Friday, September 30, 2005

San Francisco Treat

San Fran gays had a message for Arnold tonight: "We're pissed!" According to the other PoliBoi, who is stationed on location in San Francisco, about 1,000 people gathered tonight for a last-minute protest and march against Governor Schwarzenegger and his veto of our marriage rights. Apparently SF gays do not like their governor to condone and have hatred towards our families. Right on! CA gay Assemblyman Mark Leno was on hand to do some Governator bashing. Also, the SEIU was out in full force supporting the gays and urging voters to say "No" to Arnold's initiatives in the November 8th special election. Too bad the Governator won't be on the ballot for a recall vote as well.

Pink Progress Top Daily Stories: Arnold Hates Gay Families

DAILY UPDATE AT PINKPROGRESS.COM (a polibois.com network member):

*It's Official: Arnold Denies Will of People's Reps., Vetoes Marriage Bill
*Gay Groups Upset Over Roberts Nod
*HRC: Celebrating 25 Years of Success?
*Catholic Objectors Take Trip to Rome
*Black Clergy New Target for Gay 'Outing Campaing' Activists
*Differing Gay Rights in States Sets Up Legal Battles
*Cancelled Gay Reality Show Stars Speak Out
*Cost of $3 Million, Episcopal School Makes Brokeback Required
*A Real Live Gay Person on Desperate Housewives

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Blade Reads Different Dreier Sheets

The Blade Blog (how fun?!) differs on the real reason that David Dreier was not given the post of majority leader. Rather than blame his gayness, they say it is really that social conservatives were angry about stem cell research stands he has taken and such. Well, actually Slate.com said so, and the Blade agrees. Of couse, social conservatives have no problem with Dreier being gay...

Talk with Chuck

Victory Fund, home to the other PoliBoi, is hosting an online chat with its President and CEO Chuck Wolfe. If you are interested, check it out here at 4 PM EST:
www.victoryfund.org/chat

Barney Wants to Save Your Pussy

Barney Frank is sponsoring legislation that will address the needs of animal victims of hurricanes:
The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, HOWE 3858, requires state and local emergency management agencies that receive federal funding to make plans for people with pets or the disabled who rely on service animals to safely evacuate along with their animals in the event of a disaster.

Way to go Barney! Now if only there was a bill to address the needs of victims of Barney...

Pink Progress Top Daily Stories: No Gay House Leader

DAILY UPDATE AT PINKPROGRESS.COM (a polibois.com network member):
*Gay Dreier Denied House Leadership Post
*Wyoming Reg: Deny AIDS Meds
*Priest Scolded for Supportive Comments
*Gannon at Pro-War Rally
*Episcopal Church May Split
*Heterosexuality Officer at Aussie University
*Adam Ebbin home in Old Dominion
*Delta Giving for Gays May Go Down

Dreier With Much Static Cling

Poor David Dreier. First he was set to be come the first homophobic gay majority leader of the US House, and now he is simply destined to a life of playing butt boy to Schwarzenegger. I guess all that "I hate the gays" talk did not really pay off after all. Sad.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Arizona Loves Us, They Really Love Us

Did I read this correctly this morning? I posted it on pinkprogress.com. Anyway, it turns out that Arizona citizens may actually like us. The majority are against a constitutional amendment in the State that would deny us marriage rights. Not that I am going to pack my bags and move somewhere that people water the desert hoping for grass to grow.

First Gay Majority Leader!

Could David Dreier (R-California) become the first gay majority leader of the US House? Chances are, yes! Denny Hastert will recommend that Dreier be promoted to this position at a meeting of Republicans as early as Wednesday night. The change comes as a result of Tom Delay's indictment by a Texas grand jury which forces him to resign from the post of House majority leader. It has long been speculated that Dreier is a size queen.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Romney, What Are You Doing Here?

One has to wonder how Mitt Romney ever became Governor of Massachusetts. He is a hateful man governing an open-minded state. However, this conflict is certainly clear and evident whenever Mitt leaves Mass. He absolutely hates the place. He constantly makes fun of his electorate everywhere he goes. And why? Why, so he can be POTUS. Just imagine his diplomacy around the world as President: "Yeah. I hate Americans too!" At least he would be in the majority then.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Christian Love Examined

A Christian school in Ontario, California has decided that children are now held accountable for the actions of their parents. Imagine all that responsibility for something you have no control over. This policy came to light after a student was expelled from the school because she had two lesbian parents. Oh my! As a condition for enrollment, the school does not allow at least one parent to engage in homosexual activity. So let me get this right, the policy is love the sinner, hate the sin? Errrr...Wait! Love the sin, hate the sinner's parents? Love the child of the sinner, hate the sinners, and blame the child for the sin? Oh, I give up. All these biblical rules are too hard to keep track of!

Blade, We Hardly Knew You

Not sure if anyone still reads the Washington Blade. With most of the news on the web, you can pretty much capture all the gay news you could want throughout the week. But if you do, you may have noticed that a low-life named Jeff Gannon is writing op-eds for them. The addition to the paper pissed off a lot of gay activists, and rightfully so. In any case, the Blade feels it needs to sweep its readers under the rug and abandon its community by defending Gannon. If you don't know much about Jeff Gannon, here's something I wrote about the man. Hey Blade, can't wait for Jim West's column! Do you think if Pat Robertson went gay you could get him?

Off to NYC for the weekend! Have fun kids...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

We Won War on Terror

Yes! It's true. The War on Terror is no longer that high of a priority for the FBI or Attorney General Gonzalez. If it was, why would they be diverting agents from that war to the WAR ON PORN? Perhaps they just gave up on terror after seeing the government's ability to respond to Katrina. Or perhaps the Bush Administration is just desperate to keep their freakish base of Christian conservatives happy in an effort to counter the low approval numbers it is facing. Of course, this squad will NOT focus on kiddie porn. Instead, it will be policing the homes of private consenting adults. So beware when you click and touch your dick!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Catfight Expected in California

A bunch of queens vs. Arnold. Who do you think will win? That seems like a tough call, but I think a bunch of whinny queens can probably get the Governator to run away crying like a little girlie man. And that may be exactly what happens on Wednesday.

One Wednesday, gay activists are expected to meet with the Governator of California. The Governator says he does not want to talk about marriage. The activists of course want to talk about the upcoming veto. Lucky for the activists, recent pictures show the Governator looking a little flabby.

Ding, ding.

Spectator Speculations

The conservative American Spectator is saying that the next Supreme Court nominee could be Edith Jones or Pricilla Owen. That is really scary! Though, one wonders if Bush could really pull off this feat with tanking poll numbers and Katrina. Oh, and his agenda is dead. Munchkins everywhere celebrate.

Is That an Agenda in Your Cup?

The great gay coffee conspiracy has finally been solved. Baptist Baylor University has demanded that Starbucks stop using it's number 43 cup on its campus. The cup carries this quote from from novelist Armistead Maupin:
My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short.

It is OK Maupin. I also fear Baylor students. Too bad they can't read about their results while drinking Starbucks!

Friday, September 16, 2005

This Post May Change the Google Ad Content

Oral sex parties. Girls getting oral sex. Boys giving oral sex to boys. No, this is not a description of West Hollywood. This is the reality for our youth, according to a recent study by The National Center for Health Statistics. And many adults are surprised! Shocked! Oh, the horror! Here are some good stats on teens 15-19 who have done it:

-More than half of all teenagers aged 15 to 19 have engaged in oral sex
-14 percent of the women aged 18 to 29 reported at least one homosexual experience, more than twice the proportion for young men (DISTURBING!)
-3 percent of men and 4 percent of women reported having a sexual experience with a member of the same sex within the past year, and over their lifetimes, 6 percent of men and 11 percent of women had such experiences (7%! One in ten...We're only 3% off!)
-6 percent of all men ages 15 to 44 reported having oral sex with another man at some time in their lives, and nearly 4 percent reported having anal sex with another man (That 6% is interesting when compared to this stat: Among men 18 to 44, 90 percent said they thought of themselves as heterosexual, 2 percent as homosexual, 2 percent as bisexual and 4 percent as "something else." It is amazing what alcohol will allow you to do, isn't it boys?)

And here are some fun quotes about the lack of a gender gap when it came to oral sex:
"One thing that surprised me is that we expected, based on anecdotal evidence, that girls might be more likely to give oral sex and boys more likely to receive it, but we didn't find that at all," said Dr. Jennifer Manlove, of Child Trends, which, like Ms. Brown's group, released an analysis of the data, "There's more gender equality than we expected."

See how the feminists are destroying society!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Arnie Wants Meeting With Girlie Men

The Governator is demanding a meeting with gay activists in California who are pissed over his recent decision to veto the same-sex marriage bill that recently passed California's Legislature. Though, it is not clear if Governator is actually going to be there himself. Why not go Arnie? Sounds like it could be a fruitful meeting...har, har, har.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Marriage Lives to See Another Day

If only Massachusetts could eat the rest of the country! In Boston today, a joint meeting of the legislature voted 157-39 against an amendment to the State Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. Poor Romney must be pissing himself. (Kiss 2008 goodbye dear!) Good job Mass gays!

Shaq Is My Hero

Shaq. Mr. O'Neal. Whatever you want to call him, the man is a gay hero! In fact, I am sure some organization out there is ready with an award for him. A policeman in training in Miami (no joke), Shaq helped apprehend gay haters after one of them threw a bottle at a gay couple. Thanks for keeping the streets of Miami safe for the gays Shaq. You can be my bodyguard anytime.

HRC Never Breaks Expectations

HRC, our beloved national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting the few rights we have, has launched a new campaign. HRC's Talk About It campaign is focused on "speaking to people about their lives and GLBT issues." The campaign is multi-media and uses downloadable MP3's. Essentially, it is a low-grade podcast. Never wanting to break expectations though, HRC has chosen to forego using political and civil rights leaders to "talk about it". Rather, they have chosen to enlighten us with the voice of Geo Herrara. Who is Geo? Why, he is the guy who was voted off of the first episode of MTV's The 70's House. Oh, and he is gay. Enlighten us Geo, enlighten us! I have not listened, but I am sure he has much more to say than those boring gay people who have actually done something to make a difference. Though, this is the same HRC that has enough influence to get Kimberly Locke (former American Idol Recording Artist) to perform at its national dinner. Expectations, expectations...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Cooper Blooper

He squirms a lot. He cries a lot. He's got a lot of baggage. Sounds like your average gay man. Well, that is until you find out who it is: Anderson Cooper. A recent article in NY Magazine covers Cooper's life, his obsession with Katrina, and his gay tendencies. Here's an excerpt of the story about our favorite Vanderbilt:
When I bring up the sexuality issue with Cooper, he says, “You know, I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life. It’s a decision I made a long time ago, before I ever even knew anyone would be interested in my personal life. The whole thing about being a reporter is that you’re supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you’re in, and I don’t want to do anything that threatens that.”

Elijah (give me) Wood

We are just all about the entertainment news today, aren't we? But when it comes to Elijah Wood, the cute little Hobbit that he is, how can you resist not commenting on a story that deals with his total gayness. Apparently, Elijah is very amused by all the websites that link him to his gayness. Since he is not a homophobe (take note: Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson), this leads us to believe that he is not gay. In fact, he is so masculine he too can fantasize about being gay! You go Elijah! Though, he would make a nice addition to my pocket gay collection.

BareBrokeback Mountain

I laughed. I cried. I cried. And cried and cried and cried. Well, it was emotional at the very least. If you have not gotten the chance yet, you need to check out the trailer for the new gay cowboy movie that is breaking all the stereotypes. Though, with the gay rodeo just in DC, I don't know how a movie about gay cowboys can really begin to break stereotypes. In any case, you gotta check out the exclusive trailer for Brokeback Mountain at Yahoo!.

Friday, September 09, 2005

I'm Sorry, Your Blood Tested Positive for Gay

It was absurd after 9/11. It is absurd after Katrina. The fact that our government will not allow sexually active gay men to donate blood for victims that badly need it, represents a homophobic ideology that continues to grip this nation. I mean, you would expect these types of arcane regulations to come from governments that remove Arab translators from their military because they are gay while they are fighting a war with Arab terroists. This is not what you expect from the United States Government-- Oh! Wait. Nevermind. It all makes sense now.

Gay Kat Quotes

LGBT folks are doing their best to help out the people displaced by Katrina. In fact, one of the best quotes of this whole episode came from an LGBT Houstonian helping out with survivors camped out in the Astrodome. Here is what she had to say about her interaction with some of the transgender females she has encountered:
I don’t care if they’ve got breasts from here to Albuquerque , they have to use the men’s restroom. I just told them, ‘Girls, that’s just how it’s organized, but it won’t always be that way.

Oh, we just love that big Texas hospitality.

The Real CA Story

Schwarzenegger does not hate gay people. He does not even care whether the majority of Californians voted for Proposition 22. No, the Governator loves the gays. The problem is, he loves his special election even more.

Some politicians believe that the real reason Governator has said he will veto the new gay marriage bill in California is for the simple reason of political expediency. He is afraid to lose his special election set for later this year, and signing the marriage bill would most certainly guarantee the loss of his right-wing base. So, it really comes down to politics over morality. Which, is only slightly better than homophobia. Right?

What I'm Up To

Because keeping up with PoliBois is not enough work, I started a whole new project! Check it out:

Welcome to Pink Progress.

Pink Progress represents a new adventure. It is a fresh voice. It is the future of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement for equal rights. Pink is young, hip and fun. Progress is never reliving history, but understanding it for the purpose of moving forward.

For more than a year, I have made it a point to meet with many young LGBT people who are part of my generation. I have also spent a great deal of time searching for, reading and analyzing articles written about us and by us. I was stunned to hear and read so many similar stories from such a diverse group of young people all across the country.

When I searched for a common thread that ties all of us young LGBT people together, I realized that most of us share a desire to live in a country where we are free to live as we are. Some of us, like students I read about in Boston, are taking direct action in their communities to eliminate discrimination against gay people. Others are quietly telling their stories to friends and family and are succeeding in eliminating the barriers that keep us from living as we truly are by confronting discrimination with a personal story. Still other young LGBT people are confronting discrimination by simply living their lives as they truly are.

I am proud of my generation and the stories I have heard and read about young LGBT people. I soon realized though, not everyone knows the stories that illustrate what my generation stands for. If I had to search for our stories, I know that we need to do a better job at making our voices louder. When I speak to older LGBT people about my generation, many do not understand it or cannot describe it. I realized that my generation needs a place to be loud, a place to share our voices and a place to tell the world our hopes, dreams, ideas and desires. Our stories are just too good and need to be told. Our stories are powerful and need to play a role in shaping the LGBT community and movement.

I am offering Pink Progress as the place where my generation will share our stories. It will be a place where we will share our thoughts. It will also be a place where we will continue to persist and insist that our community make progress towards understanding us and incorporating us in the greater movement for LGBT equal rights.

I invite you to join me in supporting and developing Pink Progress. I also invite anyone in my generation with a story to tell to share it with me and the rest of the world. It is time that the rest of the world gets the opportunity to be as proud of my generation as I am.

Sincerely,
Graham N. Murphy,
Editor

Writers: If you are interested in contributing to Pink Progress and have story to tell, please fill-out this online form.

Pink Progress is currently seeking one-time and regular contributors.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Schwarzenegger Veto: PoliBois Debate

Word on the street is the Governator may veto the gay marriage bill in California. This led to intense instant message debate between the PoliBois:

Rusty: if he vetos it, he is done for
Graham: i don't think so
Rusty: i do
Graham: his approval will go do down
Graham: if he signs it
Rusty: his approval is already really low
Graham: most CA are not for it
Rusty: it is evenly split
Graham: yeah, and gays are not really his base
Rusty: 46-46
Graham: so, he would be making his base angry
Rusty: but he needs to reach out beyond his base
Rusty: because right now..everyone hates him
Graham: where is the benefit to him signing it
Graham: he will alienate his core supporters
Rusty: where is the benefit to him vetoing it?
Rusty: at least he would have a legacy
Graham: for political purposes he will veto it
Rusty: a positive legacy
Graham: positive to whom?
Rusty: his political career is already over
Rusty: this is just the first of many which we will see over the next 20 years
Rusty: if he was smart
Rusty: he would sign it
Graham: i think he is more worried about another term than a legacy
Rusty: then that is his mistake

Will To Marry Grace

Remember the show Will and Grace? We have a fuzzy memory of it too. Apparently it is still on the air though, and they plan to finally stop resuscitating it after this upcoming television season. It really has been like the Terri Schiavo of television series. In any case, once it is over Eric McCormack (the guy who plays Will) plans to play it straight. Which will probably be easier for him than the next Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes.

Apparently Eric is sick of playing gay and does not want to be typecast. Any plans to marry Grace?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: CA becomes even gayer!

Just a few hours ago, the California State Assembly passed a bill which would legalize gay marriage across the state. This comes just a week after the same bill passed the CA State Senate. The bill will now go to Gov. Schwarzenegger for him to either sign into law or veto.

This is a HUGE moment in the fight for gay marriage, as this is the first time legislation has made it onto any governor's desk. This moment will truly define the political career of the governor. If he signs it, he will be seen as a hero to many in the gay community, and if he vetos it, his political career will be over (in my opinion).

Now...we wait.

Three Types of Gays

Forget femme, queen, butch, daddy, etc. When it comes to gays and lesbians, there are only three kinds. And according to researcher Wayne Brekhus it all comes down to their living habits. Take note of the three types of gays so you are prepared next time you go gay-watching at the local cruising point or park:
Those that live, work and socialize in almost exclusively gay circles; those that live and work in conventional suburban settings but travel to urban centers for gay relationships; and integrators, which live and work in the suburbs and have low-key gay social and sexual activities.

Which just goes to prove the point, when you live among heteros you grow increasingly boring. This is probably why we lose so many lesbians to the dark side (suburbs) never to be seen again.

In any case, realtors in Wisconsin have discovered gay people live in houses!

Gay Marriage Bad, Domestic Violence Good

Well, just look at yourself Ohio. You have certainly made a mess! There's always next legislative session, huh?

It turns out that when Ohio passed an amendment to their constitution banning same-sex marriage they also put in a loophole that gave unmarried couples (yes, even the breeders) exemption from laws that protect people from domestic violence. Judging by the type of people who passed the amendment, one has to wonder if this loophole was really an oversight. Doesn't wife beater and anti-gay really just go hand-in-hand?

Priorities Straight

Wow. Hurricane Katrina wiped out an entire American city and more. Thousands are dead as a result. Yet, that will not stop the gay press from focusing on the true tragedy in all of this: Our community has had to suffer the loss of one of our gay soirees. Yes, Southern Decadence in New Orleans was cancelled. It was supposed to take place Labor Day weekend. I am so happy in all of this tragedy one of the major national gay news organizations never lost perspective and ran this all important Katrina related above the fold headline: Katrina casualties include gay Southern Decadence.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Rehnquist Dies...

What is a PoliBoi doing awake (and not drunk) at this hour? While i was trying to watch an awful re-run of MAD-TV, i was rudely interrupted to the breaking news that Chief Justice Rehnquist had died.

Any hope i may have had in the future of this country is now gone. First we see how the government can't respond to a national crisis, and now this administration is going to have a legacy longer than we could have imagined.

Who's up for moving to Canada?

Friday, September 02, 2005

Katrina Thoughts

So, it has been about a week since either PoliBoi has updated the blog. With that record one would think that we are also in charge of Mayor Anthony William's blog. We have some compassion for the Mayor, though. Updating a blog takes time and consideration. We generally have neither, but try our best. Our excuse is that we took a brief unexpected vacation. And I was working full-time on getting a new job, which I did!

Now I am going to spend some blog space providing my thoughts on Hurricane Katrina:

I have been absolutely stunned by the scenes in New Orleans and the other areas struck by Katrina. I am more shocked by this tragedy than I was by September 11th and the recent Tsunami in Asia. Recovery and rebuilding efforts during those two tragedies seemed to happen a lot quicker.

Most of the people affected by Katrina are poor and black. They had little before the storm and now they have absolutely nothing. Living in poverty before Katrina, these people already had a sense of what it is like to be abandoned by government and society. Sadly, now they also know that they can expect the same abandonment when they face ultimate tragedy.

Supplies have been slow getting to these people. Five days after the storm, many still have not received clean fresh water or food. People are dying in the streets from preventable causes like dehydration. These people, expecting basic needs from their government after a storm, have a right to be frustrated and we should expect them to be at their wits end. It seems appropriate that lawlessness would reign in New Orleans during this time. These people are truly fighting for basic survival.

Looking at the pictures of New Orleans, I feel like I am looking at pictures out of a developing country. The scenes I am seeing coming from home I would expect to see coming from those regions of the world. I just saw America citizens picking through trash to survive. Perhaps I am wrong to assume that the lone superpower in the world would have the capability to save its own people five days after a major disaster. Actually, I expected everyone to be saved after one day.

This situation was not unpredicted either. For years, a major hurricane hitting New Orleans was considered one of the greatest threats facing America. For years, the Army Corps of engineers have requested money from the federal government to improve the levees and drainage system in New Orleans. For years, the calls to prepare New Orleans for a disaster like Katrina have gone unheeded. Now the levees are breaking and New Orleans is New Atlantis. Sodom and Gomorrah. Pompeii. And this is happening in America.

If you are looking to blame someone for the scope of this disaster, you can certainly focus your sights on the federal government. Their response to this disaster now and when it was just a potential one is disturbing to consider. Even when the storm was imminent, it is clear steps were not taken to deal with the aftermath. And we have known for years what the aftermath would look like.

Right now, politicians who deserve the blame are running away from it. In this tragedy, leadership has been scarce. Reporters that question politicians deserving of blame get the same response. These politicians do not want to play politics in a time of tragedy. What these politicians need to realize though, is that they already have played politics and now they must pay the price.

Regardless of who is to blame, I can only hope that things will get better for those who have been hurt by Katrina. I think our society is finally waking up to the reality of America, which may be the silver lining in all of this. Now more must be done to wake up our government and ensure that people get the help they need now. We do not have time to wait for tomorrow.