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California GOP recognizes gay group

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.

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Did Leonard Nimoy save my life?

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Leonard Nimoy

Quite possibly.

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.

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Writing Book 3: Whiskey Sunrise

Mike Martinez:

Please meet Missouri Vaun. Writer of lesbian romance!

Originally posted on Missouri Vaun:

Royal of Whiskey Sunrise One of my favorite characters in Whiskey Sunrise. Stay tuned :-)

I’ve been working on my third book for Bold Strokes Books titled, Whiskey Sunrise, and it’s been interesting to watch the characters for this story evolve. Unlike with my first book, All Things Rise, where I knew the characters well before I started writing, these characters have been revealing themselves to me a little at a time. Currently, of the two leading women, one character is more butch and one character is more femme, but I’m learning that the fabric of their personalities is much more complex than those two labels imply. In addition to the context of operating a moonshine operation in a dry county in the Deep South in 1939, this book is also turning into an exploration of gender.

Over the past few years, I’ve come to be good friends with a few…

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The Imitation Game nails it for sure

cumberbatch the imatation gameThe Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is probably one of the best films I’ve seen in a very long time.  As usual Cumberbatch was compelling in his performance and portrayal of the brilliant, and equally tormented, Alan Turing.  Turing was credited with leading the effort of cracking the Nazi secret code machine known as Enigma during War World II.  He was also a very closeted gay man.

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Newsflash! God hates me!

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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:

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