Michael Signorile brings the pain to Mary Cheney:
What is it like, I often wonder, to have your own father court the very religious zealots who believe your kind are emotionally disturbed child molesters? What does it feel like to have your own father empower people who, if they could have their way, would force you to go through “conversion therapy”? What is it like to know that your own family takes cash from people who think you�d be better off dead, and think you�re going straight to hell when that happens?
And for the queer-handed, Jon Carroll offers solace to the southpawed:
In the movie “Cold Mountain,” Nicole Kidman’s character is often portrayed writing letters to her beloved. Since the film is set in the Civil War, she did not use e-mail. Rather, she used pen and ink. In one heart- stopping scene, she paused in her writing and briefly rested her chin on her left hand.
And there it was! Running from the first knuckle of the little finger to the heel of her left hand was the telltale smudge of ink. Nicole Kidman is a left-hander! She is an unrepentant left-hander, too, still writing in that upside-down way, crabbed and messy and clawlike and yet a joy to behold. Sure, her hand drags along behind and makes her words all but unreadable — but is that so bad? Of course not.
With this one gesture, she says a hearty “blow me” to all the right- handed chauvinists in the world, to the designers of scissors and guitars and school desks, to the tellers of cheap jokes at expensive cocktail parties.
Bonus points for getting “blow me” past the copy desk. Only in San Francisco.