A synopsis of the past week’s news… It’s beginning to look a lot like time-to-dress-my-pets-in-halloween-costumes!
I love this time of year. But, in addition to the joy I find in pumpkin flavored everything and the personal humor I get out of seeing my dog outfitted as a squirrel (he chases squirrels… the irony), it’s also a very gay pride heavy season – with the recently celebrated National Coming Out Day on the 11th and now Ally Week upon us, with Spirit Day on Friday as the purple closer.
Ally Week, brought to us by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a week for students to identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America’s schools. As outlined on the GLSEN site, students will encourage their peers and school staff to sign an Ally Pledge, which states:
I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression,
deserve to feel safe and supported. That means I pledge to:
Not use anti-LGBT language and slurs;
Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where other students are being harassed;
Spirit Day (“Go Purple on October 19 for #SpiritDay”) is annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Need something purple to wear? Get your Spirit Day gear from American Apparel before 10/19 and receive an exclusive 10% discount on purple items when you use promo code ‘SPIRIT’ at check out.
It’s truly an inspiring couple weeks of LGBT awareness and good works, felt around the world, as evidenced by this image sent to us by CG reader Fiona Ham in Groningen, Netherlands, taken on International Coming Out Day:
The Fall season also signals the return of some great TV and while I’m personally excited about The Vampire Diaries (guilty pleasure) and Homeland (best show on television) neither have lesbian characters so I’m not supposed to talk about them here. (I most likely still often will.) So what shows are relevant to us, the lesbian viewer? Well, last week’s Modern Family featured the Cam and Mitchell vs. lesbian moms episode, which was fun, but short-lived, so on we go to the possibility of a lady-loving female firefighter on Chicago Fire. Actually, she’s a paramedic, played by Lauren German.
The show is getting pretty mixed reviews so who knows how long it will last but even so, I have a feeling the gayest thing about Chicago Fire will continue to be that Lady Gaga’s boyfriend stars in it. (Side note: he previously appeared on The Vampire Diaries… Told you I’d work it back in.)
In other TV news, the second Presidential Debate will air live tomorrow evening and one week from that marks the Fall premiere of Pretty Little Liars with their Halloween special. We will be recapping all season long, here on CG.
Politically, obviously the battle for the Presidency continues to heat up (refresh yourself with the HRC’s “Four things you need to know about the 2012 elections”) and on a local level there ballot measures all across the country threatening equality. One making national news right now is the situation in Minnesota, where there’s a vote to place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution. The referendum is having a very painful affect on one voter in particular, Helen LaFave, Michele Bachmann’s lesbian step-sister. In a very compelling interview with Frank Bruni of the New York Times that posted Saturday, LaFave discusses her relationship (past and present) with the radical anti-gay politician and the sadness she has felt over the years watching Bachmann’s personal pursuit of a ban on same sex marriage, which she described as her “very, very sad legacy.” From the article: “”You’ve taken aim at me,” Helen wrote to Michele. Referring to Nia [her partner of 25 years], she added: “You’ve taken aim at my family.”” It’s a very good read.
(FYI: In Maryland, Maine, and Washington it’s a yes or no vote on legalizing same-sex marriage on 11/6.)
In sports, football season is in full swing – which MAKES ME SO HAPPY – and because I love the sport so much I was relieved to see that in ESPN Magazine’s anonymous poll of pro male athletes, “Political confidential,” 61.5% of the NFL guys included think the US should legalize same-sex marriage. Baseball, which I think is boring and overrated, did not come in as friendly – 55% say we should not have equal rights. Our biggest fans though, surprisingly, came off the rink with 92.3% of the NHL players polled saying yes to passing the legislation.
In closing this week, I leave you with a teaser image of our Morgan Hildebrand’s coverage of The Gossip’s 10/11 show here in LA, and a plug for Beth Ditto’s long-awaited book
Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir, available