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Veto That Veto
Just a handful of Austin's most adamant took to the capitol tonight; signs, posters, megaphones, "Impeach" banners, and two fingers waving. The peace sign, rappers, and hippies alike sling its praises. Today, it meant honk; blare your horn, make some noise, and maybe that noise will let the big boys (and gals) on the hill hear the dissent of the people.

It meant, bring them home, not in body bags, but much in the same way they did back then, another generation of lost boys. This time playing cowboys and Iraq-ians, only to realize that it's real blood they're spilling, real damage, real nightmares that wake them, the innocent faces ingrained on the backs of sleepless eye lids. Death will follow these children, like it follows the 'Nam Vets with no legs on the corners of intersections begging for pocket change. History repeats only if we decide to let the record keep skipping.

Today, a few peace protesters got a few more peaceful passersby to pause, reflect, and honk. And think about some peace for a change.

HEY! Check the open image gallery link above the picture for more protest pics.

7:27PM Wed. May 2, 2007, Kate Getty Read More | Comment »

Teh LOLgayz
Thanks to Gawker, we now have a legitimate reason to put some LOLcats on our blog.

Our virtual 'Net-scrubbin' officemate Memory Harker tells us how no matter how sad-making the day is, how happy-making the LOLcats R! We concur. No matter. LOLcats
will always save the day.

Oh, and this is germane, how? Well the Gawkers wuz so bored, they made teh LOLgays.

Yup. Teh LOLgays.

Think about it. And if you want to think about it some more, Read This.

6:25PM Wed. May 2, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Stalling Between Flights
I know, I know … you're stuck in the Dirty South. And feelin' the need for some quick, er, stress relief. But it's all over the news, take it from Atlanta: Don't F-bomb in the bathroom.

True. Plainclothes airport police, at least at this one major hub, have nothing better to do than patrol for gay-on-gay layovering in the water closets of big city airports, a cruising spot as old as the Wright Brothers. Don't believe us? Take it from Craigslist.

1:00AM Tue. Apr. 24, 2007, Kate Getty Read More | Comment »

Hey, Getty: We Found Yr Softie


Muchas thanks to Sarah Hepola at Nerve for the "piece."

3:00PM Thu. Apr. 19, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Kitty Carlisle Hart, 1919-2007
Sad news today. Kitty Carlisle, actress, TV personality, Fifties-Seventies game-show regular, died today at the age of 96.

3:50PM Wed. Apr. 18, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Oh Crap! I've Already Said Too Much.
Dang it. I really meant to keep my mouth shut today.

It's the national Day of Silence, promoted by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. We can't add much more to the fine post over at Pam's House Blend about the significance of it all.

It's not too late for you to STFU and read all about it.

11:37AM Wed. Apr. 18, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

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We are Virginia Tech
We are sad today
And we will be sad for quite a while.
We are not moving on
We are embracing our mourning.
We are Virginia Tech
We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly
We are brave enough to bend to cry …
And sad enough to know we must laugh again.
We are Virginia Tech
We do not understand this tragedy.
We know we did nothing to deserve it.
But neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS.
Neither do the invisible children
walking the night away
to avoid being captured by a rogue army.
Neither does the baby elephant
watching his community being devastated for ivory.
Neither does the Mexican child
looking for fresh water.
Neither does the Appalachian infant
killed in the middle of night in his crib
in the home its father built with his own hands
being run over by a boulder
because the land was destablized.
No one deserves a tragedy.
We are Virginia Tech.
The Hokie nation embraces our own and
reaches out with open heart and hands
to those who offer their hearts and minds.
We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid.
We are better than we think and
not quite what we want to be.
We are alive to the imagination and the possibility.
We will continue to invent the future.
Through our blood and tears
Through all this sadness
We are the Hokies.
We will prevail
We will prevail
We will prevail
We are Virginia Tech.

-- Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English, VTI&SU UPDATE: Thu., Apr. 19

8:31PM Tue. Apr. 17, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Where's That Finger Been, Reverend?
Truth be told, we've been a bit glued to the screens throughout the Virginia Tech tragedy. (Hands down, best coverage has been on the college level, at the Collegiate and Planet Blacksburg.)

We've been waiting for the finger-pointing, and it finally came. Queerty blogged about Opus Gay's piece on the Fred Phelps crew who are purportedly planning to protest at the services of the victims of Monday's massacre. How positively macabre. Disgusting.

We are very proud of the queer blogosphere for demonstrating such charitable restraint in not directing the obvious "Virginia is in your back yard," finger-wag toward certain other popular Virginia-based Blamey McBlamersons.

4:11PM Tue. Apr. 17, 2007, Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

Live Bloggin' at the Queer Texas Conference
Under the benevolent gaze of LBJ, more than 150 Texas queer kids have gathered to brainstorm, compare notes, take this "life" to anotha lev-elllll. Community. Kids. Cute as hell and earnest as all get out. Kate Bornstein thanked the kids assembled at her 11:45am workshop, Sex & Gender Outlaw Survival Tips for the 21st Century, for picking up a torch that has blazed into territory even she could not imagine 30 years or so ago. The kids are pumped, the cookies delicious, and my mind has already been blown/rocked humble by the energy … and honey, it's just lunchtime.
– KXM

What has blown me away is the vibrance alive in these kids. Maybe's mine's been beaten outta me by the cruel world of unfair homophobic principle. Not these kids, though. Optimism abounds. The T-shirts for the conference deem them "More Than a Label." And they are proving it. Gender-neutral bathrooms elevate social normality, discussions explore issues happening now. I attended the Gender, Race, and Hip-Hop Workshop, where we watched Byron Hurt's Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a documentary begging to reassess the man's role, queer or straight, in hip-hop and mainstream culture as a whole.
– K8G

Click the pic to access the photo gallery! See entry below for registration and tonight's keynote (with Kate Bornstein) info.

1:29PM Sat. Apr. 14, 2007, Kate Getty and Kate X Messer Read More | Comment »

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