music: June 2009 Archives
Despite recent small and temporary advances in securing some rights that might make us kind of equal to heterosexuals, many bloggers, pundits and organizations are still cranky about this week's progress. How many qualifiers did I put in that first sentence? About 5. Anyway, how could we be so ungrateful after being thrown such a delicious, juicy bone?
Because it's just a dry, stale Scooby Snack, that's why. And most of us recognize it as such. It turns out Obama isn't our almighty savior who would bring us his promises in a heavenly downpour - instead we're getting it drop by drop. And do you know how piecemeal feels deep down inside? Kinda shitty actually. It only draws attention to and amplifies the inequality. Oh sure fine you can have this and that but not those rights. You're not good enough yet. Your partnerships are not like ours, and we don't think you should have what we have just yet.
While I was working at the University of Maryland, some benefits were extended to same-sex partners - like library use and fitness center privileges. But not the big HB, or Health Benefits. What was offered was a nice gesture, but in the end made me feel kinda shitty inside. So we got to play on the playground and go get our summer reading, but our partnerships are not deemed worthy enough for grownup benefits like health care. Maryland is workin' on fixing those discrepancies, but still. Partial benefits only reveal that our legislators think that we are only partially human.
The other point I need to make is that those of us who watched this presidential act of failed promises from Clinton for eight years aren't fooled this time around. This time we need more than words or an occasional nod in our favor. We need solid laws and legislation that protect us, and the revocation of some stupid old laws that make no sense. This time we're watching to make sure y'all keep up with your promises. Sure, it's not all on the shoulders of the President, but Obama did make an awful lot of promises to the gays, and the gays were strongly in favor of Obama and many of us worked very hard to get him into power. It's payback time Bubba, and we're keeping score this time, much like a jilted lover who is overly cautious the second time around. We've learned from past mistakes, like La Roux says:
"Been there, done that, messed around
I'm having fun, don't put me down
I'll never let you sweep me off my feet
I won't let you in again
The messages I've tried to send
My information's just not goin in."
This time, baby, I'll be Bulletproof.
It's really hard to seriously blog with the Peas playing in the background, courtesy of Bravehound's latest offering for the summer featuring: Robyn / Frankmusik / La Roux / Röyksopp / M.I.A. / Sophie Ellis Bextor / Santogold / Basement Jaxx / Black Eyed Peas / Imogen Heap / Lykke Li / The Killers / U2.
Capital Pride weekend is upon us and there is so much to do, if you're queer and bored and can't find something fun to do there no hope for you. You'd have to be a pretty unimaginative and disgruntled angertwink to not be able to find something to do. Even our gaming group is celebrating gay nerd pride by playing Dungeons and Dragons on Sunday. For a few of us it's more like Dungeons and Drag Queens.
Speaking of drag queens, RuPaul is the headliner act at both Town on Friday night and at the Capitol Pride Festival main stage closing number on Sunday, preceded by Miss Martha Wash of Weathergirls fame. She's the diva who was the actual vocalist who belted out "EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!" in that C&C Music Factory song "Gonna Make You Sweat."
I would contend that the hottest pick for the weekend will be Pride After Dark at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The Saturday evening event features a multi-DJ venue, booze and of course a very artsy backdrop. If you're too hip for that, there is the Pride version of Mousetrap, featuring DJs Zach and Michael of the Black Cat's Homo/Sonic, joining longtime DJ Mark Zimin for a night of Britpop and indie dance tunes. And at around the same time as the above two events there will be an off-the-hook Pride edition of Blowoff and a Black Eyed Peas CD release party at Omega as well. I am torn between all these options. Of course The Bears have their own parallel universe concave version of pride with a Bear Event Roundup for Capital Pride. Free nachos are not included in this package.
And then next Tuesday, June 16th, The New Gay will be working with the International Gay and Lesbian Footballers Association (IGLFA) to throw a dance party at Town called Kick. IGLFA's world championships will be held in DC from June 14 to 21st, which means that athletically-minded men and women will be coming in from all over the world to play soccer and enjoy the capital. This is a pretty big deal by the way. Anyway, the party will be held on Tuesday, June 16th, at Town Danceboutique, at 2009 8th St., NW. It is an 18+ event open from 9 - 2.
Whew! There are a zillion other things going on that I'm sure I missed, but the above events are what I'd like to go to, but that doesn't mean I will be able to, sadly.
If you're not proud or angry enough about today's State Of The Gay, this video piece from the New York Times interviewing the partner of a gay soldier will change your mind. It's a very gut-wrenching testimonial showing the negative effects of the foolish and unfair Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, brought to you and me by Bill Clinton and perpetuated by Barack Obama. The interview asks the question, "If your partner of 15 years died in combat, and your existence as his partner can't be validated due to secrecy, who notifies you if he dies during his tour of duty overseas?" The answer is "No one, because you don't deserve that kind of respect from the government like opposite-sex partners do." The interview painfully illustrates how our government views dedicated gay servicemembers and their partners as creatures who are not quite as human as straight people. Thinking about it really steams me up.
On a brighter note, here's an interview with hottie actor Mike Doyle who may hold the Hollywood record for number of dying or dead scenes in movies and television roles. He is happy to announce his next character is actually going to survive! I think one thing he could aspire for is to die as a Red Shirt Ensign in the next Star Trek film. That is the ultimate pinnacle of character death in any television or film role. Red Shirt Must Die.