waited until late Friday to vote on gay marriage in New York State.
With both sides 31-31 on the issue earlier this week no one knew how the
vote would turn out. Ultimately, the vote was 33-29 in favor of gay
Four Republicans state senators chose to support the bill after careful consideration. The New York Times
reported that Mr. Grisanti, a senator from Buffalo said the following
after apologizing to those who might be offended by his choice, “I
cannot deny, a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people
of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those
people who make this the great state that it is, the same rights that I
have with my wife.”
What an amazing way to start Pride weekend. Congratulations New York!
Pride month, and although Pride has become something commercial that
many of us have mixed feelings about, it’s important to remember how
this all started. Everyone should watch Stonewall Uprising, even if
you’ve seen Before Stonewall
and read about Stonewall quite a bit. The footage they have of the
Stonewall Riot and of peoples’ lives at that time is amazing.
It struck me how much like war the beginning of the movement was and
it’s amazing that we’ve come so far since then. It also makes you feel a
deep gratitude for the rights you have.
One of the primary resources used in Stonewall Uprising is a New York Times article entitled: Homo Nest Raided: Queen Bees Stinging Mad.
It’s a fascinating read, because it is intensely trivializing and
sexist, but also (for its time) somewhat pro-gay. A neighbor who watched
the raid of Stonewall happen from her window was quoted in the article
saying, “It was just awful when the police came. It was like a swarm of
hornets attacking a bunch of butterflies.”
Below is the first section of the documentary. You can watch the whole film online on PBS’ American Experience website.
Lately I’ve been less than inspired to write for the blog or do
much of anything. Maybe it’s because it’s been 104 degrees and my plants
almost died in the heatwave, or maybe it’s because I’m under-employed
and a bit terrified about money, or maybe I’m just a little depressed.
Regardless, I just haven’t been seeing anything much I felt like
Then a couple youtube videos saved my Friday. Debaser 9779 combines
my deep love of pop music with lyrics like “Queer Romance is so commonly
erased” and “You’re not an object, you are the subject, you’re not an
object, you are the subject, you are.” I think you’ll love it.