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When we stop acting out of the false idea that our perspectives are broad enough to apply to everyone, and start seeking out the power of operating as a diverse and inclusive group, we will begin to make greater strides ahead as progressives.
Received this from Equality PA, and thought it was worth passing on. With the recent statement rescinding the guidance to follow Title IX (Nine) and protect transgender students from discrimination, the Trump administration is sending a message to transgender kids that the President of the United States doesn’t have their backs. Every student should be treated fairly and equally under the law, and protecting transgender students helps ensure that they have the same opportunity as[Read More…]
There is a lot of chatter on Social Media about Trump ending marriage equality. In the midst of the pain and hurt so many of us are feeling, it is important not to exaggerate or make problems that don’t really exist, and this is one of them. First of all, Trump can’t simply end marriage equality. Nationally, marriage equality exists because the Supreme Court found that is was unconstitutional to keep same sex couples from[Read More…]
Social Media was ablaze with first rumors, followed by reports that the heart throb behind Logo’s “Meeting Prince Charming,” was a sex worker in the past. The media coverage, including the gay press has been unfortunately pretty negative and stigmatizing, which is surprising for 2016. You would hope we have come a lot further along than that. From Mic: Gay sites like Unicorn Booty and Next posted pictures of Robert Sepulveda Jr.’s former Rentboy.com profile,[Read More…]
Rosenberg names these efforts advocating for queer characters as not being meaningful political activism, and she may be right there. I’d argue that they are valuable cultural activism.
This is part 2 of a post. Here is the first part. So what needs to change about Pride because of what happened in Orlando? Or I think I’d rather ask it this way: was the LGBTQ community as well prepared as it could have been to deal with such a devastating attack on queer people? I’m not sure we were. Pride is an opportunity for the community to celebrate while remembering the history of[Read More…]
Will the Orlando massacre prompt changes for Pride here and elsewhere? That is the question that should be central and replace old resentments about Delta and Pride. What has happened in the past is the past, but we live in a different world post the loss of these 49 mostly young queer persons of color.
You help make that happen by placing in their hands exaples of how this legislation will impact their constituents.
Equality, diversity, and protections from discrimination have never been political/partisan issues. They are social and economic issues. Queer persons need to stop dissing corporate involvement in the queer community and start seeking ways to be in partnership with business’s efforts to achieve protections that enhance and support diversity and inclusion.
This focus on a future vote dismisses and abandons the only important election, which was the one that elected the existing president and congress.
Pittsburgh City Paper recently published a story, by Rebecca Addison, titled, “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade.” In it she details the issues some in the LGBTQ community have with the Delta Foundation, and highlights a counter march being organized in protest of the linkage of the (formerly called Pride March) EQT Equality March. Some question why confront Delta and raise criticism directly before Pride month. The folks who feel[Read More…]
Of all the stories of love and attraction within the play, the love Antonio has for Sebastian is the only one not ridiculed or made out to be folly.
Concerned about the safety and well-being of the LGBTQ community? Donate and volunteer at Persad Center https://persadcenter.org/ and/or other organizations that serve our community. Worried about food insecurity? A local organization that uses social media to move access food to places and people that can use it. Fantastic. Check out http://412foodrescue.org/ You can volunteer and support this organization! Committed to children’s education? Through this website – pick an educational project that inspires you and donate: https://www.donorschoose.org/ Feeling strongly about[Read More…]
In some real ways, this feels like deja vu to me as a blogger. Thomascwaters.com began in ernest, in the aftermath of the 2008 election, where Obama won and Prop 8 passed. I had no idea what to do with the emotions I was feeling and the ideas flooding my brain, so I decided to pour it out into blog posts. And here I am following another major election in the same boat– overflowing with[Read More…]
If you are unsure where to vote, you can use this link to find your polling place. https://www.iwillvote.com/home/ Here is another link for PA voters. https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/pollingplaceinfo.aspx I didn’t find this link as easy to use as the “I will vote” link, but here it is anyway.
I thought about this all important wall this past week, as I sat over coffee, listening to a younger friend lamenting how he can’t find anyone to date.
Tom is running a kickstarter to raise funds for two new videos. Take my lead and put a couple of bucks towards this awesome project.
Since the controversy regarding Colin Kaepernick’s protest first arose, I’ve been thinking about a blog post, but I hadn’t quite found a way to see his actions and the controversy itself as a queer issue and one that belonged in this blog. But two things have happened to change that: A co-worker who is a friend on Facebook posted something over the weekend about how everyone ought to stand; Miami Dolphin’s owner Steve Ross has[Read More…]
I first heard Jeremiah a number of years ago, and I’ve always been blown away by the passion that fills his songs and music. Jeremiah puts his whole self out there on the stage, and that leads to a wonderful experience for any audience member.
The two ways to threaten progress for LGBTQ Rights is to allow Trump to be elected, or to take votes away from Clinton and diminish the size of her lead, thus impacting the ability to win back the Senate and the House.