This past weekend had some world-changing news with four celebrity deaths: famous Johnny Carson sidekick Ed McMahon died at the age of 86, Oxiclean salesperson Billy Mays died at the age of 50, Charlie’s Angels superstar Farrah Fawcett died of breast cancer at the age of 62, and the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, died at the age of 50. While all of these deaths are overwhelming, I feel sad for Farrah’s death because of the breast cancer and family issues. While Michael Jackson’s death stole her thunder, the upcoming days will truly be a circus. E! News correspondent Giuliana De Pandi (I know she got married as Rancic, but really, it’s irrelevant) started comparing Michael’s life with Anna Nicole Smith’s tragic death. Oh dear.
On a side note, it is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, meaning it’s Pride Week. The past two days have been crazy at the Castro (especially with the reopening of The Café). In light of Prop 8 removing our rights to marriage, it’s great to know all the accomplishments the LGBT community has made in the past 40 years: recognition of our kind in governmental positions, the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder, Harvey Milk, and LGBT portrayals in the entertainment industry (look up Brokeback Mountain and Queer as Folk as fantastic examples). It’s great to be living in San Francisco: the world’s gay mecca.