- May 2022
After 19 seasons, the final episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" aired today. DeGeneres spoke of how attitudes toward LGBTQ people have changed in that period.
"Twenty years ago when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work," said the out lesbian. "Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different."
She recalled, "When we started the show, I couldn't say 'gay' on the show."
Over in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis observed, "That was such a fine tradition we nostalgia-loving Floridians decided to resurrect it."
- December 2021
It's the last day of 2021.
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.
- November 2021
Yesterday at the 2021 Country Music Association Awards, when the Brothers Osborne won vocal duo of the year, TJ Osborne, who came out in February, kissed his boyfriend.
If this were back in the day, I'm pretty sure Osborne would be banned from "Hee Haw."
I would like to see what the next iteration of show business is. I think we’re in a transition period where people aren’t going to be going to movies on Friday night anymore. And depending on how this Covid thing goes, gathering in groups might not be a good idea for a while. So what’s the new thing? I think there are so many possibilities. I wish I was a 22-year-old starting again. There seems to be so many possibilities now. And I’d be getting a lot more sex with women.
Source: Between the Lines
I realize Halloween was a week ago, but I don't want you to miss this. The Barnard General Store in Barnard, Vt., ran these photos on its Facebook page the day after Halloween, along with a plea for information: "Does anyone know who little Freddie Mercury was yesterday? His picture MAY make it into the VT Standard this week, but we need his name, please!"
Elvis might be living on a desert island or in Kalamazoo, but Freddie Mercury is alive and well and living in central Vermont.
- October 2021
They say that bears have love affairs
And even camels
We're merely mammals
- September 2021
In her new memoir, Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, reveals she's been in a relationship with a woman for almost 20 years.
The time it'll take for Pat Robertson to draw a direct line between homosexuality and all things satanic, ghoulish and spooky? About the time it takes to devour a Reese's peanut butter pumpkin.
- August 2021
Josephine Baker, the St. Louis-born performer, spy and activist, will be reinterred on Nov. 30 in the Panthéon monument in Paris, the first Black woman to receive one of the highest honors France bestows on its citizens.
Baker moved to France in 1925, where her career as a singer and dancer exploded. During World War II, she joined the French resistance. She was the only female speaker at the 1963 March on Washington.
Baker was also famously bisexual. I assume she is not being honored for that . . . although we are talking about France here.
- April 2021
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