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?

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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 365gay.com:
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...

Sincerely,
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."

Monday, July 10, 2006

Eliot Spitzer is Hot!

If you have not yet contributed to Eliot Spitzer's campaign for governor in New York State, you are not paying attention!

As a columnist points out in the NY Daily News, Spitzer could make New York the first state to enact gay marriages through a state legislature. He has said it is a priority on his legislative agenda if he becomes governor, and many expect him too (including the voters!). This is good news after gays lost their case for marriage last week in the state's Court of Appeals.

Go Spitzer, Go!

Oh, and we love this quote from an openly gay legislator in the NYS Capitol:
"Nobody wants civil unions," said openly gay state Sen. Tom Duane. "Marriage is where it's at. That's what we want."

That's right. Jim Crow is not alive and well in New York!

Remember Last Week? It Just Got Worse.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that a citizen initiated amendment to the state's Constitution to ban same-sex marriage can be placed on the ballot if approved by the legislature. The legislature will deal with the issue in a special session later this week. Gay rights advocates had hoped that the ballot measure would be ruled unconstitutional, as it would "reverse" a previous ruling of the court. The activists were so wrong in their assessment of the law that the entire court actually told them so.

So, how about we stop taking things to court that have no legally sound chance of winning... How's that for a potential strategy?

We Love You Kyra, We Really Love You!

Kyra Sedgwick is brilliant as the lead, Brenda Leigh Johnson, in TNT's The Closer. It's probably why she was recently nominated for an Emmy for playing Brenda. The NY Times also did a great piece on her today and I encourage everyone to read it and watch the show if you get a chance.

Unfortunately, because Comcast is a horrible company and was unable to fix our cable (AGAIN!) over the weekend, the PoliBois will not get to watch Kyra tonight. This is why we are making the switch to satellite. Tell your friends!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sporadic Thoughts: The Partisan Divide

[Editor's note: Sporadic Thoughts is a weekly column on the irreverent nature of young gay life in DC posted at some point every weekend by PoliBoi Graham.]

I have a coworker who is always trying to convince me to date guys that are different than the type that I normally pursue. Whenever I come across an atypical potential date, my coworker is usually the first to know. Mostly I enjoy the friendly prodding he gives me to go to the edge and actually go on a date with the atypicals. I never actually go off the edge, though.

The typicals in my life are not the most butch dudes on the planet and they almost always have a left-leaning bent to their politics. I simply cannot date anyone who thinks Ayn Rand is God. Dating in Washington, DC is so damn political. And it also does not help that I was only one class shy of getting my minor in ethics.

I suppose it could be fun to be the James Carville and Mary Matlin of the gay political dating scene. I imagine that their sex is pretty hot. Normally when I have an argument with a lover, I like to conclude it with a steamy romp in the sack. Though, I am not sure that argumentative sex would be very fulfilling after a while. It could become a bit too routine. I think it is considered an abusive relationship when the only sex you have is make-up sex.

I came to Washington, DC because I love politics, but I did not know it would make dating so complicated. Dating is already hard enough. I like to hope, for everyone else’s sake, that the grass is indeed greener on the other side. Perhaps in cities that are not so politically charged, people with differing ideologies can actually date without trying to traverse a bitter partisan divide. In other cities I am sure it is nice not to have to play pretend congressmen on a date.

Even at the clubs in DC you cannot make out with a guy you just met on the dance floor without questions of politics arising (among other things). Just the other night I had a passionate debate with a Kerry supporter regarding why he was such a terrible candidate for president in 2004. While he disagreed with my position, that did not make the position of his hand on my ass disagreeable.

I have tried to go on dates with people that are not into politics. They were either apathetic or oblivious. The apathetic are at least aware, but dates with the oblivious often lead to prolonged periods of awkward silence. Neither type ever make it to a second date.

While I may complain about the state of affairs of political dating in DC, I am a victim of my own desires. I like people that share my philosophy and thoughts on the world, and the typicals do. I simply cannot bring myself to desire an atypical, and so I am trapped in a box with the typicals.

And that leads me to wonder if the dating scene in Washington is actually not very interesting at all. Reading online dating profiles I notice that many want to date people that share their politics. That does not seem like progress towards defeating the red state/blue state divide in our country. So I guess like the Congress, gay DC dating is forever stuck in a boring and bitter partisan divide.

Log Cabins need not apply.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Cropp's New Homeless Plan


According to numerous news reports, DC Mayoral Candidate Linda Cropp paid people per signature to circulate her nominating petition. According to the reports:
Marshall Brown, a paid political consultant to the Cropp Campaign and father of D.C. Council member Kwame Brown, says he paid homeless people $1 for every signature they gathered.

Well it is good to see that after three decades of public service, Cropp may finally have an effective plan that deals with the District's homeless population. I guess I no longer need to drop a $1 into the Starbucks cups that are shaken for money by the homeless I come across throughout DC.

In trying to deflect criticism for paying for signatures, Cropp's campaign did what they do best and attacked other candidates:
[Marshall] Brown adds the practice is perfectly legal, and says if the Adrian Fenty and Marie Johns campaigns say they don't do it, "they are lying."

Well, interesting of you to say that Marshall, because I worked with the Johns campaign as they collected signatures and I know that no one paid even a cent for them. Surprisingly, some candidates do not need to pay for support or friends.

But again, let's focus on Cropp's exploitation jobs plan for the homeless...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Today Sucks for Gay Rights

Piggybacking on the NYS decision, Georgia's Supreme Court decided to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage after a lower-court judge had overturned it on technical grounds.

What a day for the gay rights movement!

In other news, all other states in the US have decided to send their gays to an island far, far away...

NYS Decision Involves Prejudicial Rationale

The NYS Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, has ruled that same-sex couples are not guaranteed the right to marriage under the state's constitution.

While the ruling may be legally sound in regards to the language in the state's founding document, in their decision the justices on the Court of Appeals made statements that were prejudicial and hurtful to gay and lesbian New Yorkers.

In explaining their ruling, they stated that same-sex couples can be denied the right to marriage because homosexual sex does not have a "natural tendency to lead to the birth of children." They also stated that the legislature is making a rational choice to deny same-sex couples marriage rights, because heterosexuals relationships "promote stability" for children.

How absurd! Sitting in the US Supreme Court during the oral arguments of Lawrence V. Texas, I heard the lawyer from Texas defending sodomy laws in that state using the same reasoning that the NYS Court of Appeals has found rational today. The Supreme Court found those arguments do not hold water.

Now that it is very clear that the majority of New Yorkers support equal marriage rights (based on an April poll), the legislature must act to make marriage legal for same-sex couples.

I also suggest that a strong statement be issued by New York's leaders to defuse the ignorant beliefs that the Court of Appeals is helping to foster in the state.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Praise Allah! The Lightbulb is Out of my Ass

Any story that begins with this sentence gets an automatic place on this blog:
Fateh Mohammad, a prison inmate in Pakistan, says he woke up last weekend with a glass light bulb in his anus.

What a great story on so many levels. Including this quote:
"Thanks Allah, now I feel comfort. Today, I had my breakfast. I was just drinking water, nothing else," Mohammad, a gray-bearded man in his mid-40s, told Reuters...

See what sexual oppression does to people! Remember, lightbulbs don't go up people's asses, people put lightbulbs...err...well, something like that. Next time try a gerbil Fateh, old pal.

Holiday Leads to Potential Gains

We are back from a fabulous Fourth of July weekend celebrated in Washington, DC. And some great news that New York State may become a state of greater equality under the law... Stay tuned to the news to see if my gay friends back home will soon have the right to marry.