Hola a todos. It feels like San Francisco moved to South Florida and the Orlando Metropolitan Area at some point in the past. That’s the way it feels after seeing the pictures of the Fabulously Rad Gay Boys of South Florida/Orlando who were so unfortunately killed in the gay bar, Pulse, in Orlando. I looked at their pictures. So sad. So terribly sad to realise these Latino/Hispano Queer boys are no longer with us (there were a few females there too). Such a loss to their familias y amigos. With many of the Queer boys, I noticed their rad hair styles and/or their bling, ear plugs, one with a cartilage ring and some with makeup. The reason I noticed this is because it’s rare to see that in conservative San Francisco today, although I used to see that all the time around here. It was part of what made San Francisco the city it was known for: Proudly Rad(ical) and Alternative. Yeah well, that city is mostly gone. It’s rare to see anything that I would call “Fabulously Rad” in tech-junkie San Francisco today. (Techie) “Hipster” clones are not “Fabu” or “Fabulously Rad” by my definition. It is as if the Old City — the former proudly radical and alternative San Francisco — moved to South Florida. I had also noticed this rad/fabu-look in the past from monitoring the two español-language networks with their production facilities based near Miami: Univisión y Telemundo. I know some Queer boys moved from San Francisco to South Florida, but from what I’ve heard about GLBTQs who have been forced out of San Francisco, they have not moved to any one place. They’ve sorta gone all over. As I’ve said many times before, most of the conservative gay community — what remains of it — in San Francisco today have gone to great lengths to sanitise themselves and have tried to look boringly mainstream and “straight”/heteronormative which is nothing but — let me tell it like it is — internalised homophobia. And especially with these obnoxious, culture-less faux gay jocks around here who have nothing to do in their life but drink beer/get drunk and scream at the “top of their lungs” over fucking corporate millionaire-owned sport$ team$ with their overpaid millionaire players. Does bling and a fabu hair style clash with the fucking obnoxious jock image? And who with a brain wants to be a jock? Jocks historically have been los pendejos that bullied and belittled gay guys in locker rooms and on playgrounds/the field and that’s still happening today.
Not much has changed people even though some people would like to think that’s the case. Many people like to exaggerate some GLBTQ progress having been made. The GLBTQ community has become extremely
complacent dead (read: What was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights’ Movement) since same-gender marriage became legal here in The Cesspool/the US/EEUU. Law passed in favour of GLBTQs and some GLBTQ appointments to positions in government do not change or easily change people’s prejudices and bigotry. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” something that the GLBTQ community has completely forgotten about.
Obviously, the guy who killed these 49 people had many problems, including mental problems. I’ve read about him. It’s just too bad that somebody didn’t get him some mental help or he didn’t have the wherewithal to seek help with a credible (preferably gay in his case) psychotherapist on is own to help him come out of the closet, since according to his amigos he was gay and a closet case. Gay closet cases can be very dangerous people, as is often the case with homophobic people. He was seen at Pulse many times — he was seen there over the past 3 years — and seen dancing with guys. He was in marriage #2 to a female. Using her as “cover” for his prejudiced anti-gay family? Or was he bisexual in the original meaning of that word? That’s also very typical of gay closet cases to be married to a female to try to disguise/hide one’s true gay sexual orientation especially to one’s family. Apparently his esposa/wife knew of his plans to “blow up the place” at Pulse — she supposedly tried to talk him out of it — and now she may be charged as an accessory for the crime from having gone with him on one occasion to “stalk the place out.” I get the sense from what I read that maybe he snapped from his frustration of being rejected repeatedly by other gay guys he was interested in (because some people said his behaviour was “strange”), and decided out of revenge and frustration to “blow the place up” and that’s what he did unfortunately.
If you’ve read anything I’ve written about religion, you may know that I can’t stand the bigoted, prejudiced and anti-gay southern baptist church. Basura. I don’t know that this church in Sacramento, California is a member of the southern baptist convention but they might as well be with their hate and willful-ignorance about gay people Following the tragedy in Orlando at the gay bar (Pulse), some piece of baptist basura at this church praised the killing of the gay boys in Pulse and accused them all of being child molesters/paedophiles. Loco. Are we looking at another closet-case here with this “pastor? I suspect this “pastor” is gay and like all the other closet cases trying to hide his gay sexuality by hiding behind that bible and his twisted interpretation of it. Because people who are secure with themselves and their own sexuality don’t go around hating on gay people and wrap it in that bible. Basura do that.
Where I used to live years ago in the District of Columbia, this happened at Dupont Circle following the tragedy in Orlando: “DC police investigate anti-gay graffiti painted on Dupont Circle sidewalk.” From their article:
Quote: Sapol Jirapanjavat, the owner of Thaiphoon, said an employee discovered the graffiti Sunday morning at the restaurant in the 2000 block of S Street NW. It reads “Down with the gay agenda” in blue paint. On Monday afternoon, a local restaurant worker painted the word “gun” in red over the word “gay” to change the meaning to “Down with the gun agenda.” Jirapanjavat said that the vandalism had raised new worries following Sunday’s mass shooting at gay club in Orlando that killed at least 49 people. Like other restaurants in the area, Jirapanjavat displayed the colors associated with the Capital Pride Festival, a gay rights celebration that took place in the District on Sunday. End Quote.
When I lived in the District, Dupont Circle was the major gay area. But today, because of gentrification, Logan Circle (the next circle over east of Dupont) is the new gay area. When I lived in DC, the majority population was Black, but today from what I’ve read the Black population is about half or less of the total population. From Wikipedia: “The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the District’s population was 672,228 on July 1, 2015, a 11.7% increase since the 2010 United States Census.” The District has become much whiter and wealthier, similar to what’s happened in gentrified San Francisco. Also from Wikipedia: “Researchers found that there were 4,822 same-sex couples in the District of Columbia in 2010; about 2% of total households. Legislation authorizing same-sex marriage passed in 2009 and the District began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in March 2010.”
Maybe those wishful-thinking people who have been chanting that “gay people can live anywhere and gay is now mainstream” will finally come out of their delusional state and come to the realisation that that is not the case at all, as some of us have said all along.
I wish all those injured during the shooting a full recovery.
So when are the many Latino/Hispano/mexicano actors and musicians going to come out of the closet and stop pretending to be “straight?” You’re not fooling anybody. You’ve been speculated about for year (“is [insert musician’s name/actor’s name] gay?”) Only two to my recollection — Ricky Martín y Christian Chávez — have come out of the closet. Chau.—el barrio rosa