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Friday, March 26, 2010

The Week in Gay: Don't Ask, Shut the Fuck Up

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 3:20 PM

At ease, soldier
  • At ease, soldier
On Thursday, the U.S. military announced that it plans to be less dickish about enforcing the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy that prohibits gay people from serving in the armed forces. I'm not sure why this new plan is supposed to be exciting. The gist of it seems to say, "Hey, we won't be so quick to throw your ass out. But you still gotta keep your mouth shut."

Repeal the damn thing, already, dicks.

Dan Choi - the man of the moment last week - made the rounds this week as well. First Choi told Newsweek about his disappointment with the mainstream gay advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign. Then he appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss his lack of enthusiasm with the revised DADT. Choi's unflinching courage is the one bright spot of the past week.

Joe Solmonese, the President of HRC responded to Choi in an interview with DC Agenda , but he sounds like he is selling margarine. Also this week, exhibiting the importance of being the President of the HRC, Joe was named an "Elegant Activist" in a fashion spread at Washington Life magazine. That shouldn't be such a surprising achievement considering how much he and his executive staff are paid. See what I mean by dickishness? Solmonese denies a rift in the gay community exists because everyone has their role: Some people cuff themselves to fences and others pose in designer duds.

While on the topic of gay men acting like jerks, Dan Savage threw his hat in the douchebag ring this week. In a post aimed at criticizing the Washington State Attorney General, Savage pretended that the AG was a transgendered traitor for seeking to impede the health care reform bill. The joke (if that's what it was) is based on the less than rugged physical appearance of the man and was more confusing than politically astute. Savage sort of apologized, but never really explained what he was trying to do. Everyone needs attention now and then, I guess. Dan should try to not be such a dick in the process, though.

Updates on the gay kids in America trying to get to the prom to have mostly bad memories that they will drink away and completely forget by the time they are 30: Constance McMillen, the Mississippi lesbian who caused her high school prom to be cancelled, had a court date this week. The (probably barefoot) judge said that McMillen's constitutional rights were violated, but there wasn't a whole lot to be done about it. Constance has been invited to attend prom at Tam High in Marin, which is pretty damn nice, if you ask me.

A UC regent says that he is sorry to everyone targeted in a hate crime wave on California college campuses -- everyone but the gays: "I want to extend a personal apology to every African American kid, every Latino student, and Jewish kid, and to every student that became aware of this."

In case anyone is still paying attention, the Prop. 8 trial (remember that?) will be delayed further as more arguments about internal campaign documents take place. Boring! In the meantime, Californians are starting to answer polls about same-sex marriage more favorably, which is really nice of them to do AFTER passing a constitutional amendment. Fucking dicks.

Finally, because I want to kick an organized religion when it's down, the Catholic Church in Maine has decided to cut off funding to a program designed to provide assistance to the homeless. Why? Because the organization running the program was opposed to a ballot initiative last fall that repealed the right to same-sex marriage. The church can't abide consenting adults in legal relationships, but they simply adore helping old men molest children.

That, my friends, takes the dickish cake!

Patrick Connors is not a dick, but he likes dick.

Follow Patrick on Twitter: @uppityfag

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