Friday, March 30, 2012

TGIF Beau: Broadway Bares Trailer

Decisions. Decisions. Do I want Jack on my beanstalk or do I want to go blonde and have my 3 bears? Hmmmm....

Have a good weekend, y'all.

GO, KENTUCKY WILDCATS!

Read: Odd Blood

Image from The Atlantic: Odd Blood: Serodiscordancy, or, Life With an HIV-Positive Partner

As a person who has spent a better part of his life in sero-discordant relationships, both as the negative partner and the positive partner, obviously, this article spoke to me. Read it.

In 1995, I was a sophomore in college and through the boyfriend of one of my best girlfriends, I met E. He was much taller than me with thinner black hair and a penchant for goth and a big barrel chest. It was love very quickly, and after a semester bouncing back and forth between my dorm room and his apartment, I moved in. Six months lately we learned that he was HIV+. I remember the day being one of those days where everything stood out in stark relief to everything else - as though you didn't just see the sunlight on the trees, but you felt it and heard it and smelled it. Sort of like those scenes in True Blood where Sookie is in the Fairy realm...

Fairies, aside...it quickly became a regular marriage. I was young and horny, and E was older than me and scared and so the sex dried up really quickly. And that was a lot of the rest of our relationship. And now that I'm the poz person, well, it seems even harder to find someone to be boyfriends/lovers/partners with. All the poz men I know here either don't want a boyfriend or don't want me as a boyfriend or vice versa. And most men who are neg or in the closet about being poz have taken the stigma of HIV so far into themselves, that the possibility of a happy relationship is not even worth imagining.

I haven't given up hope, but I am sero-sorting.

Take the Quiz

Via Comedy Central's Indecision 2012, take this quiz (click on the link!) to see which of the quotes comes from Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games or from the Tea Party Patriots Facebook page.

Gays in Print: Jack Robinson's On Show

Image and quote via NPR

You never know what people are hiding. When Dan Oppenheimer opened the door to Jack Robinson's apartment, for example, he had no idea what he'd discover. He knew that Robinson had been a photographer in an earlier chapter of his life that he rarely spoke of.

Oppenheimer, who had been Robinson's boss at a stained-glass studio in Memphis, recalls that Robinson kept mostly to himself and had very few friends. Few people even knew he had died, which might explain why Oppenheimer found himself in this position to begin with: There was no one else to take care of the effects.

What Oppenheimer did find when he opened the doors was an immaculately tidy apartment with exactly one of everything: One plate, one bowl, one mug. Robinson only wore white shirts and jeans, Oppenheimer says, and his spare white buttons were meticulously organized by size. A few cameras were in a display case. Then he opened the closet.

Also be sure to checkout the website for the Jack Robinson Gallery in Memphis, Tenn.

Happy Birthday!

A very happy birthday to Gaspatcho Jones over at Zombie Toenails! xxoo Writer

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jay Brannan's Super Bass

Thank you, Soundtrack to My Day

I just wish Brannan had changed "entrepreneurial n*****" in the second verse to "entrepreneurial faggots"! LOL.

Alison Bechdel on Adrienne Rich

Image and quote from Alison Bechdel's Goodreads blog:

I just heard that Adrienne Rich died. The NY Times obituary ends with this:

What she and her sisters-in-arms were fighting to achieve, she said, was simply this: "the creation of a society without domination."

Of course her work had a huge influence on me. In fact a chapter of my new book revolves around her. The excerpt above is from a lecture I heard her deliver when I was 23. I wrote down practically everything she said in a notebook.

I wish I had time to write more now but I have just begun my fellowship at the U of Chicago and am so busy I can't breathe. But here's another Rich reference. Back when I was still struggling with my book I wrote about a dream I had, and our blog friend Alex K realized that the image came from Rich's poem Diving Into the Wreck.

Read Diving Into the Wreck at poets.org.

Repost: Fayette County public schools place hold on on purchases from Hands On Originals

OpEd cartoon by Joel Pett and article via Kentucky.com

The leader of Fayette County public schools said Wednesday the district will place a temporary hold on purchases from local T-shirt company Hands On Originals, which has been accused of discriminating against the organizers of Lexington's gay pride festival.

Also Wednesday, the school system, city government and University of Kentucky told the Herald-Leader how much business they have done with the company.

Mayor Jim Gray also weighed in, saying, "People don't have patience for this sort of attitude today."

Controversy arose Monday when the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, which organizes the June festival, filed a discrimination complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission. The GLSO alleged in its complaint that Hands On Originals had submitted a bid to produce T-shirts for the event but then, upon being told it had been selected and learning more about the nature of the event, refused to fill the order "because we're a Christian organization." The company said it would find another company that would honor its price.

The T-shirts for the fifth annual event were to include a stylized number 5 on the front, with "Lexington Pride Festival" and the event's sponsors on the back.

The complaint has sparked criticism of the company, including the creation by community members of a Facebook group encouraging a boycott that now has more than 1,200 members. A protest has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in downtown's Triangle Park. Both the Facebook group and protest have been organized by people other than the GLSO's leadership.

On Wednesday, Fayette County public schools Superintendent Tom Shelton said his administrators "will make our staff aware that a complaint has been filed."

"And if any purchase orders come through before the complaint is resolved, we will temporarily hold them until we find out about any final action being taken," he said.

Since July 2010, the Fayette County Public Schools has paid $28,548.41 to Hands On Originals for various orders. That amount includes only purchases made by the schools themselves, and not booster groups or parent-teacher organizations.

Hands On Originals co-owner Blaine Adamson issued a statement Monday, saying Hands On Originals "both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religions, sexual preferences and national origins.

"However, due to the promotional nature of our products, it is the prerogative of the company to refuse any order that would endorse positions that conflict with the convictions of the ownership," he said. He has not returned messages and emails seeking further comment.

The company's actions rankled Gray, who said Wednesday, "I'm against discrimination. Period.

"It's bad for business and bad for the city," said Gray, who is gay. "I support the Human Rights Commission in a full and thorough investigation. ... I expect they'll move quickly and we'll let them do their work."

The city has paid $53,585.27 to Hands On Originals since July 2010. Most of that amount, $42,959.10, was related to Spotlight Lexington, a festival held in conjunction with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The University of Kentucky has paid the company roughly $200,000 since July 2011. The company's contract with the university, though, expired last week, said UK spokesman Jay Blanton. It had been one of three vendors for that type of merchandise. Its future relationship with the university is uncertain since the contract has expired.

"Given the complaint, we are reviewing whether a (request for proposal) should be issued in the future for a third vendor for the university," Blanton said.

Aaron Baker, president of the GLSO's board of directors, said he was pleased to hear the responses of the publicly funded organizations. He said it shows there "is concern in our community when there's evidence of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity."

Baker said he met with the city's Human Rights Commission Wednesday and signed the complaint, which was submitted online Monday. That begins the process of an investigation, which generally takes about six months.

Why Are the Sanford Police Covering for Zimmerman

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Via NPR:

A police video of George Zimmerman in the hours after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 does not show any obvious evidence of the injuries Zimmerman reportedly received during what he says was an altercation that ended with him firing his handgun in self defense.

But it is also noted that Zimmerman was tended to by paramedics at the scene and therefore any trace of blood may have been washed away, though there would still be grass stains on Zimmerman's jacket if, as he claims, Martin pushed him and held him to the ground.

All we need to focus on from DavidMixner.com:

1.Zimmerman was NOT in law enforcement and was acting as a vigilante.

2. The police told Zimmerman NOT to continue to follow Martin.

3. The police told Zimmerman to STAY in his car.

4. Zimmerman ignored all the above and got out of his car to approach the victim.

5. If Zimmerman had followed the police orders, stay in the car and not attempted to play pretend cop, then absolutely Trayvon Martin would be alive today.

Thursday Is For Thumping

Read more at ArjanWrites and see a very cute pic of the very cute DJ.

Speaking of (t)Humping...yes, darlings, I know I've not posted any "man flesh" (as the uruk hai say) this week. I will try to correct that soon.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gays in Print: Halbman Steals Home

Mort Halbman is a crotchety, divorced, sixty-five-year-old garment manufacturer, who laments losing the one true love of his life: the Montreal Expos. Now the dream home he built in the late 1960s in the exclusive Montreal suburb of Hampstead, where he lived with his family for twenty years, has burned down under mysterious circumstances, and Mort finds himself the prime suspect in an arson investigation.

Mort's Orthodox daughter telephones him weekly only because the Bible commands it, and his estranged gay son, Jacob, has announced that he's getting married and wants Mort to participate in the rabbi-officiated same-sex ceremony along with his ex-wife, Mona, and her insufferable boyfriend, Gordon, Canada's book reviewer extraordinaire. It's the last thing Mort wants to do. He feels compelled to continually return in his Jaguar to the burned-out ruin of his former home, and to the memories the place still holds for him. With pathos and humour, Halbman Steals Home paints a Mordecai Richler-esque portrait of Montreal as a backdrop for Mort Halbman's daring attempt to risk everything for a shot at redemption.

Extra points for the second “u” in humour.

Also check out Bands of Thebes for a post on Rachel Maddow's new book Drift!

Gawker: Your Guide to Idiotic Racist Backlash Against Trayvon Martin

Image and quote via GAWKER

For a minute there, it looked like Trayvon Martin might avoid the kind of horseshit thunderstorm that tends to accompany the shooting deaths of unarmed African-Americans. It seemed like everyone agreed that the police had fucked up. Fox News had only one segment on the killing in the weeks following. Not even white racists wanted to defend Martin's killer, George Zimmerman...

It's sad. Not unexpected but still sad...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chuck Palahniuk Survives Freak Car Accident

Via GalleyCat

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk survived a freak car accident. According to UPI.com, Palahniuk was sitting in his car parked on a driveway when a semi trailer hit his vehicle on Friday [March 23].

Here’s more from the article: "The semi’s driver took a curve too fast, tipping his trailer. The trailer slid toward Palahniuk’s car and struck the side of it before coming to rest blocking the westbound lanes."

His car was destroyed, but Palahniuk didn’t go to the hospital. The driver also escaped unharmed, but was ticketed for his negligence. His webmaster tweeted: "Spoke to Chuck last night. He’s fine and is recovering. Thank you all for your well wishes."

James Patterson Attempts to Undermine Military Abroad

James Patterson, international best seller of "books," attempted to undermine US military operations abroad by donating 200,000 of his mindless "books" to soldiers.

Via GalleyCat

Bestselling author James Patterson has donated 200,000 books to American troops stationed overseas.

This involved moving 20,000 boxes of books from Indiana to Georgia to California. The massive shipment was eventually sent to military bases and veterans’ hospitals overseas.

On his Facebook page, Patterson explained what this entailed: "It’s my hope these books will be some small token of our appreciation—and hopefully a welcome and well-deserved piece of entertainment after all they’ve done and are doing. It’s their service that makes freedom—to vote, to have families, to make a living, even to read—possible in the first place."

As you can see, his diabolical plot also involves the wasting of resources - trees for his "books," oil for transportation - the increase of carbon in the atmosphere and the proliferation of propaganda via social networks.

OK. OK. I can't stand his books, but I guess he did good...

Happy Birthday, Nathan Fillion

Happy Birthday, Nathan Fillion, who turns 41 today!

Thank you, AfterElton

The Invention of Morel and Its Descendants

I originally fell in love with this book due to Louise Brooks' image on the cover, and though I've not really connected WHY Louise Brooks' image is on the cover, I picked up the book and after a time fell in love with what was beyond the cover.

(I believe there is a posting about Invention somewhere on this blog, but it is from many moons ago, so forgive me for not posting a link to it here.)

The Invention of Morel is the story of a man stranded on a seemingly deserted island. Deserted that is until one day, he finds a group of people walking around the island, eating in the once empty house and listening to music. Among the party, he sees a young woman with whom he falls in love. But neither she nor anyone else in the party seem to be able to see or hear him. He then takes it upon himself to become a part of her world.

Recently I was watching something - of course, now what escapes me - but the next day I started searching to see if there was any connection between it and Invention, any influence on the more modern piece and the classic novella. I found none, though the themes were so similar.

But today I saw this on A Different Stripe, the tumblr account for the New York Review Books Classics:

The Invention of Morel has been mentioned as the influence for Lost and Last Year at Marienbad, but it also may be an inspiration for Hitchchock’s Vertigo.

Click over for a little more of the discussion and for more links.

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

Image and quote via Dangerous Minds

So, possibly because I've been sort of sick all this weekend - no worries just allergies compounded by dealing with soulless creditors - I came to work today in a foul mood. I kept thinking Gosh, I'm so sick of dealing with stupid urban people and stupid redneck country folk and stupid homeless dudes strung on God knows what and stupid people in general that I'm too sick to deal with being at work today, but (que lastima) at work I was.

And as I kept pontificating to myself how the country's gone stupid in a hand-basket, Dangerous Minds directed me to a piece from this weekend's New York Review of Books blog by Charles Simic called Age of Ignorance and I realized that if there is a God out there, he/she/it seems to be in complete agreement with me and Mr. Simic...

In the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any attention to him. No more. Now such people are courted and flattered by conservative politicians and ideologues as “Real Americans” defending their country against big government and educated liberal elites. The press interviews them and reports their opinions seriously without pointing out the imbecility of what they believe. The hucksters, who manipulate them for the powerful financial interests, know that they can be made to believe anything, because, to the ignorant and the bigoted, lies always sound better than truth:
Christians are persecuted in this country.
The government is coming to get your guns.
Obama is a Muslim.
Global Warming is a hoax.
The president is forcing open homosexuality on the military.
Schools push a left-wing agenda.
Social Security is an entitlement, no different from welfare.
Obama hates white people.
The life on earth is 10,000 years old and so is the universe.
The safety net contributes to poverty.
The government is taking money from you and giving it to sex-crazed college women to pay for their birth control.

Be sure to click over and read the whole thing.

Also from Dangerous Minds, be sure to check out:

Anti-Gay Group's Shameful Private Memos Revealed - I'm sure many of you know about this but check out the LOL-style graphic with it. LMAO.

Hyper-Literally Obeying Road Signs

Study Finds Christianity Related to Brain Atrophy

The "Conservative Teen" Magazine - No, this is not a joke

Hellbound, a new Christian documentary that examines the church’s continuing belief in Hell.

That should cover you on Right-Wing religion/politics for the day, and then to wash out your brain, watch this which is actually cuter than the earlier ducklings video.

So true

LMAO

The Happiest Thing You Might See All Day

Thank you, BosGuy

WTH: Herman Cain

I assume that Rachel Maddow should be happy that the public art project that was the Herman Cain campaign seems to be starting again??

I guess as a true (though bad) artist, Cain cannot live without (cue spirit fingers) Expression.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

You're Losing Your Total Lack of High Ground



Via USAToday

"I'm very sorry about Tyler," he said. "I have parents and a little brother, and I can only try to imagine how they feel. But I want the Clementis to know I had no problem with their son. I didn't hate Tyler and I knew he was OK with me. I wanted to talk to his parents, but I was afraid. I didn't know what to say."

Ravi told the newspaper he was concerned about the appearance of the 30-year-old man Clementi met online and had invited to their room. The man has been identified only by the initials M.B.

"If it was a girl who came to the room and she looked as strange as M.B., I would have done the same thing," Ravi said.

[my emphasis]

What a complete and utter asshole! You know, I was almost willing to listen to an apology...people who do wrong can feel bad about it, but obviously he doesn't feel bad...he's blaming Tyler for picking a strange looking bf for his actions!?

What a complete douche!

To Imagine the Interior Lives of Other People



The Millions has a a really good article called The Moral Value of Surprise: Lessons From Literature for a Fracturing Country, in which the author discusses the current "relative détente" in the contraception debate, but I think the article as much points to similar détentes in the debates involving healthcare, gay rights, the newly sparked (according to mainstream media) debate on race and really any sort of debate in which we (the people) seem so divided lately. (Though I also think to some degree those who color themselves on the Right side of the current morality play seem to have fewer morals than many on the Left. Though I also realize that those on the Left are just as likely to lie to achieve their goals as those on the Right.)

About Mrs. Newsome [from Henry James' novel The Ambassadors], [Martha] Nussbaum writes, "We notice first and most obviously her moralism, her preoccupation with questions of moral right and wrong, with criticism of offense, with judgment upon vice." A key aspect of Mrs. Newsome’s worldview, Nussbaum argues, is that it judges people irrespective of the contexts in which they act. Take for example childbearing outside of marriage. Mrs. Newsome would consider it to be an absolute wrong. To her, explanations for unmarried sex that turned on cultural differences or economic opportunity would be merely feckless justification for bad behavior.

Overall Mrs. Newsome has no patience for details or circumstance. She doesn’t need or want to know other people’s stories. "Her rules of right admit of no softening in the light of the present circumstance, of the individual case," Nussbaum writes. Mrs. Newsome is not interested in learning new things, being surprised or jolted into reconsidering her views. Rather, she is a rock, impervious to modification by worldly experience.

Nussbaum is not entirely critical of Mrs. Newsome’s moral disposition. She says that it confers dignity on people by respecting every individual, regardless of circumstances, as capable of using will and reason to make good decisions. But overall she thinks Mrs. Newsome’s approach is impoverished and prone to error. For one, Nussbaum thinks it defeats the best parts of being alive — "This sense that life is an adventure, and that part of its joy precisely is the confrontation with the new." And for two, Nussbaum argues that when we apply blanket principles to people we don’t know, more often than not our judgments turn out to be wrong.

Lambert Strether [from same Henry James novel] approaches life differently...Nussbaum figures Strether as a "perceiver" — someone who longs to drink in the multiplicity of the world, to approach experience like a toddler, "eyes wide open, vulnerable, wondering at each new thing."

Nussbaum credits this as a good way to live a life — both because it’s more personally fulfilling and because it leads to more accurate judgments. "It is somehow a key to all the rest," Nussbaum argues, "that a willingness to surrender invincibility, to take a posture of agency that is porous and susceptible of influence, is of the highest importance in getting an accurate perception of particular things in the world." She follows Aristotle who believed that the way to arrive at good judgments was to circle in on the truth: to revise old views in light of new information while striving to preserve "the greatest number and the most basic" of the original beliefs. Nussbaum calls the end point (or resting point) of this process the state of "perceptive equilibrium."

Nussbaum argues that literature is particularly good at driving us towards perceptive equilibrium. Literature, she writes, “searches for patterns of possibility – of choice, and circumstance, and the interaction between choice and circumstance – that turn up in human lives with such a persistence that they must be regarded as our possibilities.” Put another way, literature presents us with the options by which we might live our own lives — and it teaches us to go beyond superficial judgments in order to try and imagine the interior lives of other people.

Also check out The Closet Professor's post "Normal?" (from where I got the latter image above).

Trayvon Martin Was Afraid



Via NPR

But what I want to focus on today is something we don't ever seem to talk about: that fact that Trayvon Martin was afraid. Something we know because, according to his family's lawyer, he was on the phone and told the friend he was being followed by a strange man. That friend told him to run. And he did, toward the house where he was staying. But he never made it.

Why does it never seem to occur to anybody that young black men can be afraid? Let's face it — when we think about why crime frightens us, doesn't the person who comes to mind, the person whose victimization we most fear, is probably somebody who looks like our mother, our sister, your wife or girlfriend? But if you think about who is actually most likely to be killed, that victim is far more likely to be a man and far more likely to be a black or brown man.

Song...Stuck...In...Head...Must...Post...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hey Peeps



Image via The Maddow Blog

Just giving you a heads up: I'm sure my will to post will become too strong, but I'm taking a short, short break from blogging so I can get something finally done.

I'll see you soon.

OMG: Is Jason Russell Really a Fabulous Gay?



Via OMGblog

Watch those hand movements: I'm struck by the wisdom of my Drag Queen fore-fath...mothers: pluck the apply, feed the chickens...etc. etc.

Sanford (FL) Police, Arrest George Zimmerman, NOW



Via Sozo's Blog <--also click over for interview with parents.

Also, the family has started a petition on change.org asking for support in the charging of Zimmerman. (Thank you, NPR)

Conor Maynard's Can't Say No



Via ArjanWrites

The Pet Shop Boys' It Couldn't Happen Here



Via Dangerous Minds <--click over for more info.

Happy...Uhm...9th Anniver...Uhm...sary...Ahem


Image via ZORIAH

Today is the 9th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. So, calm your happy dance there and throw on your widow's weeds. And check out Daily Kos.

Molly Ivins [Love ya. RIP - Writer]: The United States, which insisted it could not give United Nations weapons inspectors so much as 10 days more to search, so dangerous were these WMDs, now says it needs months to find them. In the meantime, we are clearly being set up to put the whole issue of WMDs down the memory hole.

Maybe the American people can be brainwashed into forgetting why we supposedly went to war. Near as I can tell, our national memory span is down to about two weeks, and the media have been spectacularly unskeptical on this issue. But the rest of the world is not going to forget that WMDs were our primary reason for an unprovoked, pre-emptive war.

In other war news (also from Daily Kos):

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "America cannot afford an endless war in Afghanistan. After nearly a decade at war, with still no equal commitment from the Karzai government, and after all the lives we’ve sacrificed and the billions we’ve spent on this war, it’s time to start bringing our troops home."

GLSEN Greater Cincinnati's Stories Project

Kyle over at Out Left has a link to an article about Cincinnati's GLSEN and their Stories Project's move to reduce anti-gay bullying in schools.

"It almost makes me angry when I hear 'it gets better.' I don't want it to get better; I want it to be better now."

That's just one of several eyebrow-raising sentiments expressed by Brady, one of four teens -- one bisexual, two transgender and one gay -- prominently featured in "Stories Project: NOW," a poignant new video aimed at creating a safer environment for LGBT youth in Cincinnati-area schools.

David France and How to Survive a Plague



Also be sure to read Frank Bruni's review of the film.

What I didn’t expect [from the film] was how much hope I would feel. How much comfort. While the movie vividly chronicles the wages of bigotry and neglect, it even more vividly chronicles how much society can budge when the people exhorting it to are united and determined and smart and right. The fight in us eclipses the sloth and surrender, and the good really does outweigh the bad. That’s a takeaway of “How to Survive a Plague,” and that’s a takeaway of the AIDS crisis as well.

Tyler Clementi's Father's Post-Verdict Statement



Via The New Civil Rights Movement <-- click over for transcript of statement.

Can You Say a Little Too Little...



...erm,well, from the very beginning?

As AfterElton says, the Rush Limbaugh Show may actually have standards!

Via The New Civil Rights Movement:

Premiere Networks, who syndicate the Rush Limbaugh Show, have decided to reject two ads produced for the Westboro Baptist Church, also known as God Hates Fags. “Premiere Networks is not considering an offer of sponsorship from Westboro Baptist Church,” Rachel Nelson, Public Relations Director for Premiere Networks said in an email conversation with The New Civil Rights Movement today.

[As with all posts involving Rush Limbaugh and from now on the Westboro Baptist Church, I offer you pug in lieu of the much more frightening image. Don't want to put you off your Monday.]

I'm So Opgewoden



Thank you, ArjanWrites

Monday Morning Beau



Via SCRUFFY Jizz Monkey

Sadly, when this publishes, I will putting clothes on rather than taking them off. LOL

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Evolution of the Moon



This is cool. (Though I was hoping that it'd also cover the moon potentially being made FROM the Earth, but, oh well.)

Via Towleroad

I Guess I Was Wrong



It seems that when I posted earlier this/last month that Indiana would have it's Indiana Youth Group license plate, I shot my wad too early.

Via Towleroad:

For a brief, shining moment in Indiana, LGBT folk and their allies could procure the very attractive license plates at right, simultaneously beautifying their cars and ensuring that the Indiana Youth Group receive a $25 state donation. No longer.

From The Bilerico Project:

Homophobic Republican state senators ... originally tried to sneak in legislation during the session to target the LGBT youth group's plate but after community uproar decided not to pursue the attempt. Republican State Senate President Pro Tempore David Long told the Indianapolis Star he had found a new "solution" by demanding the BMV revoke the plate on contractual grounds.

And what were those? Apparently, Indiana legislators' gripe was that those purchasing the Indiana Youth Group license plates were given special preference for low plate numbers. This is bad and wrong, apparently. But here's the thing: Graig Lubsen, until recently the Communications Director for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, acknowledges that there's a long history in Indiana of giving non-profit donors low license plate numbers. It just wasn't an issue 'til the gays did likewise. But now the baby's being thrown out with the gaywater: the Greenways Foundation and the Indiana 4-H Groups, too, have been cited for giving out low plate numbers.

Incidentally, according to Bilerico:

The same legislators who sent the letter granted the Indianapolis Colts a license plate previously and specifically allowed them to give away low number plates.

Football! Also, and less incidentally: The Indiana Youth Group -- which is one of the oldest and most well-organized LGBT youth groups in America (check out their website!) -- had to apply several times and eventually sue to obtain the right to sell a plate at all. The resulting plate was available for two months.

Via NYT: Your Brain on Fiction & Bilingualism



Your Brain on Fiction

Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.

Why Bilinguals are Smarter

Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

Sunday Beau



Via Shadow Angle

Saturday, March 17, 2012

So This Is What Happened to the Mystery Machine Beau



Via SCRUFFY Jizz Monkey

If only all the creepy guys who drive their love vans down to the bars on a Saturday night were this cute...

I Was Hoping There'd Be Video



Erm...rather at least a little video of some of it.

Via TMZ and a thank you to GAWKER for making my dreams (what?) come true)

If you haven't heard, Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell was detained yesterday for running around naked, possibly masturbating in public and doing damage to cars.

Also, here's something I haven't got to watch yet: Jon Stewart Takes on Kony 2012

All In



Speaking of birthdays, the iconic TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns 15 today. If I were a better TV watcher, I'd make this post one of those "Where were you when you the day that Buffy started?" posts, but given that I never saw ANY Buffy until I bought the damned show on DVD many years after the fact, I don't really have much room for a good-ol' sentimental reminscense.

As many of you read yesterday, the verdict came back guilty in the trail of Dharun Ravi whose sentencing will take place May 21. Here via the LATimes is the LGBT's reaction: LGBT community offers muted reaction

Be sure to check out Arjanwrites Music Blog where you'll find a cover of Lana Del Rey's Video Games, the new Marina & the Diamonds, a really cool Swedish House Mafia/Absolut Vodka video (someone's just recently watched their TRON), and a bunch of other cool music news.

Back2Stonewall: Two men disrupt Santorum stump speech with a Kiss In

Hot Guys: Isn't he lovely? Isn't he beautiful?

io9: Teacher placed on administrative leave after reading asshat Orson Scott Card's Enders Game to class. Apparently a student thought it was pornographic. LMAO!

Slava Mogutin: My Lucky Cat should be so lucky

Zombie Toenails: Because Gaspatcho no longer loves me...How to Handle a Sex Pest

Beau: Scissor Sisters



And I mean all of them.

Apparently there's a new album coming out. (Thank you, arjanwrites!)

But if you want to read the article you may want to dust off your Portuguese (?) to English dictionary.

Happy Birthday, Bayard Rustin



Today is Bayard Rustin's 100th birthday. If you don't know who he is, he introduced the philosophy of non-violence to Martin Luther King Jr. and was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

He was arrested in 1953 for his homosexuality. (I would give it as the wikipedia article gives it, that he was arrested for "homosexual acts", but why beat around the bush?) It was this arrest that lead other members of the Civil Rights Movement to try to persuade MLK to distance himself from Rustin, which as far as I can tell, MLK refused to do...which is probably WHY I imagine MLK would've been pro-gay rights (or at least pro-decriminalization of homosexuality) while Rosetta Scott King was overtly pro-gay rights. (Sadly, their children are douches.)

In a 1986 speech, Rustin said the following:

Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new "n_____s" are gays...It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change...The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people.



Click here for another video of Bayard Rustin

Dreamy Saturday Beau



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My Irish Roots



(Read in an Irish brogue á la Eddie Izzard.)

In honor of St. Patrick's, when that mean old Christianist saint "converted" all the potato-eaters to Christianity and gave them the pagan holidays of Christmas and Easter, I wanted to share my own Irish roots...you know, something other than a skill for over-drinking.

My several great's grandmother-back was a wee lass by the name of Honora O'Flynn and according to family tradition, she was kidnapped from the shore of Erin and brought to the New World, where she married Edward McQueen (as far as I know, no relation to Steve) in either Maryland and Delaware...I can't right remember.

Edward was NOT Irish, but the son of Dugal McQueen who was a Jacobite during the Jacobite Risings and sent to the New World as a prisoner.

The name Honora or Honor was passed down the generations to an Honor Jones who as a old woman in the 1850s was arrested for stealing a horse from a neighbor. She'd already been old and married for quite some time, so putting a blush to the family name came as natural as waking up and pissing in a pot each morning.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I Can't Stop Hitting (on) Myself Beau



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How I Love Thee...



...let me twang the way.

Punch Brothers is Nickel Creek's Chris Thile's latest project...and, DAMN, ain't they all pretty.

To be honest, lately, the cutest boy bands are the Bluegrass boy bands - who doesn't love a man in a vest. For God's sake: check out the Infamous Stringdusters!

Ides of March? Stay Home, Read a Book



We all know betrayal, probably both as often the betrayer as the betrayed, so in honor of the day most known for betrayal, maybe it's best to stay at home, in bed...did you make sure the doors were locked?

Via NPR

Edwin Mullhouse: the life and death of an American Writer, 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright - Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser's brilliant first novel is called Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright. In the book, Edwin, an artistic genius, dead at the age of 11, is immortalized in this book by his lifelong friend Jeffrey. This satire of biographies also serves as an unerring chronicle of childhood — not just Edwin's, but our own. It's easy to forget, as a grown-up, that there was a time when almost everything about the world felt new, but Millhauser's sparkling language, dark wit and razor-sharp observations rekindle childhood's mayfly intensity. Jeffrey's chronicle of the doomed Edwin reminds us of childhood's passionate, obsessive friendships and cruel heartbreaks; its steely rivalries; and — yes — its ultimate, crushing betrayals, often at the hands of the people we love most.

Invitation to a Beheading - Vladimir Nabokov

Next, we go to prison. In Invitation to a Beheading, poor Cincinnatus C has been jailed for gnostical turpitude, a crime he understands no more than you do. His execution date is pending, but unknown; he spends his final days being acted upon by people and forces that are sometimes cruel, sometimes surreal and constantly hilarious, with Vladimir Nabokov misleading you at every turn in a way that will leave you hungry for more. Imagine Alice in Wonderland set in a prison constructed by Kafka, where visitors appear and disappear with Cheshire Cat-like regularity, and reprieve is always a glance and an eternity away. Whatever you do, don't read the book jacket — it gives away the story's best surprise and most breathtaking betrayal of all.

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids - Kenzaburo Oe

An anonymous Japanese village in an unnamed time of war is the setting for Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe's first novel Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids, which he wrote after WWII. A group of juvenile delinquents is evacuated to the countryside, only to be abandoned by the villagers there. What follows is a sort of inverse Lord of the Flies, in which the boys try to live with honor despite their depravations, only to be betrayed first by a plague sweeping through the village, and then by the villagers' return. Oe's gaze is unflinching as he invokes a time short on compassion or friendship. This spare, affecting story provides a unique window into a time when many Japanese still felt misled and betrayed by their country, posing compelling questions about loyalty, generosity, and the simultaneous fragility and strength of the human spirit.

Inexcusable!



Via NPR

The priest who was put on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Washington following a much-talked-about incident in which he denied communion to a lesbian woman attending her mother's funeral, has issued a long defense of his action and has said the church isn't being candid about the reason for its decision to put him on leave.

Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, in a statement posted by CNSNews.com, says:

— Of the denial of communion to Barbara Johnson on Feb. 25 that he is "confident ... that I did the only thing a faithful Catholic priest could do in such an awkward situation, quietly, with no intention to hurt or embarrass."

WHAT!?! Was she licking her lesbian lover's twat at the time? What happened to that separate-but-equal bullshit about love the sinner, hate the sin? It was her mother's funeral, you child-molesting asshole!

YOU HAVE NO MORAL GROUND TO STAND ON!

Book to Read: Born to Be Brad



Join Brad on his wild ride as he transforms from a small-town boy into a big-time Hollywood fashionista

Fans know Brad Goreski as the fun-loving, bow-tie-wearing celebrity stylist. They have watched the reality star climb his way through the ranks of the fashion world, as he transformed himself from an assistant stylist into a full-fledged style icon. Along the way, they have experienced his near-fashion disasters and red-carpet victories.

But what they might not know is that Brad's first clients were his Barbie dolls or that he grew up in a small town far removed from the glitz of Hollywood. His love of glamour, sparkles, and costume jewelry set him apart from the other boys at school. In spite of this, he embraced his differences and followed his passion. Landing an internship and later a job at Vogue helped the young Brad break into the competitive fashion world and eventually capture the hearts of millions as the quirky and endearing assistant on The Rachel Zoe Project.

Now, for the first time ever, Brad reveals the moving story of his road to success, and offers a glimpse into his world today, filled with insider access to the countless red carpets and awards shows he has worked across the globe. Of course, Brad also shares his fashion advice, style tips, and tricks to help you look your best. Part style guide, part memoir, and full of inspiration, Born to Be Brad will delight both loyal fans and newcomers alike.

I started reading the first chapter just in the elevator and was struck at our similar kindergarten beginnings...granted as a child who's mother picked out his clothes well into Junior High I was nowhere near as fashionable, and I think even my Mother would have drawn the line at letting me put on nail polish (though I do have a Grandfather who'd paint his toenails and put flower decals in their centers)...but I did gravitate to the girls: playing dolls, playing house, playing with Fashion Plates - both my own (Vans and Monsters) and my sister's (the actual Fashion Plates).

I see now with the right push in the right direction, I could've had a life filled with the Anne Hathaway's of the world but some things aren't meant to be. ;)

Thursday Beau



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I MUST agree with the image's comment from the other site: perfect curve on that behind, indeed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blue Eyes Beau



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Jurors Set to Begin Deliberations

Via CBS News:

"He was bothered by Tyler Clementi's sexual orientation," attorney Julie McClure said.

I'm annoyed, even moreso by the fact that this is one of the prosecuting attornies' statements. Isn't "gay panic" supposed to be bullshit? Isn't Ravi guilty because he's a punk? Immature, yes, but I was taught even as a child, that if I break the law, as a child, there are still consequences.

Proof That the Idiot Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Idiot Tree



Via AfterElton and David Mixner

Donald Trump's sons are seen above posing with a leopard they shot and killed while big game hunting in Africa. (Do people actually still big game hunt?) There are also other (equally disgusting) shots of them posing with the tail of the elephant they killed and a bull.

I'd say Trump should release some statement apologizing for his sons' behavior, but I know the man has no shame and a sense of entitlement larger than most.

Along come Eric and Donald Trump Jr. on a wildlife hunting trip to the Matetsi area of Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls. The game reserve was private and they broke no laws. However the message is powerful that if you are rich you can kill wildlife at you leisure while it is forbidden to everyone else. The rules don't apply in Africa to white rich trophy hunters.

[...]We knew that Donald Trump Sr. had no values and principles after listening to his anti-LGBT rants but now the lack of moral fiber has spread to the sons. Their actions are disgusting, sickening and inexcusable.