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Commentary on, and links to, LGBT news stories

Like a Girl

In response to a study that showed that the self-confidence of girls plummets during puberty, Always Feminine Products is working to change the meaning of the expression “like a girl” from its longstanding negative connotation (“run like a girl”) to an empowering call to action.  (Via Adweek)

Orange is the New Brown

What goes together even better than peanut butter and chocolate? Apparently Orange is the New Black and Peanuts. Click over to Buzzfeed to see Daniel Daltons’ brilliant mash-ups.

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Dykes on Bikes®

Anyone who has ever been at a Pride parade or a Dyke March with me knows this: The Dykes on Bikes® kickoff makes me cry. I get all choked up with pride and affection like I did back in the days when Kid played in a marching band. There’s just something about this big, strong, shiny, noisy representation of my people that sends me.

Here’s some history about Dykes on Bikes®, which — Yes, Virgina — is a registered trademark.

Grab your Kleenex®, here’s the opening of the 2013 SF Pride Parade:

 

Did You Need Another Reason to Love Ellen Page?

Vocal Fry, or How to Sound Like a Kardashian

I admit, I’ve become a little bit obsessed with “vocal fry” since watching this video. It’s always fun to find that something I’ve noticed has a name, and that others have noticed it too.

My New Favorite Music Video

Who could have guessed that it would come courtesy of Hostess and Big Lots? Seriously, watch it. I think Twinkies just got hip.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Here are some of the Valentine’s Day-themed posts, both fiction and non-fiction, I’ve written over the years. Unwrap some chocolate (see below) and enjoy!

Underwired – A lonely woman shops for lingerie on Valentine’s Day and finds the perfect bra and more.

Chocolate Fondue – A Victorian fantasy about a femme top and a pot of melted chocolate.

The Pillow Fight – A random encounter leads to SF’s infamous Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight.

For slightly deeper Valentine’s Day reading, check out Something About Love, a serial story I wrote a couple of years ago as part of a Freedom To Marry event that spanned several different blogs.

For something less starry-eyed, this is a non-fiction post (actually two posts) where I vent my true feelings about the holiday.

Also in keeping with the theme, here is a favorite post on Chocolate and Masturbation.

It’s the Thought That Counts

I’m still not sure what Bing is (so I obviously don’t use it), but I appreciate the sentiment in this commercial that aired during last night’s Golden Globes.

(Don’t you just love that shot of Edith Windsor?)

 

“Magic” – The Finale


(The Finale)

(This is the final installment in a serial story.
To read “Magic” from the beginning, click here.)

When the group of women arrived at Sarah’s door, it was locked, as she had left it. But while Sarah fumbled for her key, Lupa reached out and turned the knob as easily as if it had been left open. They stepped inside.

“Oh, this is beautiful,” someone said. And it was. The fire was blazing and the room was warm. There were dozens of white pillar candles on the mantle, on the coffee table, on the kitchen table, and even on the kitchen counter. The room flickered in their light.

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Apple CEO Speaks Out for Human Rights

Another reason to love my iPhone:

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook speaks out in support of LGBT rights while receiving a lifetime achievement award from his alma mater, Auburn University.

Out Magazine named Cook the 2013 Most Powerful LGBT Person in the World. (Sorry, Oprah. Maybe next year!)

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It’s nice to see a commercial that addresses social gender inequality issues while selling shiny hair. Go Pantene!

Prop. 8: One Less Thing to Write About

silverbulletIf it wasn’t so socially and politically inappropriate for my workplace, I might consider buying myself one of these silver bullet necklaces to celebrate the final, final death of California’s Proposition 8.

While my coverage wasn’t definitive, I feel like I’ve been writing about Prop. 8 for-ev-ah. (For the sake of nostalgia, read my short story, “Something About Love”.)

After all, same-sex marriage has been riding a roller coast in California for more than a decade. I’ll take you on a spin. Buckle up and keep your arms and hands inside the car at all times: Continue reading

HPV and Throat Cancer: So What About the Lesbians?

yellow-roadsign-download-iconA recent story in the New York Times reports that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is helping protect people against throat cancers.

Infection with HPV is linked to cervical cancer – one of the few viruses that has been definitively linked to a cancer.

The report says that a new study shows the vaccine is proving to be beneficial against cancers caused by oral sex, and “presumably would protect men as well” (The study was done on women, but not women who identified as lesbians.)

Every time I read a study like this, I think, “So what about lesbians?” After all, we have a reputation for taking the big dive at the slightest invitation. Why not study older lesbians, who have presumably been performing oral sex on women for most of their sexual histories?

According to the NYT article, cancers caused by smoking or drinking usually occur in the mouth, those caused by oral sex usually occur at the base of the tongue or deep in the folds of tonsillar tissue, and are hard to detect. They are more common among heterosexual men than among women, or gay men; experts believe this is because vaginal fluid contains more virus than the surface of the penis.

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Miley: “Lesbian is Okay with Me!”

MileyCyrusMiley Cyrus is unfazed by rumors she is a lesbian. In fact, go ahead and call her one. She takes it as a compliment.

When Cyrus cropped and her bleached hair and shaved the sides of her head, the 20-year-old pop star triggered speculation she might be coming out the closet with a peroxide bang.

“Everyone said I was a lesbian but I’m like, ‘Being a lesbian isn’t a bad thing. So if you think I look like I’m a lesbian, I’m not offended,’ ” she told the Toronto Sun. “I’ve been called much worse. Being a lesbian is a compliment more than what else they call me.”

You’re damning lesbians everywhere with faint praise, Miley, but it’s still a cute haircut.

Rule, Brittania!

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II put her stamp on same-sex marriage, which gives me an excuse to finally use this wonderful graphic from British Vogue. (And when you’re done reviewing The Queen’s fabulousness, read Andy Borowitz’s humor piece on this topioc for The New Yorker.

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Small Minds, Small Town, Stop Gay Pride

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Is this bleak burg the meanest town in California?

In 2008 Porterville was the only California town with a city council that formally declared its support for Proposition 8.

(Before you go running for a map to try to figure out where the hell Porterville is, let me help you. It’s a pimple on Hwy. 65, in Tulare County between Lindsay and Bakersfield, only a little bigger than Mayberry, RFD and 10,000 times meaner. Rumor has it the Grinch was born there.)

This year, the town’s mayor issued a proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month and this action caused such an uproar with the town’s small-minded city council members and homophobic residents that tonight, the council voted to rescind the mayor’s proclamation and, like the Grinch, steal way Pride forever.

During the vote, local members of the group GetEQUAL dared to protest  and were all arrested and led out by the police while the mayor reportedly watched in tears.

The city council responded to the chaos by introducing and passing a retaliatory proclamation ironically declaring June the “Month of Charity and Goodwill”.

You can read the entire story here on Oh-blog-dee-oh-blog-da because I don’t make this stuff up.

What Is It About the Swimmers?

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Two of the hottest gender-bending models, both women modeling as men, were once world-class swimmers. Casey Legler, the first female to be signed to model exclusively with Ford Models New York men’s division, swam for France in the 1996 summer Olympics. Earlier this year, she was signed to a campaign for  fashion label AllSaints.

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Tamy Glauser

Tamy Glauser, who recently walked the men’s runway for Givenchy, was a member of the Swiss national swim team. She decided not to pursue becoming a professional athlete, and reportedly has said, “Swimmers have the weirdest bodies anyways, and I already don’t like my broad shoulders.” She may be underestimating how much the rest of us like them.tamy2

If the two of them were on my childhood swim team, I might have taken practice a little more seriously.

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Bay Area Home Girl Kay Ryan Honored

Kay RyanKay Ryan, a former Poet Laureate of the United States and a career English teacher at College of Marin, was honored by President Barrack Obama at the White House recently. Obama, who counts himself among Ryan’s loyal readers,  honored her as one of 24 recipients of the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medals.

“One of the special privileges of this office is getting a chance to honor individuals who’ve played an important role in my life as well as in the nation’s life,” Obama said in presenting the medals.

I have had the pleasure of hearing Ryan read her poetry several times and she has a dry wit and plain way with often-fancy words. I once heard her poems described as mousetraps, because they look simple and then – snap! – they’ve got you.

In 2008, the New York Times published this portfolio of her poetry, still available online for your reading pleasure. (Hint: For maximum pleasure, read them aloud, even if you’re alone.)

Menswear Tailored for Female Bodies

photoThis isn’t your mama’s winsome Annie Hall vest and tie. A growing number of designers and clothing retailers are finding a niche in haberdashery – for butch women and androgynous and genderqueer folk, among others.

While many masculine-dressing women have found satisfaction in the men’s department at Nordstrom, many more haven’t been as lucky. Today’s story in The New York Times rounds up a group of resources.

Also check out Femme Eye for the Butch Gui, my post with butch fashion tips.

Wait! Don’t Go Away!

CupcakeIn keeping with my gay and geeky theme, GeekPornGirl has become the homophonic LetsBeInappropriate/LesbianAppropriate.

The content is still the same. And, you can still find my original 756 posts. Only the look has changed. Continue reading