Thursday, March 01, 2007

Page 1 Consider (03/01)

  • Workplace Discrimination: Yesterday I blogged about Steven Stanton, the city manager in Largo, Fla., who is facing termination for revealing that he is in the process of becoming a she. Despite an outstanding 14-year record in the position, one city commissioner who voted to have Stanton fired said, "I do not feel he has the integrity, nor the trust, nor the respect, nor the confidence to continue as the city manager." (Lovely.) Incidentally, looking at the photo of some of the players above, I would have placed my tranny bets on Mayor Pat Gerard (right), who supports Stanton. (NYT)

  • Virginia Is for Lovers -- Now: A court in Virginia has ruled that gay people can live together. Gee, thanks. Already did that in 1994. (365Gay)

  • Bush Lovers: My friend's stepfather assures him that all the world has to do is read this e-mail and they will change their minds about President Bush and the war in Iraq. I felt it was my duty to post it for all to see. (Read here)

  • Southern Charm: As the Barack Obama vs. Hillary Clinton "race" heats up, I've still got my eyes on former senator John Edwards. Not only does he lack his competitors' worst qualities -- a smoker and a polarizer, (dis)respectively -- he's already come out swinging against one of the United States' most blatant sanctioned forms of discrimination, Don't Ask, Don't Tell: "It is long past time to end the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and to allow openly gay men and women to serve in the military. It is critical to our national security that we have the best people in our military. Gay men and women have continually served our country with honor and bravery, and we should honor their commitment and never turn away anyone who is willing to serve their country because of their sexual orientation. This is an issue of fundamental fairness -- and our military ought to treat everyone fairly." Now if he would just come out as a pole smoker (he is abnormally cute and he does have that fag hag wife), I might even be ready to fully support him. (Queerty)

  • Cut! I was eager to see Jake Gyllenhaal's new flick, "Zodiac," about the serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the 1970s until I heard how long it is. (AP)

  • Made in the USA: You make fun of a Mormon girl and she says you're being so gay. Ain't that America?! (AP)

  • Rainbow High: Argentina is moving toward gay marriage rights. Somewhere gay icon Eva Peron is singing a tune. (365Gay)

  • Freedom Act: The first American soldier wounded in the Iraq War has since come out and is working now to lift the ban on openly gay service members in the U.S. military. Retired marine staff sergeant Eric Alva on Wednesday accompanied Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., and a bipartisan group of representatives to Capitol Hill to reintroduce the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, legislation that would repeal the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay service members. (Advocate)

  • RIP: Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy insider who helped define mainstream liberalism during the Cold War and remained an eminent public thinker into the 21st century, has died, his son said. He was 89. (AP)
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