Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The place has bartenders with shirts that read "need help?" or "got love?", and has a second-floor skylight, unusual for a bar at ground level.
This time, the performer seemed to be a real performer, and was really singing, not pantomiming as in a drag show.
The music set up is interesting too -- a Yamaha keyboard, and iPad with Adobe controlling what the performers see, but no pedals.
"Therapy" was all the rage in the NYC community in the good old days of the 70s, with Identity House and the Ninth Street Center.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Also, HRC's Backstory Blog has a petition and embedded video from North Carolina Pastor Charles Worely. It's pretty graphic -- he does play the "don't reproduce" card, and that's all that seems to matter to him. The video has gone viral, yet might violate YouTube TOS; but HRC's link is here. No, I'll decline to embed this one.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
As a post-trip bonus, Nate Berkus gave us (TV viewers) a tour of a Korean family's eco-friendly "Platinum House" in Santa Monica. It was like being there. When I'm in LA, it always seems like spring. But not so in the desert.
Video: ON Santa Monica Blvd, a spoof on the movie "Skyline":
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It may become much more common soon. Just check Google on "Pennsylvania filial responsibility laws" and one finds a number of law firms suddenly weighing in on the topic "Poor laws", making children and sometimes siblings responsible for parents debts are on the books in 30 states, which may get more aggressive with them given longevity and economic pressures, and even some nursing homes may go after family members directly, without waiting for Medicaid.
This is not about just emotions. Filial responsibility can come about regardless of a person's "choices". It could turn around our concept of personal responsibility.
With parents having longer lifespans and possibly longer periods of disability because of medical advances (which can have two faces), previously childless adults are sometimes forced to deal with becoming "parents in reverse". There can be legal implications. Responsibility for an incapacitated parents can be enforced by Adult Protective Services in many states and has legal (sometimes criminal) implication sometimes similar to those for minor children.
As for "LGBT people", it does seem that the age off "separation", and living our own lives as if we were on another planet (a mentality common in the 70s when I came of age) is long over. It makes the capability to get and stay married (in an emotionally permanent relationship) and participate in raising another generation and caring for a previous one (and having some command over a family structure) a likely prerequisite for "equality". And the moral arguments about "commitment" make us run in circles.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Update: June 19
Emily Bazelon has an article in Slate discussing whether Ravi should have testified, and mentions three computer Word document files and a written note from Clementi that were not introduced into the trial or made public, because Ravi was not charged in the death. Ravi was released today from jail after 20 days, for work and good behavior.
The private files could shed light on Clementi's mindset, and might suggest that he had issues even before the spying incident. The Slate story is here.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
In San Diego, along University Ave. in a neighborhood called Hillcrest, things seem low-key (Flicks).
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Studio Theater has hosted LGBT events before, such as a performance of the play "Another American: Asking and Telling" by Marc Wolf (now a film), in 2000, the year of the most recent "March on Washington". HRC had an "event" at RFK Stadium that year, where I ran into Keith Meinhold. These are very long memories.
Lambda's appearance seems timely given President Obama's recent statement on gay marriage and the flap over the Virginia legislature's treatment of Tracy Thorne.
I didn't learn of this happening until I saw the Washington Blade Saturday at Landmark's E Street Theater. Moral: Keep up with the Blade.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Gay activists can be put on both sides of the fence, wanting what can be "gotten" in some states, and insisting on full marriage in others.
Alan Duke has a full story today on CNN summing up the situation in many states, link here. Does this issue need to be pursued "symptomatically", state by state?
Tim Hoover and John Ingold report that the civil unions bill in Colorado was just killed before reaching the house floor, link here.
Also: Las Vegas ("Cibola") has it's images of straight marriage:
Look at this couple, too:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Also, today CNN offered an op-ed on "What the Bible really says about homosexuality", "My Take", by Daniel A. Helminiak, link .
Update: May 16:
The Washington Post has an editorial "Bigotry blocks a gay Virginian from bench", link here. The editorial mentions that Thorne and his partner are raising twin sons. The news story in the Post refers to a GOP member of the legislature (Marshall, of the 2006 Marshall-Newman amendment) who compared Thorne's lifestyle to "polygamy". A few comments in the legislature were pretty shocking.
It is true, however, that advocacy for any particular political cause sometimes is seen as a sign of lack of "objectivity" required on the bench. That's the old "conflict of interest" problem so familiar to me.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Romney urged to play same-sex marriage card; CNN reports that California will vote on banning reparative therapy
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
A Raleigh newspaper was the first to carry the story. The Charlotte Observer still carried a chat on the matter a few minutes ago. The Raleigh link is here. Around 9:10 PM, CNN and MSNBC flashed an AP headline that the measure had passed, without links to stories. (By the way, the AP's own site no longer carries stories, only member papers do.)
Polls show that many North Carolina voters didn't understand the "civil union" part. The text of the measure is on Ballotpedia here.
here. The pastor tried to half-recant the sermon on the show tonight.
Monday, May 07, 2012
I was teased from about third to ninth grades (1950s). Once or twice I "fought with my fingernails" and could have inflicted real injury, in seventh grade. But teachers were indifferent. But I got in trouble in ninth grade for verbal abuse in a time when disability was not looked at the way it is today.