Saturday, April 20, 2019

Gay press still avoids Chelsea Manning?



I was a Freddie’s in Arlington for Easter Saturday brunch, and in the course of conversation I brought up News2Share’s coverage of the widespread protests of so many issues connected to Trump, and especially Chelsea Manning’s continued jailing for refusing to testify for to a secret grand jury (another article).


I think it’s well for the folks at the Washington Blade and other gay press, the HRC and the activists to look at Electronic Frontier Foundation’s writeup by Cindy Cohn on why the Assange arrest and probably extradition and prosecution for “hacking” should matter. 

It seems now that some cis straight men have done more for Chelsea than the LGBT community.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Trans culture v. cis culture, and the myths about gold stars



There are a couple of provocative Medium essays this Friday morning on gender identity.
  
What caught my eye at first was “Trans Culture will changethe world” by Rachel Anne Williams. 
  
But then “Cursed E” continues with a blog post “Is “cis” offensive?  I hope not, because I use the term all the time. The TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist) seems to have this rule.  Heaven forbit if it gets viewed as a slur by all the social media platforms.
  
So we go to the cis world of Andrew Neighbors (Andrew Goes Places) and Eduardo Sanchez-Ubanell, “How gay are you?”

  
At 7:45 the question comes up, “Do you have a gold star?”  My assumption had been that if you were sufficiently physically competitive as a male, you probably would have one.  But not necessarily so, according to this video.  This actually matters as a theme in my own novel. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

When gay bars lose leases to developers, here is what happens



Justin Fox of Bloomberg Businessweek explains the popularity of mid-rise “stick” (wooden interior) mid-rise apartments in suburbs and in some trendy neighborhoods. 

I think this matters for the LGBT community because there have been so many bar closings (like Town) when property is bought for apartment construction.  In the U-street area of Washington, this particular style of new apartment construction seems popular.

You need to have discos in buildings with 7-day use, for retail, office, and perhaps theater (both stage and indie movie showings) space with maybe a dance floor at the top. Maybe a parking garage, too. 
  
HRC owns its own building and takes 8 floors, I think. It’s amazing how much office space a major non-profit can use.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Pete Buttigieg formally announces run for Democratic nomination, as youngest ever and first openly gay candidate



Here are Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s comments form the LGBT Victory Fund Brunch on April 7.


Buttigieg formally announced his candidacy for presidency in South Bend, IN, on CNN, story, today.  I thought this had already been done.

  
By Cntrlaltdel33t - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Friday, April 12, 2019

Hunter Avallone's videos on LGBT issues sound like ordinary libertarianism to me but are still the target of SJW's; far left SJW cause Edmonton pride 2019 to be cancelled





Hunter Avallone got surprise attention Monday, April 8 when his channel on YouTube was suddenly hut down for no reason, with no community standards strikes, for “hate speech”, one day before the House hearings on content moderation.

I checked a few of his videos.

He has a few, going back to 2017, where he makes fun of the most extreme demands of the LGBT Left and SJW’s.

Here’s a recent one, “LGBT Insanity”.


There’s an earlier one, in 2017, “Dear Gay People”. In one video he attends Washington DC gay pride and interviews people around Dupont Circle. 
   
The most recent one is mainly about misgendering pronouns and the forced promotion of fluidity. (He has another video, “The Are Only Two Genders”).  Sometimes Hunter allows rainbow colors on his computer screen.

None of this is “hate speech” in the usual sense of the concept familiar from the past.

However, many elements of the far Left have become extremely combative, claiming that all speech critical of members of their community must be shut down, out of fear of inciting attacks.  There is also a fear of rollback of all political progress and a theory that everyone must join up in solidarity to stop it. This has become coercion from the far Left.

The combativeness of the far Left in some ways, ironically (despite Pulse) resembles the combativeness of radical Islam, or of fringes on the extreme right.  It’s also true that an anti-gay group wants to hold a “make America straight again” forum in Orlando (poor taste).  Back in the late 1980s there was a “Straight Slate” in a Houston, TX election.  All very silly.

Videos like Hunter’s don’t disturb intact people who can take responsibility for their own lives (like following Jordan Peterson’s “Clean Your Room”) but they may seem harsh to people who have been put through some kinds of group oppression.
  
My own oppression (around 1961-1962) with my college expulsion, etc., wasn’t quite the same thing as how group oppression and intersectionality are presented today.  My own story has its own unsuaul message.

Update:

It gets worse.  Edmonton, AL (Canada) canceled Pride 2019 over disruption from the extreme Left!  Tim Pool reports

Thursday, April 11, 2019

When someone doesn't know a date is trans; Pope Benedict returns


Here’s a curious item on Medium, “When to disclose your trans status to a potential romantic partner”, by Phaylen Fairchild. 

OK, maybe this piece is good practical advice.

I link to it with no skin in the game as a 75 year old cis white gay male. But the question as to whether it is “morally wrong” to refuse to consider a trans person as a dating partner keeps coming up, yes, it really does.  “Economic Invincibility” did a piece on this on YouTube some time back (from a young adult straight male perspective) and said, “well, No” – and got detoured with discussion of body parts.


Now, here’s another corker. Chico Hall and Stefano Pitrelli have an odd story in the Washington Post today about past Pope Benedict’s comments about gays in the priesthood, and the development of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries in the 1960s. We all remember the way the Vatican talked about “objective disorder” back in the 1980s, out of a belief that personal motivational systems within the head really burst out and matter to others eventually.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Palm Center analyses the official transgender policy for the military, as a kind of "don't ask don't tell" for most transgender troops


The Palm Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara has issued a report, in a series “Blueprints for Public Policy”, titled “The Making of a Ban: How DTM-19-004 Works to Push Transgender People out of Military Service”.  

The policy, going into effect around April 12, is said to be a kind of “don’t ask don’t tell for transgender persons”.

Essentially, only those who function and perform in their biological gender and who do not admit to gender dysphoria may join. There is limited grandfathering of persons who have already gone through transition.

  
The DoD policy does say that it follows non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation per se (as with the repeal of the “other” DADT in 2011).
  
The Palm Center released the report with a press release today.