- One mother of a gay man is mad as hell and won't take it anymore:
You have the audacity to talk about protecting families and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don't know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn't put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse. God gave you brains so that you could think, and it's about time you started doing that.
Queer weekend Reader
- Julia Serano responds to the NY Times' summary of Alice Dreger's defense of J. Michael Bailey's "science":
Of course, this week's NY Times article doesn't discuss the hypersexualization of trans women in our culture, and it barely mentions the fact that Bailey falsely presented stereotypes and sexual innuendo as "science" without any hard data to back his claims up. Rather, the article focuses almost entirely on accusations made by Alice Dreger in her forthcoming article in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, in which she claims that several prominent trans activists stooped to conducting personal attacks on Bailey during their campaign against the book. As Dreger comments in the NY Times article:
- Ryan Thoreson explores the possibility that gay marriage, civil unions, foster parenting, and adoption will be used as wedge issues in 2008:
And unlike 2004, the relationship between GLBT groups and politicians is beginning to seem mutually beneficial. In Massachusetts, a ban was kept off the ballot until 2012 when Governor Deval Patrick, Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, members of the state's congressional delegation, and party leaders like Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi took part in an intensive lobbying strategy to remind state legislators how disastrous the fight would be for Democrats nationwide in 2008. Enough legislators switched their position that the bill was defeated in the State House -- and with the financial and political backing of the Democratic Party, it was killed before it became a liability for their candidates or the citizens of Massachusetts.
- Kellee Terrell questions why media narratives surrounding black gay men who cheat on their wives is different from that of white gays who do the same:
The media have bombarded Dina with questions: "Didn't you know he was gay?" "How could you still sleep in the same bed with him after you found out?" Yet in the popular analysis of Governor McGreevey's alleged deceit, the words "down low" and "HIV" have been kept on the QT. They were also curiously absent in another prominent case of a white man having gay sex on the sidelines of his marriage: the evangelical leader Rev. Ted Haggard. He acknowledged, in his words, "sexual immorality" with a male prostitute and having bought crystal methamphetamine (a drug that has helped the fuel a spike in gay HIV infections) from him. No one, at least among the most prominent media accounts and interviews, asked Haggard's wife, Gayle, if she had subsequently gotten tested for HIV or feared having contracted it.
- Michael Hood has the story on a waitress who was targeted by one of the richest families in Seattle:
Sounds like trivial gotcha gossip well beneath the majesty of the likes of Sharkansky so often called an "influential Seattle Republican." Right?
Hell hath no fury like parenting scorned! And you don't know vindictive 'til you meet the Sharkanskys! Instead of letting this go and minimizing eyeballs to this trivia, the Sharks turned both barrels on the single mother of two who works two jobs and barely keeps her head afloat.