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Friday, March 11, 2011

Ex-Gays Get an App, Anderson Cooper Parades His (Not Gay) Stuff, Party Gays Try New Turf

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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Each week Easy Target alerts you of potential advances or threats to gaykind from the forces of the news media, politics, and popular culture -- the front lines of the culture wars -- in San Francisco and beyond.This week, Obama issues Operation: Anti-Bullying. An iPhone app claims it can cure us. Party gays migrate out of the Castro. Anderson Cooper is not gay. Lyon-Martin needs more than Facebook fans. Kansas legislators want to make you a criminal. And a trans woman in Arkansas gets killed and left by the highway.

Barack and Michelle want bullying to stop not only in the classrooms, but online too. In a video posted on Facebook this week, the first couple urged parents and teachers - you know, responsible adults - to step up and take care of the issue so that fifth graders don't wish they were fully-loaded before coming to school. The federal anti-bullying website includes a link dedicated specially to dealing with harassment of LGBT youth. Safe.

The Ex-Gays have gone mobile. Exodus International, the organization behind the wild claims that homosexuality is nothing but some sort of fever has released an iPhone app. Ideally, it would've shown all the closet cases nearby, but alas, guilty sex is not that easy to come by. Early reviews on the Apple app store call it "fraud." Safe.

Rebel: Just off the grid. - MATT BAUME
  • Matt Baume
  • Rebel: Just off the grid.
The owner of the bar-and-grub joint Truck is part of a small group that's taken over the former Triple Crown space on Market and Octavia and transformed it into a biker-themed, after-hours, gay club called, Rebel. Venturing outside the gay hood proper may not seem like the most rebellious way to bring out your inner James Dean, but now is the time to check out this new club before party promoters bring their cover charges and long lines come April. Risky.

Anderson Cooper is not gay. He just goes to the gayest gym in New York City, is bike buddies with the owner of Eastern Bloc (NYC's Truck equivalent), can stand long hours hanging around Kelly Ripa, has no issue calling out conservatives on same-sex marriage and gay teen suicides, and - oh, hey! There he is on top of a giant float, tossing around rainbow-colored beads with that bike buddy right behind him, the bike buddy he took to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Risky.

The straight Coop. - BRETT BAUMAN / NEWORLEANSLOCAL.COM
  • Brett Bauman / NewOrleansLocal.com
  • The straight Coop.
The interim director of Lyon-Martin estimates that it will take $150,000 to save the health clinic. Despite glorious efforts by the community that raised more than $325,000 in just a couple of weeks, there's still a large chunk of the half a million-dollar debt to clear up. Unfortunately, local gay nonprofit mismanagement is nothing new. Last April, the SF Board of Supervisors approved a $150,000 loan for the LGBT Center and New Leaf Services closed its doors later that year. Dangerous.

In Kansas, it's illegal to catch a fish with your bare hands. And if two state representatives have their way, homo-sex may remain a crime too. Democrat Jan Pauls (a former judge) and Republican Lance Kinzer want to keep the one law criminalizing homosexuality on the books. Aren't you glad you and your ruby slippers got the hell out of there? "Legislators who willfully ignore the Constitution should never be in positions of leadership and responsibility," said the chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition. Dangerous.

On to Kansas' even nuttier cousin... the body of a 25-year-old trans woman was found tossed off a highway in Arkansas in what is being called a homicide. Investigators say the woman suffered a head wound, and neighbors report hearing gunshots. Dangerous

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