The pot-laced brownies . . . the crazy campfire scene . . . the cougars gone wild. . . . The 2008 season of Showtime’s The L Word returned an ample portion of whimsy to its considerable viewing base: nobody died alone in her hospital bed, nobody fell off the sobriety wagon, nobody got left at the altar. Good times!
Archive for December, 2008
Like millions of people around the world, I am totally jazzed about the election results. We got Barack Obama! Oregon ousted our two-faced anti-gay senator, and even our wonderful little city of Eugene re-elected our everybody-deserves-to-feel-safe-and-respected Mayor Kitty Piercy. I have no experience with elections where every candidate I voted for won. Yay!
I love Law & Order! All of ’em. The original L&O is great, and Criminal Intent is good, but I especially love Special Victims Unit (SVU). Maybe it’s because I think Mariska Hargitay is hot, or maybe it’s because SVU deals with sexual issues and I’m just a little bit of a sick ticket. But the main reason I love SVU is because the show addresses pertinent and timely issues. After all, the stories are “ripped from the headlines.” Doink-doink!
Based on the work of 70 researchers in 15 countries, The Dictionary of Homophobia is a mammoth, encyclopedic book that documents the history of homosexuality, and various cultural responses to it, in all regions of the world. The book includes over 175 essays on aspects of gay rights and homophobia as experienced in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific, from the earliest epochs to present day. Subjects include religious and ideological forces as the Bible, Communism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam; historical events such as AIDS and Stonewall; personalities such as J. Edgar Hoover, Matthew Shepard, Oscar Wilde, Pat Buchanan, and Anita Bryant; and other topics such as adoption, bi-phobia, cinema, coming out, deportation, ex-gays, lesbiphobia, and transphobia. —Preview: Suzie Lynde
I was recently asked to submit an article for the holiday issue of PetTalk Magazine. It prompted me to really think about what pets bring to our lives. I won’t repeat the article here, but I want to echo some themes. Pets offer us companionship, but they give us an example of how to approach each day. They are a gift, and a responsibility.
On election night, I stood in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district. Around me were thousands of people cheering and dancing for Barack Obama’s victory and for the promise they believe it brings gay America. Meanwhile, on a large screen broadcasting local news, it became more apparent with every passing hour that Californians had voted on the marriages of a small minority, and had found them wanting.
Sometimes, it seems like there’s a pregnant woman everywhere you look. The clerk at the gas station just started wearing maternity clothes. Two of your co-workers are due at the same time. While you were having lunch yesterday, you must’ve seen three waddling women on the sidewalk and one at the mall last night.
Film director Stanley F. Kubrick made a profound statement in the opening episode of his cinematic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Entitled “The Dawn of Man,” the segment shows a prehistoric ape-man rummaging through the dried bones of an antelope carcass. The ape-man finds a large bone, examines it, lifts it over his head and brings it down forcefully, shattering the skeleton. The first utilitarian tool is born.
Harvey, you wouldn’t believe how our world has changed since Dan White shot you and Mayor Moscone 30 years ago.
Not only have we gays and lesbians taken your advice to come out of our closets, we’ve come out in numbers unimaginable in your day. We have our own businesses and organizations and magazines, we’re kissing on primetime network television shows—we even have “normal” lives with kids and soccer practice and lawns in the suburbs. I know—who woulda thunk it? (I mean, other than you.)