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Friday, November 19, 2010

Which Comes First? DADT Repeal or Target Store in San Francisco?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 8:59 AM

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The Week in Gay

Did you miss me?

I spent the last week in Buffalo, N.Y., visiting family and NOT getting groped by anyone at any of the four airports I visited. Granted, I had to pass inspection at only two of the four airports, but I kept an open mind about being fondled and massaged to ensure there were no IEDs hidden in my peehole.

San Francisco's Airport doesn't offer X-ray scanning and since the city is teeming with gays, you'd think there would be numerous reports of sexual assault at the airport. At least that's what Peter LaBarbera, the horny leader of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, wants you to believe. 

He says that gay transportation security agents are copping a feel under the guise of fighting terrorism. Peter has a dirty mind. And apparently has never been to Buffalo.

Airport security in the Buffalo airport was obnoxious -- rude, condescending and aggressive. The workers looked and acted like they were members of the Hell's Angels.

I would have preferred a TSA hand job over the X-ray machine they have but even I can't fantasize hard enough to make the Buffalo agents more appealing than skin cancer.

And if I get to choose where I get my skin cancer I'd pick the airport over the state of Arizona. The most obnoxious story I missed last week was the egregious double talk from Cindy McCain - Sen. John McCain's filthy rich (and most recent) wife.

Cindy participated in an anti-bullying video campaign where she laments that "Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future ... they can't serve our country openly." Three days later, Cindy tweeted that although she supports the NOH8 campaign, "I stand by my husband's stance on DADT (the military ban on gay personel)."

What's going on Cindy? Too much sun? Did John threaten to invite Sarah Palin over for dinner if you don't stop contradicting him?


The pendulum seems to be swinging back in favor of a repeal of DADT before the new Congress takes over in January. Sen. Harry Reid promises a vote during the lame duck session that continues after Thanksgiving break. Sen. Joe Lieberman says the Democrats have a few Republican votes to make repeal possible.

But that may not be enough. John Aravosis taps a source that says more than a few Republicans will be needed to repeal DADT. There are a few Senate Democrats still afraid of gays and McCain continues to scream "Get off my lawn!" when asked about DADT repeal.

Thursday morning, 13 Senators - including Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein - held a press conference to show their support for repeal. Also this week, 13 activists (again) chained themselves to the White House fence to demand advocacy from the President on the matter.

Expect more of these actions after the turkey gas dissipates and the Senate reconvenes (whichever comes first).

Closer to home, it was announced that the next leg of the Prop. 8 marathon will be aired December 6 on C-SPAN. Some people are planning parties to watch the hearing, others will attend a community gathering outside the courthouse and the rest of us will celebrate St. Nicholas Day by getting our stocking stuffed.

A new add to the naughty list: Hillary Clinton. While answering questions in Australia, Madame Secretary restated her lack of support for same-sex marriage opting instead to hide behind the old segregationist rationalization of states' rights while flashing the red herring of civil union legislation.

What's next Hillary -- you gonna go on a shopping spree at Target?

She won't have to wait too long to have the pleasure of shopping at Target in San Francisco. CBS5 reports that big-box retailer Target has the blessing of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to move into the Metreon. There's a pretty picture of the proposed redesign of the building at the Chronicle.

Will the newly elected members of the Board of Supervisors press Target to make amends to the LGBT community for a campaign contribution made to an anti-gay candidate as they indicated they would three months ago?

Target's candidate for governor of Minnesota is only slightly behind his Democratic opponent in votes following the election and a recount will be mandated. Maybe San Francisco's gays will just look the other way, consider that this is just a "free speech" issue, and pretend there's no conflict at all about Target increasing its profits in the gayest city in the nation and handing the dough to bigots.

Yeah, maybe. And maybe Bristol Palin is the next Ginger Rogers.

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag that hopes the SF queer community is ready to make Target squirm and doesn't act like Cindy McCain being pressured by her hubby.

Follow him on Twitter at @UppityFag and @TheSnitchSF  

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