We Need an Open Thread to Discuss GLBT Things This Week


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Flying Spaghetti Monsters in Love

Let’s not get into the theological implications here, OBVIOUS AS THEY MAY BE.

We need to talk about the events in the Supreme Court (and on the streets and on Facebook) this week — and thanks to singer Katie Goodman and her friends, I finally found a suitable conversation piece to kick things off. The song is subtitled“The Homophobia Song”; I’ll hold off on the title for now, for reasons that will probably be obvious.

Meanwhile, a big shout out, half a day later than Martin Longman’s, to Alan Lowenthal for what I had not thought would be an unprecedented act on Capitol Hill. (And that’s how you know that I’m not talking about gay sex itself.)

Displaying solidarity with gay-marriage advocates on the first day of Supreme Court hearings on the issue, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, has planted the rainbow-striped gay pride flag outside his congressional office, beside the U.S. and California flags.

Lowenthal believes it may be the first time a pride flag has been posted outside a Congress member’s Washington office.

“I am honored to be the first and I am certain I will not be the last,” Lowenthal said.

Each office has fixtures for three flags – one each for the U.S. and state flags, and one for a flag of the lawmaker’s choosing.

Well — boy, howdy!  I think that Lowenthal has earned a definite “A” in this class.

(Note: this post is not dedicated to anyone in particular, not even to the occasional OJB commenter whom I suspect suspects that it is dedicated to him.)

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About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.