Entries from evolving society

  • January 2023
  • November 2022
  • Image by David from Pixabay 

    Good News, Bad News

    The good news is Singapore's parliament has decriminalized sex between men.

    The bad news is Singapore's parliament has also amended its constitution to fend off court challenges that could lead to legalizing same-sex marriage.

    Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam summed up this approach by saying, "We will try and maintain a balance . . . to uphold a stable society with traditional, heterosexual family values, but with space for homosexuals to live their lives and contribute to society."

    If the homosexuals can live in a "space" barely wide enough for a drag queen's eyelashes.

  • February 2022
  • Image:  Wikipedia

    This Week's Quote

    Change is possible, even if it takes time. When I was younger, Asian men couldn’t legally marry white women.

    Now look at me. I married a white dude.

    George Takei

    Source:  LGBTQ Nation

  • January 2022
  • Image:  Facebook

    Smart and Confident Woman

    There was a lot to like about Amy Schneider's long run on "Jeopardy."

    She was openly transgender. She became the winningest woman in the history of the show. She confessed she founded her high school debate club largely so she could put it on her college applications.

    "The best part for me has been being on TV as my true self," Schneider said in an interview. "Expressing myself, representing the entire community of trans people and . . .  just being a smart, confident woman doing something super normal like being on 'Jeopardy!'"

    I agree that the game show itself is super normal, super mainstream. But anyone who goes on it as a contestant and is able to, first, think, and second, convince her lips to say "Who is Benazir Bhutto?" isn't super normal. She's just super.

    Washington Post columnist Monica Hesse wrote that Schneider "shared her whole self, and this was her tremendous, generous gift to America. She would not allow the country to think of her merely as a transgender woman or merely as a "Jeopardy!" champion. Instead, with little fanfare, she made sure the two identities were linked. To the viewing public of a country that still regularly dehumanizes transgender individuals — via humiliating bathroom bills, via harmful stereotypes, via disgraceful statistics related to homelessness, poverty, sexual assault — Schneider was relentlessly human."

    So relentlessly human she has a cat named Meep.

    My favorite part of the Schneider story might be that she was dethroned by a gay man. Two members of the queer community matched wits on America's televisions, and the whole scene was . . . super normal.

    Again, if you consider normal a person who, under all that pressure, comes up with the only country in the world whose name, in English, ends with an "H." Rhone Talsma correctly answered Bangladesh.

    I would've answered Swedenish.

  • October 2021
  • Photo:  Facebook

    Superhero News

    They've been busy at DC Comics.  In new issues being released over the next few weeks, a Black transgender woman joins Wonder Woman's Amazons, and Clark Kent's son Jon, the new Superman, has a same-sex relationship.

    Feels like the changes are coming faster than a speeding bullet.

  • August 2021
  • Photo:  Facebook

    Part of the Olympic Tapestry

    We've entered a new era.  The NBC announcers for the Olympic women's basketball competition spoke freely about Diana Taurasi's wife and son, and how nervous Breanna Stewart was proposing to her girlfriend.  During the men's diving, the announcers highlighted Tom Daley's husband and son, and the fact that Jordan Windle was raised by a single gay man.

    Human-interest stories have always been a facet of Olympic coverage. I was pleased to see that this included the reality of gay lives, and I award NBC a bronze medal for its efforts.

    I award NBC a gold medal for choosing skater Johnny Weir to co-host the closing ceremonies. I assume the network picked Weir to appeal to a younger audience, but it was a risky choice, what with his singular designer outfit, mile-high pompadour and mammoth Olympic-rings hair clip. Weir is undeniably more of a flamer than the Olympic cauldron.

  • March 2021
  • Image by Gamopy from Pixabay

    Quick Change

    For St. Patrick's Day, New York-based journalist Alan Diamond, 30, wrote a piece for The Advocate about growing up gay in rural Ireland. The experience was, in a word, scary.

    But his homeland has shifted, writes Diamond. "Overall, Ireland has made notable transformations from being a country with overwhelmingly conservative views toward LGBTQ+ people to one holding powerfully progressive attitudes in the space of a generation."

    I suggest we start sprinkling water from the River Liffey over the Vatican.

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