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Video: John Waters’ 1970s version of gay equality

In 1974, the movie Female Trouble, arguably regarded as writer/director John Water‘s low-budget masterpiece, couched the idea of gay assimilation from a backhanded and perverse perspective, only five years after the Stonewall riots in New York ignited the modern gay rights movement.

It’s a long road from Stonewall in NYC to the struggle over Prop 8 in California, but it’s clearly the same road.


Sign of Confusion

I don’t know where you stand on the issue of gay marriage but I’m all for it. I believe that people enjoying equal rights is a good thing.

I recently spotted a sign that shares my beliefs, but also leaves me confused. Take a look for yourself:

Gay Nuptial

This sign brings up some questions that I can’t answer:

  1. Is “congratulations” the right word to use in this case? Have you ever told someone; “Congratulations on no longer being discriminated against”? I rarely ever say that.
  2. It says “Gay Nuptial” as in one marriage. Are the people who own this florist only happy for one gay couple? Or do they know a woman named Gay Nuptial who is getting married soon?
  3. Isn’t it just a wee bit crass to take a landmark court decision that grants citizens basic human rights and use it as a marketing initiative?