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‘Aged to Perfection’ podcast gets a new logo

24 Oct

I won’t be devoting much time to the lgbtSr website, as I posted the other day, but the Facebook page and the podcasts are still very much alive and well. I’ll also post the occasional “special edition” there for an interview or column.

My co-host Rick Rose and I are retooling the podcasts over the next couple months, and the show has both a new logo, AND a new intro!  Listen here.  Our guest this week is sperm donor extraordinaire Trent Arsenault. Hear you there! – Mark/Editor

'Aged to Perfection' podcast gets a new logo

24 Oct

I won’t be devoting much time to the lgbtSr website, as I posted the other day, but the Facebook page and the podcasts are still very much alive and well. I’ll also post the occasional “special edition” there for an interview or column.

My co-host Rick Rose and I are retooling the podcasts over the next couple months, and the show has both a new logo, AND a new intro!  Listen here.  Our guest this week is sperm donor extraordinaire Trent Arsenault. Hear you there! – Mark/Editor

It's about equality, not "dignity and respect"

23 Aug

Cross-posted from lgbtSr.org:

It’s been a long time since I wrote one of these ‘Café Moi’ pieces, but I felt compelled to address this after last night’s podcast, when my co-host Rick Rose brought up the current firestorm over Tom Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment.

The entire spectrum of Republicans, from the dwindling and increasingly impotent establishment to the shrill, irrationally furious Tea Party (aka Christian extremists), is telling Akin to step aside. Not because his comment was, as they claim, terribly offensive, but because he made the mistake of being very plain spoken about what they think: despite having plenty of women in their ranks, the core of the GOP considers, at the deepest level (so deep they probably can’t admit it to themselves), women to be property, in spirit if not in law. As for girls? Forget it. If things go their way we could someday regularly see 12 year old girls giving birth to their father’s (or uncle’s or brother’s) children from incestuous rape because, well, the Bible tells them so. (Their exemption-free prohibition on abortion, as expected in their party platform, is not balanced by any call to make impregnating a woman or girl through rape or incest a capital crime; that would at least make the transparency of their anti-female worldview a bit more opaque).

This discussion blindsided me a bit; I was expecting to just have a light-hearted chat with our guest about the entrepreneurial spirit and taking risks to follow our passions. Instead I was reminded of the proposed GOP platform, and in it, a plank opposing marriage equality (of course) but – how exciting! how gracious! how kind! – extending “dignity and respect” to all people, which means us.

Think about it: the Republican Party is willing to extend dignity and respect to LGBT people, as if these are things that can be extended. Or maybe they’re acknowledging our worth, however diminished it is compared to theirs. It reminds me of the unfortunate embrace of “tolerance” in our culture, as one may tolerate a rodent as long as it isn’t eating the cereal. I have no interest in being tolerated. Nor do I fall for the poison flowers of “dignity and respect,” much as a snake might offer to a mouse before she eats it.

“Dignity and respect” are meaningless, words meant to mollify and deceive. It is equality, and nothing short of equality, we demand, whether it is offered or not.

It’s about equality, not “dignity and respect”

23 Aug

Cross-posted from lgbtSr.org:

It’s been a long time since I wrote one of these ‘Café Moi’ pieces, but I felt compelled to address this after last night’s podcast, when my co-host Rick Rose brought up the current firestorm over Tom Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment.

The entire spectrum of Republicans, from the dwindling and increasingly impotent establishment to the shrill, irrationally furious Tea Party (aka Christian extremists), is telling Akin to step aside. Not because his comment was, as they claim, terribly offensive, but because he made the mistake of being very plain spoken about what they think: despite having plenty of women in their ranks, the core of the GOP considers, at the deepest level (so deep they probably can’t admit it to themselves), women to be property, in spirit if not in law. As for girls? Forget it. If things go their way we could someday regularly see 12 year old girls giving birth to their father’s (or uncle’s or brother’s) children from incestuous rape because, well, the Bible tells them so. (Their exemption-free prohibition on abortion, as expected in their party platform, is not balanced by any call to make impregnating a woman or girl through rape or incest a capital crime; that would at least make the transparency of their anti-female worldview a bit more opaque).

This discussion blindsided me a bit; I was expecting to just have a light-hearted chat with our guest about the entrepreneurial spirit and taking risks to follow our passions. Instead I was reminded of the proposed GOP platform, and in it, a plank opposing marriage equality (of course) but – how exciting! how gracious! how kind! – extending “dignity and respect” to all people, which means us.

Think about it: the Republican Party is willing to extend dignity and respect to LGBT people, as if these are things that can be extended. Or maybe they’re acknowledging our worth, however diminished it is compared to theirs. It reminds me of the unfortunate embrace of “tolerance” in our culture, as one may tolerate a rodent as long as it isn’t eating the cereal. I have no interest in being tolerated. Nor do I fall for the poison flowers of “dignity and respect,” much as a snake might offer to a mouse before she eats it.

“Dignity and respect” are meaningless, words meant to mollify and deceive. It is equality, and nothing short of equality, we demand, whether it is offered or not.

lgbtSr at UNITY 2012 (day 1)

2 Aug

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Cross-posted from lgbtSr.org:

At this writing my mind is on Las Vegas time but my body’s still in New York (evidenced by the 3:00 am wake up this morning). My partner Frank and I left our apartment at 24th and Third yesterday morning, and here we are watching the sun rise over New York, New York (the casino)!

This is the first year that NLGJA (National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association) has been part of the UNITY alliance. For reasons too complicated and unclear, our entry into the organization was . . . postponed for a number of years.  Now we’re here, and as things have turned out, NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) is NOT part of the alliance, despite having been a founding member.  I’m not really taking time now to examine these turns of events, they just are what they are.  I was curious on arrival what effect the departure of NABJ would have on the attendance total, but the numbers seem solid.  NLGJA is joined by NAHJ (Hispanic Journalists), AAJA (Asian Journalists) and NAJA (Native American Journalists).

Frank and I opted to stay at the renovated Tropicana, where the rate was half the cost of conference host Mandalay Bay.  Plus it’s a very short tram ride or even a walk (“even a walk” is an odd thing for someone from Manhattan to say, but it’s very hot here) from one hotel to the other.

Tired from a day of travelling, we only managed to register, take a quick stroll around the exhibitors hall (where I had the pleasure of running into an old colleague still at Reuters, staffing their booth), and the first half of the opening ceremony.  As much as I told myself I’d be hitting the receptions, I’m an early-to-bed guy and it was already three hours later where I came from.  I’ll get into my weakness as a social butterfly some other time – or not.

Today promises some good sessions, an NLGJA membership meeting, and lgbtSr contributor Judy Rickard on a panel on immigration.  Maybe we’ll get some slot play in, too.

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