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Friday, April 15, 2011

Delaware Advances Civil Unions; HIV Study Sees Hope; the Eagle Leathers Up the Skylark

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:00 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, Delaware moves closer to approving civil unions. HIV study sees a better future. There are no powerful black men. The Eagle plucks at the Skylark's plumage. Bret Easton Ellis tweets too much. And a college student fakes his own hate crime.

The Delaware House has approved a civil union bill by a vote of 26-15. The bill also passed in the state Senate last week 13-6, so it's off to the governor's office! "It's time for the bill to be signed. It's the right thing to do for the people of Delaware," said Gov. Markell. Safe.

UC San Francisco researchers have found that in the next five years there could be as much as a 79 percent drop in new HIV infections among gay men in San Francisco. Of course, we have to keep reminding each other to "glove it" and get tested every three months. The study also suggested that those infected should begin taking antiretroviral therapy immediately regardless of their T-cell count. Safe.

How many powerful gay black men are there in the world? According to OUT, zero. The magazine released its annual kiss-ass issue and featured a bunch of cute powerful white guys. Kind of like the ones that are running the media company into the ground. Well, except for the cute part. Risky.


In what seems to be the latest chapter in an eminent extinction of all of San Francisco's queer institutions, the Eagle Tavern is in danger of closing. Meanwhile, the owners of Skylark are rumored to be looking over at the old tavern's nest to hatch up a new nonleather bar. So Wednesday night, 40 patrons of the Eagle encroached on Skylark, guerrilla-style. Anna Conda helped stage the leather-in with surprise appearances by Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener (no word on whether they were in leather). According to Kyle DeVris, everyone was jovial. Skylark, which is often frequented by bootylicious women and the wannabe thugs who love them, was very receptive to the leather crowd, who outnumbered them 4 to 1. The special for the night was a "warm leatherette," PBR and a shot of Harlem. So is the Eagle still closing? Risky.

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Another affirmation that nothing good ever came out of tweeting, American Psycho author (and potential gay himself) Bret Easton Ellis tweeted this week about a weird correlation between watching Glee and having "stepped into a puddle of HIV." He then stood by his dumb remark by saying he wasn't drunk. (And look at what he's posted since then, in the screenshot above, about the "It Gets Better" campaign.) Bret, just because something is "too gay" does not make it prone to any sort of virus. I know you may wish we were back in 1988 when you were relevant, but that comment would have been neither clever nor subversive back then either. Dangerous.

When I was in college, I did crazy shit, but faking a hate crime? That's another type of crazy. Maybe we should be looking at what drove young University of North Carolina student to brand himself with some weird insignia, and then tell authorities that the injury was a result of an attack by a stranger at the park who told him he was going straight to hell. Administrators at UNC came under an attack of their own after hesitating to label the attack a hate crime. Dangerous.

Easy Target is a weekly blog column about gay life. Check back next Friday for more.

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