Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Our blog's name is above the podium as well!! Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh
The Bible. We'll just talk about the Bible for a second. People often point out that they can't help it -- they can't help with the anti-gay bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans, that being gay is wrong.
We can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay people. The same way, the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls**t in the Bible about all sorts of things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads during the Civil War and justified it. The shortest book in the New Testament is a letter from Paul to a Christian slave owner about owning his Christian slave. And Paul doesn't say "Christians don't own people." Paul talks about how Christians own people.
We ignore what the Bible says about slavery, because the Bible got slavery wrong. Tim -- uh, Sam Harris, in A Letter To A Christian Nation, points out that the Bible got the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced wrong. Slavery. What're the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? One hundred percent.
The Bible says that if your daughter's not a virgin on her wedding night -- if a woman isn't a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father's doorstep and stoned to death. Callista Gingrich lives. And there is no effort to amend state constitutions to make it legal to stone women to death on their wedding night if they're not virgins. At least not yet. We don't know where the GOP is going these days.
People are dying because people can't clear this one last hurdle. They can't get past this one last thing in the Bible about homosexuality.
Um, one other thing I wanna talk about is -- [chuckles] -- so, you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now, because I'm done beating up the Bible. It's funny, as someone who's on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.
I apologize if I hurt anyone's feelings. But. I have a right to defend myself. And to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible, and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.
--Dan Savage addresses some journalism students and the idiots couldn't even handle this without walking out en masse during Savage's address. Lame-ass bitches. What are these aspiring "journalists" going to do when they tackle a really hard-news story. Roll over?
You tell them, Dan!! We need more people to stand up and say this when asswipe bigots start their bible-thumping to defend their archaic, gross, homophobic vitriol. DONT EVER APOLOGIZE FOR SAYING THE TRUTH, DAN!!!!
CAN WE CLONE BILLIONS OF THE INTELLIGENT AND ARTICULATE DAN SAVAGE??!!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Maybe You're Gay!
A New York Times op-ed posits:
It’s important to stress the obvious: Not all those who campaign against gay men and lesbians secretly feel same-sex attractions. But at least some who oppose homosexuality are likely to be individuals struggling against parts of themselves, having themselves been victims of oppression and lack of acceptance. The costs are great, not only for the targets of anti-gay efforts but also often for the perpetrators. We would do well to remember that all involved deserve our compassion.
Friday, April 27, 2012
That is how the Washington Blade is describing Herndon Graddick, the new president of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
BLADE: What is your vision for GLAAD going forward?
GRADDICK: I think that over the years GLAAD has been a really effective force for the inclusion of fair and accurate portrayals of LGBT people in media, and my intention is to continue to be that. I think we’ve both been a defensive force against defamation, I think the time is now not just to be defensive, but to really go on the offensive, because we’re sick of not being treated like everybody else, and Americans are behind us and I think that if you really put your finger in the air, you can feel something changing in America. And so it’s my chance to be the tip of the spear — along with other movement organizations and bloggers and activists — to really make sure that this isn’t about asking for us to be treated fairly, it’s about demanding and insuring that we are treated fairly. So my interest in being the head of GLAAD is making sure that happens.
Hulu has added a Gay and Lesbian channel.
And, the list of programming is impressive, a mix of classics with some new arrivals.
Watching will be relatively free with some ads.
Instant classics like Queer as Folk (UK version) to the new kids on the block, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World, round out the selection.
GLAAD: “Making such groundbreaking and popular LGBT films available and accessible to a wider audience can have a tremendous impact on LGBT people longing to see relatable stories onscreen...”
A sample of titles:
It’s a Brad, Brad World
Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom
Queer as Folk
Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World
Tales of the City
The Big Gay Sketch Show
The Crying Game
The Times of Harvey Milk
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
It is hot up in here.
Not only was the sun beating down in Las Vegas, but that cute little Kris Allen was providing a lot of heat from his performance at Pet-a-palooza.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
2004: We kept yapping to anyone who would listen that this kid (only 17) was going places. The one with jet-black hair and a wicked cross-court backhand.
2012: After numerous marquee trophy wins and being the world number one, Nole Cakes makes TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Novak Djokovic became the world’s third-ranked tennis player on July 9, 2007. For the better part of the next four years he was the sport’s top doormat. First Roger Federer and then Rafa Nadal would regularly wipe their feet on him en route to major titles; nine times they stomped him in Grand Slam events.
Djokovic’s renowned sense of humor — he’s a great mimic of his fellow pros — must have helped him. But while he yukked it up, he also upped his training regimen and refined his exquisite baseline shotmaking. No one has a more lethal backhand down the line. He got mentally tougher too. Last year Djokovic reached No. 1 in dominating fashion, winning at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and dispatching both nemeses. He started 2012 by beating Nadal in a five-set, nearly six-hour epic for the Australian title. “It’s the result of the really hard work that I put into it,” says Djokovic, 24, now a national hero in his native Serbia.
Rafa Cakes blasted Nole Cakes off the court in two sets at Monte Carlo. The Serb was left to melt away from the thermal heating or should we say beating?!
This makes Rafa's 8th consecutive win at Monte Carlo, on clay, his beloved surface.
The score was 6-3, 6-1.
Rafa hasn't had a title win in 10 months.
Last week, Nole lost his grandfather. A devastating loss for the Djokovic family. We're sure it was tough for Nole to concentrate on anything especially tennis. Add clay and Rafa to the mix, it proved too much for our Serbian stud.
Congrats to Rafa!!!
Our condolences to Nole and the Djokovic family.
Nole, know that granddaddy will be in our hearts and thoughts.
ACT UP is assembling at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25th, beginning at City Hall at the corner of Murray and Broadway.
A special 25th Anniversary Action!
ACT UP is calling for a small tax (0.05%) on Wall Street transactions and speculative trades in order to raise the money needed to end the global AIDS epidemic and provide universal healthcare in the US.
Monday, April 23, 2012
21ST CENTURY COOL:
The government has a secret hypersonic aircraft that goes so fast that it can make a New York to Los Angeles flight in 12 minutes.
The down side, the aircraft's skin tears off due to impulsive shock waves.
DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, has made public its best guess about what might have caused its unmanned arrowhead-shaped Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) to suddenly lose contact and crash in the Pacific just a few minutes after slicing through the sky at Mach 20 last August: it was going so fast its skin peeled off.
After an eight-month investigation, DARPA concluded that even though the HTV-2 was expected to lose some of its skin mid-flight, "larger than anticipated portions of the vehicle's skin peeled from the aerostructure," the agency said in a statement Friday.
The agency said it expected the HTV-2, which goes so fast it can make the commute from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes, to experience "impulsive shock waves" at such speeds, but shocks it experienced last August were "more than 100 times what the vehicle was designed to withstand."