In a move sure to cause heart palpitations in conservative stalwarts, California’s Republican party has voted to recognize a gay group. The Log Cabin Republicans, a 38 year old organization that up to now has lived Rodney Dangerfield’s lament of “can’t get no respect”, has finally won a smidgeon. In a Sunday vote at their bi-annual convention in Sacramento, the tally was 861 to 293 to admit that there are some people who are both gay and Republican, and grant them formal recognition.
Well, not literally, as in he didn’t yank me back from the path of a speeding bus, or drag me from a burning building. Technically, it wasn’t even Leonard Nimoy.
It was 1971, and a local independent television station had started up in our town, adding a fourth channel to our choices, and they were filling airtime with reruns of television shows from the 60’s. Along with Adam-12, Dragnet, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, etc, there was Star Trek. I was 14, a bookworm, and as about as socially inept as it was possible to be. My unrecognized and repressed homosexuality didn’t help matters. I was a mess.
Then along came Spock.
So that was an odd, out-of-the-blue comment on my Twitter feed recently. It was in response to posts I’d made back in November regarding the LGBT contingent in Porterville’s Veteran’s Day Parade. JewishBoy must have been trolling old commentary looking for ways to spread the good word.
Here’s how the entire conversation went:
In a display of incredible insensitivity and insult, Devin Nunes, a GOP representative for California’s 22nd District, on his official Congressional website, used the above picture in “The Nunes Digest” to link to a report of the California legislature passing a bill allowing death certificates to reflect the expressed gender of the decedent. Not content to simply comment on the legislation, Nunes posted an image expressly to insult the transgender community.
Leading the charge of the Light (Headed) Brigade, Steve Doocy of Fox’s Fox and Friends waxed not-very-poetic, but rather apoplectic, about the “latte salute”. Upset that President Obama saluted the Marine guards while holding a cup in his hand, (at least it wasn’t a dog, right?) Doocy made his own gaffe. Describing the scene as President Obama stepping off of “Air Force One”, he firmly planted his own foot in his mouth.