News Round-Up: October 28, 2020

(screen capture via CBS News)

Some news items you might have missed:

USA Today: A new report says five states – Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Oregon – are at a high risk for activity by armed groups of civilians around the November 3 election. The report lists nine, large multistate right-wing groups that could present problems to Pennsylvania and other states, including Three Percenters, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers.

The Advocate: A dispute between two people inside the popular gay bar Paco’s Ranch in Puerto Vallarta escalated into a physical altercation that spilled outside of the Romantic Zone establishment. One left, returned with a gun, and shot two men.

Statista: Although Donald Trump has claimed his 2016 win “was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan,” his triumph was not the landslide he pretends. In fact, he won fewer electoral votes than all but one president since Ronald Reagan.

(graphic via Statista)

Page Six: Willie Garson, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s bestie “Stanford Blatch” on the hit series Sex and the City recently revealed why he stayed in the closet as a straight actor. “For years I didn’t talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people.”

OUT: International pop star Ricky Martin says “as a Latino, as a gay man, and as someone ‘married to an Arab’ — his husband is Syrian painter Jwan Yosef — he can’t imagine voting for Trump.” Martin added that seeing news about ‘Latinos for Trump’ is “really scary.”

Twitter: A Trump supporter in California was caught on video threatening a female motorist outside a polling place this past weekend. In the clip, the man walks in front of the woman’s car and appears to take a picture of her license plate. “We got your plates, baby. We know who you are now. You’re gonna vote for Trump whether you like it or not. You got no choice. You cannot resist Trump. We got you. We fucking got you.” #VoterIntimidation

Video: Questions Straight Men Have For Gay Men

I have been curious my entire life. I ask everyone questions every day. I love finding out new things and understanding.

So, I completely “got” the idea of this video from Buzzfeed that paired gay men with straight men and set up the situation that the straight guys could ask anything they wanted about being gay.

Sample questions like, “How much porn did you watch that was straight porn before you switched to gay porn?” and “What if you’re both bottoms or both tops? Is that a deal breaker?”

I love natural curiosity.

And, of course, there’s the companion video, “Questions Gay Men Have For Straight Men.” (You know where that’s going, now, don’t you?”

When did you choose to be straight?

This walking video interview was shared years ago, but is making the rounds again now due to Facebook and Twitter.

Always a good opportunity to pose the question about whether gay folks “choose” to be gay. Ask a straight person when did they “choose” to be straight and the conversation quickly reframes itself.

Take a look if you’ve never seen this. Always thought-provoking 🙂

Happy Saturday!