Why the attacks on Disney matter

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”

Gays in Kentucky high schools: ‘It’s like they’re being shadow-banned’

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.

Conservatism’s long war against democracy

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”

The duplicity of Disney

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”

‘Children might see it as something that’s forbidden or not allowed or looked down upon’

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 expanding attack on queer Americans

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”

Florida gets serious about hating women

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”

To speak is a sin, or: ‘Don’t Say Gay’

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’”