wmtc: update: the gay cop on barney miller comes out, plus an adorable child sex worker

About a month ago, I wrote about an episode from the late 1970s-early 1980s sitcom “Barney Miller”, in which the squad discovers that an officer from their precinct is gay. To my surprise, Officer Zatelli returned to Barney Miller — and he came out, right there in the squad room. That’s Zatelli (Dino Natali)on the ...

wmtc: ancient tv history: a gay cop on barney miller

Watching my comedy-before-bed daily dose of Barney Miller last night, I was surprised and pleased to see an episode about a gay cop. This remembered this post — turns out it was 10 years ago! — about a gay character on Dallas. Both episodes aired in 1979. Officer Zatelli, played by Dino Natali At the time I ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: giovanni’s room by james baldwin

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, a landmark in LGBT literature, is one of our library’s current “Raves & Faves”. The 1956 novel takes place in Paris, narrated by a young American man who is trying to come to terms with his sexuality. In the past, this was said to be a “gay novel;” now it is ...

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #23

Girl: Do you have this book, something like, “keeping a secret about you”? Me: Let’s take a look in the catalogue. [Stalling for time while scrolling through titles in my mind.] Hmm, do you mean Keeping You a Secret? Girl: Yes! I took a bus all the way from the South Common branch to here ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: four realistic youth novels

Young-adult publishers’ mania for series, with the emphasis on fantasy, has finally ebbed. There are still plenty of fantasy series to go around, but the new crop of youth novels is chock full of individual titles in the realistic mode. (In YA land, “realistic” means the opposite of fantasy: set in the existing world with real ...

wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church. About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy ...

wmtc: some thoughts on the u.s. moving a bit closer to equality (#lovewins)

At last, it has happened. With Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has been declared legal and constitutional in the United States. Same-sex couples can legally marry, just as opposite-sex couples have always had the right to do. Most importantly, laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are now unconstitutional.* For some years on this blog, I used to ...

wmtc: my feminism includes trans people. all women need to listen to each other.

The continuing liberation of transgender people is a marvel to behold. We are witnessing history, as trans people and their issues become part of the mainstream. From Chelsea Manning to “Transparent” to Laverne Cox, and of course Caitlyn Jenner, transgender people and issues have never been so front and centre. I don’t do celebrity gossip ...

wmtc: today is the international day against homophobia and transphobia

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, sometimes called IDAHO or IDAHOT. This day is the perfect example of how I view all social progress: we have come a long way, and we still have a long way to go. Come a long way: yesterday at the library, I put up a ...

wmtc: read dave kopay’s open letter to michael sam

Did I celebrate Michael Sam’s coming out on Facebook and Twitter, and forget to mention it on wmtc?? Ack! Social media run amok! The news that a top NFL prospect has come out as gay in advance of the draft is electrifying. The support for Sam among NFL players is awesome. At first, there was ...

wmtc: an olympics for every protestor, and rainbow flags from canada… but not from rob ford

I started compiling my usual “why I can’t watch the Olympics” post, when I read Dave Zirin… and stopped writing. At every Olympics, you can cue the complaints, getting in the way when all we’re trying to do is enjoy a good luge. Yet it took a visionary like Vladimir Putin, a man with the ...

wmtc: her name is chelsea and she is a hero – and a scapegoat

A while back, I saw a blog post angrily asking why everyone referred to Bradley Manning as a man when it is “known” that he is trans. The answer is simple: out of respect. That’s how Manning was identifying. Period. Anything else was rumour. Now that Manning’s court martial (fake trial) is over, she has ...

wmtc: dimanno: let’s make sochi the gay games

When I read Stephen Fry’s open letter to the IOC, and the continued calls to boycott or move the Sochi Games because of the horrendous and institutionalized homophobic violence within Russia, I couldn’t help but think of the Beijing Games. I absolutely understand the uproar over Russia’s anti-gay laws, and I agree, of course. But ...

wmtc: a kiss on the wrist: the absence of same-sex love on star trek as a measure of how far we’ve come

Earlier this year, I re-watched the original “Star Trek” series end-to-end on Netflix – a thoroughly entertaining experience – then decided to watch “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for the first time. It wasn’t long before I was completely hooked. The show has a lot to recommend it: compelling story lines, mostly good writing, progressive politics, ...

wmtc: thank you, jason collins!

It has finally happened. A professional male athlete in one of the big US team sports has come out as gay. Someone had to be first, and that person is Jason Collins of the NBA. Thank you, Mr. Collins, for your courage and your honesty! From the Sports Illustrated cover story: I’m a 34-year-old NBA ...

wmtc: dyke duo dupes fox news

The wingnut media continues to redefine irony. Yesterday Fox News ran a piece called “To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal'”. (Sorry, no link. Linking to bigots is a violation of wmtc policy.) To illustrate their homophobic, anti-woman twaddle, they used a picture of a wedding atop the Empire State Building, ...

wmtc: first they came for pride: city of toronto vs free speech

Last week, I blogged about the ongoing pattern of harassment and discrimination against people who express solidarity with the Palestinian people. This isn’t in the same universe as the oppression endured by Palestine every day; nonetheless, it’s a violation of our own civil liberties and rights, and raises a huge obstacle to disseminating accurate information ...

wmtc: homophobic much? queer man challenges blood donation law, is arrested

Someone check the calendar. What century is this again? Are queer men still denied the right and responsibility of blood donation in 2012? Do we think a response on a questionnaire is adequate protection against the HIV virus entering the blood supply? Of course not. All the damn blood has to be tested anyway. Do ...

wmtc: truth to power and pride in truth

Seen at San Francisco Pride Parade, June 24, 2012

wmtc: marxism 2011 program notes: the fight for queer liberation today

These are my notes from the 2011 Marxism conference in Toronto. The series starts here. * * * * The Fight for Queer Liberation TodayTim McCaskell and Michelle Robidoux (Michelle not present)May 29, 2011 In this context, “today” means the political juncture we’re living in. The use of the word “liberation” is interesting, since most ...

wmtc: barney frank’s radical homosexual agenda and other greatest hits

We can say two things about Congress in the wake of the news that Rep. Barney Frank is retiring after this term: It’s about to get a little dumber, and a lot duller. So here, in appreciation for his years of service and entertainment, are some of Frank’s best YouTube-accessible moments Thanks to Ezra Klein, ...

wmtc: men of the stacks: busting stereotypes one hunk at a time

If you like men, and you like libraries, you’re sure to love Men of the Stacks. Proceeds from calendar sales support It Gets Better. Here’s a good story on Men of the Stacks in The Guardian. Plus I’m pretty sure Mr. June was my TA in Intro to Reference last year!

wmtc: today in new york: joy, normalcy, equality

Today in New York City, some families will celebrate their love and commitment, because the law has finally caught up with reality. 2 Dads, 2 Daughters, 1 Big Dayby Frank Bruni Even in a city as diverse as New York and a neighborhood as progressive as the West Village, a little kid knows that having ...

wmtc: red sox "it gets better" video

“Once you make it through the hard parts, the rest of life is so much more fantastic than anything you can imagine.” I agree. The hard parts don’t go away, but they’re the same hard parts everyone goes through, not a punishment inflicted especially on you. Special cheers to Kevin Youkilis for disclosing that he ...

wmtc: thank you, new york!!! marriage equality comes to my home state

New York State, thank you for doing the right thing! Forty-two years after Stonewall, same-sex couples have the legal right to marry in New York State. Whoo-hoo! New York is the state of birth, of my parents’ birth and even one grandparent’s, my home for 44 years (minus my time in Philadelphia), and in so ...