It's Michigan versus Louisville on Monday and sports fans are flooding Atlanta's streets — some lucky enough to have tickets to the big dance, others packed like sardines into bars with big screen TVs.
And, of course, there are those avoiding all the chaos and watching the Final Four in the comfort of their home, with their girlfriends.
Hey, girl, It's Rachel Maddow and she's coming to Atlanta. Civic-minded lesbians (and other women and, yes, men) everywhere who love discussing infrastructure are reaching for their laptops, forming lines (not really, but maybe) outside A Cappella Books and the Symphony Hall Box Office in hopes of getting tickets to meeting the smartest woman on the planet.
Um. Sorry. Back to what's happening.
This past June, when Facebook asked Troy, Mich., resident Janice Daniels "What's on your mind?" she answered with the kind of venom we're all used to seeing from irresponsible right-wing nut bags:
"I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there."
Daniels apologized, but affirmed that she believed marriage is between one man and one woman. You know, because no one can take away her right to be bigoted.
It's no secret, at least among my closest friends, that I like really horrible television.
I'll dish about how soulless "American Idol" and "X Factor" are. I can't watch "Glee" because the auto-tune makes my ears bleed. I'll never sit down for an episode of "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Bachelor." But a "Dance Moms" re-run? "Bad Girls Club" marathon? Definitely.
Every so often, one of my favorite horrific guilty pleasures yields something remarkable — something worth watching.
One of my all-time favorites is "Supernanny." You might be familiar with English nanny Jo Frost and her infamously successful naughty chair, but the show has now been reincarnated as "America's Supernanny" with new nanny Deborah Tillman.
She's very sassy.
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Gay public sex gives bigots ammo to use against us
Re: “Lesbians having sex in Columbus State library are arrested” (April 8, 2011)
"A library is likely the emptiest place anyone could go to get it on short of a hotel room."
"Why is this the type of story that always comes out of Columbus? How many stories of LGBT interest will WRBL actually run that don’t reinforce negative stereotypes held by many in my conservative hometown?"
HIV/AIDS, Safe Sex That men who have sex with men are at an increased risk of HIV infection is well known, but the effectiveness of safe sex in reducing the rate of HIV infection is one of the gay community’s great success stories. However, the last few years have seen the return of many unsafe sex practices. While effective HIV treatments may be on the horizon, there is no substitute for preventing infection. Safe sex is proven to reduce the risk of receiving or transmitting HIV. All health care professionals should be aware of how to counsel and support maintenance of safe sex practices.
Substance Use Gay men use substances at a higher rate than the general population, and not just in larger communities such as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. These include a number of substances ranging from amyl nitrate (“poppers”), to marijuana, Ecstasy, and amphetamines. The long-term effects of many of these substances are unknown; however current wisdom suggests potentially serious consequences as we age.