November 22, 2010 • 9:22 am
Jim Carrey won’t play into homophobia.
On the Late Show last Friday, Letterman asked Carrey about playing gay. Carrey is unwilling to crack jokes at the expense of gay folks, however.
Asked Dave: “And, in terms of a leading man, a heterosexual playing a homosexual, do homosexuals say ‘well, that shouldn’t have been a homosexual’ or do you worry about your image as a heterosexual leading man playing a homosexual?”
Replied Carrey: “Boy, we haven’t grown at all, have we? We haven’t grown at all…. We’re still children in the schoolyard. Honestly. No offense Dave, for god’s sakes, have you ever seen a gay man? Are there gay people in Indiana? Is it ok to be gay there, is what I’m asking. There’s not a policy against gay people there or here?”
It’s heartening to see a major Hollywood actor acting as an ally and standing up for mainstream acceptance of gays and lesbians. All before breaking into a rendition of A-ha’s classic, “Take on Me.”
Filed under: film, gay rights, homophobia, television, david letterman, gay, homophobia, jim carrey, lesbian
November 17, 2010 • 8:57 am
Let gays serve openly in the military?
75% of Americans think so.
Yet John McCain disagrees. His bigoted stance against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell does nothing but reveal his age. Instead of embracing the public and military’s welcoming attitude, McCain continues to rail against gays in the military. His opinions are antiquated, out of sync with most Americans, contrary to the Pentagon’s findings, and, quite simply, wrong. The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capeheart deconstructs McCain’s wrong-headedness in the video above.
I’m almost embarrassed for McCain. His attitude is less disagreeable to me than an example of an older generation’s xenophobia and crotchetiness.
Filed under: gay rights, government, military, politics, cindy mccain, dadt, don't ask don't tell, gay, gay rights, john mccain, jonathan capeheart, military
November 2, 2010 • 7:36 am
David Frum, the Bush speechwriter who is often cited as the originator of the catchphrase “axis of evil,” writes a surprisingly gay-friendly homage to the origins of Halloween. Where does he trace its roots?
Castro in the 70’s, of course.
And credit The Gays not only for this American institution, but a host of other fun, wholly American trends as well. According to Frum:
From the spread of disco in the 1970s — to the habit of paying money for sparkling waters such as Perrier — culminating in Halloween, gays have incubated and developed major cultural trends. Straights adopt, and then ungratefully forget whom they are adopting from — just as American Christians forget how much of the modern Christmas music they enjoy was written by Jews, starting with the most popular of them all, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The majority culture forgets what the minority culture has produced.
Frum’s a man who gives credit where credit’s due. (And for the record, I’m appalled by how many cliches I’ve just used in this post.)
Filed under: fashion, gay life, holidays, castro, david frum, disco, gay, halloween, holiday, origin, roots, straight
November 1, 2010 • 5:22 pm
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Sex columnist (yes, it’s easy to forget his day job with all of his fierce advocacy) Dan Savage discusses when, why, and how parents talk to their kids about sex. Movies, the Internet, the kids at school are all talking about it: perhaps parents should, too.
Savage’s interview is a part of the Big Think project. The Big Think has some other pretty cool articles too, including a map of state movies.
What’s refreshing is to hear Savage speak so directly: in addition to procreation, adults have sex for many reasons (namely pleasure); sex is pleasurable whether you’re gay or straight; and that, with only a twinge of sarcasm (and more than a good dose of humor), “sex exists so that you can live with someone for decades and decades…without killing them.”
A handsome, charitable, and articulate man.
Filed under: family, dan savage, gay, it gets better, parenting, sex, sexuality, straight