All Blog Posts Tagged 'LGBT' (129)

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…


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

Post election manifesto



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…


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


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…


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…


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

Results of Mentally Dissecting the Asian and Gweilo Brain

Results of Mentally Dissecting the Asian and Gweilo Brain

My husband and I used to have really cute little huggalicious nicknames for each other during the first couple of years we were going out…like Pookie or Luv Muffin. Those have changed over the years as we’ve grown together and mentally dissected each other’s brain. I now call him “my little basket of black widow spiders,” or “my nest of vipers,” “my Khan,” or “His Majesty”, while his favorite nickname for me is “What is wrong…


Added by Kage Alan on October 17, 2016 at 6:30am — 7 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,…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on September 25, 2016 at 12:07pm — 9 Comments

What You’ll Never See In A Haunted House/Demon/Demonic Possession Movie

The LGBTQ community. That’s what you won’t see. Eddie Murphy had it right back when he recorded Comedian about never seeing black people in horror movies. If he’d filmed it these days, he’d have been more specific and said they were no heterosexual black people. Why? They’re too smart. White folks, on the other hand, aren’t too bright. At least in the horror genre. Gays and lesbians (white, black, Asian, or any other ethnicity) are like heterosexual black folks in that respect because we…


Added by Kage Alan on September 19, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Westboro Church: 92 / DragonCon: 70,000

“I sense a great disturbance in The Force. Sorry…I mean The Farce. Huge difference. One vowel, but a huge difference.”

Anybody still remember the Westboro Baptist Church? I know. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from them on any major level. PR isn’t what it used to be, and with their former leader still in sensitivity classes in the afterlife, cray-cray has become a bit overrated. Oh, they tried to demonstrate in Orlando, Florida after the terror attack at Pulse, only that…


Added by Kage Alan on August 30, 2016 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

His Majesty Blessed Me With A Weekend Visit

His Majesty, my husband, flew home for the weekend this past Thursday. The last time I saw him was in London at the beginning of July. Prior to that, I think he was home in April, but I did see him in May during OutlantaCon in Atlanta. It’s been that kind of a year for us in terms of scheduling time together. There’s also a learning curve for us both when we do see each other from one visit to the next. He no sooner climbed into our vehicle after some poor, random person he mistook for a…


Added by Kage Alan on August 15, 2016 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

A Third Anniversary, And Why I Thought I Had Mystical Powers

Yesterday was a day of anniversaries. The big one, though, was the third anniversary of my spending the first night in our house after moving in. My father-in-law, whose house it had been, passed away five months earlier, and we’d gutted and redesigned the kitchen, had the whole inside repainted, and put in new carpet. The moving everything around so we could do these things is why I ended up with a hernia. But, we moved in on time after my surgery with a whole lot of help from my friend…


Added by Kage Alan on August 11, 2016 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

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



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…


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…


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

A Birthday Message For Little Brother L.A.M. (Little Asian Meanie)

“You need to think about what you said!”

Those words have been seared into my memory for nearly sixteen years now. He was very, very angry with me when he said them. What was it about? I honestly don’t remember, and it wasn’t the first time he yelled at me online. That was back when he couldn’t help but yell at people online. That was his thing. He signed off of AOL a few moments later while I continued doing whatever it was I was doing, his words still hanging in the air and on my…


Added by Kage Alan on June 27, 2016 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

And now for something completely different...

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


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

Falling Awake: The Story Behind The Story (Part 1)

I decided early on last year to do something I’ve never done before and that’s document my thought process while writing a story. There were parts of the novella Falling Awake I had in my head and plot points that didn’t exist yet, so I was curious to see how it would all develop. If you've never read the story, this may perk your interest in it. If you enjoyed the final version of the story, then this may interest you to know how it came to be. If you didn’t, I imagine you’ll stop reading…


Added by Kage Alan on June 23, 2016 at 5:46am — 12 Comments

My Life (Season 46)

46. Hard to believe. Maybe not for you if we’ve only ever met in a cursory way, or perhaps not even met at all. But there it is. I find it hard to believe that I actually have 46 years of experience under my belt and have lived to write about it. I don’t feel 46. I don’t even think of myself as 46. My reflection in the mirror begs to differ. Bastard. And if this is the 46th season of my life, I need to kick it off with a bit of a bang instead of a whimper.

Have you ever watched a…


Added by Kage Alan on June 21, 2016 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

How American Children Learn LGBT Hate: Guest Post

This Is How Americans Learn LGBT Hate Starting At A Young Age

 JUN 17, 2016 8:00 AM

Parents who object to seeing expressions of affection…


Added by Ron Powell on June 18, 2016 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Why can’t the media say "homophobic attack?”

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

While his fellow journalists were stirring up anti-Moslem sentiments with their inflammatory comments about the Orlando mass murderer’s possible connection to ISIS, CNN’s Cooper Anderson, who is openly gay, cut to the chase in his interview with Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General.

He told her that many LGBT folks in the state saw her as a hypocrite for fighting for years against gay marriage and then trying to portray…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 17, 2016 at 9:40am — 7 Comments

Club For Blue-Eyed People Attacked By Extremist Catholic Filipinos

Imagine for a moment attending a nightclub for people who have blue eyes, and someone walks onto the dance floor, pulls out an assault shotgun and another handgun, and kills fifty attendees. The response from Fundamental Evangelical Christian groups is “The group is unnatural, so they’ve reaped what they sewed.” Politicians immediately take to denouncing the violence at the club without mentioning the folks attending had blue eyes, and use the opportunity to blame President Obama for letting…


Added by Kage Alan on June 16, 2016 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Orlando gay massacre

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I am angry, sad, frustrated, and I don't know how to quell the rage welling up inside me. Forty-nine dead, dozens wounded. An attack on a queer/transgender Latino bar in Orlando, supposedly the largest recent mass shooting in this land of the free and home of the brave, but let us not forget Sand Creek, Wounded Knee and others. 

When will it end? Not while guns and assault weapons are so easy to obtain. The NRA be…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 13, 2016 at 8:10am — 4 Comments

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