Friday, December 04, 2020

I Didn't Say It ...

Elton John, honoring Dr. Anthony Fauci on World AIDS Day for his early work on the global HIV/AIDS crisis and his effort to educate the public on the COVID-19 pandemic:

"What a wonderful and fitting way to mark World AIDS Day, by honoring one of the biggest champions in the history of the AIDS epidemic. "There are very few people on this planet who have dedicated themselves to a lifetime of service to save millions of lives like Dr. Fauci. His unwavering commitment to public health and innovation has transformed the approach to HIV, and it is his leadership and persistence that will ultimately help us overcome the Covid-19 pandemic."

Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, served as the National Institutes of Health's AIDS coordinator before becoming the first director of the NIH's Office of AIDS Research, where he served from 1988 to 1994. He faced protests and condemnation from activists in organizations like the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power [ACT UP] for his handling of the deadly disease as it claimed more than 100,000 lives in the United States, but he would go on to collaborate with activists on research and drug trial development.

Hero. Or Heroes. Elton John deserves heaps of praise for his work rising money for AIDS research.

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Elliot Page, formerly Ellen Page, announcing he is transgender and nonbinary:

“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society. I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”

Welcome out, Elliot. It’s a brave move, even in the 21st century, to come out as trans. But here’s hoping visibility will erase the hate; here’s hoping your first steps pave the way for others to make that move.

Welcome out.

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Caroline Giuliani, offering her batshit crazy daddy, Rudy, some “self-care tips” … like how to care for an adopted dog … or taking on a hobby … after _____lost the election bigly:

“Avoid charcoal products or anything with artificial dyes, which may result in your face oozing as you make false claims of voter fraud in Philadelphia, for example.{And] breathe. As a devoted yogi and longtime breather, I recommend inhaling for two months—the length of time that Donald Trump once suggested the coronavirus would last—and exhaling for 16 years, the average length of a Supreme Court justice appointment. Please, just treat [the dog] better than Trump has treated his lapdogs: William Barr, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. [Try] knitting, Reiki, capoeira, even building imaginary walls—there are so many enriching possibilities. (Please note that whining, lying, and grabbing women by the pussy are not skills.) Call your friends and family. Connect with the people in your life who prioritize science, empathy and facts. Or at least stop ignoring your relatives who just want you to allow the democratic process to unfold unobstructed. (Artsy daughters are especially insightful.)”

Suh-nap

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Ryan Phillippe, actor, on how his Baptist parents shunned him for playing a gay teen shunned by his parents on One Life To Live:

“I thought my parents were going to disown me [for deciding to do Cruel Intentions]. I had grown up going to, like, Baptist school and Christian school. My first role ever coming out of the Christian school when I was a senior in high school, I played the first gay character on a soap opera—first gay teenager ever—and so I was shunned at that point. So, they were already out of the picture. I mean this was 1992, and I was playing a gay teenager and I was in a Christian school. They weren’t happy about it.”

Life imitating art. Even worse his parents didn’t want him to play gay and so they shunned him. I wonder what they might have done if Phillippe was actually gay.

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Melissa McCarthy, actress, apologizing for HBO Max’s $20,000 donation to Exodus Cry, an organization led by Benjamin Nolot, who is virulently anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice:

“It has come to our attention that our 20 Days of Kindness, which is something—a  kindness up that we started to kind of shine a light on 20 great charities—had one in there that, there’s no other way to say it, we blew it. We made a mistake, and we backed a charity that, upon proper vetting, stands for everything that we do not. So, I want to thank everyone, on social media who said, ‘What are you doing? Are you sure you want to back this?’ Because the answer was no we do not. We have pulled it. We are so incredibly grateful for you ringing the bell and helping us be better, We’re sorry for our mistake. Oh boy, are we sorry for it. [I] can’t believe that we missed it. And that’s it. And I just want to say that I hope it doesn’t ding the other charities because they’re really doing some amazing things, and 20 Days of Kindness Is really meant to shine the light on all of those wonderful charities. So, let the kindness continue… and thank you. Thanks for the help, we really needed it.”

The donation was made as part of a 20 Days of Kindness campaign to promote McCarthy’s new film Superintelligence. Nolot, who now claims his views have changed, has a history of inflammatory rhetoric towards homosexuals and abortion, and has referred to homosexuality as ‘an unspeakable offense to God’ and compared abortion to the Holocaust.

Thanks to Melissa McCarthy who, unlike Nolot, realized that when you know better, you do better.

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Braunwyn Windham-Burke, of the Real Housewives of Orange County, coming out as a lesbian:

“It’s been something that I think everyone’s kind of known has been coming, but I’m finally comfortable enough to say, I like women. I’m gay. I’m a member of the LGBTQI+ community. I’m a lesbian. It has taken me 42 years to say that, but I’m so proud of where I am right now. And I’m so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice. I love [my husband] Sean. I love him dearly, he is my person, he is my family. But I’m not attracted to men and I never have been. We are in unchartered territories. Sean and I are still married, I plan on staying married. We are not sleeping in the same bedroom right now, but we are in the same house. We are raising our kids together, he’s my best friend. He knows the girl I’m dating. I grew up in a time when, you know, my idea of what being a lesbian was you had short hair, you wore flannel. There’s a very masculine stereotype, so when I was younger I never really thought that I could be that. I knew I was attracted to women. I always have been. But I liked makeup and hair and I didn’t quite understand what to do with that.”

Windham-Burke has been married to her husband Sean Burke for more than 20 years, and they have seven children. She also revealed this season that she is an alcoholic..

After reading this I watched RHoC that night, and while, during that episode she had yet to come out, she did reveal that she had been living her life doing what others wanted of her, keeping quiet, not being true to herself. And now, at 42, she’s coming into her own.

Good for her. Welcome out, Braunwyn, and please accept as out gift from HOMO HQ the Official Coming Out Toaster Oven™ and a copy of the Gay Agenda.

It matters now when or how you do it, it only matters that you do it. Welcome out.

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17 comments:

Mistress Maddie said...

Caroline Giuliani Give her two snaps girl! If Ivanka had a soul she should have done the same thing since the beginning. I think Caroline is actually pretty funny giving her father a hard time!!!!!

And how sad is it that Ryan was ousted by parent for even playing gay????? Sweet Mary Mother of Pearl...get a life.

I have long ADORE and LOVED Elliot Page since he did a show on Vice call Gaycation. The show was so well done and opened eyes to all kinds of cultures. I wish it was still on.

the dogs' mother said...

Lots of brave people!
xoxo :-)

Treaders said...

Rock on Caroline Giuliani!

anne marie in philly said...

caroline - your old man sucks!

Jimmy said...

What Anne Marie said.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Coming out is have a boom time right now!

Helen Lashbrook said...

Good for Joe Biden for confirming that Dr Fauci will work for the new administration

Ryan Philippe's parents are seriously screwed people; bad enough that they would consider disowning a gay child but because he played one on TV? That is bigotry squared (or even cubed).

Deedles said...

I love Melissa McCarthy. She shines even when she's in the suckiest movie. She also knows how a true apology is done!

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I'm with Maddie. Elliot Page is a treasure. I learned tons watching Gaycation. His coming out should be applauded, especially now, when more than ever, that T in LGBTQ should be taken into account.
Ryan Philippe I think is underappreciated. He's not a bad actor.AND he is very handsome. Cruel Intentions, anyone?
Elton is fantastic. I just got my one friend his double LP Greatest Hits. We watched Rocketman and he loved it!
Fauci has been fighting the good fight for YEARS. His facepalm behind Cheeto months ago was basically my soul speaking. And have you seen his SCHEDULE? He's in his seventies!!!

XOXO

Dave R said...

Elton talks about his own AIDS work at one point in his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road concert, saying the idea to begin raising funds came up over the dinner table when he was living in Atlanta.

I have no doubt Elliot is going to move into politics.

Frank said...

I remember Fauci as a controversial figure during the AIDS crisis. I worked with several gay men when I was an HIV/AIDS Counselor with a State Health Department and we walked a fine line between supporting activists and respecting the science and work of Fauci. Ultimately Fauci became one of our strongest allies. I still have much respect for him.

Mr. Shife said...

Way to go, CG! Nice to know the apple does far fall away from the tree with Caroline Giuliani.

Moving with Mitchell said...

Lots of people to applaud here even a Real Housewife of Orange County (and I loathe those shows... and several parts of Orange County).

krayolakris said...

The concept of using a charitable donation to promote an HBO release seems so sleazy anyway. Or is it just me?

Bob said...

@MM
If Ivanka had a soul? That’s a stretch!!!
Ryan’s parents are faux-Christians!
I, too, loved Gaycation, and maybe Elliot will bring it back.

@TDM
Nice for a change, eh?

@AM
Oh, she knows! =)

@Jimmy
Indeed!

@Debra
It’s always time for someone to come out.

@Helen
It proves Joe trusts science and scientists.

@DeeDahLah
I agree with your every word! As it should be!

@Six
Fauci is a hero for what he’s done for the LGBTQ+ community, and now for the rest of America.

@Dave
Elton stood up when a lot of folks, even in this community, would not.

@Frank
I read about Fauci and his troubles with ACT UP, but both sides talked and learned they needed to work together.

@MrShife
That apple fell into an entirely different orchard!

@Mitchell
I was moved by Braunwyn’s coming out, as both a lesbian and an alcoholic. Her honesty on a reality show is actually real.

@krayolakris
The donation was actually part of a promotion for McCarthy’s 20Days of Kindness charity, in conjunction with HBO. And neither side truly vetted the group getting the donation. When it was called out, McCarthy stepped up.

Travel said...

Rudy and Donny are nuts. They belong in a sandbox, playing with blocks.

Bob said...

@Travel
If the sandbox is behind bars, yes.