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The Youth Shall Set You Free

Your friendly neighborhood Gay Place has gone national, securing a slot on today's front page of MTV-Logo's 365gay.com. We are chuffed beyond all recognition to have landed an exclusive interview with the heretofore mysterious founder of Join the Impact, the grassroots movement that is poised to infuse and enthuse the queer rights debate. Consider it reparative therapy after the sickening passing of Props… Oh, we all know which ones they were, and where they were passed, and how much people hate us, yet feel they can infiltrate our lives with their petty religious bigotry. So, for the sake of mental health, this week, I went viral. I joined up with Join the Impact, the web-based activism site for organizing the protests that these defeats have spawned. With every click, I began to feel energized at the prospect of witnessing a national movement in its infancy. The question on everyone's lips this week was: Who the heck is behind this thing and how did they get the word out so fast? So we began emailing and calling every contact we could find on the networking site. Then we found her. Or more precisely, she found us. We hope you enjoy reading about Join the Impact founder Amy Balliett as much as we enjoyed interviewing her. We've included an excerpt after the jump. Read More | Comment »

Gaylebrities 2:15PM Wed. Nov. 12, 2008, Kate X Messer

Everything's Coming Up Blacklist!

This just in: The gay mafia controls musical theatre! Scott Eckern, former artistic director of California Musical Theatre, found out the hard way Tuesday after antigayblacklist.com published a list of all those contributing a thousand dollars or more to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign and his name came up. Well as it turns out, many in the musical theatre community in California may, in fact, be gay and enjoy having civil rights. He resigned Tuesday stating, "I am leaving California Musical Theatre after prayerful consideration to protect the organization and to help the healing in the local theatre-going and creative community." Uh huh, I'm guessing after a boycott of the theatre was called by gay and lesbian artists, CMT was left with no cast, crew, sets, music, make up artists, or costumes. In an interesting side note, the California Musical Theatre is currently running the musical, Forever Plaid at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret which just might be one of the gayest things I have ever heard. Read More | 2 Comments »

Fag Haggin' 2:10PM Wed. Nov. 12, 2008, Ash Bell

Quee-r-eminiscence! -or- California Goddamn

Merriam-Webster's dictionary tells us that a reminiscence is many things. Among them "a remembered experience" and "the process or practice of thinking or telling about the past." Southern white ladies in the 1920s and 1930s used to write Romantic reminisces of their lives pre-antebellum, and now there's even a magazine, Reminisce, dedicated to the practice. Reminiscing may have been a fun exercise in fantasy for Southern white ladies in the 1920s and 1930s, or a trip down memory lane for those nostalgic readers of Reminisce Magazine, but for queers, today, reminiscing is a traumatic and frought practice. Since the election I haven't come out of my hidey-hole. I haven't blogged, I haven't returned emails or calls, and I haven't dared write down my thoughts. Until now. What follows after the jump is about the night of November 4th, about the progress we made and still have yet to make… it is about being stuck in Mendocino, California in the Summer of 2003, on the eve of Schwarzenegger's election, and it's also about you, I hope. Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 11:23AM Wed. Nov. 12, 2008, Andy Campbell

HOLY CRAP!

Wow. Keith Olbermann. I am actually speechless. In a campaign where no one was willing to talk at length about Prop 8 or gay marriage, this guy uses his platform for six minutes (no small temporal chunk o' change) to speak out. Watch on. And send this dude a letter (or comment on his blog), because, god knows he's getting it from the other side… and not in the good way. Totally GP Crush of the Week. Read More | Comment »

GP Crush of the Week 3:45PM Tue. Nov. 11, 2008, Andy Campbell

SamRo Stands Up for Chefs!

So, my adoration for LiLo has never been secret, and I was always charmed by her cute li'l boi-toy, but now I official adore Samantha Ronson (like a daughter, y'all, relax). Her mad skills on the ONE and TWO, you say? Nah, I could care less. She earned this love on a MySpace blog post (scroll down to: Wednesday, November 05, 2008) regarding the relative ridiculosity of the California ballot measures, what passed and what didn't:
"Yes, I am glad that the chickens will have more room and better conditions as they wait to die, but I just think it's frightening that people show more compassion for tomorrow's dinner than for the chef."
Long live LoRo. Read More | Comment »

Oh No She Di'n't! 2:03AM Tue. Nov. 11, 2008, Kate X Messer

We'll Be Back

Sorry for the radio silence since the election. We have been a bit overwhelmed. (And we have no idea where the kids are in all this… Bueller? Bueller???) We are (as in, I am) working on a piece about the upcoming National Protest against the results of the four anti-gay ballot measures across the county. It is just the tip of the iceberg of a much larger grassroots movement (you've been seeing the results on TV of the growing marches in the west). This will manifest here in Austin this Sat., Nov. 15, 12:30pm at City Hall. More soon. We PROMISE! So check early; check often. Read More | Comment »

Event Horizon 12:46AM Tue. Nov. 11, 2008, Kate X Messer

Too Early or Too Late?

The No on Prop 8 web site has posted the following statement about yesterday's election with regards to the California proposition which will strip gay folk the right to marry.
RESULTS STATUS Roughly 400,000 votes separate yes from no on Prop 8 – out of 10 million votes tallied. Based on turnout estimates reported yesterday, we expect that there are more than 3 million and possibly as many as 4 million absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted. Given that fundamental rights are at stake, we must wait to hear from the Secretary of State tomorrow how many votes are yet to be counted as well as where they are from. It is clearly a very close election and we monitored the results all evening and this morning. As of this point, the election is too close to call. Because Prop 8 involves the sensitive matter of individual rights, we believe it is important to wait until we receive further information about the outcome. Geoff Kors Executive Committee, NO on Prop 8 Kate Kendell Executive Committee, NO on Prop 8
Similar props were passed in Florida and Arizona, as did an anti-gay adoption in intiative in Arkansas. We'll post more later, upon final California results. Read More | Comment »

Poop Chute 1:24PM Wed. Nov. 5, 2008, Kate X Messer

A Dyke To Watch Out For

This week, Alison Bechdel is in town. The Dykes to Watch Out For author will appear at UT on Thu., Nov. 6 and will be signing her new book at BookPeople, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, Fri., Nov. 7, 5pm. Those who have been readers of the strip, now in circulation for over 25 years, know what a talent Bechdel is. Even if you haven't read DTWOF, Bechdel's Fun Home, a graphic novel which concerns her process of coming out, but also the death of her father (and subsequent discovery that her father may have been gay also). It is a carefully considered and beautifully rendered narrative, which mixes memoir and theory. And I ain't the only one who thinks so! Also: Bechdel has a blog. Read More | Comment »

Gaylebrities 12:16PM Wed. Nov. 5, 2008, Andy Campbell

A Plea to Any Gay Non-Voter

If you are a gay or gay-friendly person or just a person who believes in justice, and you are registered to vote, and you are thinking for one moment of NOT voting today, please do me a personal favor? Consider this: Atlantic columnist/blogger Andrew Sullivan is a brilliant writer and political thinker. Personally, I cringe at some of his conservative beliefs. I do, however, marvel at his eloquence and his righteous ability to reason through argument and state a thoughtful case. Andrew Sullivan is also HIV-positive. He is also barred from becoming a U.S. citizen due to this status. Which means he can't vote. This makes me very sad. He's about as close to "patriot" as you can get in this hyperbolic time, and he can't even vote. If you have any sense of justice or fair play, and you were thinking of blowing this election off, would you please consider running out to your precinct right now before it closes and casting a vote in the place of Mr. Sullivan? Click to read his endorsement. I know this is just another one of those hare-brained Quixote-deluded rages of mine, but really: It's the right thing to do. Thank you. Read More | Comment »

Celebrate Me Homo 4:07PM Tue. Nov. 4, 2008, Kate X Messer

K.D., Barack, and Me

I was having a nice little chat with K.D. Lang the other day (you know I sit around and practice typing sentences like that all the time… but this time it happens to be true) and she was telling me about marrying art and politics. Okay, "marrying" is my word, but bear with me, it applies… later. Anyway, amid our discussions about her new album, Watershed, I asked the Canadian crooner about recent activism that lead her to an Obama and National LGBT Finance Committee fundraiser this past October in New York. Originally, Joe Biden was to appear, but this was the same week as his mother-in-law's passing, so scheduled to take the wanna-veep's place was an old friend of K.D.'s: Bill Clinton. Lang's decade and a half as queer icon has often put her in the LGBT spotlight, and this election is no different. Not only are the states choosing a new leader, but gay marriage propositions are on the ballot in Florida and California. And for Lang, the political is personal. "When it makes sense to a number of issues in my life, I participate. It comes from a place of relativity for me. And in this environment of communication and über-media, there is a danger of having the wrong motivation to do these things." Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 10:45AM Tue. Nov. 4, 2008, Kate X Messer

God, Guns, (no) Gays

Only one more day! Ohmaigahd. Wasn't October a crazy month… full of uncertainty and speculation? Well you can take a look back with 30reasons.org, a kind of political advent calendar created by emergent graphic design artists. The October 26 entry comes from Mike Strassburger from Seattle, Washington. Under a line drawing of the McCain/Palin frightfest is a key component of the Republican platform. Guns, sure! God, get him back in schools! and Gays, oh… erm… yeaaaah… about that… no. Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 10:45PM Mon. Nov. 3, 2008, Andy Campbell

Raiders of the Lost Vote

Steven Spielberg is all about the sequels. And the voting. Read More | Comment »

GP Seal of Approval 2:22AM Fri. Oct. 31, 2008, Kate X Messer

The Politics of Effigy?

C'mon Chad Michael Morisette. You really want to force our hands on this one? You really want to have that "there's-a-thin-line-between-art- and-outrage" argument now? One week before the election? Your disturbing effigy of Sarah Palin, shown hanging by "her" neck in a noose has a few too many touchstones in the context of political theater (which includes in its historical oeuvre, lynchings, not to mention, um, violence against women) to be simply taken as light humor, or even art. I will not indulge the art angle. And your "It's Halloween" defense is weak. Were this in a gallery or some installation where viewers had a choice to see or not, we could have a little chat. But the context here is a public Halloween display. On the street. Outside in front of your house. And girl, you live in WeHo. While I'm no advocate of that reductive bullshit that says, "What one gay person does in public represents us all," but geeeez, Chad, that shit's violent. And the quote is "violence begets violence," not "violence begets fabulous." (Unless you are John Waters, which you are not, and if you were, this display would have been a lot more imaginative.) No matter what high-minded veil of art you wish to wave over it, no matter how light and fun and "spooky" you tell yourself it is: It's violent. And in the current political climate, Halloween or no, that's the real source of scary. Shame on you, dude. Read More | 2 Comments »

Everything's Political 10:58PM Mon. Oct. 27, 2008, Kate X Messer

Come Out! Come Out!

It was one big grin that crossed my face when I learned of one of Sarah Palin's defense points regarding the RNC's $150,000 habiliment budget (so far) for the veep wannabe: "My favorite shop is a consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska, called Out of the Closet." And no, this does not speak to my perverted fantasies of a toe-to-toe Rachel Maddow v. Sarah Palin Greco-Roman… er, interview. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Read More | 3 Comments »

Pink Elephants 9:58PM Fri. Oct. 24, 2008, Kate X Messer

It's Raining Men. Well ... Sorta.

Dildo downpour?

I've always wanted to say that. Read More | Comment »

Made Us Go "Hmmmmm" 9:23PM Fri. Oct. 24, 2008, Kate Getty

Houston Hate Mailer

When you see a campaign attack ad with a picture of one white guy surrounded by black and Hispanic people, under the banner "Don't be misled: Bad company corrupts good character," would your first instinct be to think "racism in campaigning"? Oh, silly you. The conservative Empower Texans PAC (famously linked to Houston property mogul Bob "Swiftboat" Perry) threw this gem out against Joel Redmond, the Democrat hoping to fill Houston's vacant House District 144 seat. On the classy flier, Redmond's image is in the middle of photos of Sen. Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Sen. Mario Gallegos, and Reps. Harold Dutton and Garnett Coleman. But apparently, the unifying factor is not race, it's that they're all liberals. Got that? After all, why look to be offended by potential implied racism when the same mailer rails about "the radical homosexual agenda" and claims that Redmond is "opposed to marriage," blah blah blah,bad for schools, blah blah blah, hates America, blah blah blah. PAC claims that this is a fair-game criticism are so unconvincing that even the implacable Harvey Kronberg of Quorum Report wrote, "In a year potentially sitting on the powder keg of racial politics, (this) may have crossed the line." But an interesting thought that some Democratic activists are quietly discussing: with a tanking economy and house prices stalling, traditional big donors like Perry may not have the money to throw around on too many hit pieces like this in the final hours of the campaign this year. Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 5:42PM Wed. Oct. 22, 2008, Richard Whittaker

Press My Buttons and Turn My Wheel

Here's something I found on Austin.Craigslist posted in the Men Seeking Men and Women Seeking Women/Casual Encounters section of Craigslist: Slim, flimsy yet sturdy, electronic voting booth ("Angelique", No. 5 at the Fiesta Mart) is revved up for your touch and waiting to be used. Discretion is assured, although, if you want to tell the world you just did me, I'm cool with that too. In fact, you'll get a cute little sticker to prove it. You will: Come in, speak with my associate, and punch in a secret code… then let your fingers do the walking across the matte plastic eSlate™ body. I'll click if I like what you're doing. Click. Click. I love it when passages of Monique Wittig's The Lesbian Body are read aloud to me. I'm DDF, but you don't have to be to use me. But please, be safe, and use protection. Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 7:52PM Mon. Oct. 20, 2008, Andy Campbell

It's Getting Scary!

To mark this year's season of the haunt, we are pleased as spiked punch to bring out another Ticket Giveaway. This one's an "essay contest." (By essay, we mean 1-10 sentences.)

Question: Tell us what is the scariest thing, to you, about Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin? (Could it be this? Or, perhaps, this?)

And if we like your answer the best, not only will we publish it on here, but we will also give you two tickets to this year's Ghouls Night Out, brought to you by Equality Texas. It's a Halloween-night party with over 200 women, a costume contest, cocktails, beer, wine, and food. Not to mention the dancing! Move it to none other than DJ Cheryl Coward! This will be a night to remember.

(For tickets to above party, sans Palin-bashing, go here!)

Click the link below for full contest details and how to enter right now! Read More | 2 Comments »

Event Horizon 3:05PM Mon. Oct. 20, 2008, Kate Getty

Joe the Plumber

What a catfight, huh? I'm sure you have the same burning question that I have: Who is Joe the Plumber?!? Perhaps the answers are to be found in the Gay Place Book O' the Month: Working Stiff: True Blue-Collar Gay Porn. Also see the Onion op-ed "The Plumbing Business Is Not as Glamorous as the Porn Industry Depicts". Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 11:27PM Wed. Oct. 15, 2008, Andy Campbell

Pinko Commie Fags

Wow. Tune in at about 54 seconds into the video for a special message to LGBTQ populations: Commie faggots?!? Now I don't hold the McCain/Palin campaign accountable for the verbal diarrhea of their "base," but at least the terrorist bits come straight out of Sarah Palin's recent speeches, ya know, where she talks about Obama and who he's been "pallin' around with." The fact that so many of these folks think Obama is a muslim (and, ahem, that being a muslim precludes one from being the President of the United States) simply based on his name is riDONKulous. As my good friend has told those folks who hold this opinion dear on many occasions "My first name's Mary, does it mean I'm a Christian? Am I getting into heaven?" Most of the time they say no. And in the case of my friend, rightfully so. Read More | Comment »

Poop Chute 11:21PM Wed. Oct. 15, 2008, Andy Campbell

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