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Class in Drag or Who’s Middle Class Anyway?: Sarah Palin, Joe Sixpack, and Main Street [5 October, 2008]

I watched Sarah Palin on Thursday night with my fingernails digging into my hands.  Joe Biden must have remembered the fuss over Al Gore’s sighs during the latter’s debate with George Bush, because he showed restraint even as Palin consistently refused to answer critical questions on issues like health care.

And the Winner Is...Gay Marriage! Or: Why Milkand Sean Penn’s Acceptance Speech Do not Equal the Need for Gay Marriage [23 Febru

As expected, Milk received major 2008 Oscar awards, including the one for Best Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black) and Best Actor (Sean Penn).

And, as I expected, the success of Milk has become, in a bizarre fashion, some kind of emblem for the continued success of the gay marriage movement.

Gays All A-Twitter about Amazon: How They Nearly Ended Capitalism But Chose to Hate Porn Instead [16 April, 2009]

The Amazon debacle hasn’t quite left us.  For now, I offer some observations on what transpired over the last few days.  None of this is based on more than my following the “debates” over various websites, Facebook accounts and the occasional ramble through twitter posts.  The statements below are musings and not to be mistaken for an in-depth analysis (that will come later).  No sources were killed during the course of this writing.

The Real Costs of the HIV Ban [18 May, 2009]

Originally posted on Queercents.com.  Read comments here.

This is Part 2 of a series on immigration.  It looks at the real costs of the HIV ban, in place since 1987, and provides a brief look at the history and implications of this policy.

The Rise of the Nouveau Frugalese Or, Why Those Cups of Coffee Won’t Amount to a Hill of Beans [8 June, 2009]

My friend P. used to work at a local independent bookstore.  She loved her work, but it didn’t really pay much and she eventually left for a better-paying job.1

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