Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Picture: Random resort shot, at Bethany Beach DE as I recall (Aug 2010)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Gay couples in the South are more likely to be raising children than elsewhere in the US; Supreme Court turns down challenge to DC gay marriage law
Sunday, January 16, 2011
CA Congressman Duncan Hunter wants to stymie DADT repeal by requiring combat service chiefs sign-off
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Louisiana registrar refuses to recognize NY same-sex adoption, case en bancc in Fifth Circuit; UCMJ 125 needs repeal
Thursday, January 13, 2011
“Boys play sports to ready themselves to fight and die in wars. Girls play with dolls and cheer boys on the sidelines of sporting events, groomed to comfort the fighting men and have their babies.
“Alternatively, today's young are groomed to attend college, become steeped in student loan debt, to find a job to pay it off, afford marriage, buy a house and have children. By their early 20s, they're set in cement, locked in at an early age, with few inspired or motivated to buck the trend.”
It’s interesting, his insight that this paradigm is “the norm for our democracy”. Paragraph 2 here generates the link between “don’t ask don’t tell” and the former military draft, and the idea that it could come back some day.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Although, as the news has unfolded, the incident appears to have no relationship to the gay community, Phelps was still going to protest a funeral of a child victim claiming that Loughner had been sent as God’s punishment for sin. Controversial Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed the emergency legislation, which could face First Amendment challenges.
I have a family service soon, and I guess Phelps could target me (for becoming publicly involved in repealing “don’t ask don’t tell”, among many other things) if he wanted. It seems that no one is immune, and his minions roam the countryside and cityscapes. My attitude now is, let him. He (and his “family church”) can protest all he wants and make a fool of himself in public.
Politico has the news story here.
Monday, January 10, 2011
The story, by James Voss, is titled “Truth wins out: What happened when fundamentalist Christians tried to “cure” me of homosexuality.
The student had dropped out of a Bible college, North Central University and had been brought up in a Pentecostal church.
The motive for the “conversion” seems to be nothing more than purely religious ideology. However, one of the tracts did claim that homosexuality was harmful to “the extended family”, which, in a sense, perhaps it is. (For example, imagine the "Raising Helen" scenario so popular with Hollywood. When married parents have multiple children, and one of them gives them grandchildren, and then something tragic happens, they expect the siblings to be able to step up and raise the grandchildren, even though they did not "procreate" them.) It also spoke vaguely of “society at large” and claimed that only 2% of homosexual men survive to 65. (I guess I’m one of the 2%, then.)
The link is here.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
I had last seen the huge club in 1994. It still looked familiar, especially the outdoor patio area. The club is located NW of downtown, where 27 (Freedom Drive) meets I-77. The “Queen City” Dubai-like downtown is just out of sight from the club, which is in a ravine.
There seemed to be two big dance floors, on one level, and a pool room, and a visible makeup area for the performers (as if “Black Swan” were to play).
In the past, military men sometimes came to Charlotte from military bases to the East and South to escape the nosey NCIS investigators prone to look for cars with military license plates in gay bar lots (I have seen the Friends lounge (Facebook link) (in Jacksonville, NC, near Camp Le Jeune) from the outside once, back during a car road trip in 1992. In the 1990s (when I was writing my book), “everybody knew” that the Scorpio had a lot of military clientele.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
A “Republican” Commissione, Bill James, in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) made some particularly vitriolic anti-gay remarks recently, almost in ignorance (more than defiance) not only of the recent repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” but even of the 2003 “Lawrence vs. Texas” ruling by the Supreme Court. It's one of the most shocking statements made by a public official in recent times.
The main cable news channel in the area has the lead story and video (website url) here.
Other commissioners are now waking up to the libertarian argument that such behavior could drive business away from the area, especially after hard times associated with the financial collapse.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Elzie had joined the Marine Corps in the early 1980s, and would advance to becoming an American Embassy Guard. He was visible during the early years of Clinton’s “don’t ask don’t tell, don't pursue” and actually served four years while openly gay while legal and administrative battles went on.
One thing that stands out: in the days before DADT, as well as, probably, afterwards, the military actively pursued some servicemembers (it did not when I was in the Army from 1968-1970, when everyone looked the other way). It used the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), staffed by civilian employees, to pursue Marines going to “off limits” gay bars near military bases in the South (particularly North Carolina), often tracking down license plate numbers in parking lots. It's odd to expect civilian employees, supposedly protected themselves by a 1973 Civil Service ruling, pursuing gay sailors and Marines, a real ethical "conflict of interest".
David Mixner, author of "Stranger Among Friends" and provider of a Foreword for Elzie's book, had written (in his own earlier book) that the FBI had tried to set him up in 1969.
Picture: NCIS, Washington Navy Yard.
(Update: Jan. 9: My review appears today on the Book Reviews blog.)