Skirting the Issues: Jasmine

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Skirting the Issues: Jasmine by Ellen Krug

“There they are!”

I watched an eight-year-old pointer finger shoot toward a cloudless sky. Squinting with fifty-seven-year-old eyes, I spotted two bald eagles soaring high above the Stone Arch Bridge. The Mississippi, swollen from spring rains, flowed in grand splendor below.

We’d been here before, sitting on the puffy green hillside next to the Guthrie Theater. Last year, in nearly the same spot, my Little Sister Jasmine—as in Big Brothers Big Sisters Little Sister—spotted the birds for the first time.

Naturally, the eagles needed names.  “That one there is ‘Candy,’” Jasmine said just as the eagle swooped low.  A second later, another magnificent display of white crown and tail feathers followed.

“Hot Dog,” she proclaimed...

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Louisiana judge rules state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

A Louisiana state judge ruled on Monday in favor of a same-sex couple, saying the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, advocates said.

The ruling compels the state to recognize the out-of-state marriage of the plaintiffs in the case but its full extent is not immediately clear because it is temporarily under seal, said Bruce Parker, a spokesman for Equality Louisiana.

“This judgment of the court is a sign of hope amid the maelstrom of despair and confusion that Louisiana’s LGBT community has lived through recently,” C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance and a Monroe-based pastor, said in a statement…

Continue reading at Reuters.

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Creep of the Week: Tim Dunkin

Tim Dunkin

Creep of the Week: Tim Dunkin by D’Anne Witkowski

Conservative commentator Tim Dunkin is raging mad that “sodomites” are allowed to adopt children, and he’s not going to take it any more!

In an Aug. 2 “think” piece on the Renew America website, Dunkin argues that the only reason homos want kids is to “recruit” them and make them “queer.”

For “proof” he supplies a Daily Mail story from a couple of years ago about a transgender child being raised by lesbian parents, because, duh, lesbians are obviously going to “force” their sons to become daughters. Then Dunkin mentions Jesus and the Bible, blah blah blah…

His main claim, however, is that same-sex couples raising children is flat out child abuse. Imagine a totally awful way for a child to die...

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Comic: Vladimir Putin

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2 QC women marry after 72 years together


Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes say it is never too late for people to write new chapters in their lives.

Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, began a new chapter in their 72-year relationship Saturday when they exchanged wedding vows at First Christian Church, Davenport.

Surrounded by family and a small group of close friends, the two held hands as the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the couple that, “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”

The two met in Yale, Iowa, where they grew up, and moved to Davenport in 1947…

Continue reading at QCTimes.

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The OutField: Putting ‘Puto’ to shame


The OutField: Putting ‘Puto’ to shame by Dan Woog

The recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil had everything: Goals galore. Scintillating performances (including several by the surprisingly non-inept United States team). Gay prostitutes.

Que diabos?!

“Gay prostitutes” refers to a very loud, very clear chant favored by many (though certainly not all) Mexican fans. “Puto” is as much a four-letter word as any English slur: just as powerful, just as controversial, just as fraught.

According to Slate writer Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo, the yell – directed at the Cup against opposing goalkeepers, but one with a long history in Mexican fútbol – is “a very specific, homophobic double entendre...

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Lily Tomlin to receive Kennedy Center Honors

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin to receive Kennedy Center Honors by Arthur Breur

Lily Tomlin can, without hyperbole, be called one of America’s most accomplished comediennes.  She has performed on stage, television, and film–in both comic and dramatic roles–and has released four comedy albums.  Probably her best-known film role was playing Violet in Nine to Five, alongside Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda.  But with all of the characters she has played in a career that stretches back to the 1960, it is notable how some of the very first characters she created have stood the test of time.

The irrascible “Ernestine” is probably the best example of this timeless aspect of her characters.  Ernestine started on the TV show “Laugh In” as a fictitious operator for the telephone company, back when there was just a sin...

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Lily Tomlin to be first out lesbian recipient of Kennedy Center Honors


Lily Tomlin will be one of five recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts.

Tomlin, 75, said she was astounded to learn she will receive the honors. The Detroit native originally went to college to study medicine.

“It was like a role I was playing for a couple of semesters,” she said. “I’ve been putting on shows since I was a little girl on the back porch … and always imitating the neighbors or imitating my mom and dad.”…

Continue reading at LGBTQNation.

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U.S. Supreme Court adds same-sex marriage cases to Sept. 29 agenda

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court has formally added same-sex marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.

The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time the justices have the issue before them. The meeting will be the justices’ first since late June…

Continue reading at LGBTQNation.

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A Couple of Guys: Common Scents

A Couple of Guys is a weekly comic strip that follows the adventures of Eric Parker, an actor and waiter; his husband Joey Romelli, a police officer; and plenty of offbeat relatives, friends, bar acquaintances and pets.

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