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MY WORLD LITERALLY JUST IMPLODED
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Let’s take a moment to get uncharacteristically personal and political and gratuitously emotional and also open myself up to a hell of a lot more nasty trolls than usual, shall we?
There’s about a third of you who are reading now who know me, either on the internet or in person, or who are here because we share similar politics, or who have already contacted me recently about gay marriage and pride month and whatnot. This isn’t really for those people; this is the most basic of obvious old news to them, presented in the least nuanced way possible. No, this is for the other two thirds, who aren’t here for the long diatribes I’m, um, occasionally known to produce, and who aren’t here because we share the same politics (though we may) but who are here rather because we share an interest in fashion. So while this started in response to those of you who recently asked me about these things, I think this is really more for those readers for whom things like “things gay people care about or whatever” might seem distant, or impersonal, or questionable, or who haven’t yet realized why this is a big deal to me, personally.
For those of you who don’t know, on Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a marriage equality bill here in the state of New York. Last night it passed in the state House, and currently, 31 out of 62 senators support the bill with 4 undecided votes. One of those four swing votes is all that is needed for the bill to pass, and it is likely to go up for vote on the Senate floor by the end of the week. Today, Mayor Bloomberg travelled to Albany to speak with undecided house Republicans; aside from being the mayor of NYC, he’s also the largest contributor to the NYS GOP, and his recent backing of LGBTQ rights and marriage equality is kind of a big fucking deal, especially given his decidedly way-less-than-stellar-record on this kind of shit in the past. For those of you that also don’t know, hey! I live in New York, and I have a girlfriend! Oh shit! So this is a big deal, you know.
The passage of the bill would not only be another much-needed milestone in the ongoing struggle for LQBTQ rights, but would be particularly symbolic in this state at this time of year: June is gay pride month, if you didn’t know, which originally commemorated the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which occurred 42 years ago this month here in New York City. Bloomberg talked about this in his unexpected and unexpectedly touching speech about the issue in the end of May. Did you guys read it or see it? Click that, it was good, I was surprised, he used to be not cool at all about this stuff.
In early 2010 I sat at work and watched the NJ senate debates about marriage equality and sat with fingers crossed as the votes came in and slowly stacked up in opposition of the bill: I was disappointed, especially just months after New York had witnessed a similar failure. I do not want that to be the case again. Before I keep talking, if you live in New York, HRC provides information about your NYS representatives and how to call them or email them about this in particular. You could do that RTFN, if you wanted. You probably should.
And now on with our regularly scheduled programming: