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This has a new high-ranking position on the list of products that disturb me. A lot.

It is the Chipmunks. They sing "Time Warp." *brain breaks*


The Traditional Values Coalition just issued a press release that contains the phrase "homosexual agenda" (and incidentals, like "homosexual goal" and "pro-homosexual lawmakers"). Can anyone keep from laughing at "homosexual agenda?" Honestly!


Also, today on things I hate: The Suns are two and five. Two and five! WTF, Suns? You are last in the league. You are behind the SACRAMENTO KINGS (4:2). You are behind the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (5:3) who, okay, are better this year and show some prospects, but still! Suns! You have Stoudemire and the Matrix and Barbosa and Nash! Get your shit together!

In my ideal world, the Pacific Division standings go Warriors, Suns, Kings, Clippers, Lakers. But since I know that the Warriors won't be number one, I restrain my hopes to a Suns, Kings, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers standing. God. The Lakers dead last. It would rock my world.
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Lance Bass of NSync: "I'm gay!"

Livejournal: Duh. And?

(Apparently this is news to many people. And, you know, it's a People Magazine exclusive.)

Also: "[Bass] is in a "very stable" relationship with model-actor-Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, 32, and is developing an Odd Couple-inspired sitcom pilot with Fatone in which his character will be gay."
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From the NY courts document:

"Our conclusion that there is a rational basis for limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples leads us to hold that that limitation is valid under the New York Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, and that any expansion of the traditional definition of marriage should come from the Legislature."

Then they go into a bunch of stuff about Due Process and Equal Protection, but that's not the hinge point, for me. Nor is it the hinge point of the decision. "Rational." That's the word that pisses me off. And it's the basis of their decision: "Where no fundamental right is at issue, legislation is valid under the Due Process Clause if it is rationally related to legitimate government interests." Emphasis mine.

They're not just putting it off on the legislature, not just saying that it's not unconstitutional because of the way the law is written. That would be awful, but wouldn't make me as angry as this does. Because they're saying that there are rational reasons to keep me from getting married.

Those rational reasons appear to be:
1. Opposite-sex couples are more likely to have children accidentally, so we could say that it was valid to reward them for that and that "[the legislature] could find that an important function of marriage is to create more stability and permanence in the relationships that cause children to be born. It thus could choose to offer an inducement -- in the form of marriage and its attendant benefits -- to opposite-sex couples who make a solemn, long-term commitment to each other." That is, apparently marriage is a bribe to encourage us to have kids, or to make couples who have an unexpected pregnancy stay together. Because the on-purpose pregnancies of same-sex couples don't need encouragement. Or something.

"The Legislature could find that unstable relationships between people of the opposite sex present a greater danger that children will
be born into or grow up in unstable homes than is the case with same-sex couples, and thus that promoting stability in opposite sex
relationships will help children more." -- Right. Because prohibiting some parents from getting married will help children "more" than letting all parents form a "stable" relationships. And they don't really address this; they say "Our earlier discussion demonstrates that the
definition of marriage to include only opposite-sex couples is not irrationally underinclusive." That is, it doesn't fail to include same-sex couple with kids for any irrational reason, but for a rational one: bribery.

2. "Plaintiffs seem to assume that they have demonstrated the irrationality of the view that opposite-sex marriages offer advantages to children by showing there is no scientific evidence to support it. Even assuming no such evidence exists, this reasoning is flawed. In the absence of conclusive scientific evidence, the Legislature could rationally proceed on the common-sense premise that children will do best with a mother and father in the home."

Yep, common sense trumps science any day. Give me a nice significance test, with big sample sizes and good statistics, that demonstrates no apparent difference in the children of same- and opposite- sex marriages, and I'll just say "well, but common sense says..." Ahhh, the refusal to act until you have "conclusive" evidence. Please note that the majority opinion justices are not saying that they did not see evidence; they are denying that said evidence was "conclusive." (Also they are saying that evidence that the children of opposite-sex couples are better off could exist, which kinda boggles the mind, because the defendants would totally have used same in their case if they could've.)

I'm probably overreacting. But just. That word. "Rational." Gnargh.
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Tomorrow, June 5th, 2006, is the 25th anniversary of the first publication about AIDS deaths in the United States. On June 5th, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, an immunologist, wrote up a set of patient histories for the CDC's Morbity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): "in the period October 1980-May 1981, 5 young men, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-confirmed Pneumocytis carinii pneumonia at 3 different hospitals in Los Angeles, California." Later, he said: "I thought this might be bigger than Legionnaire’s disease.” (You can see his write-up of those patients here.)

By the July 4th MMWR, clusters of Kaposi's sarcoma and Pneumocytis carinii pneumonia were being reported in San Francisco and New York. The cluster of Kaposi's sarcoma was also reported in the New York Times in July. The article contained this, now infamous, quote: "Dr. Curran said there was no apparent danger to non homosexuals from contagion. 'The best evidence against contagion', he said, 'is that no cases have been reported to date outside the homosexual community or in women.'" (The article is reprinted at the bottom of this page.)

Previous cases exist: HIV was found in the blood samples of a man from the Congo, taken in 1959. It was found in the tissue samples of a 15-year-old male prostitute who died of Kaposi's sarcoma in 1969. It was found in the tissue samples of a Norwegian sailor and his wife, who died in 1976. Of a Danish surgeon who died in 1977. But the literature of the AIDS epidemic, the AIDS epidemic as a concept, and the beginning of the CDC's public health response to what was later named AIDS, began with that list of five gay men, all previously healthy, all with no "clinically apparent underlying immunodeficiency." (From the editorial note in the MMWR.)

I really, really don't want to cut-tag this list, but I think someone will kill me if I don't, so. Twenty-five years - Rest in peace )

Please feel free to add names in the comments.

And the more than twenty-five million people around the world who have died of complications of AIDS since 1981.


Apr. 18th, 2006 07:49 pm
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1. From this axcessnews article on gay parents and the Easter events at the White House:

Rueben Israel, 43, of Los Angeles, flew in for the protest, knowing the homosexual families would attend the event. He demonstrated with electric cables how he saw those relationships as not being right in God's eyes.

"This doesn't work," he said, holding two yellow cables by their plugs and pushing them together.

He then turned one plug around so it would fit into the socket: "This works."

*rolls eyes* Ah, the "God created extension cords as exemplars of the ideal human relationship" theory. In this theory, I suppose, God created humans in his image in 1904, when electrical plugs were patented. (Though that too proves problematic: who then patented the plug?) Either that or Harvey Hubbell is an unknown prophet. Or (my favorite) this man is NUTS. I mean, does he seriously believe that the gay people will go "shit! You're right, if we were extension cords, you couldn't plug us together! Clearly we are not natural!" without then thinking "wait, neither are extension cords..."?

2. Yesterday I accumulated much good karma. I got into the train station downtown early, so I stopped by Reading Terminal to buy something for lunch, and ran into a huge group of junior high and high school students who were in town for some debate thing and had been given ten minutes in groups of five or more to find and eat breakfast. Ten minutes! At Reading Terminal, which is largely closed at eight am! *thwaps adults involved* Anyway, I was at Met Bakery when one of the adults came by with a kid in a wheelchair, looking for coffee and pastries, and I let them in front of me in line for the pastries and pointed them toward Old City Coffee. And then I ran into a group of kids wandering the aisles and saying things like "well, if I wanted raw tuna for breakfast..." and "maybe I'll just get some juice..." and pointed them toward Le Bus Bakery, and then encountered a third set of kids, with one boy playing the John Sheppard countdown role ("we have five minutes! we have four minutes and fifty seconds!") in order to encourage the others, and pointed them to Met Bakery and a smoothie place. And then more students! All in all, I spent fifteen minutes at Reading Terminal, most of it saying "okay, head down this aisle to the end and then turn left, continue up five aisles and you'll be at a coffee place..." Poor kidlets.

3. I have this Vorkosigan universe/Stargate Atlantis crossover in my head. No, I don't know either. See, it starts mid-sentence, with Miles and Gregor suddenly aware of where they are, and John's doing his "McKay, we'll be dead in thirty seconds!" thing over his shoulder, and Miles is trying to find out where they are and what's going on and who kidnapped them and shoving Gregor behind him and drawing his stunner, and Rodney's ignoring them except to say things like "yes, yes, you can thank me for saving your lives later" and "it was nothing, now shut up -- or, wait, better, go on, distract the man with the shield generator! that's a brilliant idea!" because he's not listening to a word Miles says, and John can't look at them because he's firing out the door but he's still all "argue later, McKay," and Gregor just looks bemused because it's the weirdest kidnap/assassination attempt ever, and then Rodney manages to rig the Random Ancient Equipment to protect them all just as the wraith dart self-destructs.

And then everyone yells for a while, and Rodney keeps trying to persuade them that he wasted valuable seconds beaming them out of the wraith dart so they wouldn't die, and John politely doesn't mention that it was sort of his idea, though he probably wouldn't have mentioned it if he'd known how tight the timing was going to be, and of course Miles is a paranoid bastard and doesn't believe a word of it because it can't be demonstrated, the wraith dart having kaboomed and buried them in the ruined ancient wossname until Teyla and Ronon can dig them out, and he introduces himself as Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar, and of course John and Rodney don't know where that is, which leads to another incredulous and loud-volumed digression before Miles finally says "... and this is my friend Greg" (because, while he thinks they kidnapped Gregor on purpose, he's not positive, and why risk it) and McKay says "and does he ever talk?" and Gregor has to stifle laughter and eventually they all agree to keep on with the paranoia but stop the yelling, especially because Miles can't see any way out of the ruins, but he and Gregor keep having strategy conversations in Barrayaran Greek and Rodney keeps making snide comments about how stupid they are that they can't even recognize rescue. And eventually they get to the stargate to go back to Atlantis, and Miles insists on going first and makes Gregor wait for his confirmation that it won't kill them, and oh my god you see what I mean?

I even know what kind of AR the Vorkosigan-verse is: it's one where the Ancients never made it to the Milky Way, so there are no stargates, just natural wormholes, and thus there are no Goa'uld manipulating Ancient technology. And then there are conversations about whether the mirror can take them back to a universe in which that same mirror doesn't exist, and Miles is still being a suspicious bastard, and so on.

Seriously. Where did this come from?

4. I saw a girl today wearing camouflage flip-flops. With heels. And a little camo-tassel. Very disconcerting.
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From an officer of the Play and Film Control Board in the Bahamas, where BBM was just banned: "The board chose to ban it because it shows extreme homosexuality, nudity and profanity, and we feel that it has no value for the Bahamian public."

Query: what is "extreme homosexuality?"

Does it involve half-pipes?

Or snowboarding?

(Also, if "extreme" is meant to modify all three nouns, what is "extreme nudity?" I understood nudity to be an absolute.)
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Who, first of all, loses on the basis of Godwin's Law: the first person to mention Hitler in a non-WWII related discussion automatically loses. Sorry! You get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!

But anyway, the thing that I really wanted to respond to was this:
In her research on gays, for instance, she has written that the "recruitment techniques" of homosexuals rival those of the Marine Corps. The Kinsey paradigm, she holds, created the moral framework that makes such recruitment possible.
Okay, now, I remember being recruited by the Marine Corps, and I can tell you one thing for sure: I never had my own personal homosexual recruiter who called my home and chatted with me about the amazing opportunities available to gay people.

No one sent fancy brochures to my house explaining the wonderful historic and courageous tradition of gay people, with a little sidebar about how I, too, could take part in history.

No one ever told me they'd pay for my college education for just four years of commitment as a practicing gay person and ten years of inactive duty with possible recall to gayness should the situation warrant.

No one ever phoned my parents to try to tell them what a wonderful opportunity their daughter was passing up.

So I'm seeing, actually, very little similarity.

SF Pride

May. 25th, 2004 09:55 am
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Eeeeee! Everyone has to check out the San Francisco Chronicle during SF Pride weekend, which begins June 25th.

Because they're doing a gay marriage wedding album! With, with, stories of how people met, and details about their weddings, and how they decided to get married, and pictures, and it's just totally going to make me go "awwwwwwww." And get all sniffly.

Because despite how depressing the news is, and despite the horrible things people say, and the protests, nothing in the news to date can make me smile and nearly cry quite as much as the story of the man who heard that they were issuing marriage licenses at City Hall at eleven am and immediate called his partner on his cell, and told him to hop on Muni right away -- they were getting married. Or the story of the hundreds of couples sitting in the rain in a line around civic center, and the just random people who took them blankets and soup and hot drinks. Or the people who got married in the presence of two sobbing witnesses with their parents on the other end of the cell, because they couldn't get there in time. Or... well, you get the picture.


May. 18th, 2004 10:18 am
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I love my city.

Yesterday evening a small group of demonstrators/partiers/whatever marched from Powell Street to Civic Center (City Hall).

And when they got there, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence performed an exorcism. To "drive hate out of the White House."

To really get how that makes me miss San Francisco, and why that's just sucha San Francisco thing, you have to understand the Sisters. For example, this is their Chairnun of the Board. That's right -- they're an activist non-profit religion based loosely on Catholicism and filled with cross-dressing male nuns in whiteface who are on the Pope's official list of Heretics. The Sisters take vows to expiate stigmatic guilt and spread universal joy. Novice Sisters spend something like 12 months working with the org before they're considered full Sisters, and they have to be sponsored by other Sisters. It's not a joke organization -- they take it seriously.

And they've been around for ... hey, I think this is their 25th anniversary! And the Sisters started in the Castro. They're now a world-wide org... but still, they're very much a part of gay history in San Francisco.


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