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Re: “Movie Review: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Offers a Shallow Look at a Fascinating Figure

"...all the ways in which the movie works to downplay and domesticate his sexuality." I've read similar comments in other reviews. Seriously? Something tells me that many of these writers weren't going to be satisfied unless they had Freddie bent over a bar being gang-banged by a bunch of bikers. The scenes were there. Subtle? Perhaps. The focus didn't need to be on how he got AIDS, but rather how he lived with it.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 11/08/2018 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

There's a big empty lot between Bank and Cherry Streets that seems to be available.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 10/31/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Stuck in Vermont: Photographer Matthew Thorsen Gets the Last Word

So honored to be included in this beautiful piece of work about a beautiful person.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 10/04/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “To Restart Construction, Burlington Amends CityPlace Agreement

I'd rather have an empty lot than a big slab of cement.
https://www.marketplace.org/2017/10/12/wor…

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 08/28/2018 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Life Stories: Remembering Vermonters Who Died in 2017

Michael Valente was also known for his outrageous and elaborate Halloween costumes. Often an award winner at many venues.

Posted by Bob Bolyard on 01/03/2018 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Heated Forum Leads Pride Center to Denounce 'Mister Sister' Name

With the condemnation of Mister Sister for it's perceived insensitivity to a certain segment of our community, I'll be expecting the Pride Center to also call out the "Pop-Up! Queer Dance Parties" for their blatant slamming of a different group. In defending their name, the producers of the QDP state, "... the word queer! offends some folks in the LGBTQ community..." Yup it does... But that didn't stop them from using it, did it?

When the QDP began I didnt demand that they change the name. I didnt start a campaign to get others to boycott. I didnt cry "those people dont like me." I decided not to attend. By including the word queer I felt it wouldn't be a comfortable space for me. Those who choose to embrace the word queer seem to be fine with using a word that many of my generation find objectionable, but find it incomprehensible how we could use a term they might not like.

In the original post about Oak 45 changing its mission, it was clear that he was going to aim to be a gay bar. Obviously the word gay means something different to some which is fine. And Mister Sister must mean something different to me. And thats fine, too.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 03/03/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Planned Winooski Gay Bar Named 'Mister Sister' Creates Rift

"If language feels petty to you, think about the worst thing someone could call you and then imagine a person, who you thought was your comrade, calling you that AND telling you that "you give words too much power, thats what I am calling you from now on".

Yes, and that word is QUEER. And I've been told "get over it," "we're taking it back"... I may have learned to live with it, but I'm not over it. And that's why I don't participate in many events/activities aimed at the "queer" community.

I didnt demand that someone change the name of their activity. I didnt start a campaign to get others to boycott the events. I didnt cry those people dont like me. I decided not to attend or support those events. By including the word queer I felt it wouldnt be a comfortable space for me. Those who choose to embrace the word queer seem to be fine with using a word that many of my generation find objectionable, but find it incomprehensible how we could use a term they might not like.

And there might be people who wont feel comfortable going into a place called Mister Sister. Theres no way to please everyone.

From the start it's been billed as a "gay bar." Obviously the word gay means something different to you which is fine. And Mister Sister must mean something different to me. And thats fine, too.
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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 02/28/2017 at 2:20 PM

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