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Karl Rove’s Gay Family
September 7, 2006, 4:32 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

The stepfather of President Bush’s chief political consultant Karl Rove was gay, a new book argues. The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power (Crown Books/Random House) by Wayne Slater and James Moore unveils Karl Rove’s “gay past,” showing him on the one hand to be a loving stepson of an openly gay man and a deplorable political strategist on the other.

According to the book, Karl Rove’s stepfather, geologist Louis Rove, left the family in 1969 when the younger Rove was just 19. Louis Rove moved to Palm Springs, California, where he eventually retired and maintained a quiet but active life in the city’s older gay community.

The book quotes friends of the elder Rove as saying Karl Rove was a loving and attentive son who visited his stepfather in Palm Springs periodically, having dinner with Louis and his gay friends.

Dana Perino, deputy White House press secretary who has openly denounced the book, even argues, “Karl was very close to his father. He was the executor of his father’s estate and his power of attorney. Karl loves his father very much, and his father loved him and was very proud of his son.”

Nobody thus far has denied Louis sexuality or that Karl Rove loved his stepfather, which makes it all the more disturbing that Karl Rove was so willing to gay bait in the 2004 Presidential election.

Lucky for Louis Rove, he wasn’t around to witness this unforgivable abuse of political power. Louis died from respiratory ailments in July of 2004.

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Go Charles Barkley!
August 31, 2006, 4:57 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

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Former NBA MVP, Charles Barkley is considering running as a Democratic candidate for governor in his home state of Alabama. Barkley supports gay marriage and believes Republicans have screwed up the country.

Money quote:

“Religious people in general are so discriminatory against other people, and that really disturbs me,” he said. “My idea of religion is we all love and respect. We all sin, but we still have common decency and respect for other people. So right now I’m struggling with my idea of what religion is.”

GO CHARLES BARKLEY!



This Film Is Not Rated
August 31, 2006, 2:14 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

What I’ve suspected for years, the new documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated proves. The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) tends to be harsher on films with gay and mature adult sexuality, giving films like BOYS DON’T CRY and THE COOLER a NC-17 rating while dumb ass comedies like AMERICAN PIE get the coveted R rating, ensuring box office success and encouraging studios for endless remakes.

If you get the chance, check this film out. I included a listing of times and dates at the bottom along with an insert from a Salon interview with director Kirby Dick that details the film’s argument about the MPAA’s unfair treatment of gay-themed films and why.

From Salon….

In “But I’m a Cheerleader,” the ratings board found a masturbation scene offensive, possibly because the teenage girl in the scene is fantasizing about another girl. That scene is far more chaste than the infamous one in “American Pie” in which a hetero teen boy satisfies himself with the aid of recently baked pastry. That film received an R rating, while “But I’m a Cheerleader” got an NC-17.

As director Kimberly Peirce tells Dick, the MPAA board asked for cuts in a sex scene in “Boys Don’t Cry” where all we can see is costar Chloë Sevigny’s face. Of course, Sevigny’s character is being orally pleasured by Hilary Swank’s character at the time, and seems to be enjoying a delirious orgasm. The clear message, Peirce says, was: Not too much female pleasure, please, it makes us uncomfortable.

“It might not be an accident that the way the ratings board comes down on gay sex happens to help the MPAA in Washington,” Dick says. “The motion-picture ratings are only a small part of what the organization does. The larger part of what they do is their lobbying presence in Washington, where they have recently been quite successful in getting a lot of onerous copyright and piracy laws passed. By coming down hard on films with gay sexual content, that allows them to curry favor with precisely the people who are the most uncomfortable with homosexuality and who hold the balance of power on Capitol Hill.”

This Film Is Not Yet Rated opens Sept. 1 at the IFC Center in New York and the Nuart in Los Angeles; Sept. 8 in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas; Sept. 15 in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Palm Springs, Calif., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., and Washington; Sept. 22 in Austin, San Diego and Seattle; Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Minneapolis, San Jose, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz.; Oct. 6 in Denver and Salt Lake City; and Oct. 13 in Nashville, with more cities to follow.



Jodie Foster, Cydney Bernard & the kids
August 30, 2006, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Cydney Bernard, gay and lesbian, Jodie Foster

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Another photo of Jodie Foster and her partner Cydney Bernard with the kids.



Log Cabin Republicans Stuck Between A Cock and A Hard Place
August 30, 2006, 4:57 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I struggle with understanding the ideology of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of mostly white middle class gay male Republicans who continue to act surprised when key players in the Republican party bash homosexuals to win votes from the moveable middle.

I struggle because on the one hand I understand the need for gay people to participate in bipartisan politics and not just automatically vote Democrat. This is especially true since, well, the Democratic party has basically treated us like second class citizens from the start. Democrats confidently pocket the gay vote without having to meet any of our needs. Bill Clinton gave us “dont’ ask, don’t tell.” The list goes on.

I also struggle with this issue because I was raised Republican. Like most white middle-class people in the South, my family voted Republican automatically every time. No contest. Where I’m from, the Democratic party is the party of Edwin Edwards, union crooks, under the table deals, paying for votes, etc. My parents raised me to believe in the power of the individual over the group, tax reform, small government and fiscal responsibility. Above all else, I was raised to detest Welfare and all other “hand out” government programs that many Southern Republicans including my family believe actually hold people down and keep them there.

All of these beliefs went to shit when much to my surpise I turned out gay. Now, when I look at the Republican Party I see a group of shiny, entitled white dudes who think their good fortune is somehow entitled to them because they believe in “hard work.” And it never occurs to them even when they hire their friends over other qualified candidates that the good ol’ boy system is actually the key to their success. How else could someone as average as George Bush become President of the United States?

When I look at the Republican Party I also see a party that plays the “value” card to emotionally manipulate the American public into voting with their fears instead of their minds. For Bush No.1, the boogie man was African-American best signified by the infamous Willie Horton ad Bush used to scare middle-class white folks into thinking Michael Dukakis’ crime policies were endangering white women, that Dukakis would let the “slaves take over the plantation.”

With Bush No. 2 it’s the gays. The gays are destroying marriage. The gays are destroying morality. The gays, the gays, the gays. The gays are hotter than abortion. The gays are so hot as a political weapon that even blacks who have been voting Democrat since the 60s are today voting Republican in record numbers to “protect marriage.” Or at least that was true until Katrina.

The gays are the wedge issue that won’t quit because the gays continue to motivate Republican votes. As November approaches, you can bet your bottom dollar that we’re going to start seeing more and more political gay bashing from Republicans.

Which brings me to the Log Cabin boys. Just yesterday, the Log Cabin Republicans of Colorado issued a statement denouncing the inappropriate comments made by the GOP candidate for Lieutenant Governor Janet Rowland. On the March 17th broadcast of Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado State of Mind, Rowland said, “Homosexuality is an alternative lifestyle. For some, bestiality is an alternative lifestyle. Do we allow a man to marry a sheep?”

In response to this egregious but unsurprisingly homophobic comment, Adam Crowley, President of Colorado Log Cabin Republicans, quickly issued a press release arguing that Janet Rowland’s comments do not represent the views of mainstream Republicans.

“As a Republican, I am disappointed that GOP Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez has chosen someone who uses the politics of fear to divide the Colorado electorate,” said Crowley. “Bob Beauprez, the Republican Party, and the voters of Colorado should not support such an uneducated view of an important part of the American family.”

“Hundreds of thousands of law-abiding, tax-paying gay and lesbian citizens make invaluable contributions to the quality of life in this great state. They’re raising families, building stronger communities, creating jobs, paying taxes and working to secure a bright future for Colorado. Rowlands statement is offensive, and could not possibly represent the diverse population of Colorado,” said Crowley.

“Rowland’s use of the term ‘alternative lifestyle’ shows an ignorance of basic science. Countless studies of both humans and animals irrefutably show that human beings don’t choose their sexual orientation,” said Log Cabin Executive Vice President Patrick Sammon. “Unfortunately, enemies of science, fact, and common sense continue misrepresenting the truth by using terms such as ‘alternative lifestyle’. We know more about the genetic causes of sexual orientation than we do about the genetic origins of handedness, but we don’t say someone chooses the left-handed alternative lifestyle.”

Adam Crowley’s statement is right on except for one small detail. His point that “Janet Rowland’s comments do not represent the views of mainstream Republicans” is unfortunately misguided and gets to the sad heart of what’s the matter with the ideology of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Mainstream Republicans DO think homosexuals are sick and should not be allowed to marry, raise children, etc. That’s in fact WHY Republican candidates continue to use gays as a wedge issue. BECAUSE IT WORKS. Because it taps into otherwise good people’s deepest darkest fears about sex and sexuality. Because it plays off of ignorance. Because it gives people an “other” to focus on and rally against.

Despite all of this, the Log Cabin Republicans continue to defend the Republican Party “as an idea” because it’s the idea of the Republican party – the party of their fathers, small government, fiscal responsibility, free will and individual merit – that attracted them to the party in the first place. This idea remains pure despite political gay bashing because it’s the idea of democracy itself where every “man” has the right to life, liberty and happiness.

But like the idea of democracy itself, the idea of the Republican Party is muddied by the all too human foibles like greed, fear and jealousy that keep every “man” from having a place at the table.

Today, the Republican Party plays the politics of homophobia because it gets people elected even if they are not the most qualified or the best for the country. That is the Republican Party today despite the idea of it, despite what the Log Cabin Republicans wish were the reality. Even if the majority of Republicans are not homophobic, no one from the party – except the Log Cabin Republicans – has taken a stand against political gay bashing.

Some would argue that that’s why we have groups like the Log Cabin Republicans, to question the politics of a party from within.

But for me, the problem with this logic is that the Log Cabin Republicans are not really inside the Republican party. They’re outsiders who wish they were insiders, and there is nothing sadder than a gay man who wants to be a good ol’ boy.



Kristy McNichol Spotted in West Hollywood
August 29, 2006, 6:03 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

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I was having an otherwise innocent, well intentioned dinner with a friend – a librarian even – at Bossa Nova in WeHo across from The Abby when I noticed out of the corner of my demure eye Kristy McNichol having dinner at the table next to me. And though I didn’t hear her directly say to her male companion that she indeed is a lesbian, that is indeed what her outfit was sayin’.

Red Flag: She appeared to be talking intense self-help jargon all through the meal with only brief interludes for chewing and swallowing.

Good News: She was not drinking heavily.

Background and Context: To fully grasp her lesbian undertones, please rush now to your nearest video store and rent LITTLE DARLINGS, a delightful teen camp movie starring tomboys McNichol and Tatum ONeil, and TWO MOON JUNCTION, where McNichol plays a lesbian trucker “Patti Jean” who seduces Sherilyn Fenn.



Charlize, Hot on the Beach!
August 29, 2006, 5:49 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

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Nobody looks better in a bikini than Charlize Theron, especially when she’s being all sporty and playing with her dogs Denver and Delilah!