All Blog Posts Tagged 'LGBT' (86)

Oh Hell No She's NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An American Family Association radio host has suggested that Hillary Clinton is a “sexual deviant” who is sleeping with women in exchange for endorsements from “radical homosexuals”.

Trump-supporting Sandy Rios made the claim on her right-wing radio show, in which she…

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Added by Safe Bet's Amy on May 19, 2016 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Bathrooms: the new threat to democracy

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Have you heard about the latest threat to our democracy?

It’s not some dictator in some country most Americans can’t find on a map, a dictator put into power by the CIA. 

It’s not weapons of mass destruction in some oil-rich country. Or even a runaway chunk of space rock that’s about to blow us to smithereens or send us into a new ice age.

It’s people of the “wrong” gender using our bathrooms, violating our sacred trust in…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on May 2, 2016 at 8:12am — 3 Comments

My collection of poems

I just published a collection of poems, a greatest hits of sorts, on iBooks. 

I self-published. I simply used software called iBooks Author that allows you to design your own work and then send it off into the mysterious space that is the internet. It now resides in the iBooks library…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on January 2, 2016 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Pope Francis is not my hero

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

After a succession of absolutely dreadful popes who condemned me as “intrinsically evil” for being queer, along comes Pope Francis supposedly to usher in a “new” church of tolerance and concern about social and economic justice issues.

No need to worry about those nasty priest sex scandals, and the church’s long history of slaughtering people via pogroms, crusades and witch burnings, not to mention its complicity with the nazis to save the…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on September 22, 2015 at 8:00pm — 13 Comments

We Lost a Great Soul This Morning: RIP Oliver Sacks

http://am-perspectives.blogspot.com/2014/08/mr-happy.html

Most Americans were introduced to Doctor Oliver Sacks through the 1980 movie Awakenings which starred Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.  Based on Sacks 1973 autobiographical non-fiction account of the life histories of those who had…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on August 30, 2015 at 10:30am — 20 Comments

I Met A Lesbian Couple

I met them yesterday at a park where I volunteer.  It is an outdoor park with historic and scenic elements.  I give tours and answer questions for visitors.

Yesterday on my morning tour we had four guests.  Two were a young couple, two women, and the other two a late middle-aged couple from Kansas.   By the way, when one gives a tour, it is common to ask visitors where they are from, have they been here before and so on.   The lesbians lived locally; one of the two was from Nebraska,…

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Added by Terry McKenna on August 30, 2015 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Queer homelessness, queer shame

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Once again for the second time in a row, San Francisco’s biannual Point in Time Homeless Count reveals that 29% of those surveyed identify as LGBT.  

It’s not surprising. Little is being done to address the poverty and homelessness that exists in the LGBT…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on July 17, 2015 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

We’ve got gay marriage, now what?

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It’s official. A majority of the Supremes proclaimed that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage in all states. It is indeed an historic occasion. The love that dare not speak its name is proving these days that it will never be silent again.

This is not something I could've foreseen. When I came out, gay sex was illegal and gay men were routinely subjected to electro shock therapy to try and make them straight. Gay bars…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 27, 2015 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

The shame and the pride of it all

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

As an organizer of the first pride march in Philadelphia in 1972, I find it difficult to be proud of what passes for pride in the new millennium. It's not that I'm unwilling to change with the times. I just can't believe what's become of those defiant marches we used to stage on the last Sunday of June to commemorate a riot at a bar…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 13, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Intolerance, The True American on KPCC and a World without Hate

http://oursalon.ning.com/profile/TedFrier

Intolerance…: To give credit where it’s due, Ted Frier’s post, “Right Demands Respect for Intolerance in Jenner Controversy” inspires this post; that and the fact that I…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on June 4, 2015 at 9:00pm — 16 Comments

1977: Kevin and Richard, Zeke and the Crew, the Saudi Waiter and Star Wars

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Kevin and Richard… - Kevin Crowley joined the staff because, despite the good money he made as a mud logger, he’d quickly grown weary of life off shore and on the road in the oil patch.  One Monday night we were drinking and playing darts at Jimmy’s Pub when he asked me how long it would take him to learn…

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Added by JMac1949 Memories on June 4, 2015 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation – Part 5

March 3, 2010

Katelyn leaned over the guardrail and peered down into the river. It looked so peaceful down there, the water flowing downstream, occassionally taking chunks of ice with it. It would be months before the flow of the river became more powerful, but at this time of year it was near freezing. She checked her phone again, but still no message from Heidi. Katelyn raised her head up towards the sky and let out a primal, angry scream. She didn’t care if anyone…

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Added by lemonpulp on May 20, 2015 at 4:12pm — 2 Comments

Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation - Part 4

Had Katelyn made a huge mistake? She often wondered this on the bad days. On the good days, she was less likely to fall into this negative thinking. Part of her felt so stupid and naïve for thinking this new life would be easier. What a joke. Life was harder now than it had ever been and didn’t show any signs of getting better. Every day was a struggle. Katelyn had grown resentful of giving up the career she wanted so she and Heidi could be together. One of them needed to make decent money,…

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Added by lemonpulp on April 29, 2015 at 4:18pm — 2 Comments

Kent State 45 years later

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

The slaughter of four students at Kent State 45 years ago made me realize that I could never be proud to be American. Not that I was. 

I grew up with images on our small-screened black and white television, that my aunt bought at a discount at GE where she worked on an assembly line, of black children blown up in churches and civil rights marchers hosed down and beaten by vicious cops in the South. I learned from the news that all men and women…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 29, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

April 26th – A Green Dilemma, Laughing in Church & What’s Next?

http://movetoamend.org/going-green-confronting-dirty-energy-dilemma-0

April 26th – A Green Dilemma…: I woke up at 4:30 this morning.  Had to go pee and since the room mates were up and about, I made coffee, got dressed and went out for a smoke.  In the dark morning hour I noticed that there was water running in the gutter along the street.  I…

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Added by JMac1949 Today on April 27, 2015 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation – Part 3

A quick glance at the email told Katelyn it was not going to be a good morning. All caps, exclamation points, and obscenities peppered the message.

“I don’t understand what part of me being broke you don’t fucking get!!! I told you I’m almost out of money for the month, and you said you’d help with the gas for my car. Well, I’m almost out, I’ll have to stop on the way to work, and I won’t have enough money to pay my credit card bill. What the fuck is going on with your…

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Added by lemonpulp on April 23, 2015 at 3:06pm — 3 Comments

Something for my grandfather

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Nonno*

I understand why you came

to america

that bleak winter day

southern Italy was…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 19, 2015 at 10:01am — 4 Comments

Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation - Part 2

March 2, 2010

Katelyn had always felt she had something of a sixth sense. She called it her “Spidey-Sense,” perhaps because she had watched the Spiderman cartoons too much as a kid. There were many occasions when she just got a feeling about something. Something that didn’t feel quite right. A particular route to somewhere. The timing of leaving a place. And more than once, that feeling turned out to be right. She had avoided being in the area of bad car crashes by leaving earlier or…

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Added by lemonpulp on April 13, 2015 at 11:31am — 4 Comments

Easter & the new gay Jesus

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

“We have no need of a god, each of us is his own.”

Those words were sung in the mid-60s by a 16-year-old folksinger whose debut album shocked the nation with a song (“Society’s Child”) about interracial love. If you guessed Janis Ian, you’re right. 

What most people probably don’t remember is her song “New Christ Cardiac Hero,” also on the same Lp, a declaration that her generation and mine were god-free, carefree and, as Sartre had said,…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 31, 2015 at 8:24am — 5 Comments

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