Entries tagged "gay"

National Gallery has a show of gay and lesbian portraiture and art


Walt Whitman, 1891


The show, called Hide/Seek includes Eakins, Rauchenberg, Leibovitz, Mapplethorpe and more.


Listen to the NPR story on the first queer show at a national museum.


“Without gypsies, Jews and fags, there is no art” – Mel Brooks, To Be or Not To Be


HT: @ElyseSinger (fb)


America needs gay people; my anti-DOMA rally speech

This was the first time I’ve addressed a rally. It was a thrill to stand where Harvey Milk stood and speak some truth to people. Is your dignity up to any one else?

Day Without a Gay

This grotesque juxtaposition of robustly funded propaganda vs. cash-strapped social services is the perverse, inexcusable legacy of Proposition Hate and the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” and every related money-wasting act of gay-hostile social, political and emotional terrorism wrought by the American Taliban.

If you have ever used words like “sacred institution” or “redefine marriage” or “threat to family values” without irony or—worse yet—harbored thoughts or cast votes against marriage equality, you are not my friend. You are not welcome in my life. I honestly see you as intellectually compromised. And I don’t care what you think your god tells you to believe. Your mythology does not trump my reality. And if you try to defend your indefensible thoughts or words or actions to me, be prepared to have your vile, repellant opinions reduced to the vile, repellant garbage that they are.

And when I’m done with you, the domestic partner and I will calmly go back to caring for Thomas and working to repair the decades of damage caused by the celebrated heterosexuals who are apparently free to marry and divorce and have affairs and abuse and ignore their own children without generating interest a single constitutional amendment, television ad, campaign platform or even a godfuckingdamned T-shirt by the godfuckingdamned American Taliban.


Read all of Jake’s brilliant post to know the story of he, his partner and Thomas on his blog NoFo. 

Then do something on the streets or online. And if you’re gay, tell your story. Spell out your relationship and the indignities and legal vulnerabilities you’ve faced. In detail. Mine soon.


The Great Hack

The Great Hack from The Great Hack on Vimeo.

I ask geeks to use their powers for good and defeat prop 8 (copy protection for marriage) on Nov 4th.

Join us at thegreathack.com

The people fighting to copy protect marriage spent over $20 Million. We spent $15.80

My No on 8 mixtape playlist: Videos for queers to claim equality by

I was just invited to a mixtape dance party where everyone gets to pick 5 songs. Here’s my No on 8 Playlist. I’m needing a boost working for equality for all and this is where I’m getting it.

1. Rise Up – Parachute Club

I’ve got asoft spot in my heart for the tunes playing when I was coming out in the 80s. You can’t get get more 80s than this video.

We want freedom to love who we please/
Rise and feel your power…
spirit’s time has come

2. Patti Smith -Gloria

Maybe my favorite song of all time. Our souls will not be refused. One church must not write the CA Constitution.

3. Small Town Boy – Bronski Beat

Because I refuse to go back, not to my small town but to a time when I had no choice but to. Obama says you shouldn’t have to leave your town to get a job. You shouldn’t have to leave your town to have love or be married either.

4.Respect – Aretha Franklin<
“You’re runnin’ outta fools / and I ain’t lyin'”
5.I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor

It isn’t about whether or not you like my marriage or my partner. It’s about having the same legal rights and opportunities to make our own joy or our own misery. Plus, this really is the gayest song of all time.&nbsp.

6. Pride – U2

A great anthem in the name of love. Freedom means freedom for everyone. No gay apartheid.

What would you add to the dance playlist?

Brian Litzenberger adds
7. Cheryl Lynn’s Got to Be Real which Youtube won’t let me embed. Have to dance to that one.

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