What do I think about the transgender ban in the US Military?

Hola a todos. Several people e-mailed me asking that question after the US Supreme Court upheld the orange despot’s transgender ban by a 5-4 vote. Trans individuals should have the same rights as everyone else. But it is beyond me why any Queer person (which includes trans) wants anything to do with or be in the US Military Industrial Complex Killing Machine and especially under this despicable orange-despot regime. WTF is wrong with some Queers? Insanity. You don’t have to be like the breeders in every fucking way. Many if not most Queers have carried that ridiculous order to “Assimilate with the straights/breeders” to the extreme, completely losing themselves and who they are as people. Stop it, damn it! Queers enjoy killing other Queers now, do they? (Related: Why do Queers want to kill other Queers ?) Or has that not occurred to anybody? Allow me to enlighten you: When one is in the barbaric US Military Industrial Complex Killing Machine and fires a gun at someone, you’re not necessarily killing a breeder. We are told that Queers make up roughly 10% of the worldwide population. That’s laughable. We all know it’s far more than that. I think it’s far higher than that because many guys — who are perceived to be straight because they are married to females with children — are closet cases. The person you’re killing or harming may be Queer, not a breeder. Ever thought of that? No, I suspect you haven’t (excluding my regular readers). So it is beyond me why trans people want anything to do with the barbaric MIC Killing Machine. Why would a trans person want to be part of that? I’m well aware that after the order was given to “Assimilate with the breeders” following gay marriage becoming legal here in The Cesspool/the US, that most Queers went insane for wanting to be just like the breeders including being all “Rah, Rah US military” for militarism especially when their messiah Mr Nobel Peace Prize Obama was in office with his 11-12 wars (I’m sorry I lost count) that he left office with. I watched the so-called “gay community” (whatever that means) flip out and become the opposite of who and what they were originally. So, I hope this answers the question as to how I feel about the trans ban in the MIC. As far as I’m concerned it’s a good thing. It’s too bad it doesn’t ban all Queers. After all, we Queers don’t really need to go kill anybody whether they’re straight or gay nor do we need to be involved in wars based on lies. Aren’t we better than that? We were better than that during the original Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement and before that ludicrous order to “Assimilate with the straights” was given. We were not interested in killing people at all. We were about peace and social justice. We were not about militarism or US nationalism or wearing tacky US flag shirts or military shirts (with “Army” and “Navy” written on the front) as I occasionally see some Queers wearing trying to be all “macho.”

And on another Queer-related topic, marriage equality:

Could the orange despot overturn marriage equality?
“D*nald Tr*mp had said he would “strongly consider” overturning the Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision to give same-sex couples the right to marry.”

Is there anyone reading this who thinks this can’t happen? Don’t be surprised if and when it does. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he were to do that. I’ve been expecting it. One does remember that vehemently anti-Queer P*nce is in the office of “vice president,” correct? And what would be the response from the now-dead so-called “gay community” (whatever that means) in the US of Insanity? Continued silence? Too busy on their phones? Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

Gay Wedding Ring Deception

What are straights doing in gay bars? WTF?

Hola a todos. So it’s not just me wondering: “Why the fuck are straights going to gay bars? WTF is that about?” I’ve not heard that all the straight bars closed, have you? Can’t Queers have anything to ourselves?! The Breeders want it all. Then when a gay guy hits on you (Mr Breeder/Mr Straight) in the gay bar — thinking that you’re gay because you’re in a gay bar — and gets “breeder attitude” and says, “I’m straight” the logical question is: Then what the fuck are you doing in here? What the fuck are you doing in a gay bar, Mr Breeder? Nothing else to do in your pathetic life but go to a gay bar? Have you gone insane, too? Get the fuck out! I don’t have the patience for this shit. I have had it up to here with this shit. The Century of Insanity. These two Queer boys in this video ask the same question I’ve asked and talk about how fucked up things have become. They talk about that at the beginning of the video. The rest of the video is about top and bottom. You can watch that too if you want.

I’ve previously written about this topic of breeders parking their ass in gay bars some time ago, so I’ll let los chicos do the rest of the talking. It’s good to see these Queer boys. They’re caliente. They’re hot. They remind me of the Old City (San Francisco), the way Queer/Gay boys used to be with some “gay camp” before the sanitise-yourselves “Assimilate with the straights” order was given. Good to see them. Check them out. Hugs to both of them. To the guy on the left: Dahling, your hair looks perfect. No need to keep fucking with it. (Smile). Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

Why are hetero couples going to gay bars?

Why are heterosexuals so attracted to gay areas and gay bars?

Yellow Vest Protesters complete tenth consecutive weekend of protests

“The Price of Freedom is eternal Vigilance.”

Hola a todos. Bonjour. The Yellow Vest Movement protesters in France just completed their tenth consecutive Samedi/Saturday protest in Paris and in cities throughout France. It’s been raining every Saturday in Paris and they’re out there usually without umbrellas. The rain and cold temperatures do not stop them. They are vigilant. These are people who have given up their Saturday and Dimanche/Sunday in some cases for ten consecutive weeks as of this writing.

Comparing France to the US: You can’t get people here in The Cesspool/US of Insanity to protest even in good weather. And when they do so, it’s only a flash-in-the-pan. Purely symbolic. Which reminds me of the recent Women’s March in various cities. Well, like most “protests” the Women’s March is mostly symbolic. State-sanctioned charades with Establishment politicians speaking at their events. These marches don’t accomplish anything in the big scheme of things. It’s just a feel-good time for mostly partisan-brainwashed women and some guys to get together on a Saturday. Aren’t most of the participants of the women’s marches aligned with the “Democratic” Party Cult (as opposed to the Republican Party Cult)? I think so. I saw one guy at the Women’s March wearing a “Resist” t-shirt. It’s going to take a whole lot more than “resist” to change anything here in The Cesspool. What really needs to happen here — read between the lines — is not going to happen because USians are too fucking lame, to tell it like it is. Vigilant protests — going on eleven consecutive weeks — like the YVM in France would disturb their comfort level and phone addiction here. Can’t have that!

Contrast these flash-in-the-pan US “protests” or demonstrations to the Yellow Vest Protesters throughout France. They are vigilant. They’re not flash-in-the-pan like these women’s marches and others. And the Yellow Vest protesters have accomplished some things. French president Emmanuel Macron and their Prime Minister have made some concessions to them, but the Yellow Vest protesters don’t consider it sufficient enough. They say they want the full baguette, not just crumbs. So the Yellow Vest Movement continues on.

When was the last time that a peaceful protest accomplished anything? I can’t think of any. I was in the streets peacefully protesting many things for decades. In hindsight, everything that I peacefully protested went on as planned, including illegal wars. None of these protests in the US — violent or non-violent — seem to have changed a thing. They were/are purely symbolic.

What caused the French government to make some concessions to the YVMovement? The violence, particularly in the wealthy Avenue des Champs-Élysées area, and the vigilance of the YVMovement. The French government understood that the Movement was not going away.

In other words, don’t expect any positive changes of substance to be made by having one lame or annual polite, “cakewalk” so-called “protest” or “demonstration” with genuflecting to the Establishment state-sanctioned charade as seen here in the US of Insanity to accomplish a thing. The only thing that some governments seem to react to with some substantive positive changes is violence after weeks of vigilance on the part of the protesters. During the YVMovement, I’ve heard it said by some of the French public, “Our police are professionals unlike the thugs in the States.” Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m not aware of any police brutality in Paris — like what one sees in The Cesspool — that has taken place in France during the Movement to the level that would happen here in The Cesspool. I do know that some of the YVM protesters have been roughed-up by the police but I don’t know to what extreme that has occurred. I did read that four of the YVM protesters have suffered serious eye injuries in conflicts with the police.

From my understanding, the French government is now requiring the Yellow Vests to have permits/approval for their demonstrations. This was not the case when the Movement started. It sounds like the Macron government is following the US Model for “protests.” That makes a protest a state-sanctioned charade. A farce. If one needs approval (with a permit) from the Establishment for a protest, then it’s not a protest. Period. Before this was announced, the Yellow Vest Movement just got out there and protested. They didn’t ask permission from the Macron government. I’m not sure if they’re asking permission now or not. Some of the women of the Yellow Vests have been having their own protests on some Sundays, in addition to the major Saturday protest. One of the YVM women said on camera, “You see the YVM men and the violence. We women want to show that one can have a peaceful protest with a message.” I’d love to ask her: And when was the last time a peaceful protest accomplished anything and was anything more than purely symbolic? I’d also like to remind her that she should have added the word “some” in reference to the men and the violence, because the overwhelming majority of men of the YVM have not been violent. Also, most violence is often caused by the police or their infiltrators who purposefully cause violence to take the power out of the Movement and try to snuff it out. Au revoir/Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

The “Yellow Vest” Protesters “burned the City down?”

Do Protests Matter?

Gay Wedding Ring Deception

Hola a todos. Gay marriage in the US is relatively new historically speaking. It’s so new in our breeder-brainwashed heteronormative US society where we are bombarded with images of “him and her” 24/7 for most people to remember or think that a guy can be married to another guy (or a female can be married to another female) when they see a wedding ring on his (or her in the case of a lesbian) left hand fourth finger. The left hand fourth finger is the finger that breeders wear their wedding rings on. Someone who does not know the two gay guys (the gay couple) will likely assume without thinking that they are two straight/breeders guys hanging out together when they see their left hand fourth finger wedding rings. That image of a wedding ring on the left hand fourth finger signifying that “a man and a woman” are married has been cemented in people’s mind for generations. So I must ask: why are Queers/Gay couples in the US wearing their wedding ring on their left hand fourth finger if they’re not trying to deceive people into thinking they are straight/breeders? I thought it was common knowledge that Queers wore their wedding rings on their right hand fourth finger as they do throughout Europe.

The custom/tradition of Queers wearing their wedding ring on their right-hand fourth finger — whether legally married or not — goes back to at least 1983-85 in Europe. “We’re married as far as we’re concerned whether the country we live in here in Europe allows same-sex marriage or not” seemed to have been the thinking before countries allowed marriage equality. Examples of this can be seen in a performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Krystian Zimerman with Leonard Bernstein conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker. In that performance, some members of the Orchestra (one of the clarinetists, for example) as well as Krystian are wearing a right-hand wedding ring. This custom has continued in the EU after countries — such as Deutschland/Germany — have legalised gay marriage, as can be seen by observing the right-hand of many Queer orchestral players, especially members of one of my favourites, hr-Sinfonieorchester/the superb Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. (They have a gorgeous string section).

From my observations, unlike in the US, there seems to be a well-represented alive and well Queer Community in the European Union (EU). And in the EU, Queers seem to be much more comfortable with themselves and their Queer sexuality than many if not most corporate-conformist Queers over here in the US of Insanity, having been brainwashed with “Breeder Superiority.” For example, in the EU, I see so many musicians in their major orchestras throughout Europe who are Queer — gay guys and lesbians — wearing their wedding rings on their right hand fourth finger. The same for some Queer news reporters. I’ve read that they wear their wedding ring on their right hand fourth finger (what I call “the Queer finger”) because they don’t want to be confused with or mistaken for a breeder. Good for them! At least they get it! At least they haven’t given themselves a heteronormative makeover to emulate, be as much like and model themselves after the dysfunctional breeders — with their over 50% divorce rate — as Queers in the US of Insanity have done.

Then you come over here to The Cesspool/the US — only if you have to! — and many heteronormative corporatist Queers in the US of Insanity have sanitised, tried to disguise and hide their gay marriage, and really, have tried to hide gay anything! Loco./Crazy. Why have they done that? To be like the breeders following the order to “Assimilate with the straights” after gay marriage became legal in the US of Insanity. Is there anything left that these corporate-conformist heteronormative Queers haven’t sanitised to be like the breeders? Sigh./Ugh. What fucked up in the head conformist people.

Mi amigo/My friend told me the other day that he’s seeing more and more left hand wedding rings on guy’s hands at his gym. I asked: Are they straight or Queer guys? He said and I quote: “How do you know? How can you tell these days who is straight and who is gay even with the best gaydar in many cases? They’re mostly these new hard-assed macho jock residents. I saw one of the guys from my former (gay) gym and he’s now wearing a wedding ring on his left hand fourth finger. Is he married to a female or a guy? Who knows?”

I have a question for the corporate-conformist heteronormative gay couples in the US of Insanity that this article applies to: How much more do you plan to do to sanitise yourselves into looking like and being like the breeders/straights as you have done since gay marriage became legal in the US of Insanity?

And sanitising one’s gay marriage and oneself of any Queer symbols is what the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement fought for and worked for over decades? To be exactly like the breeders is what the Movement fought for over decades? I wasn’t aware of that. It’s not what I and the Queers I know worked for.

Insanity.

Unfortunately, the Movement got hijacked at some point by heteronormative corporatist conformists because I had no idea that most Queers wanted to be an exact replica of breeders. That’s news to me and I never heard anyone say that during the days of the Movement. I had no idea that was the goal of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement which is why some of us are having trouble understanding the Queers in the US that this article is intended for. You seem to have fucking flipped-out since gay marriage became legal here in The Cesspool/the US of Insanity/los Estados Unidos. Has everyone gone insane?

Since gay marriage became legal in the US, you’ve sanitised yourselves to extreme of any Queer symbols as if ashamed of them and as if there’s something wrong with them.

Some of you have gone to such extreme measures to sanitise your gay marriage by pretending you’re married to the opposite gender by wearing your wedding rings on the “breeder finger” (the left hand fourth finger), again, which is the same finger that breeders/straights wear their wedding rings on. Loco./Crazy.

Why are you doing that? That’s gay wedding ring deception. When I see that, I see someone who is not fully comfortable with their gay sexuality. Maybe some psychotherapy would help? But it’s probably too late for that since you’ve already been brainwashed with Breeder Superiority and Breeder Brainwashing. Are you trying to deceive people into thinking you’re a breeder especially when you’re not with your partner? Why would you do that?

To those for whom this article is directed, how do you expect for someone who does not know you to know or assume that you’re gay/Queer when they see that wedding ring on your “breeder finger?” Or is that your intent? To deceive? To lie about yourself? Or have none of you thought of this? Are you trying to deceive people into thinking you’re straight/a breeder with your gay wedding ring deception?

Queers who are comfortable with themselves and their sexuality wear their wedding rings on their (what I call) “Queer finger” which is the right hand fourth finger as they do throughout Europe. Why do the Queers in the US of Insanity feel they must be different than their European counterparts?

Or are you so delusional and live under the illusion that your gay relationship is no different than that of the breeders. Well it might not be any different to you, but I can tell you it most assuredly is different to the breeders or many of them who don’t even like seeing two gay guys kissing. Are you not aware of that? Depending upon where you live, some of the breeders might see your gay marriage as no different than their (dysfunctional) straight marriage. But if you live around Jacksonville Florida, they don’t want to see your Queer relationship. Read: They didn’t like “the gay kiss” about a television station in Jacksonville Florida that was bombarded with complaints from viewers in December 2018 after the station showed two gay guys kissing on their newscast.

This also shatters that lie that the anti-gay conservative trash like to spew about, “Gay people can live anywhere,” which of course is rubbish. The reason conservatives say that is because they have never liked gay meccas, they want to kick out “those faggots” and make these areas straight and “normal” again. I heard the conservative merchant trash around The Castro — the then-owner of Café Fl*re, for example — spew that lie about “Gay people can live anywhere” as he and others were pushing to sanitise The Castro for the breeders and their baby strollers who were moving in.

Note to idiot conservatives (that’s one-in-the-same isn’t it?): Gay people can’t “live anywhere” even in the closet you bigots for fear of their safety. And conservatives are the ones who gay-bash and engage in violence towards Queers (especially trans individuals), so of course conservatives would hold that bigoted view. Los Pendejos.

It wasn’t that long ago that the breeders complained about Queers “shoving your Queer sexuality in our breeder faces.” Oh their hypocrisy. Clearly it’s fine when the breeders “shove their breeder sexuality in our Queer faces” like they enjoy doing in San Francisco’s Castro with their left hand fourth finger wedding rings, their make-out sessions and their family pictures of him and her and the kids on the desk and bookshelf at work to let everyone know they’re a breeder. Their blatant hypocrisy and homophobia is noted.

As a Queer person, are you comfortable with your gay wedding ring deception? If it were reversed, I suspect that most breeders would not want to be confused with or mistaken for a Queer person. So why would you want to be mistaken for or confused with a breeder?

Is there some gay shame within you where you’re thinking, “But breeders are normal and gays aren’t?” Again, you might want to believe that your relationship/marriage is no different than that of the breeders. It shouldn’t be any different, but reality is that it is and especially for gay guys: Related: Gay guys are not equal.

One well-known example of gay wedding ring deception is heteronormative E**en. Ugh. Isn’t she considered one of the darlings/gods of the now-dead “gay community?” I think so. I have to admit I wouldn’t walk across a small room to see her if she were on the other side. In fact, I’d probably leave the room. I liked her when she first started out in her “career,” but she’s not the same person she was then. I think wealth and celebrity-status changed her. Nearly every time I go on U-toob, for some reason there’s an image that’s shoved in my face of her sitting on her show set. Even though I don’t watch her show, the image shown for E**en — who is a millionaire worth at least $87.5M USD as of 07.18. She gets that much for acting stupid, silly and making other stupid people laugh? — shows her sitting on her sanitised corporate set in her white chair looking like Ms Corporate Conservative in her drab dark (usually black or grey) conservative suit complete with turtleneck. What happened to her? She looks corporate and conservative. There’s nothing “rad(ical)” about E**en from what I see. I think E**en runs from “rad.” Isn’t she very pro-Establishment as a millionaire corporatist? That’s what wealth can do to many people. She sanitised herself like the majority of the now-dead “gay community” have done. Does she pretend to be a “liberal” or “progressive” while supporting the right-wing corrupt corporate “Democratic” Party Cult? She’s another brainwashed partisan, I do know that otherwise she wouldn’t be an Obamabot who worships and glories the celebrity Obamas. I saw an image of E**en and celebrity Michelle doing a little dance together on her set to entertain the sheeple. (roll eyes) Such substantive material. What a waste of air time! I guess the high-pitched, shrill screaming girls in her studio audience — does she still have them; probably a new group by now? — were hysterical over that little dance. If only they could get that excited over something that really mattered of importance in most people’s lives! But that’s not what shallow and superficial people do. Being an Obamabot, I presume that E**en approved of Obama greatly expanding on the right-wing neocon policies of the illegitimate Bush regime and the number of innocent people Obama’s policies killed. Is E**len aware of any of that? And none of these White House residents seem to come with any semblance of a conscience, no matter how many times they tear on camera for the benefit of the gullible partisan sheeple who fall for such stunts.

Like many misinformed Queers, does E**en think that her messiah Obama is responsible for gay marriage? He’s not. Obama had no idea how his two nominees to the US Supreme Court would vote on anything while sitting on the court. In fact, his nominee Ellen Kagan later voted in favour of the anti-gay Colorado cake baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. How fast one forgets all of that.

Does E**en still call herself a lesbian or does Ms Corporate Conservative with her revisionist history corporate “Brand LGBT” nonsense use the “identify” word which gives the impression that one can change one’s sexuality by how one “identifies.” As in, “I identify as a lesbian (today).” How will you “identify” tomorrow? (roll eyes) Groan.

The only time I watched her show (or a clip of it rather) in recent years was when she had a guest on from the español language network Univisión. Of course she mispronounced “Univisión” and though it was funny that she mangled it. That’s often the way shallow USians are when it comes to pronouncing words from other international languages, unfortunately. Her guest from Univisión had to pronounce the network name correctly for Ms Willfully-Ignorant E**en. A prepared show host and mature comedian wouldn’t find it funny to disrespect other languages and would have rehearsed it before the show so as not to look like an español-illiterate idiot. Then there’s E**en. Moments later, she felt the need to make some comment about how “hot” he was, which came off to me as if she were pretending to be a straight woman/a breeder. I thought: WTF is wrong with her? That’s one reason I referred to her earlier as heteronormative. I’ve not known any lesbians that I can think of who referred to a guy as “hot.”

The only reason I’m writing about this woman is because, again, heteronormative E**en also chooses gay wedding ring deception by wearing her wedding ring on her “breeder finger” as you can see in the image here (give it time to load). When she’s in public, I suppose most people might recognise E**en from television but I doubt most people would recognise her partner, so when people see one without the other, people would likely assume when seeing that wedding ring on their “breeder finger:” “Oh, she’s married to a man (now). About time. Now she’s normal.”

Another example of gay wedding ring deception is a Queer clothing designer who shall remain nameless. He’s from New York City. He’s on one of the major shopping networks. Every time I see him he’s wearing conformist all-black clothing from head-to-toe. He even has black-framed glasses and black sneakers. No black nail polish though. Guess he hasn’t thought of that yet. He seems to be obsessed with wearing Millennial-black even though he’s not a Millennial. He’s extremely conformist which perhaps speaks to some deep insecurities? He married his partner/boyfriend awhile back. I’ve seen images of the two together at their la boda/wedding. On television, he wears his rather large wedding band on his “breeder finger” (left hand fourth finger). But he’s a Queer boy, so why is he doing that? He looks like he’s trying to be heteronormative. He wants the (mostly female?) viewers to think he’s a breeder/straight. Because the viewing audience of this rather conservative network he’s on would not likely think about gay marriage when they see his wedding ring on “the breeder finger.” The audience will likely think he has a wife, which I think is what he wants them to think. Because on one occasion, a female caller told him that through his designs she could tell how much he loves women. (roll eyes. Oh good lawd, does the woman have no gaydar at all?) He told her, “Oh that’s such a nice thing for you to say” followed by some other syrupy words. He didn’t say to her, “I’m gay, I’m Queer, so no, I don’t love women. I just love their money that they spend when they buy my designs/clothes here on this network.” Well obviously he couldn’t say that on air but he could have said part of the following: “Nice of you to call and I do enjoy designing clothes for women such as yourself. You may notice that I do design clothes in various colours even though I never wear colour myself. I’m always in this drab-black get up that you see me wearing here on this set as if I’m either on my way to or coming back from a funeral.” So on television, this gay guy is essentially a closet case married to another gay guy. I wonder how his partner feels about that, or is he a closet case too? Mi amigo/My friend said: I’d love to have heard the conversation that took place between he and his partner about putting the wedding ring(s) on “the breeder finger.” What kind of brain calisthenics did they have to jump through to justify that? I said: Oh it probably went something like this: I’m putting my wedding ring on the “breeder finger” because of the fashion industry I’m in. Everyone knows that the moda/fashion industry has never had any Queer people in it at all, ever, never. So that I fit in with my conservative (anti-Queer?) female audience, I want them to think I’m a breeder/I’m straight so they will continue to buy my designs. It’s fine with me if I deceive them — to me it’s all about the money and not any integrity or self-respect as a gay guy on my part. I’m fine with deceiving them and to make them think “I love women” just like that caller told me. I’m quite comfortable with living a lie on television and anywhere else in my life where someone thinks I’m straight. Isn’t that what our Movement worked for over decades? (roll eyes)

And I should also point out that some of the show hosts on this network according to my very reliable gaydar are Queer, but they too pretend to be a breeder and talk on occasion about having a partner of the opposite gender, and about the kids. I remember feeling a bit stunned when one of the show hosts who I would have bet money on is a lesbian was talking on air about her husband. Husband? Who is she trying to fool, I asked? Her audience apparently. She too wants the audience to think she’s a breeder. Or does she call her female partner her “husband.” Even if that were the case, the audience would not know that and they would assume she’s talking about a guy.

There’s another male clothing designer representative — a closet case, as far as I’m concerned — on the same network who I’ve always thought was gay and would have bet money on it. I found a post of his while writing this article where he wrote, “Yep, I’m not gay.” That he was asked whether he’s gay is revealing. Obviously other people think he is gay too. And of course he gave the expected answer that closet cases always give. But was his version of that answer supposed to be a joke? I mean, it sounds like a double-negative. Shouldn’t that be, “No, I’m not gay.” Maybe it was a joke since it began with “Yep,….” He’s more feminine than some of the female models on the network, and has written other comments about the time he spends with his mother. Straight guys don’t usually talk about the time they spend with their mothers, do they? (No.) That’s considered to be a “momma’s boy” and a “sissy.” I showed an image of this clothing designer to mi amigo. He said, “Oh yeah, I remember him. He’s straight all right. Another closet case.”

As some of us see it, the order to “Assimilate with the straights (the breeders)” was the night the so-called “gay community” died. Fin. The End. And things have been dead ever since.

Interestingly, I read this while writing this article:

“Marriage equality was widely regarded as the last frontier for gay-rights activists.” [Source]. That’s the first time I have read that anywhere. So it wasn’t my imagination that gay marriage becoming legal was the end of the Movement when I wrote this article: What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement?

There’s been nothing since.

These day the only thing I see people doing is seeing how many more fucking letters they can add to that ridiculous acronym, which has now grown to this length: The official acronym is now: LGBTQQICAPF2K+. Have you ever seen anything more ridiculous? It almost looks like some variant of a barcode.

Forget these letters. We’re Queer or Gay. Period. Take your pick. Or use both, as I do. Here’s the thing: I thought the conformist-corporatist Queers wanted to be like the breeders? Well, the breeders don’t have any ridiculous letters/acronyms. They’re just called straight or breeders (or heterosexuals, a word I don’t particularly like). Period. So why do Queers (still) have these long strings of letters? Related: Lea DeLaria: The LGBTQIA+ acronym is divisive.

Insanity.

As some of us see it — including our little local group of Queers here in San Francisco — the tombstone for the grave of the so-called “gay community” (whatever that means) reads: “Assimilate with the straights.” That has translated into Queers going back in the closet in many cases and or marrying their partner but in many cases unfortunately wearing their wedding ring on the “breeder finger,” another example of Queers sanitising themselves to be like the breeders.

Just as most Queers have run from our Queer radical past and have adopted more traditional, conservative, heteronormative breeder behaviour and Establishment institutions.

Marriage is one of those institutions since marriage is a very conservative heteronormative institution. It’s as if many gays and lesbians completely lost themselves and said:

“I want to be a breeder, or just like them, even though I protested breeders/straights for decades during the now-dead Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement. Just ignore my hypocrisy over those decades. I want to be a breeder now.”

Insanity, and this seems to be a mostly US phenomenon.

The tombstone on the grave of the now-dead “gay community” also tells the story about how most Queers (at least here in conformist San Francisco) have thoroughly sanitised themselves of any and all Queer symbols on their person that indicated to others that they are Queer. They removed their Rainbow Flags, their Trans Flags, their Bear Flags, their Leather Flags from their person and backpack/shoulderbag and put them back in the closet, often along with themselves in many cases. Gay guys have removed their earrings — because breeder guys don’t wear earrings — and put them in the closet. Remember bling? Bling earrings were a major fad here in The Castro among Queers guys. Almost everyone was wearing bling. But as I remember it, bling disappeared almost literally overnight after the dictate to “Assimilate with the (white) straights” was given. Those sparkly bling earrings went back in the closet (along with the Queer boy?) right after the “Assimilate with the straights” order was given. I specified “white” breeders up above because some Black and Latino/Hispano breeder guys wore bling then and still do here in 2019. I still wear mine. Also, gay guys have gone to conservative hairstyles to look like the breeder guys. Gone are the hawks and faux hawks for the most part. “Rad” and “alternative” is out. Adamant conformist is in. Conform! Obey! Wear black and grey.

Gay guys want to look like the breeder jock bros as gay guys try to be more heteronormative. Some gay guys pretend to be “bi” even though they have no interests in females. They think “bi” makes them sound more “macho” and more like the breeders. (Note: I’m not referring to the genuine bi people; I’m talking about the frauds, the liars, the fakes). Lesbians want to look like straight women as they try to be more heteronormative.

The only time one sees or hears “Out and Proud” anymore (remember that slogan?) is on that one day a year now known as Pride, Inc. Note they’ve even removed the word “Gay” from “Pride.” Even “Pride” has been sanitised by these heteronormative corporate assholes. Was that done to cater to the breeders who might be uncomfortable with the word “gay?” It’s always good to cater to the breeders, isn’t it? Like the Castro merchants have done by ruining The Castro (Related: “Queering The Castro”). Yes, even “SF Pride” (as it’s called in San Francisco) has been hijacked by corporations, by the Military Industrial Complex and ugly nationalism. (Related: The Queer Equality March began with the US National Anthem? WTF?, and Queers glorying war on Gay Freedom Day Weekend. Just more insanity in Queer’s desperate attempt to emulate the breeders. At least in San Francisco, “Pride, Inc.” has essentially become a breeder-hijacked event to party, get drunk and to make out under Rainbow Flags.

Gay guys are certainly not “Out and Proud” when they en masse describe themselves in closet case language — such as in their sex personals — by using words such as “discreet” and “down low.” What are they ashamed of that they think they must be “discreet” and “down low?” What happened to “Out and Proud?” That’s passé too. One can’t be “Out and Proud” and also “discreet” and “down low.” They are a contradiction in terms.

I’ve seen the now-dead “gay community” become more and more conservative, some wearing US flag shirts (I never saw that during The Movement), even becoming “rah, rah” for barbaric US militarism, which is the opposite of the pro-peace beliefs of the original Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement. It caused me to write this article: Why do Queers want to kill other Queers ?

If one desperately wanted to be a breeder, one would be marrying a person of the opposite gender. Well some are! You can’t make this shit up! And if one did that, I’d have to seriously question why Queers worked decades for equal rights including gay marriage when, in the end, (some) Queers were ultimately going to marry someone of the opposite gender which some have done and continue to do here in the Century of Insanity. Related: More back to the 1950s: Gay guys marrying females in droves. Sad. Insanity. Why would a Queer person marry someone of the opposite gender, unless s/he has gay shame and has gone back in the closet? Loco.

All things considered, does one now understand why I and others say that it seems that the so-called “gay community” (whatever that means now, not much) has completely fucking flipped out?! Geezus.

What one sees is mass insanity as one passes by the tombstone of the grave of the dead so-called “gay community.”

Then on television and on U-toob, so often I see Queer guys trying to deceive the viewer into thinking that they are a breeder by wearing their gay wedding ring on their left hand fourth finger (“the breeder finger.”)

I’ve said this countless times but to any first time readers:

“San Francisco has lost its soul.”

That’s a phrase I’ve heard longtime residents say in the last couple of years. And they absolutely cannot stand The Castro now. They call it: “Corporatised, Disney-fied, there’s no art or culture anymore, the people suck, nobody cares about anything anymore, it’s no longer a fun place, everybody is on their phone.” I agree with all of that. Overall, San Francisco has become a very cold (I’m not referring to the weather), snotty, lobotomised conservative City due partly to the conservative agenda of the conservatives in the so-called “gay community” of the past. This was rather shocking to me at the time because I never knew there were any conservative Queers. I had never known any. But their intent was to sanitise “The Proudly Radical Castro” for the conservative/prudish breeders and their children who were moving in here and complaining about the neighbourhood. Intelligent people don’t move to a neighbourhood they don’t like, but these assholes did with the intention of changing it to the way they wanted it with the help of conservative Queers. (Related: Sexual Freedom and Revolution). The conservatives said, “It’s time for the gay community to grow up.” Translation: It’s time for the so-called “gay community” to become conservatives like us conservative prudes. And that’s what happened, not just here in San Francisco but in other cities as well, such as: Chelsea: The Death of a Gay Neighborhood, Murdered by Neo-Hetero-Homophobes. Also, West Hollywood puts the Rainbow Flag back in the closet.

I’ve heard longtime residents say, “I avoid The Castro especially on the weekends. It makes me angry to go there. I don’t need that in my life. I don’t like walking down 17th Street to The Castro because all you see is this stream of him and hers with a baby stroller usually, watch them pause to have a make-out session, then you get to Castro and Market Streets and you’ll see what looks like a gay guy trying to be straight and making out with a woman. A couple of people told me: In some cases it is a gay guy that I’ve seen here for years and he’s gotten himself a girlfriend it looks like to be “normal” must be his thinking (gay shame). We didn’t see this before this “Assimilate with the straights” shit started.

While writing this article, mi amigo/my friend asked me to add: Today, one merely sees remnants of what used to be the gay community every now and then here in San Francisco. And even with those remnants, it’s not obvious that the person is Queer. They are back in the closet or appear to be. One usually has to guess — which is not the way it used to be — because often they too are sanitised and trying to hide their gay sexuality. He also came to me and said he just watched two guys on U-toob who were more than obviously Queer boys but both had a big gaudy wedding ring on their left hand fourth finger. He didn’t know what to make of that. He asked: Are they married to each other or are they married to another guy, or are they married to a female? If they wore their weddings rings on the “Queer finger,” we would only be asking two of those questions: 1) Are they married to each other or 2) married to another guy? Mi amigo walked away in frustration and disgust and said, “You know, I think we have to just forget about the wedding rings. Add that to the list of insanity here in the US with the deceased heteronormative gay community. Just as we try to forget about that ‘LGBT’ revisionist history nonsense that one sees used all over the internet by the conformists.

Still in the closet in 2019?

During the now-dead Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement, we worked so hard for many thing including coming out of the closet to be ourselves. So it leaves me with a deep sense of depression whenever I see a Queer boy who is obviously a closet case and doesn’t have the cojones to come out of the closet bouncing down the sidewalk holding hands with some giddy female as they head into San Francisco’s Breeder Mecca (The Castro, the former Gay Mecca). They’re going to The Castro presumably to drink, get drunk and make out under Rainbow Flags and later have straight sex, even though my reliable gaydar tells me he’s gay.

One gets the impression that The Castro is now the only place in San Francisco where breeders (or rather closet cases) come to have “straight sex.” I talked with one Queer guy in my apartment building recently about this and he said, “I don’t even go into The Castro anymore to the bars because of all the straight girls there.”

And finally, despite all this talk about being like the breeders/straights and “Assimilating with the straights” it must be pointed out that some of the perceived breeders/straights are not straight at all. They’re closet cases having been brainwashed with Breeder Brainwashing and Breeder Brainwashing: Another gay guy marries a woman. They’re Queer. They followed “The Heteronormative Family Script” meaning: “We, your family, expect you to get a girl, get married and pump out babies.” Some of these gay guys who married females finally do come out of the closet such as this gay guy who was married to a woman for years and they pumped out several children:
This Gay Mormon Man Who Got Famous For Marrying A Straight Woman Is Getting Divorced. I would hope that a guy such as this should he get married to another guy at some point will wear his wedding ring on his “Queer finger” (right hand fourth finger) rather than engage in gay wedding ring deception.

There is a tad bit of good news when it comes to gay male couples, although it’s about the UK and not the US of Insanity:

In the UK: Gay male couples least likely to divorce and break up. “Researchers have found same-sex male couples are twice as likely as not to break up as lesbians …. Women in same-sex relationships are 1.5 times as likely as heterosexual couples to have broken up. Lesbian couples ‘most likely’ to break up.”

But back over here in The Cesspool, one should expect to see even more of this gay wedding ring deception and closeted behaviour as we as a society race back to the 1940-50s, where other negative aspects of life and “battles fought” that some of us thought were long gone are indeed returning.

Is there anyone reading this who thinks this can’t happen: Could the orange despot overturn marriage equality?
“D*nald Tr*mp had said he would “strongly consider” overturning the Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision to give same-sex couples the right to marry.” Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he were to do that. I’ve been expecting it. One does remember that vehemently anti-Queer P*nce is in the office of “vice president,” correct?

I read a headline on one site the other day. It read: “Who came out as gay in 2018?” That article shouldn’t take up too much ink. But I think they would need new server space for an article that read: “Who went back in the closet in 2018…and married females to be like the breeders?” That article would be as thick as a dictionary.

Then there was a headline about a Queer couple — who shall remain nameless — who have “a new daughter.” Again, trying to be just like the breeders by having children. Repeating myself again, I really didn’t know that being an exact replica of the breeders was the ultimate goal of our Movement. And I don’t think it was. As I said earlier, our Movement was hijacked by heteronormative corporatists. Just like lesbians hijacked our Movement with their sexist “LGBT” (it’s sexist because it’s the “ladies go first” mentality) bull shit when they didn’t do most of the work — gay guys and trans people were the main activists — so lesbians don’t deserve first place in that silly acronym.

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” It’s a time-honoured saying and very true. That saying is engraved on the tombstone of the grave of the now-dead “gay community” because they failed to remain vigilant. And at the rate things are going, to some of us who are paying attention it feels like we will have to start all over again at some point. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

Related: Gay Assimilation Has Backfired.

Gay guys are not equal

Gay guys are real men

Lesbians trying to look like straight women

The gay Jock Bros who reject gay guys

The Illusion That Gay People Can Live Anywhere

They didn’t like “the gay kiss.”

What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement?

Lea DeLaria: The LGBTQIA+ acronym is divisive

The official acronym is now: LGBTQQICAPF2K+

So now it’s the LGBTQIA+ community ?

The Resistance from the “LGBT” Status Quo Sheeple

“Gay people can live anywhere”—Brand LGBT(TM)

Corporatist Brand LGBT (TM) deserve what they get

Brand LGBT(TM)

What’s With The “LGBT?”

Is it GLBTQ or LGBT?

The “Discreet” Gay Guys in New York City

The “Discreet” Gay Guys

Breeder Brainwashing: Another gay guy marries a woman

Whoever thought that being Queer was just a fad ?

“Gay Pride” and getting ready for the lady

Change it back to Gay Freedom Day

Review: The 2018 Gay Freedom Day in San Francisco

Gay Shame: A Sign of the Times

“Proud To Be Going Straight.” At Gay Pride?

Going back to the 1920s and beyond

Are gays going back in the closet?

Why are hetero couples going to gay bars?

Breeder Marriage Proposals

Review: Beethoven’s Ninth – San Francisco Symphony and Symphony Chorus

(After this article was posted, it was updated with a paragraph about Pink Floyd and his backup singers to make a comparison).

Hola a todos. Here in San Francisco, the San Francisco Symphony and Symphony Chorus performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in d (Choral) last month (diciembre/December 2018) in Davies Symphony Hall.

It seems that the public’s interest in symphonic choral works has dwindled considerably from the days of where works such as Mendelssohn’s Elias/Elijah was a mainstay in the repertoire, or oratorios in general for that matter. Here, in our dumbed-down US society, we seem to be down to (what I call) “The Big Three” on the “classical pops” list: Beethoven’s Ninth, Orff’s Carmina Burana and the annual, ubiquitous and perfunctory performances of Messiah (at the neglect of many other holiday choral works, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Hodie). Which brings to mind that there’s another “Big Three” and that’s the ubiquitous performances of the Anglican canticle settings by the late English composer Herbert Howells that are over-performed in Anglican parish and cathedral churches. Those “Big Three” settings are the Collegium Regale Service (King’s College), St Paul’s Service, and The Gloucester Service. All are superb pieces but the man wrote others and unfortunately those three have become over-performed at the expense of Howells’s many other beautiful but neglected settings. (Lazy?) Anglican choirmasters seem to say, “We’ll do what we already know and have performed umpteen times. Nobody will know the difference!” The same goes for 2-3 of his anthems (“Like as the hart” and “Take him earth for cherishing” come to mind). But that “Big Three” is for another article.

The San Francisco Symphony Chorus also recently performed Messiah — I don’t even need to give the name of the composer for that do I? It’s Händel, by the way — but I didn’t hear that. No disrespect intended to the SFS Chorus, but if I don’t hear that warhorse Messiah again it will be fine with me. (I much prefer to hear Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii ZWV 12 performed by Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 instead. By the way, the vocal soloists in this Zelenka performance were superb, and they were chosen from the Chorus the way it should be in my opinion. They’re not screamers. They sing on pitch. They have lovely voices and are real artists. Why can’t all vocal soloists sing like these fine soloists?)

With their performance of Beethoven’s Ninth, perhaps it was the mic’ing as far as the sound problems were concerned. I don’t know, although I suspect the sound I heard was what it was in the hall. Because the tenor and bass sections were superb, followed by the alto section. It was the soprano section that bothered me. What is going on with soprano sections these days? I don’t get this.

When I was in Orchestra Choruses, our soprano section was superb and always sang with a lovely straight-tone (no noticeable vibrato) giving them perfect intonation. And favouring the soprano section, I was always closely listening to them especially when they were up the stratosphere in the top of their range. That was the case with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the University of Maryland Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. But as is the case with the troubled (I’m being polite) Tanglewood Festival Chorus — which is currently undergoing a much-needed overhaul led by Chorus Director, James Burton, from the UK — at times it sounded like the soprano section of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus was screeching and screaming in their upper register. I heard some shrill sounds rather than beautiful singing. When the tenors were in their high register, they didn’t sound like they were screaming or shrill, and I didn’t hear any ugly shrill sounds. I heard impeccable German diction from the tenors, well, from the men in general including their perfectly trilled “r” on the word “Brüder” (which means “brother”). The German diction was superb from the Chorus.

As a former chorister in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus when superb Vance George was Chorus Director, I remember that when one is in the Chorus one thinks that unfortunately most people listening to us don’t even notice the diction that we worked so hard on with the language coach and or Chorus Director — or notice much of anything really for that matter unless they are another serious “choral person.” But being a “choral person” with years of Orchestra Chorus experience myself, let me assure you choristers in the SFS Chorus that I noticed your excellent diction, and your (mostly) beautiful singing and hard work. It may have gone unnoticed by many people who don’t have a clue about the talent, skill level, musicianship and amount of work involved to be in the Symphony Chorus. But let me assure you, you’re very much appreciated by me because I know what’s involved from having done it myself. As I’ve written before, there was a time where I felt like I was living on the stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with our performance demands in the Choral Arts Society with the National Symphony Orchestra and other (inter)national orchestras. So muchas gracias.

A brief aside: It sounded like the Chorus — per the conductor’s wishes I presume — made some of the quarter notes into eighth notes with the final t’s in the diction coming a half-beat earlier than they normally would. I don’t have the score before me but when we sang the Ninth here (SFS Chorus/Vance George) under conductor Kurt Masur (who held the word “Gott” at the fermata for a day and a half – I loved that and the soprano section was up on their High A with no struggling at all!), and when I sang it with Norman Scribner’s Choral Arts Society of Washington in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra, I remember those notes that I’m talking about being quarter notes. This is not a complaint, just an observation. Sometimes conductors do change note values for diction purposes so that a consonant lands on a certain beat. I was just curious.

The problem with this performance by the San Francisco Symphony Chorus was that I detected some unevenness in the soprano section. I also heard a slight bit of wobbling vibrato on a couple of occasions from the tenor section. It seemed that the quieter the tenors sang is when the vibrato reared up. And it sounded like just one voice that had turned on vibrato. I heard the same thing at one point from — what sounded like — one voice in the alto section.

With Beethoven’s Ninth if one is not careful, the choral section can come off as screaming because the soprano section especially is often in the top of their register, which is where I think a darker-tone in the soprano section would be helpful and could possibly eliminate any shrill and or hints of possible screaming sounds. The soprano section of the SFS Chorus has a rather bright sound from the broadcast I heard. I think the Chorus overall has a brighter sound now than they did under Vance George. That’s just an observation. As I remember, when I was in the Symphony Chorus we sounded more like Margaret Hillis’s Chicago Symphony Chorus (warm, dark tone) when Solti was CSO conductor. And Vance George was a protégé of Margaret Hillis. The Chicago Symphony Chorus under Ms Hillis/Solti sang with an open-throat dark tone and the same for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw. They both sang with a straight-tone or no noticeable vibrato.

At least to my ear, one thing I noticed about the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Shaw is that he had the bass, tenor and alto sections as the dominant sections, and the soprano section just sort of laid up above or floated up above the other three sections. In other words, the soprano section was not the dominant section as it was in this performance by the SFS Chorus. And I never heard any hint of screaming or shrill sounds from the ASOC at any time. The soprano section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus had a very polished, refined, pure-tone and controlled sound with perfect intonation, which one expects from a major Orchestra Chorus such as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. As of this writing, it must be said that the SFS Chorus is clearly the better Chorus when comparing it to the TFC.

As for the vocal soloists in this performance, sigh, don’t get me started on them. Who chose them? Ah, dreadful. I know a 90-year old woman and she and her group of about 10 people have stopped going to the Symphony because of screamers like these vocal soloists I’m about to write about. She said that it didn’t used to be like this. She said, “they just scream at you; none of us like it in our group. It’s no longer enjoyable.” I understand. I can’t stand them either.

These days, if someone were to tell me, “I’m a classically-trained singer,” if I could do so I would say, “Oh, so you’re a screamer? That’s what it amounts to. Why not just call yourself that? Screaming with heavy, wobbling vibrato. Guess what pitch I’m singing? And vibrato is often used to cover up technical problems and pitch problems. If you can’t sing on pitch, hell, use heavy-vibrato where your voice is wobbling back and forth in between pitches. Nobody will know the difference, including some conductors who have been brainwashed to think that ‘it’s supposed to sound like that.’ (roll eyes) Groan. Some of these screamers seem to be trying to compete with the sirens on emergency vehicles passing by the concert hall. That’s not music. It’s not singing. There’s no artistry involved in screaming with vibrato and that’s what it is. Let’s tell it like it is. It’s noise pollution.” The Vibratobots will tell you, “you must use vibrato to ‘sing over’ the Orchestra.” Rubbish. Orchestras are quite skilled at accompanying quietly. They can play so quietly that one can barely hear them. I’ve heard them do so. And with technology being what it is today, any vocalist screamer can be mic’d with a headset microphone. Then, they can sing at a reasonable volume level — without annoying wobbling vibrato and so that the people sitting in the first few rows of the Orchestra section won’t need to bring earplugs — and where it doesn’t sound like they’re screaming and trying to compete with a jet engine.

Beethoven’s Ninth is a symphonic choral work. It is not opera. Why does Beethoven’s Ninth consistently turn into opera in the choral section? These opera divas in this performance were among the worst screamers that I’ve ever heard anywhere with (as usual) the tenor and soprano soloists screamers trying to outdo everybody on stage. As is usually the case, the quartet in Beethoven’s Ninth sounded like the typical train wreck one has become accustomed to hearing with the quartet in this piece with wobbling vibrato and screaming where none of the soloists seemed to be trying to harmonise with each other and sing beautifully. There was nothing musical about their role in this piece. They turned a non-operatic work into screaming opera. They didn’t seem capable of harmonising. They each seemed to live under the illusion that they were giving a solo recital performance, rather than performing as an ensemble. Did these four not study ensemble singing where they trained, in screaming? Ensemble singing requires real talent and artistry. It requires being a real musician like the other real musicians on stage such as the Orchestra and Symphony Chorus. They were the real musicians and artists in this performance. Not the screaming soloists. Any damn fool can scream. These soloists came off to me as rather amateurish and so wrapped up in their own voice at the neglect of skilled ensemble singing and harmonising with each other as a unified quartet. What I heard from the solo screamers was noise. The Chorus was singing beautiful music with their talent and artistry. The soloists decided against that. Why? And that last passage of the soprano soloist in the work after the tenor soloist decided to blow out a tonsil, at that point the soprano soloist decided to outdo him. She gave the listener the impression that she was giving a solo recital at that point in the score. She started winding up with a crescendo (is that in the score?) that overpowered all the other soloists screamers. It became all about her, Ms Soprano Diva. It was truly awful. Who, with an ear for music, liked that noise? As I wrote in this article, I usually avoid the solo passages in Beethoven’s Ninth for this very reason. And unfortunately, this performance was no different. But as expected, the audience seemed to love it — I guess they enjoy screaming, or can’t tell the difference between screaming and lovely singing — or were they mainly applauding the Orchestra and Chorus (bass, tenor and alto sections?)

One would have hoped that MTT (Michael Tilson Thomas, the conductor) would have taken the soloists aside and asked them to turn off that god-awful wobbling operatic vibrato and reminded them that this is not opera, and strongly encouraged them to try to harmonise with each other as a quartet is supposed to do and like the Chorus did. Perhaps conductors do this privately, but in my Orchestra Chorus experience I never saw a conductor speak a word of criticism to any vocal soloists. Instead, the conductor worshipped them as gods as if they were above reproach. I don’t understand that thinking. The conductor has no problem correcting the Chorus or the orchestral musicians, so why not the vocal soloists? Why are they off-limits? In this performance, the Symphony Chorus was not wobbling and fluttering. They (mostly) sang with perfect intonation; the perfect blending of voices. They were harmonising. I feel I’m getting redundant here but the point cannot be overstated. Typically with the quartet in this work, harmonising is not their concern. The Symphony Chorus was not singing with any vibrato or any noticeable vibrato (excluding the soprano section on occasion), so why were the soloists? And because of that, the two ensembles — meaning the soloists’ ensemble and the Symphony Chorus ensemble — did not match. It was a case of wobbling operatic vibrato (soloists) versus no vibrato (Chorus). They should have used vocal soloists from the Symphony Chorus. But then I guess orchestral management would say, “Well, no one will come then. We have to use celebrity screamers from artist agents as ‘bait’ to get people to come to this performance.” And because of that, the soloists screamers were as dreadful as usual. Among the worst I’ve heard in fact. Noise pollution best describes them. I don’t like being critical of other musicians, and I rarely do so unless I feel it’s needed because I know how that feels, but in this instance, I feel I must tell it like it is. Notice that I did not list the names of the soloist/screamers on purpose.

I suspect what I’m about to say in this paragraph will not be popular among readers, but frankly I don’t care: The other night mi amigo/my friend wanted me to give him my opinion about the backup singers used in a performance by Pink Floyd, so I did. As I told him, I’ve always paid attention to a group’s backup singers — such as in disco music, for example — because they sort of perform the role of the Chorus for a performance, as they sing behind or next to the solo singer. In the Pink Floyd performance, his backup singers were excellent. They blended their voices nicely and sang with a straight tone. He asked me if I thought they were professionally trained. Well perhaps, to some degree. They knew to try to harmonise with each other and blend their voices. No voice tried to out-sing or overpower the other. They were the opposite of the screamers in Beethoven’s Ninth, for example, or most vocal soloists/screamers in general in the classical music tradition. Someone will not like what I’m about to say, but in Beethoven’s Ninth the soloists/screamers are closer to serving the role of backup singers even though they mistakenly think they are the stars of the performance. They are not. The stars of the performance are the Orchestra and Chorus because they perform the majority of the work. The soloists/screamers have a small role by comparison. But I’ve seen the screamers strut out on stage in performances with this aura about them that they think they are such hot shit and gods, and should be worshipped, glorified and adored by the audience, especially the soprano and tenor divas. Some of the diva females even curtsy to the audience (isn’t that a bit outdated?) They look all around the hall to make sure everyone is adoring them with adoration and affection. Get over yourselves, soloists. You’re just a screamer, usually. You’re not the stars of Beethoven’s Ninth. You’re essentially the backup singers and there’s nothing wrong with that role. Therefore, why can’t you sing like backup singers? Why can’t you harmonise your voices with a straight tone? Your voice does not need to flutter, quiver and wobble in between pitches to the extreme where the listener doesn’t even know what pitch you’re trying to sing. And just like with backup singers, you can stand with a mic in front of you. No need to scream. Someone reading this will say, “How dare you compare the vocal soloists (or what you call “the screaming opera divas”) to backup singers in Pink Floyd?” Well, I have a lot of respect for talented and well-prepared backup singers, far more respect than I have for the screaming opera divas invited into symphonic choral works where their heavy-vibrato voice clashes with the straight-tone choral sound. I don’t look down on backup singers, as perhaps you do? That’s why I’m making this comparison. If Pink Floyd’s backup singers were given the score to Beethoven’s Ninth and asked to perform the solo role, I’d much prefer to hear them sing beautifully with well-harmonised voices compared to opera diva barking screamers. Also, the backup singers didn’t seem to look at themselves as gods or the stars of the performance. They looked very humble. So I’ll take the backup singers any day to obnoxious operatic divas, thank you very much.

I asked mi amigo/my friend to listen to the choral section in this performance. A bit of history: When we met I was listening a lot to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC). At that time, he knew nothing about symphonic choral music. It can be said that his “choral ear” was trained by the ASOC, and when I’m playing a CD by the ASOC, he now immediately knows which Chorus it is without me saying anything. As for this performance, he said “the Men of the Chorus are excellent but the Women suck.” After a bit of questioning and clarification, he changed that to “the sopranos suck.” He said “the sopranos sound screechy.” I agree, they do. I also thought that the soprano section sounded too loud overall. They were dominant. They overpowered the rest of the Chorus, unlike what I explained earlier about the ASOC under Robert Shaw. Now, again, I don’t know if this is the mic’ing or the recording, but frankly I suspect it’s how they sounded in the hall.

When I was in the Symphony Chorus, 20% of the choristers were paid. I think that’s still true. They should all be paid just like all the orchestral members are paid. By not paying all the choristers it relegates them to second class musician status, and choristers of this high caliber are among the best, and the audition requirements are stringent. To begin with, one has to be an extremely good sight-reader. This is not a Chorus where one sits around learning notes. Just like when I was in the Choral Arts Society of Washington, our sight-reading of a new (tonal) piece — usually to be performed in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra or another (inter)national guest Orchestra — sounded almost ready to be performed. That was the skill level of sight-reading abilities of the Choral Arts Society of Washington. The same with the SFS Chorus. That’s the level of excellence expected here. Although based on personal experience, I suspect most of the musically-ignorant public still see the Symphony Chorus no differently than they do one’s average podunk church choir, even though there’s a world of difference between the two. In other words, the public has no idea what’s involved in being a chorister in such as renowned Orchestra Chorus. As a chorister, it was frustrating to me to realise that, and still is. All the work that we put into a a major symphonic work for weeks — and all our years of training — and the public sees us as “it’s just the Chorus. Anybody can do that.” Wrong. And this is true in so many other fields of study. The public — speaking from a position of ignorance — fails to understand that it requires decades of study and training at Conservatories and or Schools of Music, or privately. And one usually starts training when one is very young. In my case I was 5 years old. That’s when I began playing the piano by ear (imitating my elementary school music teacher’s piano playing) and my piano training officially started at age 8.

This also reminds me of the many piano students who came to me over the years and expected to be able to play like me in two weeks. I’m not joking. For those who don’t, I was a piano major at the Conservatory of Music where I trained, and in later years preferring to specialise in the works of Sergei Rachmaninov. Yes, these students expected to play one of the difficult Rachmaninov Études-Tableaux in 2-3 classes — I’d like to see that! — even though they had never studied piano before. Not even a child prodigy can do that! Most students bailed when they realise there was real work involved, hours of practise and real work/study. But especially today, most people have absolutely no clue of the difficulty or the level of advanced work involved in music education involved. So I very much emphasise with Orchestra Chorus members who may feel they’re not nearly as appreciated as they should be.

Overall, from a symphonic and choral perspective this was a good performance. I think that the soprano section needs some work/attention. They’re suffering from similar problems that James Burton is now working to correct with the soprano section of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and their screechy singing.

The San Francisco Symphony and Symphony Chorus are performing Mendelssohn’s Symphony-Cantata Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), Op. 52 (MWV A 18) later in the season which I’m looking forward to hearing. That is, assuming Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin can polish their soprano section in time to remove screechy/shrill/screaming sounds between now and then, so that they can effortlessly handle that high B Flat near the end of the work with grace, ease, no screaming or screechy sounds and of course perfect intonation. Which was not always the case in their performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125 (Choral).

I must say that the Symphony Chorus has one of the best tenor sections I’ve heard anywhere. You boys are good! Absolutely. (Well formally, they’re referred to as “the Men of the Symphony Chorus, but that also includes the basses”). Just like what I heard from them in a clip of their Beethoven Missa Solemnis awhile back. I said, “ah, those tenors! Love them.” I heard no straining, cracking or wilting of voices. They were a pleasure to listen to as were the basses. “The boys did well.” (smile). So did the altos, but those sopranos had their moments from some lovely singing to some shrill sounds leading into what sounded like screaming. Chau.—el barrio rosa

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Tearing down Walls. No Wall at the US border.

Hola a todos. I have an idea: I suggest that el niño en la casa blanca/the boy in the White House who is rabidly obsessed with a wall at the southern border try to find one adult in his repugnant regime and have that adult start a GoFundMe account in a serious attempt1 for like-minded basura to contribute to for building “his wall” at the southern border of the US. The basura who want a wall at la frontera/the border between los Estados Unidos/the US and México should pay for the wall themselves. And based on how much dinero/money they collect, that will be an indicator of how many people really want this wall.

We should be tearing down walls, not building walls to divide people.

One of the most basic human rights that a person should have is to live where they want to live on Planet Earth regardless of where one was born — which one has no control over — and regardless of arbitrary geographic nationalistic boundaries.

With the proposed wall at la frontera, it has nothing to do with so-called “terrrrrrrrrrrrsts” (terrorists) or “national security.” As expected, that’s once again playing the Fear CardTM to try to scare the willfully-ignorant sheeple into supporting an imaginary crises based in lies, which is all that is spoken from the lips of el niño en la casa blanca. Especially considering that the #1 bloviating, chest-beating and bullying terrorist en el mundo/in the world is currently occupying la casa blanca. He bombs innocent people while pretending to be a Christian (see He goes to the Establishment’s church, but I thought he was anti-Establishment?). He has children dying in his concentration camps at the border and thinks nothing of it while pretending to be a Christian. He bullies or makes deranged comments to someone in the world on a daily basis while pretending to be a Christian.

If the people across the southern border were white with blond hair and blue eyes, this wall wouldn’t even be a topic. It would not even be proposed. But because the people are mostly of a brown-skin pigmentation and speak español — and his proudly-ignorant base deeply fears international languages — and the piece of basura currently starring in the role of US White House resident is a big racist/white supremacist/nazi, this wall has to do with his anti-ethnic hatred based in xenophobia and catering to his anti-ethnic base. The same goes for the trash who support him. Their hatred of brown people and their absolute disregard for women and children. He flippantly says, “Lock them up.”

One looks forward to the day when this basura is the person locked up. Although I’m not holding by breath for the right-wing “Democratic” and Republican Establishment partisan-brainwashed Cults to actually do their job and hold this basura accountable for anything. And for those who are waiting for that or expecting it to happen, I have to ask: What drugs are you on? Chau.—el barrio rosa

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1 Unlike what one individual did who was found to be involved in scams and who allegedly raised $20 million for the wall construction, but now says he will build the wall himself. He believes he can build the wall for less than half of the orange despot’s estimated costs on a per mile basis.

His shirt said, “Fuck you, homo.” (San Francisco’s Castro)

Hola a todos. Some of the breeders are getting pretty bold with their homophobia in San Francisco’s Castro. Mi amigo/My friend and I were standing at the corner of Castro and Market Streets in San Francisco (also known as Harvey Milk Plaza). We saw a “him and her” couple cross Castro Street. He looked more like an old biker-type guy. She wasn’t exactly young. Probably 40s. But I guess she agreed with the message on his shirt. They were holding hands. Channeling Harvey Milk, I guess he was rolling in his grave upon reading this guy’s shirt.

The breeder couple got near me and his black tee-shirt said in white letters, “Fuck you, homo” as they walked along the Milk Plaza. Rather bold to be wearing that around here. I’ve noticed that two of the current pejoratives/hateful terms against Queers these days online are “homo” and “faggot.” That was especially the case when Tumb*r sex sites were around (until recently). So this shirt was not using the word “homo” in a kind way.

Surprisingly, we saw quite a few young Queer boys on this visit. That was good to see. I even saw two Queer male couples making out down at 18th and Castro. Rare to see that around here these days in the Breeder Mecca.

I guess this bigoted biker guy felt the need to come to a former Gay Mecca — if he doesn’t live here — and tell the current residents and visitors how anti-Queer he is, and then he had to go and show how hetero he is by holding hands with a female in The Castro. Why would someone wear something like that in The Castro, even if it were an entirely straight area now? I have read about anti-Queer comments being made late at night as the neighbourhood has changed to a Breeder Mecca. Mi amigo said: Fortunately, I don’t think most people take the time to read what is on people’s shirts. He can’t think of the last time he read someone’s shirt. I only did so as he got closer to me.

Other than that, it was a mostly pleasant visit.

His shirt reminds me of this new hate that’s here in the US of Insanity that is very much “in your face.” Whether it be the deranged/insane orange despot and his obsessional hate against migrants/brown-skinned people from below the US border or his hate against Black people such as Obama, and his endless finger signs of white power every time he gets camera time. Hate and bullying are what this out-of-control toddler in an adult body is all about, and the US of Insanity is emulating his hatred in our faces now. This orange despot supposedly has a 37% approval rating as of this writing. Does that mean that 37% agree with (t)his hate in our faces? Chau.—el barrio rosa

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