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They Asked, I Told: A personal DADT story by Zander | Queer Landia

In 1993, I was young and reckless. I lacked discipline and direction. I lacked money for college. I needed a purpose and I thought I found one. I signed on for a 6 year tour with the United States Navy. I even tested high enough to join the Nuclear Engineering program. I was set with a direction and a purpose. I was going to help my country while finding myself and my way. In December of 1993 I was going to ship out for boot camp.

In November of 1993, I went to see my recruiter. There appeared to be something missing in my paperwork. I downplayed my allergy to bees to stay in the Navy. I even scrunched down when they measured my height to ensure that I could go. When they asked about my chronic bronchitis, I told them I was getting colds frequently. What else could be missing from my paperwork? Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to 365gay | Queer Landia

365gay news

 

This is a very sad day. The gay news site 365gay.com is coming to an end. I am not sure of the reasons for this, as Logo should be able to sustain the blog financially. I have been reading 365gay for years. I love the format of the site. I also love the voices and opinions.

When I heard about Queerty closing, I wasn’t really upset. I had never really read the site. With 365gay closing, I am deeply upset. I go to 365gay.com at least 3 times a day to catch up on news. I like the layout of the blog and the style. I enjoy it when the readers post their comments and the writers reply. I love the simplicity of the older layout (the new one is still nice, but not as simplistic).

I don’t know what I am going to do now to get my recaps of gay news events. I enjoyed being able to get an overview of the events going on in our community with links for further reading. I enjoyed the sometimes snarky way the writers would respond to readers and vice verse.

Can you suggest any sites that offer an easy to find overview of gay events with links to more information (outside of the QueerLandia family of sites)? If so, please leave me a comment so I can check out the site.

For now, I bow my head an offer a few moments of silence for the memory of a wonderful site.

By Jennifer Vanasco, editor in chief, 365gay.com

Hi 365gay readers,

Some of you have been reading since 365gay was started as a Canadian publication in the 1990s. Some of you have been reading since Logo took over, in 2006. Some of you are newer – last year, last month, last week.

I myself started with 365gay in April 2007 and it’s been quite a ride.

With the help of James Withers, who’s been freelancing for the site since September 2007 when he began writing for our election blog Visible Vote, and an incredibly dedicated, talented group of freelance writers, reporters, columnists and interns, 365gay has covered almost five years of amazing gay and national news.

Now, it’s coming to an end.

via Saying Goodbye to 365gay | Queer Landia.

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LGBT Omnibus Bill of 2011 | Queer Oakland

Click the picture to take the survey!

 

Under Federal laws, LGBT citizens do not enjoy full equality. I received the following email from Representative Jared Polis asking me for help in writing a new bill. Instead of having numerous bills with limited focus, Jared would like to create an all-inclusive bill.

This is your chance to give your Congress your opinion. What do you think is the number one priority for equality? What areas of the law are we treated unequally? There is even a place where you can share your own personal story.

I know that the fight for equality is extremely hard, time consuming and very expensive. We don’t get many opportunities to make a difference by spending 5 to 10 minutes on our computer. Please don’t let this opportunity pass by without giving your voice, even if this doesn’t directly effect you. If we don’t speak up, how will anyone hear us?

via LGBT Omnibus Bill of 2011 | Queer Oakland.

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Is Starbucks Killing Unicorns? | Queer Landia

Headlines can be really deceiving. Taking a situation that might be happening, changing it into a question and then using that as a headline typically suggests that this is true. Writers do this to grab attention and get more clicks. (just like I did).

However, this can bite us in the ass as a community as well. For example, a recent headline on 365gay.com reads Is Starbucks Anti-Gay? Based on this headline, I expected some big corporate scandal. Maybe an email that was leaked or internal memos that got posted. Maybe Starbucks fired people for going to gay pride parades while drinking their Iced Lattes.

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New York Edges Closer to Marriage Equality | Queer Landia

Earlier today, 365Gay ran an article about three Democratic Senators switching their votes on marriage equality. Previously, Senators Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Shirley L. Huntley, and Carl Kruger all voted against marriage equality, but now they say they will vote for passing the legislation.

I was really excited to hear this news, but the Senate was still three votes short for passing the legislation. That was until this afternoon.

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Don’t Say Gay Turns Into Don’t Say Math, Reading, Comprehension

By now I am sure that you have heard about the so called “Don’t Say Gay” bill that is roaming around the Tennessee Legislatures. The bill was intended to prevent teachers from discussing homosexuality in public schools. As bad as that legislation was, the bill became worse (and much funnier) after Amendment 5 was added. Amendment 5 states “Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, any instruction or materials made available or provided at or to a public elementary or middle school shall be limited exclusively to natural human reproduction science.”

Now read that section again, but pay attention to the actual words and not just the meaning. This amendment changes the meaning of the bill to state that “any instruction or materials made available…to a public elementary or middle school shall be limited exclusively to natural human reproduction science. Period.

If you take this literally, that means schools will not be able to teach math, biology, reading or any other subject other than natural human reproduction science. I hope this passes. I would love to see how many schools get sued for teaching math and other subjects.

via  Queer Landia

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How the Grinch Stole Gay Marriage

How the Grinch Stole Marriage by Mary Ann Horton, Lisa and Bill Koontz (with apologies to Dr. Seuss.)

Every Gay down in Gayville liked Gay Marriage a lot……

But the Grinch, who lived just east of Gayville, did NOT!!

The Grinch hated happy Gays! The whole Marriage season!

Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

It could be, perhaps, his Florsheims were too tight.

But I think the most likely reason of all was

His heart and brain were two sizes too small. Continue reading

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Wedding Wars: Zander Does Movies

This movie came out 5 years ago, but I only recently found the movie on Netflix and added it to my list. I started watching this expecting a cheesy movie about marriage rights and how bigoted the other side was in this debate. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised by a beautiful movie (that was sometimes cheesy) that dealt with both sides of the gay marriage debate. The movie did not have a happy ever after ending, but it did have great moments.

In the movie, Eric Dane plays a speech writer (Ben) for a Republican governor in Maine. His character is also dating the governor’s daughter and proposes to her at the beginning of the movie. John Stamos plays Eric Dane’s sorta-out gay brother (Shel). Once the engagement is official, Ben’s fiance asks him to get his brother to be the wedding planner. From there, the movie gets going on a fun ride that is well worth watching. Continue reading

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Maryland Reaches a Stalemate | Queer Landia

Maryland Reaches a Stalemate

Posted on March 12, 2011 by Zander

All of the great efforts to get marriage equality in Maryland have come to a stalemate for the year. The Maryland House has shelved the bill due to a lack of support. This is sad news for Marylanders, but it is not the end. As we reach these stalemates (and even losses), we have to remember that we have wins across the country as well.

via Maryland Reaches a Stalemate | Queer Landia.

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