Thursday, March 26, 2009

Class Five - Gay Blogs

There are many blogs which focus primarily on gay rights and issues.

One that caught my attention is Petrelis Files: Reports & Musings from the Veteran Gay and AIDS Human Rights Advocate by Michael Petrelis. His profile states "Michael has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Raw Story, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and Stars & Stripes."

Another is Big Queer Blog. It is written by a team of several authors. One recent post, White House's Support for the LGBT Community noted the Obama administration's policies:
Inside the agenda of the new office, listed under civil rights, is Obama's promise to support the LGBT community:

1. Expand Hate Crimes Statutes
2. Fight Workplace Discrimination
3. Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples
4. Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
5. Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell
6. Expand Adoption Rights
7. Promote AIDS Prevention
8. Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS

I noticed on both blogs, there was a little symbol:

So I did a little research. There's an enormous network of blogs which provide opportunities for advertising. It states that no explicit adult material is tolerated. I saw a pricing sheet with costs ranging from $10 to $18,000. It would appear that even if some segments of society aren't willing to grant equal rights to the gay community, there's recognition that gays have purchasing power. Sites in the Gay Blogads Network are most definitely part of our culture.

Lavender Newswire bills itself thusly: We're here. We're queer. We're news junkies.
The writers have an interesting post earlier this year:

NEW YORK, January 7, 2009 — The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today identified the worst anti-gay and anti-transgender voices of 2008.

Not all gay blogs focus on news and political commentary. Some are just collections of photos of handsome shirtless men or writings from a gay perspective about music or travel or a million other things. Some, like Ham and Cheese on Wry by Curly McDimple, are not overtly gay at all. They focus on day to day trials and tribulations of work, weight loss and financial woes.

Just like straight blogs.

What do you think about the issues raised in some of these gay blogs?

And if you're wondering about the photo at the top of this post, do a little research on Alan Turing. Note that the woman is carrying a rainbow flag and wearing an "I agree with the SJC" sticker. Protest signs that use sarcasm and slighty obscure references can be tricky to decipher. But I have faith in you!


Anonymous said...

Hi Holly – My, you have a lot of stuff today. I was particularly interested in the blog that took on the Jamacian situation. In general, blacks seem to have been resistant to gay rights issues. We think this strange, as one would imagine that blacks would be sensitive to civil rights being denied or violated. But then I recalled a college bull session in which a Jewish student expressed his distaste for extending any favors to “Schvartzes”. He was immediately berated by a colleague who demanded that he remember the gentile slights and insults Jews had endured for so long. So, now that blacks have, relatively, come a long way, maybe they need a minority to kick around. Or am I way off base in this matter? But notice that the most vocal opponents to the ordination of gays to the Episcopal priesthood are black bishops in sub-saharan Africa, who are now becoming shepherds to homophobic flocks in the US of A.

Boycotts and other economic weapons can be very effective in egregious cases of prejudice. Follow the bucks.

I was not particularly taken by the Big Queer blog. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing is not my mantra, although it’s a hallmark of true believer. I was particularly turned off by the pompous statement, “Now here's where I start preaching. It's nice to have a progressive voice in the Oval Office, but it our responsibility to hold Obama and Biden accountable and make sure they live up to their promises, particularly on these issues.” Hey, guys, lets get a little better sense of priorities. There is an awful lot on the administration’s plate and one can use only so much political capital at once.

I don’t watch Fox News and now I know why. Talk about snarky and slimey. A little boycott here would be useful.

I know about Turing, I got the sarcasm, but does SJC have something to do with the Supreme Court? To much nuance doesn’t get noticed.

Fantastic Forrest said...

You'll be interested in a post later this week which takes up the theme of black voter prejudice toward gay rights.

YOU may have known about Turing, but a lot of people didn't, and were confused. As for SJC, I didn't get it either, and had to look it up. A number of forums had posts from people confused about the message. For example:


Here's an article about the SJC decision: