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NY Face Slashing; Target Fights For Marriage; James Franco Queerbaiting; Gay Marriage Cases; Cage James by Ryan Field

NY Face Slashing

When a young woman heard her friend being called gay slurs she came to her friend’s defense and wound up getting her face slashed by a homeless man who thought he was being followed by “homosexuals.”

Luckily at that moment an off-duty police officer was exiting a nearby subway station and gave chase after Brison who was nabbed five blocks away with the help of on-duty officers.

Brison later told police that he had ‘got the lesbians that were following him.’ The woman was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center where her wound required over 60 stitches.

She now fears she will be permanently disfigured.

She’ll probably require cosmetic reconstructive surgery. I have a friend who was scared by a dog that way once.

I wish I could be more forgiving and loving with this one, but I hope they lock the asshole up who slashed her face and throw away the key for good.

You can read more here.

Target Fights For Marriage

The mega-store, Target, recently joined in the fight to legalize same sex marriage in Wisconsin.

Among other comments, Executive Vice-President, Jodee Kozlak, made this statement:

 ‘At Target, we are committed to creating an environment where team members and guests feel welcome, valued and respected.’

‘You may have heard us talk about our long-standing commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Those aren’t just words.’

I think it’s significant when large corporations start doing this because it leads to more positive feelings, and it validates a lot of the polls that keep saying same sex marriage is getting more approval in the mainstream. It also helps bring more gay people out of the closet and into the mainstream because it creates a comfort zone in a huge public place. I’m sure many of you know what I mean by that. Other’s won’t get it. But a lot of you will.

You can read more here.

James Franco Queerbaiting Again?

We knew it would happen. It seems to be inevitable with James Franco, and these subtle forms of queerbaiting. Only this time it’s not Franco who is doing the queerbaiting. This time it sounds as if the press is baiting Franco about being queer in an innocent article that is based on what’s between the lines, not cold hard facts.

I can’t help wondering why this queerbaiting angle always keeps popping up with James Franco, in one form or another. Could it all be just coincidence? Or was the Gawker piece done on purpose to prove a point? We’ll never really know for sure, and it’s futile to try to assume things we don’t know.

In any event, Franco directed actor, Scott Haze, in some new film, Child of God.  Gawker drew a few conclusions and insinuated Franco and Haze are having some kind of creepy closeted relationship…but showing off at the same time because they’re allegedly sharing digs in Brooklyn this summer. It really is all based on speculation, but it’s by no means harmful to anyone…unless, of course, a person thinks there’s something wrong with being called gay. I’m sure a lot of you get where I’m going with that thought. Should it matter one way or the other? Should it require a snarky reply?

The way in which Franco responds to these harmless allegations is priceless. And I say harmless because, you know, Franco’s such a huge fan of the LGBTI community, and he’s been examining all things gay so closely, he would never be insulted if anyone accidentally said he was gay…or drew conclusions without solid facts.

Franco got wind of Gawker’s take and responded on Instagram: ‘GAWKER – always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!! Go see CHILD OF GOD in theaters and see me direct my live-in boyfriend, SCOTT HAZE!!! Love you SCOTT!!!!’ 

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think Gawker was acting in a homophobic way. The article was questionable, but not homophobic…to me. Of course that’s still up for debate, and I could be wrong. Homophobia comes in several different flavors, one of which includes exploitation for attention and monetary gain.

You can read more about it here. You’ll see one of those classic photos of James Franco, with dark glasses and that quasi Beat Gen, Kerouac look.

Stay tuned for more James Franco.

Gay Marriage Cases

Now for something more positive and less self-serving, here’s a concise summary of gay marriage cases in appeals court right now.

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution.

You can read them all here. It’s one of the best links I could find that brings it all together this way.

Cage James
By Ryan Field