Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trump'a joke about Mile Pence's "American Lynching"

Donald Trump attracted a lot of “attention” recently by “kidding” about Mike Pence’s attitude toward gays – “Mike would like to hang them all”.  HRC has released a very strong statement in response here

The remark is a particularly offensive allusion to the past practices in the South of lynching African Americans – as in Gode Davis’s incomplete 2003-2010 film “American Lynching”. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Milo talks about "masculinity" to a Catholic magazine and seems to refer to the past military draft and DADT

Milo Yiannopoulos has a recent Facebook Post (link ) and blog post (here) about his Catholicism where toward the end, he is asked, “What does masculinity mean to you?: and answers “It is a willingness to expose yourself to enemy fire, whether or not you wear a uniform.”

I answered the Facebook post with a retort that today’s generation has forgotten how the male-only military draft worked during the Vietnam era (with student deferments) and how I wove this into arguments against “don’t ask don’t tell” in my first book.

I can see how it could apply to today’s controversy over Trump’s attempted transgender ban for the military.
A similar consideration applies to a recent Intellectual Takeout article that I discussed yesterday on the main “BillBoushka” blog. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gay men of past generations understood the advantages of being single

Bella DePaulo has an op-ed on NBC News, “Why we thought marriage made us healthier, and why we were wrong”, link here.
The article would apply to the culture of the gay world as it was probably in the 70s.  But marriage is getting to be a bad deal for straight men,  and more a matter of self-concept and political equality now for gays.
While marriage offered some financial benefits, it also offered a “marriage penalty” for some couples with more equal incomes.  Single people, when more affluent (and sometimes dual career couples with fewer children) tended to see the world their own content-generating achievements and less through social and familial position.
And there was always the idea that straight men get fat after getting married.  There was some truth to that (especially for Kim Jong Un). 

Monday, October 09, 2017

Truvalda ads still appeal to cultural preferences indeed

I noticed that the Washington Blade graced a PrEP Truvalda full page ad this past weekend (Oct. 6) with a picture of a cis white male model intended to look like a God king.  Forget diversity, when it comes to ads, gay magazines sometimes have to consider what other men are most turned on by.  Milo’s warning, perhaps.  For copyright reasons, I must refrain from reproducing the page.

I have to say, the add intrigues.  Maybe the guy is a young adult Clark Kent, with powers, who will save us all.  And he probably has the decency not to say "come and follow me."  Clark never does.  (I've always wondered about anyone who does that.  Today, that's Kim Jong Un.) Or maybe he's just a model, an actor hired to fulfill a fantasy of a savior. (I'm reminded of a video where Timo Descamps announces, "Richard Harmon is the greatest of all time.") 

In the straight world. Dove got sacked for a “racially insensitive ad” in the straight world, where a black woman turns white. Dove thought it was showing diversity. Here’s the NPR story

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Is Pence "on deck" to become an anti-LGBT president?

Karen Ocamb of the Los Angeles Blade examines the risk to the LGBTQ community of the fact that Vice President Mike Pence is “on deck” (her words) to take over as president of the United States should Trump be forced out, link here .The article was also run front page Oct 6 in the Washington Blade, but the company is dividing its online articles between “the Nats and the Dodgers”.

Ocamb looks at whether Pence behaves like a “Dominionist” (or “Christian Supremacist”), a philosophy that says that evangelical Christianity has an obligation to enter political institutions and spread Christianity through policy. From a moral level, this would correspond to supposed Muslim intentions with Sharia law, an idea that gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos often writes about.

Pence’s statements in the past are disturbing, as he has supported conversion therapy as an answer to AIDS (although not since 2000), and as late as around 2000 still insisted that “homosexuality is incompatible with military service”, the original 1981 policy before “don’t ask don’t tell” (i.e., “do ask, don’t tell”).  Pence may claim he has moderated his views (as does Sessions), and that most of his objections are about the idea of singling out LGBTQ (gay and trans differently) as groups needing special protection from oppression. That is how he seems to view the “religious freedom” bills. After all, he can say, look at al the gays who do spectacularly well.

Pence would likely be a lot steadier on other national security issues, like handling North Korea much more carefully than Trump.  There’s no particular reason to think that he would try to undo the military DADT repeal or civilian security clearance policy – we hope.

Pence appears to derive his beliefs from others’ readings of scripture, rather than from “rational” policy thinking. For example, my family was not all that religious, but I think many of my issues (like in 1961 with the college expulsion) stem from the fact that I’m an only child and would fail to give my parents a lineage.  People often believe that everyone needs to share responsibility for other generations in a family (look at eldercare). 

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Sex change reversals do happen; Sessions intercepts Obama protections on gender identity

I know Milo Yiannopoulos talks about this, but it’s true, sometimes there are sex-change operation reversals, as in this conservative site story here

When I go to a gay disco, it seems that most of the “popular” men are very slender and very cis male (and, sorry, at least under 30). Everyone is attracted to what they want to be like, a bit of narcissism, and upward affiliation.  Milo is right – male physiology tends to reduce body fat compared to women.

And the conventional LGBT political establishment is railing at Jeff Sessions for reversing an Obama interpretation of recognizing gender identity or fluidity as getting systematic protection in civil rights laws, buzzfeed
But it’s one thing to fully protect the natural rights of individuals, and another to confer more rights through membership in an oppressed group.  The former, for example, would probably encourage school systems to recognize legitimate gender identity change when it is recognized professionally and recorded by the state.  And I think the former can accommodate transgender in the military (and especially in clandestine services) when the individual circumstances warrant.

Update: Oct 6

ABC News reports Sessions conferred with anti-gay groups on the "evangelical Christian right" so to speak, here.  This is disturbing, as a few of the groups actually want to re-implement sodomy laws, according to ABC.  This is an extreme overreach concerning a "religious freedom" issue that almost no "mainstream" employers would want to invoke anyway.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

US fails to condemn death penalty for gays in some countries in UN; Las Vegas victims

So why did Nikki Haley vote against a US resolution condemning the death penalty for homosexual acts, and then (like Peter in the Bible) deny that it was a change from Obama, when there was no such vote? Advocate story here.  CNN has another story, more detailed, on Chechnya. There is a death sentence for being "outed" by "honor killings". 

One of a young gay mal couple was killed in the shooting in Las Vegas, also reported in the Advocate, here.