Queercore: Movement of the Soul or Movement of the Sole?

Recently, Gucci released a cool new line of shoe wear.  The line is called “Queercore“, borrowing the name from the queer-focused movement that emerged from the punk scene in the early 1980s.  The main theme is totally hot, consisting of a smattering of buckles, chunky charms, lace, and black.  Like a ton of black.

One would assume that Gucci was paying tribute to the movement that inspired the name, and if that was the case then Gucci might deserve a little praise.  The problem with the name is that Gucci’s new shoewear line, while fabulous, used the name without asking anybody.

The name Queercore was first penned by G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce and can be traced back to their zine, J.D’s.  According to Jones, the term Queercore was taken without being asked.  “They stole it, plain and simple,” Says Jones.  “It’s theft.”  Shady, Gucci.  Shady indeed.

Gays & Satan

It’s probably not news to anyone anywhere ever, but some groups just don’t like the gays, you guys.  Because I care about truth and wisdom, and also because I love hearing my own voice in my head I’m going to share and comment on a lovely video from the Wisconsin Christian News Ministry Expo that occurred last weekend.

In it Peter LaBarbera attempts to expose the powerful sin movement currently being carried out by the LGBT community.  He claims our “closet” references are really made in poor taste, and that we keep piping up about how important equality is.  Also, we’re just like those guys that killed people for wearing glasses.

There are many wonderful branches of faith in our great country, but this Regina and her plastics make it damn hard to hear the good message behind all that croaking.  With this recent angry mention of homosexuality, I’m reminded of what Jesus had to say about gays and coming out of the closet in Mark 12:31.  Oh, wait.  I must be thinking of another quote.  Or no quote.  Yeah, literally no quote.

Fun fact: At this time, my inner voice is a sassy effeminate British super villain with a lisp.

Grimm’s Judicial Setback

If you haven’t heard about Gavin Grimm, either you didn’t watch the Grammys or you don’t listen to Laverne Cox when she tells you to do something, and shame on you for that, really.

Gavin, a high school senior from Gloucester, VA, was born a female but began identifying as male shortly after entering his freshman year.  Though there was support for him in pockets of his community, his school forbade him from using the school restroom that matched his gender identity.  So Gavin sued and, with a ruling in his favor, the case was scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court.

But when 45 rolled back policies supporting transgender youth, the Supreme Court totally J/K’ed the whole thing and told Gavin they wouldn’t hear his case.  And to make matters worse, due to good ol’ 45’s rollbacks, the original ruling is now rescinded so Gavin essentially has to start over.

Despite this loss, Gavin remains steadfast to his cause.  In an interview with MSNBC he stated “It has lit a fire under me.  I view it as an obstacle.  I’ve come this far, and I’ll stay fighting ten more years if I have to.”

I don’t know where the hell this kid gets his spirit, but I wish I had some of that in high school.  Supporters of Gavin’s case seem assured that, while this is a pretty hefty setback, it is still only a setback.  The world is slowly changing, and hopefully the laws will change with the world.  Joshua Block, lead counsel for Gavin as well as senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s LGBT Project said, “The overwhelming level of support shown for Gavin and trans students by people across the country throughout this process shows that the American people have already moved in the right direction and that the rights of trans people cannot be ignored.”

American Gays Not Safe… And it’s 2017.

Earlier this week the LGBTQ community in Missouri took a hit when their state senators batted down a proposal to ban discrimination in their state based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp proposed the amendment and, while I’m sure she was dissapointed, with a senate of almost three times as many Reps as Demis, she couldn’t have been surprised.  I mean, at this point when injustice seems to seep into the law in all fields and you swear you hear the theme music to that cool-to-play-but-terrible-to-actually-live-in video game from 2006 or whatever playing in the back of your head, what else are you going to expect?

The amendment proposed what basically was a “Hey-There-Yeah-Stop-Firing-Us” kind of measure.  Unfortunately, according to the majority of Senators, such a measure was just asking for too much.  It lost 20-10.

Senator Schupp asked that the measure be added to an uglier, more evil bill that was trying to make it more difficult for Missouri employees to sue for discrimination.  Those in favor of the bill argued that it’s too easy to sue for discrimination in Missouri.  They felt that the bill would remedy the amount of those cases, which I think is an interesting idea, cuz, like, what if you just cut back on the discrimination instead?  #problemsolver #tonguepop

Jackie Evancho on Trump: “I just want to enlighten him.”

Jackie Evancho, arguably most known for performing the national anthem at 45’s Inauguration despite the massive boycott against the event, has spoken up about the new administration’s decision to rollback a federal guidance aimed to protect trans students.

The guidance was issued by that last guy (Remember that guy?  Oh Holy RuPaul, where is that guy?), and ensured that transgender students would be allowed access to restrooms that matched their gender identity.  Unfortunately, our beloved citrus hobgoblin & company are taking that away.

Evancho, who has a trans sister, has tweeted Donny a couple of times, asking to meet with him, and also appeared on Good Morning America with her sister, Juliet.  “I just want to enlighten him on what I’ve seen my sister go through every single day in school and people just like her what they deal with,” She said on the program.  “The discrimination, it’s terrible.”

Evancho received a lot of criticism over her decision to sing at the Inauguration, most especially because of the expected attacks from the administration against the LGBT community.  She maintains that her decision to sing for the enemy wasn’t political and that she wanted to perform for her country.