Entries from 2021

  • January 2023
  • Image by Sarah Teoh from Pixabay

    This Week's Quote

    My goal for 2023 is to accomplish the goals of 2022, which I should have done in 2021 because I promised them in 2020 and planned them in 2019.

    Unknown

    Source:  New Year Wiki

  • December 2021
  • Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

    Adios 2021

    It's the last day of 2021.

    Thank God.

    This lousy year began with then-President Donald Trump dispatching his yahoos to the Capitol; I'll never get over the figurative and literal assault on democracy that followed. The pandemic plagued the country and the world the entire blessed year. Inflation hit. The climate changed. The U.S. withdrew chaotically from Afghanistan. Billionaires blasted themselves into space, and alas, came back.

    In LGBTQ news, 2021 saw more transgender people murdered in this country than ever before.

    I wouldn't blame Baby New Year if he chose to crawl back into the womb.

    But the year wasn't a total washout. Looking through the queer lens, I was thrilled that male football, hockey, soccer and baseball players came out, and pleased that "Dancing WIth the Stars" included a female couple and its British equivalent had a male duo. Trans and non-binary folks competed at the Olympics. A male country star came out, and as far as I know, Dolly Parton didn't even have to push him to do it.

    In terms of a person of the year for our community, there are many options, but I'm going with rapper and singer Lil Nas X. His music video showing him sliding to hell on a pole and giving Satan a lapdance set the tone early in 2021. All year he was not just ubiquitous, but an unapologetic gay Black man.

    And those Uber Eats ads he made with Elton John felt like gay history encapsulated. It's been quite a journey from the Yellow Brick Road to Old Town Road.

    So what will 2022 bring? I think it's fair to say expectations are low. After the planet grappled with the Delta and Omicron variants in 2021, my hope is 2022 won't force us to learn the entire Greek alphabet.

    Nobody would benefit from that. Not even Greeks.

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     Image by ecto1 from Pixabay

    Christmas 2021

    It's Christmas day. Santa brought me a cold.

    This was already a less than cheery holiday for me. In the last five months, my mother passed away, my divorce became final and my brother-in-law received a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer.

    Add in the brand spanking new COVID variant, inflation and my exasperation over the willingness of so many of my countrymen to continue believing in the lies of Hey Mr. Tangerine Man, and, well, let's just say I've been taking to heart those enlightened messages about how happiness at Christmas isn't required.

    I've aimed to leaven my Scrooge-like impulses with a little whimsy. My mask of choice these last weeks features Snow Miser and Heat Miser, two flashy characters from the 1974 Rankin/Bass Christmas special "The Year Without a Santa Claus."

    Unfortunately, so few people have recognized the images that I feel like a 500-year-old. With a cold.

    Today I'm wearing socks I got as a gift last year. They're purple with snowflakes—and rainbow stripes and unicorns.

    It's a lonely Christmas, but thank goodness I have queer whimsy to help see me through.

  • November 2021
  • Image:  ACLU

    Nov. 20

    I just returned from a Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial. Seeing the faces of the many trans people killed over the past year in this country, and hearing how they died . . . it's deeply emotional stuff.

    As a result of being ignorant that TDoR is a well-established abbreviation for Transgender Day of Remembrance, I did have one amusing moment this evening. A trans woman was telling me how she used to organize her school's TDoR (pronounced "Tee Door") remembrance, and I misheard her and spent the next few minutes trying to figure out why a community college in Washington state would memorialize bullfighters.

  • Image by Kjrstie from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    BREAKING: Thanks to Glenn Youngkin's victory, Critical Race Theory will not be taught in Virginia schools in the future and also in the past.

    The Daily Show

    Source:  Twitter

  • Image by BedexpStock from Pixabay 

    Election Day

    According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, at least 410 queer candidates ran for office in 2021, a 7% increase over 2019, the last off-year election. This year's crop is the most racially diverse ever.

    However they fare in their races today, kudos to them for being their authentic selves. 

    Well. As authentic as any politician can be.

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