In recent weeks there has been a stir around all issues gay. Boy, even I get tired of listening to all of this banter—whether or not gays should have equal rights bla, bla, bla. I’m not really sure why we continue to debate this, but the religious types are not going to let us live all of this down. They think we are flaunting our so-called “lifestyle” (as if I could pick it up or leave it like a nudist “lifestyle”—I have never understood the use of this term except to belittle the romantic experiences of gay people). We are in their faces, as GOP candidate for governor Carl Paladino has suggested (he stumbled upon a gay pride parade in Toronto somewhere once and now has PTSD as a result of seeing those “dysfunctional” homos grinding away). Given the recent violence against gay people, I don’t think the timing of his comments was the best, but then who am I to say?
And what kind of candidate for governor (especially of New York) allows local interest groups to write his speeches? Rather than coming in with his own ideas and suggestions on how to improve the Great State of New York, he would rather be given all of the right cues just to get himself elected? What cynicism! He is also accused of sending pornographic emails and of using derogatory terms when referring to women. Forgive my concern, but I used to live in New York City for a number of years and I have a soft spot for that state and that city and I‘m really not impressed with this guy. He has done more to spread intolerance, particularly of gays, rather than inspiring people and bringing them together.
I respect that Paladino has his opinions, but don’t be a hypocrite. Don’t accuse gays of being perverts, Carl Paladino, when you send people pornographic emails and make disparaging remarks about other races and women. The gay people I know (as well as the straight) do not do these things, and I would rather not be lumped in the same category as you. Do, however, give your opinions and stick by them. Even if I don’t agree with your philosophy, you still have the right to have your opinion and don’t let the media take that away from you, which it seems you have. Everyone left, right or center, who has an opinion, should be heard. That said, I still find Paladino a divisive candidate for a state like New York and I would hope that people might see the light come election time. Please, Carl Paladino (I reserve the term Mr. for gentlemen), give up the pornography for the sake of our children; as a mother, I demand this of you!
Very kind regards,
I was really excited today when I read this article in The Advocate. Apparently, the It Gets Better project has become so popular, that their Youtube site has been maxed out on video submissions. This is fantastic news!
Keep up the good work everyone,
No doubt you are just as saddened as I am by the number of reported gay-related suicides that have occurred the past couple of weeks. My hope is that news of these deaths will wake people up and shake the apathy from their brains. People need to realize that being a gay youth in our culture can be very challenging – and they need do something about it.
To a certain degree, this is already happening. Within the GLBTQ community there has been an upsurge of activism. One project I am particularly fond of is the It Gets Better Project which was spearheaded by Dan Savage. The mission of the project is help youth see a future for themselves beyond the present moment.
The project calls upon the entire GLBTQ community to submit videos to the project that share personal stories about how life can get better. If Tiffany and I can gain access to a video camera, we would love to shoot our own video. In the meantime, one of the most touching stories I have seen so far is Tim Gunn’s.
Check out It’s Gets Better and The Trevor Project for more information on how you can help. Thank you.
Living in the Tacoma area, it’s been hard not to notice the trial of Maj. Margaret Witt. My post yesterday focused on media’s portrayal of Witt through their use word choices. Today, I would like to spend a bit more time on the subject.
For starters, I came across an article in The Advocate called ‘Witt Trial Enters Day 2′. As of now, it is the only article I have come across that address Maj. Witt by her name, and not merely as ‘lesbian’. For those who are not aware, The Advocate is a GLBT publication, so for them to empower Witt by name is of no surprise to me, but it’s encouraging nonetheless.
I then ran across an article in our local paper, The Tacoma News Tribune called ‘Air Force nurse’s homosexuality not a factor, witnesses say‘. Besides the obvious ‘duh!’ comment that I have to that title, it’s possibly the worst column title I have come across yet in the coverage of this story. Not only do they not mention Witt by name, but the title also implies that her homosexuality perverted who she is. And, not only that, it implies that such perversion effected how she served our country before witnesses came forward and said that wasn’t the case.
To those of you reading this conversation between Tiffany and myself, I would encourage you all to read the TNT story and The Advocate story. Then, read some of the reader comments to each. At the time this blog was written, no responses to The Advocate story had been submitted. However, the story in the TNT has received many. Many, but not all, of the comments are hateful and fear-based.
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