Why have “Pride” when the majority of GLBTQs aren’t Proud?

Hola a todos. It would seem that the only time GLBTQs have gay “pride” is one day a year on what’s known as Pride day. That would seem to say that most GLBTQs are ashamed of their sexual orientation. And that’s an impression I’ve been getting more and more. In past years, I’ve referred to Gay Pride as Gay Shame/Gay Discreet Day, since that seems to be what it really is based on people’s behaviour I have observed 364 days of the year. Out of frustration with the now-dead Gay Rights’s Movement and the gay community, I’ve already written reams about this topic, not that I expected anything to change.

I hadn’t planned to say anything about “Pride” this year because I’m so disgusted with what it has turned into and GLBTQs apparent gay shame. In San Francisco, for example, “Pride” is nothing but an exploited event serving as a corporate commercial for mainly “straight” people who show up. The major $ponsor$ for “SF Pride” are major tech corporations based here and their Tech Surveillance State Industrial Complex. In recent years, “SF Pride” began inviting the corporate major league baseball sports team with San Francisco’s name attached to it to take part in the parade to try to get more and more people into corporate sports and to become obnoxious sports jocks. As that article I just linked to points out, this local corporate sports team has a major facility in the hate state of Arizona, the state which San Francisco is supposed to be boycotting. Hypocrisy.

I read this article and thought I would bring it to people’s attention:

Pride in London research: Many LGBT+ people ‘hide sexuality’
“In London: A majority of the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community feel the need to lie about their gender or sexual identity, a survey suggests. London Pride said its findings were “striking”.

Well so much for being “out and proud.”

I suspect if one were to take their survey in other major cities around the world the results would be the same. Why wouldn’t they be? Awhile back, I noticed that most gay guys all over the world have abandoned the word “gay” in their personal sex ads. Read: Bi Now Means Masculine And Not Bisexual. They now call themselves “bi” which now really means masculine. The unofficial new meaning of “bi” does not mean the guy is into females. What’s the reason for this? It’s internalised homophobia with one feeling ashamed of one’s gay sexual orientation, so gay guys are avoiding the use of the word “gay.” Their heteronormative thinking seems to be “you’re more of a real man if you don’t call yourself gay” and instead hide behind the “bi” word even though most of these guys have absolutely no interest in females because human sexuality does not change that drastically where all/most of the gay guys around the world now suddenly have this interest in females. Loco.

So it’s clear that GBLTQs feel the need to hide their sexuality. Nothing “out and proud” about that so why are we having “Pride?” But we’re told, “gay is now mainstream” and “gay people can live anywhere.” [sarcasm intended]. That’s what we’ve heard repeatedly from the wishful-thinking GLBTQs among us, but the need to hide one’s sexual orientation does not support that.

I would point out that “straight” people never hide their sexuality. In San Francisco, the “straights” who have taken over The Castro and Upper Market are in-your-face with their sexuality as often as possible. They enjoy walking hand-in-hand (that’s mandatory for them), they enjoy making out wherever they can and nearly fucking on the sidewalk to put on a show for everyone, to the point where I’ve heard some locals scream: “GET A ROOM SOMEWHERE!” to these obnoxious mostly young, white “straight” pendejos. Yes, I wish they would “get a room somewhere,” preferably in another City, as in MOVE!

And while I’m on this topic, I’m so sick of seeing that cookie-cutter conformist “LGBT” nonsense that the conformist sheeple use. The same people who use those letters (meaning in that order) say, “Gays and Lesbians.” They don’t say “Lesbians and Gays.” It’s always been ‘Gays and Lesbians’ (as in GLBTQ) but some idiots awhile back decided that Gays and Lesbians should be chauvinistic and sexist and put the “L” first (as in “Ladies go first”) and to show that Gays and Lesbians support women’s rights. To me it’s a given that Gays and Lesbians support women’s rights. Duh. Using their rationale, shouldn’t the “T” be first to show that we support Transgender rights? Or the “B” first to show that we support Bisexual rights? See how ludicrous that is? Apparently the idiots that dreamed up this conformist “LGBT” letter order possessed no critical thinking skills whatsoever. And many of these people who write “LGBT” often refer to “us queers.” They use the word Queer instead of Gay. Well, do you see a “Q” (for Queer) in “LGBT?” A local San Francisco Queer activist is one person I know of who constantly uses the conformist LGBT. It’s always been Gays and Lesbians (that’s how it’s been spoken and there have always been far more gay guys than lesbians) so that means the letters should be “GL” followed by “BTQ.” But in our conformist society, I’ve noticed that the sheeple all over the world including major corporations and organisations are writing “LGBT.” Everyone got their orders to be conformist from some idiot(s) who dreamed up this ridiculous sexist/chauvinistic order for the letters. I bring this up again because I get quite a few e-mails about. Most people who write me say it should be GLBTQ because, as I said earlier, most people say “Gays and Lesbians.” The local gay museum in San Francisco uses “GLBT” but on their sidewalk sign they refer to “Queers.” It’s always been Gays and Lesbians and it always will be as far as I and others whom I’ve talked with are concerned. One local said he thought they changed this to “LGBT” around the same time that “SF Pride” started being exploited by corporations and turned into the commercial on wheels that it is now.

Now GLBTQs: Come out of the closet for one day a year for your exploited corporatist Pride event. And so much for the bull shit about “gays can now live anywhere.” The part they omit?: In the closet. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement?

The “Discreet” Gay Guys in New York City

The “Discreet” Gay Guys

Are you Coming to San Francisco for Gay Shame-Gay Discreet Weekend?

What’s Wrong With Gay Dick?

Gay “Assimilation:” Back to the 1950s

“Gay People Can Live Anywhere? Gay Is Now Mainstream?”

Will Corporate and Sanitised Gay Pride Parades and Events Decline and Eventually Die?

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, op.15 (Buchbiner with hr-Sinfonieorchester)

Hola a todos. In the video below is one of the finest performances I’ve heard of Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor with pianist Rudolph Buchbiner and hr-Sinfonieorchester/Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt (one of my favourites) conducted by Paavo Järvi.

This piece has an interesting history. It started out in 1854 as a sonata for two pianos. (Brahms’s favourite instrument was the piano.) Later that same year, the work became a four-movement symphony. By the next year, he had composed the second and third movements for piano. I guess he was wondering: Where is this thing going? What is it going to be? In the end, he decided to make the work a piano concerto. I’m glad he did. Brahms had a friend with conservatory training and who was better trained in orchestration than Brahms so he consulted with his amigo during this time where the piece was morphing into what it would end up being. It’s not an easy piece to play. Check out those trills in the piano in the first movement. Brahms who was a very accomplished pianist himself was also very close to the composers Robert and Clara Schumann (she was a concert pianist as well as a composer). He and Clara became even closer after Robert had to go to an asylum in the same year that Brahms began work on what would end up being this Piano Concerto No. 1. Robert Schumann died two years later. Clara who was older than Brahms said she loved Johannes like a son. Brahms was very close to Clara too but a bit conflicted with their relationship I think, but he valued her opinion and any advice she gave him. (This is hot stuff here! ¡Caliente! Right out of a telenovela. (grin)).

In this performance, the conductor and the pianist seem to have a very good rapport which is good to see, especially the conductor to the pianist. There are some new people in the orchestra that I’ve not seen in their previous performances, such as the first chair flautist, or at least he wasn’t in another performance I saw where the first chair was una mujer/a woman. The second chair flautist is the same.

The piano they used for this performance has a beautiful tone. I’ll assume it’s a Homburg Steinway (as opposed to a New York Steinway) since they are in Alemania/Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Germany, and Frankfurt specifically. Some international concert artists — such as Cristina Ortiz — prefer the Homburg Steinway. Doña Cristina said she can immediately tell the difference between the two pianos just by playing a few chords. And the European arrangement where the placement of the piano is more inside the orchestra looks so much better than the style used here in the backwards US where the piano is stuck out on the front of the stage, more isolated from the orchestra. European pianists must come to the US and think to themselves: Why is the piano stuck out here like this? Can’t we move it in some? I feel like I’m in the audience’s lap.

With this piano placement, the leader/concertmaster is directly behind and slightly to the left of the pianist (as you’ll see in the camera angles in this performance below) and to the left and behind the conductor as opposed to directly to the conductor’s left. Doña Cristina said in an interview that on the rare occasion she performs in the US — she doesn’t like performing here, understandably…who in their right mind would want to come here to this cooked country? — she said she tries to get the conductor to move the piano more inside the orchestra (as in this performance below) because that’s what she’s accustomed to from her European performances and because the placement of the piano effects her playing. Sometimes she’s success with her request to move the piano. She’s much more comfortable “inside” the orchestra. I would be too rather than stuck out on the end of the stage. To me, the European approach makes much more sense. I think it has a more “chamber music” feel. I don’t understand that silly approach used here in the US. It’s as if the US thinks it has to be different, as well as arrogant/bullying with its ugly and immature superiority complex. Having the piano stuck out on the edge of the stage, what is that supposed to accomplish? I mean, we all know who the piano soloist is regardless of where s/he is sitting. It’s probably one of those silly classical music traditions specifically seen in the US.

Piano concerto performances don’t usually get much rehearsal time with the pianist and the orchestra which is a long-standing complaint of many pianists. You’re lucky if you’re able to play straight through the piece in rehearsal especially if it’s a longer concerto (such as the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3, for example). I saw a few things from hr-Sinfonieorchester in the second movement that told me that they didn’t rehearse the second movement with the pianist, although there were no problems that I heard with the second movement. I watched the Second Chair violist’s face (the guy with the blondish-brown hair with glasses) sitting on the side of the piano directly in front of the conductor. He gave some surprised looks as if he wasn’t expecting the loud piano chords at roughly 28.29 – 30.00 in the video. If they had rehearsed that section with the pianist he wouldn’t have responded that way having heard that section in rehearsal. So I don’t think he had heard the piece before or if he had, he didn’t remember that section. Then when the camera pulled back the First Chair violist — who later plays a short solo — was smiling a bit as if he too were a little surprised with something — with the louder chords from the piano? — and Paavo was acting as if he were maybe a little surprised and he had a page turn which didn’t quite work well and began asking for more volume from the cello section. So I concluded that they didn’t have the opportunity to rehearse that movement, not that they needed to. Just something I picked up on. Or they may have said: It’s the slow movement and it will play itself, which it did when you have that fine of an orchestra and soloist. This is a very beautiful performance from all musicians and we’re fortunate that hr-Sinfonieorchester have made it available to us. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Music And Liturgical Review: Trinity Sunday At Washington National Cathedral (Organist Benjamin Straley)

This article is about the music, Liturgy and my favourite organist, Benjamin Straley, the superb Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music, at Washington National Cathedral (WNC) in the District of Columbia. WNC is a cathedral church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

An Anglican Liturgy is not complete without at least one descant.—Dr Gerre Hancock (February 21, 1934 – January 21, 2012), former Organist and Master of the Choristers, St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.

First, a request to production: Can you kindly please keep the camera on Benjamin when he’s playing his organ voluntaries and Communion improvisations? He deserves the same respect given the priests when they’re speaking. There’s plenty of time during the Homily or before and after the Liturgy to show scenes of the cathedral, such as the blue/purple stained glass window and others. Muchas gracias.

Hola a todos. It was Trinity Sunday 2016, which is the First Sunday after Pentecost. Traditionally, Trinity Sunday is when the hymn Nicaea (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) is sung, usually for one of the processional hymns. And that was the case at Washington National Cathedral (WNC) up on Mount St Albans in upper Northwest in the District. As usual, I was waiting for the last verse of Nicaea to be sung because there’s a descant for Nicaea that nobody seems to know about. I can’t imagine Nicaea being sung without a descant on the last verse, but that’s usually the way it’s sung even at St Thomas Fifth Avenue where their trebles sing descants throughout the school year. The trebles of the Grace Cathedral Choir (Anglican Communion) of Men and Boys here in San Francisco sang this descant one year and that’s where I first heard it. But for some reason, Grace Cathedral’s Liturgies (audio on demand) are not available online for more than the short period of 7 days. Also, Trinity Sunday seems to fall in this transition period with cathedral schools where the trebles may be there for that Liturgy or they may have that day off as their choir school prepares to close for the Summer, and I presume they’re preparing for the end of the school term. The only recording I know of for this descant is one that I cannot recommend. It’s pretty bad with an adult church choir which shall remain nameless. Their descant is rather weak, wobbly and it blends in more with the hymn. From observing their dead-looking congregation while the soprano section was singing it, I don’t think they even noticed the descant! When a descant is sung, I want to hear it strongly soaring above the hymn — as they do at St Thomas Fifth Avenue — so there’s no doubt that a descant is being sung. We already know what the hymn sounds like from having heard it for years in most cases, so we don’t need to focus on that as much. Granted, the hymn serves as the foundation for the descant. And the descant is usually only sung once so it should soar gloriously above the hymn preferably with superb Anglican trebles. If not with trebles/boys (or girls), you need a good, well-trained soprano section (with no vibrato) to do descants well, at least for my taste. There was no descant for Nicaea at WNC this past Trinity Sunday and I honestly I wasn’t expecting one when I saw the boys with the Men of the Cathedral Choir begin their Introit at the rear of the Nave. The girls are more likely to sing a descant than the boys at WNC. The trebles are a little “under-powered” I guess one could diplomatically say and they’re also smaller in number. But overall, WNC is not “big” on descants anyway. I can’t remember the last time I heard a descant there. If it were not for our Benjamin’s creative hymn playing (especially on the last verse), every verse would sound the same and that’s boring. I guess they don’t agree — well our Benjamin probably agrees since he’s devoutly High Church, but I suspect it’s that Low Church guy who doesn’t agree (or care!) — with the late Gerre Hancock who (supposedly) said or at least I heard or read somewhere that he said (I’m paraphrasing) that an Anglican Liturgy is not complete without at least one descant. If Gerre Hancock said that, I agree with him. I’ve noticed that with the CofE (Church of England) for all State occasions where the Queen is present that every hymn has a descant (I’m thinking of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral and at Westminster Abbey). William and Kate chose descants for every hymn in their la boda/wedding.

A brief aside: Prince William was recently featured on the cover of the gay magazine, Attitude where he spoke out against homophobic bullying and the mental health implications of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullyings. He also met with a group of GLBTQs at Kensington Palace to hear their experiences of bullying and discuss the impact on mental health. He and his brother, Prince Harry, seem to be walking more in the footsteps of their mother, Princess Diana.

For this Liturgy on Trinity Sunday at WNC, since the trebles didn’t sing a descant our Benjamin nicely made up for the lack of a descant by changing the harmonies on the last verse and that was beautiful, as was his improvisation during the censing of the altar. Yes, this was a more High Church Liturgy being Trinity Sunday. I was glad to see that. Unlike one of their more recent Liturgies that I wrote about, I saw some smoke coming out of the thurible throughout the Liturgy — it didn’t die after the reading of The Gospel — when the thurifer (he’s also one of the acolytes on other occasions) was nicely swinging the thurible. He made a very fine thurifer.

Now back to this descant I was going on about, I searched for the score online but could not find it. For anyone interested I’ll try to make this pretty basic for those who may not be too advanced musically:

If the hymn (Holy, Holy, Holy) is in the key of Eb Major, the descant begins on the B Flat above Middle C. Except for the next-to-last measure, this descant follows the note values of the hymn from what I remember from hearing it, so these are all mostly quarter notes except when indicated with a hyphen following the note to indicate a half note (like this: F-)

Here’s the descant:

E Flat Major: (ascending up the keyboard) Bb Bb Eb Eb F- G-, Ab- Ab Ab (down) G Eb Bb-,
Bb- (up) Eb Eb G G (down) F D Bb (up) D F F F (down ) D Bb,
Bb Bb (up) Eb Eb F- G-, Ab- Ab Ab (down) G Eb Bb-, (up) Eb- Eb- Eb- Eb- Eb (down) C (up) D Eb Eb //

Did you get that? That’s pretty close, if not exact to the descant I heard from Grace Cathedral. I might change that Eb I have in bold font to a high G for a little variety and to make it more “glorious.” And of course this deserve a majestic Ah-men on the end. We used amens on all hymns at the Anglo-Catholic parish where I served as organist. They don’t use amens at WNC.

Then came that southern baptist Sequence Hymn/Gospel Hymn. What was that about? One wonders if there is a former southern baptist on staff at WNC? I ask that because from my experience, the priest (Vicar or Rector) selects the hymns. I don’t know if that’s the case at WNC but what was with the Sequence/Gospel hymn, “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine?” Ugh. Why was that sung? Incense and a southern baptist hymn in the same Liturgy? Does no one see a clash (in styles) there? Incense is High Church and incense was used during this hymn. The hymn “Blessed Assurance” (which talks about “visions of rapture”) is bottom-basement Low Church. I know some hymns are used across denominations (such as Aurelia/The Church’s One Foundation) but from my experience “Blessed Assurance” is specifically and very southern baptist and has that history attached to it. It was used every Summer in the evangelical/fundamentalist Billy Graham Crusades sung by the (2,000 voice?) Crusade Choir. That hymn is one of the signature hymns of the anti-GLBTQ southern baptist church. And southern baptists haven’t changed their bigoted and prejudiced thinking. For example, following the tragedy in Orlando at the gay bar (Pulse), some piece of baptist basura — I don’t know if this bigoted church is a member of the southern baptist convention but they might as well be — in Sacramento California the “pastor” praised the killing of the gay boys in Pulse (the gay bar in Orlando) and accused them all — people he didn’t even know and had never met — of being child molesters. You know, that sounds exactly like yet another closet-case, homophobic gay “pastor” trying to hide/disguise his own gay sexual orientation in front of his congregation. That is so typical of closet cases, just like that closet case gay guy in Orlando who killed 49 people. People who are secure with themselves and their own sexuality don’t go around hating on gays and lesbians and wrapping in the bible. Now back to this hymn “Blessed Assurance,” with all the Anglican hymns you have in the hymnal, one from the bigoted, prejudiced redneck southern baptist denomination is chosen at pro-GLBTQ Washington National Cathedral? (shaking head in disgust). I would point out that this is not the first time this has happened. They’ve used other southern baptists hymns at WNC on occasion. I won’t list them to refresh their memory and give them any ideas. Or, are they trying to once again, “be all things to all people” (which doesn’t work well). So if anyone complains about the incense, they can say: But we sang that “Blessed Assurance” hymn from the bigoted and prejudiced southern baptist church to cater to the Low Church crowd, so stop whining about the incense.

There were a couple of positive things about “Blessed Assurance” and that is our Benjamin played it very tastefully — as I would expect him to do; he has very good tastes even when he’s called upon to play the worst of music! — and also I’d never heard that hymn played on a cathedral organ or a pipe organ for that matter or by someone of our Benjamin’s caliber so that was positive. Then there was his organ improvisation after The Gospel reading. I enjoyed that and it more on the High Church side, especially the beginning. Was it just me or was he trying to cancel out the whole experience of having just played that god-awful hymn to try to forget they ever sang it? It’s as if he were saying: “Just forget we ever sang that ‘Blessed Assurance’ hymn. I know I’m going to try to forget I ever played it, and instead listen to my High Church organ improvisation and focus on that.” Well I did and I enjoyed the improvisation very much.

For The Gospel reading, I noticed no one made the three signs of the cross (including the priest) when she said, “The Holy Gospel of Our Jesus Christ according to John.” I suspect they’re the bottom-basement Low Church tourists or non-Anglicans sitting back there in the Nave.

During the Communion Anthem, unfortunately viewers were not allowed to watch the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys sing their anthem. “And why is that?” one might ask. That’s because it would seem that production finds stained glass windows and watching people take communion more interesting than watching their own Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. “Here we go again,” I said to myself. This was the same complaint I had about Trinity Wall Street and it’s why I stopped watching their Liturgies. I found their production work inept, incompetent, pathetic and too frustrating to deal with to enjoy the Liturgy/music, and I really have missed watching/listening to the outstandingly superb Trinity Choir. And now it’s as if those idiots from Trinity Wall Street needed to pick up extra production work so they decided to come down to the District and help out or take over the production work at WNC. (Sigh) As a musician and former Anglican church musician, I want to watch the musicians. I’m not interested in repeatedly seeing the same stained-glass windows week after week or seeing the same columns or baskets of flowers. It’s as if production thinks that their viewers are one-time viewers and that they don’t come back in the future. Don’t they have many repeat viewers such as myself? I would think so. What is interesting about watching people take communion? It looks the same every week. That’s what I said about Trinity Wall Street. They wouldn’t dream of taking that camera off the priests when they’re speaking but yet they don’t afford the same respect to their own fine musicians. Ugh.

Once again, mi amigo/my friend asked: Are they trying to do what organist Diane Bish did with The Joy of Music? You know, honestly, I don’t know what they’re trying to do other than frustrate viewers like myself (and probably some other musicians who are watching). If they’re trying to emulate Diane Bish’s programme, these clueless production people don’t seem to understand that Diane’s approach worked for Diane because she was in a different cathedral or parish church every week. She was not in the same building week after week showing viewers the same stained-glass windows they saw the week before, and the week before that, and the week before that. Or even a few minutes ago. And with each scene her production crew (Haney Productions) showed of the interior of the building they showed them for only a very short period of time and the scenes were never shown to the detriment of the attention/respect to the music and performers. She didn’t have her cameras park on a stained glass window for 2.5 minutes (or whatever it was) where you’re wondering whether the camera crew has “fallen asleep at the switch” or went for a break and left the camera stuck on a window or a basket of flowers. That’s what they do at WNC now. In this Liturgy below, I missed part of the Communion Anthem because I was tired of watching communion so I had to skip forward in the video. Very frustrating. Then our Benjamin was playing his improvisation during the ending of communion — which I was enjoying watching — until that got interrupted too because viewers were sent off once again to stare at yet another stained glass window at 1.28.54. At this point, I’m thinking that maybe WNC’s production crew (who I used to never have any complaints with…what happened to them?) would be much better suited for producing videos for District museums than that of Anglican Liturgies. So maybe they might want to contact some of the museums in the District to see if they can help out.

Also, don’t miss our Benjamin’s interlude before the last verse of the processional hymn (Moscow).

I also see that Benjamin’s name is still not listed on the service leaflet. Since he’s the Cathedral Organist and we are most fortunate that’s the case, shouldn’t his name be on the service leaflet permanently? Chau.—el barrio rosa

And you can hear more from our Benjamin here. This is his organ recital (Navidad 2015). I love his Latin-coloured socks. During his performance, at one point he talked a little bit about the pieces on the programme, which is a good idea. It helps the audience get to know the artist a little bit better and to get a better feel for him. He was very gracious, and seemed very humble and modest (the ideal artist in my opinion):

The Fabulously Rad Gay Boys of South Florida

Hola a todos. It feels like San Francisco moved to South Florida and the Orlando Metropolitan Area at some point in the past. That’s the way it feels after seeing the pictures of the Fabulously Rad Gay Boys of South Florida/Orlando who were so unfortunately killed in the gay bar, Pulse, in Orlando. I looked at their pictures. So sad. So terribly sad to realise these Latino/Hispano Queer boys are no longer with us (there were a few females there too). Such a loss to their familias y amigos. With many of the Queer boys, I noticed their rad hair styles and/or their bling, ear plugs, one with a cartilage ring and some with makeup. The reason I noticed this is because it’s rare to see that in conservative San Francisco today, although I used to see that all the time around here. It was part of what made San Francisco the city it was known for: Proudly Rad(ical) and Alternative. Yeah well, that city is mostly gone. It’s rare to see anything that I would call “Fabulously Rad” in tech-junkie San Francisco today. (Techie) “Hipster” clones are not “Fabu” or “Fabulously Rad” by my definition. It is as if the Old City — the former proudly radical and alternative San Francisco — moved to South Florida. I had also noticed this rad/fabu-look in the past from monitoring the two español-language networks with their production facilities based near Miami: Univisión y Telemundo. I know some Queer boys moved from San Francisco to South Florida, but from what I’ve heard about GLBTQs who have been forced out of San Francisco, they have not moved to any one place. They’ve sorta gone all over. As I’ve said many times before, most of the conservative gay community — what remains of it — in San Francisco today have gone to great lengths to sanitise themselves and have tried to look boringly mainstream and “straight”/heteronormative which is nothing but — let me tell it like it is — internalised homophobia. And especially with these obnoxious, culture-less faux gay jocks around here who have nothing to do in their life but drink beer/get drunk and scream at the “top of their lungs” over fucking corporate millionaire-owned sport$ team$ with their overpaid millionaire players. Does bling and a fabu hair style clash with the fucking obnoxious jock image? And who with a brain wants to be a jock? Jocks historically have been los pendejos that bullied and belittled gay guys in locker rooms and on playgrounds/the field and that’s still happening today.

Not much has changed people even though some people would like to think that’s the case. Many people like to exaggerate some GLBTQ progress having been made. The GLBTQ community has become extremely complacent dead (read: What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights’ Movement) since same-gender marriage became legal here in The Cesspool/the US/EEUU. Law passed in favour of GLBTQs and some GLBTQ appointments to positions in government do not change or easily change people’s prejudices and bigotry. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” something that the GLBTQ community has completely forgotten about.

Obviously, the guy who killed these 49 people had many problems, including mental problems. I’ve read about him. It’s just too bad that somebody didn’t get him some mental help or he didn’t have the wherewithal to seek help with a credible (preferably gay in his case) psychotherapist on is own to help him come out of the closet, since according to his amigos he was gay and a closet case. Gay closet cases can be very dangerous people, as is often the case with homophobic people. He was seen at Pulse many times — he was seen there over the past 3 years — and seen dancing with guys. He was in marriage #2 to a female. Using her as “cover” for his prejudiced anti-gay family? Or was he bisexual in the original meaning of that word? That’s also very typical of gay closet cases to be married to a female to try to disguise/hide one’s true gay sexual orientation especially to one’s family. Apparently his esposa/wife knew of his plans to “blow up the place” at Pulse — she supposedly tried to talk him out of it — and now she may be charged as an accessory for the crime from having gone with him on one occasion to “stalk the place out.” I get the sense from what I read that maybe he snapped from his frustration of being rejected repeatedly by other gay guys he was interested in (because some people said his behaviour was “strange”), and decided out of revenge and frustration to “blow the place up” and that’s what he did unfortunately.

If you’ve read anything I’ve written about religion, you may know that I can’t stand the bigoted, prejudiced and anti-gay southern baptist church. Basura. I don’t know that this church in Sacramento, California is a member of the southern baptist convention but they might as well be with their hate and willful-ignorance about gay people Following the tragedy in Orlando at the gay bar (Pulse), some piece of baptist basura at this church praised the killing of the gay boys in Pulse and accused them all of being child molesters/paedophiles. Loco. Are we looking at another closet-case here with this “pastor? I suspect this “pastor” is gay and like all the other closet cases trying to hide his gay sexuality by hiding behind that bible and his twisted interpretation of it. Because people who are secure with themselves and their own sexuality don’t go around hating on gay people and wrap it in that bible. Basura do that.

Where I used to live years ago in the District of Columbia, this happened at Dupont Circle following the tragedy in Orlando: “DC police investigate anti-gay graffiti painted on Dupont Circle sidewalk.” From their article:
Quote: Sapol Jirapanjavat, the owner of Thaiphoon, said an employee discovered the graffiti Sunday morning at the restaurant in the 2000 block of S Street NW. It reads “Down with the gay agenda” in blue paint. On Monday afternoon, a local restaurant worker painted the word “gun” in red over the word “gay” to change the meaning to “Down with the gun agenda.” Jirapanjavat said that the vandalism had raised new worries following Sunday’s mass shooting at gay club in Orlando that killed at least 49 people. Like other restaurants in the area, Jirapanjavat displayed the colors associated with the Capital Pride Festival, a gay rights celebration that took place in the District on Sunday. End Quote.

When I lived in the District, Dupont Circle was the major gay area. But today, because of gentrification, Logan Circle (the next circle over east of Dupont) is the new gay area. When I lived in DC, the majority population was Black, but today from what I’ve read the Black population is about half or less of the total population. From Wikipedia: “The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the District’s population was 672,228 on July 1, 2015, a 11.7% increase since the 2010 United States Census.” The District has become much whiter and wealthier, similar to what’s happened in gentrified San Francisco. Also from Wikipedia: “Researchers found that there were 4,822 same-sex couples in the District of Columbia in 2010; about 2% of total households. Legislation authorizing same-sex marriage passed in 2009 and the District began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in March 2010.”

Maybe those wishful-thinking people who have been chanting that “gay people can live anywhere and gay is now mainstream” will finally come out of their delusional state and come to the realisation that that is not the case at all, as some of us have said all along.

I wish all those injured during the shooting a full recovery.

So when are the many Latino/Hispano/mexicano actors and musicians going to come out of the closet and stop pretending to be “straight?” You’re not fooling anybody. You’ve been speculated about for year (“is [insert musician's name/actor's name] gay?”) Only two to my recollection — Ricky Martín y Christian Chávez — have come out of the closet. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Exploiting Orlando

Who will even remember that this tragedy happened 40-50 years from now when you’re showing your tattoo?

Hola a todos. Hundreds wait in line to pay $50.00USD to get a tattoo to show their support for Orlando. This sounds like someone else is trying to exploit the GLBTQ community and a tragedy. Many people have already exploited this tragedy, including Obama/Biden, Florida’s Attorney General and others.

A tattoo business/bar in Orlando is offering a $50.00USD tattoo deal where they say they will donate the proceeds to help the families of those who were killed in the gay bar, Pulse, in Orlando Florida here in The Cesspool/the US. Is there a way to confirm that’s what they will eventually do with the dinero/money, and will there be a way to confirm the total amount of the proceeds taken in under this scheme?

Un chico/one guy said he was on his third tattoo. He said he didn’t hesitate when he heard about this offer. He said, “It’s just a little something, a little $50 to donate.” He said we know it’s going to the families that have lost their loved ones. Well, that’s what you’re being told the money is going for. It may or may not.

Hundreds of people are getting tattoos to remember the victims and to show their support. Something bothers me about this. Assuming this scheme is legit, are they splitting the proceeds into 49 equal parts for the families of the 49 people killed that night? I’m assuming that the City of Orlando has the contact information for the 49 families, and the money will be distributed that way, no?

Why would anyone want a tattoo of a tragedy on their body permanently? I’d prefer to remember/celebrate the person’s life, not how they died. I don’t like thinking about how people die, and I wouldn’t want to wear that as a reminder on my body. With my cat, Steven, he was my best amigo. He was a beautiful Maine Coon with a very interesting personality, pretty typical of Maine Coons. He was a very loving kitness. He died many years ago (he lived to be 18 years old). I don’t like to think about his last days when he wasn’t feeling well, or when I had to take him to the vet the final time. That was an awful time for me. I prefer to remember his life and our days together, and not his last day.

The people who died at Pulse should be remembered, but that doesn’t mean you have to commemorate the tragedy by wearing a reminder of the tragedy on your body. You can get a tattoo of a special person, but again at least for me, I wouldn’t want to connect the tattoo to the person’s death and the night they died, but rather to the person’s life. I got the impression that people are connecting their tattoo to the tragedy so — maybe they haven’t even thought about it this way, but — they will have this constant reminder of this tragedy on their body even in 40-50 years from now. And who will even remember that this tragedy happened 40-50 years from now? Also, when you’re showing your tattoos to someone — as some people like to do — you’ll come across this tattoo of this terrible tragedy and I would think that would change the mood rather abruptly.

One person was getting a tattoo which said “Pulse” (the name of the gay bar where this tragedy took place). Just wondering: Isn’t that copyright infringement since it’s the name of a business, or does that not apply to tattoos? Another person was getting a tattoo with the word “Orlando” with a heart symbol in black (looking over Orlando during a dark time the person said). Who wants to remember that and have it on their body permanently?

The tattoo business said the response has been way beyond what they imagined. They’ve called in extra tattoo artists to handle the demand. They’re working as fast as possible and there’s this long wait time. The waiting line is going all around the building. This also comes across to me as conformist, as in, “Everybody’s getting a tattoo to remember this tragedy, so I should too.” People say they want to show their support. It seems that “showing your support” means allowing yourself to be exploited by a business and standing in line for hours waiting to give them $50.00 to get your tattoo, and assuming that the families will receive that dinero (and all of it). Haven’t most or all of these people who say they want to show their support already shown their support in some way or another? What this scheme will do is to encourage more GLBTQs and others to come to this tattoo business/bar for their future tattoos, which this business very likely thought about from a business sense when they came up with this scheme. Chau.—el barrio rosa

The First Woman President Should Be Dra Jill Stein

Every s-election cycle Dembots scream one of their perfunctory Fear Cards in order to get the sheeple in lockstep with their corrupt party’s presidential nominee. That Fear Card is: “Remember the Supreme Court!!! Remember the Supreme Court!!!” Wouldn’t you rather have la Dra Jill Stein making Supreme Court nominations? Instead of Hillary who is an imperialistic hack Establishment career politician of the one-percent who’s under federal investigation or Trump who is an insane, out-of-control, bullying, anti-ethnic/racist fascist.

Hola a todos. Millionaire, war criminal and Imperialist, Hillary Clinton, has arrogantly decided — along with the corrupt Establishment and their complicit US corporate media — that she is the nominee for the corrupt undemocratic Democratic Party for the 2016 presidential s-election. And because she comes equipped with a cervix, many people are saying that it’s now possible that The Cesspool/Los Estados Unidos/the US will have its “first woman president.” I had the misfortune of seeing an ad for that Hillary where she was featured in her signature nose-toward-the-ceiling pose (as if she thinks she’s Queen Elizabeth II or something) with the words, “History Made.” Doesn’t she pretend to be a feminist or something? I guess her handlers didn’t catch it but it should be “Herstory Made” not “History Made.” In reality, her gender is really no big deal as I’ll explain later. Years ago I supported the idea of the “first woman president.” Back in 1984 when I was a Democrat, I thought Geraldine Ferraro should have headed the ticket with Walter Mondale as VP. But since then, I’ve learned that with identity politics that the “first [woman, gay, lesbian, Transgender, Black, Asian, Latino, etc."] politician can often be worse than what we had before depending upon the person’s politics. We just had a long run of the “first Black president.” He still has 6 months to go unfortunately. Mr Nobel Peace Prize has turned out to be a warmonger with 7 wars currently, and he’s also a corporate fascist. Corporate fascism is a kind of fascism that has taken over the US; it’s the merger of corporations and government whereby corporate power dominates. He’s far worse overall than the white guy before him who occupied la casa blanca illegitimately for two terms (I’m referring to George W Bush), whom I couldn’t stand either. In San Francisco, in recent years we’ve had a couple of instances of identity politics (“the first Asian”) and they’ve turned out to be absolute corporate scum and have helped to turn The City conservative. In Britain, years ago they had the first woman Prime Minister and she was conservative scum as well.

The Cesspool is such a backward country compared to other nations where they have had women as head of state for years. It’s taken The Cesspool this long to nominate a woman for president and Ms Clinton is the best The US Oligarchy can come up with? Oh please! Why such gutter-based standards?

Shouldn’t the first woman president be the best person possible of all the candidates running, instead of one of the worst candidates running? I think so. Can you relate to materialistic basura who wastes over $12,000 USD on a fucking jacket to wear to some event? (It looked like an ordinary jacket to me that Hillary was wearing; nothing special about it). $12,000 would clothe entire families with some dinero/money left over for comida/food. Should the first woman president be a corrupt woman of the one-percent who is currently under a federal investigation? Only a thoroughly bankrupt and corrupt party would choose as its nominee a piece of basura who’s undergoing a federal investigation. And what idiot would vote for a candidate who is currently under investigation? That’s Loco. Insanity. What is wrong with the people who plan to do that? Answer: They’re devout partisans. It’s all about the party to them. Many (most?) of them stand for nothing and they are without principles. To them, it’s all about “winning” at any cost. Many of the Hillarybots have already convinced themselves that the investigation of their “messiah” Hillary is bogus. And their “messiah” Obama is complicit in this. He said that Hillary’s TPP emails will not be released until after the s-election. Then Mr “Change We Can Believe In” endorsed this corporate parasite and war criminal. Hillary says she’s “thrilled” to have war criminal Obama’s endorsement. Must not take much to get her “thrilled.” It is clear that the US Oligarchy — known as the warmongering Obama regime — is once again hiding something. This from the guy (Obama) who lied and promised “the most transparent administration in history.” Read: “Obama promised transparency. But his administration is one of the most secretive” (The Washington Post). Hypocrite. I should also mention that is seems that Elizabeth Warren (the messiah for 2016?) is trying to upstage “Madame Queen” Hillary. Ms Warren recently said, “I’m ready to be commander in chief.” Really? Well that’s a bit presumptuous of you, isn’t it, Ms Warren? To begin with, la mujer/the woman is not even running for president and she hasn’t even been on any ballots through the rigged primary season. What is with these politicians, their big head and their power trip? I sense Ms Warren is trying to get Hillary to select her as VP so they can be “thrilled” (using Hillary’s word) about it being “A Two Woman Ticket” and run on identity politics. Ms Warren has also said she’s ready to jump in this fight for Hillary Clinton. (Translation: Select me as VP). I think that’s what she’s doing by saying this stuff. It comes off as arrogant nevertheless.

In my opinion, the first woman president should be of the highest quality: La Dra Jill Stein, and not some corrupt political hack under federal investigation who does not seem to possess any semblance of a “moral compass” whatsoever. It’s all about her and her huge ego. And should she be s-elected to reside in la casa blanca, finger-pointing Bill Clinton of the Clinton Dynasty will have another 8-year term. One wonders when these corporate parasites with their big egos will just go away and leave the rest of us alone?

In the case of Ms Clinton, add this “first woman president” identity politics to the Negative Baggage Category with all the other negative baggage that this self-entitled war criminal comes with. I saw a window sign the other day that read, “Hillary for Prison 2016.”

I can hear the screaming from the brainwashed Hillarybots (which now includes many or most of the former Berniebots, just as some of us predicted). The Hillarybots are screaming: “Well who are we supposed to vote for then? DO YOU WANT TRUMP?” *roll eyes* As if there’s much or any difference between the two! They’re best of friends you know. Yes, the Clintons and Trumps are best of friend (check out these pictures) despite their theatrics of being rivals they’re putting on for public consumption. You’ll also see a picture of Chelsea in there with her close Trump family friend. They’re not rivals at all.

The “Do you want Trump?” Card is the perfunctory Fear Card that’s dragged out every 4 years about this time on cue by programmed Dembots. The US Oligarchy is offering up these two dismal choices: again, the “Democrat” is under federal investigation for crimes against The Empire. El Republicano candidate and presumed nominee, insane Donald Trump, is a big-headed blowhard, unpredictable arrogant piece of work who acts more like a elementary school playground bully than presidential material. He’s a complete off-the-latch anti-ethnic racist and fascist, along with all the other negative baggage he comes with. His rabid redneck supporters are Authoritarians and are looking for a father figure, and that’s what they see in him. Read: Who are Trump’s supporters in the US? Authoritarians (The Washington Post). Trump is also currently being sued for alleged injustices having occurred at Trump University.

The sheeple could outright reject the US Oligarchy’s two dismal choices for them and instead vote for la Dra Stein.

The sheeple in the US are led to believe that Hillary and Trump are the only two choices they have. WRONG. The masses could reject both corporate parasites. If you Hillarybots had any brain on you at all you’d vote for Dra Stein and not the candidate you’ve been ordered to vote for and that you plan to dutifully vote for in lockstep like good little Dembot sheeple.

Dra Stein is the best candidate out there. I know what your response to that will be. It’s the same response I’ve heard every 4 years ever since 2000 from the pathetic Dembots who reside in the rut/cesspool called the “Democratic” party and that is: “But she can’t win.” Well she can’t win if you don’t vote for her, idiot. That’s the way that works. So you have to vote for her first, all of you. Understand, thick ones? As you may have noticed, I have no patience at all for Dembots, their many Fear Cards and their old scripted responses because you refuse to change your own behaviour. You Dembots behave the same fucking partisan-brainwashed way every s-election cycle. And by doing so, you are complicit in the cesspool this country finds itself into today because you keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That’s insanity. You keep voting for the same corrupt corporate “Democratic” parasites every s-election cycle and make lame excuses for them after they take office.

Wouldn’t you rather have Dra Stein making Supreme Court nominations instead of a corrupt war criminal or an insane fascist?

Of course one will have to hope — not the same “hope” bull shit that gullible Obamabots fell for from Mr “Hope and Change We Can Believe In Obama” 7.5 years ago — that the easily-hackable electronic voting machines that most people choose to live in denial about aren’t fucked with. Yeah right.

One will also have to hope that the US Oligarchy, Wall $treet and the Military Industrial Complex et al haven’t already selected either Trump or Hillary thereby making this “election” one big staged charade and farce for your “entertainment” and partisan-arguing purposes. This is what I’m talking about:

“A new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has found that the United States’ government more closely resembles an Oligarchy or a Corporatocracy than a Republic or Democracy….The researchers write, “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.“—Princeton and Northwestern Universities’ study (2014)

But unfortunately, I predict that Dembots/Hillarybots will do as they usually do and that is to continue to wallow in the “Democratic” party cesspool and then they’ll wonder why the Establishment status quo gets even worse. They will continue to take no responsibility at all for their own party’s pathetic/dismal record and blame it all on “those nasty Republicans.” I agree the Republicans are nasty, corrupt and the scum of the Earth, but so is your thoroughly corrupt imperialistic right-wing party that keeps moving farther and farther to the right. They’re no better. And the misnamed Democratic Party is absolutely complicit in the corruption and is equally responsible for where we are today. That’s being objective, something that partisans seem unable to be.

So, it’s up to you. It’s your choice.

Everyone en masse can vote for Dra Stein and then rest comfortably that she will nominate real progressives to the US Supreme Court. I’m not talking about people like Obama’s pseudo-progressive/conservative nominees to the Court. I’m talking about real, genuine, legitimate progressive in the original sense of the word. Not that the conservative senate would approve genuine/real progressive. But the senate would have to eventually approve one or two of them when that’s all La Dra Presidente Stein (that sounds good, doesn’t it?) sends them for the confirmation hearings. So, it’s up to you … and the voting machines. If you’re still living in Denial about the easily-hackable and corrupt electronic voting machines, check out the brief video below. It shows a voter trying to vote for Bernie Sanders but the electronic voting machine registers another candidate’s name instead. See it for yourself.

One should vote one’s principles — assuming one has any — instead of voting from a position of Fear, which is routine with Democrats. With the corrupt Democrats, it’s always about fearing their good amigos los Republicanos. The Fear Card is what the corrupt Democrats predictably play every s-election cycle because they have nothing to run on. Chau.—el barrio rosa

“There’s nothing quite so repulsive as a hypocrite traitor war-criminal:”

Here’s an interview with Dra Stein on DemocracyNow! My problem with DemocracyNow! is that they are such a mouthpiece/shill for Obama. And with them, it’s always “Barack Obama” as if there’s more than one Obama who’s in office. In the interview, Jill talks about the same thing I’ve written about many times which is voting one’s principles rather than voting out of fear:

Green Party’s Jill Stein: What We Fear from Donald Trump, We Have Already Seen from Hillary Clinton

Finally, I read this headline: “Sen. Bernie Sanders’ influence evident as Democrats begin drafting platform.” Oh lord! Don’t people realise that the party platform is meaningless? It’s just symbolic. It’s not at all relevant to what these corrupt politicians do outside of these coronations/conventions.

Related:

The D and R Divide in the US

What is an Obamabot?

Elizabeth Warren: the messiah for 2016?

¿Trump Presidente?

US Presidential campaign resorts to scapegoating undocumented immigrants

Bernie Sanders: the messiah for 2016?

Obama a “Centrist?” WTF?

What Happened To The Berniebots?

How to Respond to Berniebots? (Supporters of Bernie Sanders)

Have You Latched On To Bernie Sanders?

Hillary Clinton says “I’m Baaack” and Bernie Sanders talks “Political Revolution.”

The Castro Report (San Francisco)

[Keyword: "Straightsville" refers to Market Street between Castro and Church Streets.]

18 de junio de 2016/18 June 2016:Hola. Mi amigo did two walks through “Straightsville.” One was last night at around 8.00pm and the other was this morning. Last night was mostly “straight” and like a nursery with screaming babies in strollers, he said. It was rather dead out including all of the bars. Rather surprising considering it was warm out. This morning was about the same. He’s noticed how “straight” (and “straight” couples) his gym has become since he joined many months ago. He’s also notice something new and that’s the few conversations he hears have to do with golf and golfing. (It’s a bougi class thing. Pretentious people.) I never heard anyone talking about golf in the Old City. But with these wealthy, young, white basura that have moved in here I guess they think they have to “keep up appearances” and put on wealthy-class airs and broadcast that they’re into golf, as if anyone gives a fuck what they’re into. Even the Closet Case bar (the obnoxious sports bar on Market Street) was dead. We call it the Closet Case bar because it’s where gay guys go to go back in the closet and try to act like obnoxious “straight” jocks and to be all heteronormative and to be like the “straights.” I never knew that being like the “straights” was such a priority with some people. Chau.—el barrio rosa

14 de junio de 2016/14 June 2016 (Afternoon):Hola. UPDATE: Mi amigo gave me his report from his walk last night: Nearly all “straight” wherever he went on his walk. As soon as he arrived at Castro/Market he heard (what sounded like) programmed roars of people grunting, yelling, screaming at televisions in bars over a basketball game. He said the roars were identical coming from all bars as if the roars were machine-produced. He compared the cheering/roars to what a well-trained Chorus would do. The sounds were that identical coming from the bars. (I was thinking: So they’re all into their corporate sports after a major GLBTQ tragedy in Orlando). In other words, no one cared about that, or only a few did in the big scheme of things. He did see the memorial (of las flores/flowers, pictures) at the BofA building that I wrote about down the page and he said it was the largest memorial he’s seen there. But very few people were out and there were cops in The Castro. The obnoxious “gay” sports bar on Market Street was very obnoxious and packed with people (male/female) watching “The Game” and screaming over that. Sheeple. What shallow lives some people live. The same for the bar across the street. He said the residents of the neighbourhood must have enjoyed all that noise pollution. He said they couldn’t miss it because it was so very loud. He also said: By the loud roars and sounds he heard, you would never know that there was a major GLBTQ tragedy in another city because these people couldn’t care less about it. Yes, San Francisco has really changed…for the worst. Unrelated to that: the homeless are all back. They’ve all drifted back in, as expected. They have to be somewhere so they might as well be in The Castro.

I read a headline that said, “Many come to SF’s Castro to grieve over Orlando shooting.” Many? Well that’s vague. How many is “many?” I hadn’t expected anyone to come here if they know what The Castro is today. Does one really like to get drunk after a tragedy like this? If this were the Old City where the gay community was progressive (in the original meaning of that word) and cared about something other than their phone and fucking corporate sport$ team, that headline would have read, “Thousands come to SF’s Castro to grieve over Orlando shooting.” Or it would have said, “Tens of Thousands from SF’s Castro March to San Francisco’s Federal Building.” Yeah, well, we won’t see that again other than in old news articles about the Old City. Frankly, I hadn’t expected there to be much interest around here in the Orlando tragedy since The Castro is mostly “straight” now anyway. After reading that headline I clicked on the article which was just a re-hash of what I already knew. It showed a memorial for Orlando at the BofA building at 18th and Castro the way memorials for people who have died are done at that location. There were two people looking at it: a guy and a female standing together (a “straight” couple?) I think there was a small “march”/vigil one night — it didn’t say when it was — but the video for that was 5 seconds long and it just showed a row of people across — I guess it was — the sidewalk. One person was carrying The Empire’s flag and another person was carrying the Rainbow Flag. There was no indication as to how deep the “march” was. Someone wrote the names of those we know who died in the shooting with chalk on the floor of Harvey Milk Plaza but they weren’t written correctly. These were Latino names but they were written as if they were English names instead of español names. They were sanitised of the proper español accent marks. They were all of the same hand-writing, or rather printing. So whoever did this was ignorant of español. Typical for around here and of the US corporate media as well.

And finally, where I used to live years ago in the District of Columbia, this happened at Dupont Circle in the District following the tragedy in Orlando. “DC police investigate anti-gay graffiti painted on Dupont Circle sidewalk.” From their article:
Quote: Sapol Jirapanjavat, the owner of Thaiphoon, said an employee discovered the graffiti Sunday morning at the restaurant in the 2000 block of S Street NW. It reads “Down with the gay agenda” in blue paint. On Monday afternoon, a local restaurant worker painted the word “gun” in red over the word “gay” to change the meaning to “Down with the gun agenda.” Jirapanjavat said that the vandalism had raised new worries following Sunday’s mass shooting at gay club in Orlando that killed at least 49 people. Like other restaurants in the area, Jirapanjavat displayed the colors associated with the Capital Pride Festival, a gay rights celebration that took place in the District on Sunday. End Quote. Maybe those who have been chanting that “gay people can live anywhere and gay is now mainstream” are finally coming to the realisation that that is not the case, as some of us have said all along. Chau.—el barrio rosa

12 de junio de 2016/12 June 2016 (Afternoon):Hola. First, very sorry to hear about the shooting in the Queer bar in Orlando Florida with at least 50 people dead and many people injured. So sad. It’s yet another example of “Gay People Can Live Anywhere. Gay Is Now Mainstream” that we’ve heard from wishful-thinking idiots in San Francisco and elsewhere ever since they gave the order to “assimilate.” Read: Gay “Assimilation:” Back to the 1950s. Obama described the attack as “the brutal murder of dozens of innocent people”. Well he would know all about that wouldn’t he? He’s very familiar with the brutal murder of innocent people. How many innocent people has he droned to death, innocent killed, innocent maimed, how many innocent wedding parties has he killed? Mr Nobel Peace Prize Obama currently has 7 wars going speaking of “the brutal murder of dozens of innocent people.” Fucking Hypocrite. Also, Floridians stood in line today to give much-needed blood EXCEPT gay men were banned from giving blood due to Fraud Obama’s federal guidelines banning gay and bisexual men from giving blood unless they’ve been celibate for one year. Apparently Obama hasn’t “evolved” as much as the gullible GLBTQ community would like to believe he has. And how is anyone supposed to prove celibacy? Of course, STDs are not limited to gay guys. This is called the Obama regime’s homophobia.

Mi amigo went to his gym this morning. His gym is in “Straightsville.” It was severely “straight” with two “straight” make-out sessions in his gym. “Straight” couples go to the gym to make out, do they? One of them was with what he had long thought was a Queer boy (young, white, 30s). She was all over him in the gym as if they were going to fuck right there in the gym. Maybe los pendejos should record a sex video before going to the gym to get it out of their system so they can focus on their workout? Isn’t that supposed to be the reason they’re there? Later, the guy was asked by another guy standing there with him if he was getting married. He said, “No, you can’t fuck as many chicks as you want then.” As mi amigo left the gym, he saw a another guy (young, white, 30s) he knew from his old gym which was a gay gym. That guy was wrapped around a female at the intersection. Trying to pretend to be “straight,” are we? They seem to have to show off in public. When gay people did that around here it was frowned up and called being “in your face with your sexuality. Stop it.” But with “straight” people it’s perfectly okay. Fucking hypocrites. I asked mi amigo/my friend: Are these Queer boys trying to pretend to be “straight” since “straight” is now “in” for The New Castro and they think that being gay (and who they really are) is now “out” of style? (Even though human sexuality doesn’t at all work that way!) Because if they were bi in the original sense of the word, wouldn’t you think you would have seen them with females over the years on occasion? Some of us have wondered how many gay guys are now trying to pretend to be “straight” around here or put another way: Going back in the closet. Loco. He also noticed the saturation of the word “like” being used repeatedly by the “straight” basura. He heard the word “like” every 3 words from stupid-sounding mostly “straight” people who were talking with each other. From what he could tell after cutting through a saturation of the word “like,” their conversation was about being out on the golf course. (We never heard conversations about golf courses in the former “proudly radical and alternative” Old City). It was definitely more “straight” today. Glad I missed that. That’s the way it usually is on Domingo/Sunday, which is why I don’t hang out around in The Castro on Domingo, but mi amigo was only on Market Street between Castro and Church Street (also known as “Straightsville.”) Chau.—el barrio rosa

7 de junio de 2016/7 June 2016 (Morning):Hola. Mi amigo went on his walk last night and this is his report: All young, white and “straight” in “Straightsville” with their required hand-holding. That’s The Castro of today. No making out from them, fortunately. There was one Queer couple in front of him walking down into The Castro but that was the extent of the GLBTQs. No homeless anywhere in The Castro. (I guess anti-homeless San Francisco did another sweep). Today is the California primary. Most people seem very disappointed in the two major basura choices they have to choose from. Although they could choose the most credible candidate, Dra Jill Stein. But as I and others predicted and on cue, the Berniebots have already switched over to War Ccriminal Hillary who has already declared herself the nominee. Mi amigo noticed no political signs at all on his walk. In the Old City there would have been people standing around with campaign signs especially at Castro and Market. Nothing like that in this New Conservative Culture-Less, Soul-less, Non-Political, Non-Activist Lobotomised City of Tech-Junkies San Francisco. Chau.—el barrio rosa

5 de junio de 2016/5 June 2016 (Morning):Hola. Mi amigo/My friend went to his gym this morning which is in “Straightsville.” He saw no Queer couples but plenty of “straight” couples, unfortunately. It wasn’t that crowded out. Coming back from his gym he saw many “straight” couples. They were young and white (20 somethings, so that would be the techie basura). They were in the required “straight” format of him-tall/her-short with their mandatory hand-holding and make-out scenes all along Market Street. They behaved as if they just met. (We don’t see this nonsense anywhere else in The City. It’s only in The Castro.) They had to stop in the middle of the sidewalk to make out after doing their “skip-to-my-lou” dance (that’s where they hold hands and swing their arms back and forth quickly while skipping). It’s the nonsense that they’re programmed to do that they see on television. Then the guy had to take her and pick her up off the ground and swing her up into the air as if she’s his little girl. He held her at a level so that her pussy is about in line with his mouth as they are spinning around. (Loco). Mi amigo saw that many times all along Market Street. Ugh. Sounds awful. He said: They’re doing whatever they see on television. They’re programmed. I think the guy does this because she will call him “weird” if he doesn’t do this silly behaviour that everybody else is doing. I say: GET A ROOM SOMEWHERE! If they’re the typical “straight” couple they’re making out this morning but they’ll be fighting by tonight (often over him not giving needy-her enough attention). Mi amigo saw some single guys but had no idea whether they were Queer or not. I guess the “straights” think that all of the Rainbow Flags along Market Street for the month of junio/June are for them (the new “straight” flag). Half of the population he saw was the homeless. The other half was these in-your-face “straight” basura. That’s about it. Chau.—el barrio rosa

31 de mayo de 2016/31 May 2016 (Morning):Hola. I was out in The Castro last noche at “bar time” (around the time I used to go to bars when I went to bars, 11pm on) and it was very pleasant. I enjoyed myself. It was as if it were a completely different Castro than when mi amigo is out on his walks around The Castro. He asked me “what about all the cops?” There were no cops around, which shocked him. As he said, “The Castro is completely different when I’m there.” As I walked by some of Queer bars I got some fleeting flashbacks to my times when I went to bars and enjoyed myself with the gay boyz hanging around outside the bar and talking. As I walked by each bar, there were Queer boyz in them or hanging out in front. Not many stupidphones. There were a few females in some of the bars but I think they were las lesbianas. The City has put up the Rainbow Flags along Market Street, or at least started to do that for the completely corporate and pro-capitalist event attended by mostly “straight” people called “SF Pride” which is the last Domingo/Sunday in junio/June. (FYI: Pride is nothing like it used to be; it’s been hijacked by corporations wanting GLBTQ dinero/money). The obnoxious supposedly gay sports bar was closed (that was good, but how odd that it’s not open until 2am like all the other bars; or is it the location? It’s in “Straightsville.” There are sports channels where they could be showing sports until 2am). The new Luxury Designer Condos (Dahling) were dark. But there’s some buenas noticias/good news: Muni (our public transport system) recently installed new escalators in the Castro Metro Station and they installed very pretty rainbow coloured LED lights in the escalator near the steps (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and pink). It looks very pretty. Much better than it did look with all drab gray-white lighting. Hopefully this is permanent and not just for “Pride” month. I walked by a clothing store and saw that ridiculously silly fad of white, black and gray clothing in their window that I’m seeing all over the two corporate networks I monitor (where nearly everyone before the camera is wearing gray, white and/or black clothing). There’s complete saturation of that. It looks so overboard and conservative. I saw one programme from Televisa and there were 6 women at the table having a discussion and everyone of them had on a different-styled black dress. Everyone in black. Then I saw the same programme again (it’s on every semana/week) and the same women were wearing gray and white and one was in black. Loca. Anyway, back to my walk: There were some homeless people sleeping not bothering anyone. I counted about 5 homeless people trying to sleep on the cold sidewalk. A shame. I think I heard an anti-homeless comment while waiting to cross the street. I saw (what looked like) a “straight” couple with a Queer couple next to them and they were sorta making out. They were all together. The guy in the “straight” couple (if that’s what they were) made some flippant remark about, “I’m homeless.” And they were laughing about that. He looked rather pretentious (Dahling) and well-off so I suspect they (he and that bottled-blond he was with and the Queer couple) had walked by some homeless people up the street and now felt the need to hate on them when they were safely away from them. People like that are basura. And I think the Queer couple was taking part in it. Ugh. It was absolutely dead out except for the gay boyz at the bars and it felt very safe despite the late hour. Nobody was having any problem with anybody that I saw. It was very quiet. Just as I started to leave I realised I hadn’t seen any “straight” basura, fortunately (other than that anti-homeless possibly-”straight” couple I mentioned earlier). But of course that changed as I was about to leave. It seems that I always have to see at least one “straight” couple making out in The Castro. At Castro and Market (of all places) waiting for the light to change there was this female and this guy — they were the same height and not the usual tall-domineering/short-submissive — standing next to each other. Then he took his left arm and reeled her into him — and I’m thinking “oh here we go with the in-your-face ‘straight’ make out session, get a room somewhere!” — and gave her a beso/kiss and that’s all it took to get her wound up and hanging all over him and grabbing his ass as they walked across Market Street. Ugh. Fortunately they didn’t go into The Castro. But there seems to always have to be one in-your-face “straight” couple that has to put on a show while they act oblivious to their surroundings, and they love to make out at Castro/Market. I’m still waiting for a major Queer kiss-in to take place in the “straight” areas of The City, especially the wealthy areas and see how they like it. (That will never happen). Chau.—el barrio rosa

29 de mayo de 2016/29 May 2016 (Morning):Hola. Here’s another Castro report from another free-lance reporter: Light/hardly anybody out along “Straightsville.” The ones that were out were mostly “straight” and a few gay boyz here and there. A cyclist was hit by a car and being taken away by a emergency services. In the gym I go to, I listened to two gay boyz talking about last night’s partying and how they got into a dysfunction about which party they were going to go to. This guy had also given a memorial speech in a bar about a friend who had died and that the party will never die and we’ll bring the party to you. Nothing about anything important but partying. Most of the language I heard was “like, like, like, like, like…” Ugh. It doesn’t matter what the age group or the gender, all age groups in The Castro have one word they use as often as possible and that is the word “like.” It felt as if it was going to get very hot out today. It’s 78 and climbing. [Gracias mi amor. Chau.---el barrio rosa]

28 de mayo de 2016/27 May 2016:Hola. On my walk around The Castro last night: It must have been a game night since all bars were loud and obnoxious with moaning and screaming. Nothing else going on around here but conformi$t corporate sport$. The Castro was mostly “straight.” The obnoxious supposedly gay sports bar looked like it was mostly Queer and very loud with mindless screaming over some game and heard a block away. The bar (upstairs) a block away from Castro looked all Queer. “Straightsville” was mostly Queer, so I guess the Queers and “straights” have switched locations. The homeless are starting to come back into The Castro. No cops. Chau.—el barrio rosa

27 de mayo de 2016/27 May 2016:Hola. Mi amigo was out walking around The Castro and down towards Church Street in the early evening. He said: Queer boys were in the majority and hanging out at the Church Street end of Market, which is the opposite of the way it usually is. Whereas, The Castro was pretty much “straight.” Although nowhere was particularly crowded. There were not a lot of homeless people but there were lots of cops around. Of the total population in The Castro, the Queers were about 10-15% of the total. That’s about it. Chau.—el barrio rosa

26 de mayo de 2016/26 May 2016: Hola a todos. They’re putting the Rainbow Flags I mentioned yesterday down 16th Street at Market (towards the South East). Looks very pretty. Very few people out, no homeless with lots of cops in the Jane Warner Plaza area. There was probably another homeless sweep. About half the people out were phone zombies and oblivious of anything happening other than what’s on their phone and earbuds. We’ve certainly noticed all the properties for sale. Just on the 17th Street hill between Castro and Clayton, we counted roughly 10 properties for sale. More “For Rent” signs appearing in Upper Market. Hmmmmmm. Does that mean that some people are leaving because of the ridiculously high cost of living here and the overcrowding from the techie basura? I noticed that one of the apartments “For Rent” in a good area sat on the market for quite awhile. That took over a month to rent in one of the older apartment buildings probably built in the 1960s. Since it took awhile to rent, I take it that it was overpriced due to greed ($4,000.00 for a one-bedroom?). There’s been some talk about rents coming down but I haven’t seen that yet. Chau.—el barrio rosa

25 de mayo de 2016/25 May 2016: Hola, mi amigo/my friend did his walk through The Castro last night and gave me the following report: The obnoxiously loud supposedly gay sports bar was, well, obnoxious. He said there was some game being played (but not baseball) that they were all watching. It was probably the corporate basketball team that these conformists love to scream and yell for in that bar. And that’s what they were doing on cue. He said if you didn’t know any better you would think you were outside a sound-effects studio because the loud screaming/cheering (over a fucking ball game!) was done as if you turned a light switch off and on. It was that abrupt; off and on. He said the people in that bar sounded very programmed to loudly scream at the appropriate time on cue and then shut it off. He heard that repeatedly while walking in the area. Other bars were dead. He said especially at night The Castro has really been taken over by the poor homeless and especially on 18th and Castro and Castro Street itself, that one block between 18th and Market Street. There’s really been quite an increase in the number of homeless in The Castro (and I suspect elsewhere). He and I have nothing but sympathy for the homeless unlike the hate you’ll read for them on other sites. The homeless don’t have anywhere else to go so they might as well be in The Castro. And really, the Castro merchants and hateful/elitist/conservative homeowners deserve what they get for all their anti-homeless activity in the past years, including their support for the hateful sit-lie ordinance (which criminalises homeless). Mi amigo said the homeless are getting more uncomfortable to be around because they are uncomfortable hanging around. Understandable. They’re fighting with each other in rather large groups around The Castro especially in the now-closed Jane Warner Plaza, whatever that thing is supposed to be now and around the store on the north side of Castro/Market (east side). The homeless smell badly. This City can’t give them showers? Maybe they would have the dinero/money for that if The City were not giving generous corporate welfare to parasitic techie companies. The homeless also have lots of missing teeth and black skin from fungus infections. Terrible. We feel sorry for them. Imagine if The Cesspool/the US took the billions that these D and R corporate parasites waste by throwing it at the Military Industrial Complex for its many wars and instead solved the national homeless problem with it. But that makes sense and this US Oligarchy wouldn’t dream of that! Because they don’t give a fuck about the poor and homeless or anyone else. They’re only concerned about their bourgeois elite 1% ruling class. As far as I’m concerned, most of the Castro merchants can go out of business except for Rock Hard and Urban Flowers. To my knowledge, Urban Flowers has not been a member of this conservative merchants’ cult and Rock Hard (the best sex store in The Castro) has fought the sanitising of The Castro and I think Mark of Rock Hard ended his membership with them (according to the merchant’s website). They (Rock Hard) have been bullied over the years by neighbourhood prudes calling the cops on them for their display window where they were forced to put white stickers over dick and ass images on their video covers. Ridiculous! (Read: Sexual Freedom and Revolution). Most of the merchants in The Castro are conservative scum and directly responsible for sanitising The Castro (and helping to turn it into “Straightsville”) including supporting that ludicrous city-wide nudity ban. With their body-image issues, they can’t bear to see the human body. Most of the merchants are members of those conservative, bougi, class-ist, elitist and hateful busy-bodied neighbourhood and “benefit district” associations. (If this is your first time to pink barrio, all of that should give you a better understanding and a little more information and history about The Castro. It’s really not the place you think it is. It’s not the place I thought it was when I moved here during the Gay Mecca days). But there is some buenas noticias/good news: They’ve put up new Rainbow Flags on all the light poles just like during the Gay Mecca days between Castro/Market and Castro/19th Street. It looks so much better now and very colourful. Almost Latin! It really adds a lot to the barrio/neighbourhood. I originally thought they put them up just to put them up. But that’s not how things are done around here. Things are doing around here to exploit people for their dinero/money. Upon reflection, I realised that junio/June (which begins in a few days) is “Pride Month” so they put them up to exploit the tourists — that’s telling it like it is — since the timing of them is very curious (why didn’t they put them up in abril/April?). Mi amigo said: They probably put them up to show any tourists that this is supposed to be a Queer neighbourhood — GIVE US YOUR QUEER DINERO/MONEY BECAUSE OUR STORES AREN’T DOING WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — despite it looking like a “straight” neighbourhood with all the gigantic baby strollers and him-tall/her-short “straight” couples with their mandatory hand holding and make-out scenes especially in Harvey Milk Plaza near the entrance to the metro. But hopefully the flags will stay up year-round and they won’t rip them down at the beginning of julio/July 2016. At first I thought they put them up to send a strong message to the “straight” basura that this is supposed to be a Queer barrio, but now I don’t think so. Chau.—el barrio rosa

22 de mayo de 2016/22 May 2016: Overheard: “We Had A Falling Out Over My Eye Shadow.” Hola a todos. This is more “high energy” noticias/news from San Francisco’s Castro. Good stuff here. Mi amigo went to his gym today. This was after looking at the following Billionaire’s Map of the Bay Area article:

That article refers to “Billionaire’s Bay.” I and others have never heard the term. Quoting the article: “Maps show dramatic spike in million-dollar homes in San Francisco with the majority of properties now worth seven figures or more…[Ed. Suckers!] Million-dollar homes were rare in 2012, now they form the majority. In 14 neighborhoods, 100% of homes are worth seven figures or more. Just five years ago, million-dollar homes were scarce in the US. Now they are nothing special. And nowhere is more saturated with seven-figure mansions than San Francisco and Silicon Valley – otherwise known as ‘Billionaire’s Bay’. More than half of San Francisco’s properties (57 per cent) are worth $1 million or more – up from 19 per cent in 2012.” (They are referring to old, moldy, dilapidated homes.) “Nearby San José has seen a similar boom, with 46.3 per cent of homes worth $1 million in 2016, up from 17.4 per cent in 2012. And in 14 neighborhoods clustered around the tech hub of Palo Alto, 100 per cent of homes are now priced at seven figures or more.”

Mi amigo came back from the gym saying, “I can’t stand the people here. I guess I can’t stand the snooty billionaire class that has taken over the Bay Area.” I asked him: How was Straightsville? He said: “Lots of people out (about half “straight” and half Queer), and lots of baby strollers and literally everyone except the homeless was on their phone. At the gym, I heard some female go on about, “He didn’t like my eye shadow, and we had a major falling out over it.” *roll eyes* Assuming she was talking about her boyfriend or partner, the “straights” certainly do have a lot of really critically important things to think about, don’t they, such as eye shadow?

Mi amigo said: “These shallow and superficial wealthy people won’t know what hit them when there’s a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia or some other disaster because they haven’t paid attention to anything other than their shallow eye shadow news.” He said that the overwhelming majority of people out were young and white, both “straight” and Queer. That’s usually the morning crowd – young and white, and lots of dogs with the baby strollers. Check out that map. Chau.—el barrio rosa

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The Illusion That Gay People Can Live Anywhere

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Gay “Assimilation:” Back to the 1950s

Fucked-Up US Public: Gay Kissing Is Bad

[The Castro Report is an ongoing update of what I and mi amigo/my friend see and hear in and around San Francisco’s former Gay Mecca, The Castro. I’ll update this page from time-to-time. I’ve thought about starting The Castro Report many times before, but didn’t because of my concern that it would become repetitive, since not much changes around here with the New Conservative, Tech-Zombie and Lobotomised San Francisco and the sanitised Castro. But we’ll see; I may stop updating at some point when that becomes the case. Feel free to comment on what you see and hear in The Castro, or what you’ve heard about The Castro if you don’t live here.]