Entries by Leslie Robinson

  • June 2023
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    This Week's Quote

    My parents are very funny when they have to deal with anything racy or off-color. They usually pretend they don't speak English.

    Margaret Cho

    Source:  Brainyquote

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    Ex-Gays Haven't Exited

    I've written a humorous memoir called "Fun With Fred:  Life With OCD and Hoarding." Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I penned an op-ed for LGBTQ newspapers around the country, in large part to publicize the book.

    One unexpected result? I learned ex-gays haven't gone the way of the dodo.

    Because of how far society has evolved over the last decades, and because ex-gay leaders have a habit of getting caught in flagrante gayo, I thought there weren't many ex-gays about anymore. That might be true, but now I know some of them are still proselytizing.

    Something dodos were never guilty of.

    I received a message from a certain Sharon Kass, telling me she'd read my piece in the Washington Blade. "I do activism for ex-LGBTQ rights," she wrote. "Half a century of 'equality' propaganda doesn't change the truth--that the psychological disorders in question are preventable with better parenting and treatable with depth psychotherapy from a properly trained practitioner."

    It took me a minute to realize "the psychological disorders in question" weren't actually the ones I'd written about, which was a real shame, because if she had solutions for OCD and hoarding, I was all ears.

    No, to her, queerness is a psychological disorder, and she urged me to "get help" for myself, and listed several books and resources, including an interview with Joseph Nicolosi, the late but still odious driver of conversion therapy.

    Kass closed with, "In spite of everything, the truth will out. The people will see to that."

    These "people" ARE dodos. Imagine living your life contrary to your nature, and putting all your energy into trying to convince others to do the same. It's a twisted existence.

    One that Kass has been dutifully living for quite a while, I discovered. A decade ago, Change.org hosted a petition describing her as "an infamous, prolifically anti-gay hate mail writer who targets gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender journalists, bloggers and activists for e-bullying with reparative therapy claims and threats of 'civil war.'"

    I guess I should be honored that Kass finally got around to me. Or wounded that it took her so long.

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    This Week's Quote

    Our beloved #TinaTurner has died. From #Nutbush to the top, she was an absolutely brilliant performer and inspiration to us all. May flights of angels sing her to her rest, but if I know Tina, she is singing lead.

    Bette Midler

    Source:  Twitter

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    The Powers That Be

    Emboldened by last year's Supreme Court decision allowing a high school football coach to pray with his players, Christian conservatives around the nation are looking to shred the line between church and state.

    But everything is bigger in Texas, where a solid handful of religion bills passed by the Texas Senate are enough to make you reach for the holy water.

    A bill to require that the Ten Commandments be posted in every classroom is getting attention, but it's another offering that indicates to me we have a problem of biblical proportions.

    According to The Washington Post, one bill "would allow uncertified chaplains to replace trained, professional counselors in K-12 school."

    Jesus H. Christ, you know what that means. A kid divulges he's gay, and is informed he's headed to hell. Another kid wonders if they're trans, and the chaplain goes straight to their parents. A girl confesses to liking another girl, and is instructed to wear skirts and quit softball.

    So many queer adults were shunned, abused and vilified as young people by Christian churches. We know what harm this bill would cause.

    Gird your loins. No, I'm not suggesting we go to war and slay 1,000 with the jawbone of an ass. I'm suggesting we call out some boneheads and asses.

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    Drama Queen

    As a Seattle Storm fan, I've been spoiled. The team has won four championships since 2004. But the Storm's season opener on Saturday made it clear my team is going to be mediocre or worse this year.

    I find myself reacting in two extreme ways. Sometimes I swear a blue streak. And sometimes, with the back of my hand delicately pressed to my forehead, I peer about for an antique divan I can swoon upon, ashen but ravishing thanks to an instant case of consumption.

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    This week Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills in front of a cheering crowd at the evangelical Cambridge Christian School in Tampa.

    I guess that's the best place to be when you're signing bills that will ban gender-affirming care for minors, force trans people to use the wrong bathroom, expand the Don't Say Gay law and target drag shows.

    In the early days of Christianity, Christians were thrown to the lions. Now DeSantis is throwing LGBTQ people to the Christians.

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    This Week's Quote

    Boebert and Greene, who've attacked marriage equality as against God's law, are both getting divorced. Their children have all expressed a desire to live with Pete and Chasten Buttigieg.

    Paul Rudnick

    Source: Twitter

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    It Begins

    After pleading not guilty to 13 federal charges yesterday, Rep. George Santos told reporters he intends to clear his name.

    As sure as his name is Zachary Bartholomew Klumpf.

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    This Week's Quote

    Rep. George Santos charged in web of fraud, including stealing from campaign to buy designer clothes

    Today's headline

    Source:  The Seattle Times










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    Love Potion No. 9

    I now know of two straight women in my orbit who confess to having a crush on Brittney Griner.

    Is it out of sympathy for all the basketball star endured in Russia? Is it because of Griner's androgynous presentation?

    I wish I could figure out exactly what biological/psychological element has these straight gals suddenly crushing on a lesbian. I'd bottle it and sell it on Provincetown street corners.

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