Posts tagged ‘Gay community’

August 1, 2011

Dolly Apologizes to Lesbian Couple and Does some damage control for Dollywood

by Accidental Bear

I can just hear her squeaky, wonderful voice bouncing off her delicious breast, “Golly Gosh darn, really? I’m sorry.” Dolly does some damage control. AB

Dolly Parton has issued an apology to the lesbian couple who felt discriminated against at Dollywood last month, saying she’s sorry for “the hurt or embarrassment,” reports ABC News.

As The Advocate reported July 20, Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton and the children of a friend were stopped at the entrance to Parton’s popular Tennessee theme park when a gatekeeper noticed Odom wearing a T-shirt that read “Marriage Is So Gay.” Odom was instructed her to turn the shirt inside out before her party could enter Dollywood. Parton’s statement reads: “I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian t-shirt incident at Dollywood’s Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome.”

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(via Advocate mag)

July 5, 2011

State Assembly Passes Fair Education Act Authored by Senator Mark Leno

by Accidental Bear

This is a big deal people!

Sacramento – Today, the California State Assembly in a 49-25 vote passed a bill that would require schools to fairly and accurately portray the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement and the historic contributions of the diverse LGBT community in social science instruction. The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would also add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s existing anti-discrimination protections that prohibit bias in school activities, instruction and instructional materials. 

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June 21, 2011

“Heroes with Bling” an Exhibit to Celebrate the Sparkling Diamonds of the San Francisco Queer Community

by Accidental Bear
Market Street Gallery is pleased to present Heroes with Bling an exhibit to celebrate the sparkling diamonds of the San Francisco queer community. This exhibition will showcase Mosaic Arts International 2011’s Member’s choice Award winning artist, Michael J. Kruzichpublished Photographer, Art Director & Stylist, Jose A Guzman Colon, and acclaimed Photographer, Marianne Larochelle. The exhibit will open June 7, 2011, and run through June 29, 2011.  Market Street Gallery will  be hosting a  Heroes with Bling Gay Pride kick-off event on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, from 6 PM – 8 PM.Drag queens or drag personalities, we love them all! They are bigger than life! They are bubbly (and a lot of the time, they drink bubbly)! They project an intense amount of positive energy inspiring everyone to smile from ear-to-ear and happily wave right back at them! Drag queens are the sparkling diamonds of the queer community’s tiara; the shine, the light, the energetic force which makes all queer events super special. They do so much for the queer community, Market Street Gallery created this exhibition to celebrate them! This exhibition is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our “Heroes with Bling” during the entire month of June, Pride 2011.  MORE PICS AFTER JUMP
June 7, 2011

Andrew Johnson, Gay Prison Guard, Barred From Wearing Uniform in WeHo Pride Parade by Homophobic Dept. of Corrections

by Accidental Bear

I have often wondered while at a gay pride, street fair or parade in SF if there are any regulations about wearing official uniforms while off duty as costumes. I mean, (coughs) I have been around the block a few times and have been felt up, flogged and had my boots shined by men in uniform. Basically anything you can think of on this side of legal. It was all for fun and games, I never asked for identification for legitimacy of costume. Good luck regulating this one California Department of Corrections. You have obviously never been to a gay pride parade and see the way you are emulated. ~AB

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via blogs.laweekly.com

​We at the Weekly usually beef with the California Department of Corrections on more budget-related issues like the rich, powerful prison-guard union’s ability to twist the state Legislature to its will and preserve bloated benefit packages in a time of fiscal crisis.

 But on a more basic human-rights note, prison guard Andrew Johnson reveals today that the department has a raging case of homophobia, to boot. Johnson claims he was denied permission to march in this Sunday’s West Hollywood gay pride parade (so stoked) while wearing his really quite fabulous CDCR uniform.

Gloria Allred to the rescue!

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June 7, 2011

Pride Panders to Ancient Gay Stereotypes, Loses Touch with the 21st-century Man and Woman

by Accidental Bear

STEREOTYPES

When Toronto Pride rolls into town, the large attendance always reminds of us just how much the city supports its gay community. Sure, hate crimes still exist, the city recently threatened to pull Pride’s funding, and inappropriate f-words are flung from passing vehicles, but for the most part, Toronto is a safe and relatively easy place for gay men and women to live. Then Tourism Toronto, in partnership with Pride Toronto, launched its P90X parody Pride Pump 2000x, filled with the dainty, over-sexed, workout-obsessed (read: gay archstereotypes). We’re curious as to when an episode of Queer as Folk re-emerged as a gay factory standard. via www.torontolife.com

March 3, 2011

EVOLUTION OF THE QUEER DANCE FLOOR SF CA; SPKR

by Accidental Bear

After viewing the film We Were Here at the Castro Theater in the San Francisco last evening I have more love for my queer community than ever. It made me want to march out the theater, protest down market street, volunteer every spare minute I have and give long heart felt hugs to everyone in arms length. There is amazing heaps of history on the sidewalks that I walk everyday. Take a moment and smell the pavement ( ok, not literally).

Here is another way for you to taste SF’s diverse, ground breaking and LOVELY gay communities evolution, on the dance floor no less.

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EVENT:

SPKR: An Amplified History of San Francisco’s Queer Dance Floors
Saturday March 12th, 2011 at Public Works 161 Erie St. San Francsico, CA
Music by Bobby Viteritti (Trocadero Transfer) & Steve Fabus (I-Beam)
8pm – 10pm VIP Catered Reception | 10pm – 3am Public Dance Event & Gallery Show

San Francisco, CA – the world’s gay Mecca where many counter cultures are born – has a rich history for creating legends. The city is known for late night dancing, where disc jockeys are regularly canonized into saints, and any ordinary queen can transform into drag royalty overnight. Like most social movements, it takes generations before their oral traditions and memories are committed to stone. San Francisco’s underground dance clubs of the 70s ,80s , and 90s is no exception.

SPKR will be structured to engage the community with a VIP donor’s reception, and then followed by a lavish all night dance party to benefit the GLBT Historical Society. Music will be provided by Bobby Viteritti and Steve Fabus. Guests will also be able to seamlessly travel from club to gallery space in the Public Works in-house gallery to view the never before seen artifacts and interviews curated just for the event.

THE SHOW:

SPEAKER will feature five significant venues from San Francisco’s timeline: I Beam, End Up, Trocadero Transfer, Townsend, and The Box. These parties and the personalities gravitating around them will be portrayed as a multimedia family tree – telling the tales of notorious Sunday Tea Dances, a sexually charged and libertine rave culture, and the emergence of a global authority on dance music for the present generation.

The GLBT Historical Society Archives, private donors, and newly commissioned photography will be used to weave together a concise narrative for SPEAKER. A poster and audio documentary will be produced to showcase select media from the show. After the event the show will be open for a public viewing of all media and collateral on March 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Michael Garret at the I-Beam

100% of the proceeds of this event will go directly to the Historical Society and its causes.

Bobby Viteritti at the Trocadero Transfer

SPKR – EVOLUTION OF THE QUEER DANCE FLOOR
$20 PRE SALE TICKETS: http://SPKR.kintera.org/2011

For full list and 411 of event checkout Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=202062839809155

OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Lights and Sound | Randall Schiller Productions
http://www.randallschillerproductions.com/

Media | Bar Tab SF
http://www.bartabsf.com/

Wine | Swirl in Castro
http://www.swirloncastro.com/

Catering | SF Delicious
http://www.sfdelicious.com/

February 12, 2011

Its All About the Shoes (and naked guy)

by Accidental Bear

Im going to rethink my storage boxes from childhood. My smurfs and monkey stuffed animals with velcro hands (the better to hug you with) can obviously, after seeing these photos go to better use. Coming soon, ME strutting down the sidewalk with smurfs braided into my pubes and stuffed monkeys tied to my feet for shoes!

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CHASE HOSTLER by THOMAS SYNNAMON

Via www.yvymag.com

Well-known personality in the New York gay sceneChase Hostler is captured by Thomas Synnamon for Rock Victorious‘ hand-made jewelry.

January 12, 2011

Gay NZ Couple Run Out of Business by Homophobic Neighbors

by Accidental Bear

A New Zealand couple says a local family that targeted their bakery for abuse and vandalism has driven them out of business. The couple’s car and home have also been vandalized, according to a Jan. 12 article in local newspaper the Press.

David Zelton and his life partner Kym had relocated their bakery to a new Christchurch location last summer following an earthquake. But they did not receive a friendly welcome from all of their new neighbors: the couple told the media that a local family, and friends of that family, had vandalized their store and harassed their customers. Finally, after suffering what they say was an impact on their health and their relationship as well as on their business, the couple decided to throw in the towel and close up shop.

“They’ve yelled at customers outside our shop, saying ’Don’t go in there,’ calling us faggots,” Zelton told the media. Though the couple had turned to the police, they got fed up. “We’ve had too many broken windows, and it’s costing us money,” said Zelton. “We just have to let it go. We’ve got no choice

Kilian Melloy reviews media, conducts interviews, and writes commentary for EDGEBoston, where he also serves as Assistant Arts Editor.
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