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Friday, November 5, 2010

A Wiener Grows in the Castro

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

click to enlarge The election was depressing. Watching Buster Posey on TV is not.
  • The election was depressing. Watching Buster Posey on TV is not.

The Week In Gay

A heartfelt apology to Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. But who can resist cracking wise about the name of the presumptive winner in race to represent District 8?

You've gotta recognize the magnitude of what's going on here. It appears that voters in the gayest neighborhood in the world have elected Scott Wiener to be their representative on the Board of Supervisors.

An official winner has NOT been announced, but Wiener, so far the leading vote-getter, is convinced he will win according to the Bay Area Reporter. He was introduced to the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro as the district representative on Thursday night, so it must be true, even though Rafael Mandelman, the perceived runner-up, has not conceded.

Mandelman and the other contenders, Rebecca Prozan and Bill Hemminger, may want to consider a strategic name change for a rematch next time around to compete better with Wiener.

There's no doubt that Scott Wiener is qualified to serve. But don't you think his name might have been an irresistible hook to many Castro district residents? It for sure didn't hurt his chances.

In four years he might find himself being challenged by Rafael Scrotum, Rebecca Vas Defrens, and Bill Perineum.

Will Wiener be the winner?
  • Will Wiener be the winner?
Now THAT will be a close race.

Yeah, that's pretty juvenile, but this uppity fag is burnt out. This has been a week full of over the top drama exhibited by our national obsessions: politics and sports.

The election was pretty much as everyone expected it to be: a fucking mess for Democrats. California is one of the exceptions (of course) where Democrats weren't tarred and feathered.

Elsewhere, LGBT citizens are about to be royally screwed as the result of the Democrats' implosion, paralysis, and general shittiness.

Iowa voters fired three State Supreme Court justices who had issued a decision in favor of same-sex marriage. Revoking the right to marriage will still be difficult but the effort is under way. New Hampshire has gone Republican and now same-sex marriage is threatened with repeal there as well. A repeal isn't the top priority, but it's the second from the top priority. Wisconsin is preparing to end its Domestic Partnership registry just because it can. The gubernatorial election in Minnesota -- between Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer (the recipient of campaign contributions from Target) is too close to call, and will head toward a recount. Emmer likes to hang out with groups that advocate the killing of gay people and apparently that charmed the pants off the voters in Minnesota.

Some good news for the gays was generated here in California. Andy Pugno, one of the Grand Wizards behind the anti-gay and unconstitutional Prop. 8, was defeated by his Democratic opponent, Dr. Richard Pan, for State Assembly. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent in this race which makes it even more gratifying that Pugno lost. The seat had been held by a Republican prior to this race and Pugno's lack of popularity gives state Democrats another vote in the legislature and a smile on the face of everyone who wanted to see Pugno lose. Can we assume the smiles were all on gay faces? Maybe not.

A CNN exit poll showed that an increasing number -- 31percent -- of GLB-identified voters consider themselves to be Republican. That's a trend on the rise according to AMERICAblog's review of other recent exit polls.  Gay Republican group GOProud boasts that the gays are no longer beholden to the Democratic party.

click to enlarge Gay icons?
  • Gay icons?
I'd say the gays are pretty much screwed no matter what a mysterious exit poll reveals about political party affiliation. Where do the participants in the poll live? Who are the Republican gays voting for? When will shock treatments be mandatory for gay Republicans?

In addition to the political bloodbath this week, the city was also enthralled by the historical Super Bowl (?) victory of the San Francisco Giants -- even if no one else in country gave a shit.

There's nothing specifically gay about this victory, but the championship team has provided the city with three new gay icons: the hottest bear ever (Brian Wilson); the cutest wish-he-was-a-twink in the world (Buster Posey); and the sweet, willowy stoner -- Tim Lincecum.

I had no idea I could be so interested in something I never paid any attention to before.

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag who wonders what we are all going to be holding our breath in anticipation of now that the Stanley Cup and midterms are over.

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