As I write this, three days have passed since 1,306,409 North Carolinians voted for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage (some more; it was already illegal here) and eliminating state recognition of any other form of domestic partnership between any couple.
I and 833,119 other voters opposed it. 4,157,238 other registered voters were silent.
And that’s how roughly 1,300,000 people told the other 8,300,000 or so living in North Carolina who they could marry or have the legal benefits of marriage with.
But this isn’t a post about voter turnout. I understand the reasons why people don’t vote. This [...]
The above video, featuring some of my favorite people and places in my home city of Greensboro, NC, sums it up nicely. Please, if you live in North Carolina and haven’t already, be sure to vote no on Amendment 1 on May 8. You can skip the rest of the ballot if you like, but this one thing is vital. More after the jump.
The new and improved CrashPadSeries.com went live last Monday. I can honestly say I’ve never been more pleased with a project; I’m unreservedly proud of this one.
It was a group effort, to be sure. The design direction was decided on by Shawn Tamaribuchi of LIARPHOTO and the results are brilliant. Everyone from Shine Louise Houston herself to behind-the-scenes folks like Jiz Lee spent hours helping with the tedious bits of copying five years of content from one WordPress install to another (I want to thank everyone individually, [...]
Regular readers (by which I mean “no one.” Most of you come here for 3 seconds after searching for “Ulfric Stormcloak Porn”) have probably noticed a sudden drop in posts to this blog for oh… five months or so. Here’s why.
Since last November (and really, I started planning it a year prior) I’ve been working on a complex new build for The Crash Pad, the queer porn site I’m web manager for. This has included both a front-end redesign I helped [...]
I wrote the following essay for my colleague Jiz Lee’s open request for resources and stories about “Coming Out About Porn.” Jiz tells me they’ve received an epic amount of powerful personal accounts on the topic and have some exciting plans for them. In the meantime, here’s my contribution about the ways and reasons I’m not 100% out… about much of anything:
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a worshipper of Talos.
But you don’t need to attend the Temple of the Nine to know that there’s something wrong in Skyrim when gays and cat people and lizards and shit can serve openly in the the Imperial Legion, but true sons of Skyrim can’t openly celebrate the apotheosis of Talos or pray at his shrines without being kidnapped [...]
In Part 1, I talked about Rocky Horror Picture Show creator Richard O’Brien’s late-life identity crisis and realization he felt of neither gender (I continue to use male pronouns in reference to O’Brien because he seems to himself). I then looked at several characters from the film in turn, analyzing them for potential meaning to back my theory that the film is largely about America’s fears of sexual deviancy. Let’s continue in that vein, non?
In 2009, in an interview with Dominic Wells, Richard O’Brien revealed undergoing an identity crisis within the last decade:
“I’ve been fighting never belonging, never being male or female, and it got to the stage where I couldn’t deal with it any longer. To feel you don’t belong . . . to feel insane . . . to feel perverted and disgusting . . . you go f***ing nuts. [sic]“
To many of the transsexual and genderqueer people I’ve known, this [...]
It’s October 21st, and that means it’s officially unofficially officially International Fisting Day! Announced by queer porn superstars Jiz Lee and Courtney Trouble, Fisting Day is all about, well, the sexual act of fisting. But it’s also about the stigma surrounding it, and the ongoing de facto ban on showing it on DVD. It’s a day to fight back, by talking about it, watching it, doing it and loving it.