"Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Washington during the 1950s
As a teenager, Patrick began to understand he was gay–something he thought he was hiding well. But as he told his daughter Robin, one day, when he went to perform at a school assembly, his father Charles Edward Haggerty, decided to have a serious talk with him.
The 30th annual Dallas Pride parade
and festival, which will take place this weekend, has come under some controversy since the organizers announced the need for the event to be family-friendly and said nudity and lewd behavior will no longer be tolerated
. [more inside]
Nothing to Prove (SLYT)
The Doubleclicks rebut the "fake geek girl" meme in this awesome song. [more inside]
For about a day, Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning was going to be one of the Grand Marshals
in this year's San Francisco Pride Parade. Since Manning continues to languish in a military brig, his* frequent champion
, the Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, agreed to attend in his stead. Manning was selected by Pride's "electoral college," a jury of former Grand Marshals that elects some of the Grand Marshals for each year's parade. But almost as soon as his selection was announced, it was revoked by the Pride board. Here is the statement from board President Lisa Williams
The SF Pride board is meeting right now, and Manning's advocates will be gathering outside and possibly inside the meeting. @lizatblackrose
is livetweeting the meeting. [more inside]
Australian photographer Natalie McComas has undertaken a project
exploring and celebrating individuals with birthmarks
. [more inside]
Earlier this week, Shane Windmeyer of Campus Pride
made news with an article about his friendship with Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A: "Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A
". [more inside]
"I finally said, you know what, I'm going to tell my story. The first American injured in the Iraq war is a gay Marine. He wanted to give his life to this country." ~Eric Alva, 40, former Marine and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Tell: An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military [more inside]
Canadian military to gays: Join us! They're even setting up recruiting booths at Gay Pride events
(when they are allowed
) Note that CBC moderators deleted some of the comments on that first link, but you get a hunch on what they said from the other comments. You may also have heard about two gay soldiers who wed
on a military base.
"To suppose that the spirit
of our people
will not rise to the occasion
is to suppose that our people
are not genuine Americans. We shall make the fire of 1904
not of decline but of progress
Last week, Pride Fighting Championships
had their American debut in Las Vegas. Pride FC is a Mixed Martial Arts organization from Japan that boasts a lineup of fighters arguably superior to those of other MMA groups. Their heavyweight champion for example, Fedor Emelianenko
, is considered the best MMA fighter ever by most fight commentators. They are famous for their operatic production values
, regularly filling out 30-60,000 seat arenas in Japan.
However, many in MMA circles assert that their product is "too foreign"
for the US, and that they need to "Americanize"
their product for the mass market. Is this true? Given the popularity of video games
in the US, they might not have to change all that much.
Today is Texas Independence Day
On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence
was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos
. The document
was created by the Convention of 1836
while almost a couple hundred brave Texans at the Alamo held Gen. Santa Anna's army of several thousand at bay for 13 days
. On March 6, the Alamo finally fell
, slaughtered to the last man
. On March 27, 352 Texas soliders were slaughtered at the Goliad Massacre
. Finally on April 21, the untrained armies of Texas, outnumbered and under the command of Sam Houston
, decisively defeated the much larger and better trained and equipped Army of Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto
and captured the Mexican dictator Santa Anna
. Happy Texas Independence Day
The Family Research Council
is claiming victory
in their fight to have the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services remove a web site "Celebrating the Pride and Diversity Among and Within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations." [Google Cache Links: 1
] But the FRC are not very happy about the "derogatory and even threatening responses to the messages they sent to their own government."
A hilarious video clip
advertising a pride event in Oslo. Possibly NSFW.
Jeb Bush, comedian.
"It looks like the people
of San Francisco are an endangered species
, which may not be a bad thing. That's probably good news
for the country."
Officially the greediest, laziest
and most drunken
country in the West. What dubious, highly debatable sources of pride do you
attribute to your own country?
U.S. Dep't of "Justice" Blocks Gay Pride Event
ostensibly because Bush has refused to issue a proclamation for Gay Pride month. (Clinton's Pride Month proclamation is here
. A list of Bush's proclamations can be found here
). How inclusive is your employer?
Do you have a corporate pride event
Gay Pride events
are taking place worldwide this month, and PlanetOut
has got a number of interesting features to mark them: most fascinating to me are a series of coming out stories from other, mostly third world, countries. The first a tale of someone growing up gay in Bosnia
, and today from someone in the Phillipines
, with more to follow each day this week. There's also an article commemorating the 25th anniversary
of the rainbow flag (which is getting back in the pink
). Good, if not terribly in-depth, stuff. Be careful when following the links, you might run into some gay/lesbian/non-vanilla NSFW stuff.