Alright, let’s see what we have today! As always, Surviving the World hits it out of the park:
Philadelphia added black and brown to their pride flag. There are a lot of different pride flags. And although I think they should have laid it out differently (maybe put black at the bottom and brown at the top to better match up colors), I think this is really cool. For a long time, the HRC (‘corporate gay’) was only focused on white, cis-gendered gay men. This isn’t much, but it at least starts to recognize the people of color that are part of the queer community (and have been since the beginning, helping to kick off the Stonewall Riots), so I think it should be welcomed!
The French marching band played a Daft Punk medley for the President, but can we talk about the fact that they march French horns? I mean, if any country would, it’s France….but still, why not just use a mellophone?
And finally, some are hailing these ads of previously anti-gay family members apologizing to those they’ve hurt. But here’s the deal. That then puts the onus on us, as queer people, to always take the high road and say we forgive them and welcome them back. Sometimes we’re tired. Sometimes we don’t want to. Sometimes the pain of cutting someone out of your life is so great, that opening that wound again to let them back in isn’t a possibility. Maybe don’t be an ass in the first place. Look at your life, look at your choices.
Alright, been a bit behind due to Half Marathon training I started writing this in May, but forgot about the draft, sorry about that, but it’s updated and finally finished- but let’s see what we have today. First up, a great letter from the Good Men Project about the people we’ve lost due to the election.
In one 24-hour span, the new administration delivered three huge blows to queer rights: erasing us from the census, removing workplace protections for federal contractors and slashing budgets of programs to fight HIV/AIDS.
And in further horrific news, Drumpf has already shut down the office of AIDS policy. To those saying “we survived Bush/Reagan, we’ll survive this,” I will remind you that we literally are missing a generation of gay men due to the AIDS crisis and Regan’s refusal to even say the word. Check your privilege, not everyone made it.
But let’s look at the positives, here’s a great thank you to Obama:
In other good news, the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been in decades! (expect that to change as Republicans seek to close health clinics, but for now, good news!) A reminder, those of us who are pro-choice don’t want to see more abortions, and with comprehensive sex-ed as well as access to resources at Planned Parenthood, the abortion rate will continue to decline!
Quick update today, first up, in case you missed it, watch President Obama’s farewell address. For a little bit, it made me hopeful for the future, and is a great send off for the work we have to do during the next administration.
Hey look, well don’t actually look, we have a new organ! Or at least, bits that we thought were separate are now considered an organ! Don’t dissect yourself or anyone else to look, please.
New Year resolutions for gay men. One of mine is to volunteer more and another is to be in more queer spaces. To help with that, I’ll be volunteering at Outrageous Bingo again! It’s a great night of fun bingo, huge cash prizes and a drag half time show! It usually sells out, but I hope to see you there sometime this year (January is already sold out, it almost always does, so buy early)! Another resolution: write more, especially this blog!
This week’s Savage Love column included a shout out to the FrontRunners, my running group (just a different chapter), so cool!
This analysis from 538 might not be accurate: we still don’t know much about Supreme Leader Snoke and his involvement, there’s a theory he’s been around since the prequels.
That’s it for now, trying to keep these shorter and easier to handle, with a little more commentary! Have a great one!