October 14, 2013
Democrats Gay-Bait Republican Candidate
Last year a group calling itself "Conservatives for Gay Rights Supporting Carl DeMaio for Mayor 2012" was created by "Democratic consultant Jesus Cardenas and Cynara Velazquez, a Democratic organizer with ties to pro-medical marijuana groups." Carl DeMaio is gay and a Republican and was running for mayor of San Diego. The group paid for leaflets and robo-calls to remind voters that DeMaio is gay.
The calls asked voters twice, "If you knew Carl DeMaio was the first openly gay man to be elected to our San Diego City Council, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for Carl DeMaio or does this fact make no difference?"
The leaflets showed DeMaio standing near a man dressed in drag.
The city Ethics Commission has fined the group $7,500 for failure to provide the names of its principals or a valid street address.
Once again California leads the way in weird politics.
October 12, 2013
Desert Adventures Adds New Gay Tour!
"The company was looking to expand our outreach and make sure both locals and visitors knew our tours were fun and available to be led by gay guides like myself or another guide, Carlos Salas," said Gross, who joined the company about two years ago after retiring from AT&T. "As for the Icons Tour, specifically, things get kind of slow for us during the summer due to the heat, so I went to my boss and said I'd like to create a city tour that included some of the rich gay history of the city, from its earliest days right through the present, including some of the famous gay and lesbian residents and icons of the community who lived here. He said, 'Have at it,' so I spent July and August doing the research and creating a tour that I hope will be interesting and fun."
Here's the page on the Desert Adventures website. $59 per adult, 4-person minimum. The tour uses a van or SUV (not one of their famous red Jeeps).
- Hear fascinating stories about Palm Springs that you won’t easily find in books!
- Learn about the brave LGBT pioneers from a century ago, as well as latter day legends that continue to cultivate, support and expand this gay community.
- Travel through Warm Sands, the birthplace of multiple gay resorts; and Arenas Street, the location of many original gay-supportive stores, bars and restaurants.
- Drive by the homes of many gay icons that live, or lived, in the magnificent neighborhoods of Palm Springs. Have the opportunity to see the homes of Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and many more.
- Experience the bonus of seeing fantastic examples of Spanish and mid-century architecture, including the famous Kaufman House.
Tourists are advised against trying to entice the Arenas Road wildlife to come closer to the tour vehicle by offering nip bottles of high quality vodka. It has been shown that using one of their mating calls will work better. Something like "Young man, will you please come over here" works fairly reliably, even if the "young man" has a head of gray.
The tour departs from the taxi zone at Lulu California Bistro, so you're going to be soaking in it before you even get in the van.
It'd be interesting after a year to find out who this tour appeals to.
September 22, 2013
Braveheart as originally filmed
September 17, 2013
First Ever LGBT Night At L.A. Dodgers
Friday, September 27, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host their first ever "LGBT Night Out." The opposing team will be the Rockies. The evening will feature the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles singing the National Anthem with a "special guest" who damn well better meet the standards of every gay faction you can imagine. The first pitch will be thrown by "a celebrity" who also damn well better be gay - best make it a lesbian if we want the ball to get near home plate. On top of all that there will be the usual Friday night fireworks sponsored by Denny's "with music by DJ Manny Lehman." If you'd like to hear some of Mr. Lehman's DJ-ing, here's his Soundcloud account. Two days later he will be appearing at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco - which I suspect means he's a bona fide homosexual. I guarantee Dodger stadium will be a more comfortable venue for most of my readers.
If you go here and enter the promotional code OUT you will see the few mediocre sections where you can buy tickets at prices higher than they list here. If they were giving away lavender or pink ball caps I might make the drive.
September 5, 2013
Some Burning Man Reports
A.L. Adams, three-time Burner, says those who criticize Burning Man, but have never attended should STFU. He proceeds to list many of the details of Burning Man that are waaaaay beyond anything you can find out in the default world.
Joe Kukura talks about the art piece that had a giant Facebook "like" icon atop it. The artist says "[t]he piece was meant as a criticism of the monetization of our cultural interests via social media." M'kay, but when I saw it I thought it was just ugly and uncreative. I was just passing it on my way to the Temple Of Whollyness.
Gay Pride is also celebrated, and this year people weathered the dust storms and gathered in the center of town on bikes and art cars or walked in a parade that traveled through Black Rock City and ended at an encampment called Burner Buddies, where "official gay cards" were issued. In addition, there are LGBT neighborhoods filled with theme camps such as Glam Cocks, Comfort & Joy, Beaverton Camp for Wayward Girls, and The Down Low Club. The Glam Cocks chose a theme of n Australian beach party.
August 15, 2013
Darren Young Comes Out
World Wrestling Entertainment celebrity Darren Young surprised a TMZ cameraman at LAX yesterday by coming out as gay. Some people consider this significant because he's the first WWE celebrity working at his level to come out. I think it's significant because it was done instantly and completely with none of the usual years of rumors and hundreds of ambiguous denials that seem to inevitably precede a celebrity's eventual coming out, at which point we just ask "They came out? But everybody knew he/she was gay, didn't they?" No, in Darren Young's case it was all nice, clean, 100%, and then he beat that cameraman's ass [no, not really].
It's Dead, Jim
Prop 8 is dead, mort, fini. No press conference. No long decision to read. The California Supreme Court, meeting in closed session, simply rejected the last attempt to get that stinking dead horse to stand up and walk. Now, unless they want to haul it to a taxidermist, we shouldn't have to smell it any longer.
August 3, 2013
Dronenburg Withdraws Petition
Apparently things move at a glacial pace in the mind (or office) of San Diego County Clerk Dronenburg. He said he has withdrawn his petition for "clarification" with the California Supreme Court because it duplicates an earlier petition. Well, no kidding! Both petitioners had the same attorney, Charles LiMandri. It seems very odd that the attorney forgot the petition he had filed just a week earlier on the same subject.
July 31, 2013
Dore Alley 2013
It was a chilly Dore Alley Fair so there was very little nudity. Most of the photos I took are just faces, so it's not too risky to look at them. But like I said most are just faces, which means some are not. Samples:
Yeah, those are doggie dishes - genius!
July 25, 2013
Dronenburg Through The Looking Glass
Gay activists in San Diego County held a press conference Tuesday morning to address San Diego County Clerk Dronenburg's petition in which he sought to halt same-sex marriage in California. Dronenburg himself showed up at the press conference and explained "I believe it's cruel to set up [same-gender couples] for marriage and then take it away. That's why I'm simply seeking clarification to the court's rulings so we don't have to do this again."
So the reason he wanted to stop same-sex marriage is because it would be cruel to do so. I understand now.