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Let's Take Simone to the Top!

Okay, my pretties. It's time to put out for a local girl. Austin's own Glamazon Simone Riviera, 2008 Empress of the United Court and all around gorgeously great gal is revvin' up to earn a slot on RuPaul's Drag Race! When ever I watched the first season of RDR, I always thought to myself, our girls could pack a wallop and make quite the impression (if not win the damn thing). I was sorry I didn't do more when our own Saffire Trinity was in the qualifying heats last year! Saffire served in Simone's court and is now getting the word out for her. Well this time, we know about it early and want to encourage you to VOTE FOR SIMONE! And when you do, bookmark the page. You can vote once every 24 hours! Vote early; vote often! And we will be reminding you! Read More | Comment »

GP Seal of Approval 10:44AM Sun. May. 3, 2009, Kate X Messer

The Osmonds Are Mormon?

Oh, Marie. Quit being such a beeeeeetch. Not since Angelina's Oscar kiss, has brother/sister incest been so unhushedly discussed. But we forgave you. To each their own, we said. You and Donnie would look adorable together, anyway.

So, why get all judgy-wudgy on your lovely lezzie daughter, huh? Apparently, pussy's outta the Prada with this one, tabloids landing Jessica Osmond on front pages, "confessing" to three years with the same partner. By law, she's not her wife, though Jessica proudly calls her so.

And Marie claims to be heartbroken. Donnie, hold her! Marie's apparently always wanted an active, Mormon daughter to produce offspring, wear J. Crew and spread the good word as an evangelical member of the Utah koolaid brigade.

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Gaylebrities 7:55PM Fri. May. 1, 2009, Kate Getty

Facebook Follies

Right in the middle of a meeting I was having yesterday with AGLCC's Jimmy Flannigan and Ceci Gratias, a big grimace crossed Jimmy's face. A message from Facebook came in to Jimmy's computer. Facebook had rejected his ad for Austin Pride:
Ad Disapproval Reason(s): * The image of this ad is either irrelevant or inappropriate. Per sections 3 and 8 of Facebook's Advertising Guidelines, the image on your ad should be relevant and appropriate to the item being advertised. … Images that are overly explicit, provocative, or that reveal too much skin are not allowed. Images that may either degrade or idealize any health condition or body type are also not allowed. If you choose to submit this ad again, please use an appropriate image that adheres to all of Facebook's Advertising Guidelines.
Later, when Jimmy emailed me the pic of the ad, he wrote, "I DID run an ad with the same image and nearly the same text earlier in the year with much success." Read More | 1 Comment »

Poop Chute 11:57AM Thu. Apr. 30, 2009, Kate X Messer

A Beautiful Day in the Cul du Sac

When Knots Landing executive producer David Jacobs accepted their pearl anniversary award from Prime TV's 2009 TV Land Awards, he said, "If I did it again now, and I really would like to do it again now, the only difference is, I'd have a new married couple on the left side named Jeff and Peter and new married couple on the right named Molly and Maria, but other than that I'd keep it just the same!" to hoots and joyous laughter from the audience and cast. Click here and find the Knots Landing link to see the clip. And none of this was as gay as the musical tribute to Sid & Marty Kroft, featuring La Lauper on the Electra Woman & DynaGirl theme. (Again, once you click, you must scroll down and find the tribute link.) It even out-gayed host Neil Partick Harris. Whoa. Read More | Comment »

Allied Peeps 8:00PM Sun. Apr. 26, 2009, Kate X Messer

Hugh Jackman: Queer...

…for Mickey. As for the rest of you, sorry, ummm, no. Read More | Comment »

Allied Peeps 4:24PM Sun. Apr. 26, 2009, Kate X Messer

Her (Our) Time Has Come

Meet Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland's first female Prime Minister, and the world's first openly gay leader. Between 1983-93, she served as vice-chair in Iceland's Social Democratic Party. When she ran for leadership of that party in 1994 and lost, she quipped, "My time will come." Sistah-grrl, your time is now. Read More | Comment »

Locked on the Gaydar 4:06PM Sun. Apr. 26, 2009, Kate X Messer

Bea Arthur, 1923-2009

Oh, Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel). How we loved your characters: Maude in the All in the Family spin-off, Maude and Dorothy in the Golden Girls. How we loved your husky voice, your gentle, but snappy and sardonic demeanor. You were a fabulous, most glamourous big mama butch role model. You leave mighty big pantsuits to fill. And who knew? You were a Marine! One of the corp's first female recruits. You are loved, Bea Arthur: Rest in peace. Read More | Comment »

In Loving Memory 7:49PM Sat. Apr. 25, 2009, Kate X Messer

A Bearitable Bearplosion of Beartastic Bearportions

All weekend it's Austin's attack of the bears! Just a click or two through our Gay Place online calendar listings proves it, what with the Hot Bears UnRun, the release party for Nakia's CD release, and Sunday night's regular weekly Chub Chaser Cub Experience (free food!) at the Rainbow. Bears (other than Nakia) have been making news. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently purchased a handsome bronze bear statue for the front of his office in Sacramento. It's a double-edged tribute: The population of bears in the wild has dwindled in California… San Francisco notwithstanding. Basically, Arnie paid out of pocket for the bronze bear, with the idea that kids who visit the office would like to have their picture taken with it. This is certainly a turn-around for the Governator, who has had quite a history with bears in his past. Actually, as this next clip proves, his love for bears goes way back: Read More | Comment »

Locked on the Gaydar 12:24PM Sat. Apr. 25, 2009, Kate X Messer

Easy As 1323: Texas House Takes on Bullying

Bullying has become a public health concern. Schools are supposed to be a respite from violence, not its breeding ground. Queer kids know all too well the sting of social dominance, and all too often faculty and staff turn a blind eye, whether due to a lack of skills and awareness, or because of simple bigotry. And with the dawn of personal networking sites, texting, cell phones, instant messaging, and the like, a bully's reach can extend far beyond knuckle sandwiches; victims' lives can be made a 24/7 hell. House Bill 1323 by Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, aims to provide relief and give schools the support they need to protect their students' bodies (etc.). Ever vigilant Equality Texas breaks it down for us and encourages us to engage:
Expanding the definition of bullying to bullying by electronic means such as computers, cell phones, text messaging, and instant messaging. Expanding the current definition of bullying to include incidents that occur off school property if the communication is likely to cause a disruption to the educational environment of a campus.
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Everything's Political 2:22PM Fri. Apr. 24, 2009, Ash Bell and Kate X Messer

Did Somebody Say: TEABAGGING?

Admit it. You didn't get enough. Read More | Comment »

Poop Chute 1:41AM Fri. Apr. 24, 2009, Kate X Messer

The Gaythering Storm

The Funny or Die folks are making fun of Christian social conservatives again, uh oh! Don't you think it's just too easy sometimes? Take: Teabagging. This is the same site that brought Prop 8 the Musical to the pop culture table, and now they've brought us this gem. This time, FOD sends up the National Organization for Marriage A Storm Is Gathering advert. With more queer cast members than you can shake a bundle of sticks at – oh, and Alicia Silverstone – this is one viral video we're glad to pass on. Oh, and it seems that FOD didn't buy the URL mentioned at the end of the video Someone else did. And then there's Lizz Winstead's A Shitstorm of Intolerance: And of course, this, from Colbert Nation:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Colbert Coalition's Anti-Gay Marriage Ad
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorGay Marriage Commercial
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Allied Peeps 12:26AM Fri. Apr. 24, 2009, Andy Campbell

Come Home to Grey Gardens

Maybe all art is derivative. But sometimes, rarely, after what genius hath wrought filters down through a few generations of American culture, the inevitable spawn, so often a diluted bastard of its inspiration, actually beats the original at its own game. HBO's Grey Gardens, the anticipated bio pic of Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, accomplishes just that rare feat. The source material in this case is the groundbreaking 1975 documentary of the same name by Albert and David Maysles, filmed during a particularly hot summer at Grey Gardens, the Beales' derelict family estate in East Hampton, New York. The release of the grainy film, which examines the once haute, now absent-mindedly squalid lives of an eccentric, but still bitingly observant mother and daughter, announced a brash new approach to what was then called cinéma vérité, and brought a cult following to the Edies, who were no less fascinating in 1975 for being the forgotten Bouvier relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy. After all these years, and all of the flies on the wall it inspired, we continue to rubberneck at the Maysleses' documentary … Read More | Comment »

Fag Haggin' 12:50AM Tue. Apr. 21, 2009, Anne Harris

Opposite Marriage Day!

How do you beat this?
With a buttload of this: Read More | Comment »

Poop Chute 11:22PM Mon. Apr. 20, 2009, Kate X Messer

Give 'em the Old Razzle Dazzleglass!

Oh MAC Cosmetics! I, as a bio queen, love you. You make me sparkle and shine without making me into every five-year-old's dream look… and that is more challenging than one might think. Yesterday I stumbled into MAC at the Domain to see if anyone could help me replicate Kathy Griffin's awesome mirror sparkled eye look from her new TV special (Seriously, no one knows? Help a sister out! Comment?), and there it was: the entire Dazzleglass collection. The name alone makes my heart flutter. Dazzleglass is the newest of the lip glosses from MAC and oh! the sparkle, oh! the shine. The best part? All but three are going to be in the permanent collection. The worst part? If you aren't used to some seriously goopy gloss, this isn't for you and you might want to warn any unsuspecting kissees. Read More | Comment »

Buy Curious 10:04AM Sat. Apr. 18, 2009, Ash Bell

This McCain's Not a Pain

Perhaps she's just not much of a daddy's girl.

While dad can't really raise his arms, Meghan McCain is raising some hell, on a mission to educate the GOP on why they should drop their hate for the G-A-Y. At first, I was skeptical. After all, Republicans don't necessarily listen to their daughters much, (Ahem, Cheney's lezzie daughter, ahem?) but squeaky wheels get … um … oiled?

I hate that I like her, but dammit, I can't help it. Listen to what she has to say, from her Beast memo to the GOP:

"If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric."
"But it isn't just the GOP’s opposition to gay marriage that makes the party seem unwelcoming toward gay voters. It’s the anti-gay rhetoric they use to whip up the base. Recently, a conservative congressman was quoted saying, “If we don't save marriage, we can't remain pro-life." That's absurd."

Finally a Republican who makes a little sense. And she's not that bad to look at, either. Read More | Comment »

Allied Peeps 11:35PM Tue. Apr. 14, 2009, Kate Getty

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1950-2009

I'm in the midst of studying for my Ph.D. exams right now, which entails building bibliographies on subjects I care about (Queer Theory being one of them) and reading through said bibliographies. One of the authors I've been prodigiously rereading (my copy of The Epistemology of the Closet is well-worn at this point) is Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, a theorist who is central in the formation of the Queer Studies/Theory discipline within the walls of academia (a fact she demurely denied often), has passed on from this world. And every queer should observe a moment of silence, because we have truly lost something. Because, to echo a familiar refrain spoken about Michel Foucault by David Halperin, as far as I'm concerned she was a fucking saint. Like cultural/literary/discourse theorists before her, most notably Michel Foucault, Sedgwick was committed to thinking about queer activity in the most unlikely of places. Read More | Comment »

In Loving Memory 10:08PM Tue. Apr. 14, 2009, Andy Campbell


In what kind of twisted universe does the town exist where, on the same night, Ladytron is playing on one end and My Bloody Valentine is playing on the other? CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP. Read More | Comment »

Fag Haggin' 12:34AM Sat. Apr. 11, 2009, Kate X Messer

NOM NOM Demystified

Have you seen the Gathering Storm ad? It's a dull bit of trashy fear-mongering courtesy of the folks from the National Organization for Marriage. If this what they consider making a case, they should consider investing in some new luggage. The gang at AdLand posted this fabulous drubbing of the ad, debunking NOM's implications that gay marriage will impact the lives and rights of folks across the nation… folks who do have the absolute right to be assholes, homophobes, and even completely stupid – as long as those rights do not infringe upon mine. P.S. That delicate guy with the Friends swoop at the beginning (see pic) who says, "The clouds are dark; the winds are strong!"? If that model/actor is not a total poof, I will eat my gay marriage license. When I get one. Read More | Comment »

Poop Chute 6:35PM Thu. Apr. 9, 2009, Kate X Messer

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