick

    Source: Twitter

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