As the month opens, we are as busy as ever. People are feeling more upbeat and optimistic. It seems that we are in the mood to find common ground and fix problems instead of just arguing about them.
After 20-plus years of seeing the legal problems my LGBT patients have, the question “Do you have a family lawyer?” generally finds its way into my first visit with them.
It’s more socially acceptable to be a fag than fat. Attach “fat” to any insult and the tension is automatically escalated. Are overweight kids taunted less often than gay kids? Where, then, are the candlelight vigils and support groups for them? Where is the Fat Pride parade? Ever hear of PFFAT?
What a busy month! The best news is that we are not under Mercury’s retrograde influence. This will help to get 2011 off to a good start. On the 4th, we have a solar eclipse, and a special new moon in the sign of Capricorn.
After Republicans picked up six seats in the U.S. Senate to gain a 55–44 majority, George W. Bush was re-elected as president, and 11 gay-marriage bans in 11 states passed by wide margins, former HRC spokesman Wayne Besen declared, “Not even the fabulous RuPaul could find a shade of lipstick glamorous enough to pretty up this election pig.”
December will be quite a busy month. With Mercury going retrograde on the 3rd, and then going direct on January 3, holiday travel could be very bad.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: what a year, what a year. It began with the dizzying high of our own Annise D. Parker riding her stellar qualifications and outstanding public service record into Houston’s mayoral office, becoming The World’s Most Famous Lesbian in the days following her inauguration.
In many ways, I’m an old-fashioned, traditional gal. I like my poetry rhyming, my opera Italian, and my Gaga tartar. Likewise, there are a few set traditions in my household that have firmly ensconced themselves as uncompromisingly rigid rituals, especially during Thanksgiving and the ensuing holidays. One is my autumn chill.
As the month begins, we are still moving slowly with our social and financial commitments. Things are moving more rapidly in the area of personal relationships. Life may continue to slog along until after the 18th. The Thanksgiving holiday should be much more upbeat as people look for more social and familial connections during that time.