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No We Can't

Some hatreds run deeper than others.

Can a little gay boy grow up to be president of the United States?

Apparently, the answer is no.

 

We've had our first African-American president. There's a possibility that we could be seeing our first Jew in the White House.

As for a woman, a plurality of Americans already have elected a female president, though—in an utterly shameful miscarriage of democracy—our vote was stolen from us by the Electoral College.

But can a gay guy get elected president of the United States, even one that's personable, smart, and charismatic? 

No, and we all know the real reason why not.

 

There was always something quixotic and kind of wistful about Pete Buttigieg's campaign for the presidency. I was never a supporter—I'm sorry, experience matters—but I have to admit that I was surprised at the strength of my own deep sense of personal loss—you could even call it grief—when I heard that he'd decided (and good on him for doing it) to leave the race.

Oh, I understand that there were other issues as well, but here's the sorry fact: The majority of Americans won't vote for a gay man to be president. 

Call it what you want to, but that's hatred.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, The MAGA folks laugh at our contempt for their boy, and mockingly say things like, "Orange Man Bad!" and "Trump Derang
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I'd vote for Adolf Hitler if the Dems were to run him, but of course, they can't. The Republicans are already running him.
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, I'll vote for a ham sandwich in November, if it wins the Democratic presidential nomination. However, my wife is a hu
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I think he might have enough name recognition now to bag the governorship of Indiana. A couple of terms as Governor and maybe one
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Not gonna happen. The running mate is going to be a woman and/or an ethnic minority. Everybody knows that gay white men aren't a r

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Gayboy's Revenge

When's the last time you attended a good, old-time public shaming?

Jeff Douglas, longtime co-host of CBC Radio's evening news show As It Happens retired on Friday. I'll miss his velvety, sexy voice and wacky sense of humor.

What I won't miss:

  • His hammy, over-the-top acting.
  • His truly bad French accent.
  • His twee affection for naughty words like “pooh.”
  • His affected and condescending insistence on attempting to pronounce Third World names like a native. (Why, Jeff, does Carrrrracas get a rolled R, but not Madrid, or Rome?)
  • His unthinking straightboy arrogance.

Well, we've had our revenge. Some months back, one of CBC's day presenters hosted an “Ask Anything” live interview with Jeff Douglas and his AIH co-host Carol Off. I could tell that something was afoot from the very beginning.

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On Being Called a Fag

 Reader Alert: Homophobic Language

 

I've been called "fag" many times in my life, but probably the last place in the world where I would have expected to have it happen again was the “Paganism and the LGBTQ+ Experience” panel discussion at Paganicon.

It always hurts more when your defenses are down.

Let me hasten to add that this hate speech was no fault of either the panel's organizer or the panelists themselves. It came, rather, from an audience member who stood up to speak during the post-presentation discussion.

(Since I don't know pronoun preferences for this specific individual, I'll use “3.”)

This person, who self-identifies as Third Gender, talked—inter alia—about how, although it wasn't 3's real identity, 3 used to pass as a “fag” because it was easier.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Hearing one well-fed American voice after another listing his/her/their preferred pronouns, I have to admit that I couldn't help b
  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    From the chair I sat in, it was very Orwellian. In hindsight, I think much of what was said in that workshop was couched in desper
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    "what he calls Faggot Witchcraft." This is how I've referred to it in the past. "I'm guessing that that would probably have piss
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    P.S. I don't find your question untoward at all. If we can't use the specific as a springboard into examination of the general, it
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I'm not quite prepared to offer a general rule-of-thumb for quoting offensive--or potentially offensive--language yet (as the Wiza
In Which Our Intrepid Blogger Gets Angry and Lays a Curse

Words matter.

That's why I'm laying a curse upon a certain word.

Not wishing to draw said curse onto my own head, I will refrain from writing the word here, for indeed it deserves neither to be written nor spoken.

But this much I will say:

The word that I hereby curse is a portmanteau of “romance” and “bro” (sic).

This sneering, belittling, condescending term denotes an intimate emotional relationship between two men.

And everyone knows that men shouldn't have those.

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 For Which

For which we braved the pyre,

the noose, the gelder’s knife. For which

we will give anything, and have, and do.

A good: so natural a good, self-evidently

best and truest, which by its nature transforms

everything. The truth which gives the lie

to anything that stands against it, and so much

stands against it. For which we die, and have,

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  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    xoxoxo
And This Year's Gene Roddenberry Homophobia "Hall of Shame" Award...

...goes to...

the “Star Wars” franchise

for boldly imagining a universe without gay people:

a genocide of the imagination.

 

Shame on George Lucas.

Shame on Disney.

Shame on Hollywood.

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  • Mariah Sheehy
    Mariah Sheehy says #
    I agree Star Trek & Star Wars have both been disappointing in the GLBT representation department, though Star Trek in particular h
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    It's not a genre that I read much of, Anthony, so I'm not qualified to say. Surely there must be.
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Can you think of any Science Fiction series or novels that do include same sex couples? I'm sure I remember there being a lesbian

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Fire Kim Davis Now

Rant Alert

If a Mormon barrista suddenly refused to serve coffee because caffeine is "against her religion," she would be fired.

If a tattooist converted to Orthodox Judaism and refused to tattoo anyone because the Torah forbids it, he would be fired.

So a county clerk in Kentucky refuses to issue marriage licenses because her form of Christianity forbids same-sex marriage, and they send the matter to court?

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    On Sunday Kim Davis was still appearing in my newspaper. I decided to do a 40 day prayer challenge about it. Below is the prayer
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Goddess bless separation of church and state. It really is the best idea anyone's had in the last 500 years.
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Thanks for the clarification, Raven, and shame on me for not doing my homework. Life is so much simpler with easy answers. Too bad
  • Raven J. Demers
    Raven J. Demers says #
    I'm not certain they were prepared for this outcome, but the Supreme Court has denied her any grounds on which to continue this pr
  • Raven J. Demers
    Raven J. Demers says #
    I wish it were as simple as firing her. As an elected civil servant, the choices are: jail and impeachment, compliance, or resigna

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