Right-wing media upset with fed money studying lesbian and gay health

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Random Internet picture of a guy who’s obviously gay, because straight men aren’t as toned, according to new fed study

A new study that’s mostly been reported by conservative-leaning newspapers and blogs says that lesbians tend to be obese and gay men tend to be toned.

But the reason these websites and newspapers are reporting it is because they’re accusing the federal government of wasting money — $3 million so far — studying gay and and lesbian health issues.

The conservative Washington Times reports that dollar amount in its lead sentence.

Right-wing website The Blaze writes, “What have taxpayers gotten for their money? A handful of research papers delivering some small insights into homosexual health.”

That’s because heterosexual health matters. Gay and lesbian health doesn’t.

The conclusion of the study is that lesbians don’t tend to self-perceive as being overweight, while gay men have a greater desire for toned muscles than straight men, but straight men are more likely to go to a gym.

The report also says gay men and lesbians are less likely to be on athletic teams.

OK, so here’s where this report — or at least the right-wing media interpretations of this report — are full of crap.

Lesbians are less likely to be on sports teams than straight women? Please. Go to a local softball league game or a WNBA game. When the WNBA first began playing, announcers were falling all over themselves to report when a player’s husband was in the audience, because they were so few and far between. Lesbians are well represented on sports teams. I’m wondering how many accurately self-reported, because of the blatant discrimination in sports.

On the other hand, lesbians don’t starve themselves to get into a size 0 dress to please their overweight pig of a husband who will dump her when she turns 40 for a young bimbo. Put another way, women are less likely to criticize other women because of their weight than straight men are. What lesbians perceive as good looking is different than what straight men perceive as good looking. Anorexic isn’t a lesbian ideal. Of course, overweight can be unhealthy and finding a healthy weight is something lesbians — really everyone — should do with their doctors.

Gay men are less likely to go to a gym? But we have more toned bodies? Yes, we’re less likely to play on a professional athletic team — maybe because when one gay man is finally drafted into the NFL, all ESPN can think to report on is his showering habits. But the toned bodies don’t come from nowhere. We go to the gym. We exercise on our own. We play team sports. Or maybe the gay gene just makes us better looking with better bodies and that’s pissing off the dumpy straight conservative media writers.

—  David Taffet

Out WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson engaged

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Griner wrote “Last Night was a Night to Remember I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!”

Baylor University alumna and Phoenix Mercury Brittney Griner proposed to her girlfriend Glory Johnson, of the Tulsa Shock, this weekend.

The couple posted photos of their engagement on their Instagram accounts.

Griner, who is from Houston and played basketball at Baylor, came out in an interview with SI.com, Sports Illustrated’s website, in 2013. She published In My Skin: My Life on and off the Basketball Court, a memoir, earlier this year, detailing her struggles growing up and remaining in the closet as a lesbian.

According to the Washington Post, “Griner was not to come out publicly because university officials, including [coach Kim] Mulkey, worried it would hurt recruiting. She lived in what many call a “glass closet;” she would bring her college girlfriend to events, but elsewhere, both online and offline, Griner was expected to live under a cloak of ambiguity.”

The couple have been together since June.

—  James Russell

WNBA to market to LGBT fans

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As if the WNBA needed any more lesbian fans, it may get more in the coming months now that its management plans to launch a marketing campaign geared toward the LGBT community.

The WNBA commissioned a 2012 study that found a quarter of lesbians polled watch WNBA games on television, and about one fifth have attended games.

With the launch of the campaign last week, it marks the first pro league to specifically recruit LGBT fans to games. The initiative will include a website, as well as team participation in local Pride events and advocacy for inclusion.

“For us it’s a celebration of diversity and inclusion and recognition of an audience that has been with us very passionately,” WNBA President Laurel Ritchie told the Associated Press. “This is one of those moments in the ‘W’ where everybody comes together.”

Ritchie added that the WNBA has participated in some pride events since it started in 1997, and that the new campaign is intended to build off of that participation.

Phoenix Mercury center and Texas native Brittney Griner, who came out last year, told the AP she plans on wearing rainbow-colored shoes during June in support of the initiative.

“We’ll pave the way and show its fine and there’s nothing wrong with it. More sports need to do it. It’s 2014, it’s about time,” Griner said.

—  Anna Waugh

Former Baylor star and top WNBA pick Brittney Griner comes out

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Ex-Baylor basketball player Brittney Griner came out yesterday during an interview with Sports Illustrated.

Griner, who was among the top picks in Monday’s WNBA Draft, discussed sexuality with the paper with fellow top picks Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins.

When asked about why more women come out in sports than men do, Griner said she didn’t know why and added that being out is about being who you are.

“I really couldn’t give an answer on why. It’s just so different,” Griner said. “Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say because they’re always going to say something. But if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.”

Griner said it wasn’t too difficult for her to be honest about her sexuality, even with her celebrity status.

“It really wasn’t too difficult. I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that,” Griner said. “I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality, so it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.”

Griner attended Nimitz High School in Houston before receiving a full scholarship to Baylor University. She is the first NCAA basketball player ever to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. Had she come out during her career at Baylor, the anti-gay school may have taken away her scholarship or kicked her out.

She’ll start her WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury in May.

Watch the interview below.

—  Anna Waugh

How to tell if you are middle aged

From the Lingerie Football League on one end to lesbian separatism on the other, some of us that are left stuck here in the middle get a bit annoyed with those on the ends

LESLIE ROBINSON | General Gayety

Ever heard of the Lingerie Football League? It’s a women’s football league where the women wear helmets, shoulder pads, bras, panties and garters. Billed as “true fantasy football,” the teams have names like the Los Angeles Temptation and the Dallas Desire.

If this league catered any more to men there would be cigars at halftime.

But I didn’t learn about the Lingerie Football League from a guy; I learned about it while visiting a lesbian website.

The site, TheSeattleLesbian.com, provided Lingerie League information and videos on its sports page.

That in turn provided me with a reminder of my age, a keen sense of where I am on the spectrum of lesbian thinking — and a headache.

I don’t react well when lesbians view women in the bootylicious way many men do. Maybe it’s because I’m 47 and remember how women fought to be viewed as more than tits and ass.

Now to see lesbians encourage the ogling of women, to watch them match men drool for drool — well, that feels like a step backwards.

However, as I’m 47 and not dead, I’m mindful of the sentiments of a younger lesbian generation, which might be expressed like this: “Hate to tell you Grandma, but you older folks fought so that we could be whoever we want to be. We can revel in pure sexiness like guys do. We can be as shallow as guys. So thanks!”

Um, you’re welcome?

When I looked further down The Seattle Lesbian’s sports page, I found stories about the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. As a huge Storm fan, I was pleased to see them. As a reader teed off over the highlighting of the Undressed Football League, I assumed the site and I could now be friends again.

Not. The stories concerned three players, and the site editor chose one action shot and two glamour shots. The two glamorized players had on more make-up than RuPaul.

So far on this lesbian site I’d seen sex and glamour — and that was just the sports section.

The experience made me feel old and on the curmudgeonly end of the lesbian spectrum. But another experience with media had me feeling youthful and wildly open-minded.

I received in the snail mail the latest issue of a magazine called Lesbian Connection. I began getting the bimonthly publication last year, and it’s now clear to me what an asset it is for dykes everywhere.

LC serves as a lesbian forum, enabling readers, who provide most of the content, to tell their stories. It offers a worldwide list of lesbians willing to share information about their regions. Subscriptions are on a sliding scale.

It’s also now clear to me that the average LC reader remembers Truman’s inauguration.

Okay, I exaggerate.

But the magazine, founded in 1974, is something of a relic. Birthed in the era of lesbian separatism, LC reflects its origins. Readers have names like “Artemis Passionfire” and “Flash Silvermoon” — and while I wish I made those up, I didn’t.

I’ve read a lot about “womyn’s land” and combed through oodles of irate letters when the cover art on LC wasn’t PC. The magazine says it defines lesbians as “women-born-women,” meaning transgender women don’t count.

I wouldn’t say LC is stuck in time, but it’s moving arthritically through it.

I’ll continue reading and enjoying it, and I’ll go back to TheSeattleLesbian.com. Both will keep me honest.

Now I know middle age is more than just a number. It’s when you feel connected to the generation behind you and the generation ahead of you — and when both generations annoy the crap out of you.

Leslie Robinson suspects that 35 years ago she would’ve called herself “Cheddar Morning-Glory.” E-mail Cheddar at lesarobinson@gmail.com, and read other cheesy columns at GeneralGayety.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 4, 2011.

—  John Wright

President didn’t call wavering Senators today, but did reach the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm

I got two emails this afternoon that, unfortunately, complement each other perfectly. The first was from someone who watches the DC political game pretty closely:

What’s even more outrageous is that two Democrats joined the Republican filibuster. Lincoln and Pryor are shameful. But what’s more shameful is that I strongly doubt Pres. Obama even lifted a finger to call moderate Republicans or Democrats (like Lincoln and Pryor) to push them to vote to protect our troops and protect equality. The Republicans once again have seized the debate, in part by pressuring their moderate members to reverse stance. Too bad that Democratic leaders don’t ever pressure their own in the same way.

So, no lobbying whatsoever from Obama on the Defense Authorization bill that’s being filibustered while we’re engaged in two wars.

Obama must have been really busy, right? Oh, he was working the phones today. I got this via email, too:

Earlier today, President Obama called members of the Seattle Storm organization, to congratulate them on winning the WNBA Finals for the second time, on their success during the regular season and their undefeated run in the playoffs. The President told them that they are an inspiration to everyone, especially his daughters. Members of the Storm organization on the call told the President that they appreciated his call and that it was a highlight for their organization. President Obama said he looks forward to congratulating them in person at the White House.

He does loves his sports talk. And, the Seattle Storm’s championship warrants Presidential recognition.

But, that the White House thinks this is just business as usual is what’s extremely problematic. And, it would have been nice to get an email with a readout of the President’s calls to target Senators. But, that didn’t happen.




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—  John Wright