November 30, 2012 in Meta
I’ve just begun the process of transferring the Queer Rhetoric Project from worpress.com to a direct hosted site. Everything will look the same for now, I’ll keep the wordpress software,
“I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):”
In these days of marvels of speed such as jet planes, time has come to be of enormous importance. While in days past, months, years, even a lifetime could be devoted to the pursuit of a gay, it just won’t do now. The would-be cruiser has a living, as well as gays, to make, and he can’t afford to take much time off from the one for the other. Also we live at a faster pace, and very few men indeed would be content to let one affair last for many years- off the old, on the new,
Being gay is not a Western invention; it is a human reality. And protecting the human rights of all people, gay or straight, is not something that only Western governments do. South Africa’s constitution, written in the aftermath of Apartheid, protects the equality of all citizens, including gay people. In Colombia and Argentina, the rights of gays are also legally protected. In Nepal, the supreme court has ruled that equal rights apply to LGBT citizens. The Government of Mongolia has committed to pursue new legislation that will tackle anti-gay discrimination.
The goal of an AIDS-free generation may be ambitious, but it is possible with the knowledge and interventions we have right now. And that is something we’ve never been able to say without qualification before. Imagine what the world will look like when we succeed. Imagine AIDS wards that once were stretched far beyond their capacity becoming outpatient clinics caring for people with a manageable condition, children who might have been orphaned and then trafficked or recruited as child soldiers instead growing up with the hope of a better future, communities where despair once reigned filled instead with optimism, countries that can make the most of every single person’s God-given potential. That is the world that has always been at the core of American belief, and we have worked toward it in our own history. It’s the world I think we all would like to live in. An AIDS-free generation would be one of the greatest gifts the United States could give to our collective future.
by Radicalesbians Radicalesbians (formerly Lavender Menace) was a Gay Liberation Front splinter group This essay was first distributed to attendees of the NOW-sponsored 2nd annual Congress to Unite Women and then
by Carl Wittman written slightly before 1969 Stonewall uprising, but first published December 1970 Text from Gay Flames Pamphlet No. 9 (including the stray quotation mark ;o) New York, NY
President Obama Signs Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”: “Out of Many, We Are One” Barack Obama Department of Interior Washington, D.C. December 22, 2010 (source) – A longer video
by Lady Gaga SLDN rally: “For the 14,000”: A Rally for the 14,000+ Discharged Portland, Maine September 20, 2010 – Good afternoon. Can you all hear me? I wrote this
Lt. Dan Choi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Netroots Nation Las Vegas, NV July 24, 2010 – The moderator: “This morning Dan Choi gave me this to give to