on 09/26/2012 - 04:38 pm
Well Hello There Cuites,
Let me be the first to introduce you to the new home of Guess What’s Gay!! I am so excited to be here on Gayborhood!
First off, I apologize I am terrible at introductions. And I promise this will be the only blog focused on me, but I figure you should know a little bit more about the awkward yet dashing gentlemen writing these tidbits. As you can guess by the title, we’ll talk about all things LGBT; movies, events, parties, news and everything in between (and maybe once in a while something just for the grownups). Now I’m sure you are wondering what gives me the right to talk so freely about all things covered in rainbows and glitter? Well for starters I’m a single, card carrying homosexual if you will. I find myself at events across the country, meeting members of the gay community of all shapes and sizes, from the political members of the HRC to the Go-Go boys in Chicago and sometimes even a few lesbians at the Atlanta Dream games. (For those of you not in Atlanta, that’s the female basketball team here. And you can identify most lesbians by their season passes hung round their necks with care.)
Though this is not a one sided conversation by any means, I encourage you to email, facebook, tweet, send smoke signals or hell, even a telegraph (Though I would much prefer a candy-gram delivered by Alexander Skarsgard) Let me know your thoughts, questions, comments, or even just to bitch about your really annoying ex and how they snore after sex. I want to get to know you as readers and bring you exactly what you want and then some.
So here is to first introductions and getting past them as quickly as possible. Cause after that we get to the juicy stuff. Now if you will excuse me there is a bottle of Shiraz and a few recorded episodes of White Collar that are calling my name!
on 09/14/2012 - 09:47 am
They say that a reporter’s work is never done, and I agree. This will be my last Straighty Says blog post, and I wanted to thank you all for coming along. What an amazing journey. My job has been to report the facts and analyze them, and I have been lucky enough to observe the gay community specifically. It has been a wonderful learning experience.
As a reporter, there is always a story that you feel you must cover. This was my story. One from an outsider’s point of view, yes, but from the stance of an ally. Where would I have been over the last year if I hadn’t been snooping around into the lives of the LGBTQs? There have been ground-breaking events that have happened and I have been on the front lines. It was more exciting than I could have ever imagined.
Now it is time to continue my research into other areas. I am looking forward to my next journalistic exploration. I have been very eager to travel, so I’ve decided to take that geographic plunge and see what other stories I can find. The snooping continues!
I hope that the straight community has learned something from my blog. Maybe the gays have gotten a kick out of my banter as well. I know I have gained a new respect for this community that caused a movement. My life has changed for the better and I hope yours has too.
Once again, thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts. I’m sure I’ll see you again somewhere over the rainbow! This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!
on 09/07/2012 - 01:50 pm
Gays and Straights have more in common than you might think. I’ve learned so much about the gay community since I started working at Gayborhood, now I see what all the fuss is about. How to tell the gays that I adore and respect them? A few ideas have sprung up as I searched for ways to connect with the “other side”.
- Send them an “I’m glad you’re Gay” card.
- Get them a tshirt that says “I’m with Straighty” and an arrow pointing to the left/right.
- Go on a gay-straight date and let them choose where to go.
- Be straight and sassy. Keep your attitude if you’ve got one.
- Learn the lingo.
Want to be a better straight friend? Don’t be afraid to speak up. Talk about straight/gay subjects when it works. In my experience, it is better to speak your mind!
In closing, I’ll say that it is easy to become a better straight friend with a little practice. Learn about gay topics in the news and give a gay friend your opinion. You never know what you might learn about yourself and others.
This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!
on 09/02/2012 - 07:42 pm
(image by Fashionology.com)
For those of you who don’t know, my boss is the most amazing and giving woman around. She has moved the hearts of many gays and straights, and her generosity seems never-ending. Marci motivates me to be a better citizen. Countless hours she has devoted to equal rights for all human beings, and she’s damn good at it. She is always brightening a room at gay events, charities and fundraisers, and she brings awareness to them by walking-the-walk.
So who doesn’t love a good party? An event with glamour and pizazz? Personally, I say let’s get it started by throwing more gay-straight events. As a straighty who has to educate a small Tennessee town that being gay is ok, I know that exposure to both cultures is mandatory in raising awareness. Get together and see what happens!
With the holidays coming up, there will be an influx of charity events, galas and parties. Let’s start with the charities that are making a difference.
The 5 Best Gay Charities fron Queerty.com:
5. Human Rights Campaign Foundation - One of the largest gay charities, this group is efficient at raising money for the community. They have a significant revenue increase each year and are prepared with a positive asset columns.
4. L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - With a staff of more than 3,000 volunteers, the center services thousands of LGBTQ people monthly. Each donation is used to the fullest.
3. The Point Foundation - Students can advance with this scholarship fund and mentoring program. Financial aid supports at-risk gay and lesbian students. http://www.pointfoundation.org/
2. Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute - Also known as The Victory Fund, the institute grooms the gay leaders of tomorrow.
1. Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - An award granted to women, specifically women of color and lesbians. The foundation favors the world of the arts.
Being a huge Cyndy Lauper fan, I get a great amount of joy out of the “It Gets Better” campaign. It rocks. The movement supports those who want to come out, letting them know that no matter how hard it is, It Gets Better. http://www.itgetsbetter.org/ I’ve covered the It Gets Better campaign in the past, but girls just want to have fun and I love sharing it with you!
Celebrity Campaigners and Charities: Gay and straight, these celebs back the gay pack...
- Anne Hathaway
Movies, events and jubilees. One example? Building Bridges through Cinema by ACCESS. Partnering with the Rainbow Center, the documentary “Gay Days” was played and food was served.
A few notable mentioned
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Anniversary Gala & Auction
2nd Annual Violet Crown Cotillion of Austin
Bobby Cook's Big Gay Brunch White Party
A few more links for Fundraising Facts:
GSA Fundraising Made Easy:
Obama raises $3M at NYC Gay Fundraisers:’http://www.queerty.com/obama-raises-3m-at-nyc-gay-fundraisers-states-commitment-to-repealing-doma-20120515/
More on the events of the summer to come. Send PRIDE stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!