Alex Blaze

Queer weekend reader

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 11, 2007 9:00 AM | comments

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  • Marty Klein takes on liberal sexophobia:

    The convention offered everything except sex.

    No, I don’t mean what people did privately after hours (insert your preferred joke here about computer geeks, sexual frustration, and online personas).

    I mean there was nothing about contraception, sex education, the unfairness (and complete failure) of sex offender registries, or mandatory internet filtering in public venues.

  • Linda Villarosa questions the centrality of marriage in the gay rights movement:

    So why are we so greedily fighting for sloppy seconds, binding ourselves to a tradition that may no longer makes sense? When did gays become the new straights, fighting to make heterosexuality safe for heterosexuals? Remember, y’all… Queer means different—or, better, unique.

  • CA Rep. Jackie Goldberg explains the intended purpose of her home state's domestic partnership law:

    My goal was simply to help families that had, for too long, gone without legal protections. But from its conception, I knew this was a flawed exercise. When the Legislature passed the bill in 2003, I told reporters that this "separate and unequal" system was the best we could achieve and that I would have proposed allowing same-sex couples to marry if I'd thought that would pass. I never imagined that domestic partnerships might somehow be used as an excuse not to allow same-sex couples to marry.

  • Eugene Volokh describes how the letter of hate crimes law can contradict the spirit:

    It seems to me that this sort of use of the hate crime statutes is at least very dangerous to free speech, and may well be unconstitutional. Unfortunately, people sometimes act in illegal -- often mildly illegal -- ways when engaged in protest. It's right to punish them for such actions. But it seems to me that they shouldn't be punished more (potentially much more, as when a misdemeanor is turned into a felony) because they were motivated by disapproval of a religion, a religious practice, a sexual orientation, and the like, or were motivated by a desire to offend people based on these criteria.

  • Richard Kim wants the gay rights movement to expand it sights beyond just marriage:

    Or take my grandmother. When my grandfather, her husband, died, she was entitled to his social security benefits. But still, as a single widow, her total household income shrank dramatically. For the last few years of her life, social security was the only check she got, and it wasn't enough at that. Her experience is common; women live longer than men and so often age alone. Almost a third of all unmarried elderly women rely on social security as their sole source of income, and if it weren't for social security, 54 percent of all elderly women would be living in poverty.

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"the unfairness (and complete failure) of sex offender registries..."

While many discriminatory laws in need of change exist, that doesn't change the fact that sex crimes are a growing problem everywhere. Nor does it excuse the behavior of gays who compulsively have casual sex in public restrooms, fueling homophobia not only in straights, but themselves (they didn't get there out of a sense of high self worth) and other gays - unforgivably.

At least cite the location and specific provision in need of revision, otherwise it's just another mindless internet tirade that wastes everyone's time and devalues everyone for having read it.

Remember part of successful strategy is realizing you don't win every battle, so resilience is worth far more than intensity. Messages for change must also be understandable and articulated to be well received, so start a dialogue to foster progress.