For those who don't know, Mike Pence is the governor of Indiana who signed an anti-gay religious freedom bill that caused a shitstorm not too long ago. He's making headlines again for writing a letter about Indiana gay pride, without actually mentioning "Pride" or "LGBT" once. You can pretty much assume this was a snub.
It's a form letter:
On behalf of the people of Indiana, welcome to Indianapolis. I am confident that those of you who traveled from out of state will come to know our famous Hoosier Hospitality.
Our state’s capital city is well known as a destination for conventions, festivals, business meetings and other events. In fact, a recent USA TODAY Reader’s Choice digital poll ranked Indianapolis as the Best Convention City in the country.
Like so many other organizations who continue to use Indianapolis as their destination of choice, I am confident you will come to know a vibrant city.
During your stay, please explore the many entertainment options Indianapolis has to offer such as our museums, restaurants, theaters, historic landmarks, White River State Park, and the Indianapolis Zoo, just to name a few.
So, once again, welcome to Indiana. We hope you enjoy your stay.
You know, it reads a lot better aloud, with a "breathy whisper."
The rest is here.
Chick-fil-A At Iowa Pride Picnic
Aside from the fact that no one ever knows how to spell Chick-fil-A correctly, they always seem to be making news when it comes to LGBT related topics. First there was the whole family and bible deal that caused controversy, then there was a call to boycott them, and now they are serving chicken at the Iowa Pride Picnic.
Pride officials approached the franchise owner, Adam Donius, about getting involved after he sponsored a different event last year.
“We offered him different ways that he could contribute and be part of our Pride, help us build community,” Jewell Amos, chair of Iowa City Pride, told KCRG News. “He said that he totally believes in building community. So he was like, sure.”
The rest is here. I don't know much about Chick-fil-A because I've never been to one. We live in a community where zoning laws frown on any fast food enterprises and the only place they've allowed in for the part thirty years was McDonald's. Of course this is a good thing for small restaurants and other small businesses.
But I've heard it's good chicken.
Rue Paul Forced to Drop "She-Male"
There always seems to be something coming up lately about words, terms, and phrases we can and cannot use anymore. The PC police seems to be on everyone's back, to the point where I find myself constantly self-censoring...right down to my shortest tweet. This latest twist with Ru Paul and the term "she-male" seems to be part of living in the world today, whether we like it or not.
I would not have changed it, but that’s their choice. Our intention was always coming from a place of love. On paper, you cannot read intention, so it was actually hurtful. First of all, drag is dangerous. We are making fun of everything. But when someone doesn’t get the joke or feels offended by it, it’s a lose-lose situation, because you can’t explain a joke. It isn’t funny if you explain it.”
I'm just waiting for the day they tell us we can't say "fuck" anymore because it will offend asexuals. And you know that day is coming.
I found all this here.
Rudy Giuliani Is Pro-Gay
I know a lot of LGBT people who only vote according to party lines and they probably don't care about this it all. But Rudy Giuliani is a Republican who is openly pro-gay and pro-choice for women. And as a result he doesn't think he could ever be taken seriously by his own party in a Presidential bid.
Because I believe I can’t get nominated because of my views on gay marriage, I’m in favor gay rights, I’m in favor of gay marriage. I see it as an issue of equality. I’m pro-choice. I’m anti-abortion personally but I’m pro choice. I’m pro-immigrant and I haven’t backed down from it.
Of course this is exactly the kind of thing we need most in the US...centrism. However, I doubt we'll be seeing that any time soon, and I blame that mostly on overpaid political pundits on networks like Fox and CNN. The average voter is not informed with facts and most don't even know who stands for what anymore. He/she is swayed with clever opinion and spins designed to attract ratings and clickbait by the likes of ambitious celebrities like Megyn Kelly and Rachel Maddow.
You can check out the Giuliani article here.
The comments are as you would expect them to be. Nothing new to share there.
RIP Jim Bailey
Frankly, I've been seeing this all over social media and I don't really know who Jim Bailey is. And I'm not the only one. I've seen many ask who he was each time something is posted. So this is interesting, especially with respect to gay culture.
Jim Bailey, who helped introduce American television audiences to drag with his frequent appearances on classic series such Here’s Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, has died at age 77. A message posted to the entertainer’s official website on May 30 reads: “Heaven is getting a fabulous show tonight with standing room only! Rest in Peace Our Sweet Prince.”
Bailey’s manager Stephen Campbell told The Hollywood Reporter that his client died of cardiac arrest from pneumonia complications.
The rest is here, with a video of his work.
Seriously, check out the videos. This isn't campy drag and lip-synchronization.This is the real deal.
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