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Your Friendly Attorney General is a Bigot

Strange but true.

Anderson Cooper interviews Asst. Attorney General Andrew Shirvell of Michigan last night. Not only is he an outright bigot–blogging obsessively about a U. of Michigan student president who happens to be gay–but Shirvell is a public figure. Watch the interview, and witness Shirvell’s oblivious reasoning that his hate (photoshopping a Nazi swastika on the student’s face) is simply politics.

Maybe he’s planning a run for office with the Tea Party movement?

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Kudos to the “It Gets Better” Project

I knew there was a reason I loved Dan Savage.

Besides being one of the most reasonable and fiercest advocates for gay and lesbian rights, Savage has charisma that stretches for miles. In this new video about being bullied in high school–and the acknowledgment, many years later, of a bright present–he and his partner talk frankly about how difficult life was.

And how satisfying family life (they have a teenager named TJ) is today.

More about the “It Gets Better” Project–aimed at an audience of young gay kids who may be considering suicide–is at the newly launched YouTube channel. Good, heartfelt, stuff.

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Gaga-Inspired Activists for DADT

The other day Lady Gaga asked her fans to reach out to their senator to ask them to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Seemed like a small gesture; in the clip above, a pair of college students respond to Gaga’s call to arms. The allies call their local Colorado congressman–and then get the rest of their dormmates to call, too.

Encouraging to see young people as allies: active, open-minded, willing to give a damn.

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Arcade Fire Needs Your Home Address

Whaaa…?

For the music video to their new song “The Wilderness Downtown,” Arcade Fire chose to work with filmmaker Chris Milk and to integrate Google interactive maps. Billed as an “interactive film,” you enter your home address and witness the coolness. This really pushes the envelope in combining an interactive experience, creepy Google streetview technology (when did they capture those images of my house?), and a surprisingly effective array of browser windows in all shapes and sizes, containing streaming video. The whole process takes a couple minutes, and you’ve gotta download Google’s new Chrome Experiment, but it’s worth it.

If anything, Arcade Fire provides the excellent soundtrack. Reminds me of the way Radiohead embraced Web 2.0 to release In Rainbows. Or how Jonsi totally socked it to me with his one-of-a-kind, aesthetically mind-blowing concert and film experience for go. (If you still have a chance to see Jonsi live, you’d do well to get yerself a ticket before he’s gone.)

Why aren’t more of us taking advantage of the technology at our fingertips?

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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