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F*ck Yeah, D.C.!

March 4th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

This hot Asian girl-on-girl action…

[photo by Bill O'Leary-The Washington Post]

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Top 5 Things That Maine Should Be Ashamed Of

November 4th, 2009 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

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5. Lewiston, Maine

4. Those asshole lobsters

3. Really cold winters

2. Super lame self-referential terms like “Mainers” and “Maine-iacs”

1. November 3, 2009, the day Maine voters rejected a state law that would allow same-sex couples to marry, just six months after the measure was passed by state legislature and signed by the governor.

Um… can somebody say, “EPIC FAIL, YOU DUMBASS MAINE-IACS?”

[ABC News: Maine Gay Marriage Law Repealed]

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Mr. Prom Queen

May 29th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

In a week when we felt ashamed to be Californian because of our Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, there was one grace note: Fairfax High School, which is right down the street from where I live, elected its first openly gay male Prom Queen. His name is Sergio Garcia, he has meticulously-tweezed brows, and he knows how to work his skinny jeans.

Fairfax HS Prom Queen Sergio Garcia

Although his running for Queen began as a stunt, Sergio soon realized that it was the title that really suited him. In a speech he made to the senior class before the prom, he said, “I will be wearing a suit, but don’t be fooled, deep down inside, I am a queen!” Senior class president Vanessa Lo told the LA Times that many students, herself included, were won over by that speech when they realized Sergio wasn’t just doing this for attention.

“It just goes to show how open-minded our class is,” Lo said.

Indeed. Now keep those minds open, kids, and don’t forget to use the power of your vote again in 2010, when the fate of many many more queens will be up to you.

[LA Times: Fairfax High's prom queen is a guy]

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Tila Tequila Is a Smart, Coherent, NY Times-Reading, Possible Party-Switching Beheaded Martyr

May 28th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

I think it’s wonderful that Tila Tequila is finally doing something with her celebrity, by appearing in a NoH8 PSA released this week in response to the CA Supreme Court’s disappointing ruling on Prop 8 and blogging her support for gay marriage (for which she has received quite a bit of grief, see below).

Does this signal the dawn of a new-and-improved Tila Tequila? Well, after reading Tila’s blog post, “My Thoughts on Prop 8 Situation,” and her Tweets that followed, I can confidently conclude the following:

Tila’s a MARTYR FOR THE CAUSE!

The first thing I did was make a few tweets about it on my twitter page(www.twitter.com/OfficialTila). Immediately, I received an outpouring response from angry people. I felt as though I was being burnt as stake or beheaded for voicing my opinions, and I still stand tall in my beliefs. I guess times have not changed much because I very much so believe that this is TODAY’s version of “beheading” someone. Some people even had the nerve to call me “RACIST” for whatever their reasoning is just because I was disapointed in PRESIDENT OBAMA in his decisions for not supporting Gay Marriages.from Tila’s post, “My Thoughts on Prop 8 Situation,” reposted to Global Grind


She’s the VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

Now may I ask you all, what is the point of being in the “PUBLIC EYE” if you don’t have a voice or use that medium and take advantage of that outlet to speak your mind? I am not trying to harm anyone, nor am I trying to start a War. I am simply trying to voice my opinions on why I believe it is important for all human beings to have Equal rights. No where else in this world can I come to a new country as an immigrant, and yet be able to build a platform for myself, becoming an AMERICAN CITIZEN and having the ULTIMATE AMERCAN DREAM! Where else in this world can I enjoy such fresh freedom such as I do here? Only in AMERICA!from “My Thoughts on Prop 8 Situation,” reposted to Global Grind

She’s a PARAGON OF COHERENCE!


She’s a NY TIMES READER!


She’s a FUTURE REPUBLICAN!


She’s…she’s…

Wait, what were we talking about here? Something having to do with gay marriage? I got so distracted thinking about martyrs, beheadings, Joan of Arc, the fact that I haven’t read the NY Times today (unlike some other very smart people), and tooting one’s own horn, I totally spaced on the real subject at hand.

[Global Grind: "My Thoughts on Prop 8 Situation.."]
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Miss Prejean USA

May 12th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Here’s a video of Carrie Prejean, the reigning Miss California, near tears at a press conference–while talking about how she was unfairly treated after answering a tough question about (tsk!) gay marriage during this year’s pageant:

And here’s me (or Jen), playing the world’s smallest violin:


Sigh. What a dumb bitch.

[The Guardian: Trump says Miss California can keep her crown]

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Miss California, Thank You

April 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

…for reminding me to be grateful for my right to “choose,” uh, “opposite marriage” in this fine, ehrm, “land.”

Wait, what??

[via @perezhilton]

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Gaysian = Fun

April 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Gay marriage is legal in Vermont!

Vermont joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Iowa–which legalized gay marriage last week–in recognizing same-sex unions. New Hampshire and Maine are apparently considering similar moves, and Washington D.C.’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the district. Even though equal marriage rights in our state of California are in bad shape right now, this is progress, people.

Of course, not everyone thinks so.

Over the weekend, we received an email from a reader–I should probably say “ex”-reader–who expressed his displeasure over our support of gay marriage.


Now, I could go into how gay marriage rights are civil rights, and banning gay marriage is discrimination, and how civil rights and discrimination affect us all, but most especially minorities and people of color, and, therefore, gay marriage has everything to do with Asian-American “perspectives,” but y’all, I’m just really hung up on one detail.

This poor soul clearly doesn’t know any Gaysians. Like Sulu. Or our hero Margaret Cho. Or the only funny character on Entourage (played by the openly gay Rex Lee). Or the always quietly divine B.D. Wong. Or Esera Tuaolo, who’s only the third former NFL player to come out and is working to defeat homophobia in professional sports. Or any of our countless friends who, orientasian aside, want what everyone else wants in life–to love and be loved.

And a life without Gaysians?

It’s so small. So sad. So pitiable.

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Iowa Rules

April 3rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

How about a bit of good news?


From AP:

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Friday finding that the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making Iowa the third state where marriage is legal.”*

*Therefore proving that, although Middle America may not necessarily lead the country in the news, banking, entertainment, or fashion industries, it sure can be at the forefront of the industry of yanking one’s head out of one’s own ass. Seems like there are about 47 other states (um, hi, California) that could and should take a cue from that.

[AP: Iowa court says gay marriage ban unconstitutional]

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Who Is Sato Masuzawa?

February 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

After Sean Penn’s Best Actor acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, a lot of people were wondering who Sato Masuzawa was, i.e. the person Sean called his “best friend” and thanked first. Especially after he didn’t thank his wife, Robin Wright Penn, whom he attended the awards show with, an omission he later explained as intentional.

As it turns out, Sato Masuzawa is Sean Penn’s assistant. She has worked for him since 1998, according to IMDb. I suppose that, in a town where many people are married to their careers, giving a shout-out to your assistant rather than your wife makes perfect sense. But if I were Robin Wright Penn, I would be filing for a divorce again right about now.

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Prop 8, The Musical!

December 3rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Ladies and gents, allow us to present…”Prop 8 – The Musical“!

I’m glad they mentioned the book of Leviticus, which is always the book I think of when fundamentalist Christians talk about every single word in the Bible being “God-breathed” (an idea from the second book of Timothy in the New Testament). It’s like, have you read Leviticus lately? Yeah, it might speak against homosexuality, but it also says that wearing two different kinds of fiber woven together–like wool mixed with linen–is wrong, so you’re gonna have to burn almost everything in your closet, along with the gays, if you believe it. Also, I’ve only ever known Orthodox Jews to follow Leviticus religiously, i.e. to the letter, unless the subject of homosexuality comes up, and then suddenly, conservative Christians are ALL UP IN that Old Testament book, even while they’re snacking on cloven-hoofed animals and wearing their cotton/cashmere sweaters.

I have a personal bone to pick with the pick-and-choose interpretation of Leviticus as well. As some of you know, I grew up in a conservative, religious town in Texas, and I went to five years of Southern Baptist church camp, because, like, that’s what the cool kids did, not to mention my very best friends. One summer at camp, when I was 15, my friends and I were up late talking, when somehow the conversation took a wrong turn–as late-night teenage girl-talk always seems to do–and suddenly we were talking about dating, and the “rules” of dating, and the book of Leviticus. And how in Leviticus, it said you couldn’t mate a cow with a sheep (“Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind,” Leviticus 19:19). At which point they all turned to look at me, the only non-white person in the room. We cow, you sheep, they were saying, guiltily fluttering their clumpy, mascaraed eyelashes.

It wasn’t the first or last time I’d been told explicitly that I was not One of Them, but it was certainly one of the most memorable. Only later did I realize that they were right. They were cows alright, and I, I was definitely not one of them.

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Bobby Jindal: Just Another Politasian

November 25th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in Iowa over the weekend, special guest at the “Celebrating the Family” fundraiser held by the Iowa Family Policy Center. In a speech to 800 attendees, Jindal called for a reconciliasian between conservative voters and their new president:

“Whether you voted for him or not,” Jindal said of the new president, “whether you supported the new leaders of Congress or not, they’re our president. They’re our Congress. They need our prayers. They need our support.”

Smooth move, Bobby Jindal.

Not so smooth was his choice to speak at a banquet held by the anti-gay, anti-choice Iowa Family Policy Center. Same-sex marriage rights will be decided in the Iowa Supreme Court next month, and the Iowa Family Policy Center is leading the hateration against it, calling proponents of gay marriage “anti-family.”

You know what’s really “anti-family”? Half of the poor, elderly, and disabled from New Orleans who are permanently displaced from their homes since Katrina. And the lack of affordable housing or even a plan for affordable housing for these families. Not to mention the thousands of people still living in FEMA trailers.

Get your own house and your own damn family (i.e. Louisiana) in order before you start stumping in Iowa, Bobby Jindal! Sheesh. We thought you were smarter than that.

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Blaming the Black Voter

November 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

If you couldn’t tell by now, we love math. Much to the disappointment of our fathers, who are both men of science and can do all sorts of tricky calculasians in their heads with one hand tied behind their backs while chewing gum, walking, and humming “Ode to Joy” at the same time, we chose paths in life where we don’t use a whole lot of it day to day. We’ve tried over the years to convince our dads that our silly Americanized ways of doing things are not so different from their own; that, say, there was empirical logic in the study of lit theory (admittedly a hard sell)–and therefore, it was not a total waste of their tuition money–or that, even though we sucked at AP calculus, we could still balance our checkbooks and manage our money, because, hey, a zero in your bank account is as absolute as it is on the Kelvin temperature scale.

But we always return to math in one way or another, whether it’s calculating how many electoral votes we needed to clinch for an Obama victory or figuring out the number of notes we needed to hit to finally slay “Free Bird” on GH2 on Expert (which we did, by the way). Because math, like our Hardass Asian Fathers, is reliable. And it is honest–hence the phrase, “The numbers don’t lie.”

Of course, sometimes the interpretation of the numbers do. We got to thinking about that in the wake–and we mean that in the funereal sense–of the passage of Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban. Earlier in the week, we posted the CNN exit poll on how people voted, by race, on Prop 8. The number that jumps out at you is the 70% of African-American voters who supported the ban. There’s been a lot of grumbling on the internet about how the passage of Prop 8 is the fault of black voters, with an implicit (and sometimes not-so-implicit) How dare They, especially since we elected one of Them.

Feels good, doesn’t it? To fall back on good ol’ fashioned finger-pointing, especially in this slouching-towards-postracial-Bethlehem we find ourselves in, this era of hope and change. At least we can still scapegoat groups of people! African-Americans, in particular, because they got theirs, right?

But this, as my father would say, is unscientific. And when my dad, a physics professor who’s taught at a black college for the last 25 years, says something is “unscientific,” that’s a politic way of him saying: THIS IS TOTAL BULLSHIT. So, sure, you could look at this exit poll…


…and say, since the margin between for and against came down to 500,000 votes out of 10 million, If only we had gotten 100% of the African-American vote against 8, we would have had this in the bag. How dare They. But what if we had gotten 100% of the Asian and “Other” vote against Prop 8, which would have been an increase of 450,000 votes, and, like, 1% percent more of the white vote? What if we had gotten 75% of the Latino vote, instead of 47%? Or what if we had gotten 59% of the white vote against Prop 8 instead of 51%, the most achievable statistical increase? What if we didn’t put the outcome of gay marriage all on one group, and if we had gotten 6.5% more of the white vote (+409,500), 3% more of the Latino vote (+54,000), 2% more of the black vote (+20,000), and 2% more of the Asian and Other vote (+18,000)? Or any combination therein?

Answer: gay marriage would be legal today in California.

If we’ve learned one thing from this election, it’s that we all have to work together. It wasn’t black voters alone who got a black President elected. It was black, white, Latino, Asian, mixed, working together. And it’s not black voters alone who passed the gay marriage ban, either. We all did–a percentage of us here, a percentage of us there. That’s the truth that these exit poll numbers tell us: we failed. All of us. Together.

The shame that we feel today is only directed at our collective failure, which we need to figure out how to rectify. All of us. Together. Diana and I also feel quite a bit of shame over the fact that we couldn’t crunch all those numbers in our head and had to use a calculator (and made a few miscalculasians along the way), and now we have a raging headache from doing all of this math…but that’s just us. Sorry, Dads!

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