Month: August 2009

Lessons from the Golden Girls: Everyone Wants Someone to Grow Old With

Recently, a Facebook friend brought a Golden Girls episode to my attention . I’m a huge fan of the Golden Girls and regularly watch re-runs. For some reason, I forgot about this lesson from those wiser than me (and many others), but was very grateful to rediscover it and laugh as I recalled all the moments I sat with my mother, Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia and Rose and the excessive consumption of ice cream that would ensue (I wasn’t such a fan of cheesecake).

The Golden Girls aired from 1985 until 1992, when Bea Arthur left the sitcom – and in the finale left repeatedly only to come back in again and again!

August 19, 2009 2

Cannon’s Killer Sentenced to 25 years for Manslaughter

Dwight DeLee was the first person to be prosecuted in Onondaga County New York under hate crimes legislation for the murder of Lateisha Green (who is often referred to in the media by her birth name, Moses Cannon).

Lateisha, or Teish as she was known by friends, and her brother, Mark Cannon, had received a call from a friend to come over to talk. They headed to the Seymour Street address and were still talking with the girl when the gunman walked up to the care and fired.

August 18, 2009 1

Order a NOM Sticker to Support LGBT Equality!

Maggie Gallagher and her National Organization for [Heterosexual Only] Marriage are campaigning to:

“Recruite 2 Million Americans to Stop the Repeal of DOMA.”

The campaign includes an offer of a free heterosexual-only marriage sticker, which seems like a bit of a rip-off of CREDO’s free marriage equality sticker. NOM’s sticker reads:

“Don’t Mess with Marriage!”

Recently, a few folks on twitter have been attempting to get members of the LGBT community to order the stickers – in mass. The theory being that NOM will be delayed in fulfilling the orders, exhaust a significant amount of their advertising budget and many people who support oppressive laws will not get the stickers they believe in.

August 17, 2009 15

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: Today You Are Gay

Many years ago, I went to dinner and the local Lesbian Variety show with a lesbian and another woman friend, also straight. After a few drinks, I asked my lesbian friend – in the most respectful way that I could – what did it feel like to be attracted to another woman, what did it feel like to love that person? I just didn’t know if the feelings were the same or somehow different. Her answer wasn’t much help. It was along the lines of “well, it probably feels like you do about being attracted to men and the love feels like the best friend in the world.”

Not so different. But somehow, it didn’t answer my question. I was so young at the time, that I was hung up on anatomy and stereotypes. Women are from Venus & men are from Mars.

August 17, 2009 2

Springfield, MO Responds to Law Against Solicitation by Homosexuals

As previously discussed, Springfield, MO, has a law in its books titled, “Solicitation by Homosexuals.” The law reads:

“It shall be unlawful for any person in a public place to invite, entice, persuade or to address a person of the same sex for the purpose of inviting, enticing or persuading such person to commit sodomy. Sodomy means any sexual act involving the genitals of one person and the mouth, tongue, hand or anus of another person.”

August 13, 2009 2

Closet Talk: John Paul Sharp | Gay Self-Loathing, Sex and Drugs.

John Paul Sharp isn’t your average gay man – instead, he’s an extremely talented musician and writer (based upon my own experience listening to his music and reading a story he wrote). Come to think of it, maybe he is your average gay man.

His life echos that of many of us. We leave home, go to the Gay Holy Land (San Francisco) and find ourselves abusing methamphetamine and having anonymous sex.

But, John Paul made it out. He returned to college and recently showed his first play, My Big Phat Gay Musical, at the Vintage Theatre with great success, and he doesn’t plan on stopping there.

August 12, 2009 0

Springfield, MO and Anti-Gay Flirting Laws – Why the Kiss In Really Matters

Organizers of the Great Nationwide Kiss In understood the imporance of a kiss when they first decided to turn it into a movement. They repeatedly told the stories of: the two men in El Paso who were kicked out of Chico’s Tacos in El Paso, Texas for kissing; the two lesbians kicked out of Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio, Texas for kissing; and the two young mean forcefully detained for a kiss on a popular promenade is Salt Lake City which is now owned by the Mormon Church.

August 10, 2009 15

Truth Truck – Do You Know the Truth?

On July 19th about 20 “guests” attended the 9am service and then picketed outside of the church during the Hospitality Hour and also before, during and after the 11am service.

Demonstrators fail to thwart and dampen the outpouring of God’s Spirit!

A group from TruthTruckUSA made a stop at metropolitan Church of Christ, Las Vegas (“MCCLV”) while they were in town to participate in Operation Rescue/Operation Save America’s “2009 National Event.”

August 10, 2009 0

David and Goliath – The Tale of a Gay Mormon.

Most of us are familiar with the story of David and Goliath from the Old Testament. In the story, the Israelites are facing off with the Philistines in the Valley of Elah. Goliath, a giant, challenges the Israelites to send their best to battle with him. Goliath, of mere human stature, insists he can defeat Goliath – God is with him. David is victorious in the battle after pelting Goliath with a stone from his sling.

August 9, 2009 27

Answering a Call From God: Christians, Atheists and Gays

I sat down the other day and penned “Murder of Gay Youths in Tel Aviv: I’m the One to Blame.” Although many have misconstrued the message to be an apology for “blaming religion” for anti-gay attitudes, it was really a call for us each to take personal responsibility in obtaining social and civil equality. We need to answer the call from “God” to ensure social and legal equality for all people.

While writing the post, I remembered, if only briefly, the slogan, “Silence = Death.” For those too young to remember, the slogan was about the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping the nation and our government remaining silent on the issue as people died. The slogan was later popularized by the group, ACT UP!

August 7, 2009 4