All Blog Posts Tagged 'LGBT' (91)

How High is High Enough for Consciousness to be Raised

Steve McQueen’s greatest role may have been as a baseball obsessed German POW, the Cooler King.  Regardless of the question, Cooler King’s answer related to baseball because baseball was all he ever thought about.

Some people become obsessed with a cause.  That obsession can be so strong that they believe it is more important than any other cause.  They can fear that any discussion of another worthy cause will steal attention and resources from theirs.

With the Cooler King word…

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Added by Rodney Roe on October 6, 2017 at 4:30am — 65 Comments

SF says NO to hate rally

As we started the march yesterday morning from the Panhandle to Alamo Square Park to join up with folks from various other groups, I found myself looking every which way because I wasn't sure if we'd be attacked.

An atmosphere of fear had been created throughout San Francisco by news that a right-wing group called Patriot Prayer was coming to town to do a rally that would feature and draw white supremacists, Nazis and others. Charlottesville, where two week before an…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on August 27, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

The Global Depopulation Scheme

The True Globalist Depopulation Agenda

 

There have been people connecting the dots and associating like-minded elements who have been instigating an ominous agenda using a number…

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Added by Doc Vega on August 14, 2017 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

August 12, 1972, My Last Day Of Innocence

In the summer of 1972 I was still pretty naive about the real world. I still lived in my midwestern hometown with my husband Larry. We were still essentially in the closet, although we had been together 6…

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Added by Robert Starkey on August 11, 2017 at 9:29pm — 5 Comments

Conspiracy of Words, Decline of an Empire

When my partner Rob and I first arrived on the south coast of the island of Crete, in 1991, it was a Swiss tourist who first realized that we were a gay couple. Barbara was the kind of person who would innocently blurt out what was on her mind. After we confirmed her suspicions, it was less than 24…

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Added by Robert Starkey on August 7, 2017 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

my pride

MY PRIDE

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

© 2017

My pride is not a commodity

it has no corporate sponsors

no bank account 

no value on the stock…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 24, 2017 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Now That Trump’s Trashed The Paris Climate Accord: Isn’t This Enough To Discuss Changing The Presidential Election System?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When will our reasonable leaders, progressive and moderate ― even clearheaded conservatives ― come to grips with the reality that we have an unelected, dysfunctional president, selected by an archaic, outmoded Electoral College that must be abolished or circumvented?…

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Added by Michael Russnow on June 3, 2017 at 12:48pm — 47 Comments

Connecting the Dots - The Beast and His Minions

Is it a coincidence that the Beast "45" signed an Executive Order on Religious Liberty on May 4th that "disappointed" Religious Conservatives "who had expected that it would exempt their organizations from Obama-era regulations aimed at protecting gay people from discrimination,"…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on May 6, 2017 at 3:37pm — 7 Comments

gender/ sexuality studies/ zeitgeist massive haul/ pile 2017

hi all. this is a bit triggered by the marines sexting photo sharing scandal.[s] it doesnt seem like its reverberating around the media much, but what a scandal. it has all the elements. its also a very 21st century angle with the social media angle. also, there are new actual laws against "revenge porn". am shocked it is not a bigger deal and wonder if the so-called "controlled mass media" is involved in low-profile suppression of it. one wouldnt want any bad stories about…

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Added by vzn on March 21, 2017 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

I STAND WITH THEM

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Even though Ivanka Trump and hubbie Jared Kushner apparently convinced Daddy Dearest not to overturn the pro-LGBTQ executive order that was enacted by former president Barack Obama in 2014, I do not stand with Ivanka and Jared. I stand with them.

Even though in his statement, he, whom I call Not My President, said that he was “determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” I do not stand with him. I stand with…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 8, 2017 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

If we let them massacre the truth, we live in their reality

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I grew up in their version of reality. 

In the 50s, Communism was evil and Capitalism was good. Free speech was censoring movies, books and TV, and questioning students on college campuses. Queers and trans people were sick and perverted, a threat to truth, justice and the American way. A commie lurked around every corner. 

In Catholic school, sex education was telling us not to…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 4, 2017 at 10:32am — 4 Comments

World AIDS Day

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Simeon, at 16 you helped desegregate lunch counters in your hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. You taught me so much about nonviolent struggle. You were my hero.

Saj, I'll never forget how you outsmarted that NJ state trooper who was so eager to bust us. Your words to me that final time I saw you will remain with me forever.

Steven, thanks for the flower in my hair at Philly pride 1972 and for the good times at La Maison…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 1, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The transformation of vulnerability into power and action

I stopped being afraid once I came out of the closet.

I didn’t stop being afraid the first time that I said, out loud, repeating the words of Audre Lorde: “I am a black woman warrior poet doing my work – come to ask you, are you doing yours?” No, the end of fear was a long process, not an instant.

And I didn’t stop having moments of fear or panic. Those come, sometimes with great force, and often early in the morning, in the darkness, in the silence.

What I…

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Added by SeventhSister on November 10, 2016 at 5:35pm — 6 Comments

Post election manifesto

Speechless.

Scared.

As a working-class, southern Italian faggot I have never felt in more danger.

I hear calls from the mindless mainstream media for the country to heal and unify. I won't heal. I won't unify with those who voted for the monster the mindless mainstream media helped create. This country can never be "healed" as long as racism, sexism, homophobia/transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, etc. continue to make some…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 9, 2016 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

PUT DOWN THE RAINBOW FLAG, DONALD TRUMP

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

You heard me. Put it down. I don’t care if it says “LGBTs for Trump.” An audience member at that Greeley, Colorado rally held it and you took it and paraded around the stage with it. You have no right to touch the rainbow flag.

You’re not pro-queer or pro-trans. You’re not my friend. 

Perhaps it was a Halloween joke. Is that it, Donald? Were you actually mocking my community? That’s easier for me to believe…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 1, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Halloween IS a gay holiday

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Halloween has always been a gay holiday. 

The reason is simple: it was the one day of the year when queers could be ourselves without risking our necks. 

Once upon a time in a universe not that far away and certainly not that long ago, life was a hell of a lot tougher for queer and trans folks than a lot of young people today can ever imagine. Not only weren’t there laws protecting sexual and gender identity…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 30, 2016 at 12:34pm — 3 Comments

This violent country

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Yesterday, my friend Alison and I arrived at the Main Library here in San Francisco only to find that access was all but blocked by police cars and caution tape. A drama was unfolding. A guy had an assault gun and was threatening to shoot others and/or kill himself.

It was another day in an America that has become synonymous with violence: police shootings of unarmed black men, endless wars in other countries,…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on September 25, 2016 at 12:07pm — 6 Comments

Watching the Republican Convention Liberals Need to be Aware of Their Own Blind Spots

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Watching the Republican Convention tonight on the west coast I have to remind myself that all of this took place hours ago.  Living in the Eastern Time Zone gets one used to seeing things more or less in real time.

It has been physically exhausting and emotionally painful listening to the speakers.  Ordinarily, amateur…

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Added by Rodney Roe on July 19, 2016 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

Pope Francis: an apology is not enough

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

A new day at the Vatican? Could be. At least a little bit of sunshine has been allowed to fall into dusty old windows and halls that have rarely seen much light in the past twenty centuries. 

Returning from Armenia in his papal plane, Pope Francis told reporters on the day after millions celebrated LGBT pride in the U.S.: “I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 27, 2016 at 8:05am — 7 Comments

And now for something completely different...

And now for something completely different: Christians must apologize to gay people for marginalizing them:…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on June 26, 2016 at 4:14pm — 42 Comments

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