Archive for April, 2012
Unfinished Lives writes: “Last Monday, another gay teenager from Utah took his life in response to intolerable bullying because of his sexual orientation. Q Salt Lake reports that Jack Reese, 18, is the latest casualty in the war on gay teenagers taking place in the nation’s schools.
With heartbreaking coincidence, Jack’s boyfriend, Alex Smith, spoke on Jack’s experiences with school bullying to a community event focused on the problem of bullying–without the knowledge that the love of his life had already taken his own life earlier that day. Details of Jack’s death have not been released to the public at this time.
According to Ogden OUTreach, a local LGBT youth service organization, the rate of gay teen suicide in Utah is 8 times the national average.”
Jack was very good with computers and loved to play his X-Box games. He enjoyed skiing, four wheeling in the mountains and working with plants. Jack loved animals and will miss his cat. He was very good with kids and loved taking care of them. Jack was learning to speak Japanese and loved anything to do with Japan. He was also very good at drawing and photography. –Mr. Reese, Jack’s dad
“Only in Japan they would name a boy band consisting of 11-16 year olds Sexy Zone. And like any other J-pop band it doesn’t come without a good dose of Yaoi and Crossdressing”, says Desmænok (who have some Wet-Wednesday-worthy shots of the (rather goofy) bunch).
The music is, well, commercially straightened J-pop. And like so many animes which became mere advertisements full of fan service to get desperate otakus to buy the super expensive uncensored Blu-Rays, J-pop nowadays is more about ripping off fan-girls than making good music.
- Prominent Canadian gay rights activist killed in apparent hate crime
- Argentina on verge of adopting a far-reaching transgender rights law
- Louisiana lawmakers don’t believe gay people really get bullied
- Nearly 20% of Taiwanese gays & lesbians have attempted suicide
- Pope says nuns too focused on poor, not enough on gay bashing
- The internet’s political voices lining up to smash CISPA laws
- Australian state investigates child abuse by Catholic church
- Shift in migration patterns: More Mexicans leave U.S. than enter
- Republicans in U.S. state of Tennessee try to criminalize miscarriages
- Teacher fired after 3rd graders had oral sex in classroom [Warning; Daily Mail]
The portrait below isn’t just any old vintage picture. Recently sold at auction as a painting of “a woman in a feathered hat,” it’s actually thought to be the first known formal portrait of a transvestite, the spy Chevalier d’Eon. The subject of this portrait is definitely a man, even though he lived the latter part of his life as a woman. And did I mention he was a spy, too? No really, kids, let’s find out more about the Chevalier d’Eon.
First of all, no, this is not actually related to the manga or anime series Le Chavealier D’Eon, which was about a knight in service of King Louis XV looking for clues about the death of his sister. The real Chevalier was a man who spent the first 49 years of his life as a man and the last 33 as a woman. Though the choice may not have been entirely d’Eon’s own personal preference. In 1763, after being appointed to Le Secret du Roi, the secret network of spies who worked for King Louis XV (the same from the anime/manga), he was named Plenipotentiary Minister to London. However, someone was gunning to replace him, and d’Eon ended up demoted to secretary. He then got into a bit of a tussle with his replacement, accusing the man of trying to murder him and then, later, holding on to some private security documents to blackmail the king. By some accounts, he was sent to prison for this and escaped from France to England, where he lived out the rest of his life as a woman, cross-dressing to protect his identity.
But he was so persuasive as a woman (and also flat-out refused to admit his gender when asked) that people took bets on what gender he was, and when he died in 1810, only an autopsy confirmed that he was a man. The people who knew d’Eon for the last three decades of his life had no idea, including his own housekeeper (who went into a “state of shock” following the discovery). Apparently, the French government, knowing that d’Eon had a ton of secret information that could really blow their cover (including plans to invade England), let d’Eon off the hook and allowed him to live out the rest of his life as a different person as a way to thank him for not spilling all their state secrets. They also went ahead and paid all his debts, like he requested, just to ensure their spot would not be blown the heck up.
The painting itself had experts scratching their heads. Originally thought to be of a woman, once restoration began, some distinctly male features started revealing themselves on this handsome woman in the fancy hat. Like stubble, for one thing, and the muscular nature of the facial structure. Art dealer and historian Philip Mould made it his mission to figure out the identity of this portrait’s subject, and when he finally did, he knew this was a special find:
“It’s a combination of mirth and respect for a man who was bold enough, brave enough, but also extrovert enough to state his case.”
To this day, the “Patron Saint of Transvestites” still inspires those who choose to dress in the clothing of the opposite gender; the term “eonism” means the male adoption of female dress. And so goes the story of the former French spy who dressed as a woman before any had ever really heard of such a thing as a lifestyle (outside the theatre, anyway). [via Mary Sue & Discovery News]