The SFGN Gayvine – February 8, 2010
Gay Bus Tours in West Hollywood
NY Times Blogger Hugh Ryan has a surefire suggestion for a Valentine’s idea. Get a quick seminar on gay history and take a bus tour at the same time.
Sure, everyone knows that West Hollywood is a gay-friendly neighborhood, with rainbow flags flying from restaurants and bars. But did you also know that the phrase “lipstick lesbian” originated at Peanuts, a “femme” bar on Santa Monica Boulevard?
Or that there was a riot against police brutality in Silverlake on New Year’s Eve 1966, years before Stonewall?
Those are among the tidbits offered in a three-hour gay-themed tour of Los Angeles run by Out and About, a bus tour company started in response to Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage.
The tours, led by the company’s founder, Jim Anzide, and his guides, are playful explorations of the past. Participants share a cocktail with drag performers at the Other Side, one of the last gay piano bars in the city. Later, at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, they listen to a monologue written by Harry Hay, a pioneering gay rights activist, about the pleasures and dangers of cruising in the 1950s.
The tour, held on a vintage British double decker, costs $60 and leaves from the One National Gay Archives at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A brunch tour starts later this month.
I suppose if they started one of these in South Florida they could take you by the remnants of the Copa and the Marlin Beach Hotel.
Everyone’s favorite anchorman for WSVN, Channel 7, is none other than Craig Stevens, who we hear is teaching an Introductory News Writing course as an Adjunct Professor for Barry University… Speaking of news writing, the Senior Communications Coordinator for Barry University is one time reporter for The Express, and a former editor of The Weekly News, two gay weeklies no longer with us, the one and only Jeremy Jones.
LA Doc Says He Can’t Police Porn
Last week, the AIDS Health Care Foundation stirred a wave of publicity with its call to adult film producers to end bare backing for Miami porn stars shooting films. The issue had already been brought to a, excuse us, head, in LA though, where the debate had been brewing for years.
Last week, however, in remarks to the county Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County health officials say they can’t require porn actors to wear condoms during shoots because it would be too difficult to police.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, LA’s Public Health Director, says adult film production companies require little more than a camera and a bed for a shoot, making porn sets nearly impossible to regulate.
A court order filed by AHF to compel county health to require condoms was dismissed in December. They’ve unsuccessfully written two pieces of legislation and are working on a third that would require condoms. Their goal is to help stem the tide of sexually transmitted diseases purportedly created in an unprotected adult film industry, and many of the actors in fact support their efforts.
Anti-Gay Reggae Artist Loses at Grammys
GLBT leaders are saying Buju Banton’s loss at the Grammy’s was a victory for tolerance. The Jamaican-born artist, whose career had glorified violence against gays and lesbians, had been nominated for ‘Best Reggae Album’ for “Rasta Got Soul.”
But it’s the lyrics of his 1988 song “Boom Bye Bye” that had GLBT leaders outraged in the run-up to the Recording Academy’s prestigious awards show on Sunday, January 31st.
In that song, Banton, 36, advocates violence against gay men, an occurrence that’s all-too-real for GLBT persons living in Jamaica. The lyrics say that a “rude” (cool) “bwoy” (boy) doesn’t promote (tolerate) nasty (gay) men, or batty (butt) boys, and suggests that a gay man who touches him would fi(nd) an (auto)matic weapon (“Uzi”) instead.
Outraged members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center took out a full-page ad in the January 29th issue of “Variety” magazine to denounce the very idea of honoring an artist whose lyrics are both tasteless and promote violence against gay men.
But not to worry, Bujo Banton lost in a bigger way himself. He is locked up in a Tampa jail for delivering drugs to an undercover officer, and maybe Boom Boom Bye may have a new meaning for a jail baby butt boy.
On a positive note, a number of influential reggae artists have signed The Reggae Compassionate Act, a pledge not to sing lyrics or make public statements in Jamaica or elsewhere that incite violence, hatred, or prejudice against gays and lesbians.