Monthly Archives: August 2011

Obama’s Persecution Of Dan Choi Continues In Court Today

Photo by Todd Franson for Metro Weekly
Photo by Todd Franson
Lt. Dan Choi, fired from the Army National Guard under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell last year, will be in court again today, as the Obama Department of Justice continues its persecution of DADT protestors. Even with less than a month before DADT is officially repealed, Assistant US Attorney Angela George seems oddly determined to see Lt. Choi humiliated and left with jail time and a criminal record.

Fortunately, the civil rights leader is equally determined to respond with honor. Following George’s campaign of intimidation on Choi and the twelve other White House protestors earlier this year, a campaign that even left the judge citing Martin Luther Mother Fucking King Junior, Choi alone refused a plea agreement that forced the other twelve to plead guilty to a “failure to move” charge.

To call the federal charges levied against Dan Choi disproportionate would be the height of understatement. Instead of dismissing charges or utilizing the common “post and forfeit” procedure as happens in the vast majority of this type of cases, Assistant US Attorney Angela George told the judge that the protestors were too quiet and polite to charge them with disorderly conduct.

Here’s a quick example of how quiet and polite Choi and his fellow protestors were:

Fortunately, the emerging civil rights figure’s resolve seems undeterred as his trial is set to begin this morning. Clearly, he has learned the truth behind the quote from African American Civil Rights hero Bayard Rustin (who was also gay) that says, “When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.”

If you’re so inclined, please keep Dan Choi in your thoughts and prayers today. I only wish I’d been cuffed to the White House fence last November so I could stand with him today. It ain’t easy standing alone in a courtroom, no matter how many people stand behind you outside.

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Once Proudly Homophobic Tim Hardaway Tells El Paso To ‘Grow Up’

Every once in a while a tiger manages to change his stripes. Take retired Miami Heat Point Guard Tim Hardaway, for example.

In February 2007, Tim Hardaway made headlines when he told an interviewer, “I hate gay people.” He went on to say that if a player on his team had come out of the closet, he would have asked that the player be traded.

Four short years later, there’s a different Tim Hardaway in the news. Last week, he joined a press conference in El Paso, Texas, where local religious right leaders are leading a recall election of the mayor and two city representatives. The move comes after the city leaders voted to reinstate benefits for the spouses of LGBT city workers.

Only this time, Tim Hardaway is standing up against discrimination.

In asking citizens to oppose the recall, Hardaway said he was asking them not to do what he did.

Faced with a backlash from friends, family and the NBA, Hardaway quickly apologized for what he said.

“I opened my eyes and went to counseling,” he said Thursday.

Tom Brown, leader of the recall drive, was not available for comment on Thursday.

But supporters say they are motivated by frustration that Cook, Byrd and Ortega disregarded the outcome of the November initiative. They also say they harbor no hatred toward gays — but that they think it’s wrong to use tax dollars to support what they believe is an immoral lifestyle.

Hardaway wasn’t having it on Thursday as he stood, clad all in white, in Lower Tom Lea Park.

“I would say grow up and catch up with the times,” he said. “It’s all around the world.”

Hardaway said that what made his earlier statements especially shameful is that, as a black man, he should understand discrimination. And so should El Paso, as it has in the past, he said.

He recalled how in 1966 at the height of the civil rights movement, his former coach, Don Haskins, led a team with five black starters past an all-white University of Kentucky team to win a national championship.

“A lot of people said, ‘What is Don Haskins doing?’ ” Hardaway said. “But El Paso understood.”

Good on you, Tim. You’ve made an amazing transformation in a short time. I hope the people of El Paso and beyond learn from your inspirational example.

Ex-Gays Meet, Hilarity Ensues On ‘Web Therapy’

web-therapy-lisa-kudrow-meryl-streepLately I’ve been re-watching Lisa Kudrow’s acclaimed improv series Web Therapy. The previously internet-only series relaunched on Showtime last month, so a whole new audience is being introduced to Dr. Fiona Wallice’s brand of psychological help.

Michelle and Marcus Bachmann (and other closet homosexuals/ex-gays) have been all over the news lately, so what better time to showcase my favorite episodes of the series, which skewer the subject quite expertly. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Meryl Streep guest stars.

Here’s the final of the three ex-gay episodes, in which the inevitable happens. Oh yes it does. As Camilla says, there is a lot of backsliding, literally.

Part 1 | Part 2

[box]Reverse Psychology: In the final installment, Fiona gives Camilla a hands-on demonstration of the effectiveness — or otherwise — of Camilla’s therapeutic techniques when she arranges a meeting with Camilla’s husband.[/box]

Special Bonus Outtakes!

More Hilarious Mockery Of Ex-Gay Therapy From Lisa Kudrow & Meryl Streep

web-therapy-lisa-kudrow-meryl-streepLately I’ve been re-watching Lisa Kudrow’s acclaimed improv series Web Therapy. The previously internet-only series relaunched on Showtime last month, so a whole new audience is being introduced to Dr. Fiona Wallice’s brand of psychological help.

Michelle and Marcus Bachmann (and other closet homosexuals/ex-gays) have been all over the news lately, so what better time to showcase my favorite episodes of the series, which skewer the subject quite expertly. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Meryl Streep guest stars.

Here’s the second of the three ex-gay episodes. I have to say, Kudrow is a wonderful straight man. (So to speak.)

Part 1 | Part 3

[box]Healing Touch: Fiona is eager to join Kip in his recovery, but discovers that his treatment with Camilla has progressed quickly — and alarmingly — beyond the usual talk and aversion therapy.[/box]

Meryl Streep & Lisa Kudrow Talk Ex-Gay Husbands On ‘Web Therapy’

web-therapy-lisa-kudrow-meryl-streepLately I’ve been re-watching Lisa Kudrow’s acclaimed improv series Web Therapy. The previously internet-only series relaunched on Showtime last month, so a whole new audience is being introduced to Dr. Fiona Wallice’s brand of psychological help.

Michelle and Marcus Bachmann (and other closet homosexuals/ex-gays) have been all over the news lately, so what better time to showcase my favorite episodes of the series, which skewer the subject quite expertly. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Meryl Streep guest stars.

Here’s the first of the three ex-gay episodes. Best line of the episode goes to Meryl Streep, for her husband’s book “No One Said You Have To Like It: Sex Tips For Ex-Gays.”

Stay tuned! More to come next week!

Part 2 | Part 3

[box]Aversion Therapy: Renowned sexual orientation therapist Camilla Bowner contacts Fiona about her new client Kip Wallice, who happens to be the most resistant man to the female form she’s ever encountered — and she’s convinced Fiona is to blame![/box]

Could Charlene Strong’s Heartbreak Happen Again? In Wisconsin, It’s Closer Than You Think.

This is an important week in Wisconsin; not just for Wisconsinites, but for the rest of us in the United States as well. This Tuesday is the recall election for three of the Republican State Senators who voted to strip Union rights last winter through illegal votes under the false pretense of a budget crisis.

Since then, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican Wisconsin Legislature have passed laws making it harder to vote in poor and minority areas that tend to vote Democratic and easier to vote in white and wealthier areas that tend to vote Republican.

In the build up to Tuesday’s important vote, I want to draw your attention westward to Seattle’s Charlene Strong. Like Janice Langbehn, Ms. Strong’s wife’s death was compounded by the unmitigated cruelty of hospital staff.

She told her story recently at a gathering of The Moth. (Don’t worry, the video isn’t pixelated like the image.)

What does this have to do with Wisconsin? In May, Governor Walker asked a Wisconsin court to allow him to stop defending a law that affords lesbian and gay couples similar rights to hospital visitation that straight people have always had.

Governor Walker is going out of his way to make sure that lesbians and gay men die alone in a hospital bed with their most significant others on the other side of the wall.

The good news is that this is mitigated to some degree by new Health and Human Services rules that require hospitals, if they receive federal funding (including Medicare and Medicaid), to let patients choose who they want to have access.

Unfortunately, those HHS rules are only guaranteed as long as President Obama is in office, and they don’t apply to hospitals that don’t receive federal funding.

Wisconsinites, vote to recall Republicans on Tuesday. There is little question that your state’s Republicans will line up behind Walker on a new anti-gay law. Our lesbian sisters and gay brothers deserve better than what Wisconsin Republicans have planned for them.

This Is Why I Love Dolly Parton

Sometimes you just know a situation is going to work out exactly right. Such was the case two weeks ago when a lesbian couple from Knoxville, TN faced discrimination from an employee at Dollywood. Here’s the story from the local NBC affiliate.

“I was in disbelief. I didn’t think it was the policy of Dollywood to discriminate against the LGBT community,” said Odom.

She said the front gate host asked her to take off her t-shirt and turn it inside out.

“I looked at him and I was like really? He said ‘This is a family park,'” she said.

Her t-shirt read “Marriage is so Gay.” The shirt raises money for an organization that promotes gay marriage.

If this had happened at Disney World or most any other theme park, I would have been worried. After I saw that it was Dollywood, though, I decided to hang back a bit.

That instinct was proven correct yesterday when Dolly Parton personally responded to the incident with an outright apology and a restated commitment to correct the situation. From ABC News Radio:

Dolly Parton has released a statement to ABC News apologizing for the incident. The statement reads:

dolly-parton-together“I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian t-shirt incident at Dollywood’s Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome.” Dolly adds that the policies on clothing or signs with profanity or controversial messages are in place to protect the person wearing the shirt and keep disturbances at the park to a minimum. Dolly concludes saying, “I am looking further into the incident and hope and believe it was more policy than insensitivity. I am very sorry it happened at all.”

Everybody involved in this incident did absolutely the right thing, with the exception of the employee who had a problem with the t-shirt. Odom and Tipton moderated their response to a company owned by a long-time straight ally, the folks at Dollywood made overtures to speak with Odom and Tipton rather than just brushing them off, the Campaign for Southern Equality offered to meet with the Dollywood representatives and come to an acceptable solution.

And, of course, Dolly was just… Dolly.

(Here’s her latest video, just released in July. The song is Together You And I.)

How Do You Know Marcus Bachmann Is A Homosexual?

The Congresswoman and First Caricature
Toodles!
Following my first post about Marcus Bachmann, a commenter asked how we know he is a Homosexual. It’s a reasonable question, one that’s asked every time an anti-gay Homosexual* makes the news.

There are several answers to that question. We could talk about Bachmann’s voice, his walk, his wave, the way he dances, the loveless decision to marry that both he and Michelle have acknowledged, the number of straight sex trophies children he has, or even his involvement in the ex-gay industry. (Did I miss any?)

But there’s another tip off that I’ve found more reliable, and that is the specific way Marcus Bachmann (and other anti-gay Homosexuals) explains the sexual awakening that kids go through.

Well certainly, there’s that curiosity. But again, we, like… It is as if we have to understand barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps.

Quick quiz: How many of you straight people had a curiosity about your same-gender friends’ bodies that you had to “discipline” yourselves about? Hands up everyone who had an authority figure specifically discourage such thoughts and feelings.

Like so many other anti-gay Homosexuals, Marcus Bachmann naturally presumes in the language he uses that every heterosexual person had to struggle to create and maintain a heterosexual façade like he did. Of course, that’s just not how it works.

I’m not sure if he doesn’t realize that or if he just slipped up. Regardless, more than anything else, this PhD’s misunderstanding of basic human development tells me in no uncertain terms: Marcus Bachmann is a closeted Homosexual.


* Don’t call him gay. He doesn’t have the balls to be gay.