Pop Culture
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You win some, you lose some

The old joke amongst Jewish people was asking after any event, "Is this good for the Jews or bad for the Jews?"  So it is with us:

WIN

A park near Amsterdam is now labelling the gay cruising area so everyone knows where to go/avoid — how fair!

LOSE

"Gay left-wing" journalist Johann Hari hands red meat to the right-wing by saying that gays make natural fascists. Oh, thanks a lot, Johann. 

What he left out, of course, is that gay men aren't attracted to fascism, per se, but power.  "Straight-acting" vs. nelly boys; black leather vs. khaki pants; Madonna vs. Jewel — gay men who traditionally have had little power in society will generally prefer the strong, the vital, the tough but that doesn't make us automatically goosestep.

WIN

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane joined Bill Maher's TV panel this past weekend to talk atheism, cheer on gay rights and deliver a killer joke:

LOSE

The town of Liverpool, home of the Beatles, is finally displaying a rainbow flag over city hall.  How is that a "lose"?  It took a gay man being beaten to death to do it.

LOSE

A major publisher of gay porn magazines is calling it quits after over 30 years of glossy page wonderment.  Oh 'Mandate,' I think I'll miss you most of all!

DRAW

"Video storyteller" Matthew Brown created this ugly/beautiful collage of gay boys, homophobes and the America they're fighting over.  Still not sure what to make of it — how about you?