Through The Static

June 16, 2008

Dozens of gay couples wed in Calif. after ruling

Filed under: Culture,Queer,Rights — disciplepete @ 6:08 pm

Yes, the countdown to Armageddon has begun folks. Yahoo:

SAN FRANCISCO – Dozens of gay couples were married Monday after a landmark ruling making California the second state to allow same-sex nuptials went into effect.

At least five county clerks around the state extended their hours to issue marriage licenses, and many same-sex couples got married on the spot…

…The really big rush to the altar was not expected to take place until Tuesday, which is when most counties planned to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of couples from around the country are expected to seize the opportunity to make their unions official in the eyes of the law.

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June 7, 2008

Cuba approves free sex-change operations

Filed under: Gender,Health,Queer,Rights,Sex,World News — disciplepete @ 11:00 am

Viva la operacion! USA Today:

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has authorized sex-change operations and will offer them free for qualifying citizens, an official said Friday.

The move is the latest in a series of changes implemented by President Raul Castro since he succeeded his elder brother, Fidel, in February…

…The procedure would be available to Cubans for free as part of their country’s health-care system…

…Since becoming Cuba’s first new president in 49 years, the younger Castro has done away with bans that kept most Cubans from owning cellphones in their own names and renting hotel rooms and cars. His government also has decentralized the floundering state agricultural sector, raised pensions for retirees and hiked salaries for some state employees, among other changes.

Makes me wonder if the U.S., if we actually get universal health care, would have a similar provision. I think it’ll take some time.

June 5, 2008

Lesbians kissing in public? Mommy, make ’em stop!!

Filed under: Queer — ausaydong @ 1:42 pm

Caught this one? It’s been making news everywhere, particularly the blogs. From Sports Illustrated:

…a lesbian complained that an usher at Safeco Field asked her to stop kissing her date because it was making another fan uncomfortable.

The incident has exploded on local TV, on talk radio and in the blogosphere and has touched off a debate over public displays of affection in generally gay-friendly Seattle.

“Certain individuals have not yet caught up. Those people see a gay or lesbian couple and they stare or say something,” said Josh Friedes of Equal Rights Washington. “This is one of the challenges of being gay. Everyday things can become sources of trauma.”

As the Mariners played the Boston Red Sox on May 26, Sirbrina Guerrero and her date were approached in the third inning by an usher who told them their kissing was inappropriate, Guerrero said.

The usher, Guerrero said, told them he had received a complaint from a woman nearby who said that there were kids in the crowd of nearly 36,000 and that parents would have to explain why two women were kissing.

The Mariners’ response:

On Thursday, after an internal investigation, the Mariners said in a news release that their seating staff had acted appropriately, and the couple was approached because of their behavior — which included “making out” and “groping” in the stands — and not their sexual orientation.

“We have a strict nondiscrimination policy at the Seattle Mariners and at Safeco Field, and when we do enforce the code of conduct it is based on behavior, not on the identity of those involved,” Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale said earlier this week.

In the release, the Mariners said the women were told they could continue to kiss, but that they had to “tone it down.

And just a little side not on this article: The woman described to be “groping” another is Sirbrina Guerrero, a contestant on the show with MTV’s favorite bisexual, A Shot at Love 2 with Tila Tequila.

June 2, 2008

Are gay-for-pay actors socially progressive or gayfacing it?

Filed under: Culture,Entertainment,Musings,Queer,Sex — Tranimal @ 3:37 pm

Straight.com:

There’s always been the protest of blackface (and even yellowface) when Caucasian performers played ethnic roles.

Should there be a similar outcry when it comes to straight actors playing gay roles? When straight actors play “gayface”?

I have mixed feelings about this. A commenter on this story posed the rationale any one of any race or gender can be gay but no one can be another race(s)…

This poses more complications and deeper thought then just placing the rationale of no “blackface or yellowface” means no “gayface” either. By going critically with this issue of how it affects actual gay actors and actresses who need to play straight roles to make it and straight actors playing gay actors to be “different”. I don’t have huge offense currently to straight actors putting on “gayface” when it’s done a real way grounded in actual personalities and issues (not just for gay-bashing purposes).

The experiences of being gay spans and crosses all races and genders. While race affects white people deeply just as they deeply affect people of color the experience of being a person of color cannot be emulated by a white person. A white person can never be black but a straight person can be gay. Sexuality is fluid. Many people do not fit into the polar opposites of the Kinsey scale, especially people in Hollyweird.

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