Just because those of us who blog like to think we know everything, doesn’t mean we do – so here’s your chance to help me learn a thing or two. My guest this week on Closet Talk will be Allyson Robinson, Association Director of Diversity for HRC. We will be discussion Allyson’s transition process and I’ll be getting a lot of questions about the transcommunity answered for myself.
John Paul Sharp isn’t your average gay man – instead, he’s an extremely talented musician and writer (based upon my own experience listening to his music and reading a story he wrote). Come to think of it, maybe he is your average gay man.
His life echos that of many of us. We leave home, go to the Gay Holy Land (San Francisco) and find ourselves abusing methamphetamine and having anonymous sex.
But, John Paul made it out. He returned to college and recently showed his first play, My Big Phat Gay Musical, at the Vintage Theatre with great success, and he doesn’t plan on stopping there.
Organizers of the Great Nationwide Kiss In understood the imporance of a kiss when they first decided to turn it into a movement. They repeatedly told the stories of: the two men in El Paso who were kicked out of Chico’s Tacos in El Paso, Texas for kissing; the two lesbians kicked out of Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio, Texas for kissing; and the two young mean forcefully detained for a kiss on a popular promenade is Salt Lake City which is now owned by the Mormon Church.
As you’ve likely heard by now, members of the LGBT community have been experiencing more and more acts of harassment for public displays of affection which have heretofore been allowed only if the couple is heterosexual. In El Paso, two men were told that, “faggot stuff” wasn’t allowed after they exchanged a kiss standing in line at Chico’s Tacos. In Salt Lake City, two young men were forcibly detained by security after giving each other a kiss on a prominent and high traffic promenade because of a kiss. In San Antonio, two women were asked to leave Rolling Oaks Mall after allegedly kissing in public. Even more recently, two men at Inferno, a wine bar in SAN FRANCISCO, were allegedly forced out onto the street and called derogatory names by the owner after exchanging a hug and a kiss at the bar.
Tonight, Closet Talk flipped on its head with guest host, Tammy Defoe of tamfastic.com taking the reigns and interviewing me. Before the show, Tammy and I talked and I asked her to come up with questions about my coming out and my life. What I wasn’t prepared for was her asking me about was my death – or the possibility of it.
Listen as I falter a bit when asked about the possibility of my demise at the hands of those that oppose LGBT equality:
Here’s the Press Release for the Great Nationwide Kiss-In being planned nationally by the Davids (David Badash and David Mailloux) and Willow Witte. Please help spread the word:
“In response to recent events in three different U.S. cities, where gay or lesbian couples have been harassed, detained or arrested, for the simple act of kissing in a public place, two gay rights bloggers have joined forces with the national grassroots LGBT organization Join the Impact to create the Great Nationwide Kiss-In. Now, David Badash (of the New Civil Rights Movement), David Mailloux (of DYM SUM), and Willow Witte (Co-Founder and Director of Join the Impact) are seeking event coordinators throughout the United States to help organize these Kiss-In events.”
Gabrielle Hermosa joined me last night on Closet Talk. She is the author of MyCDLife.com and was a delightful guest. According to her website Gabrielle is:
“…a crossdresser, media artist, husband, part-time blogger and psychology enthusiast. I write about crossdressing, my personal life, and mix it up with fun and humor.
It is time we got out of the 1950’s when it comes to transgendered issues.”
We discussed many of the myths associated with crossdressing/crossdressers, how crossdressers fall into the umbrella of “transgender” people, her own coming out to her wife as a crossdresser, voice feminization issues and the sexual fetish of crossdressing.
Angela “Oxygen” Edge is a brilliant singer/songwriter and performer. She had two coming out experiences with her family, the first when she was dragged out, but denied it. The second, by the media when she was going on tour with SONiA and Disappear Fear.
Listen as she speaks her truth about coming out, her conservative upbringing and her compassionate understanding of her parents’ confusion and concerns in this episode of Closet Talk.
On this Independence Day, it may surprise you to learn that our founding fathers were not unified in their opinions, which ranged from, should we even secede from Britain to how would religion and slavery be incorporated into this new country. There were many compromises in order to reach a signed Declaration of Independence.
Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California and the release of the movie Milk, LGBT activists have realized that silence and politeness will not advance their rights.
Chad Gibson had just gone to the bathroom. Police then raided the Stonewall Inn Rainbow Lounge to arrest some gays for public intoxication. As Chad exited the bathroom, he was “taken down” and suffered a severe head injury. He is still in intensive care.
The police claim that Chad fell down because he was so drunk. I suppose they would like to sell me a bridge to know where too. In spite of the lies, LGBT people and their allies are pulling together in a massive show of support. Tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 1, 2009, a candle light vigil will be held.