Queer: June 2002 Archives

The fabulous Kate Clinton has a column on marriage -- Veiled Threats. Homos as weapons of destruction?

On May 15, 2002, six members of the House of Representatives introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that says, "marriage shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." Don't throw your rice pudding at me until I finish telling you why I'm all for this prenuptial agreement. Hint: my "We Don't Want Your Stinkin' Marriage" campaign never caught on.


As if heterosexuals all by themselves were not completely capable of degrading marriage through divorce, pricey annulments, child abuse, domestic violence. Straight people have been doing the aerial bombing of marriage for quite some time. Now gay people are the robot drones sent in to do the hand-to-hand combat and mop up operations in the Canna caves?

As if homosexuals were that powerful. Although, come to think of it, we have been recently credited with the destruction of the US Catholic Church through bouts of "ecclesiastic flamboyance." Sidebar: you just wish sometimes that the Church protected children as much as they protect fetuses.

Add to our degradation of same-old-sex marriage, our devastation of the military and it should become clear to someone - hullo, Donald Rumsfeld - that we are an underused weapon of capital M and small m, mass destruction. We're a veritable Triple Crown: The Priestness, The Breeder's Cup, The Kandahar Derby.

I could not put it better. Scott is SO RIGHT. (The link to a direct article isn't working right - I'm talking about the Thursday, June 20 entry starting with " A Convoluted Gay Pride Entry" and the related posts.) He and James should talk really soon.

From the IHT:

When Antonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento got married last Saturday in The Hague, they crowned a long-standing dream, and began what promises to be an even longer judicial nightmare.

The gay couple chose to marry in the Netherlands because it is currently the only European Union country that grants heterosexual and homosexual unions equal legal standing. Garullo and Ottocento were the first foreigners to be married in the country and they are the first gay Italians to legally wed.

Nice obit of Bill Blass from PlanetOut. I never met him, but I have a friend who was close to him, and another who worked for him for years.

In New York, Blass is also remembered as a generous and influential supporter of AIDS treatment services since the late 1980s.

"He was a major donor to Gay Men's Health Crisis at a time when prominent people were silent about AIDS," said Ronald Johnson, associate executive director at GMHC, a New York-based agency that serves people with AIDS. "His visibility was important in raising consciousness about HIV/AIDS."


Jonathan Jacobs, executive director of the AIDS Care Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, remembered that Blass first visited when the center was a "threadbare clinic" in 1988, and he became a major fund-raiser thereafter.

"He understood the spirit of what we were trying to do," Jacobs told the Gay.com/PlanetOut.com Network. He also praised Blass' attention to detail, noting that Blass quietly made sure there were beautiful flower arrangements in the center's waiting area each week for the past 14 years.

"We never had to ask him," Jacobs said. "He was always there for us."

We went to Jackson Heights for Queens Pride today - photos here (automated slide show here). I think the thing that moved me the most was Colega. Colega (Colombian Lesbian and Gay Association) had people dressed as angels, marching in memory of Edgar Garzon.

The noise level of the crowd was less than I expected, and I think it was because it was the straightest crowd I've ever seen at a queer parade - a lot of Latin families out with the kids to see the parade, plus a smattering of South Asians (Pakastani, India, and Bangladeshi). It was cool to see people of all kinds mixing in the crowds for the parade and the festival stages and booths.

We had a late lunch/early dinner afterward at Jackson Diner. It was quite the crowd, thanks to the parade -- including Douglas Crimp. As we told Penny Arcade when we talked with her and Chris Real, I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant where she and Crimp were both present!

After picking up a few Hindi CDs and DVDs, we headed back home to rest for a few minutes hopping back on the subway to see Tom Donaghy's new play boys and girls at Playwrights Horizons' fabulous new space. I like his plays -- I've seen Minutes from Blue Route and The Beginning of August. I'm too tired to write more right now, but I recommend going to see it. Good play, great cast, and great direction.

Paul Davis, from ACT UP Philadelphia, has a good interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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