Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on July 31, 2009
Right now I’m listening to the Congressional Progressive and Tri- Caucuses’ press conference demanding a strong national healthcare option, and vowing to not vote for the so-called Blue Dog’s watered-down plan. While I’d rather see a Single-Payer system, I guess I’m ready to concede to the moment and see us win something decent, even if not perfect. Also, while I’m not always that into electoral politics, it’s still inspiring to hear Congresspeople talking about healthcare being a human right.
Also, while I’m at it, a friend of mine is part of a group organizing young people to fight for quality healthcare for all. They’re called Young Invincibles, and I highly recommend checking them out.
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on July 30, 2009
Even though The Gossip changed their name (dropping the The) and, depending on who you talk to, may be selling out or not, I still like them. Actually, I only relatively recently like them — I feel like I’m a little late on the bandwagon, but I’m trying to make up for it with enthusiasm.
As part of that enthusiasm, I went up to Seattle to see them play at the Capitol Hill Block Party — their first show in the US in two years! Well, okay, that’s a lie, I just needed a vacation, but really my decision was made based on these things in order: a) my friend Alex was going to Seattle and offered a place to stay, b) I have friends there I wanted to see, and c) the Block Party. Really, it was an issue of timing.
In any event, it was a phenomenal show, and full of younger kids. Beth Ditto is a phenomenal performer — truly the stuff that legends are made of. Not only can she belt and scream through an entire set, but she’s charming and flirts with the audience, even when they throw panties at her (which, you know, has its pros and cons). My friend Blyth says that if she had to be someone who wasn’t herself, she would be into being Beth Ditto for a while. I concur. I sort of want to perform some Gossip songs (oops, look, now I’m even dropping the The), but I’m not sure I can do that yet. Am I ready? I’m not sure. But Beth Ditto was ready to cover Aaliyah, Kurt Cobain (whose house we happened to drive by), Whitney, and I think others that I’m forgetting. You go girl.
Seattle was also super fun and fucking HOT! It was like East Coast Lite — just a little cooler and less humid than one might expect from my homeland of upstate New York. (Albany, bitches: the real upstate, not Westchester or Buffalo bullshit.) Alex and I got to go canoeing and swimming, and thankfully we were able to get artisanal ice cream, without which my trip would not have been complete. I also got to hang out with Addie at my favorite thrift store in the world, so expect new clothes bitches. And I got to see Eva and David, and eat brunch galore. Though I was distraught (yes, I mean it) that Logan no longer lives there. As always, Seattle is full of cuties (especially in gay bathing suits on gay beach), but we failed to really capture them in our Hot Guys of the Northwest Photo Challenge, a project we started on our last (road)trip where we surreptiously take pictures of hot boys without them knowing it, but the rule is that one of us has to be in the frame. Creepy? Yes. (I realize that as I type.) Fun? Yes. And really, the most fun is fighting over whether someone is hot. We did take one photo that I’ll try to get to post.
Anyway, that’s the major recap. The Gossip is coming to San Francisco on October 25th, and I recommend seeing them if you can. Not that I really want to use my blog for promoting other people. But seriously, queer fat femmes with decent politics and phenomenal pipes like that deserve it sometimes, you know? Even if you think they’ve sold out.
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on July 22, 2009
I’ll admit it: I haven’t been following the Sotomayor nomination or hearings very closely at all. Basically, I watched Rachel Maddow’s interview with Pat Buchanan and was horrified (and clearly not surprised) by his overt racism. I also read John Nichols’ article in The Nation about Senator Klobuchar’s engaged questions during the hearing process. And I’ve skimmed a couple of other articles here and there that touch a bit on her record. But that’s about it.
I’ve also come across these two images in the past few days, and I wanted to display them side-by-side, because I partially agree with both of them:
(Click the second one to read it completely.) The first is by Bay Area artist Favianna Rodriguez, who I’ve met a few times, whose work I love, and whose politics and political commitment I admire. (It’s also in the window of my adorable downstairs neighbors.) The second I discovered on the Queers Against Obama blog, which reposted the image from a political web-comic called For Fuck’s Sake.
I guess I just want to hold both of these at the same time. Like Obama’s election, I think the historic moment and feeling of victory — especially, but not exclusively, in many communities of color — are not to be completely dismissed. On the other hand, I don’t want the symbolism of the moment to obscure the realities of our present crises (and their historical legacies).
As is often the case, I’m looking for an analysis that’s both, or at least somewhere in the middle. Is that too much to ask for?
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on July 20, 2009
Well, this is but one reason. But it feels like a more legit reason than just citing this picture. (As I recall, the one on the cover made him look like even more of an ass. I do appreciate that he’s getting older and now he’s moving more into conservative-looking politician, and less young gay-but-not-gay hotshot. It’s something about the hair.)
Anyway, I just read that Newsom vetoed what could have been a really super piece of rent control legislation, aimed at helping renters through the current economic crisis. Basically, the legislation would have done three things:
Needless to say, I’m pissed off. Here’s what Ted Gullicksen of the Tenants’ Union had to say:
[Newsom]’s more concerned about getting contributions from the real estate industry for his run for governor than he is about the people of San Francisco being hit by recession. He has vetoed almost every piece of pro-tenant legislation as a mayor, and opposed every piece when he was a supervisor.
And here’s a bit more background on his voting record.
I’m also totally sick of all the gays who fawn over him because of his marriage stunt. He’s like the gross straight boys who flirt with you but you know they’re not really going to put out. In this case, putting out means supporting tenants’ rights.
And while we’re at it, what’s up with Bevan Dufty, the gay Supervisor of the Castro? Apparently he supported item #2 up there, but not the other two, leaving them one vote shy to override the veto. Does he realize what’s happening to the Castro? Gentrification is getting so bad even the gays are moving out. It feels ironic because I actually went to his apartment once, after a United ENDA demonstration against the HRC, and I thought it was really nice to have a City Supervisor on our side and welcoming us into his home for the afterparty. And it was a nice home. And I’m not sure if he’s a renter, but I’d assume not. But I also feel like he’s not on our side anymore. And I hope people remember these things when it’s time for re-election.
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on July 19, 2009
Oh Dolly! This has been my morning song for the past couple weeks. I’ve wanted to listen to it on repeat since I played it on the jukebox at the Phone Booth on a night when I needed relaxation and rest. Here’s a phenomenal live performance (okay, not the best sound) from 1978:
(I was going to say “the glory years,” but who am I kidding? They’re all glorious.)