A Perfect Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis: Cappella Amsterdam

Hola. A resident of my former home city, the District of Columbia, sent me the following e-mail which I thought I’d respond to here with his permission:

“Hola former DC resident. I was born and raised here in the District and I think we were once neighbors. You wrote somewhere that you lived in Foggy Bottom. Small world, that’s where I’ve lived most of my life. I’m writing to ask you a favor, if you don’t mind. You wrote about that memorable concert way back when of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis over at the Kennedy Center with the University of Maryland Chorus with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Sorry I forget the conductor’s name. You know what? I was there for that concert so I know what you’re talking about. Wow! What a performance. The memory of that evening has stayed with me all these years. I had not heard Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis before and the UMD Chorus brought tears to my eyes that night, no kidding. They gave a stunning performance. It’s depressing to think they were liquidated, some info I also learned from reading your blog. Anyhoo, do you know if those performances were recorded and how I’d go about getting a copy? Thought you might know having been in the business. Or I was wondering if you might be able to recommend a performance of the Missa Solemnis that you especially like and that may be just as good as the Maryland Chorus performance?…..is that possible? :-) I could spend hours on Youtube going through every performance on there, but I was hoping to avoid that and have you direct me to a performance you especially like. I’ve read about your orchestral choral background and know you were in the UMD Chorus and Choral Arts Society of Washington. Wow! You were at the top of your field so I know the performance you recommend would be the best which is why I thought I’d bother you by asking. Maybe you could talk a little about what was it like for you singing in the Kennedy Center and at Wolf Trap? Much appreciate it and thank you for taking the time to read my e-mail. Looking forward to hearing from you.—Kevin”

Hola Kevin, no bother at all. I love talking about music with someone as interested as yourself. I don’t get the chance to talk about music or my background — most people glaze-over and looked dis-interested; they have absolutely no interest in it — and the only time I talk about my background is on pink barrio. Other classically-trained musicians can probably relate to that. So that’s why it was refreshing and a pleasure to get your e-mail. Muchas gracias for that and for your very kind words. I appreciate that. I feel very fortunate to have accomplished what I did and to have been given those opportunities, making at least two musical goals/dreams come true. And the same goes for my membership later with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

If I remember correctly, Maryland and the Concertgebouw gave three performances of the Missa Solemnis over three consecutive nights. None of the live performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in those days were recorded, or recorded at all for that matter, which is something I could never understand. When I was in the Choral Arts Society of Washington and later the University of Maryland Chorus there were never any microphones hanging above the Concert Hall stage to record our performances. I remember being frustrated about that because I so much wanted to have a recording of our performances. There were some really legendary performances given in those days, and they were lost as soon as the performance ended. I couldn’t understand it really because I knew that up the East Coast in Boston, WGBH-Boston was recording for PBS performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Chorus and then later with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (not one of my favourites today, I might add), as well as the Boston Pops Orchestra from Symphony Hall in Boston. One would have thought that DC’s WGMS (known as “Washington’s Good Music Station, AM-Bethesda/FM-Washington”) would have been contracted to do the same thing and record performances from the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, but that was not the case.

To answer your question about performing at the Kennedy Center and at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts: Walking out on the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap stages for the first time was really thrilling for me, and something I had wanted to do for some time. I had just graduated from a Conservatory of Music in the area, and in part, getting to do what I wanted to do with my music. But after awhile I did burn out — which is fairly common with symphonic orchestral choristers — because of the busy/demanding performance schedule which took lots of time and none of us were paid. (Today, very few Symphony Choruses are paid. The only two I know of are the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and about 20% of the choristers of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.) In all three: the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the University of Maryland Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, I sang with some really wonderful choristers, some wonderful people and we had that bond of our shared-interest in symphonic choral music, and we became friends and often talked music when we were together. None of them were stuck on themselves or the least bit arrogant — very friendly people and most of them were Queer and we also shared that common bond — despite having the privilege and honour of being in some of the best Orchestra Choruses in the US. None of the people I knew were like — what I call — the Classical Music Snots. Those dreadful people. Aren’t they the basura who wanted to be a professional musician but didn’t possess the talent, and who were kicked out of Conservatories and Schools of Music? They serve as know-it-all armchair critics for any and all varieties of musicians. They pick at this and pick at that. Can’t stand them! I don’t like being critical of other musicians because I know what is involved for them to master their art and the “stress of performance” (especially solo performance) and the only time I’m critical of anyone is usually with a Symphony Chorus or choristers who sing with vibrato because vibrato prevents perfect intonation in a Chorus.

Before I give you my recommendation, there are a couple of stories (some chisme/gossip) connected with those performances. I’ve told them before in another article, but they’ll be new and maybe interesting to first-time readers:

During the choral season you’re talking about Kevin, I was in the Choral Arts Society of Washington (CASW) and I remember Norman Scribner, the Founder/Director of the CASW, saying during one of our rehearsals, “a Chorus which shall remain nameless is performing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis this week at the Kennedy Center.” He was referring to the UMD Chorus. I thought it was funny the way Norman announced it, but I later came to realise it had to do with the superb Choral Arts Society’s one-way jealousy of the superb 150-voice University of Maryland Chorus (also known as The Maryland Chorus) having so many performance engagements in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at that time — especially with the National Symphony Orchestra (the resident orchestra of the Kennedy Center), under conductor Antal Doráti (Doráti preferred The Maryland Chorus) — and for Maryland to get this very prized engagement with the visiting Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam was very special indeed.

Then, it was either at that same rehearsal or another rehearsal that I heard some chisme/gossip. A chorister in the back row during our break was telling the choristers around him in a rather loud manner about something that had supposedly happened. He said, “Did you hear that Paul Traver stormed into the Kennedy Center and demanded that his Maryland Chorus perform with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam?” (Which they did do.) It was either for the Missa Solemnis or on another occasion for Beethoven’s Ninth, one of the signature pieces of The Maryland Chorus. They performed that many, many times over the years with (inter)national orchestras.

This was written about them on their 36th performance of the Ninth in the late 1980s:

National Symphony Orchestra & University of Maryland Chorus

“…an excellent performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was presented to an overflow audience Saturday night at Wolf Trap. This excellence, however, was a last-minute development, and primary credit goes not to the National Symphony, which was the orchestra for the occasion, but to the University of Maryland Chorus, which came to the orchestra’s rescue. The Chorus — one of the best — celebrated its 20th anniversary and its 36th Beethoven Ninth by singing the final movement as well as I have ever heard it sung, live or on records.”
Source: The Washington Post, Joseph McLellan

But after talking with Dr Traver, Founder and Director of the UMD Chorus, a number of years later about these performances, what I had heard at Choral Arts rehearsal was merely rumour. I asked him how Maryland got that engagement with the RCO Amsterdam. He told me that the University of Maryland Chorus had been recommended to conductor Claudio Abbado by Margaret Hillis, Founder and Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Abbado had called her asking for her recommendation for a Chorus in the DC area for these Missa Solemnis performances at the Kennedy Center. She had worked with Dr Traver and The Maryland Chorus during a choral workshop at the University of Maryland at College Park, and she recommended them to Abbado. Quite nice of her.

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is one of my favourite choral works. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to perform it although I know it so well — I was prepared to perform it had one of the Orchestra Choruses I sang with programmed it — but I feel as though I did perform it, if that makes sense. Kevin, I think it’s fair to say that The MD Chorus “owned” the Missa Solemnis when you and I heard them perform it.

Like you, I remember that performance to this day. It was thrilling. I think part of the review of their performance the following day was: “Dr Paul Traver’s University of Maryland Chorus was glorious throughout.”—Washington Post Classical Music Reviewer.) I remember that a friend of mine who worked in the classical records store over in Georgetown remarked, “That Maryland Chorus can sing the shit out of choral music!” Yes, and their performance was equal to the one I have to recommend to you, Kevin, I’m pleased to say. My recommendation is based on the following:

1. Choral Excellence
2. Orchestral Excellence
3. The Soloists and Conductor

This Chorus, Cappella Amsterdam, reminds me of a smaller Maryland Chorus. So I recommend this performance from Amsterdam with the Cappella Amsterdam Chorus and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century conducted by Daniel Reuss (who is known as a choral director and very enjoyable to watch him conduct). This Chorus is absolutely splendid. Superbly prepared. I have nothing but positive things to say about them. The same for the orchestra.

And let me say outright here and this is specifically directed at the Classical Music Snots (CMS) who might show up here: No one needs to write a comment such as this: “The Missa Solemnis conducted by [big-name conductor] is much better than this performance that you’re recommending. It has [big-name soloists].”

Then go watch that one with the big-named conductor and big-named soloists! Go away! I don’t care what you think, pendejo. Kevin asked for my opinion, not yours. But The Classical Music Snots usually write that tripe. They love to name-drop as if it makes them look like such (self-appointed) “philosophical” snooty authorities (Dahling). They usually write in pretentious language trying to put on airs, desperate to impress somebody. From my unfortunate experience with the CMS, they are there for the soloists of the performance — as if they think this piece is opera when it’s not; it’s a Mass setting — and they couldn’t care less about the Chorus from my experience.

I’m well aware that most people are not “choral people” (I’m a choral person; it’s my background and part of my training) so even for major symphonic choral works they go on about the conductor and soloists. For a major symphonic choral work, the name of the conductor is one of the last things I look for. And that’s because with many pieces, it doesn’t matter who the conductor is they all sound roughly the same; they’re using the same scores. (With some of the finest orchestras, they play without a conductor). I’m not into dropping the name of big-name/international conductor to try to pump myself up like the Classical Music Snot trash do. I can’t stand them. They ruin classical music for so many people because of their pretentiousness, their snootiness and having to nit-pick other musician’s performances to death as if waiting for them to make a mistake, often critiquing them measure-by-measure. Find yourself a new hobby (maybe flower arranging), los pendejos! I’ve listened to some of the performances they’ve (Classical Music Snots) recommended and would have written them a comment in response such as, “Obviously, no one has an ear for choral excellence and that’s not the reason you’re watching this symphonic choral work, because that Chorus in that performance that you’re going on about needs work. They have bad intonation, their diction sucks, wobbling soprano voices, cracking tenor voices in their upper register, just for starters.” And yet you’re calling this the best performance, Mr/Ms Classical Music Snot?

In this performance, Daniel conducts this work pretty much the way everybody else does that I’ve heard for decades. Someone left a terribly disrespectful comment regarding the Chorus, which AVROTROS Klassiek has since deleted. He wrote: “The least heard from the Chorus the better.” What? To that idiot, the Missa Solemnis was all about the soloists and the orchestra.

Mi amigo/My friend asked me: There’s not a thing you would improve on in this performance from Amsterdam, if you were the Chorus Director? If I were being nit-picky, I could use more consonants from the Chorus. It could have been the mic’ing or maybe Daniel preferred the consonants to be a bit quieter. Some Chorus Directors as well as conductors do. It depends upon the piece they’re performing. For example, conductor Antal Doráti did that on one occasion with The MD Chorus for our performance of the Mozart Requiem with the NSO. Dr Traver had prepared us for the Mozart with the usual “Maryland Chorus crisp consonants” (Maryland was known for their diction). But then in the dress rehearsal with the National Symphony Orchestra, Doráti changed that and told us to use the Italian pronunciation of the text. Well, that meant that a final “t” on the end of a word (such as “et”) was pronounced more like a “d.” We immediately made the change as if we had been trained that way all along, but a friend of mine from the Oratorio Society of Washington came to the performance asked me about it later. He said he didn’t hear any consonants and “The Maryland Chorus is known for their diction. What happened?” I said: Yeah I know you didn’t. I didn’t really hear any either — other than the hard “Key” for the “K” of the word “Kyrie” — and I was right there in the Chorus. I told him that at the last minute Doráti asked for the Italian pronunciation of the Latin text of the Requiem, so that’s why you didn’t hear the usual crisp “Maryland Chorus diction.” I personally didn’t like the change Doráti made and I suspect Dr Traver didn’t either, but there was nothing he could do about it since he wasn’t conducting the performance. I don’t remember reading a review of that performance, now that I think about it. I wonder if the reviewer remarked, “What happened to the University of Maryland Chorus last night at the Kennedy Center and their usual sparkling diction? I didn’t hear any consonants last night in their Mozart Requiem.”

Imagine a Beethoven Missa Solemnis with a strong soprano section that does not wilt midway through (think: the Credo), and no failing or cracking tenor voices

You don’t have to imagine it. You can listen to it here. The 42-voice Cappella Amsterdam Chorus is one of the finest I’ve heard. The Missa Solemnis is typically performed with a much larger Chorus, usually between 150-200 voices or more. Although as you’ll hear in this performance (if one has an ear for music), a larger Chorus is not necessary when one is fortunate to have forty-two highly-skilled and carefully-selected well-trained choristers. These choristers are among the finest in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. I recognise one of the alto choristers from Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale, Brussels, that performs in Paris with the Orchestre des Champs Élysées. In this performance, the Cappella Amsterdam sound like a large Chorus. They sound much larger than they are, especially in the Gloria and the Credo. For those interested, the Chorus is seated on the risers in SATB (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) formation.

The reader might be interested to know that the Missa is considered an impossible piece to perform, especially for the Chorus because of the difficulty of the work. The soprano section, for example, is often up in the stratosphere sustaining long notes in the top of their register. By the time they get to the end of the Credo, one often hears straining voices. But not with this Chorus.

I have some thoughts about that: I suspect the reason straining is heard in some other choral ensembles is that the weaker choristers are pulling down/decaying the sound of the finest choristers. But when you have 42 top-notched choristers as is the case with Cappella Amsterdam, the result is no straining or wilting of voices and a perfect performance. I especially love their tenor and soprano sections since they are usually my two favourite sections of a Chorus. Those tenors. Ah! Exquisite. I’m not positive about this, but I think Daniel may have fortified his soprano section with a couple more choristers than the other sections have.

Mi amigo and I watched this together. His response was: “This piece is nonstop. The Chorus and Orchestra never have a break.” The Chorus does have a break in the Sanctus which I’ve always heard sung by the Chorus and I prefer that — it sounds grander with the Chorus — rather than the soloists singing it. Although my Editions Peters score indicates that the Sanctus is mostly to be sung by the soloists. I told mi amigo: Yes, and it’s usually in the Credo that one wonders: Does the soprano section have another sustained high B Flat perfectly on pitch in their reserve to give us when needed without any wilting or decaying of sound? With Cappella Amsterdam there was no concern about that, but with most other Orchestra Choruses it can be a concern.

Cappella Amsterdam is accompanied by the equally superb Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. And the Chorus Director, Daniel Reuss, is conducting the performance.

Also, a superb Chorus has the ability to sing beautifully quietly, and there’s no more stunning example of that in this performance than the end of the Sanctus on the text “Osanna in excelsis” starting at 57.00 in the video. Absolutely exquisite. Nearly brings tears to my eyes every time I hear that in this performance it’s so beautiful. Even Daniel looks stunned by what he’s just heard from his Chorus and Orchestra after he gives the release of the final “s” for excelsis at 1.00.50 in the video. (I’m probably getting way too technical for most readers. I read this to mi amigo/my friend who has some choral knowledge and he started glazing over; he said I was getting too technical for him.)

I should mention the soloists even though I’m typically not into soloists with symphonic choral works. The soloists are:

Carolyn Sampson [sopraan]
Marianne Beate Kielland [alt]
Thomas Walker [tenor]
David Wilson-Johnson [bas]

All of these soloists are superb in their own genre. They are probably the best soloists that Daniel could have chosen for this performance in regards to singing with as little vibrato as possible. My favourites are the alto and tenor soloists. I like them a lot. Followed by the bass soloist. I would have chosen a different soprano soloist who is less overpowering and who could sing without vibrato at loud(er) volume levels. It seems that with most symphonic choral performances, they insist on bringing in screaming, glass-breaking soprano soloist, many of whom seemed to have just walked off the set of La bohème and now are over for this other job with this symphonic choral work.

If you’ve read anything else that I’ve written along this line, you may remember that I don’t like the use of wobbling and fluttering vibrato in a symphonic choral music setting especially when the Chorus is singing with a “straight/flat tone” (which helps with the perfect blending of voices). In this performance, at times the soloists don’t sing with vibrato and at other times they do (especially the soprano when she’s singing ff or fff). I think the soprano’s voice could cut through everyone on that stage. Other than to draw an audience for the performance, I’ve never understood why opera or opera-style soloists are invited as soloist for symphonic choral works. This is not opera. Mi amigo — who can’t stand vibrato either — had difficulty listening to the soprano soloist. But fortunately, the Chorus sang with a beautiful “straight tone” and the soloists should have too, so that they match in sound.

Nearly all of the soloists for this performance (according to their smiles) seemed to enjoy listening to the exquisite Chorus standing behind them. Maybe it wasn’t possibly due to space problems, but I would have placed the soloists in places inside the orchestra — as I saw them do at Boston University’s School of Music for their performance of Rachmaninov’s The Bells — either that or seated them back near the Chorus.

My recommendations for CD performances of this work are also based on choral excellence as the # factor:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Georg Solti (Margaret Hillis, Chorus Director)

or

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Shaw, Chorus Director and Conductor

Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

What happened to the renowned University of Maryland Chorus?

BSO and the University of Maryland Concert Choir perform Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45

University of Maryland Chorus (A Tribute)

San Francisco’s Real Mayor Strongly Backs London Breed

You know you’re in trouble now. The status quo to continue? I suspect so.

Hola a todos. Well, it looks like little will change following the death of San Francisco’s puppet mayor, that piece of corporate trash who resided in the upper colon of the Tech Industrial Complex as well as the Real Estate Industrial Complex and also the colon of his billionaire venture capitalist owner the entire time he was unfortunately in office. Yes, el hombre/the man was covered in corporate excrement for years.

At the puppet mayor’s private funeral, his billionaire venture capitalist owner praised his former puppet — who ruined San Francisco — and then he launched into a campaign speech for London Breed, the current Acting Mayor in San Francisco, strongly endorsing her. There were no politicians at the private funeral and people who were there were reportedly aghast that Mr Venture Capitalist would so “go off the rails” and be so tacky as to use the demise of his very willing former puppet to campaign for London Breed at the puppet’s private funeral. It was completely out-of-context according to those who were there who called his actions “totally lacking in class.” Well frankly, that’s what I’ve come to expect from billionaires. They seem to have no taste in anything or even basic sense of what to do in delicate/certain situations. Look at the millionaire insane child-bully residing in la casa blanca/the White House as another example of that. To them it’s all about dinero/money. It was the same way with the puppet-mayor. All about dinero. That’s all these corporate trash think about.

But that wasn’t all that marred the events. At the public memorial, San Francisco’s Director of Protocol — Dahling. “Director of Protocol.” What a snooty and pretentious title — was appointed by the puppet-mayor and she also “went off the rails” with an anti-Asian ethnic/racist slur. Lovely. It would seem that this witch (no disrespect intended to genuine witches) needs instructions in protocol herself. Ms Protocol referred to the former (puppet-)mayor’s “squinty eyes,” when describing a picture of him being shown on a screen, which to at least one member of the Asian community found her remark offensive and derogatory. Ms Director of Protocol (Dahling) said: That wonderful smile [you see there], those twinkling and squinty eyes. Oh good lord, woman. jesus fucking christ. But she’s of that generation where I would expect that. The same older generation where they see nothing at all wrong with anti-ethnic/racist comments like that as well as sexism, misogyny and chauvinism because it’s heavily indoctrinated in many, if not most of them (think: the SEP trash). Some Asians who were there said that as children they were bullied in school and called “squinty eyes.” I’m sorry to hear that. Nobody should be bullied for the way they look. Ugh.

So recently we heard gay guys referred to as “funny” in The Castro by these new southern redneck tech bro assholes, and now we have this piece of protocol trash referring to a politician of Asian ethnicity and his “squinty eyes.” This is happening in San Francisco, people, not some backwater cesspool hick town. Who’s the next group to be insulted with pejorative/outdated language? We’re racing back to the 1940s very quickly these days.

Unfortunately, Mr Billionaire Venture Capitalist’s support for London Breed is not new. (Sigh.) I remember hearing something about that. I do remember hearing when she got elected that she was bad news. I think we can all see where this is going. Back in 2012, the family of Mr Billionaire Venture Capitalist (his initials: RC) and one ally spent roughly $100,000USD in an independent expenditure committee to support London in her race for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Then he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his puppet’s candidacy as well as other supervisor races and even some races for The City’s small local Democratic Party board. Mr Billionaire Venture Capitalist is a former Republican so his interest in the local board was/is to have conservatives on it when the truth be told.

So, even though some of us were delighted to read the news that the puppet-mayor had died and we had fleeting hopes that a change for the positive might be forthcoming for San Francisco — although very doubtful considering the way things go in politics — I don’t think that’s going to be the case. I suspect that anyone who ends up mayor of San Francisco will eat the ass of tech and the developers, and The City will continue to be made into “Anytown USA” which is how one techie described the new Tech Capital San Francisco when leaving The City having had enough of (what they called) “the rat-race tech-grind.” One could engage in wishful-thinking that London would end all corporate welfare (tax breaks for millionaire/billionaire-owned corporations) for these predatory and parasitic techie corporations in The City and that just maybe the phone-zombie and lobotomised Millennial anti-Queer trash who work for them might fuck off and move away. One could engage in other wishful-thinking that San Francisco might somehow return closer to its Bohemian roots before the techie trash barged in and raped The City. But. It looks like little will change with puppet-Mayor Breed since the real mayor Mr Billionaire Venture Capitalist is strongly backing her. He will continue his ownership of The City just like under the previous puppet-mayor. That’s often the way these things turn out these days. There is a mayor’s race coming up next year and others will challenge London but I don’t think any of the challengers will have the backing of a billionaire (should dinero/money and the billionaire be able and allowed to buy the election for London, for tech and the developers). So no need to get all hopeful/excited about any of the challengers. Of the names I’ve heard, they’re all part of the Establishment. Groan. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Gay people are now thought of as “funny” in San Francisco

Hola a todos. Well this was sad to hear, but clearly it’s a sign of the times. There’s a new breed of techie assholes who are moving into the Tech Capital of San Francisco. They act like ignorant Southern hicks. Two of them were at the gym this morning that mi amigo/my friend goes to near San Francisco’s former gay mecca, The Castro. Mi amigo said he’s noticed this new group of people on two visits now at his gym. They’re definitely straight guys, tough-guy acting, obnoxious and clearly anti-Queer. Mi amigo overheard one say to the other, “I hadn’t heard that this was a Queer neighbourhood.” The other one said, “Yeah, I heard it’s sort of funny around here.”

The pejorative term “funny” referring to Queers was especially used back in the 1940s-50s by bigoted/anti-Queer straights, and mi amigo said he heard it often when he was in the US military. As I’ve said, we’re heading backwards to the 1940-50s very quickly.

By the way, the gym has a large Rainbow Flag displayed in their front window. I guess these techie redneck hicks don’t know what the flag represents and their lives are so out of it that they didn’t know that The City they moved to, San Francisco, once had a large Queer community. How could they not know that when we in San Francisco were in the (inter)national news for Queer rights for decades as The Gay Mecca? And there’s still some Queer boys, a couple of lesbians, one or two trans around here on the odd occasion. Be care, Queer boys (and all other Queers) in San Francisco. Be alert. Look up from your phones. Be aware of your surroundings. Times are different now. San Francisco is not the City it once was. That piece of trash that died ruined it. Glad he’s gone. Celebrate the moment. But that nonsense you’ve heard about “Gay people can live anywhere” doesn’t even apply to San Francisco these days when you have straight techie assholes referring to us Queers as “funny.” Mi amigo said there were at least three Queer boys at the gym who have been around for years. Good luck to them in this new anti-Queer environment. This is what happens when (wealthy) anti-Queer breeder assholes take over a Queer neighbourhood. Related: Chelsea (Manhattan): The Death of a Gay Neighborhood, Murdered by Neo-Hetero-Homophobes. Chau.—el barrio rosa

When Sainthood Status is bestowed on Corporate Trash Politicians

Hola a todos. Well, these days, one can lie about running for office and ruin a once-proudly Bohemian international city of global communities in a matter of less than two terms with a Class Warfare Agenda, and then nearly become a saint upon death. Loco. This disgusts me, and I don’t quite understand the phenomenon of extreme ass-eating, revisionist history and stopping short of bestowing sainthood status on some very mediocre basura politician upon their death. One reads extreme revisionist history eulogy articles of how a corporatist who was owned by the parasitic and predatory Tech Industrial Complex and the Real Estate Industrial Complex et al was the greatest of politician after he ruined a city and allowed his billionaire corporate owner to dictate policy during his tenure. He raped the city and turned it into a conservative city for the super wealthy. Of course the monied-interests and Democratic Party Establishment/Oligarchy career parasitic politicians all pile on with their accolades of praise consisting of lies, disinformation and half-truths about this scum of the Earth politician’s political life. You know that when conservative Dianne Feinstein calls someone “an excellent mayor” you’re in trouble. Corporate sites and so-called “progressive” sites — the latter being nothing but fronts for the utterly corrupt and imperialistic Democratic Party — describe the deceased politician as something other than what he was: Corporate basura. Even the so-called “progressives” pile on claiming they’re in tears and grief-stricken and how “he was like an uncle to me.” Really? Other so-called “progressive” politicians go on about how “he was such a nice person to hang out with and go have a beer with.” WTF? How can anyone have a beer with some corporate scum who is ruining your city? What is wrong with you? That speaks to one’s lack of personal genuine-progressive principles and convictions. And so-called “progressive” politicians like that — I call them the fake-progressives — are no different than all the other trash. Then there’s the gullible fake-progressive with a website — who is nothing but a shill for the right-wing Democratic Party — feels the need to speak kind words about the deceased and how the deceased supposedly cared about the poor and homeless people. Just the opposite was the reality. How could that fake-progressive forget that the deceased supported the draconian sit-lie law criminalising homelessness in his city and wanted homeless tents removed from the sidewalks? That shows a care for the homeless and poor in your fucked-up mind, Mr Fake-Progressive? WTF is wrong with people? Answer: What is wrong with people is this widespread thinking in our society that one must only speak pleasantries/lies about the person who died. One is supposed to rewrite their history. I guess I could never be a politician because I couldn’t conceive of partying and hanging out with a piece of corporate trash who is ruining my City. That would go against my convictions. But clearly, the Cesspool of PoliticsTM is just a game to most people wallowing in it and it takes a special person with a tongue for rank sewage to be in politics. When one reads these gushing eulogy articles about this supposed-stellar politician’s time in political office — who some people pump up and make him out to be like a rock star — these articles have no basis in reality. And one name is conspicuously omitted from these articles: The name of his billionaire venture capitalist owner. Not a word about him. I wonder why that might be? Then, to continue pumping up the deceased scum of the Earth politician, they have him “lie in state” where the sheeple pass by his rotting corpse. They call it, “Showing their respects.” How does one exactly “show respects” by passing a dead body in a quickly moving line? “Showing their respects” is a sanitised cliché for “Showing their curiosity” over death and to see up close what the deceased looks like in death. Many people will say, “Oh he looked very good.” Does it matter how he looks when he’s dead? What is this fascination that the public has with rotting corpses? People are so fascinated with it. Sick people obsessed with death and caskets enjoy doing that type of thing of “Showing their respects.” And all of this for un alcalde? I don’t think they even do a lying in state for governors or US representatives or senators. Isn’t that usually reserved for presidents? The local oligarchy thinks he was that hot, do they? How about some reality: At one point, el alcalde was being investigated by the FBI for corruption. I’m sure that would be mentioned as part of the memorial service, aren’t you?

It’s a shame that our culture has such difficulty with reality and the truth. Even in death, one is in denial and feels the need to rewrite the history about some piece of trash politician who was nothing like what he is made out to be in death. I’m of the opinion that the truth about someone should be told even after their death (such as here, and here and here, here, here and also here), which I know is not popular in our septic culture. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Update: I’ve seen pictures of this lying in state nonsense. A US-flag draped casket. Why a US flag-draped casket? The city’s flag would have been more appropriate. He wasn’t a member of congress. I saw Pelosi looking like she was trying to give the appearance that she was in tears standing before the flag-draped closed casket. Of course Scott Penis, that corporate, conservative, parasitic politician I refer to as The Holy and Indivisible Trinity (since that’s how his rabid conservative/redneck minions saw him when he was in office here), was there in conservative all-black. Looking like a Millennial Zombie (he wasn’t on his phone for the first time I should add). He’s also known as Mr PrEP. Every time I have the misfortune of seeing his face he’s in this city. What’s he doing here? He’s supposed to be in Sacramento at his new job, ruining things at the state level, like he did here. A group of cops were bowing to the casket. Some guy was genuflecting to the casket. (roll eyes, oh good lord people!). Two giant US flags hanging up by cranes outside city hall. Why? He wasn’t a politician at the national level. In fact, I suspect most politicians at the national level couldn’t tell you who he was. He was a politician in a major US city. Again, shouldn’t the flag of the city be hanging instead, if one feels the burning needs to hang up any flags. I saw no long lines of people from the pictures. It looked like they brought in city workers to give the appearance that someone was there and cared. The impression I get is that very few people in this city even give a fuck about this man because of his rampant ruining/gentrification of this city. They couldn’t care less about him, because this guy was not very popular.

The Gay Wedding Cake Case

“It’s okay for Shops To Hang Anti-Gay Signs.”—El abogado/The attorney for the current White House occupant.

Hola a todos. A few readers, no thousands, no millions of people have e-mailed me asking how I thought the US Supreme Court would rule on the “gay wedding cake” case currently before the court? Even though this is really not about a cake.

Well, ever since 2000 and the Judicial Coup by the US Supreme Court which installed illegitimate George W Bush as White House resident following the stolen 2000 election in Florida, politically speaking I’ve come to expect the worst. That’s just being realistic. And in pretty much all instances that I can think of, that’s what we’ve seen since 2000: The Worst. And especially now considering the basura occupying la casa blanca as of this writing (diciembre/December 2017). The enemy of the world, this deranged constantly angry man-child-bully is destroying this country and the Supremes foolishly seem inclined to give him what he wants, such as his Muslim travel ban most recently. Of course he sides with bigotry and the cake baker. That should come as no surprise to anyone, who has been paying attention.

I would expect the Supremes to rule in the majority in favour of the cake baker. El abogado/the attorney for the current occupant of la casa blanca told the Supremes that it’s “OK For Shops To Hang Anti-Gay Signs.

How many Queer/GTQBL fools fell for this basura during the campaign believing he’s pro-Queer? I talked with a few of them. Ugh. Morons. They were among the thickest people I’ve had the misfortune of talking with. They told me, “He held up a Rainbow Flag (it was upside down idiots) during the campaign.” Yes, those gullible Queers had fallen for that stunt. Any bigot can hold up a Rainbow Flag as bait to get a bunch of fools to vote for him/her, and have a bunch of gullible Queer fools latched on to them, as some did. Incredible. The keen bull shit detectors that Queers once had during the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement decades seem to have been retired to the closet, along with many Queers. And they certainly didn’t let any facts get in their way. All facts I presented to them were dismissed as “fake news.” So when that’s what one is working with, simply walk away. One is wasting one’s time.

How will today’s breeder-assimilated Queer community respond to an anti-Queer decision from the US Supreme Court? I can take a guess based on their silent behaviour since this thing has been occupying the White House:

1. The orange man reportedly joked that his vp sidekick ‘wants to hang’ all gays.

2. The Orange Man’s Assault on Queers and others

3. The Orange Man’s regime says employers can fire people because they’re gay

The Queer community responded with silence after all three. No one rose up. And I or my commenters could list other examples and they too received the same response. Silencio.

If, excuse me, I mean when the court rules for the bakery, I would expect the Queer/GTQBL community to respond with their usual collective breeder-assimilated silence that we’ve seen from them all during the regime of the current anti-Queer White House occupant. Some of them might get on billionaire-owned Orwellian-named “social media” sites — where data-mining and surveillance are the norm — and type little one-liners saying how they oppose the ruling. And WTF will that do? Nothing. That will be meaningless, useless and ineffective. Because no one will be inconvenienced by such lame actions. But since “Gay Assimilation” took place, I don’t expect Queers to “take to the streets” by the millions in every major US city to protest. No, that’s what Queers did in “the old days” and for which Queers today are ashamed of as they try to be like the breeders and stop short of apologising to the breeders for their past radical activist behaviour. It was Bad! Bad! But that was then, Queers are different now. That’s not what Queers do these days. No. Queers try to be breeder-clones today. Instead, they remain silent, “discreet,” “down low,” they obey, they’re proudly non-alternative, proudly non-radical, pro-Establishment, pro-corporate, adamantly conformist, subservient and above all: phone zombies just like the breeders. As long as it doesn’t interfere with their fucking phone, then it doesn’t matter to them. At this point, I think the only time anyone will ever rise up by the millions is if people’s adult pacifiers/their phones/their electronic leashes stop working en masse. When millions of people can’t get anything to come up on their fucking screens then you’ll have a problem, but not until.

I had read that the court’s decision would be rendered the week of 3 diciembre/December 2017, but according to the article I’m linking to a decision may not be coming forth for some time, even a year. From what I read, if, rather when they rule for the baker, it will set a very bad precedent making current laws protecting Queers/GTQBLs rather meaningless.

Will the Queer community surprise me this time and briefly relight their pilot light momentarily? What drugs are you on? Relight their pilot light? No, is my answer. I’ll believe it when I see it. I asked mi amigo/my friend for his answer and he said: “Absolutely not.” Even if some Queers do, it will likely be just another “flash in the pan” fizzle demonstration/protest. Nothing long-term which is what is needed because vigilance within the Queer community today is dead. Some people reading this will say, “Oh you’re so negative.” To which I would respond: The truth hurts you doesn’t it? I’m just speaking the truth which pains many people to hear. They prefer to hear syrupy wishful-thinking. And what does that accomplish? Momentary feel-good? That’s not what I’m about. Wishful-thinking is pretty much the same as prayer: A waste of time, and engages in illusions and delusions. I prefer to look at this realistically and without wearing blinders. And that’s how I see it.

Now speaking about the anti-Queer orange man:

Impeachment Vote Fails Overwhelmingly With Majority of House Democrats Joining With Republicans

For years I’ve observed all the grandiose wishful-thinking from Dembots of what they claimed their useless, pathetic and corrupt Republican-enabling Democratic Party was supposedly going to do (according to the Dembots). None of it happened. It was just wishful-thinking. Did you hear that the majority of House Democrats just voted with the House Republicans not to impeach the current White House resident? Did you hear that?

“Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment,” Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a joint statement.”

With Pelosi, I don’t think it will ever be the time, no matter what he does, including launching a nuclear attack on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)/조선민주주의인민공화국/朝鮮民主主義人民共和國 Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk. The same with “the senior senator” Feinstein in the Senate. You may recall that Bush-enabler Pelosi took impeachment of illegitimate George W Bush “off the table.” Remember that? La mujer/The woman seems to live under the illusion that the US Constitution belongs to her personally. As I’ve written before, I think the Democrats really like the current White House resident despite any theatrical charades of opposition on occasion with the intent to appease the Dembot sheeple who continue to support them no matter what they do. And this also explains, at least in my opinion, why el hombre naranja/the orange man approved a California disaster declaration (as wildfires wreak havoc in Southern California) right after the vote in the House opposing articles of impeachment. Because two of his buddies — Pelosi and Feinstein — are from California. “We’ll rub your back, you rub ours.” As you may know, he can’t stand California, but when his two favoured politicians with a “D” next to their name from San Francisco enable him and protect him from articles of impeachment (Pelosi) as well as from any in-depth investigations (Feinstein) — I read that the US Senate does not want to “dig too deeply” in their so-called investigations of him — he’s now warming-up to California a bit it seems. What about CA governor Jerry Brown? He doesn’t matter in this context because it’s the US House (Pelosi) and Senate (Feinstein) who will help to keep el hombre naranja/the orange man in office. Jerry Brown has nothing to do with that. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

The Queer Community is Dead (2014 and beyond)

What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement?

Related:

In the article I mentioned billionaire-owned, Orwellian-named “social media” and their data-mining and surveillance, which I get the impression most people couldn’t care less about! For example:

How F***book’s tentacles reach further than you think
“Vladan Joler says that all FB users are effectively working on behalf of the company” [Ed. I get the impression no one cares about that. They enjoy helping a billionaire make more billions.]

#BoycottSanFrancisco

#BoycottSanFrancisco ?? Have they thought this through?

Hola a todos. I guess everyone has heard by now about the acquittal of the undocumented immigrant originally from the great país/country of México having been on trial in San Francisco. I’ll assume everyone knows what I’m talking about. But since that verdict was announced, the subsequent rabid venomous screams from the immigrant-hating, foaming-at-the-mouth, redneck, conservative, far-right white supremacists, nativist, proud boys and nazi trash have been heard and their calls to #BoycottSanFrancisco. Yes, they’re calling for a boycott of “liberal cesspool San Francisco” (as they call us) because of the verdict from the jury in San Francisco. We suspect this wouldn’t even be a news story if the woman killed were not young, white and looked like a moda/fashion model. If she were Black or dark-complected Latina, Asian or another ethnicity, this same crowd would have little to no interest in her. The jury’s decision was based on the facts presented during the trial and not on (vengeful) emotions. And for those saying that he should have been found guilty and sentenced to the death penalty, do you by chance pretend to be Christian? If so, in that bible that you claim to believe in, there’s a commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” No exceptions are listed to that commandment. What about that commandment do you not understand? For the thick people: It is wrong for a person to kill another person and it wrong for the state to kill a person. All that is is feel-good vengeance. An indicator of a sick society. But these trash whining about San Francisco are a little behind the times — they haven’t kept up — because San Francisco is no longer “liberal San Francisco.” And if you lived here, you’d know what I’m talking about. The City is certainly nothing like it was when we were known as “Liberal, Anything Goes San Francisco” for decades. Those days are gone. Because of rampant techie gentrification, today’s San Francisco is a very conformist, a very corporatist and quite conservative City, and a playground for the super-wealthy (the Bay Area is now known as Billionaire Bay). I guess you could say we’re “liberal” compared to some ultra-conservative backwater cesspool, but it’s all relative. We now have some laws in place that a genuinely liberal City would not have. Some longtime residents (who’ve lived here longer than myself) have compared the two cities (the Old City and the new Techie Capital City) and they’ve told me, “Today, we could not get away with some of the fun things we used to do here. No way. The City has become quite conservative.” But I hope these conservative trash do boycott us. Please do. We have more than enough trash here as it is — with the techie trash in residence having raped The City and erased its Bohemian character and culture — without your hateful, anti-immigrant crowd showing up here and adding to the pile.

But I have a feeling that the immigrant haters — who operate on the emotion of revenge — and who are calling for #BoycottSanFrancisco have not, as usual, thought this through and the implications it has on their own behaviour. For example, if you are really serious about your #BoycottSanFrancisco, you will get off of Tw*t*er and stop using that useless thing because that corporation is based in San Francisco. Tw*t*er seems to have gone through a bit of a resurrection because the current occupant of la casa blanca/the White House vegetates on that site. And they allow him to say/type anything he wants — as they label it “newsworthy” — and they make any and all excuses for him and go through all kinds of calisthenics to come up with new interpretations of their own policies to somehow justify his hateful and vile content while they eat his big ass in those white pants on the golf course, and continually excuse him no matter what he writes. Or, they remain silent about his content. But he’s allowed to say anything and they wouldn’t dream of banning him because he is supposedly worth $2 BILLION to them at Tw*t*er. Corporate capitalist $cum. So that’s the bottom line (dinero/$$$$$) of why they allow him to say anything he wants, no matter how hateful and vile, including content inciting violence. But if any of the rest of us said a fraction of what he’s allowed to say on there, we’d be banned, the jack boots would come for us and arrest us and label us a “terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrist.” You can bet on that!

So while you’re doing your little boycott, remember that F*cebo*k and G**gle — while not based in San Francisco — have offices and operations in San Francisco. Did you know that? So you’ll boycott those two predatory and parasitic billionaire corporations too because of their business with The City (and the generous corporate welfare they’re both receiving from The City through tax breaks)? I mean, you would have to stop using them both in order for your ban to be most effective, correct? Or had you not thought of that either? You’ll also stop using Üb*r and L*ft, because they’re both based in San Francisco. You can’t use the cloud because S*lesF*rce is also based in San Francisco. Their skyscraper looks like a big dick sticking up in the middle of our City skyline. It dominates our skyline now. So you’ll have to get off the internet entirely since the internet is pretty much cloud-based and again, the cloud is based in San Francisco. Or are you now realising that you hadn’t quite thought this blowhard idea of a boycott through for it to be the most effective?

Also, I’m pleased to report that California is now a “Sanctuary State” for undocumented immigrants, so if you’re really serious you’ll stop using all tech based in California, including YT (based just south of San Francisco in San Bruno) and owned by predatory G**gle, which is now heavily censoring through their search results “left wing” “liberal” and “progressive” news websites critical of the US Oligarchy/US government. So you might as well throw that phone you’re addicted to 24/7 in the trash, where they all belong.

So some of us are glad to hear that you’re planning to boycott us. Please do. Fuck off. Do we understand each other? But something tells me you won’t stop using any of that tech because of your addiction to it. So, your talk of a boycott is cheap and just hot air BS.

And then there’s the food. Much of your food is grown in California, or did you not know that? So starve yourselves. And we have some airlines based here, you can research those yourself and boycott those.

Without San Francisco and the State of California, The Cesspool/The US/Los Estados Unidos is nothing. So there! And besides, no one pays attention to boycotts anymore anyway. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

How F*cebo*k’s tentacles reach further than you think
“Vladan Joler says that all F*cebo*k users are effectively working on behalf of the company.”

Gay Assimilation Has Backfired

Hola a todos. Our little group of San Francisco Queers met shortly after I posted my article titled: “There is no Gay Agenda,” and someone in our group brought up the topic of “gay assimilation.”

No one in our group agrees with “gay assimilation” and the way it has played out, citing how it has completely backfired. Most of what we talked about I’ve included in this article. The corporatists who urged for Queers to “assimilate” should have seen this coming. But unfortunately they were extremely myopic. (Related: Gay “Assimilation:” Back to the 1950s).

From our recollection, the “Declaration for Queers to Assimilate” came the same day that the US Supreme Court issued their ruling legalising gay marriage here in The Cesspool/the US/los Estados Unidos. I think it was that syrupy woman — who often sounded like she thought she was speaking to children rather than adults — and who spoke from the organisation, “Equality California,” who stood in the Harvey Milk Plaza in San Francisco on that day and told those who had gathered:

“We must now assimilate.”

Well you go right ahead, no one’s stopping you. Who was she (or any of these people) to tell anyone what “We must do?” Speak for yourself and not this “we.” But that’s so typical of the way these corporatists Queer organisations at the US national level and elsewhere often operate: They take this parental-sounding, know-it-all, “we know what’s best for you Queers,” approach and they come off as self-appointed authorities on what Queers must do. I didn’t much like the sound of what I was hearing from her. I didn’t know what to make of it at the time. I wasn’t sure what she was even talking about that “we” were to do and I don’t know that anybody else did either. But she received the usual perfunctory applause at the appropriate times during her speech to the group gathered.

Assimilate means to bring into conformity with the customs, attitudes, and other aspects/behaviours of a group. In this case, it’s the breeders whom Queers were ordered to conform with the customs, attitudes and other behaviours of breeders. Who would want to do that? So what these Queer national organisations and this woman from Equality California were telling Queers to do was to conform and be like the breeders. Bad idea.

Why would one want to be like the breeders with their over 50% divorce rate in the US and dysfunctional relationships? That doesn’t sound like a very good group to emulate.

But since then, most of the Queer/GTQBL community has indeed conformed with the breeders, as if the breeders are seen as superior to Queers and to be modeled after. Hardly! WTF is wrong with most Queers? What was extremely short-sighted about this Declaration to Assimilate was that it’s as if the people who gave this order to assimilate believed that by making gay marriage legal it had miraculously erased the public’s homophobia. Ludicrous! Shortly after that is when we heard that delusional wishful-thinking from some Queers which went like this: “Gay people can live anywhere; gay is now mainstream.”

When a minority group, such as Queers, is “blended in” with a majority group of breeders — many of whom are anti-Queer and don’t hide that with their anti-gay slurs — what happens? What happens is what we’ve seen happen:

1) You lose your “Out and Proud” Queers
2) You lose your sense and feeling of a Queer community, especially when your Queer areas in major US cities are invaded/taken over by anti-Queer breeders.
3) You lose your Queer movement (which is dead today by the way), and
4) You lose your Queer activism.
5) Many Queers go back in the closet, as has happened.
6) Anti-Queer hate crimes on the rise. (See here, here and here).

You end up with a complete collapse of the Queer community thanks to these elitist assholes with their cushy executive salaries at the national US Queer organisations who ordered Queers to “assimilate.”

Today, the Queer community doesn’t seem to give a fuck about anything (except their phones), even when a major far-right politician speaks about hanging Queers. How did Queers respond to that? Silencio. With silence. I wrote about that at the time and so did my fine concerned commenters, but most didn’t seem to be bothered by it at all. If this had been during the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement, we would have seen thousands and thousands of Queers in the streets that night in every major US city over such a despicable and heinous remark coming from a piece of far-right political basura.

And that incident, among many other indicators, shows just how much things have changed and gone in the wrong direction since this order for Queers to “assimilate” was spewed.

What happened after that order to assimilate was given is what I see around San Francisco’s Castro (which has been ruined; it’s nothing like it was), and what I’ve read has happened in The Village in Manhattan and elsewhere. This order to “assimilate” has caused many Queers to go back in the closet as they lose their identity, lose their gay meccas to fucking prudish breeders who have invaded, as has happened in The Castro, The Village, West Hollywood and elsewhere. One can hear anti-gay and anti-trans comments in The Castro from the breeders. These days, unless two guys are holding hands on the odd occasion in and around The Castro, I usually can’t tell who is Queer and who is a breeder. In physical appearance and behaviour, they look the same. I don’t even hear the word “gay” or “Queer” spoken in The Castro anymore because gay guys are trying to be “discreet” and “down-low” (code language for closeted) in the former Gay Mecca.

Assimilation has also caused the elitist and bougi/snooty wealthy Queers to kick the poor and homeless Queers to the curb. In this case, it’s a class thing. During the “G**gle” techie-trash shuttle protests in San Francisco some years ago, the conservative corporatist (wealthier) Queers supported the billionaire-owned techie-trash corporate parasites while some of the middle class and poorer Queers protested the techie-trash and their Luxury (Dahling) 2-story tall shuttles illegally using Muni bus stops, the rampant gentrification (the eviction of Queers, rents soaring to unprecedented levels) that was/still is happening in San Francisco, particularly in The Castro and Upper Market. The wealthier, corporatist Queers hated on the (poor) protesters. One was left with the strong impression that the wealthier elitist Queers prefer to live with wealthy breeders and their screaming babies rather than with poorer Queers. This was also during the time that the conservative wealthier Queers supported the sanitising of The Castro to make it “breeder-friendly” and as much like the conservative, puritanical and prudish hell hole that many wealthier Queers had fled decades ago when they moved to The Castro as so-called “liberals” and so-called “progressives” at that time. (Related: Sexual Freedom and Revolution). But now they had done a 180 degree flip and were proud conservatives — and wealthy homeowners in many cases living under the illusion that they have special rights simply because they own some old moldy home — and because they had “assimilated” with the fucking breeders. Some of the new anti-gay breeder residents were overheard to say, “there are too many gay people living here.”

As for the order to “assimilate,” the spokeswoman from Equality California gave no examples of what she meant by that. But apparently, what everyone else in attendance thought she meant was the following, since this is what has happened in more detail since then:

1) Start supporting major corporations, corporate box stores, corporate chain stores, corporate billionaire-owned techie companies and Orwellian-named and data-mined “social media,” the corporate Real Estate Industrial Complex and their corrupt liars as well as corporate coffee chains. The days of being anti-corporate are over, Queer community. Also, any corporation that says the word “gay” on the odd occasion should be supported (even though they’re likely just trying to exploit gullible you for your dinero/money. Some of us are not fooled by that although most of the Queer community seem to have retired their bull shit detectors to the closet.)

2) Start supporting corporate sports teams who say the word “gay” on occasion (while one hears anti-gay slurs from team players and sports fans).

3) Try to act as much like the breeders as possible. Whatever they do, you should do. Remember that “alternative” and “radical” (of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement) are out. Make your events welcoming to the breeders, “Family-friendly” (translation: conservative…ugh) and “wholesome.” (ugh) We must not shock or offend the prudish breeders. Guys: keep your shirts on even when it’s hot out. Remember: Always cater to the breeders and their wants and desires. They get top priority now as we Queers desperately want to be accepted by them. And welcome them in (to take over your gay neighbourhood).

[My response to this: Fuck this shit! I don't hold the breeders up as a model for anything.]

4) It’s no longer “Anything Goes San Francisco.” It’s now “Conformity Goes San Francisco.”
Wear breeder Millennial all-black clothing, or breeder black and grey every day of the year even at night so motorists nearly hit you because they can’t see you when you walk out in front of them without looking either direction, with or without your phone. (Stupid is in.)

5) Put your Rainbow Flags, pins and bumper stickers in the closet, because breeders don’t have Rainbow Flags or want anything to do with them, although they obviously enjoy making out under Rainbow Flags as one sees in San Francisco’s Castro as a territorial thing to let Queers know they’re taking over.

6) Become a macho jock bro, just like the breeder bros.

7) Abandon your interests in the Arts and switch over to corporate sports teams as your dominant interest. (Note to Queer choristers: Put that “San Francisco Symphony Chorus” t-shirt in the closet and buy expensive corporate sports team clothing. Remember: “Gotta support the local corporate team” grunt, grunt.)

8) Make your phone your life, just like the breeders. Never take your eyes off that screen. Even though it’s terribly unintelligent to put all of your personal information in one place to be data-mined/hacked/and have your information stolen. Nevertheless, put all of your information on your phone. (Stupid is in).

9) For some of you gay guys, start marrying females and go back in the closet so you “look like a breeder.” Start squeezing out babies and pretend to be Mr Straight Macho Guy, although most of us will know you’re a fucked-up-in-the-head closet case. It’s another way of conforming/”assimilating.” It’s called being heteronormative.

10) Always use the conformist and corporatist letters “LGBT,” or that more recent mess of alphabet soup called LGBTQIA+. Either way the “G” is more hidden (as intended) because we all know that lesbians are considered more acceptable to Mr and Ms Bigoted Prude Breeder than gay guys are and especially if they’re holding hands (what are those guys doing?! are they holding hands?!). Related: There is no Gay Agenda.

11) Throw those outdated peace signs from the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement in the recycling bin, trash bin (the black bin if you’re in San Francisco).

12) Related to #11: Be all “Rah, Rah” for the US Military and US Imperialism and Empire Building worldwide, just like the breeders. Start supporting the US Military Industrial Complex and any wars they launch. Be a real man, just like the breeders. (Related: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” continues).

13) Strongly support the US national anthem. (Never kneel for it). Be “Rah, Rah” for mindlessly singing it (or pretending to) — even though most people don’t know the words — at a corporate sports team game to celebrate war, US nationalism, mindless flag-waving and fake-patriotism.

14) Support the utterly corrupt and imperialistic Democratic Party — even though party saviour, Nancy Pelosi, opposes articles of impeachment against the current White House occupant, just like she took impeachment of illegitimate George W Bush “off the table” — no matter what the Democrats do and no matter how often they work for and serve as accomplices/enablers to the Republicans.

15) Don’t tell anyone in your office that you’re gay. Part of “assimilating” and conforming means that they have to guess your sexuality, just like with the breeders. You can be heteronormative and display fake pictures of “him and her, with children” (known as The Breeder Agenda) on your desk and bookshelves just like the breeders always do with their “in your face” sexuality. (You know, the same thing they complained about Queers doing for years with our “in your face” sexuality as they called it? But it’s perfectly okay when breeders are in our faces with their sexuality. Their hypocrisy is noted.)

16) When you’re walking with a female friend, hold her hand to give the impression you’re straight. That’s also part of “assimilating”/conforming.

17) Laugh at any and all anti-Queer jokes you hear in the office or locker rooms or anywhere else, to pretend you’re straight. That’s part of “assimilating” with the precious breeders.

18) Never again go to any social-activism protests because they offend the breeders. You see, the breeders get stuck in traffic — even though most of them are glued to their phones so what’s the problem of being stuck in traffic? — in their big black, grey or white SUVs, and we can’t have the breeders inconvenienced! No! Wouldn’t dream of it! That’s what we Queers did in the past and many (most?) Queers now seem ashamed of that behaviour because we offended and inconvenienced the precious and delicate breeders. They are really very thin-skinned people.

19) Whenever you write a personal sex ad, always describe yourself as “discreet and “DL” (down low). You can also use “straight-looking and straight-acting” and say that you’re “normal” (which implies that some gay guys are not “normal.”) Never say you’re “out and proud.” That’s terribly outdated. Refer to yourself as “all-man” or “a real man.” I’ve seen all of that in men-for-men sex ads. If you’re gay, lie and say you’re bi — as the majority of gay guys today are doing — so that you come off as being more like the breeders who fuck pussy, even though you have zero interest in pussy or females. It doesn’t matter, just lie and say you’re bi anyway. Because of assimilation, it seems that the word “gay” is seen as a “dirty word” now. Sad. Most gay guys are not calling themselves gay anymore based on ClosetList personal sex ads.

20) Give the breeders and their babies attention whenever possible. It will make them think you’re straight and that you would like a brood/busload of screaming babies too. Never mind overpopulation. With “assimilation” that is no longer a concern. The breeders obviously don’t give a fuck about overpopulation. In San Francisco (The Breeder Mecca), one gets the impression the breeders have never heard of birth control.

21) When you’re hanging out with your jock bros who are straight, make them think you’ve “turned straight,” so talk about “banging chicks” and “I’d like to bang her” and “she has a nice ass, and look at that rack.”

22) And of course, don’t forget your Millennial black baseball cap. You’re instantly a Jock Bro with that baseball cap on, worn forward or backwards.

23) Welcome straights/the breeders to your gay bars.
Now I have to say, this one I will never understand. There’s a reason that we’ve had a long-standing tradition of having separate bars: gay bars and straight bars. I have no interest at all in going to a straight bar so I fail to understand why breeders are interested in going to gay bars, if they are not fucked-up closet cases themselves. And everyone is not lovey-dovey towards Queers. And now, in these loco/crazy times, gay guys have to be extremely careful as to whom they approach in their own gay bar because genuine straight guys in the gay bar won’t hesitate to let it be known when they are offended by “some faggot” (their words) hitting on them and trouble can then arise. My question for Mr Straight Guy: Then why the fuck is your ass sitting in a gay bar to begin with if you’re not a closet case? Do you usually frequent gay bars? If so, why? The only reason you’re there is because you’re a closet case. Or have they closed all the breeder bars in the City? No.

24) Welcome breeders to live in your neighbourhood (as they take it over).
In San Francisco, whenever The Castro is written about by the conservative merchants or those busy-bodied elitist conservative neighbourhood associations, they write, “the neighbourhood is changing.” Instead of saying, “The Castro has become mostly straight.” The neighbourhood is not changing. The neighbourhood has already changed, idiots. Past tense. But these basura go out of their way not to offended the precious breeders because they want their money.

It’s the same way in West Hollywood. I read about a gay business leaving WeHo because they said, “more and more straights are moving in (to West Hollywood).” I thought: Finally someone told it like it is! But unfortunately they couldn’t leave it at that. They felt the need to add, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Not that there’s anything wrong with straights moving into and taking over a gay area? Spineless. Yes, absolutely, there is something quite wrong with that because the breeders already own the world, so why do they need West Hollywood too? To help force the Queers out? The breeder assholes are never satisfied. They want it all!

Commenters can add to this list. These are the ones that came to mind. Much of this and more is what some of us have seen as a result of this call to “assimilate” with the breeders.

To the corporate assholes on a power trip at those national Queer organisations who gave this order to “assimilate,” may I suggest that you FUCK OFF, ALL OF YOU! CORPORATE BASURA. Look what you’ve done to the now-dead Queer community which doesn’t stand for a goddamned thing anymore.

But does anyone care? I suspect most do not. They are possibly among the 5.8 MILLION (as of this writing) who have watched a top-rated video on YT recently about “the poop in my pants” (roll eyes, shaking head in disgust) than to care about something that really matters. That’s the level of maturity we’re dealing with these days, and that’s the level of maturity that G**gle is promoting.

Elaborating on some of the above:

As memory serves, this order to assimilate was around the same time that the obnoxious gay Jock Bro fad was in high gear where gay guys around San Francisco and in other major US cities were trying to act like straight macho breeder jocks, screaming at television screen while watching “the game” with a brew in their hand. These new gay jock bros felt compelled to get into corporate sport teams because that’s what the breeders do. I guess the breeders were thinking, “Maybe you gay guys — or were they really thinking “you faggots?” — are ‘normal’ now since you’re into my team and like watching ‘the game’ with a brew.” One wonders if any of these gay guys completely lost themselves by resorting to conversations with their breeder jock bros about “banging chicks” and “I’d like to do her” while watching “the game” in order to assimilate and to completely fit-in with the breeder jock bros? Considering the dismal state of things today, I suspect some did indeed do that and that continues today. The Castro had become Jock Bro Central with every gay bar showing “the game” and one heard obnoxious screams and roars — “wolf!! wolf!!” — coming from every bar whenever the local corporate sports team scored a point. This was also around the time that the obnoxious supposedly gay sports bar opened on Market Street in San Francisco. It sounded like a bunch of obnoxious frat boy jocks around here. This is the same bar that only flies the Rainbow Flag on Pride Sunday to exploit the tourists. Clearly, they’re ashamed of the Rainbow Flag the rest of the year and that flag goes back into the closet the Lunes/Monday after Pride Day.

It’s also interesting that corporate sports teams waited until the Queer community became so heteronormative — “acting” and looking like the breeders — before they began to some degree supporting the Queer community. Which makes some of us question just how legitimate, honest and genuine their so-called support of the Queer community is. Just how supportive are they of a trans person or a real feminine gay guy? Or of a Drag Queen? (Although I rarely see Drag Queens and that art form around here any more).

I should also point out that it’s ironic that gay guys chose to call themselves “jocks,” since historically it has been the obnoxious jock assholes that have bullied gay guys on sports fields and in locker rooms, and that continues to this day.

Gay W. Virginia high school soccer player comes out by dancing with homecoming king

Two gay West Virginia high school athletes attend senior prom as couple

Because I’m paying much less attention to what’s going on in San Francisco these days for my own sanity, it seems that maybe this jock bro fad is not as strong as it once was. But at that time, it was all about corporate sports team, in part, because the teams have a “LGBT Night.” Of course it would be called that as opposed to Queer Night. Might a “LGBT Night” be a way to bait/exploit the gullible Queers for their dinero/money for the purchase of outrageously expensive season tickets? Meanwhile, “faggot jokes” continue to be heard in these locker room and from fans. An article (from 2014) I read about this referred to the major leagues “cashing in” on the Queer community. “Cashing in” = Exploiting. Any way to make dinero off of a group of Queers while behind their backs they’re hated on and called derogatory slurs by the players and some sports fans.

From that article: (“With Gay Fans, Major League Baseball Strikes Out Looking”)

“A simple night at the ballpark can be a daunting prospect for gays who see professional sports arenas and stadiums as unwelcoming to the LGBTQ community. In the not-so-distant past, gay couples have been formally reprimanded or even kicked out of the stadium for kissing. It’s not uncommon to hear gay slurs from immature or inebriated fans; sometimes the athletes join in with the homophobia. Nevertheless, gay pride nights are popping up at ballparks around the country, filling the stands with thousands of cheering, peanuts and Cracker Jack munching LGBTQ baseball fans. But Major League Baseball doesn’t often share the love. While its players show the league is ready for a gay player, MLB leadership and individual franchises barely acknowledge gay fans. And that’s a lost opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Queers were/are latching on to other corporate interests like a magnet, including that of the Tech Industrial Complex which has ruined former-Bohemian San Francisco. That too is the opposite of the Gay Mecca Days.

As memory serves, this was around the same time that I gave up on reading the local gay rag, which had become so conservative and fully in support of the San Francisco Oligarchy, which the publisher was (still is?) part of. There was not one draconian measure they opposed. That gay rag supported criminalising homelessness — excusing it by saying that “San Francisco’s measure will be different than the ones in other cities” (yeah sure!) — with the sit-lie measure and that rag served as ass-eaters for conservative Scott Penis (who charades as a “moderate”). He’s gay, very heteronormative and has helped ruin The Castro to sanitise it for the breeders. He’s one of the worst politicians this City has ever seen. I also remember that the gay rag published a letter from a reader saying that one should stay in the closet with the reasoning being that it was not the right time to come out. They got some opposition letters in response of the ones that they published. I remember thinking: It’s never going to be the right time to come out of the closet according to the closet-case conservatives. And that was the last time I read that conservative gay publication, which also charades as “moderate,” which is typical for some conservatives in San Francisco. That conservative gay publication and other local corporate conservative publications in San Francisco helped transform the Queer community into conservatives.

During the Gay Mecca Days, the Gay Community was heavily into The Arts and had no interest in (corporate) sports or the US military. In fact, the Gay Community strongly opposed the military and was for peace. That was the opposite of today.

During those days one would see gay boy choristers from the Symphony Chorus who lived in The Castro proudly wearing their San Francisco Symphony Chorus t-shirts around here. These were superb musicians because not just anyone can be a chorister in the Symphony Chorus. They only accept the best: voice quality, sight-reading skills/abilities, superb musicianship and other required qualifications. But I never see anyone wearing those shirts anymore. The way things have changed around here, they might even be frowned upon if they did!

The shirts one sees some Queers wearing these days are those of corporate sports teams (Los Gigantes) or the occasional pro-military shirts (such as “Army”) or the occasional tacky “USA” or US flag shirts. People with no taste wear that obnoxious shit. And these days, corporate sporting events come with gigantic US flags covering the field to instill tacky and ugly US nationalism and fake-patriotism in the gullible sheeple.

I suppose someone would say to me: You’re living in a different time. You’re stuck in the past. You’re living in the past decades ago.

My response to that: If you knew me as mis amigos/my friends do, you would know I’m not living in the past. None of them say that. I’m living in today while remembering the past (something many Queers don’t want to do or don’t have the ability to do it seems) — and especially parts of the past which I considered negative so as not to repeat that part of the past — and I find it incredible how drastically changed the Queer community has become. Unrecognisable. And why such a drastic transformation? Again, (and I know I’m being redundant), it’s all in the name of “assimilation with the breeders.” I never knew that was so critically important to most Queers. It certainly wasn’t during the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement. We didn’t give a fuck about the breeders during those days and didn’t prop them up on any pedestal. But today, the Queer community have become such drastically different and conservative people. They’ve become such mainstream sheeple.

Someone may be asking: “Well what do you think should have happened after gay marriage became legal?”

My response: I think people should have celebrated gay marriage — if one is into marriage (I’m not big on marriage of any kind) — and moved on to other problems facing the Queer community. Instead of shutting down, closing up shop as if all has been accomplished; nothing left to do. Time to party and get on our phones and live on F***book with its tentacles and help a billionaire make more billions. It’s now time to emulate the breeders and put them up on some goddamned pedestal that they don’t deserve to be put on. That’s the way it’s been since gay marriage became legal. (Related: What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement?)

There are many other problems facing the Queer community that need to be addressed. But one gets the impression these days that the Queer community thinks that “all has been accomplished.” And the pathetic national Queer organisations seem to only be concerned about those Queers of a certain income bracket (wealthier Queers). The same crowd that shows up at their lah-tee-dah Annual Gala dinners (Dahling) — where one of these Queer organisations in recent years honoured a techie billionaire (of all people!) — with an outrageous price-per-plate cost. Honouring a homeless Queer youth would have been a much more enriching, rewarding and interesting evening. I’ve been to some of the websites of these corporate Queer organisations and they are saturated with corporate logos. And that’s who they really care about, (just like with the corrupt Democratic and Republican corporate politicians). I’ve seen nothing on their sites about homeless Queer youth, Queer youth suicides, or trans topics as just three examples. Nada.

Activism today? Ha! Dead. I can hear Queers respond to that: “No, I don’t do any activism today. I’m not at all “alternative” (spoken in a derogatory way). I’m very proudly mainstream now. I’d rather play on my phone and/or watch a game and have a brew with my bros, the ones who think I’m straight or bi. It’s my secret that I suck dick. No one needs to know. “All between you and me of course on the down low.” The breeders don’t protest anything so why should I? I’m not like that, like those weird protesters decades ago. And I don’t want to offend breeders with protests because they think we (closeted) Queers are just like them now. They think we have “grown out of that stuff” and “matured out of that” silly protesting stuff we used to do. We were told by the conservatives that we “needed to grow up” (translation: become conservatives) so that’s what we did. You want me to protest a major far-right politician who has talked about hanging Queers? (or this: The Orange Man’s regime says employers can fire people because they’re gay). I’m like whatever. I hadn’t heard that, but I don’t care about that either. I’m like totally like whatever like.

At this rate, you deserve what you get, idiots. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

The Queer Community is Dead (2014 and beyond)

Gay guys self-induced conversion therapy

San Francisco is unrecognisable to former residents (2017)

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

Gay Men Glorify War and Nationalism

What’s with GLBTQs and corporate sports teams?

I wouldn’t do well as a “straight” person

The Gay Populace: The (new) Tool of The Right

The Rainbow Flag is now “too gay?”

The Gay Jock Fad

What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement?

Gay Community being forced out of San Francisco

The “Discreet” Gay Guys

The Conservative Gay Heteronormative Populace

Closeted Gays moving into San Francisco’s Castro

The “Discreet” Gay Guys in New York City

Bi Now Means Masculine And Not Bisexual

Brand LGBT(TM)

Why do Queers want to kill other Queers ?

A gay guy tries to prove he’s straight by getting a girl pregnant

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

Corporatist Brand LGBT (TM) deserve what they get

San Francisco’s Straight Mecca (November 2016)

The Closeted Queer Community (2017)

Is the GLBT Historical Society misogynistic?

All the Queer boys and their wives

More revisionist Queer history: Designer of Rainbow Flag dies

The Hate for Queers

More back to the 1950s: Gay guys marrying females in droves. Sad.

Most would walk comfortably into gas chambers, as long as they have their phones

The Breeders’ Guide To Making Out (in Queer areas)

Breeder Marriage Proposals

The Queer Equality March began with the US National Anthem? WTF?

Straight Exhibitionism in The Castro (San Francisco)

Closeted Gay Guy Seeking Wing-Woman

Straight couple leaves gay bar and begins make-out session

The Gay Straight Couple

Marketing Pussy to Gay Guys

The gay Jock Bros who reject gay guys

Go to The Castro to prove you’re straight

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