"I got a phone call from a couple really big rock'n'rollers, big pop stars, big rappers, and they said, 'We'd like you to boycott Arizona...because of SB 1070,' " Gaga shared with the crowd. "And I said, 'You really think that us dumb fucking pop stars are going to collapse the economy of Arizona?'
"I'll tell you what we have to do about SB 1070," Gaga continued. "We have to be active. We have to actively protest, and the nature of the Monster Ball is to actively protest prejudice and injustice, and the bullshit that is put on our society."
"I will not cancel my show," Gaga told her Phoenix fans. "I will yell, and I will scream louder, and I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will peacibly protest this state. Do not be afraid, because if it wasn't for all of you immigrants, this country wouldn't have shit."
Amen Sistah. I, for one, happen to agree with her.
highly publicized round-up of people suspected of being "illegal". It's like McCarthyism all over again. The Governor here is making a career out of it. Anyway, it panders to peoples' fear and it's a mess.
Adam Lambert played here, too, but he wasn't nearly as controversial.
I was invited to participate in a call with US Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and some of her senior staff today. They provided an update on some of the DOL efforts with regard to LGBT needs. The two things I'll say is that (a) I'm more than gratified that this call even happened at all as it included a number of key community leaders and the highest levels of the government and (b) I never imagined I'd hear the word "transgender" used so often and so seemingly comfortably by people at that level. I, for one, very much appreciated that the Secretary herself was an active participant on the call. Two simple words come to mind: Thank You.
Their press release reads as follows:
Campus Pride Climate Index ranks gay-friendliness of American colleges and universities just in time for ‘Back to School’
Nineteen schools nationwide make highest five-star rating; Other schools taking positive steps to 'come out' for their LGBT students
(Charlotte, NC) – As thousands of students return to their college or university campus and as many step onto campus as a new student for the first time this fall semester, they now have one complete and comprehensive national resource ranking for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion and friendliness.
The Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index lists over 230 publicly available campus climate reports online at www.campusclimateindex.org. The nationally praised Index takes an in-depth look at LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. Colleges are ranked from one to five stars, depending on their answers to a detailed, voluntary questionnaire submitted to Campus Pride, a national non-profit working to create safer, more LGBT-inclusive colleges and build future LGBT and ally leaders. In development since 2001, the Index has become a staple in student and faculty research, campus organizing efforts and benchmarking for LGBT student safety and inclusion on campus.
Each summer, university officials are encouraged to fill out new questionnaires and update their Index profiles. This year, the Campus Climate Index is proud to announce five-star rankings for 19 colleges and universities – the most ever achieving the Index’s highest ranking since the its inception in 2007-08.
The 19 five-star-ranked campuses include: Carleton College; Humboldt State University; Ithaca College; Oberlin College; Oregon State University; Princeton University; San Diego State University; Syracuse University; The Ohio State University; The Pennsylvania State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Riverside; University of Maine, Farmington; University of Oregon; University of Pennsylvania; University of Southern California; University of Vermont; and Washington University in St. Louis.
Visit the CampusPride website for more details or to see how a specific school rated...
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Pink Essence that's run by my friend, Chloe Prince. It's quite the impressive set-up and a number of my friends are regulars there. She's even got a video network and does regular video broadcasts on Livestream. She can have up to 50 participants at one time and the queue is almost always full - as I say, it's quite impressive. I hadn't seen the behind-the-scenes workings until I stayed with Chloe in April for the US Nationals in Cleveland. She's done quite a bit of work to set it all up.
I stopped by last night's broadcast and am still chuckling about it. They were broadcasting from a hottub in the backyard - no lie - in bikinis and drinking champagne, with the camera placed a little bit above, very well lit, and the sounds of frogs and crickets in the background. I didn't think it was in bad taste. Heck no. They did an awesome job. I must say - the Donnanator was impressed.
I've visited her broadcast in the past and heard people call in who are in the process of de-transitioning, or who are coming out at work and are terrified, or who are dealing with the various legalities of our unique journey. We all face some pretty serious stuff and it's wonderful to me that we can have a sensitive forum to discuss. And to celebrate. And to mourn.
But there's also a time for fun, and opportunities to mix serious with fun. That's what was going on last night. And I, for one, couldn't help but smile because we can take ourselves so seriously sometimes that it's important to balance it out. Anyway - I want to thank Chloe and Lana for their efforts to set all that up and for taking my call. I was only there for a short while, but truth be told it was as much fun as anything I watched on cable last night....I'm thinking they can make it big by selling the rights. :-)
And, continuing in the light-hearted mode:
I've mentioned in the past that one of my goals in life probably not all that different from many girls'. I want to wear a wedding dress. More specifically, I want to have a reason to wear one other than to simply put it on and take it off. Whether others appreciate that or not is immaterial to me. I'm usually pretty aloof to "celebrity" weddings but I've really enjoyed looking at the photos of Chelsea Clinton's wedding from over the wedding. I don't know that I've seen a bride look so lovely - her dress, the look of love on her face, her calm, the bouquet - it was all affirmation of many things we sometimes forget. The only description that comes to mind is "Stunningly Lovely".
As for me - I took today off. I didn't go to the gym. I didn't go hiking. I stayed away from the computer. I had other things to do and I even had 3 meals, and dessert! Go figure. I'm still looking for what comes next for me but as I said earlier it's easy to take everything too seriously. Today was my balance day. It'll be back to "normal" tomorrow....