England cricketer Steven Davies
has come out in an interview
with the Daily Telegraph, having come out to the England squad prior to the Ashes, making him the first openly gay professional cricketer. The Guardian tries to work out
what this says about cricket
posted by hoyland
on Feb 28, 2011 -
Are you gay enough for asylum
? “Judges and immigration officials are adding a new hurdle in gay asylum cases that an applicant’s homosexuality must be socially visible,” said Lori Adams, a lawyer at Human Rights First
, a nonprofit group, who advises people seeking asylum based on sexuality. “The rationale is that if you don’t look obviously gay, you can go home and hide your sexuality and don’t need to be worried about being persecuted.” [more inside]
posted by anya32
on Jan 31, 2011 -
Right before the 10th anniversary
of the first same-sex marriage in Canada, Saskatchewan's highest court has ruled
that a proposed law allowing provincial marriage commissioners to refuse to wed same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
gives its thoughts on the decision and the social context surrounding it.
posted by Lemurrhea
on Jan 19, 2011 -
GLBT rights advocate Carolyn Wagner has passed away. In 1996, Carolyn's
16 year old son, William, was assaulted in his school in Fayetteville, Arkansas, following years of anti-gay
harassment. School administrators rebuffed his complaints, telling him to man-up. His mother, Carolyn, filed a complaint
with the Office For Civil Rights that the Fayetteville Arkansas School District was in violation of their son's Title lX rights and succeeded in convincing the OCR that GLBT students are covered by Title lX, and won. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Jan 19, 2011 -
Growing Up Gay (Part 1
, Part 2
) is a two-part documentary series exploring the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people growing up in Ireland.
As recently as 1993, homosexuality was illegal in Ireland. As the first generation born after decriminalization comes of age, this series seeks to establish how much has changed in Irish society in the intervening years. For young people, whose lives revolve around school and the family, is it any easier to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender today than it was 17 years ago?
posted by minifigs
on Jan 14, 2011 -
Born This Way!
Photo/essay submissions that capture men and women, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate gay selves.
posted by hermitosis
on Jan 13, 2011 -
Didier Lestrade, former publisher of classic French gay zines and periodicals like Magazine
) and Têtu
. “Unlike many young fags today, we knew our gay history. We were learning all the time about all kinds of stuff and we were always eager to lean more…. It freaks me out to think how quickly we went from creating our own history to not caring about gay history anymore! It happened so fast. No one has even begun to collect and preserve all the material from the Paradise Garage, the Saint, etc., and now gay people don’t seem to even care.” [more inside]
posted by joeclark
on Jan 7, 2011 -
Peter Grudzien lives in New York and makes psychedelic country music
or at least used to, since only two albums of his material ever came out, The Unicorn
in 1974, and The Garden of Love
, which is mostly a collection of demos. His songs are varied, ranging from noise music to straight up country, and their subject matters are equally wide-ranging, from strange fare, such as lyrics about his clone being at Stonewall
, to straight-up love songs
. His best known original is probably The Unicorn
, a beautiful song whose lyrics
recast the early 70s New York gay demimonde in terms of a barren zombie-filled wasteland which will be reborn when the titular unicorn is found by the queen. Other songs on YouTube are White Trash Hillbilly Trick
, New York Town
and an instrumental cover of the Georgia Gibbs hit Kiss Me Another
. Finally, here's a lovely cover of The Unicorn
by Calgary folkie Kris Ellestad.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 21, 2010 -
Want to know what your old high school is doing to protect and support its LGBTQ students? Write Your Principal
encourages and collects correspondence about anti-bullying efforts between alumni and their alma maters. [via projects
posted by lalex
on Oct 18, 2010 -
She read from notes, stumbling occasionally, and did not so much lean on her metaphors as wrestle them to the floor and grind them underfoot; but they loved it anyway - all 15 minutes of it. She attacked everyone from the president on down, demanded stricter standards for America's service personnel, espoused an aggressive red-meat constitutionalism, and proposed a new policy which she summed up as "if you don't like it - go home."
The 2,000-strong crowd cheered wildly as she literally howled her frustration before leading them, fists pumping, in an anti-incumbent chant of "Go home!" A strange mix of patriotism and petulance, it was a rough kind of stump speech that hadn't been tested in a focus group or tried out on a campaign aide, and which was delivered with complete disregard for how it might play in the media.
Witness the startling political debut
of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, American citizen.
posted by anigbrowl
on Sep 20, 2010 -
Don’t just touch Paul Bellini – tattoo him on your arm!
That kooky writer from The Kids in the Hall
, Paul Bellini (NSFW blog
), developed cult infamy as a result of recurring appearances on that show wearing next to nothing but a bath towel. Who indeed can forget the subsequent Touch Paul Bellini contest
, in which one Rebecca Klatka of St. Petersburg won the right to do just that? (Video proof.
Inevitable Facebook group
.) A decade and a half later, Eric Cedrone of Buffalo takes the prize for Most Dedicated Fan of Man in Towel with his arm tattoo of Bellini in said towel, voided area used to advantage.
posted by joeclark
on Sep 16, 2010 -