All Blog Posts Tagged 'LGBT' (129)

Goddammit…People Are Dead!

I was going to post this tomorrow for my regular Monday blog post, but am going to post it here and now instead.

Dictionary.com defines “tragedy” as “a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: as in stunned by the tragedy of so many deaths. And while tragedies have remained true to their definition, it’s many of the reactions that haven’t. Several of these reactions can best be defined by the word “stupidity”: “the state, quality, or fact of being stupid.”…

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Added by Kage Alan on June 12, 2016 at 7:28am — 10 Comments

Hillary vs. Trump? Cut me a frigging break!

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Elections are always painful. In this "democratic" country, so few vote, so few actually make informed choices, so few understand what's at stake. How many people pull out their ballots at the last minute while desperately reaching for some slate card to use to fill in the boxes?

They have no clue what the issues are or what the candidates stand for. 

For many years, I watched my own Papa vote against…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 8, 2016 at 7:54am — 13 Comments

Ali's greatest fight was against the military

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It's interesting that boxing champion Muhammed Ali died only two months after Army chaplain Rev. Chris Antal resigned from his post in a letter to President Obama that protested the country's drone program.

"The Executive Branch,” Antal wrote, “continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 4, 2016 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

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 — 7 Comments

Dear Lurkers…

Dear Lurkers,

Hi! Or as they say in Romulan, y'hhau. It should probably bother you I know that. It’s actually very similar to Swedish, but with a German/Spanish accent combined with a French flair, only with a Norwegian historical context.

So, I was having a crisis of writer faith a few months ago in terms of feeling like nobody was reading these posts. Which is odd, right? I mean, I write them first and foremost for myself, then choose to share them with you. Why then would it…

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Added by Kage Alan on May 12, 2016 at 5:30am — 12 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

“You should try sexercise.” Yeah…No.

I’m doing this thing that I typically do every so often. His Majesty says I do impressive 180 degree turns on a subject when he least expects it, yet he says I’m predictable. This, my lovely readers, is life with my Asian. In this case, I finally got fed up with having a double chin and a bit of a gut, so I started power walking again 9 days ago. I used to do it when dad was still alive, but after he started getting worse, I just didn’t have it in me. And now that I’ve apparently had food in…

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

Bible Bumping: A Bad Cup of Tea

I rarely pay much attention to politics, especially local politics in my state, unless things get really stupid. And I comment on it even less because…well, you can point out stupid, but there’s always that group of people who say “Yeah, but what they stand for is more important and their message is what matters.” Okay, really? For those of you who don’t live in Michigan, have you heard about Tea Party Republican State Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat?

First, I’ve never…

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Added by Kage Alan on August 20, 2015 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

What the Hell Ever Happened To…?

I was going through the ad papers yesterday—no, not to see what’s on sale this week on Blu-Ray…okay, maybe to see what’s on sale this week on Blu-Ray—and I happened to see that Bon Jovi has a new album coming out. I don’t even remember this being announced. Do you? And while, yes, it’s a couple of new songs with some previously unreleased material, it used to be that when someone like Bon Jovi put out an album, it was an event! Maybe that’s what I miss most about the 80’s and 90’s before…

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Added by Kage Alan on August 17, 2015 at 5:30am — 4 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

Needing A Thick Skin In This Family

Tuesday was a bit of a bizarre day. It ended with me dreaming I was in a pitch meeting for Top Gun 2. Yes, Top Gun 2. I was concerned the studio was just going to make some cheap, awful film with a crap storyline, bad actors, and zero direction. Why would I think that? Probably because there haven’t been many movie out lately that excite me. Like…at all. I continue to have zero interest in seeing Jurassic World, and even the new Terminator film didn’t cause my eyebrow to raise. I’m not in…

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Added by Kage Alan on July 2, 2015 at 7:33am — 4 Comments

Let The Day Begin! Post Marriage Equality Ruling Thoughts

There are three times I can remember sitting down and watching the news for several hours. The first was the start of Gulf War back when I was in college, the second was 9/11, and the third was last Friday. I cried two out of three of those times and all three scared the hell out of me. Did I think marriage equality would win? I honestly didn’t know. And I was very, very afraid to believe it would because I didn’t want to get my hopes up.

The odd thing is that had it gone against us,…

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Added by Kage Alan on June 29, 2015 at 5:32am — 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 Intimacy of Flame Retardant Clothing

I’ve been feeling the urge over the past year to instill some depth into my work and admit that I’m searching for a little more depth in life. Why the change? Probably because life is changing so drastically around me. Well, around us. It was easy as a child to not give a rip about what was going on outside the house or beyond when the next sci-fi or horror movie was coming on television. But these days? If one blinks, one could suddenly find themselves in a world they no longer…

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Added by Kage Alan on June 25, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Not Bright Thinking On My Part, But It Turned Out Okay

I turned 25 years old last week. That, of course, is my first fake age. My second fake age, in case people don’t believe I’m 25, is 35. My non-fake fake age is, of course, 36 whereas my actual age is now 45. It gets complicated, kind of like watching my husband balance his checkbook. That’s actually more entertaining than complicated, but you get the idea. Birthdays for me over the past two decades have been kinda crap. Some have been better than others, but they’re generally crap. This one?…

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Added by Kage Alan on June 22, 2015 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

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