I Plan On Leaving Here Tonight With My Gay Pride

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The deadline to buy raffle tickets has been extended to July 1st, squirrel friends! This is good news for everyone, rejoice in your pants and then get some here! Don’t you want to win stuff, like Showtime DVDs and 410 BC t-shirts and hot gender bending stuff from Lipstick & Wildflowers and SO! much! More! Yeah you do. When you’re done with that, check out our own gallery of photos from our big ol’ march in the New York City Pride Parade.double_linesNYC PRIDE: More photos from our NYC Pride Parade march: Marching Gay Bloggers (@farmboyz) and NYC Pride 2009 (@joe.my.god)!

Also New York Magazine‘s Daily Intel has a set of photos from NYC Pride, which was grand marshaled by Dustin Lance Black of “A Night In Dustin Lance Black” , the incredibly awesome screenwriter of MILK.

YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY: Soap Actress Fired for Opposing Gay Plot. It’s the little things that make for big revolution. (@advocate)lanceblackpride4

ALL PRIDE: Photos from Gay Pride all around the world! (@queerty)

PRETTY IS HARD: From sleep to sunscreen application, this month’s Allure makes looking even halfway decent this summer seem insanely difficult. (@jezebel)

KIDS WITH PRIDE: Nettelhorst Elementary School has become the first school to march in Chicago’s Pride Parade. Parents of this magnet school located in the middle of Boystown, the heart of Chicago’s gay community, decided that it would be a good idea to have the kids and the school show solidarity with the community. As one might expect, some were not happy with this idea…at all. (@bitchblogs)

READ SOME MOTHERF*CKING POETRY, NUMBSKULLS: New collections by Mary Oliver, Marilyn Hacker, British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Audre Lorde. (@afterellen)

GAY: What’s love got to do with it?: Marriage may have its benefits, but Seth Michael Donsky wonders whether the struggle for same-sex marriage is really about equal rights—or just validation. (@nypress)

COLBERT on Stonewalling:

WOMYN: Limbaugh Reaches a New Low: the only possible advice a Domestic Violence Advisor could provide, says dear Limbaugh, is “put some ice on it as you leave that swanky motel.” (@feministing)

WOMYN: Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says there should be more women on the court, real-life experience makes a good justice—and electing judges is stupid. (@the daily beast)

MEGHAN LOVES THE GAYS: When asked who in the GOP speaks for gay issues, Meghan McCain’s response was … “me.”

KATHY GRIFFIN: Jill Zarin Crashes Kathy Griffin & Paris Hilton’s Shopping Date (@jezebel)

WATCH: Anyone But Me‘s sizzling season finale (and the title is a Grace Paley reference!), “Enormous Changes at the Last Minute”:

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On Gay Issues, Obama asks to be judged on vows kept: “I explained that I’m being thrown out as we speak, and that there was a sense of urgency for me,” Colonel Fehrenbach said. “He looked me in the eye and he said, ‘We’re going to get this done.’ ” (@nytimes) And queerty says he’s not getting off that easy.

↓  This story makes me wanna scream, and is gonna be a tough one for our movement to deal with: Lombard demonstrates why gays should not be allowed to adopt. Yes, a disgusting evil man sexually abused his foster children. This man was gay. This happens all the time in the foster care system, as you probs know, and arguing that this one gay dude … argh! Okay! Try to imagine this story written about a racial minority? Totally unkosher. Also I love the blatant disregard for how many kids would be homeless if it wasn’t for the gay & lesbian foster parents who bring them in. Honestly I think gay & lesbian families are the best thing that’s ever happened to the foster care system.

So listen up: statistics show that between 12 and 50 percent of foster care kids are abused while in the system. Sexual abuse is generally imposed on female victims by male perpetrators. Because this really got my goat, I read way too much about it, tracking down the paper that made the case for Arkansas’ bigoted anti-gay adoption laws and this interesting tidbit from our dear friends the Log Cabin Republicans: In fact, studies show that among the total number of children sexually abused in foster or adoptive care, 99.3% were in the care of heterosexual parents. The Gay and Lesbian Task Force has more responses to commonly raised objections towards same-sex parents: There is absolutely no empirical evidence to support the claim that LGBT parenting harms children.

↓ When police raided a new gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas, early Sunday morning, they were not commemorating the 40 year anniversary of Stonewall. They were defacing it.

Forty years later, still second class Americans. Frank Rich’s feelings about the gay civil rights movement includes many interesting tidbits and a very interesting perspective: though my friends and I were obsessed with every iteration of the era’s political tumult, we somehow missed the Stonewall story. Not hard to do, really. The Times — which would not even permit the use of the word gay until 1987 — covered the riots in tiny, bowdlerized articles, one of them but three paragraphs long, buried successively on pages 33, 22 and 19. (@nytimes)

↑  Tranny Alert taken down in response to online activism! (@feministing)
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AUTO-STRADDLER OF THE DAY

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stef-iconfrom Stef:
I know the internet is overloaded with Michael Jackson tributes these days, but if you haven’t seen Amanda Palmer covering “Billie Jean” at the Troubadour the night MJ died, you haven’t heard “Billie Jean” ever.

alex-iconfrom Alex:
I’ll admit that I judge a book by its cover. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that if they happen to be on a list of “45 beautifully designed book covers” right? (@wellmedicated)

Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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10 Comments

  1. With four soaps running same sex storylines this fall, two have now had someone either walk off set or be fired because of them. Chris Engen allegedly left Young and the Restless (same soap Clementine Ford is now on, and Elizabeth Hendrickson)when his character, Adam, was supposed to kiss Yari Gellman’s character, Rafe.
    http://daytimeconfidential.com/2009/05/breaking-news-did-yrs-chris-engen-quit-over-gay-kiss
    Makes me very thankful for Guiding Light actors and their response to the only female same sex storyline on soaps (and all of American TV right now outside of logo). Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia and the entire cast and crew of Guiding Light have been incredibly supportive and respectful and all around awesome.

    And the foster care stuff- dont even get me started. I am a foster parent, and I could rant for days.

    Rock on.

  2. I enjoyed the pride pictures. first the author gives a big shout out to all you 20 auto straddle marchers but at the end of the piece points out that only one female made it to the end. What happened to your group?

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