Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Happy International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, everyone! Not just me, but 100+ authors of LGBTQ fiction weigh in on the topic in this year’s Blog Hop. Check it out!

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HAHAT 2014 Today, May 17th, is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia .  Along with over a hundred other authors, publishers, reviewers, and cover designers of LGBTQ fiction, I’m participating in the week-long Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia .  Partly because I understand and would passionately contend that raising awareness around these issues and issues like them is a critical element of any fight to eradicate them, and partly because the acronym (and airline employees love acronyms) for Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia is HAHAT, which sounds to me like something jaunty one would don (after a mimosa or two) to take to the streets and fight against homo- and transphobia.  I  shall rise up and march with you,  your bi-curious friend from work might say.   Do you have a Hay Hat I could borrow?   There are scads of participants, dozens of blogs to visit, and, of course, fabulous prizes — for instance,

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Homophobia Hits Home

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Teaching point here: as my best friend says, “One monkey don’t stop no show.”

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(Avoid alliteration always!)

Pinky and MeI will stipulate that we might not be a strictly “conventional” couple, what with both of us being men, and one of us being a pink-coiffed drag queen who’s about six-foot-eight in heels, but for the most part my husband and I just sort of go about our gay business. We neither seek input nor require guidance from our families, any church, or the government on how best to conduct our Big Gay Relationship.  We don’t spend a lot of time, at least not intentionally, tearing at the Very Fabric of Society, although we do watch a lot of Golden Girls and order in kind of a lot of Indian food.  We do each have a tattoo of a naked man — I guess if society really is going to crumble, you wanna get a few good chips in, kinda the way people eventually flung themselves at…

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Same-Sex Marriage Really is a Threat – Part II

gay-marriage-cake-topper-two-couples_0I just reblogged a thoughtful and brilliantly insightful post from the blog Nursing Clio on which I have a few thoughts that I didn’t want to include in a rambling 14-inch reblogging “comment.”  So instead, I shall ramble on about them here:

For all that I don’t consider myself particularly invested in the legalization (or decriminalization or wherever we’re at with the whole thing now) of Same-Sex Marriage, it occurs to me that I post about it kind of a lot.  While it is by no means the be-all, end-all issue that it is sort of publicized as—anti-gay attitudes and policies and organizations and funeral-picketing churches will neither be permanently eradicated from nor permanently enshrined in the American Experience on the whim of nine people in robes—I do see how it is useful as a sort of shorthand for “gay rights,” and as a barometer for their degree of popularity in our current culture.  (The fallacy that certain civil rights should be granted or denied to a swath of the populace based on their popularity is a conversation for another post.) Continue reading

Same-Sex Marriage Does Threaten “Traditional” Marriage

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Tiffany K. Wayne holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a former Affiliated Scholar with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University. She is an adjunct college instructor in U.S. history and a freelance writer and editor of reference books in women’s studies, literary history, and the history of science and technology. She is currently developing a high-school level curriculum for teaching LGBTQ history and literature.

Recently on Facebook some friends were passing around a quote by comedian Ellen DeGeneres who was responding to the charge that same-sex marriage will “threaten”heterosexual marriages. Ellen quipped:

“Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine…”

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Need a Gay Gift?

XMAS KMSHoliday shopping can be tricky, especially if you’re friends with the Queer Who Has Everything. (You know those gays and their disposable income.)  They’re all stocked up on Gay Apparel, and even if you wanted to gift someone a “figgy pudding,” where in the heck would you find one?  And what message are you really trying to send with a present that’s any kind of figgy?  No, the solution is definitely a book.  Like, a semi-steamy piece of gay fiction.  Perhaps even a gay love story in which a pivotal soul-searching scene takes place around a Nebraska family’s Christmas brunch table.  That’s the ticket! you say.  But it sounds like literary figgy pudding to me: wherever would I find such an item?  It so happens that I have written just such a book, and you can get it all kinds of places — heck, JMS Books, my (independent, queer) publisher, is even having a big sale!  The paperback fits snugly in any stocking, or the eBook, what with its instant delivery and all, makes a great last-minute gift.

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Having a happy holiday shouldn’t ruin your Christmas…

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flying santaThis is re-posted from last year.  Not to be boring, but I find that the topic will keep cropping up…

I bought my Christmas tie at Hong Kong’s Stanley Market ages ago for like two dollars, and have worn it to work (in strict accordance with my company’s uniform guidelines, I might add, cuz that’s how I roll) for the whole month of December pretty much ever since. We celebrate Christmas, but I am not a Christian, and my tie, as befits a Christmas tie from China, is very generic; no Jesus, no Santa, just a bunch of snowmen and gold star-topped trees. Mostly I wear a holiday tie because it is my one and only opportunity to vary the uniform that I wear every day. The very same uniform, come to that, that, at my broke-ass company, I’ve been wearing for my entire career. Lots of pilots wear them…

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“One Million” Moms Miss the Mark (Again) on Ellen Ad

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Surprising approximately no one anywhere, (Nowhere Near) One Million Moms has chimed in on JC Penney’s latest, apparently hugely offensive, television ad, starring the biggest threat to American Family Values since the fully functioning brain, Ellen Degeneres.

As you probably know, One Million Moms is a group whose membership is exaggerated in its name by about 95%, specifically spawned by the American Family Association first to take and then to publicize “offense” to all things gay that threaten The Children.  That they take offense to the insidious threat to decency that is Ellen in general is not news, nor the fact that they have already launched one “boycott” of JC Penney, based on their choice of Ellen as a spokesperson, that made the company rich beyond its wildest dreams.  Where One Million Moms’ Facebook page (before they took it down) reached a zenith of about 50,000 “Likes,” the Facebook page “1 Million People Who Support Ellen for JC Penney” sits pretty at more like 325,000; if the influence of these “moms” is not debatable (and here we are, talking about them again), its effectiveness certainly is. Continue reading