Humor about all things LGBTQ

  • August 2022
  • Ye Olde Arc of History

    Cartoon by Benjamin Slyngstad

  • Image:  Facebook

    Hey Kids, Let's Put on a Show!

    You've probably heard how a Christian church in Texas recently presented its own version of "Hamilton," editing lines to reference Jesus, and concluding with a sermon in which the pastor likened homosexuality to alcoholism and drug addiction.

    The theater team behind "Hamilton" has condemned the "unauthorized changes" in this "illegal" production.

    For my part, I'm still marveling that the church thought it made sense to deliver a homophobic message through a Broadway musical. It's like hosting a barbecue and preaching vegetarianism.

  • Image by Owantana from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    Breaking News: Florida Man Stunned to Find That Laws Apply to Him, Too

    Lynda Carter

    Source: Twitter

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    Dame Olivia

    Olivia Newton-John died today. The singer and actress was 73.

    She was also an LGBTQ icon, and it's a given that gay men are now crying and hiccuping "Hopelessly Devoted To You" from Ogunquit to West Hollywood.

  • Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

    Today's Adventure

    A couple of hours ago, I got out of my car to pump gas at a station just beyond Seattle. As I lifted the nozzle, a vehicle nearby honked and I jerked my head up. I saw a car pull up on the other side of my pump; the driver was an older Asian woman. Behind her car was the pick-up that had honked at her.

    A middle-aged white man got out of the truck, saying something that ended with "supposed to pull up, stupid!"

    I jumped in immediately, offering a sarcastic, "You're a charmer." He replied, "Thanks."

    There was no more bravado, as he carefully avoided my gaze for the duration. I don't know whether the woman was aware of any of this. She pumped her gas, and I dilly-dallied by using the squeegee on my windows.

    They certainly needed it.

    All I knew in that moment was, if this fella intended to Asian-bash, I was going to make it very hard for him.

    Eventually they both pulled away, so I did, too. Later, as the adrenaline evaporated, I wondered if I'd done the wrong thing. My automatic instinct was to protect the woman, but I'd run the risk of escalating things by putting him down. Could I have defused the situation in some way? Further, he might've been armed or insane. Or armed AND insane.

    It's so hard to know what to do when an ugly incident breaks out in front of you. At least on this occasion the woman departed unscathed, the man was put on notice and my windows are cleaner than they've been all summer.

  • Image by hafteh7 from Pixabay 

    Putin's Production

    So there we have it. A Russian court has sentenced Brittney Griner to 9 1⁄2 years in prison for bringing less than a gram of cannabis oil into the country.

    That ends Act 1 of this Russian drama. Act 2, the Prisoner Swap, follows an intermission.

    I prefer Chekhov.

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    Cartoon by Bill Bramhall


  • Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    Last night's biggest primary winner wasn’t a candidate. It was abortion rights.

    By a stunning margin, Kansas voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would've given lawmakers the chance to either further restrict or ban abortions in the state.

    Politico

    Source: Twitter

  • Image:  Facebook

    Dazzled

    Periodically I receive in my mailbox that blue envelope that's full of coupons for area businesses, ranging from vinyl siding to restaurants.

    One of the recent Valpak offerings made my eyes bug out. Across the top of the ad for a business called Dazzle, a banner blared "The Gayest Cleaning Company in America!"

    Wow. Using gayness as a selling point. Only in Seattle.

    The second letter in "Dazzle" was stylized into a house—with vertical rainbow stripes. On the back of the ad, a dog wearing a scarf and oversized sunglasses, holding a glass of champagne and colorful shopping bags, didn't exactly suggest cleaning, so I guess that was another gay reference.

    I realized I'd automatically gone into decoding mode while looking over the insert. I wouldn't have thought twice about the phrasing for any other cleaning company's ad. But I thought several times about Dazzle's offer of a discount for deluxe cleaning that promised to be "top to bottom."

  • July 2022
  • Image by Tom from Pixabay 

    The Welcome Wagon

    I just introduced myself to the new neighbors. We had a nice chat.

    However, I was wearing my Ruth Bader Ginsburg t-shirt, so if I should go missing, look next door.

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