I recently experienced New Orleans for the first time.
Michael’s sister hosted us for the weekend to celebrate her birthday and wedding date announcement.
It was my first time in the city, and the trip was filled with beautiful architecture, amazing food, humidity, and an adult beverage or two (allegedly.)
A creepy and cluttered tourist shop in New Orleans.
Buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans at night.
A bar that’s open 24/7 in the Garden District of New Orleans.
A well-lit historic house in New Orleans.
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Here’s what I’m talking about this morning.
1. Why some gay bars refuse to play hip-hop music: It’s usually because of racism.
We had an unfortunate situation in the gayborhood recently. The short story: A DJ at one of the bars allegedly complained about black customers requesting hip-hop music. Variants of the n-word were used to refer to the customers.
Of course this conversation happened via text, and screenshots were widely circulated on Facebook. Now people are outraged and some are boycotting that bar.
This is part of a broader tendency of gay bars to shy away from playing hip-hop music. The perception among some bars is that hip-hop music attracts an unsavory crowd that doesn’t spend much money and tends to get into fights.
The problem is that “we don’t play hip-hop because of the crowd” is often a veiled way of saying “we don’t want black people here.”
The result is that hip-hop (other than the stray Beyonce song) gets relegated to the bars with the worst standards, and stereotypes just reinforce themselves. Continue reading “Racism in Oak Lawn gay bars, winter in Dallas, Women Who Draw” »
We started the evening with the mean girls at Alexandre’s cocktail lounge.
The mean girls are actually retirement-age men who park themselves at the bar in the afternoon and insult each other into the evening.
The quotes are amazing:
Statler: “Did Jack get a haircut?”
Waldorf: “No, it’s just falling out.”
Statler: “Can you hold your head up? You look like a turtle!”
Statler: “You guys are being nice for once. I’m suspicious. Is it my shirt?”
Waldorf: “No, that shirt is nice. It actually fits you for once.”
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Last night, hundreds of people gathered at the Dallas LGBT Community Center to support the Pulse Nightclub shooting victims.
All of the important local politicians spoke – the mayor, the police chief, the county judge – and tried to reassure the Dallas gay community that we are safe. The crowd then marched the length of the gayborhood from the Resource Center to the Oak Lawn monument.
Cops and cameras were everywhere.
Mourners lay flowers and candles at the Oak Lawn Pulse memorial.
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We had an adventure in Fort Worth this weekend.
Things started at the Fort Worth Stockyards because Michael had never been before (despite living in DFW for 7 years now!)
The Stockyards are always priceless people-watching, and certainly didn’t disappoint this time.
The most bored and miserable looking longhorn cow that I have seen, with the Texas historical museum in the back.
Artery cloggers at the Stockyards – who said we had to wait for the State Fair?
An ominous warning that this may be the last longhorn you take a photo with.
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