Entries from homophobia

  • June 2022
  • Image by Paul Henri Degrande from Pixabay 

    The Rainbow Connection

    In Saudi Arabia, the government is chasing rainbows.

    The Saudi Commerce Ministry recently posted a video on Twitter showing its employees in stores, hot on the trail of rainbow-hued clothes and toys.

    The government says rainbow colors evoke the Pride flag and promote homosexuality in children.

    That is, of course, exactly how a gay person is created. Hand a three-year-old boy a rainbow teddy bear and rest assured that by 10 he'll be sewing it Joan Crawford's waitress outfit from "Mildred Pierce."

    The Commerce Ministry's super sleuths comb through stores, seizing and confiscating "products that contain symbols and signs that call for aberration and contradict correct nature," according to the Twitter post. Retail establishments caught with aberration-pushing hats and backpacks are penalized.

    A TV reporter followed some of these courageous hunters of rainbows through what appears to be a mall in the capital city of Riyadh. Everything they took from a store sat in a pile on the floor, a sad rainbow mound. "It indirectly promotes homosexuality," a ministry official declared of one item, while a voice-over decreed the toys "are nothing but poisoned messages that target the innocence of children."

    If Saudi officials believe that playing with a rainbow fidget toy will make a child homosexual, do they believe playing Chinese checkers on a hexagram-shaped board will make a child Jewish?

  • Image by KCADRC from Pixabay 

    Our Safety

    Today is the sixth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre. Yesterday authorities found 31 Patriot Front members crowded into a U-Haul near a Pride event in Idaho.

    Some LGBTQ folks will understandably argue that we should start packing heat. But I still believe it's only lesbians who should be packing, and that has nothing to do with guns.

  • April 2022
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    Foul on Me?

    I need you to tell me if I'm being too sensitive.

    It feels like something has shifted in women's basketball. Over the last couple of years, I've noticed an affinity, especially among Black college players, for wearing false eyelashes on the court. During the NCAA tournament, Champion repeatedly ran an ad featuring empowered and sensual young female athletes, the leader of whom didn't have nails so much as lacquered talons. Yesterday during the WNBA draft, the announcers gushed over players being fashion plates.

    It's enough to make a curmudgeonly lesbian suspicious. And nauseous.

    Is homophobia at the root of this push to feminize players? Are young athletes feeling the need to scream they're not dykes? Or is there just a whole lot of self-expression going on, and I'm too jaundiced to see it?

    Help me. I've jumped to a conclusion and I can't get down.

  • March 2022
  • Image:  The Charlotte Observer

    Dog Days

    A recent display of both stupidity and bigotry made national news, and I'm not talking about the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    The owners of a dog named Fezco dumped him at a shelter in Stanly County, N.C. Fezco had humped a male dog, so the owners thought he was gay.

    Where to start?

    The owners plainly didn't know that mounting is a dominance behavior among dogs. What they did know is they were appalled at the idea of having a homosexual dog.

    I'm fighting the impulse to say these people are too stupid to live. Obviously, I just lost the fight.

    When ignorance and prejudice combine, humans often get hurt, but in this case the victim was a five-year-old mutt.

    With heartworm. It turned out the owners had, apparently, never taken the dog to the vet.

    I'll put you out of your misery right now: This tale has a tail-wagging conclusion.

    Longtime partners Steve Nichols and John Winn of the greater Charlotte area saw Fezco's story on TV, and promptly adopted him. They renamed him Oscar for—uh huh—Oscar Wilde. Sounds to me like a big gay raspberry blown at the previous owners.

    Oscar was immediately scheduled for neutering and heartworm treatment at an animal hospital, but is expected to be in his new home at the end of the week.

    "I know it’s silly to think that a dog is gay, but if he wants to be gay as hell, he can be gay here," said Nichols.

    One more straight mess cleaned up by gays. I think it's time to start bestowing medals.

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    This Week's Quote

    We get it, Senator Cornyn; you're still mad at gay marriage for taking away none of your rights.

    Chasten Buttigieg

    Source: Twitter

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    The Root of the Problem

    The Moscow Times, an English-language newspaper out of Russia, posted this startling headline yesterday:  "Russian Church Leader Appears to Blame Gay Pride Parades for Ukraine War."

    Uh huh. And COVID-19 is all Tinky Winky's fault.

  • Image by Mary Bettini Blank from Pixabay 

    The Rainbow Brigade

    You've heard how Russian invaders have been targeting the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. According to reports, that didn't go well for one group of Russian soldiers.

    It's unclear whether these soldiers were AWOL or avoiding Ukrainian resistance or what, but they tried to hide in the basement of a building. It turned out their hiding place was the office of the local LGBTQ organization, some of whose members discovered, beat and captured the Russians.

    I'd like to think that instead of beating them I'd have forced them to pay a month's rent and wear glitter, but who can say?

    The source of this story is Viktor Pilipanko, a Ukrainian LGBTQ rights activist and veteran who just rejoined the army. "This is our war, the Ukrainians, but we have also been fighting as LGBTQ people, and I'm sure that the comrades in Kharkiv understood that," said Pilipanko. "We are confronting a tyrannical, homophobic enemy."

    That's certainly true. While life for queers in Ukraine is no picnic, it's better than Russia, where a certain shirtless leader's toxic masculinity and political desires have led to queer repression. The U.S. revealed that Russia's "kill list" of Ukrainians includes a number of LGBTQ people.

    LGBTQ Ukrainians are fighting for their country and their lives. They couldn't be more inspired if Cher promised to sing to them in the trenches.

  • February 2022
  • Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    This “don’t say gay” bill in Florida is appalling. Punishing teachers for acknowledging gay people exist is archaic.

    If you want to ban an actual offensive word from Florida schools, may I suggest “DeSantis.”

    Steve Hofstetter

    Source: Twitter

  • Image by ElasticComputeFarm from Pixabay 

    Hit the Books

    Gene McGee, the mayor of Ridgeland, Miss., a suburb of Jackson, is withholding funding for his city's library because there are LGBTQ books on the shelves.

    So says Tonja Johnson, executive director of the Madison County Library System, who told local news outlets that the mayor objected to what he called "homosexual material" in the library. "His reasoning that he gave was that, as a Christian, he could not support that, and that he would not release funding until we remove the material."

    I'll give you no guesses which political party Mayor McGee belongs to.

    McGee hasn't admitted that he's withholding the money over queer literature, but said "sexual connotations are not appropriate for children when they enter the library."

    In that case, the library obviously must clear its shelves of all Danielle Steel novels. And that'll leave the matrons of Ridgeland so bereft they might even vote Democratic.

  • December 2021
  • August 2021
  • Image by Lynn Greyling from Pixabay 

    From Russia With No Love

    While the Olympics were unfolding, Russians fumed on state-run TV over the presence of openly gay and transgender athletes in Tokyo. One male talk show host wore a wig and mocked transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard before calling trans folks "psychopaths."  On another talk show, a guest who's a member of the Russian parliament, said he was "disgusted" by gay and transgender people. Pointing to an image of Hubbard, he declared, "We stand opposed to all this smut and perversion, strongly opposed."

    I'd like to know the Russian word for "irony," since all this moral indignation comes from the country that was officially banned from the Tokyo Games due to its penchant for stuffing its athletes with performance-enhancing drugs.

    Russia:  home of state-sponsored doping and state-sponsored dopes.

  • June 2021

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