Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Well, in November of 2002 the people of Massachusetts gave a businessman named Mitt Romney political power. And, of course, Mr. Romney is now seeking even greater political power, truly awesome power, power that provides, as Abraham Lincoln found out, an awesome test of a man’s (or possibly someday a woman’s) character. (Indeed, by many accounts Mr. Romney began his quest for the presidency about halfway through his term as governor of Massachusetts, or 8 years ago.) Read more
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Last week, eHarmony, a dating site, was hit with a lawsuit by Eric McKinley for allegedly discriminating against gays, lesbians and transgender. eHarmony did not offer an option for homosexual couples until recently after the settlement, which included a $5,000 payment to McKinley for grief and a one year complimentary membership; they also created a website titled Compatible Partners specifically for homosexual partners. Read more
I realize the Christian Right is having a tizzy over same-sex marriage. But then I really don’t care. All my life I’ve watched heterosexuals fall in love and get married and then fall out of love and into divorce, and believe me; I’m not impressed. So if someone who thinks they know God can come along and tell me that we gays can’t do that – fall in love and get married, I’m not listening.
Now I’m not saying gay people will do any better than heterosexuals at marriage but one thing I do know; gay people won’t be getting married because one of them got pregnant. Surely there might be some exceptions to the rule; we gays are a mixed bunch. Read more
Today I’m feeling a little envious of someone. That someone is Michael Phelps. It has nothing to do with his gold medals, his good looks or how much more money he probably has than I. What I do envy him for is his mother – what a beautiful woman.
I also know that there are millions of wonderful, loving moms out there, all around the world. Moms are something society and the world hold dear; they are the very life spring of life for our species. Read more
I am certain that over the course of America’s history there have been many visionaries, those who could look into the future of this great land and see the bustling growth of a nation and the opportunities and possibilities that it presented.
I am also most assured that many of those visionaries saw something deeper than the threads of industry and the stretching forth of infrastructure and commerce. Some surely saw a land that men and women could live free from the shackles of tyranny and the religious edicts of others. A land where anyone could set their own path and fulfill their own dreams, a land of hope for everyone, not just the few, this is what America could be, one undoubtedly envisioned. Read more
Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).
Throughout my life time, I have had the pleasure and the experience to meet two intersex people. There are very few in society so they don’t get much notice. Intersex people also usually are identified as either a man or a woman, depending on their dominant sex. Read more
Though many of my gay brothers and sisters might disagree, Tyler Clementi’s roommate Dharun Ravi didn’t deserve ten years in prison for what he did. The judge in the trial, Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman sentenced Ravi to thirty days in jail, a ten thousand dollar fine and three years’ probation. Judge Berman also didn’t recommend deportation for Ravi either.
The judge stated: Read more
A crescendo of anger seems to build within some of us who have strong feelings about the direction of the country and where it is heading.
Conservatives are concerned that the country is turning into a hotbed of sin, with homosexuals gaining ground on same-sex marriages and abortions numbers growing consistently.
Liberals are concerned that our country will become a theocracy, with laws passed in both federal and state houses across the country forcing religious edicts upon all American citizens. Read more
Those who read my articles know very well that I’m gay; I never hide it. Thing is, I’ve never have come right out and told my boss. I just decided she must know already because I’m so open when I write, surely I thought, she’s read some of my material some time or the other.
I also never told her because many years ago I lost a job because I told one of my superiors at that job that I was gay and it wasn’t much more than a week later that I was fired, blaming it on something else. After that incident which hurt me a great deal, I had a difficult time telling anyone I worked with that I was gay. Read more
I only have time for a quick post today, so let us take note of the happy fact that Obama has now come out squarely in support of gay marriage. In an interview today he said: Read more
Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. is no kind of shepherd at all. A pastor to me has always been someone to turn to for spiritual guidance; someone who has the ear of God and speaks for God. For a pastor to tell his congregation that if their young boys show any signs of effeminacy, they should just “punch” them. If I had been in that congregation at the time, I would have gotten up and headed out the door, but probably not before I turned on the man and told him what I thought about him as a supposedly man of God, right in front of his congregation. I’m also certain I would need to speak quickly before the ushers got to me to force me out the door. Read more
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As a gay man, I’ve faced harassment many times in my life. I’ve also been beaten into a pulp because I happened to be stepping out of a gay bar with some friends one night. I know the kind of hate that exists toward gay people and it’s something that I hope we’ll overcome as a society over time. I do believe that a lot more people are enlightened than they were back in the 70s when I first came out of the closet and first started going to gay bars. Read more
I’m sure that the women who belong to the “One Million Moms” group feel in their hearts that they’re doing the right thing; standing up against JC Penny and now Toys ‘R’ Us because of these businesses’ support of gay issues, but there’s something they just don’t seem to understand. What they don’t understand is that being gay is not just an adult thing but it’s also a kid thing, at least as young as eleven – that was the first time I remember realizing that I was gay and I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of kids. Read more
There are probably several reasons why gay people want to get married – love, stability, normalcy and maybe a little envy. I do know that when you’re gay and grow up watching heterosexual people fall in love and get married, it makes you want to have that same thing in your life.
The desire to have stability in one’s life is probably the most practical reason why gay and lesbians wish to walk down the aisle but it probably isn’t a good reason by itself. Love helps. When two people love each other, they should have the option to spend their lives with each other and not in just a living arrangement; that kind of relationship comes with no real commitment besides each other’s promises. Read more
As much crap as Oklahomans get for being backwards hicks, Oklahoma is a state of many faces. Slowly but surely, the faces of the politicians are starting to represent the diversity of Oklahoma (not just middle-upper-class 'straight' Evangelical white male Oklahomans).
To counter the insane, homophobic rhetoric of Sally Kern, we have an openly, happily transgender Brittany Novotny giving the witch a run for her money. Read more