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Friday, April 9, 2010

The Week in Gay: Why Can't Heterosexuality Be Cured?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 12:40 PM

They're totally on it...
  • They're totally on it...
On Tuesday, CNN presented a segment about an arcane law on California's books that one state legislator would like to have repealed. The law mandates homosexuality be cured. It was added to state law half a century ago. It's bullshit, of course, but I really don't understand why it must be repealed. Have any gays experienced an enforced cure lately? I don't think so.

Anyway, CNN decided the story needed examination so they invited the Assemblywoman in charge of the repeal effort, Bonnie Lowenthal, to discuss the bill with discredited nut job ex-gay therapist Richard Cohen. Why is it newsworthy to discuss whether or not gay people can stop being gay? I'm sure there are straight people that find that a fascinating topic, but for once I'd like to see CNN discuss whether or not straight people can change. Do they really have to be straight if its not working out so well for them? Maybe Sandra Bullock would like to go gay now that her husband has turned out to be a Nazi pig. Can she change if she really wanted to badly enough?

Two days later, CNN revisited the topic, this time with a doctor who isn't insane. Anchorwoman Kyra Phillips paused at the end of the segment to chastise all of the angry gays that wrote her "vicious" e-mails after the first piece ran on Tuesday. She said "...if we can't treat each other in a civil manner, even when we disagree, then we will never move forward...". It sounds like she is running for student body president of Anus Academy. Why is it civilized to debate whether or not gay people can change who they are instead of discussing why it's so goddamned hard for straight people to stop being assholes?

CNN should air an in-depth report on the cowardly and underhanded hetero supremacist prom that was held last Friday in a secret location while the lesbian student everyone wanted to avoid was sent to a sham prom. Constance McMillen pretty much was "Carrie-d" after all. People in Mississippi do not have a conscience, do they? But I think we already knew that...

One final (?) note on the Constance prom fiasco, Pam Spaulding (blog goddess of Pam's House Blend posted pictures she received from the secret prom and she exchanged e-mail with a student who attended it. That post made me feel a little better, but I'm still really appalled.

Want some more opportunities to be appalled? This is my favorite video clip of the week. The way passé game show Family Feud (which is still on the air somewhere) had a category called "Things we know about Ellen Degeneres" (I'm totally not kidding) and the answers were mostly unsurprising...except for one. I'm not going to ruin it -- you MUST watch this to believe it.

On May 6, a Federal District Court in Boston will hear opening arguments in the case against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) brought by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) - the same group that forced Massachusetts to begin to recognize same-sex marriage. While that news isn't appalling, you should be prepared for Obama's Department of Justice to use every repugnant and insane argument at their disposal to defend the law he said he wanted to repeal while running for office. If this hearing is anything like the previous DOMA brief filed by the DOJ you can fully expect to be appalled.

For once I have something sweet and fluffy - yet surprisingly bold - to share. On Monday's edition of Dancing With the Stars, one of the couples performed a waltz that they structured around an exploration of marriage equality. Niecy Nash and her partner Louis van Amstel not only raised the issue but they totally sold it and weren't subtle or apologetic. The show had 24 million viewers. That's pretty goddamn fierce, if you ask me.

One final note -- John Forsythe died a week ago. He had a long career, but the only part I care about was his role in the television soap opera Dynasty where he played Blake Carrington. I was an obsessed 16-year-old teenager that was so desperate for gay content in popular culture that I was thrilled -- THRILLED -- to watch the show every week just to get a glimpse at Blake's gay son Steven (it didn't hurt that Al Corley was fucking adorable). I leave you with the clip of Blake murdering his son's ex-boyfriend. Ted Dinard did NOT like America.

Waltz engraving   |   via Wikipedia

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