Category: obama administration

Gay Pride Attack Austin; Cher Crap; Gays in Cuba and Obama

Gay Pride Attack Austin

An Army vet, Lambert Borgardt, received a 10 year probation sentence plus two hours of community service for his brutal attack on two gay men at Austin Pride in 2012. Borgardt left one of the gay men beaten to the point where he lost five teeth, and the other was left beaten to the point of a fractured nose.

According to this source, this is why the attack on the gay men took place:

The duo was waiting for their pizza at a food truck after attending gay pride festivities when Borgadt, an army veteran, reportedly thought Soret was checking him out. Borgardt became enraged and punched both men in the face. 

The rest is here. A grand jury decided not to press hate crime charges. There’s not much more to share…other than the Army vet sounds filled with remorse at this point.

Cher Crap

I’ll admit I’m not the die-hard fan of Cher that other gay men seem to be. I just don’t get it. I never did. I think she’s okay but wouldn’t stand in any long lines to see her. But I’ll keep this objective as much as I can.

Cher is hawking merchandise now on her web site, which includes all things Cher from sweatshirts to mugs. For $55 you can get an ugly holiday Cher sweatshirt…well, because it’s Cher.

Let’s face it, our lady Cher will do anything for a buck. Over the years she’s hawked perfume, Lori Davis Hair products, Aquasentials skin care products, Equal Zero-Calorie Sweetener, exercise videos and, oh yeah, movies and albums, too. Her latest business endeavor: holiday-themed merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, ornaments, and coffee mugs, all featuring the dance diva and available for sale on her website.

Check out the rest here. 

Speak for yourself. She’s not my lady 🙂 

Gays in Cuba and Obama

I normally wouldn’t mention anything about Cuba here, but this time it includes a gay angle I think is important in a general sense. Cuba doesn’t have the best record on human rights or gay rights. There are no pride events, and nothing even remotely considered an LGBT movement. Past treatment of people with HIV and AIDS is dismal at best. The question of whether or not the Obama administration is going to address the LGBT issue in it’s talks with Cuba still remains to be seen. So far, like with all other hot topic issues, the Obama administration always remains cautious.

Now that the U.S. is talking to Cuba, will the Obama Administration be willing to raise these issues as part of the conversation? The Administration had a few moment of forcefulness at the height of the Olympic Games homophobia. But when the spotlight faded, so did the rhetoric.

The U.S. and Cuba have a lot of things to discuss, and in all fairness, LGBT issues aren’t going to be at the top of the list. But the question will be, where are they on the list? Or are they on the list at all? It’s worth keeping on eye on the developing relationship to see just how much the Administration thinks our community in Cuba really matters.

You know, I don’t buy into that anymore…”In all fairness LGBT issues aren’t going to be at the top of the list.” It’s like, be good gay people, wait your turn because you’re not as important as everyone else. This is from a gay publication? It should read more like “In all REALITY LGBT issues are at the bottom of the barrel and of little concern to anyone at this point.” Because that’s really what it comes down to and I’m tired of making excuses for LGBT issues NOT being at the top of the list.

Let’s hope I’m wrong and the issue is discussed. You can read the rest here.

Chase of a Christmas Dream


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Is Stoli Vodka Boycott Misguided? Obama Admin Vetoes Apple Ban

Is Stoli Vodka Boycott Misguided?

They’ve been pouring bottles of Stoli Vodka down drains and into streets all weekend in cities all over America. I saw them do this at a local gay bar in Philadelphia on local TV news. But according to this article, Stoli Vodka is distilled in Latvia and owned by a company in Luxembourg. Where this gets complicated is that it is controlled by a Russian billionaire living in exile because he’s allegedly opposed to the way gays are being treated in Russia. And, according to this article, Latvia is not part of Russia and it belongs the European Union.

Latvia’s leading gay rights group, Mozaika, has been leading the campaign to get well-intentioned Western comrades to cease boycotting Stolichnaya, arguing that it will only hurt Latvians who are committed to diversity and tolerance.

I was informed of this a while ago, and I think I posted about it. I despise what Russia is doing to gays right now, but I haven’t poured any Stoli down the drain yet because I’ve been so unsure about the facts. 

Maybe we should check the facts out a little better with this one? Unless, of course, I missed something.

Obama Admin Vetoes Apple Ban

The most significant thing about this is that it’s the first time since 1987 that a presidential administration has done anything like this.

I’m sure Samsung is not too thrilled right now, because the ITC issued the ban on older Apple devices (iPhone 3, iPad 2) in a finding the said Apple had infringed on a Samsung patent. Then this happened today:

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining “undue leverage.” He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts.
It’s all very complicated, and not worth getting into in depth. I just found the historical significance interesting.