It must be awful, being a homophobe. Having to spend all that time obsessing about what gay people might be doing with their genitals. Seeing it in your mind, over and over again, in high-definition close-up. Bravely you masturbate, to make the pictures go away, but to no avail. They’re seared onto your mental membranes. Every time you close your eyes, an imaginary gay man’s imaginary penis rises from the murk, bowing ominously in your direction, sensing your discomfort. Laughing. Mocking. Possibly even winking. How dare they, this man and his penis? How dare they do this to you?
Obviously you can’t fight the big gay penis in your head. It has no physical form, so you can’t get a grip on it, much as you’d like to. You’d love to grab it and throttle it until it splutters its last. That might bring you closure. But no. So you do the next best thing. You condemn homosexuals in the real world. Maybe if they could just stop all this “being gay” business for 10 minutes, you’d get some respite from that scary headcock. It might shrivel away completely, leaving nothing behind. Except maybe a nice bit of bum.
No, dammit! Forget I said that! No bum either!
— Charlie Brooker (via insideonemind)
Boston Police Investigating Officer’s For Choking A Gay Protester
Boston Police is investigating its officers’ response to rowdy duel protests at the Boston Common on Sunday, Tax Day, after a photo surfaced showing “a city officer with his hand around a protester’s neck.” As Daily Kos’ Scott Wooledge reports, the Tea Party-organized event was co-sponsored by the vehemently anti-gay MassResistance and featured Scott Lively, “professional worldwide hunter of homosexuals and top proponent of ‘gay cure’” and a proponent of Uganda’s infamous ‘kill gays’ legislation.
As counter-protesters — including Occupy Boston Queer and Trans Direct Action Working Group — expressed their opposition to Lively’s participation, one of the speakers said from the podium, broadcast across the loud speakers at the Commons, “We will not be silenced by faggots.” Read a first-hand account from the protester roughed up in the picture at Back2Stonewall.
Photo: Activist Raymond Taavel
A well-known gay rights activist in Halifax is dead after being beaten as he was leaving a popular gay bar Monday night. Raymond Taavel intervened when a man he was with began arguing with another man, who was yelling at the pair as they left Menz Bar. Witnesses said the man was yelling homophobic slurs…
Police called in search dogs after a witness reported that the man fled the scene. The suspect was found in an alley, around the corner from where Taavel was killed.
CTV Atlantic identified the suspect as 32-year-old Andre Noel Denny. He faces a charge of second-degree murder and is expected to appear in Halifax provincial court on Wednesday.
Police said they had been looking for the suspect earlier, because he had failed to return to the East Coast Forensic Centre following a one-hour leave.
“We had officers that had gone out and were looking for him,” Const. Brian Palmeter told CTV. “Unfortunately we didn’t locate him until after the assault took place.”
Taavel’s death has put Halifax’s gay community on edge.
“I certainly think that people are going to continue to exercise caution and be looking out for their personal safety,” Kevin Kindred of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project told CTV. “On the other hand, it’s also, a lot of people talking today about reclaiming our right to feel safe on the street.”
Heeding that message, friends of the 49-year-old activist took to Gottingen Street to reclaim the heart of the city’s gay community.
Mourners hung rainbow flags, a symbol of gay pride, along the street.
NDP MP Megan Leslie said Taavel’s death was “very, very sad news.”
“He was a great member of our community, and he was a friend of mine and a friend of my team,” Leslie told CTV.
Friends were to hold a candlelight vigil outside Menz Bar to honour Taavel.
Meanwhile, officials are looking into why the suspect was granted a pass from the East Coast Forensic Centre.
The “Chevalier D’Eon,” a 18th-century painting of a cross-dressing man, who may have identified as female at one point, recently sold to a British gallery.
The painting, by Thomas Stewart, depicts Chevalier D’Eon, who apparently lived quite a life of intrigue as a British-based employee of King Louis XV’s secret service. It’s believed D’Eon began dressing as a woman to evade capture after betraying the French government, eventually identifying as a woman until dying in 1810.
It was only recently revealed, thanks to restoration, that the Stewart painting portrayed [someone biologically male] in women’s clothing, instead of simply a [cisgender] woman. Ever since the British National Portraits Gallery purchased the painting from a New York dealer, the portrait has attracted much curiosity. It’s believed to be the earliest found painting of a gender-ambiguous person. Read more here.