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Gay Place Top 10s

Gay Bottoms* of 2010

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1) ANTI-GAY VIOLENCE IN AUSTIN This year, Shady Ladies softball teammates Matt Morgan and Emmanuel Winston were attacked near City Hall. Then just this past Christmas night, friends Bobby Beltran and Chris Ortega were jumped outside Rain on 4th and not one onlooker did a damn thing. Austin's rep as a safe, gay-friendly mecca is up for review.

2) ANTI-GAY BULLYING RESULTING IN SUICIDE This fall's rash of gay teen suicides brought the plague of anti-gay bullying and bullying in general to the mainstream's attention. We (not just our straight allies) are forced to consider the relative blind eye we all turn while pursuing single-issue policies such as marriage equality. Time for holistic hellraising.

3) AUSTIN PRIDE 2010 Can we be proud of a festival so poorly managed, expensive, opportunistic, materialistic, and out of touch?

4) LEACHING OFF OF EACH OTHER "Gay community" in name only, for the purposes of networking and mutual marketing masturbation is icky.

5) CONSTANCE MCMILLEN & OAK REED This courageous lesbian teen from Mississippi and handsome trans-teen from Michigan did not get the respect of proper proms because they were different. What they learned in school, no child should have to bear.

6) SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICIES DESIGNED TO ASS-COVER instead of protect students or teach young people basic respect for humanity.

7) UGANDA STILL MULLING OVER A KILL-THE-GAYS BILL Barbaric. Almost as barbaric as the U.S.-based purportedly "Christian" groups that back it.

8) PULLING DAVID WOJNAROWICZ FROM THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY At the insistence of ultra-conservative groups and senators, the NPG took down a video by Wojnarowicz in a show about the hidden and censored lives of homosexuals. The irony is grim. Queers don't laugh.

9) TEXAS REPUBLICANS Did you read that insane platform? Seriously. They'd ass-ream their own grandmas if they thought it would put them deeper in the pockets of the religious right and oil lobbies. Jesus** help us all.

10) BIG-BOX STORES SUPPORTING ANTI-GAY POLITICIANS Shall we target Target and Best Buy? WTF?

* Not to imply that bottoms are bad. Bottoms are very lovely. We love bottoms.

** Fill in your prayer target of choice. It just occurred to us to evoke JHC, who might wish to weigh in on all this shit pooped in his name.

Gay Tops of 2010

1) DADT FINALLY REPEALED Two years after the election, Obama's slow-and-steady-wins-the-race policy is still difficult to swallow, but dang, this victory feels good. Tangentially, some interesting news: In a poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research late in the year, 64% of LGBT approved (or strongly approved) of our prez's progress. The DADT repeal is a big freakin' deal. Why aren't we all dancing in the streets?

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2) QUEERBOMB The Summer of 2010: Austin's Queerbomb put Austin Pride in the national spotlight – and not exactly under the most twinkly glow. QB's alterna-Pride fest confronted the mainstream's clueless desperation to fit into straight paradigms. (QB accomplished this with, it should be pointed out, a virtually nonexistent budget.) It warms the cockles of our hearts that queers are forming celebrations of our own and re-defining narrow conceptions of "family friendly."

3) JOEL BURNS TESTIFIES IN HONOR OF QUEER KIDS With one heart-wrenching speech, the Fort Worth city council member sets Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project on fire, launching healing processes the world over after a grim autumn of gay teen suicide news stories.

4) QUEER CULTURE ONSLAUGHT Writer Abe Louise Young released some poetry (finally), LZ Love came out, Amy Cook released an amazing album, and the Homoscope film fest returned for a third year. Nakia unveiled his multiple personality disorder: bluesman, country DJ, electronica artist, bon vivant, etc.; Allan Baker put it all together with his play Connect: Four; Booty bounce and sissy bounce shook Azz Everywhere. Nathan Manske launched the I'm From Driftwood blog and toured the country; and primordial Gay Placers Kate Getty, Ash Bell and Diana Welch grew up (sort of) and moved to Frisco and Houston and had a baby, respectively.

5) QUEER VISIBILITY AT SXSW After Ellen's Trish Bendix, Feast of Fun's Fausto Fernós, and Bear Nation filmmaker Malcolm Ingram were just a few of the li'l leprechauns in the honeypot at the end of the SXSW rainbow. Here's to queers by queers west in 2011.

6) LIPSTICK24 An actual lesbian bar in Austin – owned, operated, curated, DJ'd and attended by actual lesbians. Hmmm.

7) BOBBY BELTRAN He wasn't the only one (respect: Shady Ladies), but this Queerbomb dancer came out harrrrrd after getting the shit kicked out of him on Fourth Street. Hate crime victims have a face, a body, and a soul, and Bobby put this story on the map and reminded us of that.

8) QUEER UP CHARLIE'S & BURGEONING GAY/GAY-FRIENDLY/QUEER NIGHTS IN VENUES ACROSS AUSTIN Beloved East Sixth hangout Cheer Up Charlie's held a weekly weekend queer night that seemed to flow over to the rest of the week, setting the tone for the rest of the year and laying the groundwork for burgeoning gay nights in clubs across Austin: Men RG, Azz Everywhere, Cap City Qs, Austin Femme Mafia, Loose Lips/Queer Sol, Glitterbeast, Fantasy Lounge, Gretchen's Disco Plague, Tranarchy, Bearz Vs. parties, 3$ Bills, TuezGayz, 12 Dangerous Women, Saffire everywhere, Sissybutch, Bedpost Confessions, Celluloid Handbag, and so many more!

9) AUSTIN'S LGBT MEDIA For news and views, LGBT and especially Q-ers had options: Our brims tip to: our buddies Heath, Stephen, and crew at KOOP 91.7 FM's OutCast (which yours truly, Kate X, co-hosted for much of the year before retiring due to workload and over-committment); sweetheart Chase Martin's The Republiq, and foxy fine Chris Apollo Lynn and the Republic of Austin.

10) HIV-POZ TRAVEL BAN FINALLY LIFTED Don't Ask, Don't Tell may have been 2010's big news, but this repeal that now dignifies the rights of international travelers started the year off right, with the abolition of an outdated and cruel policy.

Triple Rainbows for 2011

1) GAY MARRIAGE New strategies to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, learning from mistakes, and with every year, a new generation of accepting, enlightened people (same #1 as last year). Time to doom DOMA!

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Photo by Kate X Messer

2) ROBYN IS COMING Indulge us. We are totes gay for this Swedish pixie. She's coming to Austin for an ACL taping in the new studio! (See Gay Place Parties, below.)

3) GOOD NEWS IN UGANDA? This year began with a landmark court case in favor of gay plaintiffs who sued a tabloid for publishing the identities of gay Ugandans calling for their hanging. The courts ruled that gay Ugandans have rights, too.

4) PAUL SOILEAU AND PJ RAVAL GET REAL BIG Like global, disconnect their current phone numbers, stop calling you back, and good luck getting on the list to any of their shows, bitch, they're celebrities now.

5) RANDI SHADE AND MARGO FRASIER Don't know about you, bu we feel safe with a couple of rad mamas in charge. Ex-Sherriff Frasier has been appointed as the city's new police monitor, and Shade kicks off her council reelection campaign this week.

6) REVERSAL OF FREAKY ANTI-GAY U.N. MEASURE After the UN deleted protection for LGBT from the resolution condemning extrajudicial killing of vulnerable people around the world (November, 2010), the US State Department resolved to fight to put it back in (December, 2010). As of this week (January, 2011), it's back in.

7) GAY PLACE PARTIES Our own Muumuus & Moustaches was a start. The Fagnetic Fields proved we could pull rabbits out of our asshats. This year promises more Gay Place & You, live and in the flesh. Hint: Robyn!

8) NEW GP BLOGGERS We love and thank our big, fat Gay Place Krewe: Andy Campbell, Frank Rivera, Julie Gillis, Rob Cohen, Jimmie D, Nakia, DJ BJ, and The Glitoris.

9) COCKTAIL/NEW ORLEANS/PROHIBITION/BERLIN/1920s MASH-UPS We're a little late in calling this, but East Side Show Room, the Good Knight, Péché, Swan Dive, and Justine's: Dang, you straight people sure are queer.

10) PERFORMANCE ARTNESS Likewise, we're a little late on this tip, but if the current emergence and convergence of artistic collaboration between many divergent Austin communities continues, we are in for some serious queerin' up in our bidness. Please save our front-row seats.

The Gay Place loves you; keep those cards and letters comin’.

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