Postcards from the Sodomite Zeitgeist
- ABC's Susan Donaldson James reports on crazy military weapons being researched, including the gay bomb:
Scientists are exploring beamed speaker systems that only one person can hear and foam that makes the enemy slip and fall. And they are using something akin to microwaves to penetrate the skin and make the enemy feel as if they're on fire, according to Shactman. [...] "Living here in Washington, you have no idea how we are inventing enemies," said Debat. "Hundreds of people are trying to figure out how to make China our enemy because there is so much money and power in the Pentagon."
- Keith Boykin has an exclusive interview with Isaiah Washington:
The f-word using Isaiah Washington is not the same man I first saw on the screen playing an openly gay man in Spike Lee's groundbreaking 1996 film Get On The Bus. Nor is it the same man who wrote an article in Essence magazine a few years ago where he condemned homophobia. Last night Washington told me in no uncertain terms that he had not changed. He said he's still the same person he was before who always believed in respecting everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. He said he supported the gay community in the past and continued to do so today. And it was T.R. Knight, he said, who had pimped the LGBT community.
- Queerty puts the historical context in Pride:
The Stonewall Rebels may not have known at 1:20 am on June 28, 1969, but they were about to make history. Their actions spurred the international gay rights movement, resulting in countless cultural, legal, political, and social evolutions, including the decriminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations. They also provided the nearly religious foundations for the greatest of gay traditions: Gay Pride. In the thirty-eight years since gays, lesbians and drag queens first lashed back at police, forty-eight countries on every inhabitable continent have held commemorative gay pride celebrations, including Turkey, Sri Lanka and Peru.
- Scott LeMieux takes out the gay backlash argument:
There was always less to this sequence of events than met the eye. None of these initiatives actually rolled back existing gay marriage benefits, and most of them did not roll back civil union benefits. Nor were most of the states where these initiatives passed likely to change the status quo in a progressive direction anytime soon. And claims that gay marriage was a decisive factor in the 2004 elections have not held up well to close empirical scrutiny. Still, they lent the contrarian take on Goodridge some superficial plausibility.
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