A news item from the New York Post caught my eye this morning: Apparently NYC & Co., New York City's tourist agency, is launching the first ever push to draw gay and lesbian travelers to the Big Apple.
My first reaction was "1st ever?" (I mean, I remember those Philadelphia ads a couple of years ago recruiting NYC bears and I would have thought New York would have beaten Philly at this game years ago).
My second reaction was "Why now when the city's gayborhoods seem to be on the way out and there's - gulp! - no Big Cup!?" (not that this is a bad thing, mind you).
My third reaction was "Hm, does New York really need a push for more tourists?" (as it is, Time's Square is nearly unnavigable as are other parts of the city and, worst of all, tourists wait for the walk/don't walk sings to change even if there are no vehicles in the street! They're crazy!!!).
My fourth reaction was "Don't gay people in other parts of the country already think of New York as a gay mecca?" (which would make the $30 million dollar campaign a bit redundant).
Hey, but that's me talking as a jaded Naw Yawker...
Anyway, that's when I stopped reacting...
Still, blogger Chris Crain does raise one additional point....
Lawmaker Wants Transgender Children To Submit To Genital 'Inspection' Before Playing Sports - *State Rep. Roger Hunt wants to enforce mandatory genital examinations to verify the physical gender of students before they can play sports.*
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