- November 2022
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What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
Last night on the PBS news, anchor Judy Woodruff introduced a segment with these words: "As results of the 2022 midterm elections continue to come in, one trend is clear. It was an historic year for LGBTQ candidates vying for state and federal office."
I went glowy all over.
Reporter Laura Barrón-López then noted that Tina Kotek in Oregon and Maura Healey in Massachusetts will be America's first two lesbian governors. With Colorado reelecting Jared Polis in Colorado, a record-breaking three states will be led by LGBTQ chief executives.
I'm going glowy all over all over again.
Barrón-López said that "2022 marked the first time there were queer candidates on the ballot in all 50 states." I've heard the number was 49, but I like her number better. It's so round.
In New York's 3rd Congressional District, two gay men faced off, a political first. Republican George Santos won, which is unfortunate, as he's a Trump fan who attended the Jan. 6 rally, supports Florida's Don't Say Gay law and opposes abortion.
In a word, yuck.
But in other Congressional news, Vermont has its first woman headed to the House in the person of lesbian Becca Balint; Eric Sorensen will be the first openly gay person to represent Illinois; and Robert Garcia of California will be Congress's first gay immigrant.
A rainbow wave indeed.
And there's more. "It was also a history-making election for transgender candidates running for state legislatures," remarked Barrón-López. Zooey Zephyr and Leigh Finke are the first trans people elected to the legislatures of Montana and Minnesota, respectively, and James Roesener of New Hampshire became the first trans man elected to any statehouse in the country.
We know state legislatures have been vomiting out anti-transgender bills lately. Seeing that in Montana is why Zephyr ran for office. Now the anti-trans legislators in Helena will have to deal with a real, live trans person in their midst.
I'm not sure whether it should be police or sociologists standing by.
Voters have shown that they will turn out to defend democracy. All Americans can take pride in Tuesday’s large turnout and the rejection of antidemocratic MAGA extremists. Democracy might be under strain, but it’s far from kaput.
Source: The Washington Post
- October 2022
Earlier this month, a 19-year-old killed two people outside an LGBTQ bar in Bratislava, Slovakia's capital city. In a screed against queers, Jews and others, the alleged gunman noted that he was inspired by the Buffalo supermarket shooter.
Swell. Of all the things America has given the world, this European found inspiration in a white supremacist's murderous rampage on Blacks.
Couldn't he have become enthusiastic over a different American export? Like basketball? Or video games? Or Cheese Whiz?
- July 2022
The fact that the Supreme Court just took away a constitutional right has made this a tricky 4th of July. It's hard to celebrate Independence Day when we American women have lost a chunk of our independence.
Perhaps at summer's end Americans will celebrate Labor Day by firing people.
- June 2022
I'm a 58-year-old lesbian. An IKEA bookcase has a better chance of getting pregnant than I do.
Nonetheless, for many reasons, today's overturning of Roe v. Wade means I'm about to join the battle for reproductive rights.
The spirit's willing, even if the body's cranky.
In America, everybody is, but some are more than others.
Source: The Book of Gay & Lesbian Quotations
Gallup conducted its annual Values and Beliefs poll last month, and found that 71 percent of Americans support legal same-sex marriage, the highest number ever recorded.
The main demographic holdout against gay marriage? Weekly churchgoers.
And those who list their employment as Supreme Court justice.
- May 2022
Republicans pass more legislation to keep trans kids out of restrooms than shooters out of schools.
Middle Age Riot
- November 2021
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