- July 2023
After the organizer of the Miss Italy pageant declared transgender women aren't allowed to compete, the queer community found a creative way to protest: over 100 trans men signed up for the pageant.
I suspect the next step in this brouhaha will be the invention of some entirely new Italian hand gestures.
In an effort to get out of my coccoon, I volunteered at a pickleball tournament over the weekend. The first thing I heard as I walked onto the grounds was one female spectator exclaiming to another, "You took her on a date to break up with her?!"
If I hadn't been expected at the volunteer tent, I'd have stopped to press for details.
Kevin Maxen, a strength coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, has come out as gay, making him apparently the first out male coach in major American men's professional sports.
It's a big deal that Maxen now takes his place in the slow but steady march of American men out of the athletics closet. Or locker.
But I admit being particularly pleased that he's with a football team based in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has been having his anti-LGBTQ way. All those Jaguar-loving men and boys in the Sunshine State have to come to grips with a homosexual being at the epicenter of that hyper-masculine world. I can hear minds boggling from here.
Maxen has thrown DeSantis for a loss, and in the best way possible, simply by being himself.
He seems well-suited to the task. "As a Black Jew who has dated both men and women, who has been a strength coach at the highest level of professional football, I’ve learned that how I look, what I believe in, and especially who I am physically or emotionally attracted to should not impact the way I or other people view my worth," Maxen told Outsports.
The owner of the Jaguars released a statement emphatically supportive of Maxen. What will DeSantis say? Perhaps, "Florida's school teachers may not talk about Maxen. Or strength. Or the Jaguars. Or football. Or Blacks. Or Jews. Or Florida."
At first blush, it would seem that the right wing would be just as excited as everyone else for the "Barbie" movie, which opens in wide release this Friday. There is, to be sure, much for conservatives to love: the doll Margot Robbie’s character is based on is a white woman who hews to conventional feminine beauty standards. She has no reproductive organs, so she can’t have sex out of wedlock or get pregnant; nor does she have any orifices, so both speech and sodomy are out of the question. And she’s married to a blandly handsome former prom king type who might secretly dream of tipping back vodka sodas at Bear Night at Flaming Saddles, so there’s plenty for conservative ladies in particular to relate to.
Source: Rolling Stone
Well, that didn't take long.
Just weeks after the Supreme Court, citing the First Amendment, decided it's acceptable for some business owners to discriminate against LGBTQ people, the owner of a Michigan hair salon has cozied up to the idea.
Christine Geiger, writing on the Facebook page for her Studio 8 Hair Lab, declared, "If a human identifies as anything other than a man/woman, please seek services at a local pet groomer."
I wonder if her scissors are as sharp as her tongue.
"You are not welcome at this salon. Period," noted Geiger. "This is America; free speech. This small business has the right to refuse services."
In a breathtaking display of ignorance, Geiger wrote in another Facebook post, "I have no issues with LGB. It’s the TQ+ that I’m not going to support. For those that don’t know what the + is for, it’s for MAP (Minor Attracted Person aka: pedophile)."
It most certainly is not. But she's given me an idea for a new acronym evoking a person who swallows right-wing conspiracy theories and acts out of hate, fear and utter cluelessness. She's a Dangerous Ignorant Minion Wallowing In Terror. She's a DIMWIT.
A Korean reporter once asked me, "Do you think your Korean parents are ashamed because you talk about what you talk about on stage?" I said, "I don't think they're ashamed because they're Korean. I think any parents would be ashamed."
Sensitive creature that I am, I know you could use some happy tidings, so here you go.
A Scripps News story out of Colorado last month highlighted how small towns like Leadville and Manitou Springs have been holding their first Prides. The head of Colorado's queer advocacy group noted that these towns are usually in conservative counties, yet they receive permits.
And it's not just Colorado hamlets taking this step. In the Michigan town of Grand Haven, organizers hoped 500 people would attend the inaugural Pride, and 11,000 folks showed up.
It must've been a lot of fun for them—until 10,000 needed the Porta Potty.
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