Glenn Danzig & Henry Rollins Forever

Somehow, the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger & Danny DeVito as an old married couple that dresses alike came into my mind today, and it, in turn, reminded me of Henry & Glenn Forever, the publisher described it in this way:

Starring super-notorious musclebound punk/metaldudes Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins (with a little help from super-notorious soft-rock dudes Hall and Oates) Henry & Glenn Forever is a love story to end all love stories! The premise of this comic is explained in the beginning, “Henry and Glenn are very good ‘friends.’ They are also ‘room mates.’ Daryl and John live next door. They are satanists.” What follows is ultra-metal violence and cryfest diary entries, cringing self-doubt and mega-hilarious emo-meltdowns. Who knew Danzig was such a vulnerable, self-conscious sweety-pie? Who knew Rollins was such a caring spouse? Who knew Hall and Oates were so infernally evil—yet so considerate? Well, illustrating/writing team Igloo Tornado (featuring super-awesome comixdude Tom Neely) did and they kicked down 66 fully-illustrated pages with it. Genius on all fronts. Terrifyingly cute. Cutely terrifying. As the real-life Rollins says, quoted on the back cover, “Has Glenn seen this? Trust me, he would not be impressed.”

-Tom Neely, “Henry & Glenn Forever.” Portland, Oregon: Microcosm Publishing, 2010

A Comment on Trans-Sexuality

When I was at university, I went to see Kiss of the Spider-Woman. I didn’t know anything about the film. It was just what happened to be playing when I stopped to check out what was playing at the university theater. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, but there is a moment where a trans woman and a straight man have sex during the course of the film. And, the only reason why I remember it is because a man got up during the scene and yelled out, “Aww, hell no!” and then left the theater. I didn’t think much about it at the time, other than it seemed a bit of an over-reaction.

A decade or two later, I came across some story about the Church of Euthanasia that featured this image:

It’s hard to pin down exactly what is attractive about this woman. Perhaps I have a thing for trolls? In any event, I was definitely attracted.

Of course, this is Chris Korda, who I later learned was a transgender woman. It’s happened at least one other time where I was attracted to a transgender woman. I’ve had a similar attraction to a rare beautiful man.

As Kiss of the Spider Woman illustrates, everyone has edge cases where categories of hetero/homo/bi/a/sexuality break down in the face of lived, human experience. The lesson to take away is that love, in whatever form it takes, is always greater than our imaginations and our categories. This is what makes love such a great gift, and it is a shame that the limitations of these categories are so frequently sources of grief, self-loathing and negativity. Transexuality is an opportunity to transcend some limitations in how we think about ourselves, our sexuality and about life. Embrace it.

100 (or more) Gays

“Annotate your books, but please, make it good. Make it like the anonymous owner of 100 Gays, who signed their notes only ‘R.’, but gave us everything else they had. On the spare pages at the front and rear of the book, R. has added their own notes, remarks, poems and theories…

…This is a whole worldview; each person appearing on TV, each voice on the radio, assessed for sexual similarity, for tells, for giveaways, for something shared. This is being raised in a hateful and homophobic society, where every rumour of queerness in a filmstar, a writer, a politician, is clung to as a sign of a secret underground of desire. Who keeps lists of names of queer people in their head, their sexuality, their secret loves, their supposed desires ranked? Other queer people, that’s who.”

-Huw Lemmey, “100 (or more) Gays.” Utopian Drivel on November 18, 2019.

When ‘Angels in America’ Came to East Texas

“‘Don’t get chuffed-up and fill the play with anger, which attacks on your work may have generated; part of the strategy of the enemies of art is to create toxic environments in which the art, even if on display, can’t be properly received,’ the letter read in part. ‘Trust in the play, in your work, in your talent, in the audience.’

…I had no idea what that meant, but in that moment, the fears of the protesters had come true. Dark magic hadn’t turned me gay, but a work of theater had cracked the Pine Curtain, stirring in me the first inkling that gay people deserved to be treated with dignity and love rather than cruelty or cold indifference. Forced to choose between the hate-filled protesters outside the theater and the searching, brave people inside, I knew which side I wanted to be on. The messenger had arrived.”

—Wes Ferguson, “When ‘Angels in America’ Came to East Texas.” Texas Monthly. October 14, 2019.

This article made me cry.