Alex Blaze

Alex Blaze
Location
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Birthday
May 28
Bio
Alex is the Managing Editor of The Bilerico Project. Alex went to Whitman College, a small school in the Blue Mountains of eastern Washington, where he studied biology, debated, and worked with the local LGBTQ group. Since then he has gone on to live in many places, including southern Maine, the Hoosier state, eastern and western France, central Arizona, but somehow ended up in Paris. He likes to think of himself as the long-lost child of Patricia Williams and Zippy the Pinhead, as well as somehow related to RĂ©gine Chassagne and Judith Martin. Alex prefers Pepsi Jazz to modern jazz and fatties and femmes to guys who say, "No fatties and femmes." He is a practicing vegetarian whose interests include queer theory, music, and feminism.

MY RECENT POSTS

Dominic Scaia, who created a minor stir in LGBTQ media earlier this year when he challenged Facebook's policy against transsexual men posting shirtless pictures of themselves, has had a video banned from YouTube for the same reason.

 Dominic emailed me recently with a screenshot of the warningRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 9, 2009 4:25PM

Do sex offenders deserve to live?

I think it's time we had a national debate on that question. Do sex offenders (any kind, dudes who cruise in parks, rapists, guys who collect child porn, exhibitionists...) deserve to live? Should we automatically give them the death penalty after being found guilty? The debate can't end up… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 24, 2009 3:41PM

Power to the... states?

Clark at Show Me Progress gets it right: the states' rights argument has been primarily deployed in US history to justify slavery and then Jim Crow. It's about racism, and hearing the argument used by anyone on the left makes me cringe. It's an empty call to power for another government… Read full post »

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There's an interesting article up now at Pink News about Bryce Faulkner's parents threatening to sue Bryce's boyfriend for gathering media attention to the fact that Bryce disappeared to an ex-gay camp and no one even knows if he's OK since he's been forced to cut contact with the outside worl/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 10, 2009 7:45PM

Rockstar Energy Drink vs. the internet

michael savage rock star hatYou all know that Rockstar Energy Drink is owned and operated by Michael Savage's son, Russ Weiner, right? Well, Michael Jones of change.org wrote that up and distributed a blog post about it. The result: Rockstar was pissed off and threatened to sue the bloggers who dare discuss the connectioRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 26, 2009 5:45PM

"Affirmative action" and "empathy" are personal

I talked with a few people today about the Sotomayor nomination, and a few of them thought that it was good politics because Republicans won't want to oppose the first hispanic nominee for the Supreme Court. 

 I was a bit shocked, since apparently I had been transported into a bizarro-Ameri… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 21, 2009 7:46AM

New Hampshire religious exemption goes to committee

Yesterday, the New Hampshire house voted down, 188-186, an amendment to an unrelated bill that would have created a religious exemption to their bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The amendment was requested by the governor; he said he wouldn't sign the bill into law if there wasn't languaRead full post »

The Washington Post has obtained story boards for a few commercials the health care industry is working on to scare people out of supporting a public option. Remember, every time they complain about a public option competing with them, they're conceding the argument that it'll be better tha… Read full post »

I know that a few people have already mentioned this, but not enough for me to think that I'm not crazy, but is the current Republican strategy on torture a really, really bad idea for them?

 I thought I knew what they wanted - they were against investigations… Read full post »

 I thought I'd pass along this chart Nate Silver at 538 made up.  

 In this chart, the green line shows the difference between the percent of people in that age group who identify as Democrat and the percent who identify as Republican. While every age group identifies more as… Read full post »

First, thanks to everyone who read my first post on OS yesterday and left comments. I was really just testing the waters to see what this Open Salon thing is, and with that hearty welcome you gave me and that great discussion we had, I'm motivated to post more here.

But… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 15, 2009 12:35PM

Gay marriage will turn your kids gay...

...according to two homophobic organizations in New Hampshire. 

 In an effort to stem the tide of same-sex marriage, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and Cornerstone Policy Research (CPR) have put out an ad encouraging Granite Staters to call their governor and tell them how muc… Read full post »