Alex Blaze


Filed By Alex Blaze | May 12, 2007 8:00 AM | comments

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  • Bernard Tarver Calls out Flavaworks for trying to shut down his blog for reporting on their unsafe working conditions:
    I am a Black gay man who loves my Black gay brothers unconditionally. I am always concerned about our collective well-being. I can't sit idly by, staring at a video image, knowing the people I'm watching may be unnecessarily putting themselves at risk of infectious disease while someone else makes money off of it. That's not sexy. That's not hot.
  • Mary Cheney's book will set you back seven cents a copy now:
    It has been about a year since Mary Cheney, lesbian daughter of Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne, and a tedious apologist for the Bush administration, published a boring book. ... Unfortunately, many trees were felled for Cheney's book and you can now purchased the damn thing for a mere $0.07. That's seven cents, folks, for a used copy. A new one could set you back $1.89. Heck, it's going to cost more for shipping charges than the price of the book.
  • Heather O'Neill pushes good genderqueer books:
    In all three books, gender is not assumed, nor is it a burden. Rather, gender, like sexuality, is something to discover, define and, at times, redefine.
  • Pam Spaulding interviews out sailor Jason Knight:
    Wow, it was really difficult. I had struggled for so long with my own sexuality and got married thinking that it would go away, only to find out on the wedding night that I had been lying to myself and lost a true friend. In the aftermath, as a closeted gay male, it was so hard. Not because I was afraid of what people would do, but just the fact that I was forced to live a lie, to hide who I was. And I hadn't changed, nothing changed except I finally was honest with myself. Once the legal paperwork was started I was nearing my 4 year mark and would have to reenlist or get out, and rather than draw the process out, they just booted me.
  • The American Prospect takes to task the ban on public funding for abortion:
    In terms of sheer numbers, the impact of the ban is far greater than that caused by other restrictions, such as parental consent requirements, mandatory waiting periods and counseling laws, according to Heather Boonstra, a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute. "Some of the other restrictions are a bother, but there is not the evidence that any of those other restrictions actually mean fewer abortions," Boonstra said.

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