Gosh, I wished I used regular mail more because next month the U.S. commemorative "Forever Stamp" honoring San Francisco political figure and LGBT activist Harvey Milk will be issued on Harvey Milk Day, May 22.
I may have to buy a sheet just to have it.
Dave Elliott, an anchor on Mississippi’s WLOX, thinks there are just too many LGBT folks and their stories on the news these days and he thinks we should all just take a vacation:
WLOX responded on its Facebook page by saying:
"We are not happy at all with the post or any imagined 'free publicity.' Dave made this post initially on his personal Facebook page, and you should look for him to address it on that same page."
I guess Dave Elliott might have wished the Black Community had taken a break from all that Civil Rights mess in the 60s? I mean, how dare we continue to fight for equality day in and day out when people like Dave Elliott are probably more interested in CNN's round-the-clock missing airplane coverage.
Elliott later apologized for what he called his "insensitive and unprofessional Facebook post.”
I think Elliott should take a Facebookation.
So, RuPaul’s Drag Race …
This week's mini-challenge was "The Read." Ru opened up the “liberry” and asked each dragtestant to throw a little shade on her competitors. Darienne took the Top Spot, and got to choose her team for the main challenge where the girls would be split into two groups, with each one delivering a short rap for a '90s-style rap song, "Oh No She Better Don't."
Sidenote:Oh no, she betta don’thas been my catchphrase for the week and my co-workers are ready to kill me; to which I say,Oh no, they betta don’t! Back to the DR: the runway challenge this week was to show off some Crazy, Sexy, Cool fashion, so let’s break dance it down:
#1 Adore Delano. I don't adore Delano whatsoever, but she nailed the read, especially when telling Laganja that she should reverse her ‘death drop’ and just ‘drop dead.’ She also owned the rap part of the show, and she once again strapped herself into the corset for the runway but then she failed in the Floor-length Dress Challenge, by wearing some cheap looking sheer drapes that stopped at her ankles. Note to Adore: I don’t.
#2 Bianca Del Rio. I’m loving her and thought she would have nailed The Read — she said to Adore, “I know what you got on your SATs … ketchup! — because she’s as snarkastic as I but she failed that. And I was worried about her rap, which she kinda nailed, and then she brought it to the runway.
#3 I have to give props to Joslyn Fox for her read to Darienne: "This is the girl who probably sits reverse cowgirl on the toilet just so she has a flat surface to eat off of." Her rap was good, but her runway was just a big old strappy mess, too much of a bad thing.
#4 My darling Ben De La Crème took a wee tumble. Her rap was not the best, the outfit even worse, and she totally missed the mark on Crazy, Sexy, Cool on the runway. I love her style, but I’d like to see her mix it up a bit.
Now for the Bottoms:
Courtney Act is relying on the pretty and I’m not the only one saying that. I don’t get drag queen. I get pretty girl from her, and that whole coming out in a blanket and ripping it off to show the bikini bod on the runway thing was all kinds of wrong.
Darienne seemed kinda mean this week and her rap was awful — dressed in shiny black trash bags — and her runway look was the furthest thing from Crazy Sexy Cool. It looked like a version of the same thing she’s done all season.
And Miss Trinity K. Bonet? She seemed so ready for the rap, but she sucked it like no one else; then she complained that she doesn’t sing, she lip syncs. Well, hunty, this is the DR, so step it mother**king up. I did like her Cher-Naomi Campbell runway look, and her lip sync was in sync, so no wonder she Sashayed to stay.
Which means ….
Good bye Milk. You weren’t the worst this week in the challenges, but when asked by the judges to bring some glam, you brought out a bed sheet? I loved your individuality, and find it odd that when you tried to conform, you got the Sashay. Plus, as a dude, you’re kinda cute.
What did YOU think?
Next week: Two! Tow! Two eps in one night!
Over there to Missouri, state Representative Mike Colona has introduced a House Joint Resolution to repeal Missouri's existing ban on same-sex marriage:
"We passed the same-sex marriage ban 10 years ago, and I think so much has changed between then and now. I think more people understand that marriage is a basic right that the State guarantees."
The state ban on same-sex marriage passed in 2004 with 71% of voters supporting and 29% opposing, but Colona thinks maybe the tide has changed enough to step forward.
I loves me some Fashion police, but last week's episode brought out some man candy in the form of one Victor Cruz, a wide receiver for the New York Giants. he was all kinds of sexy and cute and funny. Plus, the man has style!
Okay, so howsabout those Brooklyn Nets? Yeah, I know, you had no idea that I followed the volleyball! Well, I don’t but I heard that the Nets have been on a wild winning streak and have just made the playoffs. And, not to say this had anything to do with it, but the change for the better has come ever since the Nets signed openly gay player Jason Collins.
So, there’s actually a video game based on the Old Testament and, well, a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for it has failed miserably, so the makers of the game are looking for a scapegoat and think they’ve found it … in Satan. Really.
Richard Gaeta, a co-founder of Phoenix Interactive, argues that since the launch of the Kickstarter campaign to raise money for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham, trouble has come into the lives of all the people in his company:
"I believe that, 100 percent. It's very tangible. From projects falling through and people that were lined up to help us make this a success falling through. Lots of factors raining down on us like fire and brimstone … If Satan is rallying some of his resources to forestall, delay, or kill this project, I think, this must be a perceived threat to his kingdom."
At least, this one time, they aren’t blaming The Gays.
And for some cool news ….
The producers of Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch have announced a charitable partnership with LGBT youth organization Hetrick-Martin Institute as part of the Broadway show’s run.
The musical will donate a portion of each ticket sale to Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, where at-risk youth can learn without fear of physical or emotional attacks. According to a press release, the partnership "will also utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with young people in an educational and mentoring capacity, and additional fundraising support."
Since we may be in NYC this summer, I’d like to see this show and give back just a little. Plus, it’s NPH people!
Now that The Gays can legally wed in England and Wales, Elton John and David Furnish — who have been in a civil partnership since 2005 — are planning to get married in the UK this year. Furnish explains the significance of marriage to his family:
"When it was announced that gay couples were able to obtain a civil partnership, Elton and I did so on the day it came into law. As something of a showman, [Elton] is aware that whatever he says and does, people will sit up and take notice -so what better way to celebrate that historic moment in time. Our big day made the news, it was all over the internet within minutes of happening and front page news the next day. [But] Elton and I both think there is a massive difference between calling someone your 'partner' and calling them your 'husband'. 'Partner' is such an impersonal word and doesn't adequately describe the love we have for each other. When Zachary and Elijah [the couple's sons] are grown up and having children of their own, they will – hopefully – be living in a world where everyone can be equal, when being married isn't about whether you're straight or gay, but simply about being human."
Happy news, and I cannot wait to see the pictures of that wedding, though David suggested that he and Elton will simply go to a registry office in England in May with their sons and a couple of witnesses.”
Damn, because I bet Elton would have made a spectacular groom!
And while we’re talking same-sex marriage, let’s congratulate Sara Gilbert, who married her fiancée Linda Perry over the weekend in California. It's happening everywhere, y'all!