October 14, 2021

Dutch Royals Can Marry Same-Sex Partners

When I first saw the headline Dutch Royals Can Marry Same-Sex Partners Without Risking Throne, Government Says I first thought that perhaps the Dutch monarch was also the leader of a (the?) church, as are the monarchs in some other countries. But my brief and shallow research into Dutch religion seems to indicate the church there is organized along democratic lines.

A Dutch royal couldn't marry a Roman Catholic until 1983 when the law was reformed to say simply that parliamentary approval was required for any royal marriage to be valid. So the question now boils down to 'Would parliament approve a royal same-sex marriage?'. And the response from the government is Yes, it would. That is all. It's just the Dutch dotting their i's and crossing their t's. They are cousins to the Germans, ya know.

[Prime Minister Mark] Rutte said the question of whether adopted children or children born from donated sperm or via a surrogate could be named legitimate heirs remained unresolved.

He said it wasn’t appropriate to consider the matter now, as “this depends too much on the facts and circumstances of the specific case.”

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October 12, 2021

Watch Palm Springs Pride Live - November 7

Streaming on YouTube.

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September 26, 2021

Swiss Vote To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

It carried in all 26 cantons with an overall majority of 64%! The parliament had already approved same-sex marriage, but the hate-mongers triggered a referendum.

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September 17, 2021

Homophobia = Ignorance

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September 14, 2021

Met Gala Meets John Waters

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August 30, 2021

Milo Yiannopoulos May Soon Free The World Of Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos says he has COVID and is treating himself with Ivermectin.

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August 26, 2021

Hobby Lobby Loses In Its Effort To Degrade An Employee

I can't imagine why Hobby Lobby even let this go to court. A Hobby Lobby employee transitioned from male to female. She got a new Illinois driver license and a new Social Security card, both showing her new name, and the license showing her as female. In the ruling the judge says her Social Security card also showed her as a female, but gender is not shown on a Social Security card. It is, however, kept in Social Security records and that is, I'm sure, what the judge is referring to. She also told Hobby Lobby about her transition and they changed their personnel records to show that she is female. But then Hobby Lobby would not allow her to use the women's restroom because for a variety of invented reasons.

The judge ruled against Hobby Lobby because all legal documents and even her personnel records at Hobby Lobby show she is a female, so they had no basis to deny her access to the women's restroom. This is all so obvious I imagine the only reason Hobby Lobby fought this in court is their attorneys just wanted the billable hours. The lady was award $220,000 and attorney's fees and the case was remanded to the Illinois Human Rights Commission for possible additional damages and attorney fees that may be due.

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July 19, 2021

The Cycle Of Life

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June 23, 2021

The Circle (Der Kreis)


I've just finished watching this film (got the DVD from Netflix) and I highly recommend it. I'm moderately familiar with gay history back to Walt Whitman, but this story was entirely new to me. Switzerland never had a law like Germany's Paragraph 175 and in Zürich a small community of gay men formed around a magazine called Der Kreis. The documentary follows that group as rampant homophobia flared up in Switzerland. It shows how the "logic" of the police and judicial system effectively made the murder of gay men permissible. Nonetheless, many of the men involved in Der Kreis were still quite alive when the documentary was made in 2014, and interviews with some of those men are sandwiched into the movie to great effect.

It's got a happy ending!

Viewable for free on Kanopy if you have a library card and your library participates in Kanopy (Riverside County libraries do). According to JustWatch it's also available on The Roku Channel and on Microsoft.

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June 18, 2021

Safest US States For LGBTQ+

California and Vermont tied for the safest. Massachusetts is #7. District of Columbia, New Jersey and Nevada are tied for 16th. Arizona is 28th. Texas is 32nd. Missouri is #37. Kansas lands at 49. And bringing up the bottom are South Dakota at #50 and North Dakota at #51.

One thing they seem to take into account is the number of "LGBTQ+ family populations" in the state. They don't define "LGBTQ+ family." Does that include LGBTQ+ households? I live alone. Do I count as an "LQBTQ+ family?" Does it mean only households with more than one resident? Do all the residents of the household have to be LGBTQ+? If so, how are children counted, if at all?

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Provincetown

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June 2, 2021

Jewish Woman From New Jersey Who Lives In Oakland Vents Her Homophobia In Sacramento

Actually, it was a bunch of white women, but the Jewish woman from New Jersey took the time to explain her level of entitlement. Not sure why they thought this would go over well in Sacramento. They should've tried Bakersfield.

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May 27, 2021

Real News: Where are those A&F models now?

Slate reports on the whereabouts and activities of some of the former Abercrombie & Fitch models. There are a couple of 'then & now' photos.

  • One has started his own unspecified business. "I run a startup, and I’m using my brain very regularly."
  • One is now an attorney in labor and employment law.
  • One "works in biotechnology," which could mean anything.
  • One is a financial consultant "and co-owns a business making high-end furniture from aircraft parts."
  • One works in "sports marketing" which sounds even more vague to me than working in biotechnology.

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May 2, 2021

MSNBC Interviews Governor Doofus

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February 27, 2021

Around New England

JFK Library & Museum (1)
JFK Presidential Library in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Little Boy At A Park
1986
, doubtless somewhere in Boston.

Mt Katahdin's Knife Edge
Andy and Alden hiking on the Knife Edge of Mt. Katahdin
in Baxter State Park, Maine. The peak (on the left) is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. 1988.

This Fag Teaches Kids
At the Boston Gay Pride rally on City Hall Plaza
, June 1985.

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February 26, 2021

"Queen says COVID vaccine is quick, painless and helps others"

And if a Queen says so, then it must be.

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February 23, 2021

Four Kodachromes

Saguaros (3)
Arizona
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Christmas Cactus Flower (3)
Kodachrome, 1988
.

Former Sears Building in The Fenway
Formerly the Sears warehouse in the Fenway, Boston
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Leonard Matlovich
Leonard Matlovich at the October 1987 March on Washington
, Kodachrome. Leonard Matlovich in Wikipedia.

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February 3, 2021

Along The Eastern Seaboard

March on Washington (3)
At the March on Washington in 1987
.

Picnic Bench in the Woods

Dudley Station - Boston
Old Dudley Station on the Orange Line
, 1987.

5432
This is a building in Queens that is "open to the trade only" for interior decorating
. I went there with an architect friend in 1988, but I can't remember what the place was called or exactly where it was located.

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December 27, 2020

Four From All Over

Dedication of First LGBT Veterans Memorial - May 2001 (3)
Patricia Nell Warren (left) at the dedication if the first LGBT Veterans memorial
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Ruggles Station (2)
Ruggles MBTA Station, Boston
, Kodachrome, 1987.

Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
, Kodachrome, 1986.

Historical Homes
Ektachrome, 1987
.

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March 22, 2018

Slide Photos Of The Past (well, we couldn't have future, could we?)

Autumn River (2)
Somewhere in New England (Maine, most likely).

Walden Pond
Walden Pond.

View of Downtown Boston from Alewife Station, Cambridge, Mass (BW)
A view of the skyline of downtown Boston from Alewife Station on the Red Line.
I think the very white steeple you can see towards the left part of the downtown skyline is a church that used to stand in Porter Square. You can see the Federal Reserve building on the righthand part of the skyline.

Stacey - August 1986
My brother's stepdaughter at the wedding between her mother and him in 1986, Fremont, California.

Polaris - Kodachrome - 1986
Polaris and the star trails around it.
I probably shot this while out camping, which means it's probably Maine.

Sculpture - Kodachrome - 1987
I can't remember where this is, but I'm tempted to say Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Prometheus, Boston Prudential Center - 1986 (2)
Prometheus in front of the Prudential Center in Boston, 1986.

Leaves
More New England nature.

John Hancock Building - Kodachrome - 1986
The old John Hancock, Back Bay, Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Christian Science Mother Church Reflecting Pool, Boston - Agfachrome - 1985 (1)
The reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center in The Fenway, Boston.
Agfachrome, 1985.

Chicago City Hall - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago City Hall, Kodachrome, 1987.

Christian Science Center, Boston - Kodachrome - 1986
The Christian Science Center in Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Boston Pride Parade - 1985
Boston Pride Parade, 1985.

More scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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