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Wednesday 22 September 2010

If You Don't Like It... GO HOME.

Chances are, you are probably aware of the, as what can only be described as 'stupid', law in the American constitution known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

This ruling sees that homosexuals in the US Army are fired and discharged from their units once they are found to be gay, lesbian or bisexual.

Ridiculously, the 'justification' behind this law being passed is that apparently homosexuality within a unit can affect the cohesion and morale of the group as a whole, with heterosexual soldiers claiming that they are distracted and disgusted by their gay service members.

This week, Lady Gaga - one of the worlds most famous, committed gay rights fighters - gave a speech in Maine, in which she made a series of incredibly valid points in favour of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Perhaps most significantly, she suggested creating a new rule, in which instead of sending home the homosexual soldiers within the army, we should send home the homophobic. We should send home those who believe that someone's sexuality is 'wrong' and we should send home those that believe gay people working alongside them affects their performance on the front line.

Gaga also made the point that when signing up to the army, you make an oath to protect your country and everyone in it. This is supposedly because you love your country and it's citizens so much that you are willing to risk your life to fight for it.

However, doesn't this also mean that you have made the oath to protect the gay people in your country too? Doesn't this mean that you love the gay people within your country? Well, that's what you swore into when you joined, so why would anyone who promised such a thing feel the need to be protected by Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

Quite poignantly, Gaga helps the crowd realize that the homophobic soldier is not filled with said love for his country, but rather that his 'loyalty' towards his country is tethered by hate towards certain members of his unit.

Unfortunately, DADT was not repealed this week, but that doesn't mean we can't keep fighting.

You can watch the full length speech from Lady Gaga by clicking here.

Saturday 11 September 2010

The Real L Word: Oui ou non?

Yeah, I've put it off for a long while, but I think it's time we discussed the revelation that is The Real L Word.

TRLW isn't actually out in England yet, so you may not have seen it if you are not in the United States.

In theory, all visibility for LGBT communities is good visibility. However, some have argued that this poor excuse for a trashy reality series should never be spoken about again. Somewhat like 'He Who Must Be Named', a.k.a Lord Voldemort. DARN, I said His name.

But how bad is it, really? Let's examine the characters.

Exhibit A: Whitney.

Pros: F*cking HOT. Gets more girls than Hugh Hefner. Has the cutest smile. Mysterious. Charming.
Cons: Cheater. A notorious liar. Doesn't really know what she wants.

Exhibit B: Tracy.

Pros: Gorgeous. Kind. Caring. Honest.
Cons: Has a sucky ass Mother. Kinda boring. Shy.

Exhibit C: Mikey.

Pros: An icon in the fashion world. Has a smokin' hot fiancée. Softie at heart.
Cons: Can be such a biatch. Repetitive. Puts on a hard front.

Exhibit D: Nikki.

Pros: Is one half of the most adorable real life couple. Determined. Sassy.
Cons: Can be over-powering. Sometimes over-dominates. Gets jealous easily.

Exhibit E: Jill.

Pros: Is the other half of said adorable couple. Cute. Rather intelligent.
Cons: Easily swayed by Nikki. Overly hesitant. Quiet.

Exhibit F: Rose.

Pros: Pretty. Has a gorgeous on/off girlfriend. Confident.
Cons: She's a massive dick most of the time. Cheater. Unreliable.

If you've seen The Real L Word, what did you think about it? And if you haven't, do you think you'll be watching?