Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Liberal publications want to exile gay conservatives


Breitbart, and a Facebook post by Milo Yiannopoulos, have called out an article in the Guardian, “The Troubling Ascent of the LGBT right wing” by Arwa Mahdawi, link here
  
There is talk of “pink washing” of “white nationalism”, and that the idea that the gay right, believing it hs moved away from the group loyalty of modern identity politics, has succumbed to the “oldest form of identity politics”.
  
But Michael Musto in Out gets much more explicit when he admonishes, “What to do when your friend is a gay Republican”, link.   Short answer: unfriend or block him.
  

But is “inaction” an offense?  What about refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns? 

Monday, November 20, 2017

South Florida, post Irma


Hunters Lounge in Fort Lauderdale does remind me of the old Velvet Nation in Washington, and even Tracks, with
the upstairs viewing balcony.

There was a bit of a private party in the back, and an announcement of a Key West bike ride through the hurricane affected areas.

Sunday I did make it down to Key West and had a soup lunch at Mangoes on Duval Street.  

For parking, I had to walk three blocks west and pay cash $10 in a municipal lot;  credit cards and smartphone weren’t working.


I also had Saturday brunch at Rosies. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Copycat gay purges reported in former Soviet republics, and in African countries


DC Center Global has shared a report on 76Crimes about systematic LGBTQ purges in a number of African and central Asian countries.  It claims that the purges are copycat tactics by strongman politicians (more on the right than the left, although I wouldn’t want to be gay in Venezuela right now).  It also seems to represent a retreat to tribalist moral values.  Some countries have maintained “lists” of suspected homosexuals.  The problem seems particular bad in some former Soviet republics as well as some regions of Russia (Chechnya), where ironically there is a preoccupation by Putin with radical Islam.
  

The article demands collective action.

Monday, November 13, 2017

More people question the future of gay bars


Esther Webber, of BBC News, reports on the gradual or maybe more rapid disappearance of gay bars in London, here.

The theory is that LGBTQ people don’t need separate bars anymore, which in some venues in large cities is probably true.

I remember visiting a gay bar near Trafalgar Square in 2001, and being asked by a doorman if I knew what it was.

Back in 1982, I witnessed a brawl in a pub near Piccadilly. 

In Washington DC, the Town DC closes for real estate development on July 1, 2018, even though it would seem that new condo owners in the area would want night life.  (The Uproar and Nellies are nearby.) There’s some talk of progress in a replacement.

There is an important story about Nigeria on the International Issues blog today.

Wikipedia attribution link, London Gay Men’s Chorus at Pride 2011, by Tom Morris, CCSA 3.0 .

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Transgender woman defeats anti-gay marriage Marshall-Newman amendment author for Virginia delegates seat; 7 transgender candidates win in US


In northern Virginia (13th district), male-female transgender candidate Danica Roem has defeated the social conservative Robert Marshall (from Marhsall-Newman amendment notoriety) to become Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official.  The Hill has the story here

Roem is a journalist, for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times. It’s a little unusual for journalists to run for office and win!



Mother Jones has a similar story here

The Richmond Times Dispatch ran a detailed story which Richard Sincere shared today.



Update: Nov. 8

HRC reports on seven transgender candidates who won Tuesday, including Andrea Jenkins in Minneapolis to city council. 

Sunday, November 05, 2017

A "White Party" as an ethnic-specific event


The first Saturday night of November in most years is an extra hour night for bars and discos – a chance to stay out late and actually get to church the next morning.

After going to a fund raiser regarding refugees in Arlington and then getting caught in a sudden thunderstorm when I went look for my car, I made it to the Cobalt White Party on 17th St. in DC.  This was also their Latino night and was based on all Latino music from the DJ.

The LGBTQ population in DC is large enough for some bars to try to attract specific subpopulations. As the evening wears on and the dance floor gets more crowded, there is a tendency for the population to become more generalized toward the actual mix in the area.  (At an event like this, “cis white males” tend to show up later, but do show up.)

One guy, doing a Nev Shulman lookalike (“Catflish”) took his sweater and turned it into a protective “tie”.  Never saw that before. 
Suddenly, around midnight,, there was a sudden minor brawl in front of the main bar. There were calls for security but it settled down on its own.  I backed up onto the stage to get out of the way.

That’s about only the third time in my life I’ve seen a brawl in a gay bar.  There was one in Wailuku. Hawaii in Aug. 1980, and London (SoHo theater district) in November 1982.
  
There was a little incident Friday night at a different venue, described here on another blog. 

Friday, November 03, 2017

James Damore tweets about "sexual capital", without realizing how gay men feel about it


James Damore (the Google Memo Guy) wrote a tweet recently about “sexual capital”, and whether society should accept the idea that generally women have more sexual capital, or at least use it more, than men.

There is indeed a Wikipedia page on the concept.

What I resented as a boy was that women got to be valued for their appearance(s), but men seemingly did not.  Men were supposed to be fungible, expendable in war to disfigurement and mutilation as sacrifices for the common good if necessary.  People weren’t supposed to “notice” “men’s bods”.

Gay men came along, mostly after Stonewall, and changed all that.  A man could fail physically, too (as Randy Shilts pointed out in "Conduct Unbecoming"). 
  
 It was no longer OK to put on the pounds after you got married because somebody cooked for you (so the thinking went around 1970).  Maybe it was not OK to gradually go bald on the legs.

Recently, with all the talk of gender fluidity and controversy over how transgender people assimilate with the rest of the LGBTQ community, “cis gay men” have retreated.
  
Guys, you have an extra hour in the dance bars Saturday night to notice other men’s bods, as the clocks move back. It happens once a year. And on the East Coast, it’s going to be warm. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No, Milo, you've got the transgender issue wrong


Some activists say that Milo Yiannopoulos is getting more extreme these days just to make money because outrage sells, but here is a UK Mail story on his latest “outrage”. 


No, transgender kids are of a very different mind that cis male college age and 20-somethings who populate dance floors.  Truth be told, a lot of us would like to have someone like Smallville’s Clark Kent as a dream partner.  Milo should know better.


And, I agree, Kevin Spacey shouldn’t “hide” behind “coming out” in his apology for a 3-decade-old discretion. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Partial victories against Trump's transgender ban in the military, Mississippi pseudo religious freedom law


According to the Washington Post as of 1 PM EDT Monday October 30, 2017, a federal judge has enjoined Donald Trump’s ban on service by transgender soldiers, but has upheld the portion relieving the Armed Forces from paying for sexual reassignment surgery.  The link is here

The story is developing.  Later Monday the AP offered this story

The Washington Blade is reporting that a federal judge in Mississippi has specified a detailed syllabus by which clerks in the state of Mississippi can detail their religious objections to same-sex marriage licenses, link here.
  
The judge had overturned a state pseudo-religious freedom law which seemed quite sweeping on the surface, but the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans had overturned his ruling for lack of standing.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Town DC has its last Halloween Party, but hints at a future


Saturday night, Oct. 28, 2017, Town Danceboutique held its final Halloween Party and Costume Contest, since it will close July 1, 2018.

Lena warned the upstairs audience that there should be no “boos” in the voting.

She also hinted once that there is some plan in the works for what will follow Town. But you wonder if closing bars for condo development really makes economic sense.  Condo owners who buy in the neighborhood will want the night life to stay.  And unlike in the suburbs, they will demand that Airbnb be OK. 

I got there at 10:45 PM, having had dinner in the new District Wharf, also on the Green Line. It took about half an hour to get through the line.  During that time, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored 5 runs in the top of the ninth “on my smart phone” to even the World Series.

The costume contest had the longest line of contestants ever. 

For some video, visit this Wordpress location.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Egypt increases crackdown on gay speech


DC Center Global has shared a story on Gayety about Egypt’s increase “crackdown” on gay speech recently. 

As in Russia, private adult homosexual acts are not against the law, but apparently “promoting homosexuality” is, including the carrying of rainbow flags and posters.


Like in Russia, Muslim societies fear that “propaganda” could lead to women becoming less willing to give men children.

A substantial portion of LGBT asylum seekers have come from Egypt.

Wikipedia attribution link for Cairo picture by Wing, CCSA 2.0. 

Update: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

The Washington Blade reports on a draconian anti-gay bill in Egypt which could be imitated in Jordan and Iraq, story by Michael K. Lavers.  The bill would specifically criminalize same-sex sexual contact as well as speech (right now Egypt does not). 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

One year ago, hosting asylum seekers sounded realistic for me, but then ...


A year ago tomorrow (Oct. 26), I sent an email to a local organization (DC Center Global) expressing an interest in the possibility of hosting an asylum seeker. I got one quick response, and I was hoping for a meeting in detail to see if this could work.  In a second email, I noted that I presumed Hillary Clinton would win the election.  We all know what happened Oct. 28.

Actually, there was a meeting of sorts in January at a Starbucks, but the necessary communications never quite happened.  I do think it is likely I would have hosted had Hillary won, but there would have been big questions on just what financial responsibility and liability exposure I might face.  A lot of hosting probably goes on informally, through social capital in the LGBT community in the City, but in my circumstances, I would have to be much more careful about exactly what was being asked for.

It’s no longer possible, because I have sold the house and downsized, and moved into a condo, not on public transportation and not with a separate bedroom.  Elections have consequences, as do external policy controversies, and they can become personal.
  
For my coverage of the Washington DC High Heels Race 2017, please see this link

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sessions seems to support the idea that federal employees can deny same sex survivors social security benefits


“Law Newz” reports that Jeff Sessions suggested that government employees could decide to deny LGBT people social security benefits out of religious conviction 

When viewed more closely it looks like this refers only to partner benefits (especially surviving partner), and it appears to be similar to the idea that Kim Davis could refuse to grant same sex marriage licenses.
  
It seems to me that when you have a job you have to do the job.  If it’s against your religious belief to do it, then resign.

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.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Remembering Hugh Hefner


Karen Ocamb of the Los Angeles Blade (seeded by the Washington Blade) offers detailed story on how Hugh Hefner, who actually lived a “bisexual”  or "bi-curious" lifestyle, supported free speech, not only for gays and today’s world of LGBTQ, but also toward the broader scope of the First Amendment we know today, as explored in the Cato forum in Washington last week. 

Heffner became familiar with the narrative of Dr. Franklin E. Kameny (whom I met once at an HRC event a few years ago), which 17th Street in NW Washington is renamed as to honor him. Heffner talked about same-sex attraction in Playboy at a time when the mere discussion was feared as weakening many families. 

  

Playboy, as did similar magazines (like Penthouse) often had policy discussion articles, as well as esotetic subject matter like UFO’s sometimes.  

Friday, September 29, 2017

"Religious liberty" bills discussed at Cato First Amendment forum


At the Cato Institute briefing “The Future of the First Amendment” on Sept. 28, 2017, the second part was called “Religious Liberty in Post-Obama America” (master link ).

The speakers were Walter Olson (from Cato Institute), John M. Barry, and especially Robin Fretwell Wilson, from the University of Illinois Law School.

Fretwell particularly discussed the quandary of resolving two competing interests:  equal rights for all LGBTQ people, especially when considered as individuals, and religious freedom.  She (and the other speakers) pointed out that many religious freedom laws were developed before gay marriage became the law of the land in 2015. 


Fretwell says that states need to develop a nuanced approach to the problem.  Businesses open to the public, as public accommodations, need to be open to all (competent) individuals.  They should work out ways where when a particular associate’s religious beliefs are challenged, another associate can meet the need.  Fretwell seemed to believe that such an approach should be developed at state agencies too (as with the Kim Davis situation in Kentucky).

One problem is that a greater “burden” can fall on other associates.  But this happens anyway.  When I worked for NBC in the 1970s, I reported to an “Orthodox Jew”.  He could not work on Saturdays.  I covered production problems on Saturdays sometimes.  But I never asked for anything back in return, and it was never offered.  This parallels, by extreme analogy, the “conscientious objector” problem for the past military draft (it still happens in Israel).
  
It was also pointed out that a few small businesses could be devastated.  A wedding cake company cannot simply stop baking cakes and do something else and remain the same business.

There was some discussion of the "bathroom" bills, generally characterized as a diversion by the far right from real issues.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trump administration now will recognize LGBTQ in 2020 and other Census surveys


The National LGBTQ Task Force is claiming a victory tonight in convincing the Trump Administration to reverse itself on the Census matter, and now include questions on sexual orientation on its Census Attitudes, Barriers and Motivators Study, press release

 This appears to be one of the many special surveys run by the US Census Bureau between the diennials. Or it may apply also to the 2020 diennial Census.


The Trump administration had wanted to avoid viewing the LGBTQ community as a “group” that can represent its interests collectively, in terms of usual identity politics.  The exclusion did not imply hostility to individuals in the community.  Furthermore, LGBTQ has not been viewed as a group in previous surveys.

I worked for the US Census Bureau as an interviewer during the 2010 diennial (during the last year of my mother’s life) and in 2011 on the Current Population Survey (including some training in Charlotte and later Woodbridge, VA).  I received a random questionnaire from the American Community Survey, as I recall, in 2013 and answered it online.

There are many questions about marital status and having children.  It seems hard to imagine how LGBTQ questions can be avoided with gay marriage legally recognized in every state.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Egypt has an anti-gay promotion law similar to Russia's


Declan Walsh reports in the NY Times how concertgoers in Egypt got arrested and sent to jail for waving a gay pride rainbow flag at a concert. 

There is some analogy to Russia.  Technically homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, but “promoting” it in public is, on the theory that it will lead to discouraging other adults from having children.

But once arrested, the men were subject to anal exams.

DC Center Global has mentioned asylum seekers specifically from Egypt.  

Wikipedia attribution link CCSA 2.0 for picture by Dan Lundberg of Cairo. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

FBC holds vote on Discernment of inclusion policy, ratified overwhelmingly


Today, the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC held its vote on a Discernment policy about inclusiveness, proposed on Sept. 3..

The final vote was 51-3-11, or 51-14 for full inclusiveness.  The vote would seem to accept same-sex marriage ceremonies to be performed in the Church in the future.  But it is more broadly worded.

Generally, in my own conversations, practically all younger adult members (say under the age of 40) favored full inclusion.  The church has long held openly gay and transgender members. 


The church was considered very progressive on racial issues under Dr. Pruden as early as the late 1940s.  The church opened its current sanctuary on Christmas Sunday, 1955.


The church is located about ½ mile north of the White House, one block south of Foundry Methodist.  So it is one of the closest major churches to the White House.  The views of the congregation tend to have some political influence.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

AIDS was the nuclear war of my generation; young men ponder PrEP


On an evening where I’m in a tweet storm with Trump over how to stop North Korea’s threat to test thermonuclear weapons in the air, I found time for this important story by Daryl Hannah on PrEP’s. Seriously, as a blogger, I’m a lot more concerned about national security than “discrimination”.  But we actually need to have someone like Kristin Beck back in uniform in the Pentagon helping make the right decisions on this North Korea mess. 

A lot of men don’t like to keep taking them.  If you’re well off, in college, 18+ and well-liked, stick with one person you “trust”.  It’s easier to find monogamy if you can work it to your advantage.  The Obamacare repeal could stop coverage for them in many cases. 

Even on 18+ nights at discos, you see people leave together. 

AIDS was the nuclear weapon of my own generation
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Picture: Near Camp David, MD.  And, Trump, don’t mix up Rocket Man (Kim Jong Un) with Nano Man (Jack Andraka, as a comics hero, in the world of geeks and medicine). Don’t mix them up in a speech. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ties reported between white nationalism and some gays; flap in Michigan over gay adoptions ("Kids pay the price"?)


Although Truthout is a bi strident in its calls for money to become my left-wing voice, which I don’t need and would resent, I noted this astonishing story by Shane Burley, “White nationalist groups are splitting over gay inclusion.”   While internal ideologies vary (about biological destiny), there seems to be some connection to upward affiliation and maybe even eugenics (the idea that one somehow deserves to reproduce).   It’s all rather shocking.  Spencer gets mentioned.



There is a complicated story about Fox’s refusal to air an ad from a group called “Kids Pay the Price” about how “religious freedom laws”, when they allow adoption and foster agencies to follow their religious beliefs, simply reduce the number of kids who get adopted or find foster care.?)  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tragic police shooting of GLBT student at Georgia Tech


There has been a tragic event at Georgia Tech, with the shooting of its gender-fluid Pride president, Scout Schultz.



The Advocate has coverage of this incident (some from the Washington Post) .   It would appear likely that there will be litigation from the family. 

11live has a timeline here

The story is developing.

Update: Sept 21:

Here is a disturbing story of an apparent hate property crime in Michigan. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pride 2017 Charlottesville


I did visit Charlottesville Pride 2017 today (or "CVille Pride"). .

It was held in the Pavilion at the end of the main street court in downtown Charlottesville, a half mile from the previous locations at Lee Park.

There were two areas of exhibits, and a continuous show under the tent.

The site was much larger than Lee Park.

The overall crowd had a substantial gender fluid and trans flavor, more so than is found in bars or that was present in DC Pride.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tammy Duckworth provides video on Trump's transgender ban for the military


Tammy Duckworth (US Senator for Ilinois, Dem.) has provided a video responding to Trump’s “transgender ban”, implemented in slow motion, for the military. 

  

She points out that Trump dodged the Vietnam era draft, and that transgender health care costs would be only “0.13%” of the entire military health care budget, including casualties. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Edith Windsor's memory is honored


Time Magazine has a detailed obituary on Edith Windsor, 88, the “matriarch” of the gay rights moement in the fight for marriage equality, link by Olivia B. Waxman. 



The New Yok Times credits Windsor with making “marriage” a magic word and offers this op-ed

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gay conservatives see collective identity politics as a lot of whining


David Benkoff has a piece in the Daily Caller downplaying Donald Trump’s supposed backpedaling on gay rights, all the way back to 2016, here.   A lot of denial of identity politics and placing people into groups claiming systematic oppression.  The Log Cabin Republicans tweeted this today.

There is something inevitable about all this:  people who are individually competitive have little use for identity politics and tend to be more conservative.  

Thursday, September 07, 2017

DACA rescinding by Trump, even if a 6-month punt to Congress, generates resentment, cynicism in the LGBT community


A Washington Blade story by Chris Johnson reports pessimism among LGBT dreamers (as well as asylum seekers) that Congress will restore DACA, as in this link posted on Facebook today by DC Center Global. 

The article presents the biography of a young man from South Korea, who says it would not be easy to deal with conscription in the South Korean military if he had to go back.  Furthermore, it’s a testy time because of extreme tensions with North Korea.  

But of course this raises the bigger question that the entire country of South Korea faces destruction if war breaks out. 
  
There is also a story of a young man from Mexico, and a report of a belief that DACA rescinding is rooted in white supremacy.  I still see it as a legal question, but one that lends itself to intellectual rationalization that hides the real problems.  

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

HRC notes the likely toll of DACA rescinding on LGBTQ immigrants


HRC sent out an email noting that about 75000 of the “dreamers” are LGBTQ, link here.

This is a difficult thing.  Our western societies don’t hold adult kids responsible for what their parents did.  Nevertheless, the tone of comments on Trump’s own Facebook page supporting his decision is rather mean.

There is legitimate debate over whether Obama’s DACA order was legally sustainable forever (given the lawsuit brought by several red states).  Some conservatives say that courts could have ordered DACA closed in two months.  There is a legitimate argument that Congress must take responsibility for this issue over the next six months.


Nevertheless, adult kids caught in the situation,, even though they probably have good reason to believe Congress has to fix it (Congress’s record with health care is not a good precedent) are put out now.  Employers can reasonably fear that if they hire them, they could lose work authorization in six months. Same with schools.

Down the road, if massive work authorization loss happens and deportations start, we could see increase in Asylum claims, as Jason Dzubow argued last December (post ), as long as a much larger need for housing support and quasi-sponsorship or dependency relationships.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Uproar looks like it could "replace" Town in 2018


After the fundraiser (Tupperware party) for LGBT Fallen Heroes at Town Sunday night, I did visit the Uproar on Florida Ave in Washington D.

The deck on the third floor has been expanded, but not all of it was open.  Part of the deck is open-air with views of a nearby bar (is that the Chaos? I’m not sure.) 

The deck was packed on a Sunday night on a holiday weekend.  Yup, the crowd tended to be cis-male.

The second level has the plasma TV, and the first level is more like a typical bar.

But the overall feel of the place is like the Therapy in New York City.  The bar has a NYC feel to it (especially Hell’s Kitchen).'

The place could become a partial replacement for Town when it closes July 1 2018 as the upstairs deck looks good for dancing.

The music came from the 70s and 80s.