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ADVOCATING EQUALITY + ETHERIDGE

December 10, 2008

Over at the alternate office and picked up the provocative December 16th Advocate (cover reads “Are Gays the New Blacks” — phrasings like that remind me of The Commitments (GREAT music), where one of the characters commented “The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.” It’s like the fill in the color is the new pink/black — older than you think (refer Funny Face and you’ll find that one) but still effective).

Anyway, sorry for the movie ranging, but why I came here is to say that although I do not often read The Advocate, I picked it up and was immediately impressed by the CALMNESS AND REASON that was the foundation of their Proposition 8 coverage. It reminded me of the lesson I often have to relearn — don’t assume (had the seventh grade math teacher break that verb down on the board for us; memorable –ass out of u + me early LOLcatting). I have been wandering around grumping that I had apparently nothing in common with my fellow gays, because I had been only been exposed and listening to the most vocal and radical segments — and there’s (gee, I should have written down the name — well, go read the magazine yourself as I’m paraphrasing from memory here so no guarantees) wondering why there was only a drag queen shown on some network TV and where was the gay Martin Luther King, Jr. and how surprised he was by depth of some people’s emotional reaction and how marriage aside, federal civil unions are what we really need. And I thought, maybe I’m not the overly rational, completely unemotional fringe minority. Maybe I’m just me…

The Advocate review of Melissa Etheridge’s holiday album made it sound like something worth acquiring and Suzanne Westenhoefer’s letter to Barack Obama made me laugh. So I’m taking the Advocate under serious consideration as a subscription buddy and I’ll have to get back, relook at the December 16th issue and write down that guy’s name.

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