(Originally posted to MyPolitics)
Some of those reading may be familiar with the HBO show Newsroom. For those who aren’t, the writing is generally of the liberal bent. (Not surprise that I liked it a lot, is there?). This clip (which I cannot embed, thank you youtube users) is even more relevant today than it was six years ago.¹ Thankfully, John Oliver’s more recent video on the topic can be embedded:
See edit at the bottom
I’ve been quietly fuming for weeks over the court house clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, going against the US Supreme Court ruling, based on the clerks’ religious beliefs.
It has been discussed elsewhere, several times, by people from different backgrounds, but it bears bringing up again.
In many romance books, even in those where a cop is not one of the protagonists, or even a secondary character with a speaking part, law enforcement officials tend to be romanticized. We tend to see them as noble human beings who do what they do out of a desire to serve their fellow human beings.
Oh yes, we occasionally have the corrupt cop character; or we may have the corrupt police department change from the inside by our hero or heroine, or brought down by bringing in outside attention from higher up the (police) food chain.
Note: here you can change corrupt to homophobic, antisemitic, racist, prejudiced, etc. and the premise holds.
The message, which is drummed into us not just by romance novels but by the media in general is that cops are, by and large, the good guys.
Some of my gentle readers may remember that, for a couple of decades, the FDA had a policy banning gay men, for life, from donating blood. No matter how healthy, or how rare their blood type, if they admitted to being gay, they were banned.
There was a reason for that–then.
There is no reason for that, now, and so many people rejoiced when we heard a new policy was coming out.
Except the new policy doesn’t really change much, does it?
This is where Alan Cumming comes in. Behold, The Celibacy Challenge!
Recently I blogged about my difficulties in finding a facility where I could donate plasma.
Today, I read that the FDA is finally going to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood–provided they abstain from homosexual intercourse for a full year prior to donating.
I am so angry right now.
I know so many straight people who are happy to donate blood while sexually active, and honestly? dog only knows what symptomless STDs they may be carrying.
It boggles the mind that scientists today can support any policy that perpetuates the idea that transmittable diseases are linked to sexuality.
Fuck you, FDA
I don’t believe that any one corporation gets it right even half of the time–call me a cynic, if you must.
However, every now and again, a company does something right–and rarely, they do something right often. Google, whose efforts to track my every movement across the internet irk me no end, does something right a lot with its doodles.
And below the search box, this quote from the Olympic Charter:
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”
but also utterly brilliant!
This is all the more impressive when you consider that these kids are 18 to 21, an age in which homophobia and bullying are still forces to be reckoned with for young people.