Category Archives: GayGayGay

June 20, 2011, 9:20 pm

Mr. DeMille, He’s Ready For His Close-Up: Vito Russo And Gay Liberation

Michael Schiavi, Celluloid Activist:  The Life and Times Of Vito Russo (Madison:  University of Wisconsin Press, 2011).  361 pp. Index, illustrations.  $29.95 hardback.

It is June, otherwise known by Presidential proclamation as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, a time when major cities and resort towns around the country have parades and sell beer.  What we are celebrating, other than the success of GLBT entrepeneurship, is the Stonewall Riots.  An iconic event, it began on June 28 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York, following a raid on the Stonewall Inn, and continued on for days as roving groups of queers provoked, and resisted, the police.  This, it is said, was the birth of gay liberation, which is technically true.  Activists subsequently formed the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), a group that made a definitive break with homophile politics.  For those of you who…

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February 25, 2011, 5:45 pm

A Brief Exchange From My Dream Life Where I Address Some Confusion On The Political Right

Rush Limbaugh (hysterically):  “The decision not to defend Roe v. Wade by a corrupt attorney general is another instance of a criminal administration!  What if Obama decided to stop defending Roe v. Wade?  How would the liberals like that?”

Tenured Radical (with unnerving calm):  “Supreme Court decisions and litigation are two entirely different things, Fat Stuff.  Under the constitution, the President and the Department of Justice don’t defend Supreme Court decisions, only laws that are defensible under the Constitution. No one  outside the Court, except radio personalities and issue-based non-profits, actually ‘defends’ Supreme Court decisions, and those defenses are either purely rhetorical or based in fund-raising appeals and organizing.  Instead, precedents are upheld, or not upheld by the court in response to new litigation, based on dissents and concurrences articulated and written…

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December 22, 2010, 2:46 pm

To Those Who Tell Us Not To Celebrate The Repeal Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:” Ask Yourself Why People In Your Workplace Can’t Come Out, and What You Plan To Do About It

You might also want to take a little vacation from critique and let the rest of us enjoy the elimination of a law that went out its way to make life even more difficult for queer people, all in the name of progress. As for the killjoys who say that this won’t prevent gay and lesbian soldiers from being harassed in the military, I say: true.  BUT: why don’t you tell me a place where we actually are safe?  School perhaps?  The streets? At home?

Whether you believe in the military or not, and whether this is only part of the pie rather than the whole pie, shrinking the circle of legal stigma is a baby step to making this country a little more livable for everyone.

Photo credit.


December 20, 2010, 3:13 pm

This Is My Weapon, This Is My Gun: A Gay Primer For Worried Straights In The Military

“Simply because you’re near me, I’m in the mood for love!” Credit.

This is my rifle, this is my gun;
One is for fighting, one is for fun.
The Rifleman’s Creed, 1941

Want to know whether repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is good policy?  Why listen to the generals or the Secretary of Defense?  Go ask an expert — an 18 year-old boy in South Carolina.

In today’s Grey Lady, James Dao goes to Jacksonville, South Carolina to do just that.  Although a few young soldiers offered indifferent or positive responses to the question, “Would you want to share a foxhole with one?” (another version of, “Would you want your daughter to marry one?”) others are worried.  Among the memorable quotes are:

From an 18 year-old soldier who says he is socially comfortable with gays: “They won’t hold up well in combat.”

From a 22 year-old soldier who has served a tour in Afghanistan: “Coming from a combat unit, …

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December 19, 2010, 3:22 pm

Why Ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Is Important, And What Remains To Be Done

Make love, not war?  Photo credit.

I am one of those lefty queers who is both anti-war and desired the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Noxious as war is, it is also my view that allowing forms of discrimination to be written into the law is neither a gift (“Yay, I am radically free from compulsory marriage!”) or a way to distance from the American war machine (“Yay! I’m not implicated in the American war machine, even though my consumer habits, my pension and the university that employs me depends on it!”)

In regard to this latter point:  think Bayard Rustin.  True, Bayard was not out as a gay man until very late in life, but he was very black, and he went to jail during World War II as a conscientious objector as a member of both the civil rights and anti-war movements.  I mention this both because he might have evaded service by announcing his homosexuality (although this would have…

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November 29, 2010, 7:48 pm

Department of Archives: GLAD Papers Go To Yale, Mitch McConnell Comes Out

Ssssh!  Don’t let John Boehner know!

That’s Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, queer history fans.  And Mitch McConnell didn’t really come out, but doesn’t the action figure at right look a lot like Mitch McConnell in a dress?  And wouldn’t it be cool if he did come out, and then helped to get rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

OK, dream on.  And when I dream, I dream of archives. In case you don’t know why the GLAD archive is important, read on from this press release received on the Radical desk top today:

GLAD is the New England litigation organization whose precedent-setting legal victories include bringing marriage equality to Massachusetts in 2004 and Connecticut in 2008.

Covering all the major social changes and legal developments in contemporary LGBT history – from the HIV epidemic to marriage equality, from transgender rights to the “gayby boom,” GLAD’s records include…

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November 24, 2010, 12:27 am

Keep Your Hands Off My Junk! And Other Happy Thanksgiving Travel Wishes

Lesbo TSA fantasy time.  Reuters photo.

It appears that our new national crisis is the danger of being irradiated, or the indignity of being aggressively patted down,  at the airport.  In response to one outraged male victim spontaneously telling a Transportation Safety Authority employee to “Keep your hands off my junk!” people on the right and the left seem to have united in the belief that the government is going too far by making sure that airline passengers are not rigged as boobs — er, I mean, bombs.

You can even buy a tee shirt to let the TSA know how you feel about it.

Now, I don’t mean to be unfeeling.  I heard the interview with the man who was publicly drenched in his own urine during a clumsy search. I have read about the flight attendant whose prosthetic breast was examined to see if it contained plastic explosives.  I saw the shivering child, whose shirt was removed by his…

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November 9, 2010, 12:31 pm

Planet University: Episode 2, “Last Month In Office Hours”

For the pilot episode of “Planet University”  go to our sister website at  Afternoon update:  a big welcome to readers of the National Review Online:  it’s been awhile, but I’m glad to see you back again.

Disclaimer:  this cartoon and its characters are fictional.  “Planet University” does not depict actual events, people or conversations.

October 15, 2010, 3:28 pm

Bro’s Before Ho’s and Fraternity Hazing Lows

“Spank him hard, but after each spanking make
 sure to caress his tender cheeks.” Photo Credit.

By doing things like forcing your pledges/rooks to eat human shit or do an elephant walk you are basically saying, “Hey, by learning what your fellow bros’ shit tastes like you will be better bros,” and I have to say – I really respect that….Everytime I say, “I’m going to make your fucking life a living hell,” I still get a half-chub. Bros fucking love power. You know who else loves power? Slam pieces. By hazing the shit out of pledges/rooks in front of slam pieces, 9 times out of 10 they will go down on you immediately. The other time they will give it up doggy.  Bros Like This Site, July 23 2009.

Two days ago, residents of Oligarch University’s historic quad, where all first year students are housed, were interrupted in their evening activities by a line of young men chanting. As

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October 14, 2010, 8:09 pm

Straight People, Listen! Part II: The Homophobia News Of The Week In Review

Carl Paladino campaigning in New Paltz, NY after
his ill-chosen homophobic words.  Photo credit.

There is a lot going on in the gay world nowadays.

Following the suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers, the straight world has discovered institutionalized homophobia and is “shocked, shocked!” that gay youth are not only routinely bullied in school, but that teachers, principles and coaches stand around and watch while it happens.  They are even more shocked that to be the recipient of repeated homophobic bullying is so isolating and devastating to a young person’s self esteem that death seems like a good option.

Before you decide to hang from the highest tree those Rutgers students who posted to the Internet a video of Clementi kissing a boy (the event that precipitated his suicide leap from the George Washington Bridge) or make your own “It Gets Better” video, consider this.  What if Clementi …

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