The Once And Future King Can Be Gay And That’s Fine

Parliament is likely to add an amendment to current legislation that will essentially allow for a simplification of questions of marriage and succession for William and Kate’s children (and grandchildren and further descendants), should any of them be gay. And we all know that that will happen—and not just because the Duchess of Cambridge totally looks like she’d have a gay son (sorry; I have Level Twelve Gaydar. It’s a blessing and a curse). There have been gay rulers before, and I don’t just mean speculation about British monarchs like Queen Elizabeth or King James (who produced, hands-down, the worst version of the Christian Bible that ever existed prior to the Twentieth Century). There have definitely been closeted men and women on the throne (any throne, really). And history has seen plenty of gay monarchs—particularly Roman Emperors.

Ancient Rome had a lot of problems, I know, but dang they were excellent in so many ways.

Anyway, this is a good thing. Members of the Royal family can marry members of the same sex and adopt (or do IVF) and their children will be in in line for the throne.

Now, it’s not a meaningful title—I know. The British monarch is the Head of State in Great Britain, but not the Head of Government. I’m all for constitutional monarchies, but if they have no actual power beyond bestowing knighthoods and orchestrating big events, I kind of think that monarchies are pretty silly. But, then, despite every name in my family being British or at least UK in origin (Harward, Lloyd, Wrenn, Yates), it’s not a part of my identity (my family’s been in the US for a couple of centuries at least). Who is king or queen can probably mean a lot more to citizens of the UK.

But I am still excited because lawmakers too often wait too long to update laws so that they make sense, but this legislation looks like it is set to pass. And that is wonderful. I would love to see a same-sex marriage in Britain’s royal line. More visibility for gay rights on a global scale is a good thing (especially with psychotic countries like Iran and Uganda still in existence).


PS: I know that the title to this post is awful, but it could have been worse. I mean, do you remember the Fairly Oddparents episode titled: “The Boy Who Would Be Queen?” I could have gone with something like that. That was a great episode, by the way. I was so amused when so many ridiculous people were accusing Spongebob Squarepants of being super gay, because, um, Fairly Oddparents was so much gayer. From Cupid (super gay) to Timmy’s Dad (who described Teen Singing Sensation Chip Skylark as “delicious”) to Timmy’s drama teacher to Jorgen Von Strangle’s relationship with Binky. Seriously, you guys. If only the sound effects on that show had not been so constant and if only everything had not gone downhill after Cosmo and Wanda had that baby.

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Ukrainian Group Renting Out Topless Protests to Further Women’s Rights?

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Like it or not, topless women gathering en masse are going to garner some attention.  Whether meeting to fight for the right to gather topless en masse or trying to make a different point, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make the news.

Anna Gutsol of the feminist Ukrainian group Femen is speaking out on the necessity of such, uh, big measures in demonstrations on issues ranging from gender discrimination to prostitution legislation … as opposed to those who just “go out and demonstrate and set up tents”.

From Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty:

“Topless protests are probably the strongest and most effective form of peaceful and nonviolent protests to attract attention. You can throw a grenade, go on hunger strike, blow something up or shoot someone. Or you can go out topless,” Gutsol says.

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Jordan’s Queen Rania Pens Children’s Book Aimed at “Bridging Religious and Cultural Divides”

Queen Rania of Jordan has written a children’s book aimed at “bridging religious and cultural divides.” Good.  Great.  Definitely a positive step … and a necessary one if there is any hope at all of a worldwide feeling of understanding and acceptance (I know, I’m going all Pollyanna again).  There’s just one problem with Queen Rania’s efforts — she’s refusing to allow the book to be printed in Hebrew for distribution in Israel, which kind of flies in the face of that whole bridging of religious and cultural differences thing.

Anyway, the book is called The Sandwich Swap.

From Big Peace:

The book uses lunch sandwiches (one peanut butter and jelly, the other pita bread and hummus) as a metaphor for the differences between two friends from different cultures. The Book touches on such issues as getting to know others, openness and multiculturalism.

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Czech Female Politicians Pose for ‘Racy’ Calendar

In late May, the Czech Republic held its national elections. Women won more seats in parliament than ever before. But last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Public Affairs party, one of the parties represented in May’s new parliament, is selling a 2011 calendar featuring photos of some of its newly sworn-in lawmakers posing provocatively in rather revealing outfits.

The party’s somewhat racy calendar, which was first released during the election campaign, is described by the WSJ as ‘A sign of the times here [in the Czech Republic]. A new generation of Czech women is coming of age that is embracing femininity and sex appeal while at the same time fighting for, and winning, more equal treatment in the realms of business and government.’

May’s elections saw a huge percentage of women elected to parliament – the 200-person lower house now has 44 female members. However last month, as the new members were being sworn in, a member of the Civil Democrat party noticed the number of new flaxen-haired females in the house and dubbed them the ‘Blond Coalition’ – a nickname that has, rather unfortunately I think, stuck in the Czech national media.

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