Kumar: Indian Drag Queen in Singapore

Kumar is an Indian drag queen who works & lives in Singapore. A documentary about hir was broadcast in 2006 that’s found its way to YouTube. Here’s Part One, Part Two & Part Three and you can see hir do… Continue Reading

Alcohol Poisoning

I’ve been drinking. Sadly, it was a lot of the same old same old: cursory interest in parent, partner, & children. The kids were adorable. The wife was determined. The father was exhausted. Multiple shots and references to surgery, instead.… Continue Reading

Singapore Skips a Beat

I saw this clip about Singaporean import Dr. Thio Li-ann on Queerty, and it reminded me that a PM who recently stood up to get the homosexuality laws off the books in Singapore was not reappointed. Some in Singapore feel… Continue Reading

Aung San Suu Kyi

Make her viral folks: this image was created by Shepard Fairey, the same person who made that Obama image that became so important in his campaign. The colors are so beautiful, & appropriately so. The one thing people forget about… Continue Reading

Trans Couples Talk

This is the text of the talk I gave at the Liberty Conference on May 2nd, 2009: How We Love You: Let Us Count the Ways There are partners who are male, female, and trans; there are partners who met… Continue Reading

Two Tune Tuesday: MIA & Annabella

This week maybe an odd mix, but maybe not: MIA is Tamil, Annabella’s Burmese. How often do women of southeast Asian descent show up in the pop charts? There were so many Bow Wow Wow tracks to choose from, but… Continue Reading

Reproductive Tech

Barnard College is hosting a conference on reproductive technologies on Saturday, February 28th; I wish I were there, but I’m not. Hopefully someone will go & report back! All the info below the break.

Mumbai

I’m honestly a little surprised the US news media is reporting these terrorist bombings in India, because usually, they don’t. Most Americans have no idea how many bombings have gone on there in past years; all these years we’ve been… Continue Reading

Keeping Me Sane

Okay, here’s some cool stuff that we’ve been finding online: BBC photos of the election Is Obama president yet? website The comments on DailyKos from when Obama won the Senate seat in 04 The US electoral system as described by… Continue Reading

Not a Goomba*

I was just bitching on the MHB boards that nearly all the only portrayals of Italian-Americans is mafia related, and people pointed out a few others – like did you know Elaine on Seinfeld was supposed to be Catholic? Nice… Continue Reading

Register to Vote

IT IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN SEVERAL STATES. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED, GO GET REGISTERED RIGHT AWAY. ALL OF THE DEADLINES ARE COMING UP IN THE NEXT WEEKS. & Really, how can you not listen… Continue Reading

Questions

Katha Pollitt’s recent column in The Nation, “Lipstick on a Wing Nut,” proposes that we skip all the Sarah Palin family saga & simply ask her a dozen questions instead: Suppose your 14-year-old daughter Willow is brutally raped in her… Continue Reading

Snooty-Pants

Our friend Lynne pointed out this interesting article from The American Scholar about the problem of elite schools. I particularly liked this section, since it’s so rare we actually talk about class in this culture: Elite schools pride themselves on… Continue Reading

Let’s Start with Seven, in Seven

In a week’s time, straight Americans will be standing up for LGBT Rights – here in New York, including Brooklyn, but also in California, Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, etc. The basic idea is that straight people will attend vigils –… Continue Reading

Healthcare Proxy Forms

A couple who’ve been together for 18 years went on vacation, on a cruise, with three of their four children. One of them had a massive stroke as their ship was about to leave port, which meant she received medical… Continue Reading

A Very Serious Eddie Izzard

from www.burmacantwait.org

Help the Burmese

Many of you know how much I loved visiting the country of Burma when I got to. Now, after the military junta cracked down on more democracy uprising, there’s been a horrible cyclone that has killed tens of thousands of… Continue Reading

Burma

It’s as if the places I love most have been targets of natural (and unnatural) disasters these past few years. The Washington Post has a beautiful and heart-breaking collection of photos from the cyclone that just devastated Burma. My only… Continue Reading

There is Nothing Like a…

… No, not a dame. (Or a Dane, for those of you who saw Betty’s performance with the Butch McCloud cast). Rather, there is nothing like a resume for making you aware of what exactly you’ve been doing with your… Continue Reading

Goddess Worship

The Times of India ran an interesting story about a crossdressing religious tradition: They are about to take part in the Kottankulangara Sridevi temple festival. The ancient temple in Chavara, Kerala, has a unique tradition. On the last two days… Continue Reading