By now, many of you have probably heard about the controversy surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the anti-LGBT laws and propaganda that have recently surfaced in Russia. You may have heard of the “DumpStoli campaign started by Dan Savage, encouraging bars to boycott Russian vodka in protest. Critics of the laws in Russia have even called for a boycott of the Olympic games themselves, with calls to the IOC to shut it down. After all, the Olympics are supposed to be about world unity, not about shameful discrimination. President Obama even stepped into the fray by cancelling a meeting with Vladimir Putin (although that was mostly due to Russia allowing Edward Snowden to leave the Moscow airport) and stating in a press conference yesterday that “nobody’s more offended than me by anti-gay legislation you’ve been seeing in Russia.”
You can read about my friend and fellow blogger BosGuy’s opinion on the Stoli boycott here, and more background on what’s going on in Russia here. Personally, I find the Stoli boycott a little misguided, considering that Stolichnaya has been an ardent supporter of the LGBT community (they aren’t dumb, they know the gays drink like fishes), and the Stoli that is sold in the US is actually produced in Latvia. The bottom line is, to quote Louis Peitzman from Buzzfeed, “we owe the LGBT community in Russia more than a frivolous conversation about which vodka to drink.”
So that begs the question, what are American corporations who sponsor the Olympics prepared to do? As someone posted on Twitter, perhaps if American corporations saw their icons associated with images like those below, they might change their tune. Many of these companies rank highly with the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Their continued participation with the Olympics, however, is in direct contrast to their support of LGBT rights.
I’m not normally one to get into a Twitter war with people, but I am all about defending my views. So when I read this tweet (which a follower retweeted) post DOMA decision, I couldnt help myself.
I’m sorry that your life is ruined because marriage equality is being shoved in your face. I’m sure all the LGBT folks out there who constantly have heteronormative culture shoved in their face love knowing that until yesterday they were considered second class citizens. Which I’m pretty sure is what I tweeted back yesterday.
Naturally it took her a day to respond back, at which point she told me that the Bible says so. We then traded jabs about scripture from the Bible, during which I was told that the Old Testament doesn’t matter and that modern Christians are taught to follow the New Testament because Jesus “came back and fixed it”. So apparently we’re just throwing out the Old Testament entirely, although she then countered with the age old god “would have made Adam and Steve” argument – which correct me if I’m wrong is from the Old Testament…
For the record, just because I support marriage equality, doesn’t mean I need a lesson on what’s written in the Bible. I was raised Catholic – I know what’s written in the “Good Book”.
I don’t want to take away from the monumental filibuster performed Tuesday night by Texas Senator Wendy Davis, what she did was nothing short of amazing. But anyone watching the shenanigans after it was decided that Davis’s discussion of ultrasounds was no longer germane (aka she had strayed off topic) to Texas Senate Bill 5 will surely recognize the moment that galvanized the crowd in the gallery. That moment occurred after some dispute between the Lt. Governor and Senator Leticia Van De Putte about parliamentary procedure. Van De Putte had been trying to bring a motion to adjourn the session before the Senate but was “allegedly” not recognized. She first asked, “Did the President hear me or did the President hear me and refuse to recognize me?” And then came the whammy…
At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?
And the Senate chamber erupted, setting off a 15 minute “people filibuster” which ended at 12:01am, after the midnight deadline of the Senate session, effectively killing SB5.
The tweet of the week goes to my girl @BuckeyeLinds who overheard a friend say in response to the overturning of DOMA
QOTD from friend ‘the human in me says yay, but the bridesmaid in me says DEAR GOD’
I thought this was pretty neat. Twitter has been tracking where tweets originate since the service launched, and the company is beginning to disseminate maps of where all those tweets originate. Dating back to 2009, each dot on the map represents a “geo-located” tweet, and the color indicates the volume of tweets.
Below is the Twitter map of Boston. Not surprisingly, the highest volume of tweets is downtown, Financial District, and Back Bay. But there seems to be a surprisingly high volume of tweets from the 128/95 ring and the Mass Pike…
You can see some of the other maps here, including NYC, San Francisco, North America, and Europe.
I am extremely excited to announce the launch of the METI Project. If you’re wondering what I was doing in Haiti back in January, this is it.
METI stands for Medical, Education, Training, and Infrastructure. The first METI team just arrived in Port-au-Prince today. A long week of work is ahead of them.
The METI Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainability in healthcare through medical education, training, and improved infrastructure in under-served areas of the world. Launched in 2013 by Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) and Pro EMS Center for MEDICS, The METI Project’s first initiative addresses critical medical needs in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries.
In conjunction with the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, The METI Project will send a team of medics, paramedic students, and emergency department staff to Haiti to provide medical training and needed clinical services.
I look forward to future work with The METI Project in late June and again in October!
Saw this one yesterday and couldn’t help but retweet.
@theTonyGee: If you don’t hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes, don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth.
I dont think Arkansas State Rep Nate Bell knows Boston very well.
- Bostonians don’t cower.
- All we want is normalcy and peace in our city.
- Making a political statement from this tragedy is despicable.
- You dont need an AR-15 for any of the above.
Feel free to email him Nate.Bell@arkansashouse.org and tell him what you think.
I’ve previously mentioned via either Facebook or Twitter my utter disdain for folding the fitted sheet. I hate it. I even know how to fold the damn thing, but I still hate doing it. So naturally, this tweet from Dreaded Rear Admiral (@willrad) caught my eye today.
FOLDING FITTED SHEETS:
- pair up adjacent corner seams
- wad the entire thing up in a big ball
- who cares this is impossible
Many thanks to fellow blogger So…Over The Rainbow for posting about this.
Homophobic slurs cut deep, no matter who is saying them. But have you ever wondered how often they are said? Well, now you can find out.
The site NoHomophobes.com tracks the number of tweets in a day that contain casual homophobic references, including the words “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay”. According to the website, these words are used casually in everyday language, despite promoting the continued alienation, bullying, isolation and in some tragic cases suicide of sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) youth and adults. Now, the website obviously doesn’t get everything correct; for example, if you were to tweet “no homo sapiens have ever been to Mars”, the website would pick that up. That’s why they also include a rolling trend of the tweets these words were found in.
In truth, as a nation we collectively no longer tolerate racist language. We’re getting better at dealing with sexist language, but sadly we’re still not actively addressing homophobic and transphobic language in our society. Perhaps NoHomophobes.com is a step in the right direction
Spoiler alert – if you are a fan and have not yet watched this past Sunday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you may want to stop reading. But you still should anyway…
For all the fans of the RHOA out there – I’m not a fan of Kenya Moore. I quite frankly find her annoying, obnoxious, and self-centered. And while I’m not exactly on Team Cynthia – I’m kinda waiting for her to cut a b*tch and put Ms Moore in her place. I half expected Cynthia to turn to Kenya during both the Jet Girl casting and the ladies power lunch, pull a Bon Qui Qui on her and say “don’t interrupt, rude!” And I cannot wait for Ms NeNe Leakes to put girlfriend in her place where she belong – on the curb.
I have to say, I never thought I would miss having Sheree on the show so much. And then this happened on the Twatter, and I wished Sheree would check Kenya…