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.)

Your views are welcome — although some expressions of them may be mildly punished.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.