Equality Creeps Closer And Pixie Cuts Are The New Black

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This week, Illinois became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Illinois is right in my back yard, I better watch out! This means Indiana is next, maybe. I could never imagine marriage equality would be so close to where I live. Did someone finally wake up and realize it’s 2013? I could never imagine almost a quarter of the country would recognize same-sex marriage in my lifetime. I mean the state line is literally an hour and a half from where I live. So, will the Midwest continue to fall like dominoes? I say yes, but it all depends on congressional and gubernatorial elections next year. AND what happens with the Affordable Care Act. Health care is an area where equality will be much harder to achieve.

In more breaking equality news, just Thursday, the US Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which means no LGBT prospective job candidate or existing employee can not be not hired or fired on basis of who they are. Of course, it has to pass in the House; which is always a fun time. And it’s no surprise, both KY Senators voted “no” on passage. Typical partisan bullshit. Alas, let’s remember at least one KY Senator (McConnell) will be in a fierce fight next year for his seat, and I predict KY will consider lifting its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Maybe not next year, but it will be considered again.

Moving on…

If you obsessively follow pop culture like I do, you may have noticed in the past week, several female stars have decided on new haircuts. Specifically, short ones or the pixie cut. Yours truly published a blog almost four years ago as I was considering a very short haircut. Here’s the link and from what I’ve seen on my stats, many of you are still reading it, thanks! First up, Jennifer Hudson….and I think it looks perfect on her.

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Next, someone I thought would be the last woman on Earth to cut her hair shot, Pamela Anderson, yeah.

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Another shocker, sort of, Kristin Chenoweth.

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Next, Jennifer Aniston, wait! No, she didn’t get a pixie cut, but she got it hacked off because she was “bored”. In other words, it’s the same cut she got for the last season of Friends. That’s boring.

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Last but not least, or before next week, Oscar-winning actress and KY native Jennifer Lawrence debuted her pixie cut this week at the Google headquarters.

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All of the ladies look great, however, one Bravo-lebrity decided to opine on the situation and I wasn’t quiet about it.

Yeah, Patti Stanger thinks short hair equals gay. I’m done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama Finally Supports Gay Marriage: Now What?

I’ve promised myself time and again I would not write a politically-themed post, because my views are very “middle of the road” or “iffy”, but President Obama’s announcement has forced me to take another look at what the impact will be six months from now. Is Obama now guaranteed a second term? That’s still up in the air, but his chances of getting my vote have increased and I’ve never been in a relationship long enough to even consider talk about getting married. Obama’s support of gay marriage has made gay Hollywood happy again. Yes, they were not happy with the President, but I’m sure they were planning on voting for him anyway.

But why is Obama doing this now? And more importantly, why did he not take a stand prior to Tuesday’s North Carolina vote to ban same-sex marriage? It’s a little ill-timed for me. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve lived in Kentucky my entire life, and, I will probably die here; my state voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2004, and believe me I begged my parents and my sister to vote no. I have no idea what they ended up doing. The day a Southern state votes in favor of gay marriage is the day I’ll run naked through the streets and I’ll be more than happy to do it. In other words, I’m used to the Southern/Bible Belt way of thinking, but does Obama change anyone’s mind in the South? Probably not. Being a forward-thinking person in a backward-thinking place is not a easy thing to deal with, but whether I live here or New York, I’ll always be a proud member of the LGBTQ nation.

Here’s the downside to the President’s announcement. There is no pending national referendum and I believe individual states still have the right to vote for or against an issue (see North Carolina). The scrutiny Obama will be under will now be at a fever pitch, especially since the election is getting closer and closer. So what did presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney have to say? He’s not budging. And I doubt he will. Isn’t that they way it should be? Obama supports it, Romney doesn’t. It’s not brain surgery. Even if Romney was the Governor of Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex marriage. Gotcha! Moderation is a beautiful thing, but equality would be even better.

‘Nuff said