All Blog Posts Tagged 'LGBT' (140)





Added by Allen "Skipper" Howlett (ASH) on December 22, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Pope Francis "person of the year?" No way!

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

The Advocate, a national gay magazine, has named Pope Francis its person of the year. At first I thought it was a joke. An Onion satire. It’s not. Unfortunately, it’s true. 

Pope Francis is by no means a supporter of LGBT rights, though he has said some positive things lately about our community, to wit: “If someone is gay and seeks the lord with good will, who am I to judge?” That remark was in…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 21, 2013 at 9:12am — No Comments

Move over christians, now there's atheist sunday services

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

One of the many reasons I love being an atheist is that I don’t have to go to Sunday Mass or some other service and listen to all that dribble from the bible, so-called words of wisdom from an age in which incest was best for some patriarchs and stoning a son for disobedience, not to mention slaughtering the neighboring tribesmen for being heathens, was A-okay.

Now along comes two British comedians and atheists…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 11, 2013 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

Boycott Target! (Again!)

Back in August, 2010, after receiving severe criticism from it's employees and threats of boycotts from it's customers, due to Target's funding of anti-LGBT political candidates, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel said the following:

"Going forward, we will soon begin a strategic review and analysis of our…


Added by Safe Bet's Amy on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Something for Rosa Maria Mecca, mia Mamma

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

You who came screaming into the room to find my limp five-year-old body that had fallen while I was swinging from the marble mantle, pounding on my chest with your fists to force air back into my lungs, then bolting out of the house and into the middle of the…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on May 11, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Sometimes it's hard to have pride in Pride

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Queer apple pie and motherhood are safe once more: Bradley Manning is no longer a grand marshall of the San Francisco Pride Parade that gets underway on the last Sunday of June. 

Manning, the person accused of giving classified military documents to WikiLeaks, a site that publishes anonymous news leaks from various sources, was chosen as a grand marshall of Pride and then rejected. A statement from Lisa L. Williams, SF Pride board…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 27, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Day of Silence, Silenced

Yesterday, students all across the country remained silent to raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying. At a local middle school, however, they handed out stickers that said:

"Hello, I am not speaking today because I am participating in the Day of Silence, a vow taken to raise awareness for bullying and discrimination. My silence represents the voices of the bullied who are unable to speak up for themselves. Think about all the voices you're NOT hearing today."

There's one…


Added by Camille V. Watson on April 20, 2013 at 10:13am — 6 Comments

Thoughts at our house today

This will be brief.  We see headlines that in polls, the American public is overwhelmingly in favor of :

Same Sex Marriage

Closing the Post Office on Saturday…


Added by Liberal Southern Democrat on April 11, 2013 at 5:27am — 3 Comments

The N-Word and the LGBT community (Philadelphia Tribune 3/26/2013)

On March 26 "The Philadelphia Tribune" published my article "The N-Word and the LGBT Community (see attachment). Below is a longer version of the article.

The N-word and the LGBTQI-BS community

By Cei Bell

Aaron Cody, a white gay man who performs in drag as Sharon Needles and who is a…


Added by Cei Bell on March 30, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Please enjoy my student's success!

This from my former student, Jamelle Bouie.  I taught this fine young man in 10th grade honors world lit., and again in 11th grade AP English Language & Comp., a nonfiction analysis course.  He is so knowledgeable, so articulate, so passionate.  I thought he would be the first Black president, but....  The American Prospect, Salon--I'm so proud!

Added by The Good Daughter on January 28, 2013 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment


Obama Inaguration Speech



If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith…


Added by mary gravitt on January 23, 2013 at 2:20pm — 4 Comments

Anti-gay Paris?

“So, I guess you weren’t at the protest this weekend,” my mother says over the phone.  “I couldn’t believe it,” she goes on.  “One of the people I work with told me there was a big protest march against gay marriage in Paris, and I thought, Paris, France?  The French are some of the most liberal people in the world!”

This is an issue that I’ve meant to write about for a long time.  But it just gets me too frustrated.  Hearing my mother’s questions, though,…


Added by Alysa Salzberg on January 17, 2013 at 7:00am — 20 Comments

On Being a Christian Lesbian

This piece is cross-posted from my old blog from last year, but in posting my previous blog, I think it wise to post my personal journey away from and back to God.  Forgive me if you're a member to both places.


When I first realized I was gay and had my first crush, Adrienne, I was a little southern Baptist girl living in a small town insulated by the ideas of the church, handed down to me by the imposing…


Added by Constant Calliope on January 10, 2013 at 2:44pm — 40 Comments

The Word: Perfection

“When you’re raised with the belief that perfection is possible, it’s hard to let go of that.”

I just recently watched the coming out videos of Hannah Hart, better known as the host of My Drunk Kitchen, one of my favorite YouTube Vlogs (found on YouTube as MyHarto and YourHarto).  She usually makes me laugh until I cry.  This time, she just made me cry.  She made such a poignant statement I had to replay the statement three times before I could digest the sentence and what she felt. …


Added by Constant Calliope on January 10, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Rosa Maria Mecca: one tough Mama

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’ll never forget that evening. It was warm. Indian Summer. It was still light out, as Daylight Savings Time was over a month away. In the working-class streets of South Philly’s Little Italy where we lived, the kids were playing outside on the sidewalk and in the street, and the guys were hanging out, as they tended to do, on the corner outside the butcher shop. 

A figure in black was making his rounds, ringing bells, ducking into…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 11, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Life's tough choices

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca


Being a writer is dangerous. That’s the impression I got from Papa. He didn’t like the idea that I wanted to be a writer. He thought that all literature was somehow subversive. Not to mention pointless. 

Everything I needed to know in life, he informed me many times, was contained in tradition. I simply had to live my life according to la via vecchia, the old ways from the old country, southern…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 9, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Hello and Help... Am I a democrat or a republican?

  I don’t fit anyone’s political platform. If you can label me, more power to you. I try to write on many things. I often find it hard to convey a complete thought when writing, so it takes me a long time to write things; If you dont understand something I write please ask me to clarify and I will do…


Added by John Fleshman on December 4, 2012 at 9:18pm — 3 Comments

Chick-Fil-A and the Gay Oreo Cookie.

I just spent a week in the bosom of my family – not by choice – but because my mother passed away suddenly and I went home to honor her memory and lay her to rest beside her Mother and Father.

To be clear – most of my family has no idea who I am.  I left the place of my birth and the people with whom I share a blood connection over 30 years ago, and most of them don’t understand why I left or why on earth I haven’t returned! In their minds-eye I’m whatever age they remember me being…


Added by Barbara Weicksel on November 21, 2012 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

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