- December 2022
I bet they asked Herschel Walker if he was ready to make his concession speech, and he said, “Yes, two hot dogs please.”
- November 2022
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
I just saw an election result in my Facebook newsfeed: Maura Healey of Massachusetts has become the first lesbian governor in American history.
Wonderful. As things might go seriously downhill from this point, I'm tempted to call it a night. Which would be a challenge, considering it's 6:00 in the evening.
- September 2022
Democrat Robert Zimmerman and Republican George Santos are battling for the seat in New York's 3rd Congressional District. One thing is clear: Whoever wins, the seat will be occupied by a gay man.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in American history, two out LGBTQ congressional candidates are facing off in a general election.
"It was going to happen sooner or later," Donald Haider-Markel, a University of Kansas political science professor, told NBC News. "The question was always finding an LGBTQ Republican who can get support in a primary."
The question was always finding an LGBTQ Republican, full stop.
Somebody contact headquarters. This boy's gay card needs to be revoked.
- August 2022
I just voted in the Democratic Primary in NYC's West Village. My polling place is so liberal that instead of I Voted stickers we were given hemp ponchos, long silver braids, vintage bicycles, Birkenstocks and NPR totebags filled with apples and back issues of The New Yorker.
- May 2022
Thoughts and prayers for Madeline Cawthorn.
- February 2022
Gay billionaire Peter Thiel is leaving the board of Facebook's parent company, reportedly because he wants to focus on supporting candidates in the November midterm elections who back Donald Trump's agenda.
Wouldn't it be easier to just shoot himself in the testicles?
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