Month: July 2009

Let’s Not Suffer Forgetfulness: Happy Birthday Hart Crane

Today would be Hart Crane’s 110th birthday. However, the American poet left this world at the young age of 32. One account of his death reads:

“Hart Crane was not yet thirty-three when he removed his topcoat and jumped over the rail of the Orizaba. It was just past noon, 250 miles north of Havana, and 10 miles east of the coast of Florida. ‘Man overboard,’ someone called and the Orizaba shut down its engines. For two hours the lifeboats circled in vain, then the ship resumed its voyage.” — The Lonesome Death of Hart Crane.


July 21, 2009 0

Preliminary Hearings Underway for Larry King’s Murderer.

Brandon McInerney, the teenager who allegedly murdered Larry King after King declared, “Baby, I love you,” to him, faced a day in the courtroom. During the pretrial hearing, Oxnard Police Sergeant Kevin Baysinger, told the court:

“Brandon said if he ever wanted to kill anybody, his dad had a bunch of guns and he had the capability.”

He went on to say that the investigation also revealed that McInerney told one of Larry’s friends before the murder to:

“Tell Larry goodbye because you’re not going to see him again.”


July 21, 2009 1

Hate Crimes Legislation: Obama, won’t you buy me an F22?

The Hate Crimes Bill has, at long last, passed the Senate. Hooray! Wait, what? Obama might veto it? That’s right folks. Why? Because Republicans added 1.5 billion dollars for F22’s. Those would-be state of the art military jets.

Let me just get this off my chest first. I have no clue what those two things have to do with each other. Yet, we all know, that passing legislation is a game of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” It’s never really been about what citizens deserve. It’s all about special interests and party allegiance. What I’m trying to say is, crazy or stupid, like it or not, this is how our government works. Heck, I’m ready to tie same-sex marriage to a new Star Wars program. Why not?


July 20, 2009 3

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: Straight Ally? Wear Blue. It’s What You Can Do.

Are you straight? Do you have straight friends and family? Send ’em to me, the straight girl blogging on a gay man’s website. I want to have a little chat with straight people. I’m here to recruit you. I’m here to turn you blue.

Over Independence Day, jaysays had a poll. What could help move gay rights forward? Was it scientific? No. Did we get thousands of responses? No. Still, one of the top thoughts was enlisting more straight allies. What could we do? We came up with blue.

I believe there are a lot of straight people out there who support rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.


July 19, 2009 9

SCLC Works to Overcome Oppression in Order to be Oppressive

Ask just about anyone on the street if they support civil rights and they will likely say yes, but ask specific questions and you’ll hear a wide variety of responses.

Rev. Eric P. Lee, the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (“SCLC”) has come under fire by members of the purported civil rights organization. The scrutiny isn’t because Rev. Lee is against civil equality, but instead, because he supports civil equality.

The SCLC was formed in the late 50’s in response to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The group, popularized by Martin Luther King, Jr., has been a leadership organization for civil rights for decades. Unfortunately, not all members agree that civil equality applies to all people.


July 17, 2009 0

How to Get Away with Murder: A Guide to the Gay Panic Defense

Getting away with murder when investigators are using advanced forensic science such as DNA testing isn’t easy these days, but where there’s a will, there’s a way – as they say. Because murder is not as big of a sin against God as being gay (so it seems), we’ve prepared the following guide which will assist you in carrying out a murder – and getting away with it. The guide was prepared after a careful analysis of several cases wherein the “Gay Panic” defense was used. Those cases will be discussed at the end of this guide.


July 16, 2009 6

Gay Activists Kicked out of Council Hearing on Rainbow Lounge Raid.

While there is no reason to watch the entire 6+ hours of the City Counsel meeting discussing the Ft. Worth raid of the Rainbow Lounge, it does have its moments. City Council Woman, Kathleen Hicks, delivered an eloquent speech around the 13:50 mark.

“As a council representative of the club in which this unfortunate incident took place and as an African American female who experiences discrimination every day of my life, I fill it is incumbent upon me to stand up, not only for the citizens I represent, but for all. I want to thank each and everyone of you that have emailed or called me regarding this incident.

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I also feel very strongly that not only the police, but all city employees, including myself, must receive education on diversity and inclusion and acceptance of all within our community.”


July 15, 2009 1

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 4, 2009 – July 12, 2009)

Australian Sailors Competition Under Investigation – Australia is not the first country to be embarrassed by its military – the US has had a couple of investigations of its own. This time it’s Australia’s turn. A vessel of the Australian Navy was docked in Singapore during this past May. While the vessel was in port there – something along the lines of a contest was discovered. It seems that a group of sailors on this ship had a contest (with cash prizes) for bedding their female colleagues. That’s right. There was an extra (cash) incentive for bedding or seeping with an officer (female), or a Lesbian or having sex in an unusual place (pool table). The name of the ship is the HMAS Success – no my fellow readers I am not kidding. That is the true name of the vessel. The Success has a crew of 220. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that the allegations are “disturbing.” Hopefully all those involved will feel full and appropriate justice for their “alleged” contest.


July 14, 2009 0

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Transgender = Attention Starved Homosexual

If you want to get technical, the title of this series, “Stupid Things People Say About Gays” doesn’t fit well when discussing Trans-Issues. Not because Trangender people aren’t part of the LGBT community (after all there is a T in there), but because most Transgender people don’t identify as gay. Therefore, before we get too far into this horror story of gender discrimination and hate, I must admit to using the term “gay” as an all inclusive pass for my gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied friends – that includes our straight allies (isn’t it lovely being gay?).

As previously reported, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (“SEPTA”) sales a riding pass, referred to as a “transpass” to those wishing to avoid the use of tokens to ride the rail.


July 14, 2009 3

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: The Dangerous Science Agenda of the Christian Right.

I ache inside. I ache that I live in a world where people who have never made friends with a gay person, never bonded with one, think they know what is best. The only scientific research they believe in is the research funded by their own biased groups. The Family Institute, who currently wants to make gay sex illegal and punishable offense, wants to cut off funding for HIV, wants to give everyone gay therapy (and let’s not forget that gays molest children and live much shorter lives). All this danger from a supposed 2% of the population. The Family Institute page does a great job of making it look like they do legitimate unbiased science. But they don’t. Their agenda of doing privately supported research in the framework of a “Christian view point” is clearly stated on their website. Talk about an agenda of dehumanizing and criminalizing homosexuality.

It’s a dictatorship, not a democracy. It’s like a sick game of Jeopardy. Find the data to support your beliefs. That isn’t how science is done.


July 13, 2009 1