The Netroots Nation
annual conference took place last week in Las Vegas. What is the Netroots Nation annual conference? It is a gathering of progressive bloggers who seek to learn from each other about strategies to influence public discourse using the internet. Doesn't that sound like fun? Lots of people meet and drink and feel each other up and then write about it (or don't). Gays are an active part of this conference
since many of them are known to use the Internet.
I was not in attendance this year, because I'm nowhere near
cool enough, but I followed every development obsessively on Twitter
(thus decreasing my coolness even more). The big news that came out of
Netroots Nation:Dan Choi gave his ring to Harry Reid
Choi was officially discharged
from the military just prior to the conference and appeared in Las Vegas not as a blogger, per se, but as a member of GetEqual
an LGBT activist group that has been involved in acts of civil
disobedience this year. Both Sen. Harry Reid, the senate majority leader, and
Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi addressed the gathering. Choi
presented Reid with his West Point ring as a reminder of the military
career that was ruined because of the ongoing Don't Ask Don't Tell
policy that prevents gays from serving openly.
Reid accepted the ring -- begrudgingly at first -- but when he saw how big
the stone was he just HAD to say yes! He'd be a fool to turn that
away! The happy couple will be honeymooning at Niagara Falls.
While in Las Vegas, Choi managed to get himself (and seven others) arrested again. "What happens in Vegas," you know. GetEqual staged a rather spectacular scene blocking traffic on the Strip
while holding a banner that called out Reid for his inaction on the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Earlier this week the group threw a
tantrum at the Capitol building in D.C.
After a few weeks out of the spotlight, GetEqual seems to be back for action -- even if San Francisco's member of the group is vacationing on the continent.
Why not spend some time in fabulous Las Vegas, Kip? On Tuesday, The Independent
promoted a fabulous LGBT weekend
Vegas courtesy of the MGM Mirage. Who would turn down the opportunity
to spend time partying in the desert in the middle of summer? And let's
face it, the Nevada voters passed (with 70 percent in favor)
an anti-gay amendment to their constitution but that doesn't mean they
are anti-gay MONEY. Don't confuse their contempt for your
relationships with their love for your money.
Contempt? Did I hear contempt? The National Organization for Marriage
traditional marriage tour stopped in Indianapolis this week and drew out
some of the local poison. One fellow named Larry Adams held a sign calling for gays to be hanged
because that's what Jesus would do. Larry confessed in an interview
included in the above link that he used to crave the feel of balls on his
chin, but since he read the Bible he just can't get enough pussy.
Many older women also find themselves in Larry's predicament in regard to pussy. Elizabeth Hasselbeck explained this week on The View
that older men are going after younger women and that explains why older women are all lesbians.
Barbara Walters, whose third marriage ended in divorce
in 1992 was either nodding with agreement -- or just nodding off.
Finally, I leave you with a homework assignment. Please craft arguments in support of the right for Jason Allen Hamilton to be legally married (and potentialy divorced), as many times as he wants, even if he's in prison. Please explain how this conforms to the ideals of "traditional marriage." Do the same for Maurice Lyons.Hamilton
was arrested in Defuniak Springs, Florida after choking his pregnant girlfriend, and Lyons
was busted in Cleveland, Ohio after stabbing his wife to death.
I'm sure there is a very good explanation about why those two shit bags are allowed to be legally married. If you get stuck, ask Elizabeth Hasselbeck for help. She's full of useful information.
Patrick Connors is an uppity fag who hopes he never sets foot in a place called Defuniak Springs (let alone Cleveland).
Follow him on Twitter at @UppityFag and @TheSnitchSF