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Happy birthday to our beloved Jujubee, who turned 26 this week!
Darling, you are magnificent. We hope you got a long-overdue birthday call from your mama–and if you didn’t, well honeychild, come on over and we’ll hug you to our bosoms and tell you everything’s gonna be alright. Cuz everything’s gonna be alright.
MWAH! Dance the night away!!!
In an attempt to counter a rapidly rising AIDS rate, the Chinese government has actually done something cool: opened a government-funded gay bar in Dali, one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by the disease.
The bar will offer free condoms, sex ed and a proper watering hole for the area’s gays, many of whom are from rural villages, and “used to gather in a patch of woods near the historic town.” Not to linger on the past, but hanging out in a patch of woods without mushrooms or a cooler/tent/bonfire or elf leader just makes us sad.
Anyway, this is awesome progress and we’re psyched! But enough jibber-jabber. When do we drink???
Mr. President, we’re watching and waiting (patiently, as you’ve asked) for you to make good on this promise. And so is our hero, Dan Choi. Here he is on The Situation Room today:
We hope that the next time he goes into the studio to talk to Wolf, he’s celebrating the eradication of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
That’s just algebra, guys (at least we believe so). Can’t fight the facts.
Anyway, who isn’t down for a little FUN TIMES FRIGGIN’ INFINITY? What’s not appealing about a Skittles-colored, über-hip, designy flyer? Who wouldn’t be excited for a little West Coast love?
No one that we can think of. So we expect to see lots of bright, shiny, happy faces seeking out the good times at Cal’s 2nd Annual Queer and Asian Conference, which happens next week (MAY 2nd) in the beautiful Bay Area.
We’re giving you plenty of time to shift your schedules, so don’t miss it.
Click here for more info on QACON.
CNN conducted exit polls yesterday of 2,240 California voters on Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban, breaking down the yes’s and no’s by age, sex, income, education level, et al. Here are the results by race:
Pretty depressing stuff. But, hey, let’s look on the bright side. There’s a new “Other” in town–other than blacks, Latinos, and Asians. (Scientologists? Martians? Crab People?) Anyhoo–sucks for Them! Let’s go kick sand in their faces and pass laws discriminating against the new Other since we’ve climbed up the ladder! Yeah!!!
California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today for the first time since the state Supreme Court legalized gay marriage last month, and one of our favorite gaysians arrived early at the West Hollywood Park auditorium to get his:
Takei was THE FIRST person in West Hollywood this morning (which is sayin’ somethin’) to pay $70 for his marriage license. Cuz y’all know we love being first, especially when it comes to firsts.
Thanks, Jazzy J!
Known for: a memorable stand-up act that grabs laughs internationally from Bangalore to NYC, his performance in OutLaugh with our lady Margaret Cho, a top-ten nominasian for desiclub.com’s 10 Sexiest men of 2007. He’s Indian hailing from New Delhi, and an Amazian Gaysian… what’s not to love?
See for yourself:
Occupation: Vassar College junior
Known for: Winning the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award for young scribes, looking oh so adorable next to emcee Meredith Vieira at the awards ceremony, founding the LGBT magazine Outlet, double-majoring (of course) in Philosophy and Chinese.
“People with differences can better sympathize with one another if they see the big picture,” Leung said, on the importance of journalism.
Congratulasians, Matthew! We think you’re the bee’s knees. There may be a scuffle at DISGRASIAN HQ, however, over who gets to be your new BFF.
Sir Ian McKellen’s recounted a recent visit to Singapore–where public acts of homosexuality are illegal and punishable–in today’s Malaysia Sun. The man behind Magneto had himself some fun with the hosts of their version of Live with Regis and Kelly:
“I didn’t realise, as a gay man, that I’d be a criminal once I arrived because it’s illegal for a man to make love to another man in Singapore. I was rather naughty because I was on an early morning show, the sort of show that happens all over the world on TV, where you get a couple who are clearly not married or related that flirt all the time, usually an older man with a younger woman.
At the end of the interview, they asked what was I looking forward to doing while I was in Singapore. And I looked at the man, who was clearly straight, and said, `Can you recommend any decent gay bars?’ which would be illegal in every possible way. I looked at the playback of the programme afterwards and I’ve never seen the credits come up (on the screen) so quickly.”
Honorasian alert! Sir Ian McKellan, you cad, we applaud you for your making Singapore your bitch. And for scoring a point for the “criminals”–if gaysian love is wrong, we don’t want to be right!
In honor of Gay Pride Week (which is staggered across this month in different North American cities), two of our favorite Asian sistas are hosting LGBT events.
The Gayest Music of All Time airs June 23rd. Click here for more details.
Click here for dates and ticket information.
YOU BETTA WORK. WORK IT GIRL. WORK. SASHAY, SHANTE.