Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Let's Be Better

Can my friends (Facebook and otherwise) *please* avoid referring to Kim Davis as a "bitch" or use the dreaded "c-word" about her? It's really bad form to celebrate a victory for sexual progress by hurling sexist epithets at the losing side. 

It's also hypocritical.

And, please, don't make her a martyr. Remember how the abortion fight went after Roe V. Wade--stretching into decades of individuated turf battles. We still have work to do--let's channel our marriage equality victory into constructive action on other important issues. Let's be better than the bigots

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Boycott? Gurl, Please.

AndyGraphic in response to this.

I'm not going to "boycott" the Emmerich film for several reasons, here are two:

1) A boycott won't achieve a good result--it won't lead to more numerous, more accurate films about LGBTQ; a failure at the box office won't be seen as a boycott, just a lack of a market for "those kinds of films."

2) I won't criticize a film I haven't seen, so if I want to have an opinion and be able to constructively address the film, I have to see it.

The studios, even the independent ones, don't have Ideological Purity or Historical Accuracy Departments. They do have Accounting Departments. If the box office earnings are bad, those studios will simply pull back from funding, buying, distributing films about us, and not dig deep into why the numbers were so low.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Night And Day

(And remember, they were both nominated by Republicans)

LGBTQ Status Reports, 2015

Celebrate, Then...

While celebrating the various progressive victories this week (health care reform, housing discrimination, marriage equality) at the Supreme Court, it is helpful to remember the following:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 86 next March.
Justice Antonin Scalia turns 80 next March.
Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 in 2018.
Justice Clarence Thomas turns 70 in 2018.

At least one and perhaps all of these seats on the SCOTUS will be filled by whomever is nominated by the next President and confirmed the Senate that he or she must contend with. The President that WE work to elect, the Senate that WE work to elect. Or we can sit back and let the highly-motivated "take our country back" TEA Party to do the work like they did in 2010, and then we end up with a SCOTUS packed with people against this week's victories.

And SCOTUS rulings can be revisited, just as Bowers v. Hardwick was overturned by Lawrence v. Texas.

The fate of these decisions is in our hands. So let's celebrate today, and then get to work tomorrow.