Houston one of 21 most “Lesbianish” cities according to Jezebel.com

Another day, another list of queer cities written by someone out of state who clearly doesn’t understand just how awesome Houston is. This one from Jezebel.com uses internet search results to determine the most “Lesbianish” cities in America. Two Texas cities make the grade: Austin at 10th and Houston at 18th (so Houstini’s Dallas Voice overlords can take their rainbow colored tower and stick it where the sun don’t shine).

From the Jezebel.com article:

“Houston’s the largest city in the country with an openly gay mayor, the 12th most populated-with-gays US city and it’s also just one of the largest cities in the country, period. A string of unseemly governors have no powers against Houston’s thriving community and legendarily enormous Pride parade. Chances, one of the largest lesbian bars in the world, recently shut down; but there’s still drinks to be had at places like Blur, The Usual and F Bar and additional queer activities happening at the Houston LGBT Youth Center, The Houston GLBT Political Caucus and Houston’s LGBT film festival, QFest. Houston’s Rice University has a healthy queer community as well.”

—  admin

Jack’s Back Patio with Ciao Bella at Woody’s

Confused? Don’t be

Although it’s hardly a backyard, Jack’s Backyard is setting up shop in Woody’s. The venue shut its doors last weekend but their first day as Jack’s Back Patio is today and that the originally scheduled band, Ciao Bella, will perform. Not bad for a quick turnaround. By the sounds of it, even former JB employees will be helping out with the drinks.

DEETS: Woody’s, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. DallasWoodys.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Canadian Corporal Sentenced To 1 Year For Gay Club Attack That Left Man With Jaw Wired Shut

Michael Tscherkassow, a 25-year-old corporal in the Canadian Forces, will serve 12 months for beating Cody Garbutt in March 2009 as he was walking off the dancefloor at the since-shuttered gay club Play. Tscherkassow, who was convicted of aggravated assault during an October trial, bragged about the assault on Facebook, saying he "Superman-punched" someone. Rather than own up to the attack, Tscherkassow claimed Garbutt's friend Kyle Roley was the one who punched him; the judge didn't buy it. Garbutt, who suffered a broken jaw, nose, and damage to his right eye and mouth, required his jaw to be wired shut for five weeks while healing. He now has four steel plates in his face. A twelve-month punishment? Sounds like a vacation.

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Fischer’s idea of a truce: Gays sit down, shut up, and hope American Pie flakes off a few crumbs

Bryan Fischer works the fundamental misrepresentation that keeps anti-gay “culture warring” rooted into the realm of American pastime:

A “truce” would have been homosexual activists coming to the FRC and AFA and saying, hey, we won’t push gays in the military, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-bullying legislation, special rights legislation based on gender identity, federal “spousal” benefits for partners of homosexuals, etc. etc. if only you’ll stop pushing for legislation that protects the integrity of the American family.

Bryan Fischer: Conservatives: Mitch Daniels truce is a surrender [AFA]

This is like a schoolyard bully setting truce stakes that say he won’t take away any more of a certain kid’s lunch money, just as long as said kid doesn’t seek to reclaim any of the prior stolen funds. Because the reality is that every single “culture war” point Mr. Fischer highlights — marriage limitation, military discrimination, wanton termination of employment, a national school climate plagued by anti-LGBT bullying, etc. — involves self-appointed heterosexists taking away the kind of easily, benignly level playing field that should exist under all American citizen’s feet. The LGBT rights fight is not really a push forward that deserves an adversary: It is a quest to reclaim the lost pieces that adversarial forces have swept under the national rug!

The “culture war” is a conservative-declared battle, filled with an uncountable number of lies, an exorbitant amount of squandered capital, and a priceless amount of human pain. There is only one side that needs to declare an armistice here — and it aint the folks who always thought they’d get a chance to live their lives, not pause their existences in order to toss back unprovoked bombs!


**FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH FISCHER: He’s the guy who’s said that “homosexuals in the military gave us…six million dead Jews,” who’s said “homosexuals should be disqualified from public office,” who has called on Christian conservatives to breed gays and progressives out of existence, has called gay sex a “form of domestic terrorism,” who’s said only gays were savage enough for Hitler, has compared gays to heroin abusers, has directly compared laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers, who once invoked a Biblical story about stabbing “sexually immoral” people with spears, saying we need this kind of action in modern day, who has spoken out against gays serving as public school teachers, has questioned why Medals of Honor are given to people who save lives (rather than take lives), who says that open service will “assign the United States to the scrap heap of history,” and who has blamed gay activists for dead gay kids, saying that: “If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, we want fewer homosexual students.” His words pretty much single-handedly landed the American Family Association on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate groups list.

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—  admin

#DADT: For policy commanding folks to shut the frick up, there sure is a lot to say

This development came in late this afternoon (while yours truly was enjoying a lovely dinner and trying to forget that his basic rights still get debated in courts, Senate chambers, and Oval Offices):


Office of the Press Secretary



September 23, 2010

Statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Justice Department filing in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America

Today, the Department of Justice made a filing in a legal challenge to the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell (DADT) policy, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged. This filing in no way diminishes the President’s firm commitment to achieve a legislative repeal of DADT – indeed, it clearly shows why Congress must act to end this misguided policy. The President was disappointed earlier this week when a majority of the Senate was willing to proceed with National Defense Authorization Act, but political posturing created a 60 vote threshold. The President spoke out against DADT in his first State of the Union Address, and the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs have both testified in support of repeal. And the Department of Defense continues to work on a plan on how to implement repeal. The President, along with his Administration, will continue to work with the Senate Leadership to achieve a legislative repeal of DADT as outlined in the NDAA this fall.


DADT: DOJ response to LCR’s proposed injunction

This isn’t an appeal — seems to be more of a heads up, likely meant to minimize emotion at a time when the LGBT community’s DADT wound makes gaping ones seem taut by comparison. How’d they do?


*This reaction from Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and the named veteran plaintiff in the Log Cabin lawsuit:

President Obama is certainly taking his so called ‘duty to defend’ this anti-gay military policy as far as he possibly can. Two blows from the White House in one week is a bit much. First, the president cannot find the time to make any phone calls to senators to help us avoid a crushing loss on Tuesday, although he does manage to find the time to call the WNBA national champions to congratulate them on their victory. Then, the president once again goes much farther than he has to in defense of the discriminatory and unconstitutional ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law. When is the White House finally going to get serious about repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?’ We needed help this week, and our Commander-in-Chief and ‘fierce advocate’ was AWOL.

Though to be fair: The WNBA does ply the White House with a steady supply of those big, foam ‘We’re Number 1″ novelty fingers. The best we can deliver is a long list of brave men and women who have been cruelly discharged by a nation that’s routinely failing to deliver on its fair and equal promises. Such a downer we are.

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—  John Wright