Entries from political homophobia

  • June 2022
  • Image by Ray Shrewsberry • *** from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    The gay Log Cabin Republicans are very upset that Texas Repubs have kicked them out of the party. The Log Cabin folks have issued the statement, "But we're bigoted, lying idiots too! We love Trump! We hate ourselves! We're like Ted Cruz only with bowties! Isn't that enough?"

    Paul Rudnick

    Source: Twitter

  • March 2022
  • Image by serrano1004 from Pixabay 

    Deep in the Heart of Texas . . . and Florida

    The Lone Star State and the Sunshine State.

    Nuts to the dirty duo.

    Last month the Texas attorney general declared gender-affirming health care for transgender kids "child abuse." The governor then ordered the state "to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the state of Texas." This week the state confirmed it's opened nine abuse investigations.

    Yesterday a state district judge temporarily blocked the governor's directive, so for the moment Texas won't be investigating parents for being . . . exemplary parents.

    Imagine you're the parent of a trans child in Houston. You've already struggled through your own initial disbelief, ignorance, guilt and social pressure, and finally realized the only way to help your kid is through compassion and the marvels of modern medicine, but now you're told that makes you an unfit parent, and you might lose your child.

    You'd be torn:  flee the state or defend your family like the Alamo.

    With no Davy Crockett to help.

    Over in Florida, the state legislature on Tuesday passed the Don't Say Gay bill, which forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Supporters claim the bill merely guarantees parents, rather than schools, broach these topics with their kids. Even the manatees can see through that.

    The spokesperson of Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted that "The bill that liberals inaccurately call 'Don't Say Gay' would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill." She added that anyone who opposes the bill is "probably a groomer."

    She didn't say the quiet part out loud—she screamed it. Gays are pedophiles. We must protect Florida's children from gay child molesters.

    It's a wonder Key West didn't secede in response.

    DeSantis is expected to sign the Don't Say Gay bill. Of course he will. How can he be expected to become president if he doesn't throw his conservative base this fresh red meat?

    The children of Texas and Florida are paying the price for political ambitions. And as social conservatives insist these moves are to protect kids, these steps actually hurt kids. What the conservatives are really aiming to protect is their view of the world.

    And as these last several years have shown, much of that is about as worth protecting as Florida's hanging chads.

  • February 2022
  • Image:  Facebook

    We Did It Again

    Yet again, it's our fault. How do we live with ourselves?

    According to Media Matters, right-wing media figures are having a fine old time pinning the Russian invasion of Ukraine on queers. If your head hurts trying to make the connection, I'll do it for you. Now that I've taken ibuprofen.

    President Joe Biden's repeal of the ban on trans soldiers, along with the military's diversity training and general "wokeness," have all combined to weaken American forces to the point where Russian President Vladimir Putin saw his chance to invade Russia's neighbor.

    On a Fox News show, Pete Hegseth claimed Americans have been "running around talking about genders and reparations," so "as a result, [Putin] thinks this is his moment to make an aggressive move."

    Fox contributor Lisa Boothe tweeted, "America is weak. No one is afraid of us with dementia man in the White House and our focus is flying pride flags around the world."

    Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire podcast said it was "not a coincidence that this has happened after Biden spent his first year in office focusing primarily on wokeness and intentionally making our military weaker and more feminine." He later added that Biden was attempting to “fill our military with lesbians who can’t do three pushups."

    I wouldn't want to be Walsh when some lesbian sergeant challenges him to a pushup contest.

    So thanks to integrating LGBTQ people into the military, American forces have been neutered, and Putin took advantage.

    As these rightist talking heads blame us for the invasion, Christian fundamentalists, our usual accusers, haven't joined in.

    Maybe they're just mad they didn't think of it first.

  • 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.

  • January 2022
  • Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay DeSantis is a moron. Gay Gay Gay Bucs lost. Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay. Gay Gay Gay.

    Dana Goldberg after a House committee in Florida passed the "Don't Say Gay" bill

    Source: Twitter

  • April 2021
  • Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

    Marooned

    At a recent right-wing conference held in upstate New York, George Langdon IV, a Republican member of the Albany County Legislature, opined that homosexuality goes against God's procreative plan. "Sorry, when you have homosexual relationships, it’s not perpetual. Give them an island, they’ll be gone in 40 years."

    After a video of his remarks circulated, Langdon apologized and resigned, having incensed many locals with the suggestion that gays be sent to an island.

    I don't know, though. If the island were, say, Maui, I'd be willing to talk.

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