To defend a corporation expert at placing cute mouse ears on nefarious practices like Disney does puts me in a grotesque position, especially since Disney has bought the Florida legislature on both sides for five decades, which means for a while it endorsed the Don’t Say Gay Bill until its immaculately groomed public image tookContinue reading “Why the attacks on Disney matter”
Until Ron DeSantis’ election, I thought respect for Miami-Dade and Broward’s tourist-generating income — hell, let me include Orange, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties too — would keep Florida fascist legislators from yielding to their basest impulses.
Study the photo. From the poses and the gestures to the sinister gleam of that unholy rutting bull, here is a metonymy for a urban center which by the laws of nature shouldn’t exist.
Families are unhappily alike in many ways, one of which is boasting a relative who will corner you at a dinner to lecture, eyes gleaming with the knowledge he screenshot on Wikipedia, about the United States being a republic, not a democracy. The relative will place the last word in scare quotes or emphasize itContinue reading “Conservatism’s long war against democracy”
This year’s legislative session proved edifying for once. Confident about a supermajority that looks as adamantine as ever, Florida legislators and Ron DeSantis’ minions have blessed their chamber and honored their offices by being as honest as possible.
During the harrowing ’90s when Americans not queer weren’t dying of AIDS and experienced no frisson of rage over the betrayal of the president who had promised them gay marriage, liberals in boardrooms though Disney one of the good guys. The company courted openly gay employees (called “cast members”), offered them generous for the timeContinue reading “The duplicity of Disney”
This is happening in Florida’s legislature:
I’ve dealt with enough students to accept to what degree the thought of admissions of any sort drives them to a state of apoplexy or even PTSD. High school for the gifted is a finishing school in all but name, a rigorous systematizing of what they think they will experience in college. Forget earning aContinue reading “‘Children might see it as something that’s forbidden or not allowed or looked down upon’”
The situation in Florida (the state with the prettiest name!) continues to wither if citizens don’t belong to a governing majority that despises public education but would support shipping their teething child to Siberia at six months if men could get pregnant. HB 1557, which wants to ensure elementary schools ignore the pleas of gay,Continue reading “The expanding attack on queer Americans”
Last night Florida (the state with the prettiest name!) inched closer to a rightist colony that punishes women for lacking the insurance to visit the gynecologist and for being born with systems unable to register a pregnancy before the new deadline. On an almost party-line vote, the state senate approved House Bill 5, aka theContinue reading “Florida gets serious about hating women”
I suppose this bill is conservatism of a sort, a return to the Florida schools I knew where homosexuality when discussed meant a tenth grade religion teacher ramming his index fingers together mimicking two penises, references to fanny packs as fag bags and The Picture of Dorian Gray as a “book written by a homo”Continue reading “To speak is a sin, or: ‘Don’t Say Gay’”
Ron DeSantis has unofficially launched his presidential run: