Thursday, September 23, 2021

Is 'Cruising' a disgusting movie or a misunderstood cult classic?

 In 1980, a movie called Cruising came out and caused a firestorm. It starred Al Pacino as a New York detective who goes undercover  as a gay man in the leather district in order to find a serial killer. It was controversial because it was vile and sordid. It took a lot of negative stereotypes about gay men and went into overdrive, particularly the one about realizing that you're gay causes you to become a killer. Needless to say it caused extensive protests even while being made and subsequently bombed at the box office.

I've seen it and thought it was disgusting. But once I showed a clip of it to a younger gay man - as in grew up in the post Ellen DeGeneres comes out/ Will and Grace world. He didn't find it to be as nauseous as I did. And that's the subject of this blog post. I have included the trailer and a full scene (NSFW) of Cruising as well as interviews with protestors. I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Feel free to respond in the comments section


'False story of two girls 'groping and French kissing' on LGBTQ float causes controversy at school board meeting' & other Thur midday news briefs

A video pushed by this group helped to spread a lie that two girls were 'groping and French kissing' on an LGBTQ float. The story isn't true, but it has caused controversy.

LGBTQ pride float sparks controversy at Williamson Co. school board meeting - This is a perfect of how even acknowledging LGBTQ people causes some folks to overreact. The situation was that two LGBTQ students are on video kissing on a parade float. They were accused of French kissing and groping each other. The kiss was a mere peck on the lips. No groping. No French kissing. You can see it via the link and judge for yourselves.

Priest Busted Stealing Parish Money For Drugs and Gay Sex Parties - How many times is this going to happen? 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Right-wing pastor claims homosexuality is a demonic spirit taking over children because it wants our seed . . . or something like that

Kent Christmas

One of the "duties" this blog has when it comes to monitoring religious right lies is to remind LGBTQ folks that lies spread about us in the past can't ever be easily dismissed. This is because they continue to be repeated and believed by a segment of the population.. I don't like doing and folks don't like being reminded of it, but it's necessary.

Take for example this claim by religious right pastor Kent Christmas in what looks like a megachurch sermon. He adds a new dimension to the "gays want to recruit" children lie:

Okay, who told him. Seriously can't you queens keep a secret?  And don't think I didn't catch the part about "seed." Let's NOT go there.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch

'The controversy of straight actors portraying LGBTQ characters' & other Wed midday news briefs

Rami Malek

Hollywood loves queer stories, but apparently not queer actors. - I don't prescribe to the theory that only LGBTQ people should play LGBTQ characters. I think that misses the point. The point is not making LGBTQ people feel like commodities, i.e.actors exploiting our lives to gain awards and acclaim. Heterosexual actors shouldn't be called brave for portraying us while issues of actual LGBTQ people get minimized or ignored. 

How an Atlanta basketball team went from Republican hands to LGBTQ ownership - Oop! 

Biden highlights LGBTQ rights in UN General Assembly speech - Like I said before, voting matters. 

11 Hispanic people who had an impact on LGBTQ rights in America that you may not know - Our history is multicultural and universal. 

Trystan Reese on how to deal with bullying while raising amazing kids - Awww! These aren't tears. I've been eating onions. LOL

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Hate group still finds time to scare folks about LGBTQ people in between undermining pandemic fight and women's health

I swear that this email from hate group the Family Research Council was so sweet that it nearly brought me to tears:

This year, FRC has raised the alarm about the Equality Act, a sweeping rewrite of civil rights law that would enshrine into law discrimination against citizens with biblical and traditional views of morality.

 That proposed bill attempts to erase freedom of thought and belief, along with the ability to hold a different opinion while remaining free from government retribution. 

 Unfortunately, the constant barrage from LGBT activists and allies in the White House, mainstream media, and Big Tech is tempting some to give up or give in. 

 While the Equality Act may yet advance, talk on Capitol Hill has shifted to a so-called "compromise" bill. Some are being conned into backing the Fairness for All Act, an ill-advised and poorly drafted "compromise" bill that fails to prevent the harms that would be inflicted by the Equality Act. 

Yet a new poll out last week by a group promoting the legislation claims that a majority of Americans support its approach. Family Research Council is among a small remnant calling out both bills as dangerous threats to religious liberty, women's rights, children's health, parental rights, the medical profession's conscience rights, and more. We must remain active and engaged to halt the destructive ideologies of the Left, who attempt to use radical laws to influence all of society. To ensure FRC has the resources needed to voice your values -- at the grassroots level and to our nation's leaders -- can you give today? 

 The Equality Act would mandate government-imposed inequality and unfairness by requiring acceptance of a particular ideology about sexual ethics, leaving no room for differing opinions and legitimate public debate. For instance, it would force women and girls to share bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and even battered women's shelters with biological males who identify as female. Further, medical professionals would be mandated to perform gender transition procedures against their conscience or professional opinion. 

 Under any name, the Equality Act intends to normalize dangerous hormone therapies, shockingly permitted in some states without parents even being aware. With these bills, the state is telling private religious citizens, educators, student-athletes, and wedding service providers: "Submit, or else. Your religion be hanged." For those who think the Fairness for All Act (which is essentially Equality Act-lite) will placate the Left, they've got it wrong. LGBT activist groups have already said they object to it. The ACLU, Human Rights Campaign (the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization), LAMBDA Legal, and GLAAD would simply use that halfway measure as a springboard to push for full enactment of Equality Act policies. LGBT activists are relentless in their push to force all Americans -- including those of faith -- to affirm their ideology. 

Isn't it "touching" that no matter how busy the Family Research Council is attacking women's health or undermining President Biden's attempt to contain the COVID pandemic, the group still finds time to scare the hell out of people about the LGBTQ community in order to fundraise. That's called "coming to the dance with the one who brought you."

If I may, though. Y'all have got to come up with new code words. Claiming that we want to "force all Americans to affirm our ideology" is so 1990s. Get more contemporary. Mention something about Lil Nas X and his 'satan shoes.' 

Also, it's time to discuss giving LGBTQ people a cut of the proceeds. You are using us to make money so a couple of dollars every now and then isn't asking too much.

I'm serious. I got stuff on layaway I need to get out.

'Biden pushes for more LGBTQ protections on anniversary of DADT repeal' & other Tue midday news briefs

President Biden

Biden pushes for more LGBTQ protections on anniversary of 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal - We will see how this works out but still, Donald Trump would have never done any of this. 

Lil Nas X's 'Montero' album and the power of unabashed queerness - Early frontrunner for Grammy's 'Album of the Year?' 

Angry and afraid, Afghanistan's LGBTQ community say they're being hunted down after Taliban takeover - The withdrawal from Afghanistan did hurt some of our brothers and sisters. We cannot deny that. 

How televangelist Tammy Faye Messner became a gay icon - Great article.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Veterans dishonorably discharged for LGBTQ orientation to get full benefits

One would think that during the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the following development would receive more attention. It's still good news. And let's not get all caught up in speeches. 

Just break off those benefits.

From ABC News:

LGBTQ veterans who were given other than honorable discharges from the U.S. military due to their sexual orientation are eligible to receive full benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Monday.  "LGBTQ+ Veterans are not any less worthy of the care and services that all Veterans earn through their service, and VA is committed to making sure that they have equal access to those services," the department said in a statement.

The policy statement comes on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the controversial 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell," which banned LGBTQ service members who were open about their sexual orientation from serving in the military. Overall, an estimated 100,000 were discharged from the U.S. military due to their sexual orientation, including an estimated 14,000 service members who were discharged under "don't ask, don't tell," during the 17 years that it was in effect, according to the VA. 

"This historic move ends an unjust practice and creates a smoother pathway for life-saving benefits like healthcare, pensions, and housing assistance to finally go to the LGBTQ service members, as well as people with HIV, who were discharged during and before Don't Ask, Don't Tell only because of who they are," said GLAAD Chief Communications Officer Rich Ferraro in a statement. "On the ten year anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, we've seen LGBTQ service members serve strong and proud and today's move from the VA will help so many LGBTQ and other veterans who were unjustly removed from service prior to the repeal."

Check out the ABC News article for the complete story.

 I will say one thing, though. Voting matters. Do you really think that Trump would have done this if he had remained in the White House? Any LGBTQ American claiming that he and Biden are different sides of the same coin needs to have a seat.

'GA governor cites nonexistent 'AIDS vaccine' in attack on Biden's efforts to halt COVID' & other Mon midday news briefs

GA governor Brian Kemp

Clueless GOP governor cites nonexistent “AIDS vaccine” to bash Joe Biden - Georgia governor Brian Kemp makes a fool of himself in an attempt to criticize needed vaccine mandates.

U.K. Appeals Court Overturns Puberty Blockers Ban for Youth Under 16 - In case you didn't hear this wonderful news which took away a weapon the religious right was using to deny transgender children decent healthcare.

'Everybody’s Talking About Jamie' portrays a moving story about coming out — as a drag queen - I have been hearing wonderful things about this movie. 

Would-be politician created video game where players shoot gay people at pride parades - The creator claims that game is not meant to be violent. Regardless, it sounds pretty damn tacky to me. 

‘Southlake’ podcast episode exposes school’s inaction against LGBTQ bullying - It's nice to see the media focusing on more important things than Nicki Minaj's cousin's testicles.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

'Pose' swept out of major Emmy awards, but still legendary and groundbreaking show

I was hoping that what I would end up writing tonight would be about the television show Pose sweeping the Emmy awards or at least making history by winning the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

But such wasn't to be. It was the night of The Crown as that critical favorite - and very well done television show - swept the major categories while Pose ended up with no major Emmys this year (although it did win three at the Creative Emmys last weekend). And it was the show's last year with the stunning season finale which left many of us in tears while others with sore hands from applauding. 

Oh well. It is what it is. But let's not forget, that in its three seasons, Pose has been nominated for 20 Emmys while winning four, including Best Actor in a Drama Series, and one special honor. 

Lastly, Pose getting shut out of the major Emmy awards this year in no way diminishes its status as a groundbreaking television show. It's certainly not the first that we've seen something like this in the entertainment medium.

In 1976, the Broadway musical Chicago was very popular and got 11 Tony award nominations. However it was shut completely out of the winner's circle thanks to an equally stunning and more popular musical A Chorus Line (which got 12 Tony nominations and wins including Best Musical and three of the four acting in a musical categories). In 1985, the Steven Spielberg directed hit motion picture The Color Purple led the Oscar pack with 11 nominations only to be totally shut out with no wins.

Pose will be fine. At least a lot better than I was when I watch the ending.  But awards or no awards, Pose has a special place in my mind.  It preached to me a truth that was so stunning that I sometimes turned the channel because it was like the face of the divine - too bright and powerful to behold. But I always found myself coming back. It was a show which simply talked about self-love and self-empowerment to a community which the majority of society wants to ignore. My community.

Friday, September 17, 2021