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Comment by James M. Martin on November 21, 2009 at 10:59am
Comment by A Former Member on November 16, 2009 at 2:42pm

I've not read this. Just passing the info along. - DG

Review: Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences by...

Ties That Bind exposes homophobia as a practice rooted in family structures, from abuse of children to exclusion of adults. This pattern extends to the cherished liberal value of “tolerating” queers as if they were wasps at a family picnic. Author Sarah Schulman boldly declares that visibility is a failed strategy for cultural change. Gay people are more visible than ever, but “the hatred and overt campaigns against us, ranging from commodification to constitutional amendments to dehumanizingly false representations in popular culture, have intensified and become more deliberate.” Schulman’s solution is third-party intervention. If your parents direct you not to bring your lover to a family reunion, it’s time for your sister to demand that your lover be included. If commercial publishers refuse to print lesbian work, straight best-selling authors should protest. Ties That Bind argues that this type of allegiance is far more important than gay access to problematic institutions like marriage. Unfortunately, the gay establishment has abandoned challenges to structural homophobia in favor of the fight for gay marriage, a shift Schulman calls “a sign of spiritual exhaustion . . . the white flag of surrender” to the status quo.
Comment by Daniel W on November 15, 2009 at 10:14am
Well, maybe I figured out a way to poll. Please vote! If it works, this will be a convenient way to get some answers.
Comment by Daniel W on November 15, 2009 at 9:39am
Still haven't figured out how to create a good survey widget, compatible with Ning platform, for this page. Anybody know a sure bet?
Comment by Louis on November 4, 2009 at 11:15am
Of course the yes side knows how painful it is. But think about how much easier THEY'LL sleep at night knowing that they kept YOU from ever sleeping easy again.
Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2009 at 9:31am
Looks like WA narrowly voted to keep the "Everything but marriage" civil partnerships. Probably not the last that we've heard on the matter, but it's a step. Interesting to read the comments (Caution, it's a conservative blog) here: like, "America is on the ''RIGHT'' step. American people are waking up to the fact that liberal are destroying America. Marriage is between a man and a woman who produce children. Gays produce aids. God Bless America" and "Great news out of Maine. The voters there showed real moral fiber and common sense. A pity the margin against queer "marriage" was not greater than 53-47, but a win is a win. Not so good out of WA, but at least it's not marriage. Americans are a tolerant (too tolerant IMO) people, and are willing to give "gays" something, but when it comes to actual marriage, fuhgeddaboutit."
Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2009 at 8:27am
ANdrea, I think they know how painful it is and they are happy for that. Just my opinion.
Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2009 at 8:17am
Still don't know in WA. THe "good" people of Maine apparently say "fuck you" to teh gays, but "give us our weed!". I also saw an article stating they were passing around collection plates in church to support the anti-same-sex-marriage ammendment, and that the court saws you can keep petition signers secret, but that only applies if it's an antigay petition.
Comment by A Former Member on November 4, 2009 at 8:08am
Eric, good to hear that.
Comment by Eric on November 4, 2009 at 2:01am
65% of Kalamazoo, MI voters approved the Kalamazoo Non-Discrimination Ordinance, a margin greater than the remaining votes from the outstanding absentee ballots that are still being counted, adding protections for gay and transgender people to the city's non-discrimination ordinance.

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