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Another gay bar, another mass shooting.

Sickening. Predictable.

This time, though, we fought back.


When the gunman opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, two warriors—both military folk, I gather—took him down.

One, I hear, took his handgun off of him and clocked him with it. As of this writing, he's still in the hospital.



It's a hard world. Back in tribal days, absolutely everyone—men and women included—had at least some warrior training, growing up.

Really, they should be teaching (along with dance) self-defense in every phys ed class in every school in the country.


My first Hebrew teacher, Yehudit, was built like a bird—light, petite—but, like every Israeli, she'd been in the army, and been trained in krav mag'a, unarmed combat.

When the mugger pulled the gun on her and some friends in downtown Minneapolis one night, she single-handedly took him down, took the gun away from him, and said: Now: do you get out of here, or do I break your arm?

He ran, of course.


There are people out there that hate us and (thank you Donald Trump) believe that they have a right to do something about it and (thank you Republican Party) have legal access to assault weapons. We know this.

There will be other shootings in other gay bars. We know this.

Some things to remember if you're there when the next shooter opens fire:

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Colorful foggy autumn park with bench and yellow maple tree Stock Photo -  Alamy  


I wrote a story  a while back. A good little story, actually: in all candor, one of my best. "Leaf Man, Rise Up," it's called.

It's scary: a horror story, with a neat pagan twist to it. Lyrical, if horror can be lyrical.

The old priest sat on the park bench, watching the boys play their weird game. That's how it begins.

Unfortunately, you probably won't be seeing the story anytime soon. Why not?

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 We seem to be getting away from the separation of church and state.

In 2015, Kim Davis, in her capacity as county clerk, denied two male couples marriage licenses to which they were legally entitled. They sued. That case is now working its way up the legal ladder and will no doubt finally end up in the laps of the partisan hacks of the Supreme Court.

Apparently, Davis, a self-described “Christian”, claims the right to deny rights to others based on her own religious convictions.

According to MSNBC, her case has “profound First Amendment implications.” But does it?

If Kim Davis has religious objections to so-called interracial marriage—and it's not so long since lots of people like Davis did—does she have the right to deny a marriage license to an interracial couple?

Do her arguments have any legal merit? Is there a Constitutional right to deny Constitutional rights? Does religious law overrule secular law?

In fact, Davis and her case have no implications for free exercise whatsoever. If her fundamentalist Christian beliefs mean that she cannot in good conscience issue a marriage license to a couple who are legally entitled to marry, then she cannot hold the position of county clerk because she is not qualified to hold the position. A Mormon or Muslim cannot be a bartender if his religious principles prohibit him from serving alcohol to others. If you can't do the job, you don't get the job.

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How 'bout a little satire, Scarecrow?

I asked a number of my friends who they thought was the biggest homophobe in contemporary American politics. Virtually all of them said: “Well, you've got plenty to choose from, but....”

So two-step to this, Greg Abbott, misGovernor of Texas, Homophobe-in-Chief.

Legal queer-bashing is still queer-bashing.


The Queer-Basher's Polka

(To the tune of:  In Heaven, There is No Beer)


In Heaven, there are no queers;

that's why we bash 'em here.

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Footage of Burning a Three Candles on on a Yellow Background of Colored  Blurred Bokeh by AndriyASD


The homophobia down at the little jazz club where I worked had finally got to the point that I decided to do something about it. No one should have to hear "fag" this and "puto" that every day of his working life.

Demographics lay at the root of the problem. The kitchen crew were all straight guys; the floor staff mostly women and gay men. Since even the most pathetic cook still held out some hope of getting laid, that meant that it was the gay guys that bore the main brunt of the assholery.

At the time, Luis was the kitchen's alpha male—I won't dignify him with the name “head chef,” it wasn't that kind of place—and the other guys mostly followed his lead. So, clearly, I needed to make him the target of my working.

As for timing—timing is important in magic—in every well-run restaurant, there's always a brief window of time between when the prep work is done and when the doors open, during which everyone takes a moment to breathe and center before the evening's work gets underway. So naturally, that was the time that I chose.

I go into the kitchen and take up my stance just in front of the door. Every painting needs a worthy frame.

“Listen, Luis...” I call across the floor in my best pissed-off-bitch-with-attitude voice. I pause to make sure that I have his attention, and the attention of every single person in the kitchen. (These things must be done delicately, or you hurt the spell....)

"...Just because we've screwed a few times, doesn't mean I want to be your boyfriend, OK?”

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No We Can't

Some hatreds run deeper than others.

Can a little gay boy grow up to be president of the United States?

Apparently, the answer is no.


We've had our first African-American president. There's a possibility that we could be seeing our first Jew in the White House.

As for a woman, a plurality of Americans already have elected a female president, though—in an utterly shameful miscarriage of democracy—our vote was stolen from us by the Electoral College.

But can a gay guy get elected president of the United States, even one that's personable, smart, and charismatic? 

No, and we all know the real reason why not.


There was always something quixotic and kind of wistful about Pete Buttigieg's campaign for the presidency. I was never a supporter—I'm sorry, experience matters—but I have to admit that I was surprised at the strength of my own deep sense of personal loss—you could even call it grief—when I heard that he'd decided (and good on him for doing it) to leave the race.

Oh, I understand that there were other issues as well, but here's the sorry fact: The majority of Americans won't vote for a gay man to be president. 

Call it what you want to, but that's hatred.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, The MAGA folks laugh at our contempt for their boy, and mockingly say things like, "Orange Man Bad!" and "Trump Derang
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I'd vote for Adolf Hitler if the Dems were to run him, but of course, they can't. The Republicans are already running him.
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, I'll vote for a ham sandwich in November, if it wins the Democratic presidential nomination. However, my wife is a hu
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I think he might have enough name recognition now to bag the governorship of Indiana. A couple of terms as Governor and maybe one
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Not gonna happen. The running mate is going to be a woman and/or an ethnic minority. Everybody knows that gay white men aren't a r

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Gayboy's Revenge

When's the last time you attended a good, old-time public shaming?

Jeff Douglas, longtime co-host of CBC Radio's evening news show As It Happens retired on Friday. I'll miss his velvety, sexy voice and wacky sense of humor.

What I won't miss:

  • His hammy, over-the-top acting.
  • His truly bad French accent.
  • His twee affection for naughty words like “pooh.”
  • His affected and condescending insistence on attempting to pronounce Third World names like a native. (Why, Jeff, does Carrrrracas get a rolled R, but not Madrid, or Rome?)
  • His unthinking straightboy arrogance.

Well, we've had our revenge. Some months back, one of CBC's day presenters hosted an “Ask Anything” live interview with Jeff Douglas and his AIH co-host Carol Off. I could tell that something was afoot from the very beginning.

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