Monday, August 28, 2006

Love that Laffey Taffy

Republican Rhode Island Senate candidate Stephen Laffey, who is running to the right against moderate incumbent Senator Lincoln Chafee in the GOP primary, has come under fire for anti-gay writings he now calls "sophomoric political satire". I think the irony is that at the time he actually thought what he was writing was "funny". Here's a sampling:
This is not to say there aren't any; I simply haven't seen one in my lifetime. Maybe they are all in the closet. All the homosexuals I've seen are sickly and decrepit, their eyes devoid of life.


Um, not really. No, that is not satire. That is bigotry, Mr. Laffey. But thanks for playing the game.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Who Cares: Most Anticlimactic News of the Year

"OMG! Lance Bass is gay?!"

duhThe above phrase is one I uttered aloud maybe, umm, five years ago. However, it took until 2006 (four years after 'N Sync broke up) for the former boy band member to finally be able to publicly acknowledge what has been assumed for years. Lance Bass is now an out gay man, thanks to an interview in People magazine.

Says Bass:
"The main reason I wanted to speak my mind was that (the rumors) really were starting to affect my daily life. Now it feels like it's on my terms. I'm at peace with my family, my friends, myself and God so there's really nothing else that I worry about."

Thanks for finally coming clean Lance. I cannot help but think how much your courage would have actually meant to young gay fans struggling with their sexual orientation when you were actually popular years ago. But, we must keep up appearances (and collect our paychecks), right?

Read it

Friday, July 21, 2006

Gay Community Response: I Never Met These Two, I Don't Know Who They Are...

It is time to start disowning some of our own.

News broke today that Julie and Hillary Goodridge have split up. Oh, maybe you have heard of them, my gay comrades. That is right, they are the lesbians whose names were on the landmark Massachusetts case that brought us same-sex marriage in that state. Well, thanks for ruining it for the rest of us Julie and Hillary!

Listen, if you are going to put your name on a landmark civil rights case you better stick to the decision. You have an obligation to your community to keep up the good PR, even if you are absolutely miserable doing it. You cannot fight for landmark marriage laws and then use them just to get a divorce. It is just not polite to your minority community! I'm sorry, I don't remember Rosa Parks painting herself white after Jim Crow was killed by the Supreme Court. Maybe you weren't informed, but Julie and Hillary, you had better get your act together and stay in your unhappy marriage. Don't you realize gay marriages are held to a higher standard than breeder marriages!

Word to the gays reading this: We never met Julie and Hillary. We have NO idea who they are.

"Julie and Hillary? Who? What? Where? Gay marriage in Massachusetts? That's silly."

Monday, July 17, 2006

Oprah: The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks.

Oprah has another message of hope for the world...She and longtime friend Gayle King are not gay lovers! That's right ladies, that means she is still available:
"I understand why people think we're gay," she says. "There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it -- how can you be this close without it being sexual?"

Oprah makes her announcement to the world in an article in the August issue of O magazine.

Rumor is that in the next issue Steadman will be peddling the same fairy tale.

Friday, July 14, 2006

We Love Marie Johns

Marie Johns is a candidate for mayor in the District of Columbia and she is most deserving of your vote!

Unlike other candidates who only pay lip service to the gay community when it suits them and then bad mouths us when it also suits them, Marie always gives the same straight-talk (so to speak) responses when it comes to our rights.

Metro Weekly has a great interiew with Ms. Johns.

An American Reality

To World Pride or Not to World Pride?

According to numerous news sources, including
Hundreds of leaflets distributed to homes in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox area and other parts of the city overnight offer 20,000 Israeli new shekels or about $4,500 US to anyone who kills gays marching in next month's World Pride in Jerusalem.

Well, if that's not a welcome, I do not know what is. Actually, as a tourist I always like to know what value I hold in a country before I travel there. I'm not sure $4,500 is that substantial.

Well, with a war going on and so much hatred being expressed towards us should we be celebrating World Pride?

Fuck yeah! Of course we should.

At $4,500 a pop, we may even boost the local economy far more than expected.

Seriously though, why would we ever let bigotry stop us from celebrating and demanding the basic human rights LGBT people deserve?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Big Business Loves Cropp, and She Loves Them

Fuzzy math? No. Fuzzy politics? Yes.

Running with the press suppression story, WaPo local columnist Marc Fisher explores the real political strategy of Linda Cropp. Turns out she is not as nice or open as she chooses to be during endorsement hearings and citizen meet and greets during election years:
...Cropp has consistently demonstrated her preference for secrecy. This goes all the way back to when she ran the D.C. school board in the 1980s, when she routinely tossed reporters out of ostensibly public meetings, declaring that the board had to go into secret session to discuss "private matters." Those sometimes included personnel decisions, but, according to several board members at the time, Cropp also used those secret sessions to plan out the public discourse on other controversial topics, such as school closings.

Because there is nothing like backroom dealings and scripted public debates to get the juices of democracy flowing in the District of Columbia.

And as Fisher also points out:
It's no wonder Cropp is picking up the endorsements of big business groups in town. When those guys do business with the city, they like their dealings to remain as fuzzy as possible to the public. Linda Cropp is there to help.

On Monday, the DC Board of Trade's PAC endorsed Cropp:
DC PAC members cited Ms. CroppĂ‚’s effective career in public service, her approach to the issues of education, affordable housing and economic development, and her track record of being open and collaborative with members of the business, civic and nonprofit communities.

Well, I do not know what city they live in, but I certainly have not experienced affordable housing or even an adequate public education system in DC. I can barely afford rent in DC! But at least we know she is "open and collaborative" with the business community.

Cropp Meet Putin, Putin Meet Cropp

It appears that Supreme Chairman Cropp has a problem with the free press.

During a recent DC Council breakfast meeting, Cropp insisted that a reporter from the Washington Times stop recording the meeting. The exchange went like this:
When the reporter cited the council's rules allowing the breakfast to be public record, Mrs. Cropp said, "OK, meeting over."

I guess the Wizard was afraid of being revealed behind the curtain. Protecting the old Washington establishment way of doing things is certainly nothing new to Cropp, though.

What is Cropp so afraid of being revealed during the breakfast meetings? Instead of a being Putin-esque (as a friend and Fenty supporter described her actions) in suppressing the press, Cropp should have used the opportunity to address the concerns of citizens as DCist suggests:
Perhaps the Council Chairman could have taken the opportunity to reassure Washingtonians that the safety and well-being of District communities was a real and present concern for her and her fellow legislators.

It is all about protecting the rights of the establishment before protecting the lives of the people though, isn't it?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Check This Girl Out

I have fallen in love with KT Tunstall and encourage everyone to buy her CD (or illegally download it for you ipod). Sadly enough, I fell in love with the song posted below via a performance by an American Idol contestant.

A Plea for Real Help

Dear Batman-

Has Police Chief Ramsey contacted you, yet?

If not, please come to the District of Columbia immediately. I am sure that Gotham City can spare you for one night.

We are in real need of a crime fighter that can truly take care of business.

And yes, I know you are not necessarily real...That is how much faith I have in our current crime fighting leaders...

Graham N. Murphy

Crime Wave is Another Reason to Vote Another Way

Is Mayor Anthony Williams back in the District of Columbia after his travels around the globe? Gee, I hope so! Since DC is again basically under attack by low-life thugs.

We're facing a 'Crime Emergency'.

Sad that it took someone getting their throat slit in the pristine snow-white utopia of Georgetown before the police took notice. I do not live in the best part of Ward 6, but I hope if one of my neighbors were killed it would elicit the same response from the police that a fellow Georgetowner did. Or even a Foggy Bottom, Cleveland Park, or Dupont Circle murder for that matter. Looks like the 'chocolate city' is still a racist one. Chocolate is the popular flavor, but vanilla still rules. Since the majority of District residents live in "up and coming" neighborhoods, news of a crime wave should be alarming to most of us.

I am pretty fearful for my own welfare at this point, but I also am determined not to let hoodlums control my life. I have a wonderful date planned for this evening, and I plan to go on it even if I will be coming home to my neighborhood at the witching hour.

Crime in the District continues to be out-of-control, and it is yet another reminder why we need to vote out the establishment this election cycle. Haven't we had enough of this gang, including establishment-endorsed mayoral candidate Linda Cropp. Innovative thinking and effective community policing is the only way we are going to get out of this mess of death and theft.

Here is a quote from DC resident Jim Chambers, who attended the vigil of popular shop owner and recent murder victim Maurice "Moe" Darnaby, that really sums up a lot of the problem with DC's policing strategy:
"I would say the Metropolitan Police Department is always one step behind what needs to be done...It's a reactive police department, not a proactive one."