It was Friday that Tom Corbett, the Republican governor of Pennsylvania, compared gay marriage to incest in a television interview. His completely false allegations have very much shocked the progressive population. To say that he is ignorant would be a harsh understatement. He is not ignorant because he is fully aware of what he has said. He has compared same sex marriage to an exceedingly taboo practice that has not been legal in this county since the beginning of its independence. He has made gay marriage seem disgusting and wrong by juxtaposing with incest. It is quite obvious how he feels about gay marriage and homosexuality in general. Sorry, Pennsylvania. The wait will soon be over, but for now, hang in there.
Queer As Folk was a television show on Showtime that had five fabulous seasons. The show chronicled the lives of a select group of friends, all of whom were gay. It was the first predominantly gay show I had ever seen. (Sorry, but Will & Grace doesn’t really apply, even though I love that show.) Most shows that even contained gay characters usually only had one or two, at best. It was nice to see a show that was completely unfocused on heterosexuality, for once.
The characters of Queer As Folk, contained great depth and personality. When I watched the series for the first time, I felt myself fully invested in their lives and well-being, and most importantly, I wanted to know what would come next for each and every one of them. The show observes the complex and rather ordinary lives of a group of homosexual friends, and a heterosexual mother, whose son, Michael, is the best friend of an arrogant and stud-like Brian Kinney. Brian enjoys clubbing, drinking, and most of all, fucking. While the show does demonstrate the extensive club life and sex life of most of the friends, it also reveals the loyal(and sometimes unusual)relationships that they take on, whether they be platonic or romantic.
I highly recommend this show to anyone, gay or not. It is a very heartfelt tale with a lot of fun.
I am so happy that the Defense of Marriage Act was finally repealed and that California is, once again, a state that recognizes gay marriage. This is going to greatly affect the many lives of gay men and women who currently populate California and for the future generations who choose to inhabit the state. Although California is the 13th state to legalize gay marriage, we still have 37 states left. In light of recent events, I am now much more confident that we can achieve this goal. However, I fear that certain groups of people, the same people who are afraid of what same-sex marriage might do to the traditional institution of marriage, will gain even more power and support than they already have. Regardless, I will not let that deter me. I will march, I will fight, I will write until everyone gets the equal opportunity that they deserve.