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>I Didn’t Say It…….

>Madonna, to Ellen, on how she discusses bullying with her own children:

“We talk a lot about the importance of not judging people who are different. Not judging people who don’t fit into our expected view of what’s cool and what isn’t. The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay. It’s kind of like I said earlier. It’s unfathomable. It’s like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews. Sorry if I’m going on a rampage right now but this is America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. I can totally relate to the idea of feeling isolated and alienated. I was incredibly lonely as a child, as a teenager. I have to say I never felt like I fit in in school. I wasn’t a jock. I wasn’t an intellectual. There was no group that I felt a part of. I just felt like a weirdo…It wasn’t until my ballet teacher who was also gay took me under his wing and introduced me to a community of artists of other unique individuals who told me it was good and okay to be different and brought me to my first gay disco and ironically made me feel I was part of the world and it was okay to be different.”

It’s nice to hear Madonna speak out on this issue since she has been such a gay icon for lo these many years.
But the cynic in me hopes this doesn’t get to be a celebrity trend, you know, denounce bullying while the topic is hot and then move on to the next bit of bit news.

Barney Frank, on hope for the future of LGBT rights bills:

“Next year there’s no chance of anything happening. There’s zero chance. We got five Republican votes out of 179 to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The Republicans have become much more anti-gay in their voting patterns. There is zero chance of anything good happening with Republicans in control of the House.”
I am not usually a pessimist, but I am worrying too about the future of equality.
I don’t want our struggle to stop, or take a detour or be forced to turn around.
That’s why we need voices and votes.
That’s why we need every single gay person in this country to some out.
What’s best for some of us is best for all of us.

Jim Carrey, on bullying:
“This is a horrible thing to be bullied, and to feel like an outcast is a terrible thing. It’s just so an old thing, an old antiquated way of thinking that you can’t have anymore. It doesn’t belong in the new paradigm…Anybody who bullies anybody for any reason is no friend of mine. Frankly, I can’t imagine hitting a human being for any reason except self-preservation, if I was attacked. Your sensibilities are different when you’re a school kid and there’s gang mentality, but it ain’t cool. Some of the most valuable people in my life are gay. People that bring magical, amazing gifts and contributions to my life. I would say to kids out there when they’re engaging in these kinds of isolations of people, someday you’re going to want those people in your life. You’re going to need those people in your life, and you’re not going to want that on your conscience.”
See, this is why my cynicism comes into play.
Carrey is talking about bullying while promoting a movie he has coming out in which he plays a gay man. It leads me to wonder if this statement is from his heart, or for his wallet.
Darren Criss, Hottie Boy, and Proud Gay, Blaine, on Glee, about his storyline with Kurt, and the chance of a kiss:
“Honestly? That would be the coolest thing ever! If you’re going to have a kiss like that on TV it might as well on the biggest show on television. Go big or go home. It’s really fun to get all ‘aw, who’s going to kiss who?’ I don’t know. I’m more concerned about the characters and them finding what they need, or what they deserve. If they do end up having some kind of romance or intimacy, but that isn’t going to be what’s going to be awesome about whatever relationship they end up having. I’m really happy right now that Kurt has a friend that he feels he can relate to, someone who is out and proud of it.”
This actor has recently come out as a straight man because, while he wanted to answer that his orientation was no one’s business, he knew people would assume it meant he was gay. And he didn’t want to hide his heterosexuality.
But his compassion for the story, and his hope for the story, is really sweet and lovely.
He’s just a gay straight man, I guess.
Cher, on being Cher for so long:
“I feel like a bumper car. If I hit a wall, I’m backing up and going in another direction. And I’ve hit plenty of fucking walls in my career. But I’m not stopping. I think maybe that’s my best quality: I just don’t stop.”

And that’s what I love about Cher.
People said she couldn’t sing, and yet there are a string of Number Ones that beg to differ.
People said she wasn’t a real actress but there are Oscar nominations, and Tony nominations, and a real Oscar that belie their claim.
People said her career was over, and yet, here she is, back again.
What an example: Just Don’t Stop.
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>I Didn’t Say It…….

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Sir Ian McKellen, on why he chose acting:
“I’d heard that a lot of professional actors were gay. Acting seemed like a chance for me to meet like-minded people. You know, at that time same-sex love in Britain got you into prison. Homosexuality was being completely hushed up. Gay teachers, politicians or firemen – that was something unthinkable. When I was young I thought I was the only gay Brit. That’s why I was glad to find people like me in the actors guild.”

Lady Gaga, on rumors that she’s, well, a he:
“I love the rumor that I have a penis. I’m fascinated by it. In fact, it makes me love my fans even more that this rumor is in the world because 17,000 of them come to an arena every night and they don’t care if I’m a man, a woman, a hermaphrodite, gay, straight, transgendered, or transsexual. They don’t care! They are there for the music and the freedom. This has been the greatest accomplishment of my life- to get young people to throw away what society has taught them is wrong. Gay culture is at the very essence of who I am and I will fight for women and for the gay community until I die.”

Iowa Congressman, and Asshat King, Steve King, on the high numbers of gays and lesbians heading to Iowa to get married:
“Just over one year ago, when the Iowa Supreme Court decided to ignore Iowa law and grant same sex couples the ability to get married in our state, I predicted that the decision, absent action by the state legislature to enact a marriage license residency requirement, would turn Iowa into the gay marriage Mecca. Now, the Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting that of the more than 2,000 same-sex couples who were married in Iowa between April 27, 2009, and March 31, 2010, sixty percent were from out of state. Unfortunately, we’ve seen another legislative session pass without action on either a constitutional amendment to overturn the court’s decision, or a marriage license residency requirement to keep the harmful effects of the court’s decision from being imported by ‘altar shoppers’ into other states. This new report from the Department of Public Health reemphasizes the short-sightedness of the court’s decision to enact a same-sex marriage law from the bench, and it provides even more evidence of the need for a residency requirement and a constitutional amendment to repeal it.”

Dan Savage, on the sentencing of a gay couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, in Malawi to 14 years in prison for having a commitment ceremony:
“Malawi is dependent on foreign aid—most of it from Britain and the US—and that aid should be withdrawn. The government of Malawi should be told that it can have its rabid anti-gay bigotry or it can it can have foreign aid. But it can’t have both.”

GOProud’s Jessica Lee, on DADT and the Democrats:
“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is the most dramatic and disappointing example of the Democrats’ failure. Despite overwhelming public support for repeal, Congress is at an impasse on the issue and the administration of our “fierce advocate,” despite his promise to repeal, is now urging Congress not to vote for repeal this year.”It is clear the gay community is taken for granted by the Democratic Party. No matter how much money we give them or how many doors we knock on for their candidates our issues are never a priority. And not until we make Democrats compete for our money and our votes will they be. I know as gay conservatives, we have an uphill battle. I understand how entrenched the Democratic Party is within our community. But you can be a good gay person who supports equality and not be a Democrat. Gay conservatives share many of the same goals as our friends on the left, even if we may disagree on the best policy route to get us there.”

Madonna, on the conviction of gay Malawi couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga:
“I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison. As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved. I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi—and around the world—to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all.”

Archbishop Janis Pujats, speaking out of his ass about homosexuality:
“We must assert that homosexuality is an acquired vice that can be likened to addiction to drugs, alcoholism, tobacco smoking, etc., so that those who practice it cannot be treated as a ‘minority.’ We must say that sexual perversion cannot be tolerated in the public sphere so that this disorder is not turned into a bad example for all society. If someone has inclinations to vice, vice must be reined in and treated. It cannot be legalized or protected, erroneously invoking the notion of human rights. Homosexuality is not a sexual orientation; it is a sexual perversion.”

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>I Didn’t Say It…….

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New Zealand speed skater, Blake Skjellerup, coming out of the closet:
“The first real issue was that I was there [at the Olympics] to compete–to focus on my skating–and to not have the focus on my sexuality. We are not yet at the point in society where being gay sportsperson is not a big deal. If I was asked during any of my twenty-something interviews at the Olympics whether I had a boyfriend or a girlfriend–in the same sentence–I would have replied honestly, but I may have replied hesitantly….Gays are too often given a stereotype. Back when I was 18, and becoming serious about my sport and my Olympic goals, if I could have seen an athlete like myself out there–with whom I could relate to–my journey would have been a lot easier. Johnny Weir meets a specific stereotype, I meet a specific stereotype and Gareth Thomas meets another. Being gay is just like any other personality trait: it’s multifaceted. I can’t personally relate to Weir or Thomas, and nor will many other young gay athletes out there. But maybe some of them will see something in me to relate to. The more types we provide, the more we’ll appeal to people [who are struggling with their sexuality.]”

Sandra Bullock, on why she won’t be making any movies any time soon:
“All I know is that I want to be able to enjoy being a mom. Doing all the things moms get to do, outside in the sun, in the world. The career will have to wait for a bit. I don’t want to step into that world until I can find out what room I left my armour in. You need tough skin to be in this business. I don’t have tough skin right now and I don’t want it.”

Madonna, on taking some time off from her music to focus on her upcoming movie, W.E.:
“I haven’t really been focused as much as I should be on the music part of my career, because the movie has consumed every inch of me. Between that and my four children, I don’t have the time or energy for anything else…[and]…it’s weird. I don’t have a record deal right now with anybody. I don’t know how I’m going to get my music out the next time I make a record.”

Demi Moore, on :::yawn::: staying youthful:
“I would say that a lot of sex helps. It’s the endorphins! But there’s more than that, it’s also sharing a quality life with someone. I know I have someone who loves me for who I am and who I’m not. He loves me for my imperfections and that makes me feel so happy….I’ve aged, I don’t look the same as I did in my 20s and 30s. But you’ve got to make the most of what you have.”

Susan Boyle, on plastic surgery:
“I would like to have my teeth done. But that would be it. I don’t want to change too much of myself. I won’t be looking like Barbie any time soon.”

Congressman Patrick Murphy, on the fight to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
“After my three years in Washington, I think when folks tell you to walk away, that’s usually a sign that you’re getting close. So we have to keep working, people need to call their members of Congress, their Senators. Obviously, the letter was a setback, but I know we’re on the right side of history here and we’re going to keep fighting till we get this done this year…I said from the get-go that just because change is hard it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. We have a bi-partisan bill to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in the House of Representatives. We have Republican support, we have Colin Powell now on board, we even have Dick Cheney calling for repeal. We need to keep fighting.”

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network head Aubrey Sarvis. on Obama, DADT, and the protests:
“In his State of the Union message President Obama said repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was the right thing to do. But Friday evening President Obama did the wrong thing, and in doing so he and Secretary Gates delivered a devastating blow to getting repeal done this year. Their joint political decision showed a lack of respect for our LGBT service members who are on the frontlines every day risking their lives for our safety.

As a result of the Commander in Chief’s decision to defer to Secretary Gates’ wishes and timeline, gay service members will continue to be treated as second class citizens, and any sense of fairness may well have been delayed for yet another year, perhaps for another decade. The President did not sound like a fierce repeal advocate. He sounded like someone who wants to have it both ways. And that is not leadership. That is politics as usual.”

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>Obscenity…Morality…Pornography

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Carlos and I had a most interesting discussion over dinner last night [sidenote: dinner was blackened pork chops over lime infused rice with black beans, peppers, onions and tomatoes in a mole sauce….que delicioso].

We were talking about Adam Lambert’s AMA performance and all the uproar over it. The discussion of him pulling the guy’s face into his crotch….his fondling a female dancer….his big old tongue groping kiss on the guy in the band. All of it; and how people were calling it pornographic.

So, what is pornography, and who gets to be the judge. I mean, the Carrie Prejean tapes are called pornography, but Lambert kept his clothes on and, with the exception of maybe a few hundred Innocent teen boys and girls caught unawares about that tingling…down there….no one got off. So, which is pornography?

Is a photograph of a nude woman pornographic? What if she’s lying there spread eagle? How about if her hands, or as Joe,My.God. calls them, her Ladyfingers are visiting her nether region? Which one is pornographic? Not into nude women? Yeah, I get what you’re saying. Same thing applies to nude men. Pretty pose? Spread eagle showing the goods? A little bit of chicken choking? Who’s to say what’s pornographic.

So, then Carlos wanted to talk obscenity, and I noted that the same rules apply. Everyone has a differing view as to what is obscene. I don’t find nudity obscene. I don’t find pictures of men and women, in any combination, performing sex acts, particularly obscene. That doesn’t mean I want to see them on my TV or computer, but, you know, to each his own. For me, war is obscene; violence is pornographic. Murder is immoral.

And yet we see that every night of the week from old Sopranos reruns to any number of CSI or NCIS or Law & Order type shows. And no one raises a fuss. so, why all the hubbub about Adam Lambert’s performance?

He’s a man, that’s why. Oh, and his being openly gay probably added fuel to the fire. See, if it was two women kissing [or three, Madonna, Britney and Christina, I’m talking to you] there would have been little or no uproar. Straight women are not particularly bothered by two women kissing; lord knows the Lesbians don’t have a problem with it. Gay men, too, don’t care. Madonna’s various same-sex liplocks never raised a, um, flag, if you will, in me. And straight men, well, they get downright erect at the thought of girl-on-girl action.

No, it’s because Lambert’s a guy and gay. It was in-your-face-gay-man-kissing, and it made some crazy. Not straight women, I say; they probably didn’t care, unless you count the perpetually uptight types a la Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Gay women weren’t bothered either, because it isn’t their cup of tea. Gay men, well, we thought Cool. No, it was the straight guys, because they’re too macho to admit there’s nothing wrong with mano’a’mano spit swapping. See, the straight guys think that if they didn’t bitch and moan, we might think they like it and they can’t have that.

So, it’s mostly straight men who got their boxer briefs in a snit over Adam Lambert’s overt sexual, and some say pitchy, performance. And, since it is straight men, for the most part, who control the media and the news in this country, that’s why there was such a fuss.

Was it pornographic? Not in my house. Obscene? Nope. Immoral? Hardly. But then, I’m a gay guy, and, to me, who you love, who you kiss, who dives into your crotch, is entirely your business.

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>Don’t They Know You Don’t Double Dress Divas?

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Dolce and Gabbana! How could you? You, of all people should know better.

Dining with the designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, in Italy, Madonna was quite pleased to be wearing an exclusive D&G original. After all, the Material Girl expects the best because, well, she’s a raging diva.

So, I wonder how the dinner chat would have gone if, say, well, maybe a little birdie whispered in Madonna’s ear that, on that very same night, just a few miles away, Whitney Houston was……

Wait for it…….

…..wearing the exact same dress; also gifted to her by D&G?

Whitney was also given the figure-hugging gown when she made her grand return to the spotlight. She was launching her new studio album I Look To You in London’s for what she hopes will be the beginning of a triumphant comeback.

So, who wore it best?

And who do you think threw the bigger diva-tantrum when they found out that they weren’t exactly in a one-of-a-kind, exclusive D&G?

Keep in mind that Madonna is scrappy, but don’t forget Whitney’s a crack-is-wack diva.

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>Quick Bites

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The Old Media Whore is back!

Madonna wins the right to adopt again.
Right on schedule.

Divorce? Check.
Affair with ball player? Check.
Affair with new boy-toy? Check.
Adopt a child from Africa? Check.

What’s she gonna do now for publicity?
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Carrie Prejean gets fired as Miss California.

Good.
Bye.

Sarah Palin doesn’t like Hollywood/New York entertainer-type people using her children to get press.

That’s what she uses them for.
Begone witch, before someone drops a house on you!

Chastity Bono has begun transitioning to the male gender and will now be known as Chaz.
Good for him.
We should all be allowed to be our authentic selves.

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>Horton Hears A "Who In The Hell Made That?"

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From the House of Seuss.

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