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RoadUK trans woman wants drag queens banned from Pride festival: "Rose White, 64, claims that drag acts promote negative stereotypes about trans people and encourage hatred, the Halifax Courier reports. In a letter to Pride organisers, she wrote: 'Drag queens – homosexuals dressed as women – and drag kings, women dressed as men, performing as stereotypical crossdressers promote, foster and reinforce the belief among the audience that any bloke in a frock must be a homosexual. The council needs to prevent anything that reinforces out-of-date stereotyping. If these people are allowed to perform in the town in the Pride, they must have a prominent sign stating ‘We are homosexual men – not transexuals’"

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  1. Sorry UK trans woman, drag performers have just as
    Much right as any to take part in pride. Wearing signs indicating where we fall in the community is divisive and steps on the point that we're all equal. Individuals in drag are not the root cause of negative stereotyping and alienating them will not do a stitch to help.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jun 23, 2011 4:07:17 PM


  2. "UK trans woman wants drag queens banned from Pride festival:"

    As a trans women I apologize to the gay community and drag queens for this idiotic and insecure person trying to police the behavior of others, it's shameful and ridiculous.

    Posted by: missanthrope | Jun 23, 2011 4:12:32 PM


  3. Way to celebrate the spirit of Pride UK trans woman! I mean really?? You want to discriminate against performers who have done nothing BUT celebrate diversity for the last eon? Idiot.

    Posted by: Thomas | Jun 23, 2011 4:18:24 PM


  4. Stephen Dorff's abs surely got my full attention.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 23, 2011 4:25:12 PM


  5. Cory Monteith...yum.

    Posted by: Justin | Jun 23, 2011 4:25:12 PM


  6. JP Morgan's "Cooking with Beefcake too!" is a classic! LOVE IT!!!

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 23, 2011 4:25:31 PM


  7. extraterrestrial? Now we're aliens?

    Posted by: gaylib | Jun 23, 2011 4:44:02 PM


  8. Here's an idea: let's ban the whole "trans" circus from our parade and from our name. "Trans" has nothing to do with "gay". In fact, the so-called "trans" crowd doesn't even know what the term means, as evidenced by the fact that some transsexuals, such as the woman in this story, does not include cross-dressers, but cross-dressers will insist that they are "trans".

    Honestly, who gives a crap? The vast majority of these people are straight and our forced marriage to them via "LGBT" has brought us nothing but grief, including the loss of ENDA, a law which might have protected millions of gay people in hostile states.

    Take your identity crises and your bathroom issues and your bizarre conduct and stop trying to attach yourself to a movement of gays and lesbians.

    Posted by: Jackson | Jun 23, 2011 4:44:37 PM


  9. God bless Rose White for daring to speak the truth: Gay people publicly clowning it up in drag present a distorted image of what it means to be Transgender! Their antics make it hard for Transwomen and Transmen to be taken seriously. There is a place for professional gender illusionists, but these crude cross-dressers don't even pretend to be professionals. They play transgender status for shock value, that's counter-productive, and it's high time someone said so. At the very least, it will jump start a conversation we should have been having long ago.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 23, 2011 4:57:51 PM


  10. LGBT dignity isn't safe from Irene Munroe, who smears Gay people with the Q-word every chance she gets! Everything she writes, no matter how compelling the topic, is undermined by her fondness for casual hate speech.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 23, 2011 5:02:38 PM


  11. A Gay Pride parade/festival without drag queens? So boring it would be fit for nothing but a hand grenade.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 23, 2011 5:16:40 PM


  12. The Trans community is really fighting for the privilege of being the most discriminated against group if they think drag queens are dressing up in order to put them down! Never heard that argument before.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 23, 2011 5:33:23 PM


  13. I have to agree with Jackson. I've always held that trans people have nothing to do with gay people. I respect them, I want them to have equal rights and justice, but no more or less than I want any oppressed minority (and everyone else) to have those things.

    But we do not share the same issues. Gay people DO NOT have gender identity "issues." We have same sex attraction "issues." Trans people do not (necessarily) have same sex attraction "issues." Sheesh. This is all based on ancient, outmoded stereotypes that are disgraceful and repugnant. Gay people are not attempting to BE the opposite gender. That's an ignorant and demeaning assumption of why we have same sex attractions.

    I have no desire to leave trans people in the lurch, but it's simply not fair that ENDA be held back because of our absurd acronymic association with them.

    I know my position is not too popular, at least in the gay activist community. But that's how I see it, and I see my position as eminently logical. Gays and lesbians have no more in common with trans people than we do with Native Americans. We share oppression and that's it. Get rid of the T in LGBT. (or LGBTQ or LGBTQI - we need to jettison some letters just for clarity, sheesh!)

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 23, 2011 6:07:33 PM


  14. Sorry @STUFFED ANIMAL, but you're a bigot. Drag queens are expressing themselves and should be embraced just as much as transgendered people who wish to also express themselves. You have no right to try to alienate a group of people just because you think their lifestyle is tacky or clowny or whatever you think.

    Seriously, stop giving transgendered people a bad name by attacking other people who don't conform to what you want to be the norm. Not only are you going to alienate your subset of the GLBT community from the rest of us, but you're just going to come off looking petty for it.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 23, 2011 6:55:20 PM


  15. So far in the bigot list we've got:

    Jackson
    Stuffed Animal
    Anon
    ZLICK

    Anyone else want to join?

    You guys spend so much time hating on eachother, no wonder we'll still fighting for our marraige rights. The intolerance and disrespect you express are the collective problem we have. Not transsexuals, not drag queens or gay men.

    Posted by: missanthrope | Jun 23, 2011 7:20:06 PM


  16. That Ghanaian motherf.cker needs to pull his head out of his ass and educate himself; I suggest starting with "BOY WIVES AND FEMALE HUSBANDS: STUDIES IN AFRICAN HOMOSEXUALITIES."

    There is a lot of good scholarship on this topic so no need to make up "facts" about Ghanaian or African history.

    Posted by: redball | Jun 23, 2011 7:20:37 PM


  17. zlick: because trans people would not benefit from ENDA as well? What...an idiot. How many trans individuals do you know and have to spoken to? The reason it's LGBT or GLBT, is because some trans ARE gay. Therefore, that makes them a part of the gay community AND trans community. You, like nom and afa and other hateful organizations need to get your facts correct and shut the hell up.

    Posted by: B | Jun 23, 2011 8:23:24 PM


  18. Nope. Just because some trans people are also gay does not change my opinion (which I love being labeled as bigoted when I said in plain English I want them to have the same rights and justice as everyone else).

    If some trans people are gay, then what is the difference between that and some black people being gay, or some Asians being gay, or some Irish being gay, or some Native Americans being gay, or some women being gay, or any other oppressed peoples being gay? LGB covers all those gay people. Not seeing your point, BI.

    Also not seeing any point in responding to someone who's idea of discussion is to insist other people "shut the hell up," but this addresses the objections of other commenting folks as well.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 23, 2011 8:31:45 PM


  19. How hard is is to understand that you stating that trans should be kept off LGBT because they aren't part of the gay community, when in fact they are. Not all, just like not all black people are gay, but some are. So it would make sense that trans be included, just like lesbians have their seperate letter and are gay, unless you just want it to be GBQ. But then again, with your rational, bi-sexuals should not be included since they are not gay. same sex relationships, but not gay. Sounds dumb, does it not.

    In short: The gay community includes ALL whom are gay or partake in same sex relationships. and to not include any member because you think we will not advance partially is selfish and ignorant.

    I can't re-read your previous post with out shaking my head. The only thing gays share with native americans is oppression? Because there are no gay native americans? Yes, it is best you keep quiet.

    So basically, Asians can ride the bus like you, just not when you happen to be on it?

    Posted by: B | Jun 23, 2011 10:24:14 PM


  20. B:

    Let me try to clarify the illogic of your position:

    All people who are homosexually oriented are part of the gay community. That means gay men, lesbians and bisexuals (who while not fully homosexual, are defined by the fact that they are at least partially same-sex attracted). This, of course, would include all GLB people who also happen to be trans, Black, Jewish, chess players, bus drivers, residents of China, and every other group of people on the planet.

    That does NOT mean that we redefine ourselves to include all members of all of these other groups and take on their issues as our own. If we applied the "LGBT" precedent to other groups that have gay members, we would have to incorporate into our definition every human being on Earth and we would have to take up every political issue on Earth.

    To take one example, as Zlick was saying, there are gay Native Americans and they are all part of the gay community, but that does not mean that we add an "NA" to our name and insist that no marriage equality bill pass in NY state unless the state also abandons its efforts to tax cigarettes sold on Seneca tribal lands. That doesn't mean that we can't support Native Americans on non-gay issues and generally be political allies where it makes sense. We should. But that is NOT the approach that "LGBT" represents and that is why we are constantly held hostage to the exotic issues of an extraneous group.

    Posted by: Jackson | Jun 23, 2011 11:55:59 PM


  21. Very well put, Jackson. Yes, B, there are gay trans people. Hooray. Those who are not, are not part of the gay community.

    I occasionally try to wrap my head around the inclusion of trans people with gay people, because - believe it or not - I don't want to be a dick about it. I do believe it's historically based on a really lousy assumptive stereotype that gays have a gender identity disorder.

    But perhaps, being generous about it, I can say that gay people and trans people have in common that they do not meet "gender norms." If, for the sake of argument, we accept that simply not being sexually attracted to the opposite gender is a form of not meeting the gender norms.


    That one's tough for me, since I don't agree at all that same sex attraction is a violation of gender norms - but it's the only thread of commonality I can come up with at this moment.

    If anyone with more knowledge or experience on the subject cares to point out others, I'd be happy to learn about them.


    And it's not like I lie awake at night wondering how the hell the T got into LBGT. It's just that I don't particularly get it.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 24, 2011 12:58:57 AM


  22. So if I were trans and gay as well, and ENDA passed, its okay that i'm no longer able to be fired because I'm gay, but because I'm transgendered, the gay organizations are supposed to say, welp, we got ours, goodluck? How does that work since I would still be gay. and with the logic you two have, a trans rights group could only help me with those issues, but not because I'm gay?
    You can tie a bow around your prejudice, but it doesn't make it any less ugly.

    We're all in this together. That's what you both need to understand. We all need to help and protect eachother, not just help ourselves. You need to lend a hand and be a team player. You two have ugly thoughts.

    Posted by: B | Jun 24, 2011 1:19:10 AM


  23. This is my understanding of why T belongs in LGBT:

    Traditional norms dictate that "people born with a penis marry someone with a vagina and put that penis in said vagina; people born with vagina marry someone with penis and receive said penis."

    Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & transsexuals (& asexuals, intersex...) are the only people who defy those rules.

    So we share a common cause in fighting for acceptance and a more inclusive view of sexuality.

    But of course there are some selfish gays who want to ditch Ts for the political expediency of hopefully gaining LGB rights faster. Not cool.

    Posted by: redball | Jun 24, 2011 1:40:58 AM


  24. Many trans folks identify as gay before declaring as trans. It's the "safer" more socially acceptable identity. (i.e. Chaz Bono) I think that is one of the main reasons the T is attached to LGBT, although their issues greatly differ from ours.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 24, 2011 5:22:13 AM


  25. B:

    If we are "all in this together" then why stop at Ts? The people of Tibet (some of whom are gay!) are being oppressed. The people of Appalachia (some of whom are gay!) are in dire need of adequate health care. And a whole host of groups (who have members who are gay!) - from "undocumented" immigrants to the formerly incarcerated - would like protection from job discrimination at the federal level. Perhaps we should insist that ENDA right all of these wrongs too. And even if Congress were ready to pass a trans-inclusive ENDA, we should reject it because it doesn't free Tibet. If you disagree, then you must harbor ugly thoughts about Tibetans, right?

    Obviously, that would be ridiculous and it wouldn't be "ugly" or "hateful" to conclude that these issues are outside the scope of the gay rights movement, or at the very least, are sufficiently distinct that they should be dealt with separately. The same applies to the trans community and their issues.

    The bottom line is we can't be about everything and every one. The gay community can't solve all of your or my problems at work or in life. That doesn't mean that it is OK for trans people to suffer discrimination. It doesn't even mean that the gay community shouldn't take action in support of trans protections. But any such action should be a conscience decision to help an ally when it makes good sense for us to do so. It should not confused with some sort of fixed obligation to a member of a non-existent "LGBT community".

    @Zlick and Brian:
    The "T" was added without any debate or discussion in the mid-1990s. Prior to that, the gay community fought against the foul stereotype of gay people as a "third sex" or as people who desired to be the opposite sex. But by the mid-1990s, a few really hip and ironic "queer" academics thought that it would be raw and transgressive to turn the gay movement into a movement of "everyone who doesn't reflect the norm." And sadly, a lot of people didn't want to make a fuss or come off as exclusionary. So by decree we were transformed into something called "LGBT" with Q, TS, a second Q, and an A to follow. This all seemed pretty silly at the time, but this nonsense is now the primary reason that gay people in some 30 states have no employment protection.

    Posted by: Jackson | Jun 24, 2011 8:36:38 AM


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