Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shifting Gears

Screw a rainbow,
and screw the Tea Party and their Mad Hatters
having stolen this image.

I say this is the new motto for the
LGBTQ Pride movement.

Pleasantries are done.


Tampa AIDS Network: Sticks of Fire

Rummaging through my boxes-o-junk,
I ran across some photographs I had forgotten about.

These are from the "Sticks of Fire" fundraiser I hosted at
Tung Nam Restaurant in Brandon, back when TAN
(Tampa AIDS Network) was still called TAN.
That's Mom with me above,
and below is the group of friends and family
that showed up to support.

Robyn Crittenden, front left, was just lost
to cancer last year.

I was glad to find this pic and remember some
of the good times we had, including this night,
and the dessert reception at University of Tampa
later that night.

You never know when you're going to lose people,
and it's always hard to lose them young.

Been feeling kind of nostalgic lately, not just
for the old gang and the old stomping grounds,
but for days when things were at least
the pretense of simpler.



Here's a newsflash for all you folks,
kids and oldsters alike;
There's nothing wrong with you.

'Religious' folks do now what they
have always done;
they seek those whom they can prey on,
and pretend to pray for them.

They want control over others because they
can't control themselves.
They see the world in stark, sad, scary terms
and want others to do the same.

It causes not bit of lost sleep for the
folks who run the 'reparative therapy'
centers or 'Pray away the gay' groups
to know that they have caused irreparable damage
to untold numbers of people...
making them fear their own feelings
and feel shame and disgust for

All in the name of a supposedly
loving deity.

As long as they can get folks to suppress their spirits
and deny their feelings, they're happy.
As long as the illusion and lie of
being 'like everyone else' is present,
the heartbreak and misery and
self-hate and denial that it takes to
achieve said lies are acceptable.

Conservative estimates say 10%
of the population is homosexual.
(I say it's much greater...I have seen
way too many people through the years!)
That means roughly 700,000,000 people
are currently queer.

What exactly do the people behind
trying to turn away from their real
selves gain by torturing 700 million
people on the planet?

Might be time to find out.


Monday, April 23, 2012

FCKH8 (Fuck Hate)

Well here's a toast to less mincing (of words, anyway!)

Shock and awe group FCK H8 has a series of radical and delicious 
videos on YouTube, as well as a rocking website, face book and twitter
accounts, and a whole campaign reaching out to help promote visibility,
advocacy, and a fighting spirit.

Cuz like it or not, crazy-asses have waged war on us and on reason.
And it's time to dig in and get a little in-your-face! Reclaim your life!

I love this movement and its voice!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Christina Aguilera - Beautiful

One of the best inspirational/encouragement songs ever made, and props
to Miss Christina for one of the only gay couples ever in music videos!

I'm not given emphasis or importance by the support or acceptance of anyone
else on this planet....except me. Neither are you.

Tune out the haters and the ones who don't understand;
know that you are a beauty, exactly as you are, and start acting like it, today.