I happen to have an excessive amount of time available on the internet today, so enjoy a bunch of stuff summarized so I don't make 239843928 posts. :)
This is 2009, this is the north, this is America, and this is what it looks like
"A private pool in Philadelphia apparently didn't like the idea of black children swimming in their pool, even though these campers had already paid the enormous fee to use the pool... More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason... 'When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,' Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. 'The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately...' Let's not pretend like this is an isolated incident or that it's a bunch of racists nothing like us, just a few bad apples acting in a vacuum. Segregation, in many forms, is alive and well."
The Queerness of Michael Jackson
"Just as Michael was black he was also queer because he did not conform to our society's heterosexist norms. And as the man in the mirror faded from black to white so too did his staged gender performances from cute straight boy lead singer of the Jackson 5 to an effeminate male solo artist donning outfits with sequins. And as the consummate drag performer he was not only a singer and dancer, Jackson was also a shape-shifter... Jackson was unquestionably eccentric, and his masks did not always protect him or liberate him because he always had to don them within the restricted boundaries of both race and sexual discrimination."
Arranging the Homosexual Agenda
Participate in this (totally unscientific but still interesting) poll about what you think ought to be the top priority for LGBTQIA communities. As someone who believes we must take action on every single front, I am fundamentally opposed to this poll. But, haha, I voted anyway. I think I'd say that ENDA, heathcare, and safe schools are the most fundamental to our well-being. These bills also reach a greater number of people in our community than things like marriage equality or Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Slammed for Doing Absolutely Nothing, HRC Goes on Tour
Here is my favorite part of this article: "What we are seeing here is HRC doing something grassroots-y: running around the country trying to do lots of convincing and score media coverage. But haven't we been demanding HRC actually, uh, do something with all the money the gays donate? Haven't we been saying HRC, in cahoots with the White House, has for too long been silent and immobile on legislation that matters?"
WATCH: Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover's Mom Revisits Harrowing Suicide for Congress
Followup to this.
"This has got to stop. School bullying is a national crisis. ...I know that bullying is not a gay issue, or a straight issue. It's a safety issue."
Maine Human Rights Commission Rules in Favor of Transgender Girl
"While marriage equality proponents in Maine will be struggling to keep their new same-sex marriage law in the coming months, at least the state’s Human Rights Commission is able to prevent discrimination against the transgender community. Last week, the agency ruled in favor of a transgender girl’s right to use the girl’s bathroom at her school in Orono, a college town just outside of Bangor."
Gay Men Face Discrimination Over Kiss in El Paso
"'We went, sat down to eat our food and security guards came and said that if they kept doing that, they were going to throw us all out of the restaurant.' Carlos said he then asked them why? Their response, according to Carlos: 'They said 'we didn't allow that gay stuff to go on here.'"