Argentina Does It! Now Marriage Equality at Both Ends of the Hemisphere as U.S. Held Hostage by Social Stick-in-the-Muds

I’m happy for what happened in Argentina in the wee hours this morning, when that country’s senate by a vote of 33-27 voted for gay marriage, and based on earlier passage by the house and the strong support by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the Senate vote was the final hurdle to be passed.

Wow! Argentina, you as a country have my respect.  It’s almost unreal, that now we have gained rights at both the southern end of the hemisphere (Argentina) and the northern end (Canada).

I’m sad too for my own country.  I used to think of the U.S. as the country of progress–in both the areas of invention and technology as well as culture and civil liberties.

But here we sit, a nation whose industrial and technological might brought an end to World Wars and put a man on the moon–here we sit, stagnant and controlled by our unfettered need for oil and all of the problems it has brought along with it, yes, and here we sit, stagnant and controlled by religious and political conservatives, who in reality want to take us back beyond the Disco 80s, the Love-in 60s, maybe even further back than the Eisenhower 50s.

These Tea Partiers, these Glenm Becks, these bible holders (yes, they really only want to hold them, for some sense of tactile security it brings them) spit out the word progress like its something dirty.  They don’t want a country that’s moving ahead in any way.  Whatever happened to being a country of forward thinkers?  The country that does it first?  The country that others want to emulate?  I really don’t believe that most Americans want to go backwards, but for whatever reason, too many in federal and local governments have given an ear to these stick-in-the-muds, who, if they had their “druthers”, would  take us back to the 1920s, when many in the country gave the same attention to another group: the Ku Klux Klan.  (Do your history homework.  The KKK didn’t just go after Blacks.  They were against unions, Jews, Catholics, and anybody else that didn’t think like they did.)

So, hurray! Argentina!  I have hope that one day soon, this country will put on its hip boots and wade through this languid river, kicking the muddy carp to the side, and follow you to the other side, then keep marching forward, only to glance back at the muck that kept trying to hold this great country back, in this world that does not stand still.

(Take a look at the celebration in the streets of Buenos Aires when the announcement of the vote was made.  Progress–it’s a good thing.)

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New Interpretations Bring Modern Fusions into the Classic Argentinian Tango

“Meloncholic” is how I think about tango music, not really a genre that I’m pulled towards very often. But just like in the previous post, which focused on some of the music coming out of Australia, I “stumbled” again, this time onto how gay artists in Argentina are bringing “new life” into that classic style of song and dance.

Gerar Flores and Agustin Rombola make up Kurdha Tango Gay, which is giving a gay flavor to some old tango classics; the one they are performing in the video is called “Los Mareados” (I’m not going to bother going to my dictionary, but it means something like “The Seasick Guys” or “The Guys with Hangovers”–take your pick or have a laugh at my translating.) The original comes from the 40s, but these guys are giving it, what some are calling a “gay tango fusion”.

When it comes to dancing the tango, another pair of dancers, Augusto Balizano and Miguel Moyano, are steaming up the dance floors in Buenos Aires, putting their own personal style into the dance that is thought to have started in rough port neighborhood of La Boca (that’s the area of the city we think of when we envision the old, multi-colored buildings).