Remembering America’s Male ‘Hooters’ Called ‘Tallywackers’
Up until now I didn’t even know there was a place called ‘Tallywackers.’ Apparently, it was the male version of Hooters.
“What if Hooters, but with dudes?” is a thing that existed, shirtless and in the flesh, in Texas. In the spirit of “breastaurants” like Hooters and Twin Peaks, it was named Tallywackers
Here’s the link for more. Basically, it was a restaurant where hot men wearing nothing but their underwear served customers. There’s a very nice photo of some of the servers. Unfortunately, it’s no longer in business.
Is the Struggle For Gay Rights Over?
This is a piece from The Atlantic that discusses things like the shift in public opinion toward LGBTQ people and other huge accomplishments we’ve achieved. However, I have a problem with it because I still see a good deal of discrimination on a more passive aggressive level. But it’s interesting, it’s long, and I think it’s worth the read.
As the topics of conversation at America’s largest assembly of gay activists suggests, America is rapidly becoming a post-gay country. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign.
I still think there’s a long way to go. There’s a good deal in this piece with which I don’t agree. But it does cover a lot of proverbial bases. There are parts where they lose me completely, and then other parts where I can’t disagree. Here’s the link.
Priest Celebrates ‘Pride Mass’
Well this certainly is a good example of how much everything has changed for many LGBTQ people. I’m Catholic and I never thought I would see the day where a Catholic priest wearing rainbow colors would celebrate a ‘Pride Mass’ right outside the Stonewall in Manhattan.
“Pride is a moment of grace,” the priest said during his homily. “Because after 50 years, a sea of change has come to this country… but there’s a long way to go still,” he added.
Here’s the rest. It’s one of the most uplifting pieces I’ve seen in a long, long time.