When the X-Men comic first came out it was about the trials of puberty. Stan Lee made sure that we understood that these where kids. The mutant changes represented the changes that one goes through in puberty. Everyone seems ostricized durring that stage in life and Lee wanted them to see that they are not alone.
Then came the "Giant Sized" X-Men of the 80's. It became a racial and international comic. There where mutants from the U.S., Canada (Wolverine), Africa (Storm), U.S.S.R (Collosus), North East Europe (Nightcrawler) The British Iles (Banshee)...
In the 90's it became a "throw as many mutants as possible into four books. And Jim Lee did his job of doing just that.
Then in the late 90's and the 2000's it's become a parrallel with gay rights. The idea that mutants are everywhere, that you can not always tell who is a mutant. (not every "faggot" wears a frock) All of these are themes also used by the gay community. Especially now with the Bush administration trying to limit and even expel the God given rights from the gay community the X-Men seems to be an outlet for gay teens and tweens everywhere.
Brian Singer (being openly gay) knew that. And he brought his own perspective to the X-Men franchise. The best part is that it went all over the homophobes heads. But I never in a million years would have thought that Babby Drake's "coming out" scene would have touched me as much as it did.
The first time I saw X-2 tears where coming down my face when Bobby's parents asked him the same thing my parents asked me not so long ago... "How long have you known you where a mutant?" "Have you ever tried NOT being a mutant?" Give me one example other than being queer that one would have to face those questions? "Have you ever tried NOT being _______? " That's what I thought.
But X-3 didn't have any of this in it. It had the potential to bring this "cure" into the spotlight. It could have been an analogy for the "ex-gays" an organization that actually claims to CURE gay people, but has been proven time and again to not work... or only be temporary (the co-founder is now inhabiting with another man).
They could have shown how the United States at one point tried to pass a bill that stated that two mutants should not be able to marry because their children would inevitably be a mutant. (A case that doesn't actually work as Mystique and SabreTooth's son Graydon Creed is a human and founder of an Anti- Mutant malitia.) This would have been ideal seeing the current state of affairs in the U.S.
But they didn't. Brett Ratner brought to the screen what could only be a "comic book movie". Think Punisher, Hulk, Fantastic Four, or the Batman and Robin. It seems that Ratner went the rout of Jim Lee in the 90's. Cool battle scenes chock full of mutant mayham, but no substance. (btw I love Jim Lee's artwork... but the story lines then left much to be desired.)
Who amongst this merry little band is going to Seattle in July for Convention? I'd like to see as many people as possible there, and it will be a unique experience since we'll all be together in the residence halls of the University of Washington.
I can't believe it! We're all the way up to the Beta Lambda chapter. They chartered this morning...
How amazing is that?
Name: Seán Patrick DeLorean
Chapter Affiliation: Univeristy of Delaware Interest Group
Pledge Class: President of the IG, and hopefully soon to be Alpha Class
Present Location: Newark, DE (1/2 hour from Philly)
Favorite Gay-themed Show: I don't really watch TV much, but my fave movie would be RENT.
Favorite Non-Gay themed Show: Non gay movie would have to be The Lord of the Rings (ext. trillogy)
Favorite color: Electric Blue
How did you hear about DLP?: My friend Justyn is Delata Class of the Beta Theta Chapter in Philly.
Anything you'd like to share with the group?: Keep my IG in your thoughts, we need all the best wishes and help anyone can give. Give me a holler I love hearing from other brothers! ITB SPD
Name: Eric James
Nickname: ej, a wah, james
Chapter Affiliation: Delta in Minneapolis
Pledge Class: Alpha Iota (named after: Redeske)
Present location: Minneapolis, MN
Favorite Gay-themed Show: QAF, Degrassi, Project Runway (?) etc, there aren't many out there anyway
Favorite Non-Gay themed Show: Laguna Beach
Favorite color: red or light blue
How did you hear about DLP?: Since day one of college
Anything you'd like to share with the group?: I'm involved in every organization possible to man and I'm a designer.
Current Music: Gustavo Santaolalla
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Name - Bob|
Nickname - Boris
Chapter - Omicron; San Jose State University
Pledge Class - Beta
Status - Long since graduated and faded into alumni
Other Comments - Nostalgia sure ain't what it USED to be....
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Name: Patrick Chace|
Nickname: Pat, or slut
Chapter Affiliation: Alpha Chi; Boston, MA
Pledge Class: Eta
Present location: Boston
Favorite Gay-themed Show: not a fan actually....
Favorite Non-Gay themed Show: Buffy, Law and Order: SVU, CSI
Favorite color: Blue, but starting to change to red
How did you hear about DLP?: The then-president told me about it my freshman year in college
Anything you'd like to share with the group?: Alumni now...starting to somewhat repair damage b/t me and the Boston Chapter.......
Being the new guy, here it goes:|
Name: Matt Gibson
Chapter Affiliation: Alpha Mu; Ann Arbor, MI
Pledge Class: Delta
Present location: Chicago, IL
Favorite Gay-themed Show: Queer Eye (QaF a close 2nd)
Favorite Non-Gay themed Show: Law and Order (all 4 of em); Sex and the city! Carrie's my hero, we share the same addiction... shoes!
Favorite color: Blue (being from Michigan and all..)
How did you hear about DLP?: Ex BF strongly encouraged me to join :) I lost the ex but kept the brotherhood!
Are you going to National Convention in Denver, CO this summer? No :( Vacation time shortage- what i get for spending a week + in Florida in February
Anything you'd like to share with the group?: hmm... not really... i'm an open book so just ask :)
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After almost ten long, frustrating (and somewhat fruitless) years as a college-based chapter affiliated @ California State University, Northridge-- north of Los Angeles-- the Alpha Omicron Chapter were at a crossroads @ tonight's mtg. Following a disappointing RUSH this Spring, AO would fall under the mandated "Eight Active" minimum guideline that goes into effect by Natl. Convention in July.|
So, tonight we voted to decide the fate of the AO Chapter:
To, either close the Chapter down due to a lack of interest/increasing burnout @ our home school, or to petition the Natl. Board to become a "Community-based" Chapter here in the Northridge/San Fernando Valley area.
The remaining Bros. have decided to go Community-based.
Now, the real work of re-vamping the AO Chapter into a community-based entity is about to begin.
Any feedback/comments-- especially those from any community chapters-- would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Mike DeMoss|
Nickname: Baby Huey
Chapter Affiliation: Beta Zeta
Pledge Class: Alpha
Present Location: SIUE Kimmel Leadership
Favorite Gay-themed Show: Queer As Folk. Let's remember, it's fiction.
Favorite Non-Gay themed Show: Charmed.
Favorite color: Cobalt.
How did you hear about DLP?: First meeting of GLOBAL (the local GLBT group) of the Spring 03 semester.
Are you going to National Convention in Denver, CO this summer?: Yes.
Anything you'd like to share with the group?: I do LiveJournal Support. Personal journal is friends-only, comment to be added.