Mar 1, 2012
commented on Pharmacists and Jesus Freaks
This is gut wrenching beyond belief. What next, will they be able to stop carrying ALL CONTRACEPTIVES....... what about the anti-viral agents for HIV? Will we allow these PUBLIC VENDORS, LICENSED BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS, TO BEHAVE LIKE INDEPENDENT NATIONS UNTO THEMSELVES..... OR LIKE RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS...... OR AGENCIES OF REPUBLICAN POLITICS. This crap must make Santorum's toes curl.
TIME FOR AN ALL OUT BOYCOTT OF ANY PHARMACY THAT REFUSES TO ACT AS A RESPONSIBLE COMPANY, RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL OPINIONS ASIDE.
UGH!!! Shit like this destroys my faith in humankind. How dare they decide what to supply to people in need...... AND YET MOST OF THEM STILL CARRY CIGARETTES.... and a multitude of overpriced, ineffective drugs because the markup is so unreal.
I won't go on.....
Feb 25, 2012
commented on The Stranger Endorses Santorum! (and Gingrich! and Paul!)
Republicans BAAAAAAD!!!! Democrats less BAAD!!!
Ain't the world great? Folks the facts are that about 90% of the time we are voting for the lesser of evils, and while that does not bode well for our Republic, it's still better than choosing not to participate.
Never lose sight of the fact that in maybe 10% or less of the cases we ARE INDEED voting FOR someone and what they stand for (like Obama).
MEANWHILE, WE MUST PUSH HARD TO ELECT MORE QUEERS..... HOW? BY FORMING A UNITED FRONT WITHOUT RANCOR, NIT PICKING, OR THE DEMAND THAT ANY QUEER CANDIDATE MUST BE ALL THINGS TO ALL QUEERS. THAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE CONSIDERING THE DISPARATE NATURE OF OUR "COMMUNITY." WHAT WE WANT ARE QUEER CANDIDATES WHO SUPPORT CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL GROUPS. (Civil Rights includes, marriage, voting, equal protection, inclusion, non discrimination (e.g. the right to adopt, or join the Armed Forces proudly open about our sexuality, and so on). That is sufficient to make him/her OUR CANDIDATE.
We NEED to stop relying on "straight" candidates who often must LIE about their views on homosexual rights, in order to be elected. I detest that...... but will continue to vote and support the lesser of evils. Otherwise, with a Republican Government we may well find ourselves back in the DARK AGES when it was illegal to be queer.... when they sent in undercover officers to entrap us......when homosexuality was defined as a MENTAL DISORDER and our "relatives" could have us committed to Mental Institutions INVOLUNTARILY.
For young men this is totally inconceivable.. so I remind them that IN MY LIFETIME BEING QUEER WAS CONSIDERED A MENTAL DISORDER AS WELL AS AGAINST THE LAW (sodomy). Lest we forget the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) IN 1973 (My dining room table is older than that).. SO LESS THAN 40 YEARS AGO AMERIKA BELIEVED WE WERE LOW LIFE SODOMITES AND DANGEROUSLY NUTS (a technical term). When I speak to young men I cite all the other beliefs that changed PRIOR to out being removed from the DSM.... I try to scare the crap out of them regarding just how recent 1973 was.... how most of their parents were born prior to that year.... and how much more terrifying it was back then to be openly queer..... and how we had NO RIGHTS TO EXIST AS QUEER..... what it was like around the time of Stonewall (1969)... In spite of our "snail's pace progress" I want those young men to know just how lucky they are to live NOW instead of 40 years ago, AND to realize that what progress we've made could be so easily whittled down to nothing.
We must "inspire" today's young men to take an active interest in THEIR OWN HISTORY as homosexuals AND to become a STRONG "moving force" in American politics.... to cry out against injustice..... to vehemently protest queer bashing (too often by kids their own age or younger)..... to volunteer wherever they are needed to help in THE FIGHT for homosexual rights, or any of a number of homosexual organizations who offer help to their brothers and sisters.
We must lead by example and teach these boys to BE PROUD AND NOT TAKE SHIT ABOUT BEING QUEER FROM ANYONE...... starting with their own families....... however, to make a good, cogent, well formed argument, THEY MUST BE INFORMED.... about our (their) history; about who we are and how we're made (how we are born queer and do not one day make a conscious choice to eschew our heterosexuality in favor of homosexuality; about how it feels to listen to their own family disparaging homosexuals in queer jokes or worse by their cruel comments every time there's something about queers in a movie, on TV, or in the news; and to understand that the Bible is a Political tool, often used to beat us into submission, however using the Bible is totally arbitrary and has no place in a legitimate discourse about this issue. Who gives a fuck what the Bible says about queers? If they want to cite the Bible then return with the Bible's views on punishing your slaves or your wives (both chattel), or adultery, or birth control, OR how you can actually "prove" any point by "interpreting" various passages in a way that supports your argument. And Finally by pointing out the the Bible is nearly 2,000 years old and is hardly an up to date guide on ANYTHING.... So refuse to be hoodwinked into using the Bible as part of ANY ARGUMENT ON HOMOSEXUALITY. Look them directly in the eye and say, "If you insist on using the Bible then I insist on using Mother Goose as my source of fairy tales or Aesop's Fables or Alice in Wonderland or The Phone Book." That'll get your opposition sputtering and stammering. Why more of us, cornered on television, by Reverend Faghater, with the big evil smile, don't use this tactic leaves me speechless. Hell, if you don't like my suggestion then at least why not DEMAND that any debate on the subject stick to relevant FACTS and not holy books that push their own POV.
Feb 22, 2012
commented on The Stranger Endorses Santorum! (and Gingrich! and Paul!)
Guys I really hate to piss in your cornflakes but there are active openly homosexual men who say OUT LOUD they'd vote for Santorum IN THE ELECTION because he's so darn cute. My ears are still ringing with what I've heard, at least three times.
I lecture at colleges and even though I'm there to talk about sex, I find myself asking the groups about politics and telling them how vital it is that they TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE. In the past men AND women have very foolishly voted against their own interests based on the looks of the candidates.
When you talk about college aged homosexuals, whose favorite TV show is "The A List" you are looking at a whole new demographic. For many the bottom line is "Screw politics. It gives me a headache. I only go to Campus Events to cruise cute guys." And folks the numbers are larger than you think. Have you watched the queer programming on television? I'm not talking about the solid documentaries etc. They are no longer in the majority..... BY FAR!! Logo and others often play to the lowest common denominator.
We need to do MORE to reach THIS AUDIENCE of mostly young people and remind them what it was like for queers in the "olden" days...... 20 to 50 years ago, AND THAT first it wouldn't take much to find ourselves back in those dark days; and second to assure them we have a very long way to go before we can reach our "brass age;" the "golden age" is eons away at the current pace. Sorry, but this is something I can't be glib about. It's very real and very disturbing. How, with so much that's happened, been written, shown, and reported about can this attitude exist? I've been told by these same young men that the News is too depressing, so they don't watch it. However, they will attend any lecture that has "SEX": in the title.
Feb 18, 2012
commented on An Expected Foe of Gay Marriage, and an Unexpected Ally of Gay Marriage
Christie's actions sickened me. What really stinks like bad fish is his "olive branch" regarding appointing an Ombudsman to assure adherence to Civil Union Laws (and all the horseshit that ties us in knots via Civil Unions). We need a guy, OUR GUY, who can kick Christie's ass in the next election. The Best thing we can do for New Jersey is to send Christie home to HELL with the rest of his Republican cohorts.
Regarding Cheney; the Devil often tries to confuse people with his words, but he's still the Devil. Cheney would disown his daughter on the Capitol steps, if his Republican masters..... I mean handlers told him to.
Feb 16, 2012
is finishing writing for the night.
Feb 16, 2012
answered a bunch of weird questions about himself or herself.
Feb 16, 2012
commented on The Messy Genius of Rick Santorum
Why in hell do people constantly throw the Bible at us. I won't bore you with all the wonderful shit you find in the Bible like how to treat your slaves and the UNREAL anti-woman bias.... including the "rule of thumb."
And why do we allow it. I've seen more queer reps on television panels get pulverized by some queer hating minister beating the guy with the Bible. The book is irrelevant.
The next time someone tells you that the Bible is against queer marriage, just say, "yes, but 'Peter Pan' doesn't even mention it and I live by 'Peter Pan' or "Alice Through The Looking Glass" if you prefer. Look you use your book and I'll use mine." At least that throws them off balance for a minute while you can really let you rage build.
I WILL NOT BE BULLIED BY THE BIBLE. The damned book and other "holy books" have been used by mankind to justify things like wars galore, the lovely Inquisition, and millions of murders.
Do not get suckered into arguing about the Bible. Don't try to have an intellectual discourse on how all these anti-queer passages are a result of recent historical interpretations. Don't get into the number of discrepancies from page to page.
IT'S ALL A TRAP TO GET YOU SUDDENLY AGREEING THAT WE ARE ALL WILLING TO ALLOW THE BIBLE TO BECOME THE LAST WORD ON ALL THINGS. BETTER TO USE THE DICTIONARY, THE PHONE BOOK, OR A BETTER WORK OF FICTION...... LIKE HAMLET.
DON'T BE BULLIED BY THE BIBLE
WHEN YOU FORCE THESE ASSHOLES TO ARGUE BASED ON ACTUAL FACTS AND SIMPLE LOGIC IT'S THEY WHO FALL TO PIECES.