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October 31, 2004

i totally skipped halloween this year

Oooh! Extra bonus hour this morning! That should help me get to sleep better tonight, cuz theoretically I got up at 9:30, which is good. I will try to reset my fucked up sleep patterns and get to bed at a decent hour tonight.

Gurl and I did the wedding up in Baltimore which was very nice. We took advantage of having a vehicle and had lunch at the waterfront, and I was able to spot lots of hot daddies there. Then we went to IKEA and I managed to find a very cheap storage shelf. However, it's that warpy cheap IKEA pine, which I'm going to try to stain or weatherproof, as their wood will curl like a dried leaf if even one drop of water hits it. Any suggestions on what kind of treatment to use?

Then we did a mega-grocery trip, so I should be good for a few weeks. But after running around Baltimore and various suburban stores in my cruel dress shoes, I was beat and it was too late to get to the rugby Halloween party, which was too bad cuz it's a pretty fun one. I flaked out on Fitz' party, the funnest of the year, for similar burnout reasons. I asked my friend Shane - is it election year burnout or the weather that's bumming me out? Regardless, I'll have a nice languid workout today, and probably a run or bike in the sun since I'm not wounded today since there was no rugby.

Happy Halloween! Boogedy! Bah Humbug...I'll be going to a movie tonight instead of giving treats...the mean kids in our neighborhood don't even dress up, and show up multiple times with Safeway bags with holes in the bottom. No pumpkins either...they immediately rot in our home for some reason.

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October 29, 2004

anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, etc.

Happy anniversary to me! Wednesday marked the one-year mark at my job. I am past the probation period and all that, I like my coworkers, and I am always busy, never bored. My boss is good, even if he sometimes gets a little too cracked out on gallons of coffee. But there's one wierd thing...

Homer mentioned something similar today. Wierd bathroom stuff going on in my department. Perhaps it's only with the men. One day, I walk into the bigger handicapped toilet stall (preferred, so I can sprawl) and there's a myserious white powder sprinkled on the toilet seat. I chose not to snort it, and moved to the smaller stall instead. On another day I walk into my preferred stall to drop a load, and someone had been kind enough to tear out almost an entire roll of t.p. to quilt the toilet seat. I could tell no one had sat on the covering, they seemed to have just prepared the seat for me. Leery of booby traps, hidden punji sticks, and squishy surprises, I chose the lesser-used stall instead. Wierd bathroom people here.

On Saturday Gurl and I will be going to Rob and Dax' wedding up in Baltimore. Rob used to play with the Renegurls, and now plays D&D with us. It will be my first same-sex joining ceremony. I can't believe their house, which they just moved into, will be ready for all that, but we'll see. Nothing like a wedding to get your house all fixed up. I got an interesting wedding gift but you'll have to wait and see...

And, not to be forgotten, and frequently mentioned and revered, will be GURL'S BIRTHDAY a week from tomorrow. I'm even skipping a rugby match just to ensure I'm not burnt out/wounded/exhausted/swollen so I can make the ceremonial recognition of Her Nineishness.

OK, so like small world twilight zone stuff here...I was e-mailing my dear high school friend Kim (on left, with high school friends Tina and Kari) and she happens to mention "My extremely hunky friend in Chicago" who turns out to be blogger Jake from Chicago! Omigawd like small world! Kim says we should hook up. Kim is always right.

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October 28, 2004

metro weekly article

Metro Weekly wrote an article about BlogJam. I was quoted a few times, but I've pasted my original answers to the reporter's questions in the extended entry:

What general impressions/comments do you have about Blogjam DC?

I was happy to see such a wide diversity of readings and talent, from poetry to politics, on subjects ranging from heartbreak to hairy bears. It was also a nice creative outlet that you don't get to experience much in D.C.

I understand it was your idea to have it, after your experience in New York. How did it compare -- in terms of the bloggers who read, and the crowd reaction? Did it meet your expectations? And do you have any thoughts about when or if you'll do Blogjam again?

The WYSIWYG Talent Shows in NYC featured bloggers reading about certain themes. In our case, it was gay male bloggers reading about various topics. Maybe in the future we'll put a theme to it, and may not limit the reader lineup to just gay men. We wanted it to be a venue for bloggers to read their stuff in a performance setting. I think the crowd in NYC wasn't as reserved as the DC audience, but that is to be expected. I was really happy that we got such a big crowd, and that people had fun reading and being entertained.

Briefly describe any thoughts you have about how the blogosphere has changed since you began three years ago. Obviously, back then Blogjam couldn't have happened. Any prognostications of how the blogosphere will look four years from now?

I started blogging in 1998. A few HTML-savvy friends of mine taught me how to make web pages, and I stole some code from USA Today's website and made my own online journal called Jimbo Today. That was before content management applications made blogging easier, so I'd have to change the journal's code the hard way, maybe on a weekly basis. Then a friend of mine said, "You need a weblog," and helped me set up my first blog in 1999. Back then, it was mostly techie geeks putting their journals online. Then journalists and writers like Andrew Sullivan started playing with the technology, but didn't really know where it would go at the time. I think it may have been 9/11 that set things off for Weblogs, as Internet users wanted to see how other people felt about the disaster, they wanted to read about other people's feelings. That, and bloggers can write about things without fear of being edited or fired by a corporate board, so a lot of recent events have been covered more truthfully on blogs than in the corporate media. Now when you hear about blogs in the news, it almost seems that political and topical blogs have overshadowed the personal blogs.

Personal blogs will survive only as long as their writers maintain interest in keeping them up. Some bloggers just burn out and lose interest after a while. I think it's the political blogs or journalistic ones that are really making an impact. Again, their authors are free to write without corporate restraint. While not all political bloggers are journalists, many of them are excellent writers, and I think that is making major media sources sweat a little. People are getting the real news, news they have been starving for, from blogs and not from the television or Washington Post.

On that score, do you anticipate still being a blogger then?
Why did you start blogging in the first place?

Before I started an online journal, I had my own personal journal which I still write in to this day. Not everything I go through in life goes on my blog, and the really personal stuff is written down by hand elsewhere. I have a bad long-term memory, and I'm actually surprised by the thoughts and things I wrote a year ago. Journals have always helped me see how I've grown (or not). From mistakes and conflicts from people reading my blog in the past, I've found there are certain things I shouldn't write about online, such as dates, friends, family or work. Blogging about work is now forbidden, and it's dangerous to talk about your friends or dates. But there's still plenty to write about, and blogging has really helped me with my writing skills. You can find a story in anything and make it interesting. I have to write press releases for work, and I've found that speed-writing short blog entries has enabled me to also write for work a lot faster.

My archives used to go back to 1998 or so, but due to a bad server accident during a content management system migration, we lost 2 years. :'( Now I'll never remember those 2 years.

I do not earn money from my blog, but it doesn't cost me anything either. It's hosted on my friend's server, and she manages the content management (blogging) software on it, so I'm virtually hands-free. Well, I do have a 'donate' button on there, and have received maybe $200 total over the years, which I've put to maintaining my home computer that in turn maintains the blog.

It looks like I get about 500 individual visits a day. On the average, I get 14,000 visits a month. But keep in mind some of those visits are multiple visits from the same (obsessive) readers.

Blogging full-time? Hmmm...I guess I would have to be more topical or focused on what I wrote about. I don't think there's enough interest in Jimbo alone to maintain a paid blogging position. I'm guessing I would have to do something specific like an enviro-politics blog for WWF or something, but that would take the fun out of blogging now, wouldn't it?

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October 27, 2004

gay marriage movement consultant tips

I can't find one goddamn link to a copy of AshleeGate on any of y'alls queer blogs. I missed it on SNL. Being an owner of the original Milli Vanilli album on vinyl, I have a vested interest in lip-synch revelations. That, and only one queen seemed to recognize my Mommie Dearest reference from last week. I am very disappointed. Pink Cards revoked until December - all of you except for Sparky.

We have beaten the same-sex marriage issue to a bloody pulp in class. Last night we had our presentations on the issue, analyzing the rhetoric of it as a social movement. Although those of us in class come from all walks of life (Chinese lesbian, Japanese woman, black civil rights studies students from Baylor and Howard Universities, and a big Lincoln-Douglas debate geek) we keep coming to the same conclusions. These are not demands, but suggestions - we're just sayin':

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October 26, 2004

A.D.D. Prayer revisited

It's 2 hours before my class presentation tonight, and I can't stop fucking around. Time again for the A.D.D. Prayer:

God grant me the Serenity focus on my tasks at hand,
The Courage to prioritize,
and the Wisdom to know the difference between work and personal e-mail and blogging and washigntonpost.com and calling Gurl and looking at bigmusclebears.com and looking out the window and chatting with my coworkers and planning my week and thinking about what time I should go to the gym tomorrow and what I'm gonna do for Halloween and how cute that one guy at lunch was and like which empire am I gonna play for my next Civilization game and like what kind of monsters I'm going to pull out of my hat when I DM the next D&D Halloween special and like what's for dinner tonight omigawd I'm so hungry maybe I should go down the hall for a snack or maybe go outside and call my brother or like plan my Christmas travels and...

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quote of the weekend

When Homer was visiting last week, I took him to the Health Bar restaurant which is below the mega-gay Results, The Gym. After watching several hulking musclequeens lumber by, Homer asked, "So is steroid use really big here in DC?" I almost choked on my veggie burger it was so funny.

So finally, I hear about an astronomical event beforehand. A total lunar eclipse will be visible on the night of Wednesday October 27. The UM Astronomy department and observatory will host a public viewing session from 9pm-midnight on McKeldin Mall near the sundial NOT at the Observatory. Dress warm, bring a lawn chair or blankets, and sit and watch the celestial show!

And tonight is the annual 17th Street High Heel Race, but I'll be at frikkin' class again. Apparently anything that is fun or cool happens on a Tuesday. While I won't be attending like I did back in tha day, I wish all the runners good luck and no wipeouts with crinoline.

Artsy-fartsy pic taken by His Royal Sparkiness at the BlogJam show this weekend:
artsy fartsy

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October 25, 2004

do what Daddy Jason says

Daddy Jason wants YOU to vote!

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blogjamma ramma

Tonight's BlogJam turned out to be just right. Two folks dropped out at the last minute, but that proved to be OK since I think it would have dragged on longer than tolerable. I was also concerned that the material wouldn't be too diverse, but with poetry, politics, 'types', sex, illness, heartbreak, indie music queers and drag, it turned out to be a good mix. Our lovely MC Bob kept the show running and spinmeister Morel kept the crowd going afterwards as well. The crowd was just the right size and seemed to enjoy themselves, and the music was fun as usual too.

Saturday I played more rugby than expected. I would not have minded one bit if I hadn't played at all, as my back was tweaking a little that morning. Then I got kicked in the shin and thigh, which turned into a full-on leg cramp into the B-side match. Today my right leg is lumpy and sore, but at least the tightness has gone down. Next weekend there'll be no match, and that's a good thing.

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October 22, 2004

pure hotness

I will not attack my houseguest...I will not molest my houseguest...I will not grope my houseguest...I will not make advances on my houseguest...I will not rub up against my houseguest like a cat in heat...I will not hump my houseguest's leg...no matter how much my honeypot is on fire...frikkin' SWOON!
He's sooo dreamy.

And ohmigawd I don't know what to wear!

Last night I swore at practice that this will be my last season. But I said that before, right around this time of year as I recall. But there's really no point in trying to play when I'm trying to play with a back that continually threatens to spasm as it has been since I threw it out in the spring. Plus my thigh and calf decided to jerk off by themselves last night too, so I said fuck it and went to get something to eat. Seriously though, I am ahead physically, I can still run and bike, so it's probably a good time to quit. 2 more matches and a big gay tourney in NYC and then I'll pick up the pom-pons from this point out.

Homer is a delightful guest and quite perky too. But damn he has long legs! I feel like an Oompa-Loompa next to a Big Willie Wonka when we're walkin' around. Tonight we'll meet up with Bob and PJ at Windows for a few, and then grampaw's goin' to bed.

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October 21, 2004

it's never clean!

THIS ISN'T CLEAN!  IT'S NEVER CLEAN!!!Yesterday I realized I really wouldn't have the time to clean up around the house before guests arrive for the weekend events. So I took the day off, slept in a little, and cleaned as only an anal-retentive gay Norwegian can. You can now safely eat off of any surface in the guest areas, as they are currently more antiseptic than the surface of Mercury. Homer comes in tonight, and will be treated to an entire rugby team at a post-practice social. Then Dawg and Sparky come on Saturday before BlogJam.

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October 20, 2004

BlogJam this Sunday @ DC9, 8pm

blogjam
BLOGJAM: THE HOMO SPEAK

Readings by national queer bloggers
Music by BLOWOFF
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2004
8 PM - CLOSE
VENUE: DC9
1940 9TH ST NW, WDC
21 AND OVER
$6 COVER

Featured bloggers on deck: Andrew Sullivan, Dogpoet, Geekslut, Wonkette (honorary assfucker), JoeMyGod, Jimbo, VividBlurry, Chromewaves, Waremouse, Chrisafer and MC Bob.

It'll sorta be like The W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G. Talent Show in NYC, but with hep music spun around afterwards, and you won't have to leave to go socialize, you can just stay there and chill with the hipsters.

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October 19, 2004

gay history burnout

I am going to barf if I have to read any more gay/lez/bi/trans/whatever rhetoric for class. The link below will take you to my recent assignment, putting together a gay/lez issues timeline. It's incomplete, only from 1900, and limited to the U.S. and BORING AS HELL to put together regardless. No one told me I'd have to do history crap for this class! Be sure to scroll down to the very last date on my incomplete timeline for a most important event in gay history!

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans History Timeline

1905: Freud Invents Sexuality

1912: Steinach Alters Sexuality with Hormones

1924: Gerber Starts Society for Human Rights

1940: New York City: A bar called Gloria's goes to court to fight being closed down, citing recent scientific studies and arguing that "there is no rule or regulation" preventing a "sex variant" from being served at a bar. Courts reject the argument, however, allowing the State Liquor Authority to continue closing bars frequented by gay men and lesbians.

1941: Henry Publishes "Sex Variants"; The US. Military orders the first "blue" discharges of gay and lesbian service people.

1945: New York City: The Quaker Emergency Committee meets to work for the establishment of a center where young people arrested on same-sex charges can go for assistance and counseling. The Readjustment Center that results from the Quakers' efforts is believed to be the first social welfare agency for gay men and lesbians in the US.

June 1947: Los Angeles: Lisa Ben (a pseudonym that is an anagram for "lesbian") types and mails 12 copies of Vice Versa - "America's Gayest Magazine." The first lesbian newsletter, Vice Versa includes book and movie reviews, poems, and upbeat essays encouraging lesbians to persevere in their quest for a more satisfying life.

1948: Kinsey Publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

January 3. 1948: The Kinsey Report on men is published, shocking the nation with its revelation of the high incidence of same-sex acts among American men.

February 28, 1950: Testifying before the US Senate Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Department (whose members include Joseph R. McCarthy), Undersecretary of State John Peurifroy reveals that the majority of dismissals of State Department employees are based on accusations of homosexuality. Over the next few months, McCarthy and other conservatives accuse the Turban administration of laxity in rooting out homosexuals in government, bringing the Mccarthy Era into high gear.

April 1, 1950: Bowing to Mccarthy Era pressure from anti-Communist conservatives, the Civil Service Commission intensifies its efforts to locate and dismiss lesbians and gay men working in government. Over the next six months, 382 are fired, compared with 192 for the preceding two and a half years.

November 11, 1950: Los Angeles: Chuck Rowland; Harry Hay and his lover, Rudi Gernreich; Dale Jennings; and Bob Hull hold the first of a series of weekly gatherings leading to the formation of a homophile organization the men will call the Mattachine Society.

April 1953: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450, mandating the dismissal of all federal employees determined to be guilty of "sexual perversion." As a result, more than 640 federal employees lose their jobs over the next year and a half. Many more are allowed to resign quietly.

August 1953: The Kinsey Report on women is released.

September 21, 1955: San Francisco: Four lesbian couples, including Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, found the Daughters of Bilitis, the first homophile organization exclusively for women.

May 1960: San Francisco: The Daughters of Bilitis sponsors a national convention of lesbians, probably the first public gathering focused on the topic of lesbianism in the US.

November 7. 1961: Legendary San Francisco drag queen Jose Sarria runs for city supervisor. The first openly gay person to run for public office in the US, Sarria receives almost 6,000 votes.

1960: Cuba: the police begin Operacion P, arresting prostitutes, pimps, and "pederasts" and herding them into concentration camps. Although same-sex relations are not illegal, large numbers of gay men and smaller numbers of lesbians are arrested as part of a wide-ranging campaign against people whom Fidel Castro's government believes are inimical to the revolution.

May 1960: San Francisco: The Daughters of Bilitis sponsors a national convention of lesbians, probably the first public gathering focused on the topic of lesbianism in the US.

May 12, 1960: United Kingdom:The first public meeting of the Homosexual Law Reform Society is attended by more than 1,000 people.

July 30, 1960: France: The National Assembly adds homosexualite to a list of fleaux sociaux ("social plagues") that the government is charged to combat.

October 3, 1961: Hollywood: The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) announces a revision of its production code. "In keeping with the culture, the mores and the values of our time," the revision advises, "homosexuality and other sexual aberrations may now be treated with care, discretion and restraint." The new ruling paves the way for the release of films like The Children's Hour and Advise and consent, but the MPPDA later amends the revision to specify that "sexual aberration" may be "suggested but not actually spelled out."

November 5, 1961: New York Times critic Howard Taubman launches an attack on "the increasing incidence of homosexuality on the New York stage" in an article headlined "Not What It Seems: Homosexual Motif Gets Heterosexual Guise."

November 7. 1961: Legendary San Francisco drag queen Jose Sarria runs for city supervisor. The first openly gay person to run for public office in the US, Sarria receives almost 6,000 votes.

November 15, 1961: A Washington, DC, chapter of the Mattachine Society is formed. Activist Frank Kameny is elected president.

December 1961: The release of the British movie Victim in the US marks the first use of the word "Homosexual" in a feature film. It is denied motion picture code seal of approval as a result.

1962: James Baldwin publishes Another Country, a groundbreaking novel constructed around issues of race and sexual orientation.

San Francisco: A group of gay bar owners and employees fori-lis the Tavern Guild, believed to be the first gay business association in the US

January 1962: Illinois criminal code reform passed last year takes effect this month, making Illinois the first state in US history in which consensual same-sex acts are legal between adults.

July 15, 1962: New York City: Randy Wicker talks listener-supported radio station WBAI into broadcasting a taped program in which seven gay people discuss homosexuality. Widely publicized in the local press, the program is probably the first favorable broadcast on the subject in the US

1963: Five women found the Minorities Research Group in London, the first lesbian organization in the United Kingdom. Similar to the American Daughters of Bilitis, the group aims to provide isolated lesbians with counseling, education, and opportunities for socializing. Some members of the organization go on to found Kenric in 1965.

Also in the United Kingdom, the English Society of Friends publishes Towards a Quaker View of Sex. The Quakers are the first mainstream Christian church to issue a public statement expressing tolerance of same-sex relationships. Also see 1945.

Grove Press publishes John Rechy's City of Night to generally positive reviews, pioneering a new level of sexual explicitness both in the text and in the book's packaging: the cover features a photograph of Times Square male prostitutes.

January 1963: At Frank Kamenys suggestion, the New York and Washington, DC, chapters of the Mattachine, the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, and Philadelphia's Janus Society join to found the East Coast Homophile Organizations. Nicknamed ECHO, the association marks the beginning of a new era of activism for the US. Homophile movement.

1964: Canada's first homophile magazine, Two (inspired by), is issued by Kamp Publishing Company in Toronto.

Philadelphia: Clarke P. Polak begins publishing Drum magazine under the auspices of the city's Janus Society, a Homophile group founded in 1960. The first US gay publication to combine serious news coverage with unabashedly erotic content, Drum reflects a growing spirit Of Activism among American gay men.

United Kingdom: Women associated with the Minorities Research Group begin publishing Arena Three, the country's first lesbian magazine.

The national convention of the American Civil Liberties Union modifies the organization's position on sexual rights. Henceforth, the organization opposes government interference in the private sex lives of consenting adults.

April 1964: The Association for Social Knowledge, Canada's first homophile organization, is founded in Vancouver.

June 1964: Life magazine entitles a cover story "Homosexuality in America." The article, which features photographs taken at a leather BAR called the Tool Box in San Francisco, challenges the gay male "pansy" stereotype at the same time it helps build awareness of the emerging American gay and lesbian subculture.

September 1964: San Francisco: Bib Plath, William Beardemphl, Mark Forrester, Jim Foster, and others found the Society for Individual Rights (SIR). In addition to activities in support of a gay man's "right to his own sexual orientation," SIR will become one of the first gay male groups to provide community support systems as well as a wide range of social and educational programs.

September 19, 1964: New York City: Randy WickeR, Renee Cafiero, other activists, and representatives of the New York League for Sexual Freedom picket the Whitehall Induction Center in protest of the Military's anti gay and -lesbian policies. Many consider this the first public gay and lesbian rights demonstration in the US

November 16, 1964: Randy Wicker is a guest on The Les Crane Show, becoming the first openly gay person to appear on national television. Following the show, Wicker is barraged by hundreds of letters from isolated lesbians and gay men across the country.

December 1964: San Francisco: after several months of talks and a tour of local gay and lesbian gathering spots, a group of Protestant ministers Join with lesbian and gay male activists to form the Council on Religion and the Homosexual.

December 31, 1964: San Francisco police attempt to intimidate some 600 guests attending a New Year's Ball sponsored by the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, photographing each of the guests as they arrive and demanding entry without a search warrant. The ball is the first time many liberal heterosexuals have witnessed police harassment of lesbians and gay men. Three lawyers and Nancy May, a straight volunteer, are arrested.

1965: Antwerp, Belgium: Activists form the Belgische Vereiniging voor Sexuale Rechtvaardigheid COC, the country's first homophile organization, on the model of the COC in the Netherlands.

United Kingdom: Dr. C. Barker reports on the development of new aversion therapy methods to "treat" homosexuality in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Barker claims his method-injecting drugs every two hours for six days and nights to produce dizziness and nausea in the patient while he views pictures of nude males-is highly effective in helping gay men achieve "recovery."

San Francisco: the Society for Individual Rights begins publishing Vector, a slick, lively, community-oriented publication sold on newsstands throughout the city.

January 2, 1965: San Francisco: Council on Religion and the Homosexual representatives, most of whom are heterosexual, hold a press conference to protest the police force's "deliberate harassment" of the group's New Year's Ball.

February 11, 1965: At the San Francisco trial of the four people arrested at the Council on Religion and the Homosexual's New Year's Ball, the judge orders the jury to find the defendants not guilty. The decision is widely seen as a turning point in the homophile movement's fight for gay and lesbian civil rights.

April 17-18, 1965: New York City: Craig Rodwell, Randy Wicker, and other activists protest discrimination in the US and CUBA against gay men and lesbians in small but visible demonstrations in front of the United Nations building.

May 29, 1965: The East Coast Homophile Organizations stages the first demonstration in front of the White House in protest of US government discrimination against gay men and lesbians. Seven men, including Jack Nichols, and three women, including Judy Grahn, picket. ABC and wire services report on the event.

July 4. 1965: A small group of conservatively dressed lesbians and gay men picket Independence Hall in Philadelphia in one of the first public demonstrations for gay rights. Among those marching is Barbara Gittings.

July 31, 1965: Lesbian and gay demonstrators picket the Pentagon to protest discrimination in the military.

August 28, 1965: The State Department is picketed by gay and lesbian demonstrators for the first time.

October 23, 1965: The East Coast Homophile Organizations a second demonstration at the White House. The FBI reports 35 picketers.

January 1, 1967: Los Angeles: Police conduct brutal raids on several gay bars. Enraged by the sight of a few men exchanging customary New Year's kisses at ml midnight at the Black Cat in Silver Lake, LAPD undercover agents attack patrons and employees, leaving several severely injured and arresting 16.

August 1967: The board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union passes a resolution urging the decriminalization of consensual sex between adults.

1968: In its official listing of mental disorders, the American Psychiatric Association re-categorizes homosexuality as a "sexual deviation" or a non-psychotic mental disorder" Previously, the group has considered homosexuality a "sociopathic" disorder.

December 3, 1968: At the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles, the Reverend Troy Perry officiates at what is probably the first public same-sex union ceremony in the US.

July 2. 1969: New York City: 500 marchers confront police in the first "gay pride" demonstration, a march down Christopher Street.

July 9. 1969: The Mattachine Society of New York invites activists to gather in Greenwich Village for the first "gay power" meeting.

March 17, 1970: The film version of The Boys in the Band, the first major Hollywood look at gay life, premieres.

December 4, 1970: New York City's first gay Community Center opens in Greenwich Village.

November 8, 1977: Harvey Milk is elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He is the first openly gay elected official of a large US. city.

October 14, 1979: An estimated 1 00,000 people, with delegations representing every state and tell foreign countries, participate in the first-ever March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

November 10, 1980: New York City: a former policeman fires a submachine gun into two Greenwich Village gay bars, killing two men and wounding six others.

February 25, 1982: Wisconsin becomes the first state to approve civil rights protection for lesbians and gay men.

July 25, 1985: Paris: a spokesperson for Rock Hudson acknowledges that the actor is suffering from AIDS. Later, media reports openly discuss his homosexuality for the first time. The publicity given his illness marks a turning point in building public awareness of the threat of AIDS and in galvanizing support for efforts to fight the disease.

November 17, 1985: New York City: More than 700 people concerned about negative publicity surrounding AIDS, bathhouses, and gay promiscuity attend a town meeting that leads to the founding of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

March 14, 1987: New York City: The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (Act Up) is formed as a direct action group by Larry Kramer and some 300 other activists.

October 11, 1987: Washington, DC: The largest lesbian and gay rights rally to date convenes. According to organizers, more than half a million people participate in the second March on Washington.

The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is shown publicly for the first time as part of the March on Washington. Stretched out over two city blocks, the Quilt integrates 1,920 panels, commemorating more than 2,000 persons who have died of AIDS.

May 1989: United Kingdom, Ian McKellen, fellow actor Michael Cashman, and dozens of other gay men and lesbians found the Stonewall Group to monitor legislation in Parliament and lobby for equal rights for lesbians and gay men.

April 28, 1990: New York City: Queer Nation stages its first public action. Almost 500 members of the recently formed organization march in Greenwich Village in protest of a pipe bomb attack on a local gay bar.

April 24, 1993: Washington, DC: The third gay and lesbian March on Washington is prefaced by a mass wedding ceremony held outside the Internal Revenue Service building. Metropolitan Community Church founder Reverend Troy Perry conducts the service, joining 1,500 lesbian and gay couples in marriage, just before midnight, Lesbian Avengers march on the White House in what organizers claim is the largest lesbian demonstration ever.

April 25, 1993: The third gay and lesbian March on Washington draws more than 1 million participants, according to organizers. Extensive television and newspaper coverage makes it the most widely publicized march yet.

May 7, 1993: The Hawaii Supreme Court rules that the state must prove a "compelling interest" for denying same-sex Partners a marriage license.

September 21, 1993: Amanda Bearse talks about being a lesbian in an Advocate interview. She is the first prime time television star to come out.

August 4, 1995: US President Bill Clinton signs an executive order forbidding the federal government from denying security clearances on the basis of a person's sexual orientation. Administration spokespersons advise reporters, however, that individuals Ought still be denied clearance if they were in the closet and feared exposure to family or friends.

October 1996: Washington, DC: 1.2 million people view The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; Jimbo arrives in DC.

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Wednesday WYSIWYG Talent Show lineup

Get Ready for Halloween with Terrifying Tales of “Psychos I Have Dated or Worked For or Both!”

Performance Space 122’s monthly all-blogger series of readings and performances, the WYSIWYG Talent Show in NYC, brings you its October installment with chilling stories of “Psychos I Have Dated or Worked For or Both!”

Wednesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Performance Space 122 150 1st Ave. at East 9th St.
Tickets: $7

Performers for “Psychos I Have Dated or Worked for or Both” are:

* Allison Bojarski, a.k.a. Alizinha (thebrazilianmuse.blogspot.com)
* Michael Barrish (oblivio.com)
* Blaise K. (bazima.com)
* Ned Vizzini (nedvizzini.com)
* Michael McAllister (dogpoet.com/daily.html)
* Todd Levin (tremble.com)
* ...and musical guest Chris G (jimmylegs.com)

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October 18, 2004

Happy 30th, D&D

wuuufFirst off....Scott Bolton: woofy leather dude vocalist from Vancouver with a hot biker handlebar 'stache. Mmmm...I'm a fan. Catchy tunes too!

Apparently everyone but me got the press release about the D&D 30th Anniversary this weekend. Regardless, the geek gang honored the anniversary in style with lots of cookies and carbs and cola and very little actual gaming. It's not about the fantasy role-playing, stupid. Can you hand me my chainmail brassiere, please?

I can barely remember playing my first character, a pre-generated Dragonlance character for the initial modules that inspired the books, back when I was a freshmen in high school in like 1985. I think I played Riverwind, Goldmoon's husband. The first character I created was a 1/2 elf druid of Ehlonna. Before that, me and a friend would play the self-guided Tunnels and Trolls game as well. After that, I became a DM due to my awesome facilitating skills. OLD SKOOL baby, OLD SKOOL.

After D&D a few of us hung out to watch the follow-up show from the FarScape series: The Peacekeeper Wars. We love Farscape for the muppets, the awesome makeup, the great writing, and for Ben Browder, the HOTTEST leading stud of any sci-fi series to date. Tonight will be part II of the Peaceeeper Wars.

Uh oh! Hot guys on TV scheduling conflict tonight! The Nuts for Mutts competition will be on Animal Planet at 8, featuring Survivor's Colby Donaldson as a judge. Woof.

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October 16, 2004

bloody loogies

3 weeks off from any kind of exercise due to my flu showed today at the rugby match. I got a bloody nose from a stiff-arm to the face during the first half so I had to step out for a bit, so I didn't even play a full game and was still totally beat after the match. We didn't fare well against the Terps, but they were a sporty bunch and played nice anyway. The nose stopped bleeding completely after the match, but right before I went into the social, I felt this thing moving from my nose into my throat...it was this bitter yet salty clot that dislodged and wanted to come out...it wasn't a pretty thing on the sidewalk.

Going out soon for Bob's birthday celebration, and maybe blowoff after that. But I need a nap first. Attention Deficit Disorder Dungeons & Dragons (A.D.D.&D.) with the geeks tomorrow.

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October 15, 2004

14th Reel Affirmations International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

The 14th Reel Affirmations International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicked off Thursday night, and goes all next week. My roomate is heavily involved with this event.

There are ten great days of film and fest--making it the gem in gay and lesbian Washington's cultural landscape. Thirty-thousand people attend every year, and there's lots of opportunity to soak up some great films, and meet some great people.

The Lincoln Theatre pass is $125 and includes all the films at the Lincoln Theatre along with the nightly martini parties in the ABSOLUT Pavilion. It does not include the Opening and Closing night parties.

The JCC pass is $75 and includes all the films at the JCC along with three films at the Lincoln Theatre. Passholders have access to the nightly martini parties at the Lincoln. It does not include the Women's Brunch or the Opening and Closing night parties.

VIP passes get you into everything, and give access to parties and events throughout the year. Of course, individual tickets can be bought as well.

All can be bought at the door, or online at www.boxofficetickets.org/oit.

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October 14, 2004

cute gay boys in shaw

Far less cranky today, I was definitely on the rag earlier this week. Must have been the workout last night that helped, and it's good to be back in action. I'm still not sleeping well though. I will be going to rugby tonight after a 3 week sick break.

OK, maybe it's not time to move from Shaw. Another cute gay boy moved in a block north of me...the queers are on the move! He's a friend of mine who went to the farm this spring. 17th St is no longer 'it', that is for sure. Even 14th street is already settled. However, I can keep an eye out on single rental units here in the 'hood. Now all we need is a bigger grocery store and I'll be set.

Regarding the migration to Moveable Type 3.0... I'm assuming the template and CSS hadn't changed much, but apparently Mac users are getting a shitty layout when they view this site. However, constructive, descriptive critique is a lot more helpful than "your site looks like shit." Be specific, like "There are no line breaks between entries," or "Your text spills over onto your images." Send a screenshot of what you see, or specific issues with the layout to: Jimbo3DC@aol.com.

About that debate last night...Bush did better than he has to date, but still didn't have the arsenal of facts and figures that Kerry had. Cute quote about the wife at the end though. Furious George is good at looking cute if you can fight through the nausea first. Regarding the 'choice' question, George, you lost me at the wimpy "I dunno." I thought Kerry was ballsy to say that homosexuality wasn't a choice, but I am unhappy that both believe marriage is exclusive to a man and a woman.

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October 13, 2004

nothing compares 2 chrisafer

Mmmmkay...main template fixed up to look somewhat like it used to, with brand new pull-down linkages for the ever-growing archives (since July '01, baby, and I'd have more than that if it wasn't for a tragic server accident that wiped out archives from '98). Cleaned up the blogroll a bit to remove dead links, expired blogs, or blogs not updated in months.

My right fist hurts today. Perhaps it was the fight with the oven yesterday. The frikkin' pilot light clicker thingy goes off by itself, especially when I'm right about to go to work. The sound ( ~tik...~tik...~tik...) drives me into a rage, and it won't turn off. Hitting the oven makes me feel better, but makes my hand hurt.

Everything in that frikkin' house needs adjustments, fixing, or otherwise supporting, since nothing ever gets fixed when it breaks. The roomate has been incredibly lazy for the past month or so, and I feel like much, if not all, of the cleaning and tidying has been entirely on my shoulders. Between that and the frikkin' crack bullshit going on out on the street, I am going to revitalize my search for my own, quieter place with furnishings and appliances that work, starting this weekend.

Yes, I am venting and bitching. I have also not been sleeping well, probably due to the weather changes, which have been nice. Now everyone at work has been bitching about how cold it is at work. For the first time in months I am NOT sweating, and my ass is no longer enflamed. But I suppose we must maintain a minimum 90-degrees to maintain body temperature. Howabout a frikkin' sweater? I'm burning up here in my polo shirt.

But yesterday was the first time in weeks that I had a real, full-energy workout at the gym. It felt great, and the sleep I got the night before had me in a fairly good mood yesterday. Workout and run tonight, and rugby practice tomorrow

Ode to Chrisafer, who has been gone from UMD for some time now:

It's been 7 hours and 16 days,
Since they took Chrisafer away.
I go out every night, and sleep all day.
Since they took Chrisafer away.

Since she been gone I can do whomever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner inna Union restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues
`Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

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October 12, 2004

testing...testing...

Bear with me here...webmistress just moved to Moveable Type 3.0, so I'm playin' with the options here.

Something I read this morning on the subway on the way to work might explain the mystery of gay Republicans, or even black gay Republicans for that matter. It's from a piece I'm reading by Richard D. Mohr for class called "A Gay and Straight Agenda."

"Studies have shown that, on gay issues, people are greatly affected in their opinions by how they think other people will percieve them. Taboos encourage, indeed enforce, the aping of opinions from one person to the next, causing them to circulate independently of both critical assessment and authentic feeling. The result is that many nongay people feel socially required to be gay-fearing or gay-hating, even when they are not homophobic by personal inclination. Many people do not on their own feel hostile to gays but feel compelled to go along with the rituals that degrade and silence gay life, lest they themselves be viewed as morally suspect."

I've always wondered why an openly gay Republican working in the cogs of political life on the Hill could possibly work with a party that visibly seeks to undermine and gut who they are. Is it the fear of being percieved as morally suspect by their overriding organization (RNC), so they just go along with the party platform of degrading and silencing themselves? Discuss. And let me know if the comments work and all that.

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October 11, 2004

happy national coming out day

I keep wondering why neither of the Presidential candidates have ever mentioned the anthrax attacks from 2001. Is there simply no political weight to the issue? Why have they come up with nothing at all in the case? Why doesn't Kerry skewer Bush about this in the debates? Politicians have been remarkably quiet about the topic. I wonder why?

wuuuf no moreBig bummer: ultra-woofy MVP baseball player Ken Caminiti died of heart failure today at 41. He was one of the few professional baseball players to have admitted using steroids. He was also convicted of drug charges in 2001.

Anyhoo, it's National Coming Out Day today. Come out to someone today. Promote openness and honesty, something so rare in this administration.

TODAY: The National Rally for Marriage Equality
Help us keep the Constitution sacred.
Come out for equality on National Coming Out Day at the Marriage Equality
Rally in DC at the US Capitol!

When: October 11th, 2004 from 11 am to 4 pm

Where: Upper Senate Park, one block from the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC at Lousiana and Constitution streets.

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October 10, 2004

2004 Symposium on Crack Economics

I took Friday off and relaxed around the house, and went to bed at a reasonable hour to get a good night's sleep. But alas, I was unaware of the 2004 Symposium on Crack Economics to be held in my driveway at 4:30 am by the esteemed Mr. Crackhead, Mrs. Crackho, and Crack Dealer, who had to loudly discuss the dialectics of selling crack vs. smack for a half hour. Then at 8:30 am some bonehead needed to call our house, so not much sleep was had that evening. But, I got a good bit of sleep last night, with some dreams too, which was a good sign. I'm feeling a little better today because of it.

blogjamIn my time around the house I finished the lineup page for BlogJam, to be held at DC9 on Sunday, October 24. It looks like it'll be an evening of fun readings. After talking to a few people who had not been to something like The W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G. Talent Show in NYC or a similar prose reading, I'm getting the impression that people think it'll just be bloggers reading their entries. Sort of. They will be reading a piece that is specifically written for a performance of about 8 minutes. Following the readings Bob and Rich will be spinning Blowoff-style.

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October 7, 2004

why we love dykes with big guns

My on-again off-again flu kicked in yesterday at work, so I went home early to sleep. A while back a friend of mine loaned me a videotape of Starship Troopers II: Hero of the Federation, so I finally had the time to get around to watching it. Somewhat true to the original, sans the hot coed shower scene, but fun for a sick night with a pint of ice cream. Anyhow, I noticed another action movie constant, which seems to have become Hollywood law. In Starship Troopers II, the cigar-smoking dykeish character gets infected by bugs in the film, but before her mind is taken over completely, she takes down a few other bugs and then kills herself before she is overtaken too.

In sci-fi action films, the tough, butch, dyke-ish chicks with guns shall always die heroically in a blaze of glory.

You saw it with Vasquez in Aliens, and with the woman who took out the big robot tunnelling thingy with her cannon in Matrix: Revolutions. Why is this always the case? I have no idea, other than perhaps we secretly put a lot of faith in our bulldykes to cover our backs in times of crisis.

So I went to the doctor today to see what was up, and he said it was probably a malingering re-infection of a cold virus or bacteria. I got some good crack in case it was bacterial, and he also prescribed plenty of fluids and sleep, so I will.

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October 6, 2004

in defense of a symbolic act

From The Onion: Older Brother Accused Of Cushion-Fort Prisoner Abuse. The story made me laugh so hard this morning.

So I missed both wedROCK and the 'debate' last night. I hear tell Edwards didn't do as well as Kerry did, and Cheney did his understanding Dad routine and all that to much effect.

But class last night was good. Perhaps the professor was baiting us into a discussion, but right before class he ended with this thought: "What surprises me about the pro-gay marriage movement is that they are struggling for a symbolic right." Whoa. Good point.

When two breeders get married at the chapel, the benefits, rights and protections of their legal union has already been taken care of beforehand at the justice of the peace. And as individuals, they are aware of their union and their love for each other. The actual wedding ceremony is for recognition of their union from family and friends. Then there is the gift registry of course, but that's more of a side benefit of marriage. Anyway, a true heterosexual marriage consists of at least three elements: legal benefits and protections, a crazy little thing called love (or convenience, or a pregnancy, etc.), and validation of the union from family and friends.

For queers, many of the legal benefits and protections can be arranged legally through other means, but it sure would be nice to get them all in one fell swoop like the breeders can. For now, we have to jump through more hoops than everyone else to secure our property, our adoptees, and our finances.

The love part: check. Not really an issue amongst ourselves. Religious fuckheads don't beleive it, but yes, homos can feel emotion and love in between completing our homosexual agenda items in taking over the world.

So when queers start bitching to get "marriage rights" I think the core of what we/they are really asking is the validation and acceptance part of a marriage. To get legal marriage rights is to ultimately get cultural and social acceptance for their unions. Until then, it's still just a lame old commitment ceremony. Obtaining full marriage rights is one avenue towards equality for gays and lesbians.

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October 5, 2004

welcome to loews cineplex

welcome to Loews Cineplex Entertainment"Omigawd Gurl, take it, take it!"

After watching A Dirty Shame last night at the movies, I encouraged Gurl to start her life of petty larceny, so she nabbed Abukar's nametag. Not directly off of Abukar, which would have required a Difficulty Class Rating of at least 30 on the Sleight of Hand Roll in D&D. Abukar's nametag was just sitting there on the table. Good job gurl! Some day you'll be a petty burglar just like jimbo! And now I have an idea of what I'm going to be for Halloween.

For your stalking pleasure - young jimbo pics!
Me and coco!
Me and our old dog Coco. Since she was my first dog, that would make my drag name Coco Morris. Once, when I ran away when I was like 3, Coco followed me the whole distance.
the 3 bros
It's like Wilson Phillips: I'm the chubby one in the middle. Call me Carnie. Makes for great junk in your trunk when you're 30 though. We still don't know why the brother on the left ended up looking Jewish.
chubby baby with my favorite teddy
Me with my favorite teddy bear.
mmm...oreos
I think these were oreo cookies on my face.
awmp chawmp munch munch.
I like the stoic look on my face in this picture, while the others make fools of themselves. I am enjoying my watermelon, thank you. The two monkey boys right behind me are my older brothers.

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October 4, 2004

my dog is a cop

I just got a call from my ex who tells me that our dog Max, a rottweiler / german shephard mix, is now a police dog. He certainly looked the part, although I think it may have taken them a while to reinstill aggression into him...he was a big cuddle monster.

My dog's job is butcher than mine.

England rugby's Ben Cohen on a water slide with a wet furry chest. MMMMMMAAAGPPPH!

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i figgered as such

Confirming my suspicions that the wacky housing prices in DC are driven by folks with outrageous (to me anyway) Federal government swill barrell and overpriced contractor salaries was confirmed in an article in today's Washington Post:

"...the 2020 Lofts at 12th and U streets in the District, buyers are '65 percent singles, and now 80 percent of them earn in excess of $80,000 a year,' Viola said. 'A lot earn over a hundred thousand, and the age is a little younger than before, between 28 and 35,' he added. "

Even during the .com heyday, I was earning only $60K, and that was working as a big high-rollin' HTML mack daddy to tha mack salary. Do I keep selling myself out with my humble Midwest values? Do I need to work on my salary negotiation skills? Whatthefuck? Or whothefuck haven't I fucked in this town to get a Monicaesque salary like that to allow me to purchase my own residence? And how does a 28 year old kid get an $80K salary? I have met Jennifer and Mike, and I know they do not do what it takes to earn $80K...I'm guessing there's a lot of connection-making going on around here for such salaries, a game I know all too well.

My salary right now allows me to survive and prosper a wee bit without a car, have dinners out once in a while, but certainly not enough to invest in a loft at Fufu Terrace or wherever. Waiting for a real estate crash...praying for Barry...hoping it all comes down...

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October 3, 2004

wedROCK this Tuesday

Damn this frikkin' flu knocked me out all week, and I'm still draggin' today. I missed practice on Thursday, passed on the match against the Marine rugby team of all things, and spent most of Saturday being a vegetable around the house, doing little more than producing phlegm and snot. I hear tell Beaverhausen Ben was in town but after dinner last night I was out of gas. I went to the gym today to try to work out, but could only do limited sets at half my normal weight. The steam room helped out with my expectorating, however.

I saw Bob pounding the pavement on this sunny day promoting Wedrock, which will be this Tuesday. There is an adorable pic of Henry Rollins, the MC for the show, on the cover of this week's Metro Weekly. I bought tickets for the concert, and Bob promised me he'd try to get Rollins to put me in a headlock, but I forgot I had class that evening. BUT, since we are currently on the social movements unit of the class, and our focus is on the LGBTwhatever marriage issue, perhaps I can weasel my way out of class if I promise to take notes or something. We are exchanging info on current news of the issue on the class listserv, and I've already put out a not-so-subtle hint to the professor about the concert, so we'll see. I'll grab my ticket tomorrow after work, but am not sure if I can go yet.

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October 1, 2004

debate syopsis

Kerry: facts.
Bush: rhetoric - ter'r, Ummerca, Ter'rists will attack again!

ray vs. rayIt was good to get a more rounded view of Kerry last night rather than try to figure him out from a series of soundbytes. I feel a bit better about who I will be voting for. I could hear what Kerry was saying, it made sense, but I'm afraid the rest of Ummerca is more moved by Bush's style of 'debate', that is, evoking patriotism and fear from the threat of a terrorist attack. Facts don't matter much these days.

So Ray Ray: don't listen to her and all that jibber-jabber about your future Blasian baby. Forget about your ex. Think about our baby: a Norwasian child. He will be a beautiful proto-pimp, just like his Asian daddy: spiky black hair, blue eyes, pale skin, and strategically placed moles in attractive places. I will love our child even if he grows up with no chest hair, because he will be your child too.

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