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25 Oct

Edward Winkleman (of Winkleman Gallery on 621 West 27th St.) writes a “Note to Disenfranchised Gay Democrats” in his awesome, quite popular blog. 

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has issued a new mandate : only five senior officials can expel someone from the military for being gay; all five of these individuals are civilians.

BBC article (potentially problematic?) on forced marriage and its LGBT victims

Attacks in uganda following the publication of names/photos of “outed” individuals

http://www.whitehouse.gov/itgetsbetter Yep, Obama has contributed to the project

along with Margaret Cho, and Google.

A question to ask:

18 Oct

During my American Constitutional Law class tonight, we briefly clarified the principle/policy distinction; in legislative terms, the former is a modifier for something that would be applicable to the wider constitutional terrain (the entire country) while the latter is used to describe particularities, or matters that we don’t mind having varied from state to state. So an issue of principle would be something like a right to a fair trial while an issue of policy might be something like the age at which one can legally smoke cigarettes.

To give another example, I offered that same-sex marriage is an issue that is treated as a policy issue. My professor said, “Right, that’s something that currently isn’t given the elevated position of a principle matter” (paraphrased).

That got me thinking. Same-sex marriage is indeed something that is seen on both sides of the line as a state issue since marital determination as a whole lies within the realm of state sovereign power. We fight for it state by state. We talk about it state by state. But given what was discussed in my class, it feels as though policy issues connote lesser importance than principle issues. What do you guys think? Can the problem be approached, or at least discussed, with the lens of a principle issue? Is there no problem with the way we discuss it now?

 

Links You May Have Missed

18 Oct

 

A (ridiculous) anti-Obama billboard in Grand Junction depicts the president as a gay man, a communist, a Nazi, and a Mexican bandit. The owner of the billboard has not revealed hir’s identity, but the artist who helped create the billboard did state, “We wanted to get people to think a little deeper.” (I would heatedly comment on this if I wasn’t afraid to let my subjectivity get the best of me.)

US Defense Secretary warns that an abrupt halt to DADT would have enormous consequences: “I feel strongly this is an action that needs to be taken by the Congress and that it is an action that requires careful preparation, and a lot of training.”

Slate Mag’s “How does the military prove that someone is gay?” Just in case all of you don’t know. Please scroll down to read the comments (always the best part of Slate articles). My favorite is: “”Drill sergeant, sir! You have the piercing blue eyes of a young Paul Newman, sir!” :D

Photographer and lesbian-identified Alix Smith just finished an exhibition at the Morgan Lehman Gallery of “States of Union,” a series of portraits of long-term gay and lesbian couples and families in an effort to counter stereotypes and shed light on diversity in the LGBT community (check out these photos online if you didn’t catch the exhibition).

Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns reaches out during a city council meeting: “It gets better.”

 

Links You May Have Missed :P

11 Oct

James Franco in drag for the cover of Candy? Oh my? Yes please?

A new national sex survey published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine is available for download through this link–just answer a couple questions and you’ll be able to download it to access articles like “Looking at Sexual Behavior 60 Years after Kinsey.”

(And here is Slate’s response to that survey^: “The Ass Man Cometh: Experimentation, Orgasms, and the Rise of Anal Sex”)

Human Right’s Campaign New Yorkers for Marriage Equality–sign the petition and watch Julianne Moore give her reasons + Mayor Bloomberg’s short and to the point argument.

Pride Parade in Serbia attacked by far-right protestors; violence erupts. Last year, the parade was cancelled because of potential violence.

Oh, and God hates ugly skirts.

Oh, and here’s something to keep you going :D Brick Stone v. Westboro Baptists

Links You May Have Missed:

3 Oct

Andy Dandy: Warhol in drag!— This exhibition ends TONIGHT. Check it out in Soho before coming to the candlelight vigil in Washington Sq. Park

Slate gives a history of political gay-baiting–“gay-baiting is the linguistic practice of publicly insinuating, with little or no evidence, that a rival might be gay, without ever using the word ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual.'” complete with slideshow!

BBC Audiences want “more realistic” gay characters–“In general, respondents wanted integration of the gay and heterosexual ‘worlds’ so that sexual orientation was less of a talking point, and more an identity ‘to reflect in the mix’.”

MrLoverLover–a low-key photography project on Photography Served featuring 10 gay escorts working in Amsterdam

NYU Local on DADT–and no, the article is not dripping with sarcasm :D

Links You May Have Missed :D

26 Sep

UK LGB Population Revealed–And what about the T? Numbers are expected to “increase over time as people’s confidence in the survey grows and sexual orientation becomes a routine part of data collection”…I’d hope so -_-

Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress will be Preserved as Jerky–Teriyaki? Original? Hickory smoked?

Florida Court Overturns 33-year Ban on Gay Adoptions–BUT “The case is likely to be heard by the higher Florida Supreme Court before the overturn is final.”

New Design for The Out NYC Complex: New York’s First ‘Gay Hotel’–complete with a dance bar that has a capacity for 1,200

ACNE Launches Clothing Aimed at Transgender Consumers–this article is an edited version of an original that GLAAD described as “defamatory, dehumanizing, and insulting.”