I HATE Gus Van Sant. Let me get that out of the way first. Now sure he has been involved with many films I liked, such as Good Will Hunting. But My Private Idaho and Elephant are probably two of my least favorite movies of all time. Well he is directing the Harvey Milk biopic (wondering who is Harvey Milk?). So I looked up the film because there is a lot of buzz about which celebrities are in it. Currently Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and James Franco are attached/filming. But that is not the point of this post. It turns out there is a Gus Van Sant movie coming out soon. Paranoid Park. Heres the plot line: A teenage skateboarder’s life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard. I watched the trailer and I want to see it.
Homosexuality is a sickness, just as are baby-rape or wanting to become head of General Motors. ~Eldridge Cleaver, “Notes on a Native Son,” Soul on Ice, 1968
I recently came across this gem of a quote by Eldridge Cleaver and have begun to read Soul on Ice. I have not finished by any means, and as such will reserve final judgment until the end. But so far it has been possibly the oddest read of all times. It has insane range. It varies from brutally honest introspective analysis to preachy ivory tower judgments of others. It varies from oblivious and cocky to self aware and humble. It may be the most offensive thing I’ve ever read (that was not intended as hate speech) towards both women and gays. But at the same time he is very aware of his misogyny and understands his hatred is misdirected. He admits to raping multiple women and practice on girls from the ghetto. There are no direct references really, but it is well known he killed several people over the course of his life.
The book was extremely popular in the 60s, he was a revolutionary (literally and figuratively) and was considered a significant civil rights figure. But his idea of civil rights was extremely limited. He notoriously switched religions at his convenience and after each conversion was a fierce proponent of that religion and its accompanying doctrine. I think if he came forward in our politically correct world and tried to step up as a civil rights leader, he would be a laughing stock. An angry, violent ex con with a disposition towards sexism and homophobia telling us how the world should be equal. Equal for black men at least, all the while flip flopping on religion and trying to assist international revolutions.
As it is with all the crazies, I admire his passion. I am looking forward to finishing his book, and to researching him further. Maybe there is a movie!
Apparently you all like some good ole gay videos. After the popularity of my last video post (i can see the hits, so i know your there even if you don’t comment) I’ve decided to post a few more favorites. and if anyone has some suggestions. I placed in parthesis any necessary warnings.
I love Charles Firth:
Be Gay (bad language):
If Larry Craig was gay (cheesy singing):
A new government census report indicates that black and Latino people are more likely to live in a prison cell than a college dormitory. I think early education is the source of the problem. It is statistics like these, which contribute to racism. People who fail to understand that some of this crime is the result of historical discrimination and lack of education assume there is an inherently criminal nature of minorities. Here is the basics of the article:
More than three times as many black people live in prison cells as in college dorms, the government said in a report to be released Thursday. The ratio is only slightly better for Hispanics, at 2.7 inmates for every Latino in college housing. Among non-Hispanic whites, more than twice as many live in college housing as in prison or jail. The numbers, driven by men (men are 90% of the prison population), do not include college students who live off campus.
Black students are more likely to attend segregated schools with high concentrations of poverty, less qualified teachers, lower expectations and a less demanding curriculum, she said. Nearly 40 percent of inmates lack a high school diploma or the equivalent, according to the census data.
Blacks made up 41 percent of the nation’s 2 million prison and jail inmates in 2006. Non-Hispanic whites made up 37 percent and Hispanics made up 19 percent. About 9 percent of prison inmates were immigrants last year, up from about 4 percent in 1980. Immigrants made up about 13 percent of the total population in 2006. Non-Hispanic whites made up about 73 percent of the 2.3 million people living in college housing in 2006. Blacks made up about 12 percent, Asians about 7 percent and Hispanics about 6 percent.
Well not the whole Patriot Act, hopefully that ruling is on the way. But two provisions have been struck down. Yesterday the two provisions were struck down in response to a suit brought about by Brandon Mayfield, a Portland, Oregon, attorney who was wrongly arrested for alleged involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings. Mayfield has already won 2 million dollars in damages. The case was decided by Judge Aiken, a liberal judge appointed by Clinton. Aiken ruled that FISA, as amended by the Patriot Act, permits the government to conduct surveillance and searches targeting Americans without satisfying the probable-cause standard in the Fourth Amendment. Aiken noted that FISA does not require that the subject of a search be notified, although the Fourth Amendment ordinarily does. In addition, she said, the Fourth Amendment requires particularity — authorities seeking a search warrant, for example, must list what they are looking for and where they are looking for it.
Breathe easy American, you are a little freer today.
Just curious how many people would click on the post with that title. In reality it is just some gay videos. I figured I would just chuck up some of my favorites before bed. See you in the morning!
The one I see every night on tv:
Best commerical growing up:
Pro Gay Marriage:
The I heart Brooklyn girls queer femme calendar is out (you can be femme and from brooklyn)
The gay world cup (that is soccer for you sissy non athletic boys) took place. (when the gays play)
A new study says gays have less visibility on TV in the last year, which to me seems super obvious. If you take will and grace off the air, which had enough gay for a life time, there will be a void. (where are the gays?)
There is serious scientific evidence that the Iranian president was wrong when he claimed Iran had no homosexuals, when in reality there was an Iranian in the International Mr. Gay Competition. (E! news can be serious)
This isn’t exactly new but I suggest you check it out. QueerSighted. It is my favorite gay interest blog. It alternates between need to know gay news, political arguments, the latest celebrity trash, gay history, and funny articles/videos. This week, the things that struck my interest included:
-A new online community for nerdy/techy gays, called DoorQ.com, is launching on Halloween. The gay nerd is a truly underserved community. It is somewhat assumed, that gay men are going to be sex obsessed disco boys who care about fashion, sex, and more sex. But in reality I know lots of down to earth nerdy gay boys. (Article)
-There is an interesting debate going back and forth between two contributors over the Hillary Clinton Advocate article. (One of the articles)
-And an article, that I find to be one of the most intelligent and relevant ever to be posted on a gay blog. The article praises the way the African American community approaches civil rights, and in particular the organization of protest over the Jena 6 events. It calls for the gay community to stop wasting its networking abilities on the next circuit party and focus on equality. Jena 6 Example