Weekly Best Bets

Friday 04.29

These kings wanna get rocked
The peeps behind this show are pretty brilliant — not to mention a kick-ass flyer. Drag kings and local bands make up Mustaches & Music hosted by Christina Love. After Julian 4Play and the rest of the kings perform, Screaming Red and Electro-Shock Machine bring the rock out to finish the night. Sweet.

DEETS: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton St. 9 p.m. PartyAtTheBlock.com.

 

Saturday 04.30

No, it’s OK to have that buzz
Festivals come left and right this time of year, but we’re prone to those encouraging us to eat and drink. The Dallas Wine and Food Festival has been doing just that for 27 years. We long for Saturday’s wine seminars at Mockingbird Station spots topped off by happy hour at Margarita Ranch.

DEETS: Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockinbird Lane. 11 a.m. Through Sunday. $15–$25. DallasWineFest.com.

 

Sunday 05.01

Spoken word with purpose
Audaciously Speaking presents the 4th Annual Evolution of Spoken Word. Local out poet, Audacious brings together an impressive lineup of local poets and artists, all who are ready to drop some knowledge on you.

DEETS: Chocolate Secrets, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave. 3 p.m. $15. 682-472-9396

—  John Wright

Julian Bond: Maryland must end marriage discrimination

I love it when allies step forward to strongly support us. It’s doubly meaningful when that ally is a civil rights legend who knows that discrimination is discrimination; there is no barometer as to how much any minority group has to suffer to deserve basic human rights.

Julian Bond knows this; he has been a steadfast supporter of LGBT rights. In an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, he makes the case as to why Maryland must end marriae discrimination. A snippet:

As a civil right activist, I have spent my life fighting to make ours a more just and fair society. That’s why I urge the Maryland General Assembly to support marriage equality and pass the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act. I firmly believe that this is a matter of civil rights, equal protection and equality. Civil rights are positive legal prerogatives – the right to equal treatment before the law. These are rights shared by everyone; there is no one in the United States who does not – or should not – share in enjoying these rights. Discrimination is wrong no matter who the victim is. We cannot move toward full human rights protection and opportunity without confronting – and ending – homophobia. For it is homophobia that is at the root of denying the freedom to marry to gays and lesbians. As my late neighbor and friend, Coretta Scott King, said in 1998:

“Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.”

And in 2000 she added:

“We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say ‘common struggle’ because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender or ethnic discrimination.”

And raising Coretta Scott King’s support for equality is so necessary. As we have seen, Bernice King, her daughter, has been out there using religion-based bigotry to hold an anti-equality position regarding civil marriage. And Julian Bond also drops Loving v. Virginia in there for good measure; those in favor of continuing marriage discrimination know they are on the losing side of the equality argument. You may make our lives miserable along the way, but you will ultimately lose.

Three years ago we celebrated the 40th anniversary of a case aptly called Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws and, many years later, allowed my wife, Pam, and me to marry in the state that declares “Virginia is for lovers.” Then, as now, proponents of marriage-as-is invoked “God’s plan.” The trial judge who sentenced the Lovings said that when God created the races: “He placed them on separate continents. … The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

God seems to have made room in his plan for interracial marriage. He will no doubt do the same for same-sex marriage.

 
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News: 2010, Julian Assange, Macedonia, Snooki, Hottest Brazilian

Road NOM fails to file 2009 federal tax returns.

RoadNYT: Drag queens, DJs, and performance artists offer New Years Eve advice.

Julian_assange RoadChristmas with Wikleaks founder Julian Assange.

RoadWATCH: A real stick-up.

RoadWhite House photographer Pete Souza: the year in photos.

RoadQueens College Gay-Straight Alliance hit by homophobic vandals: "The slurs — fag, dike, dyke and tranny — were written, painted, and hole-punched into different works of art the club had completed. Club president Deborah Lolai has said she was devastated that someone could have done this."

RoadInside Take That's private Barbados party.

RoadAn ABBA reunion in 2011?

RoadQuestionable Ghanaian study: 1% are gay.

RoadDavid Mixner on the aging LGBT population: "The few gay men that are still alive after the AIDS onslaught have few or no peers to share their senior years since the disease wiped out so many of their friends. Like it or not, what remains from the pandemic is an epidemic of loneliness among our seniors."

Snooki RoadSnooki NYE ball drop moves to Jersey shore.

RoadMan strips to underwear at Richmond Airport in TSA protest.

RoadJane Lynch promises crazy Sue Sylvester for Super Bowl: "I have a hissy fit the likes of which no one has seen before, where I try to destroy the locker room and principal’s office. I try to shoot one of my cheerleaders from a cannon.”

RoadArjan's top 25 songs of 2010.

RoadMBE: Gay footballer Aslie Pitter gets royal British honor. "Being black and being gay I thought I might come in for a lot of stick. In our first game we were sharing a communal shower with seven other teams and I was pretty nervous. But it has never really been a problem."

RoadGay Lords Hotel opens in Miami. Gallery.

RoadMacedonian faiths unite against same-sex marriage: "The heads of the five dominant religions in Macedonia want the constitution changed to define marriage strictly as a union of one man and one woman and to prevent same-sex couples and single parents from adopting children."

Verdelho RoadMateus Verdelho: Hottest Brazilian of 2010.

RoadThe new Four Loko?

RoadElton John explains why he named his son Zachary.

RoadHate crime numbers up in New York: "Racism and homophobia in 2010, as it was in 2009, and as it was 10 years ago or 20 years ago, is still real."

RoadBaby girl becomes first child registered to gay couple in Argentina, in Latin America first.

RoadAustralian court: gay bar must stop discriminating against straight people.

RoadBorn that way: Wingnuttiness. "A study to be published next year at University College London suggests that conservative brains are structured differently than the brains of other people…Specifically, the research shows that people with conservative tendencies have a larger amygdala and a smaller anterior cingulate than other people. The amygdala—typically thought of as the 'primitive brain'—is responsible for reflexive impulses, like fear. The anterior cingulate is thought to be responsible for courage and optimism. This one-two punch could be responsible for many of the anecdotal claims that conservatives 'think differently' from others."


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Watch: Al Jazeera Interviews Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

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Al Jazeera interviews Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Meanwhile, Norway's main business newspaper Aftenposten today became the only media outlet to obtain all 250,000+ Wikileaks cables. What it will do with them is unclear:

Aftenposten news editor Ole Erik Almlid told Dagens Naerings: "We're free to do what we want with these documents … We're free to publish the documents or not publish the documents, we can publish on the internet or on paper. We are handling these documents just like all other journalistic material to which we have gained access."

In related news, the CIA has set up a task force to deal with Wikileaks, called, appropriately, WTF:

"Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force. But at CIA headquarters, it's mainly known by its all-too-apt acronym: W.T.F."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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News: Ben Cohen, Frog, Julian Clary, Kissimmee, Modern Family

Road NYT: Mehlman coming out "no bombshell" in age of fiscal issues.

Ben_cohen RoadBen Cohen's jock strap should attract a few bidders to the UK's Gay Sports Day auction.

RoadJohn Mayer goes postal over the Huffington Post.

RoadNew York State Senator Bill Stachowski records defensive robo-call about his attacks on gay marriage: "It's as though Bill Stachowski is no longer running against his opponent, Tim Kennedy, but he's running against you and Fight Back New York."

RoadJeremy Renner decides to accept Mission Impossible 4.

RoadLame Duck Laundry List: GOP includes DADT repeal in bills to block.

RoadKissimmee, Florida adds "In God We Trust" to the city's motto: "The vote comes after a Kissimmee city commissioner proposed adding the phrase 'In God We Trust,' to the city’s logo earlier in the year. The logo will remain unchanged. That stirred up a lot of controversy after Commissioner Art Otero said he wanted to add the motto in response to issues like gay marriage and abortion."

RoadWhat gave it away?

Frog RoadMicro frog species discovered in Borneo.

RoadMegachurch uses Modern Family opening for its own ends.

RoadJulian Clary: Is 51 too old for clubbing? "I thought back to my 20s and picked 10 gay men from the circle of my acquaintance and assessed their current circumstances. Back then we were all out and proud and full of frisky fun. What had become of us? Of the 10, six were partnered up, two were single and two were dead. Four had moved to the country, one emigrated to Australia and three remained in London. Four had gone bald. Two had taken cocaine in the last year (and complained that it wasn't as good as it used to be). Three of us had contemplated adopting children or approaching lesbian friends with turkey baster in hand but it had all been talk and no issue resulted. Five had dogs, of which four were small and camp. Three had been out to a gay club in the last year, and two had pulled."

Chi RoadNYC gay bar Chi Chiz to remain open for now.

RoadReal Housewives of New Jersey rehearse for Big Gay Italian Wedding.

RoadBlue Dog Democrat Bobby Bright of Alabama on the reasons he might not have to support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House again: "Heck, she might even get sick and die."

RoadVintage Dolly Parton.

RoadThere seems to be some real life drama on the set of Glee.

RoadWanda Sykes: Bush administration wasn't anti-gay, but "pro votes".

RoadWhy does the Kentucky Farm Bureau hate gays? "Statements adopted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau's 2009 'Farm Bureau Policies' manual show that the institution believes LGBT people are abhorrent and immoral, and that public institutions ought to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity."


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—  John Wright