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|Saturday, September 1st, 2007|
Congratulations to Tim McQuillan and Sean Fritz!
From the Des Moines Register's website, video of the one & only same-sex marriage yesterday in Iowa's history before the Polk County judge issued a temporary stay on his ruling until it could be argued before that state's supreme court.
You'll notice in the video that when the two men finally made their commitment legal, there was no giant lightning bolt from the heavens, the earth didn't open up & spew bats from hell, the locusts didn't suddenly start swarming, the guernseys didn't start regurgitating blood & little chunks of sky didn't start pelting the witnesses' heads. Nope...just like in Massachusetts, it was a beautiful summer morning, which turned into a beautiful summer afternoon, followed by NOT JUST any old wonderful evening in America's HEARTland for Tim & Sean, who (corny as it may sound) have begun the first day of the rest of their lives together as a legally married & hopefully always-happy Iowa couple. May they be only the first of many...
The video is here...http://www.dmregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070831/VIDEO01/70831043/1001
|Saturday, August 18th, 2007|
Of J.R.R. Tolkien, St. Augustine of Hippo & Ayn Rand
This video may come across as a tad too syrupy-sweet to some or a little too idealistic or too simplistic, but I really enjoyed it, and I thought I'd share it here. My favorite quotes from the video are from J.R.R. Tolkien:
"So comes snow after fire and even dragons have their ending.
and from St. Augustine:
"Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are
and from Ayn Rand,
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours."
|Monday, January 29th, 2007|
Stop Thinking About Gay Sex!
I just read this op-ed piece from the Alamogordo (New Mexico) Daily News by Jeff Stevens. He talks about how "Republicans spend more time thinking about gay sex than any other group of people in the known world even more so than gay people trying to find other gay people with whom to have sex". He also writes how things in New Mexico must be in such AWESOME shape that altering the state's constitution to ban gay marriage is all that the state legislature needs to concern itself with! It's a wonderfully-written editorial and it so concisely describes where I think the vast majority of Americans stands. You gotta read it, so here's the link ---> http://www.alamogordonews.com/opinion/ci_5104394
|Sunday, January 28th, 2007|
Regarding the question about "Love God's Way" being a hoax...
Sadly, whether it's a hoax or not (I'm really not sure myself), discrimination and hatred of "homosexuals" (Those people HATE using the word "gay") can only flourish in ignorance. When all you know about the "homosexual agenda" is what your church and the "people of God" in your life constantly pound into your head (and they are towing the same old line they themselves were taught), then the lies and the distortions and the dangerous ignorance become your reality. If you never hear the truth about and you never know or care about people like us, you don't know that what you've always heard is wrong. You and I can see a list like this and we can wonder, "Is this guy pulling our leg?", and we can either laugh or shake our heads and move on knowing the REAL TRUTH, but, in response to the question, "What type of individual actually believes this?" Well, it's the little old blue-haired lady in Peoria, Illinois (and the millions more like her) who attends church regularly, voted for Dubya (twice) & loves her grandchildren dearly and doesn't want to see them living a life of sin & certain damnation who will read this guy's website & will take it to heart and will continue to believe that people are forced into the "homosexual lifestyle" or they choose to be "that way". That's why coming out and living our lives in the open is the greatest weapon we have. People who know me who read something like this guy's website don't even wonder for a moment if it's true at all. They know better. They know that my sexual orientation is nothing for anyone to fear. And there is no blame to assign. For me (and for my friends and family), it's like saying that The Pet Shop Boys caused my eyes to be hazel. My gayness is an immutable PART of me and it doesn't threaten or hurt anyone else, and it was certainly not affected by my affection for Wilson Phillips. My friends have told me that either this guy is mentally challenged or he's trying to be funny; either way, it's just stupid (but we all know how well "stupid" sells since the election of 2000...that's the sad part).
|Friday, January 26th, 2007|
Music to catch "gay" by...
For those of you who are worried about how your kids catch the "gay," thank the Lord Jesus that Love God's Way Ministries and it's leader, Donnie Davies, is on the case! Brother Davies, who is part of the Christian musical group "Evening Service" (what a hip, cool name for a band, don't you think?!?!?), has done the difficult work of sorting through all the different kinds of homo-inspirational music out there and has come up with a list of the those bands that can make you gay (see list here ---> http://lovegodsway.org/GayBands
). (By the way, I can see having Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Erasure, The Pet Shop Boys and Boy George on the list, but Frank Sinatra?!?! Does Satan know NO BOUNDS OF DECENCY?!?!!?) Of course, we want to avoid these bands as they are of the Devil and are sent here only to provide the soundtrack on the homosexual sinner's path to eternal damnation. Lest you read the list and think, "My, my, my! What is a good Christian head-banger to do? So many bands are obviously pure evil! But, alas, Brother Davies gives us a (somewhat small) list of bands that are "safe"! (Safe list here ---> http://lovegodsway.org/SafeBands
Not much to choose from, but, being the big raging homo that I am, I gotta say that he might want to re-think putting Cyndi Lauper's name on the Safe list. Has Brother Davies never heard of "True Colors"??? She actually sings about the homo-trademarked "rainbow" (to wit, "I see your true colors shining through, I see your true colors and that's why I love you, so don't be afraid to let them show, your true colors, your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow"), but, of course, Brother Davies is probably thinking of the rainbow of the Bible (no relationship to our gay rainbow, I'm sure). Of course, I have to wonder if Brother Davies knows about Cyndi's support of the GLBTQQ community. She's an honorary board member of the Matthew Shepard Foundation (Judy Shepard, Matthew's mom once said of Cyndi, "I have long respected and admired Cyndi Lauper for her unwavering support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality") and Cyndi's sister, Elen, is a an out and proud lesbian. If he's really serious about protecting God's children from the horrors of "the homosexual lifestyle," looks like our Brother Davies may need to trim that Safe List down a little bit more!
|Saturday, January 6th, 2007|
First they came for the homosexuals...
"First they came for the communists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up, because I was not Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out."
--Pastor Martin Neimoller
I just read an article on the Washington Post's website that I knew I would read somewhere some day. Now that the godly men and women of Virginia have tasted sweet, sweet victory & stomped out the homosexual agenda in the Old Dominion, they know what they have to do next: ban divorce (or, at least make it more difficult to get a divorce). I will wager that at least SOME of the 57% of Virginians who thought eradicating the "homosexual menace" to the "sanctity of marriage" by codifying discrimination into their state's constitution are just completely stunned that those of the Uptight Citizen's Brigade (not to be confused with the UpRIGHT Citizen's Brigade) would be coming after their heterosexual brethren now! As Pastor Neimoller's quote above shows, if you sit around and let these people start taking away one minority's rights (even one with whom you have little in common or about whom you care very little, you may feel safe at the moment, but these people are never satisfied with the easy targets! It just emboldens them to take it to the next level. If you read the article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/04/AR2007010401910_pf.html
), you will see that what the Family Foundation proposes right now is to make it nearly impossible for a family with children to divorce unless BOTH husband AND wife want it. Right now in Virginia, apparently, as long as one of the two wants a divorce, a judge will grant it. That's just too easy, the Foundation says. We gotta make it more difficult to end a loveless marriage. Don't worry, though, you childless Virginia (hetero) couples, this won't affect you. Nope. No chance this will even touch your lives. Nope. No way. Nothing to see here. Move on along. Of course, that's what they say today. If childless couples in Virginia think that their marriages aren't of great importance to and the business of the Family Foundation and, therefore, not on the Foundation's radar screen, then they are sadly mistaken. Making divorce more difficult for couples with children in Virginia is not the end to a means, but a means to their "godly" end.
One more thing, in the article, when the Repug delegate says, "People were saying, 'It is not the homosexuals wrecking marriage, it's the heterosexuals,' so we are saying, 'Is there any truth to that?' ", I couldn't help but wonder why he didn't consider that BEFORE the anti-gay constitution to the state's constitution! Did this man not hear this argument BEFORE? I, myself, have been saying it for years (and I am FAR from the only one). Is this a new thought for him and his co-horts?!?! If heterosexuals own marriage in Virginia & the state of marriage in their state is so bad, OF COURSE, they have to attack the homosexuals! That's the answer!! Of course, this amendment will save us all...except it won't...and it won't be the last we hear of The Family Foundation's godly cause & their "solutions" for our sick society, now that they've got the sweet taste of success lingering on their lips.
x-posted in various places
|Saturday, April 15th, 2006|
|Wednesday, April 12th, 2006|
Okay, so there's a group of guys studying in the lab where I work. One of them is wearing a maroon and white (our school colors) shirt that on the frost says "STRAIGHT PRIDE" and on the back says "HETEROSEXUALITY - PROMOTING THE HUMAN RACE SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME." I need some strategy to let him know that he's a douchebag due to his thinly-veiled attempt at being an outspoken homophobe.
Suggestions, please! I have a phone, so I can call (or at least pretend to call) my partner and say things that straight guys normally say to their girlfriends while being sure to mention his name. I also thought about saying "Hey, guys, what's up?" while looking at the guy straight in the eye. Neither of these are very satisfactory ideas. Help me out people!
P.S. - This is at Texas A&M University, and the people who wear these shirts are the people who protest the Gay Awareness Week and other GLBT events on campus.
|Saturday, March 11th, 2006|
Don't Just "Say Anything"...
I found this article on a website called "Zen Politics". It describes itself thusly, "A 'quiet' place to discuss politics with a Zen perspective". I'm not sure I agree with EVERYTHING on the site, but I did read an article from November of last year, which attempted to explain (one of) the reasons why John Kerry lost the election in 2004. The more I read it, the more it really hit home for me. This article wound up saying what I have been trying to articulate for a while now: the American electorate respects someone who will stand up for what they REALLY believe in and who will (at least seem to) speak from the heart, and who doesn't just wait to be told by pollsters what their position would be. The article gives the example of Bill Clinton & Ronald Reagan. Probably as different as 2 politicians can be, but they were both known for their connection to the every day man and woman. To this day, it sends shivers down my spine to hear anyone talk about how Ronald Reagan made it "morning again in America", but I can give the devil his due, and say that he did a great job at making people believe that he actually cared about the every day American so that they could overlook things like spending our country into oblivion & ignoring the deadly AIDS epidemic. "Ronnie" made a lot of people feel good about their country, and they sent him to the White House twice (ironically, while still keeping a Democratic Congress). The same can be said of Bill Clinton (who, by the way, for most of his time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, had to contend with a majority Republican Congress). He was beset by one congressional "witch hunt" (no offense intended for my dear Wiccan friends, of course) investigation after another and had to undergo an impeachment trial over oral sex in the Oval Office, but most Americans never stopped supporting this man who challenged all of us to never "stop thinking about tomorrow" and who worked FOR the best interests of the little guy (and gal)--and they believed it all through the impeachment charade and until the day he left office. Whatever you can say about these two men and whatever political disagreements you may have had with them, most of us believed that they seemed so genuine and so about the business of making this country a better place. I, personally, just don't see that in ANY of the Democrats currently appearing to run for president. I used to love the idea of Hillary running, but her unabashed embrace of the war of lies in Iraq and her unwillingness to stand up for equal marriage rights for queer Americans has really turned me off to her (I say this even though I agree with probably 90 or more percent of her stands). It's a separate issue that I will just touch on here, but I've found myself more radicalized lately regarding at least the "gay marriage" issue. I'm not going to support anyone who took the seemingly-popular stance of 2004 of separate-but-unequal civil unions, which is what Hillary seems to be in favor of today. On this, I as a Queer American, cannot bend. If I agree to accept less as an American citizen, then less is what I will be given, and, for me, to quote the old southern line, that dog just won't hunt! I may be called a "one issue" voter because of it, but, again, for me, that's a HUGE issue. The bottom line is that, while I voted for John Kerry, I did so more because I wanted to keep the country I love so much out of Dubya's hell-bound handbasket than for any great love of Kerry's intuitive "talent" of being non-committal. To be honest, John Edwards inspired me much more than John Kerry, but I even began to see Kerry's effect on Edwards after they became the ticket (Edwards, in my opinion, was forced to carry Kerry's "all-things-to-all-people" banner). Anyway, I've included the Zen Politics article and I hope it speaks to you, too. I will leave you with the line from the Aaron Tippin song that has come to sum up my own emerging political philosophy: "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything"...( Read all about it hereCollapse )
|Saturday, December 3rd, 2005|
Haven't posted in a while...been a little busy...but I had to post this article about a school district that outed a lesbian student to her parents. Schwarzenegger nothwithstanding, this just reminds me why California (mostly) rocks! Here's the article ---> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10299356/
|Wednesday, October 19th, 2005|
|Saturday, October 15th, 2005|
|Tuesday, September 20th, 2005|
"Life's Too Damn Short"
Just read this on the Advocate's website. The whole idea of Baptists freaking out over the mention of anything perceived as even slightly pro-gay doesn't surprise me, and that's not why I really posted the article. It's the quote attributed to Armistead Maupin. If you've ever had to endure even one day in the closet, his words words speak so eloquently about why none of us--gay, str8, bi, questioning, whatever--should spend one more moment being something or someone we're not. It's true...life IS too short and the one thing we never get back in this life is time.
Now, where do I get this cup??
Baylor bans pro-gay coffee cup
A dining contractor has removed coffee cups with a gay author's quote from a Starbucks at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, saying it was inappropriate for the Baptist school. Aramark, which oversees the coffee outlet, pulled the cups earlier this month from the campus store after consulting with Starbucks' district office and Baylor's dining service, school officials said Monday. "I think they were trying to be sensitive," Baylor spokesman Larry Brumley said. "Obviously, Baylor is a Baptist-affiliated institution, and Baptists as a denomination have been pretty outspoken on the record about the denomination's views about the homosexual lifestyle."
The quote, by novelist Armistead Maupin, reads: "My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short." Cade Hammond, president of the board of directors for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Central Texas, said he thinks the removal of the cups was unnecessarily restrictive. (AP)
|Tuesday, September 13th, 2005|
Hello, I'm new here and I wanna say "Fuck 'em all!!" too!
You know, y'all just stopped me from being in a bad mood tonight. My mom doesn't accept me. They tell me my dead father wouldn't accept me if he knew. But that's okay, cause you know what? FUCK 'EM ALL!
Thank you for having this site. I'm not normally so odd, but I'm pleased to make your acquaintance. In other news, did anyone else hear the Robert's hearing today? All he can say is, "I can't comment on that because I might have to rule on it." He truly creeps me out. Current Mood: pissed off
|Wednesday, August 31st, 2005|
In case you were wondering how long it would take...
For those on the right to claim that God, in His righteous anger, sent Katrina to smite the sodomites, WAIT NO LONGER!! Repent America wastes no time in revealing God's plan to us all (link = http://www.repentamerica.com/pr_hurricanekatrina.html
). To quote their website, "Just days before 'Southern Decadence', an annual homosexual celebration attracting tens of thousands of people to the French Quarters section of New Orleans, an act of God destroys the city." Michael Marcavage, the leader of the group, even states, in regard to NOLA, "May it never be the same." I guess their God has no regard for innocent human life since this "act of God" not only took out the sinners (who Repent America believes brought this punishment on themselves) but innocent men, women and children, some of whom, no doubt, considered themselves good Christians, too. The more I hear from these people, the more I doubt that I ever knew the same God they claim to know and speak for. What is happening throughout Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and elsewhere affected by one of our nation's greatest disasters should be nothing but heart-breaking and devastating to the true followers of Christ, but, for some, apparently, it serves as nothing more than a chance to use some faux superior morality to advance their agenda and to make their "God-hates-fags" point again. I don't claim to speak for anyone's God, but I would wager that if Jesus, as the Son of God, were walking the planet in physical form right now, he'd be out in the midst of the misery, wading through the snake- and alligator-infested waters comforting those who have lost everything. He would be true to his name, The Great Comforter, and he would be working to heal this human agony and sharing tears with all those who bear this unspeakable burden. That Repent America's first impulse is to claim Divine Retribution instead of sending help to those in need says so much about where their so-called hearts lie. If these people represent Christianity, then Christianity has not only lost it's mind, but it's heart! Why can't we be better than this?
|Sunday, August 14th, 2005|
Sisters are doin' it for themselves!
Just read this article (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Science/story?id=1034434&page=1
) about a couple of swans in Boston that locals had dubbed "Romeo & Juliet". They are apparently "mute swans", which are the "lovebirds" of the swan world. They choose a mate and stay a committed couple for the rest of their lives. The only problem with Romeo & Juliet is that both these swans are female, and they just don't seem to be interested in finding a Romeo either. Now, the ABC News article about Juliet & Juliet leads the reader to believe that, if the girl swans had had more males in their lives, they would have chosen a male to create their little family, but I have a feeling that these females, just like most other females of any species, know exactly what they're doing and they know what they want. Besides, as the swan experts say, even if you try to introduce a boy swan into the situation now, he'd just get run off by the girls anyway. You just gotta love Girl (Swan) Power! :-)
|Saturday, August 6th, 2005|
Grabbed from graysong
(a wonderful person)
True Story. A religion teacher assigned her class an essay on what makes a good Christian. One student wrote about praying nightly, say no to abortion, banning gay marriage, and donating money. The other student wrote about talking to God and allowing people to enjoy their lives, and supporting gay marriage. The day the teacher was to hand the papers back, she called up the second student and told him she would pray for him when he went to hell. The student asked why would he be going to hell, and why he got an F on his paper. The teacher told him that Catholisim is against gay marriage. The student looked at her for a minute, then said aloud, "I'm gay." The teacher kicked him out of class as if he had said fuck or worshiped Satan. A girl in the back of class who had a boyfriend and was obviously straight got up and left too.
If you would leave the classroom, repost this. It doesn't matter if you're straight, bi, or gay. It doesn't matter if you're catholic or not. Everyone is a human being and deserves happiness. Current Mood: annoyed
|Saturday, July 30th, 2005|
GAYS R OK in Utah?
Just read that a woman in Utah sent the whole state Tax Commission into a beehive tizzy (Utah is the Beehive State, get it???) because she wanted two personalized license plates that stated "GAYSROK" and "GAYRYTS" (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8734642/
to honor her lesbian daughter and gay male friends. Elizabeth Solomon had to go the Utah State Tax Commission, which is apparently responsible for issuing license plates, to fight for her right to have the plates she wanted. It seems that Mormon-central believes that the mere reference to [whispers so as to not draw attention] homosexuality [we now return to normal volume] would cause widespread horror and begin the inevitable societal meltdown and obvious ensuing Apocalypse, but the administrative law judge hearing the case said that no "reasonable person would believe the terms ‘gays are OK’ and ‘gay rights’ are, themselves, offensive to good taste and decency", and said the state had to allow the plates to be made. Of course, the state has the right to appeal and, this being Orrin Hatch's old stomping grounds, I'm sure they will! Maybe Orrin, being the political god he is in Utah, will use his omnipotence to convince his buddies in SLC to call a special session of the Utah legislature to pass a law narrowly targeted to ONLY Elizabeth's case, and, once again protect the delicate sensibilities of the good heterosexual folk of Utah! Hmmmm...I wonder if a godless "activist judge" on the Utah State Tax Commmission can be impeached?
|Thursday, July 14th, 2005|
|Tuesday, July 5th, 2005|