There's a new book out titled, The Pink Marine: One Boy’s Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood, that talks about a 17 year old gay man who signed up for the military in 1979 as a "lark." And this article to which I'm linking has an interview with the author, Greg Cope White. He sounds like a very interesting man, and I'm thinking this might be just the kind of non-fiction book I've been looking for.
White chronicles his boot camp experience and how it fundamentally changed him. Currently a host on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets, (“I served my country for six years, and now serve up pie on television”), White has spent the last thirty years working in Hollywood as a writer and producer, which explains a foreword written by his former boss Norman Lear, and book jacket blurbs from the likes of David Hyde Pierce, Margaret Cho and Jane Lynch. In a post-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” world, decades after he finished serving, White is still profoundly impacted by those six weeks, and credits them with making him not only a better man, but a better gay man.
You can check that out here.
Donald Trump On N.C. Bathroom Law
There's been a great deal of discussion about the North Carolina bathroom law, and you can find that anywhere on the web if you don't know about it. I think most of my readers do know by now what it's all about. So I'm focused on how Trump recently commented on the law.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday that transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose, voicing opposition to part of a far-reaching North Carolina law that critics says is discriminatory.
You can read the rest here. Ted Cruz, AKA "Lyin'" Ted, of course, responded by stating that Trump is pandering to the PC crowd with this one.
Christians Go Berserk Over Ugly Outdoor Urinal
There's a Christian group in San Francisco called San Francisco Chinese Christian Union that is not happy about an outdoor urinal in a San Francisco park. So this alleged anti-gay group is suing SF.
The SFCCU, which has previously been described as an “anti-LGBT hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is suing the city to remove Dolores Park’s pissoir.
What is a “pissoir,” you ask?
It’s essentially a hole in the ground. You’ve got to love the French.
You can read the rest here, where there's a photo. To be honest, I think this pissoir is about as ugly as anything I've ever seen. You know, we've lived in a private home for almost 15 years, but prior to that we owned a condo in a very strict condo community that had some serious rules. You couldn't even put out a Christmas decoration unless you had permission. They wanted everything to remain pristine. Frankly, I found that refreshing, because I didn't want anyone putting out something ugly in the community where I lived. So this isn't about body shaming for me. It's strictly about esthetics. This pissoir thing is bone ugly.