The Year in Gay, 2010 Edition
|What a year it was|
Let's face it -- this was a messy, messy year for the gays.
Much of the news was good, ultimately, but shit dragged on! There were three major federal trials (four, technically -- but two were sorta merged in Massachusetts), promises were made and broken, and legislation still hangs in the air like a fart in the elevator.
Lots of dust was kicked up, for sure, and I might even handle some of it with reverence. Maybe. In between quick summaries of the BIG stories look for reflective moments of levity that build to the climax revelation of Uppity Fag of The Year.
|George "The Long Stroke" Rekers|
A number of new gays arrived this year! Some of them even admitted it voluntarily like singers Ricky Martin and Chely Wright and the former head of the RNC, Ken Mehlman. Others, like Roy Ashburn, needed some convincing (by getting arrested for drunk driving), while Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan avoided the issue but sent her friends out to defend her heterosexuality.
Most entertaining in the new gay category this year was the discovery that a well paid, ex-gay theory-promoting homophobe, Dr. George Rekers, was caught traveling with a young, blond, male escort. Even if you won't discuss the pleasure you derive during the "long stroke", Dr. Rekers, we still consider you an honorary gay! Welcome, Doc!
A new gay activist group was born this year: GetEqual. The attention-grabbing gang of misfits staged sit-ins in politicians offices, blocked traffic in Vegas, and made handcuffs the 'must have' accessory in Washington, D.C. this year.
Accessories? Liza Minelli sold accessories on HSN this year!
The 2010 acronym roundup
DOMA: The new gays may even get to experience a marriage that the feds recognize. Eventually. In July, a federal judge in Massachusetts said the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Of course, President Obama's Department of Justice will appeal the decision. We can look forward to appeal arguments in early 2011.
ENDA: After a blogswarm of bloggy pressure on the Democrats in March and sit-ins at Rep. Nancy Pelosi's offices in D.C. and San Francisco last spring and promises made in May (ENDA is a "personal priority" of Speaker Pelosi) the fate of a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is on hold for five years (according to Rep. Jackie Speier).
DADT: The year started with Obama's pledge to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. In May, Speaker Pelosi also said it would be repealed. As of the middle of December we still don't know for sure. The repeal that actually doesn't end the policy passed the House months ago and has been filibustered twice in the Senate. The struggle to repeal the military ban on gays has been symbolized by handcuffs, heckling, and hunger strikes in 2010.
Meanwhile, on The View, Elizabeth Hasselbeck theorized this year that old women are all lesbians.
Anti-gay A-holes in 2010
Let's not waste too much time reminiscing about the people that get hard-ons while giving us a hard time, but let's also keep track of their bullshit. The National Organization for Marriage devoted its time and energy to promote heterosexual supremacy. It went on a 20-city tour over the summer! NOM stunk up Minnesota! NOM tried to dodge campaign laws in New York State! It contributed to Carly Fiorina's failed attempt to beat Barbara Boxer in California! Finally, NOM managed to rally enough idiots in Iowa to have three state Supreme Court justices tossed off the bench for voting in favor of same-sex marriage.
Let's hope the lead sow of NOM is right when she said if Prop. 8 is overturned "...it will be the end of marriage as we know it."
Marriage as we knew it in 2010
In August came the story of woman in Ohio that discovered that the woman she suspected of having an affair with her husband was actually married to him. Sacred! A suburban wife of a dentist and mother of three was fellating teenage boys (including her daughter's ex-boyfriend). Traditional! A New York couple (with pre-marital child) got divorced when the husband learned that his wife was lying about having leukemia after receiving gifts and a free honeymoon and lots of privilege and recognition. Just like Adam and Eve!