Archive for the 'Culture' Category

04
Jul
08

throbbing

Michael Lucas

“Homosexuality in porn idustry spins around asshole. I call it anal fascism.”

21
May
08

Daddy and Papa

Johnny Symons, 2002. Daddy and Papa

Daddy & Papa explores the psychological and social impact of four gay couples who are making a controversial decision that turns out to be the most traditional thing in the world: to parent children. This is now well known that single parenting is a major part of our understanding of “American family.” About 26.2% of all children under 21 living in families have a parent not living at home. But the “average” American still assume a gay couple walking with their child on the street as a straight dad with dad’s buddy hanging out with dad and child. This is not a culture war, but rather a battle of culture versus nurture. Are children raised by same sex (male) parents harmed by not having a mother? Should gay white men be raising African American children? What is the effect of sexual orientation on the children? Symons shows that many of the issues are simply those of parents wanting to raise their children well, and the fact that these parents are gay men is almost irrelevant. Many of the issues discussed could also be applied to single men or women who want to adopt.

02
May
08

Buckaroo

Copeira

A heterosexual buckaroo is practically asymmetrical, and for a classical sensibility asymmetry hasn’t much appeal. Buckaroo’s HOMO version, however, could be no joke at all. It can turn really dirty, strangely nasty, truly ugly. The moment the first drop of blood appears on his lips or nose you see what I mean. There are moments that you can’t tell if it is now a real fight, a play or a dance. You attack only to be defeated. You start from horsing around and you end up in a real fight, and sometimes vice versa. This is a choreography full of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, headbutts, elbow-strikes, slaps, punches, and body-throws.

24
Apr
08

“Objective Disorder”

DIGNITYUSA

Dignity USA President Marianne Duddy-Burke said she hoped the group’s presence during the pope’s appearances in Washington and New York would draw attention to efforts by gay Catholics to persuade the church hierarchy to moderate its teachings on homosexuality, which the church calls an “objective disorder” and an “intrinsic moral evil.”

23
Apr
08

Fra

Mychal F. Judge

In my own experience over the years, if I met a priest who is an exceptionally good pastor, loving and compassionate, I could be close to certain that I was dealing with a gay priest. The prime example of that was my friend, Father Mychal Judge.

“I think it was no coincidence that at the very moment Father Judge was dying while anointing a fallen fire fighter at the foot of the World Trade Towers, hierarchs were drafting the Instruction in Rome banning gays from the priesthood.”

John J. McNeill
21
Apr
08

Attitude

Richard Quest, CNN’s Anchor

I didn’t know that Richard Quest, who I have always adored, is a gay. And suddenly when I knew that, his mannerism seemed “meaningful” to me. Suddenly all of his artificiality, his flamboyance, his exaggerated style of speaking was polarized towards a certain super-signifier. Does he act gay on TV? It is not easy to say, since there are many other non-gay celebrities who do act gay (Tim Burton just jumped into my mind) and vice versa. For example I am not a big fan of Anderson Cooper, though I greatly admire him (the point is he is just not my favorite.) He has always been credited for introducing emotions to TV journalism. Has it anything to do with his possible gayness? What if just the same happen to Anderson Cooper – Quest’s colleague at CNN and one of the biggest targets of outing guerrillas. Would I look at him differently? I doubt it very much. But what is this fascination and adoration for people who are at ease with their queer orientation; people who this blog is basically about?

20
Apr
08

Whose World Is It?

George Segal, 1992. GLBT Monument. (Christopher Park, NYC)

“This sculpture by George Segal (1924–2000) honors the gay rights movement and commemorates the events at the Stonewall Inn opposite this park that gave rise to the movement. … On June 23, 1992, Mayor David N. Dinkins and Parks Commissioner Betsy Gotbaum helped unveil the monument in Christopher Park. The initial opposition and rancor which had greeted the project had subsided; the advent of AIDS, which had devastated the gay community in particular, added another poignant dimension to the monument and its mute figures’ impact. In March 2000, Stonewall Inn was designated a National Historic Landmark.”