Entries from deaths

  • November 2022
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    Nov. 20, 2022

    This morning I was prepared to post about its being Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we hold up and mourn all the trans folks lost to violence in the past year.

    Then I read about last night's shootings at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs. An armed 22-year-old murdered at least five people and injured 18 others.

    Two competing stories about the loss of innocent queer lives. If Nov. 20 were a person, it would be in the fetal position.

  • October 2022
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    This Week's Quote

    If you had any doubt about me, when I open my mouth 50 yards of purple chiffon come out.

    Leslie Jordan

    Source:  Los Angeles Times

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    This Week's Quote

    She [Angela Lansbury] made you love her whether she was a controlling stage mother, a murder obsessed writer, a human-meat baking cannibal or a soothing teapot.

    Rob Watson

    Source:  Los Angeles Blade

  • September 2022
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    Occupational Hazard

    I want to acknowledge the passing today of Queen Elizabeth II, since she was a worldwide figure for so long and I held her in some esteem.

    But I swear to God, every sentence I come up with using the word "queen" sounds gayer than the next.

  • August 2022
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    Dame Olivia

    Olivia Newton-John died today. The singer and actress was 73.

    She was also an LGBTQ icon, and it's a given that gay men are now crying and hiccuping "Hopelessly Devoted To You" from Ogunquit to West Hollywood.

  • July 2022
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    Wife Number One

    Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, has died at the age of 73.

    Ivana Trump gave birth to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump.

    If you're waiting for a punchline, brother, that was it.

  • May 2022
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    Vaid and Jean-Pierre

    Urvashi Vaid, one of the most potent leaders for LGBTQ rights we've ever had, died on Saturday. Among her many accomplishments, Vaid, who immigrated to the U.S. from India as a child, inspired other South Asian gays to be their whole selves.

    Karine Jean-Pierre, of Haitian extraction, said on Monday during her first briefing as the new White House press secretary, "I am a Black, gay, immigrant woman. The first of all three of those to hold this position."

    These two striking immigrant success stories settle it for me:  Lady Liberty is a lesbian.

  • January 2022
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    Losing Betty

    I've been genuinely surprised at the national outpouring of grief over the death of Betty White, who passed on the last day of 2021, just weeks before her 100th birthday. Somewhere along the way she became the whole country's decent but saucy grandma.

    I knew the queer community would grieve her loss, in part because she supported us. "I don't care who anybody sleeps with," White told Parade magazine in 2010. "If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it's fine if they want to get married. I don't know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don't worry about other people so much."

    I have it on good authority that God has placed her in charge of a new advocacy group, Mensches for the Protection of Animals and the Reverence of Cheesecake.

  • December 2021
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    A Loss for the Whole World

    You probably know that South Africa's Desmond Tutu, who died today at the age of 90, was a driving force behind the squelching of apartheid, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a worldwide champion for human rights.

    You might not know that those rights included ours. 

    "I would not worship a God who is homophobic," said the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in 2013. "I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say, 'Sorry, I would much rather go to the other place.'"

    It could be he and St. Peter are haggling right now over Tutu's travel arrangements.

  • November 2021
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    Curtain Down

    Legendary lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, who was gay, died today at the age of 91. He made Broadway history capturing all facets of the human heart, yet Sondheim himself didn't fall in love until he was 60.

    It's the kind of irony he might've written a show around. Or at least a song, and called it "A Funny Thing Happened Sunday in the Park with a Little Gypsy Company."

  • May 2021
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    A Passing

    The Obamas announced on social media that today they lost their dog, Bo. I felt genuinely sad at the news.

    I'm not sure what emotion I'll feel when I learn of the death of Donald Trump's dog, the Republican Party.

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