Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Conflict of interest" in self-publishing of "anti-gay" book by Atlanta official; other events in DC (especially in the "leather" community)

I went to the Arlington Gay Alliance Brunch at Freddie’s Beach Bar today and run into some news.
One of the items was a Metro Weekly story about the firing of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran for poor “personal judgment” after issuing a self-published book “Who Told You that You Were Naked?” It is on Amazon with a publisher listed as “3G Publishing”  (why do I suddenly think of “Big G” calisthenics in Army Basic in 1968?).   The book makes statements, predicated on supposed “evangelical Christianity”, critical of homosexual behavior.  Of course, religious conservatives are talking about this as a “freedom of speech “ issue, and drawing ironic analogies to the Charlie Hebdo controversy in France, as with this article.  The New York Times has a factual story by Richard Fausset here. There was a question of following procedures before issuing a book.  I see this as more like the “conflict of interest” in my own history in the 1990s (explained on a Wordpress “DADTNotes” blog posting Feb. 4, 2014, here). 

The “Metro Weekly”, a Washington DC gay paper, had detailed coverage of the “Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend”  (MLK Day) at a hotel in Washington, with a lot of explanation of various fetishes and practices.  I’ll let the writers here speak for themselves, link here.   This isn’t my cup of tea.  But one wonders if “The Saint” in NYC will ever resume its annual parties in March if it looks for another venue;  it could sell a DVD or independent film (like at Outfest) on the events in the past;  I find this video.  

The Eagle in Washington DC had a print ad saying “it isn’t far away” but it still doesn’t appear to be open yet, not even in time for this event, despite the fact that its website says it was taking job applications in late September.  It would be nice to see it finally open and be successful in Northeast DC, which (following U Street) seems to be the next big area for gentrification and real estate development.  

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