June 30, 2015
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
June 29, 2015
YESTERDAY AT SF PRIDE
GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE
This is fun, and there was a time when it would never have happened. While I'm quick to point out police abuse of minorities, it's once to have a little balance. Which is not my strong suit!
June 27, 2015
SHIRLEY BASSEY: I AM WHAT I AM
June 22, 2015
June 20, 2015
REGARDING THE CHARLESTON SHOOTING DEATHS
It seems so odd to me that people can deal with such staggering grief with instant forgiveness. Hey, if their faith permits them to do that, then it's probably healthier not to hold hate in their hearts. I don't share their faith, so I can't comprehend not emitting at least a little rage at such a loss. (Though that may be happening in private, away from cameras.) It seems that their faith is forcing them to do something which isn't a normal human reaction. Maybe they are better people than I am, more evolved or truly guided by a higher power. I don't believe in a higher power, but it almost seems as if they've been robbed of the natural grieving process—which includes angry, stinging rebukes and railing against the system which permitted this again—by their religious belief system. I realize that it probably will come off as the ultimate white privilege (dare I add male?) for me to suggest to anyone in their situation how to feel after something so horrific, but it does strike me as bizarre for the victim’s families to express concerns for the murderer’s families. Maybe they are just bigger people than me.
I was also confused when the lady who helped apprehend him claimed that God lead her to recognize the fleeing murderer. If God can track a murderer so swiftly, why didn't he prevent the shooting? I had to turn the news off today, but much of it was officials talking about how this tragedy brought the community together. On one hand, it's great that the community comes together to help each other deal with the shock and pain. But on the other hand, how horrible that a mass shooting in a church brings us together! Is that to be commended, or is it damning of our society? Now that we are together, I hope we can take some steps to prevent similar events in the future. We also came together after the senseless carnage of Sandy Hook, but that didn't result in too many gun law reforms. Or not sufficient ones, certainly, if stuff like this is still happening. I'm glad Obama is talking forcefully about reform, but talk isn’t enough. Because as Chicago congressman Luis V. Guiterrez said on Bill Maher last night, the GOP represents guns and the Democrats don't have the guts to stand up to them. After Sandy Hook, TV news was crowing about how since the NRA-backed candidates didn't even win in the previous elections, that the NRA was now a paper tiger we could easily bypass. Sadly, we bypassed THAT moment of togetherness. And if the NSA is tracking every email and phone call for our safety, how did they miss this terrorist? Maybe they weren’t checking white terrorists quite as much.
June 18, 2015
I'M NOT A BEYONCE FAN, BUT...
VIA SISTER ROMA
SISTER ROMA: In an attempt to make NYC Pride more homogenous and appeal to a broader audience, a group of ill-informed event coordinators suggested that drag queens and leather-folk not march. WELL THAT WAS ALL IT TOOK - the NYC DRAG MARCH was born. Now, 22 years later, we will gather together for the Mother of all Drag Marches! See you there.
DID YOU MISS ME IN THE OUT LIST (HBO)?
The 2013 doc airs again on June 23rd and can be streamed until June 29th as part of HBO's pride month round-up. I ain't in this trailer, but I think I'm good in it!
Man receives fine for impersonating his girlfriend to take exam in her place
June 17, 2015
I CAN'T MAKE THIS--CAN YOU??
|We're so busy fighting for stronger rent laws - we sent that email with a huge typo. The rent laws EXPIRED on Monday. |
Rent laws expired on June 15th and we are busy keeping the pressure on Cuomo. We will have actions every day until the rent laws are renewed.
See you on the streets!
Cuomo sleep-in tonight at 10:30 PM - 633 Third Ave.
If Cuomo won’t let us keep our apartments, we’re going to move in with him!
We’re camping out tonight in front of his Midtown office, because he should know that we’re not going away, no matter how long he drags his feet in Albany negotiations. Come join Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, bring your best chants, and let’s fight for our futures!
But no ghost stories please. The #TenantEmergency is scary enough.
Protest outside of Cuomo's Fundraiser: 6PM Thurs
Plaza hotel - 59th and 5th Ave.
Picket at Cuomo’s Office - 633 Third Avenue, between 40 and 41st Street
If the esteemed Governor Cuomo/Glenwood/One Percent cannot figure out a workable solution for 2.2 million seniors, working families, and rent-regulated tenants, then we cannot leave him alone.
Join the picket line, sing songs, and show our elected that money cannot buy outcomes in New York State!
June 16, 2015
GOt ANY TRANS FRIENDS? HELP 'EM OUT BY MAKING A CALL!
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is closer to becoming the law of the land than ever before—but we’re running out of time and we need your help.
We need you to help cut through the Senate deadlock and tell Senate Leader John Flanagan that GENDA must pass this year! There are mere days left in this legislative session and Senate Leader Flanagan must hear from New Yorkers like you that transgender rights aren’t just a topic for talk shows and magazine covers – they are an absolute priority to the people of New York.
Call Senate Leader Flanagan’s office at 518-455-2071 and tell him: Trans New Yorkers cannot be left behind one more year – do the right thing and pass GENDA now!
Here are some talking points to help you:
- This is a time of unprecedented visibility and understanding of transgender issues – it’s more obvious than ever why we need GENDA!
- Transgender New Yorkers face terrible discrimination in nearly every aspect of life, but receive none of the legal protections from discrimination that other New York residents take for granted.
- GENDA is simple – it would ensure that transgender New Yorkers are protected by the same legal safeguards as everyone else in the state.
- Nearly half of transgender youth attempt suicide. It is our responsibility to make sure that all of our children can see a future for themselves free from discrimination and hate.
- GENDA is pro-business: the bill would streamline the existing patchwork of regulations and local laws with a single, statewide standard—freeing employers and employees alike from a cumbersome and insufficient status quo and making compliance simple and uniform.
- GENDA isn’t a matter of party politics, but just simple common sense.
- Transgender New Yorkers cannot be left behind again. Senator, you must Pass GENDA this year!
Empire State Pride Agenda
June 12, 2015
THE NEWEST INTERNET SENSATION
June 10, 2015
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June 04, 2015
We SERIOUSLY have to put an END to these Social Media Challenges! Someone is going to get HURT or even worse, DIE!#CauseForConcern #99Jamz #WeCare #ItHasToStopWhat are YOUR thoughts???
Posted by 99 JAMZ on Tuesday, July 29, 2014