But, for now, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL!!!
(and watch out for your bikini lines!)
And don't forget to check out all the wonderful stuff on QueerCincinnati's column over yonder (by clicking here), and the fabulous stuff at Rainbow Cincinnati (by clicking on the image below).
I am one student voice. And you don’t have to agree with me. But all I ask, Miami, is that you please listen to me and hear me out.
Despite the rain, I stood at the steps of Cincinnati City Hall Saturday afternoon as part of a nationwide movement in protest of California’s Proposition 8. No doubt you’ve heard of it. Aside from the presidential contest, it became the highest-funded campaign on any ballot in our nation Nov. 4, the campaigns for and against the proposition raising a combined $73.4 million dollars. That’s a lot of money. Money that isn’t feeding our nation’s homeless and hungry, or supporting our schools, or combating crime like drug trafficking.
This must be pretty important, to neglect such extremely pressing social issues, you might ask? You bet this is important. Because what’s at the heart of all this is exactly that: the human heart. And for many Americans, the human heart is aching. And the human heart cannot believe, cannot understand: How could this have happened?
But the human heart is strong. And the human heart is taking action.
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...for not posting over here in a long time. School kinda came crashing down on me this semester as well as the 100s upon 100s of things that I get myself involved with.
Why do I know this is about to turn back around? I'm making lists of topics again.
See, part of my process for writing is simply writing down what I want to write in the future. It's stage one before I pick a topic and run with it. I actually had a moment this weekend and wrote down a list of six topics.
Does it mean it's going somewhere? Of course not, but at least I'm starting to re-engage my brain over here. I promise you all will hear from me the minute finals are over :-)
Much love to all of you.
IE: You'll start hearing from me again soon over there.
An Australian nude resort wants to bring back swingers and sex parties in a bid to boost sagging tourism figures.I am LMAO at the double entendres in the quotes.
The White Cockatoo resort in Mossman, north Queensland, is promoting an adults-only "anything goes" month of hedonism for March next year.
Owner of the White Cockatoo, Tony Fox, this week said it was time to lift a self-imposed swinger ban.
"Tough economic times call for stiff measures," Fox said. "We've taken the bull by the horns and it's going nuts; we're close to fully booked.
"It will be a hedonism resort, where anything goes for a month. We're not using the words sex or swingers, but it doesn't take rocket science to work out what it means."
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
1. Cincinnati Beacon -- I got word today that we have been posted on the Cincinnati Beacon website! :-) That's really exciting, and, of course, I added the right back.2. Cory @ I'll Keep You Posted -- Local queer person of color. HA! I totally just subdivided you into your respective categories. LOL Do you feel marginalized? :-) He's fabulous and we met during the planning of the protest.3. Expert in the Rough -- I don't know how I got this, but I like his little blog. It's very... inspirational.4. GameLuv.com -- Met these kids at the OTRTweetUp. I love a good video game nerd, so, of course, I love them. Though I'm still stuck on my GameCube.5. Mr. Guilt's Blog -- Met him at the OTRTweetUp.6. Cincinnati Women Bloggers -- Written by some of my favorite bloggers of all time, and they are hosting a fabulous soiree on the 15th of December. Fun... the Monday after classes end. Of course I will be there. Duh.7. the gay revolution -- you know Mama loves a goodlooking queer revolutionary. :-)8. JointheImpact.com -- Duh.
President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military's decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say.
Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise. However, Mr. Obama first wants to confer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon to reach a consensus and then present legislation to Congress, the advisers said.
"I think 2009 is about foundation building and reaching consensus," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The group supports military personnel targeted under the ban.
Thanks, Obama. Change you can wait for.
ESFP: The Performers
The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.
The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.
Today is International Transgender Day of Remembrance, in honor of all those who have died or injured due to anti-trans bias and hate.
TransOhio is planning a memorial ceremony in Columbus.
We honor you, my brothers and sisters.
More than 100 retired U.S. military leaders -- including the former head of the Naval Academy -- have signed a statement calling for an end to the military's "don't ask-don't tell" policy, according to a California-based think tank that supports the movement.Retired Adm. Charles Larson, the former Naval Academy superintendent, tops the list of 104 retired general and admirals who want the government to repeal the policy, the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, announced Monday...The center points out that Larson, a four-star admiral who supported the measure in 1993, has changed his view on the policy. "There were a lot of witch hunts and a lot of people were turned out on that basis," he is quoted as saying in a Palm Center release....Obama has said that as president, he would seek to repeal "don't ask-don't tell," but not by signing an executive order, as President Harry Truman did when he abolished segregation the armed services in 1948.
"I would not do it that way," he said in a September 16 interview with Philadelphia Gay News.
"The reason is because I want to make sure that when we reverse 'don't ask-don't tell,' it's gone through a process and we've built a consensus or at least a clarity of ... what my expectations are, so that it works."
"I believe that the way to do it is make sure that we are working through a process, getting the Joint Chiefs of Staff clear in terms of what our priorities are going to be. That's how we were able to integrate the armed services to get women more actively involved in the armed services.
"At some point, you've got to make a decision that that's the right thing to do, but you always want to make sure that you are doing it in a way that maintains our core mission in our military."
I don't know, we were let down the last time a Dem got into the White House. What will happen this time?
The ways in which most men get their living, that is, live, are mere makeshifts, and a shirking of the real business of life– chiefly because they do not know, but partly because they do not mean, any better
A few days before the rally, I asked a frustrated activist friend of mine about black participation, and he replied "Well Corey, there will be black LBGT attendance if you and I are there.......nothing changes until we change or nothingness". Here in the 'Natti, I knew what to expect going in. When the news cameras spanned the local crowd, I saw nobody that looked like me. In all of the subsequent photos I've seen of the event, I only saw that one black face. I spoke with a brotha who attended the New York rally, and while wonderfully attended, he lamented the fact that there was only a relative few other men of color in attendance - this in New York. Go figure! I'm not trying to be judgemental here, because this was to be the first time I went out to protest anything. But I was excited about going. I know it won't be my last opportunity, but I thought it was important because I have a most vested interest in this situation.
So, I decided to dash over to City Hall on my lunch break and join the national day of queer rights protests. I couldn’t stay long enough to hear Margaret Cho (that’s right, bitches, we got the patron saint of queer radicals at our protest in Cinci-fucking-nnati) speak, but I did see several friends and I was amazed at the crowd. We had people filling the sidewalks on both sides of the street despite the very cold rain. I imagine if we’d had warmer weather, they would have been forced to close the street.
Elliet and I got bundled up and braved the freezing rain to stand around downtown. We did it because "It's not fair that boys can only marry girls." That's Elliet's thought on the subject.
WHO: LGBTQ People and their allies, Impact Cincinnati, JoinTheImpact.com, and Margaret ChoWe are going to get out, scream and shout, and chant, and RALLY for equal marriage, not just in California, but in Ohio, and in Kentucky, and in Indiana, and in Florida, and in Arizona, and in Arkansas, and in New York, and in South Carolina... and everywhere.
WHAT: Protest for Equal Marriage and Against Proposition 8
WHERE: Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum Street (Parking is available on city streets, please do not park in the Lloyd Library or City Hall lots and read the meter and pay if you have to!)
WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, 1:30pm
WHY: Let the country hear our voices together. Let them see that we are a strong, adamant, and powerful community that deserves equal rights, and CAN’T BE DEFEATED!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Award-Winning Actress and Comedienne, Margaret Cho, Joins Cincinnati Protest for Equal Marriage
November 14, 2008
Cincinnati, OH -- Margaret Cho, award-winning actress and comedienne, will join Impact Cincinnati on November 15 protesting for equal marriage and against the passage of California's Proposition 8, which recently re-banned equal marriage in that state. The protest will occur at Cincinnati City Hall (801 Plum Street) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Cho is scheduled to perform at the Taft Theater that evening and added the protest to her schedule. She has long been a proponent of rights for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, and queer) Americans and made several public statements against Proposition 8 during the campaign.
Impact Cincinnati is a coalition of local students, community members, and activists that responded to the call by the national initiative, JoinTheImpact.com, for a unified day of protests across the country for equal marriage. The national web site was created just days after the passage of Proposition 8, and, within hours, the site attracted tens of thousands of visitors an hour. Since its inception, the national site has been viewed by over a million visitors. Nearly 100 localities are holding events at the exact same time around the United States; activists in six countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan, will also be holding demonstrations at American embassies in support of equal marriage. Other nearby protests include Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green (OH), Youngstown, and Athens.
Local organizers are clear that the intention of the protest is not to overturn Proposition 8. The goal, instead, is to create awareness and build a movement for equal marriage in all 50 states. "Saturday's protest will effectively unite the community in a grassroots effort to ignite the passion and commitment of a new generation of LGBTQ activism and justice," Tolle says. "Impact Cincinnati has been formed to create positive change towards equal marriage."
Saturday's event has received wide reception from individuals and the media to date, with the story appearing on the prominent Cincinnati Blog (http://www.cincinnati.blogspot.com) and CityBeat's web site. Tolle has been interviewed by three major radio stations in the area: WNKU, WMUB, and WVXU. Current projections suggest an estimated 1,000 participants at City Hall on Saturday afternoon; the addition of Cho to the event has spawned even greater interest
Impact Cincinnati is hopeful that the protest will spur discussion and movement towards positive change in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region. Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana all currently have laws banning equal marriage rights; Ohio and Kentucky have constitutional amendments, passed by voters in 2004, to the same effect.
What's more interesting is the tag at the end of the story:
The Groningen District Court found the two guilty of severe assault for injecting semiconscious men with HIV-infected blood at sex parties between January 2006 and May 2007.
Peter M., 49, who was also convicted of rape, was sentenced to nine years in prison and Hans J., 39, received a five-year sentence. Under Dutch privacy laws, the surnames of convicted criminals are not released.
The suspects were not charged with attempted murder since Dutch courts have held
that HIV is a chronic illness rather than an inevitably fatal one.
You know that book, The Tipping Point?” asks the young Internet maven, referring to Malcolm Gladwell’s 2000 work exploring cultural shifts and the small things that incite them. “Well, on Sunday night, I said to myself, “Holy crap. We’re at the tipping point!”It's a great interview with our fearless (national) leader.
I am not one of those who left the landto the mercy of its enemies.Their flattery leaves me cold,my songs are not for them to praise.But I pity the exile's lot.Like a felon, like a man half-dead,dark is your path, wanderer;wormwood infects your foreign bread.But here, in the murk of conflagration,where scarcely a friend is left to know,we, the survivors, do not flinchfrom anything, not from a single blow.Surely the reckoning will be madeafter the passing of this cloud.We are the people without tears,straighter than you... more proud.
We recognize and appreciate the need for the pro-equality community to come together and express outrage and anger over the decision of California’s voters. We honor the grassroots drive to create an opportunity through which people can come together and publicly share their emotions about last week’s vote and its impact across the nation. We are certain that through local volunteer actions the planned protests will experience significant community involvement and meet their desired goals. The boards and staff of Equality Ohio have decided that this is an effort best lead by grassroots leadership across the state and Equality Ohio will continue its efforts to leverage the political progress that we also garnered Election Day to create an Ohio where everyone can feel at home.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JoinTheImpact.com spurs local groups to protest for equal marriage
November 10, 2008
Cincinnati, Ohio -- A protest in favor of equal marriage will occur at Cincinnati's City Hall on Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 p.m. Local students, activists, and community members lead this event as part of a day of national protests in reaction to the passage of Proposition 8 in California, re-banning equal marriage in that state.
The local movement is being organized by Cameron Tolle, a junior at Xavier University and Vice President of the Xavier LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, queer/questioning) Alliance, with the assistance of students from the University of Cincinnati and Miami University, along with several community members. Organizers state that the goal is not to overturn Proposition 8, but to create a national movement and create awareness for the effects that anti-gay legislation has on the local community. The protest will occur in conjunction with other groups from around the country at the same time as part of an initiative launched by JoinTheImpact.com; local organizers are in contact with many of these other coalitions as a way of building unity. In the first two days of organization, almost 300 people have stated they will be in attendance; 500 people are expected to attend the event.
"Last week, voters in California, Florida, Arizona and Arkansas allowed hate to infiltrate into our political system and classified the LGBTQ community as second-class citizens," Tolle says. "We cannot sit back and watch this happen. We have to let our communities know that we oppose hatred under the law in all forms. In Ohio, we live in a state that has already declared inequality by banning equal marriage and failing to include crimes against LGBTQ individuals under state hate crime laws. We cannot let this hatred under the law perpetuate any further."
JoinTheImpact.com is a national initiative that was created in reaction to the anger felt by many who believe in equal marriage rights after the passage of California's Proposition 8. It is a loose coalition of activists and organizations who seek to bring positive change in the fight for equality. The movement, less than a week old, is drawing hundreds of thousands of hits a day to its web sites. Almost 40 localities have announced protests in correlation with the initiative. More are expected to join in the coming week.
According to the website, the goal is to "come together for debate, for public recognition, and for LOVE! ... [to] move as one full unit, on the same day, at the same hour, and...show the United States of America that we too are UNITED CITIZENS EQUAL [sic] IN MIND, BODY, SPIRIT AND DESERVING OF FULL EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW."
Local organizers are hopeful that the protest will spur discussion and movement towards positive change in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region. Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana all currently have laws banning equal marriage rights; Ohio and Kentucky have constitutional amendments, passed by voters in 2004, to the same effect.
"You don't sew with a fork, so I see no reason to eat with knitting needles." -- Miss Piggy, on eating Chinese Food
(Guess what we ordered at work last night)
Oh, and, of course, what seems to be the most famous Miss P quote of all...
"Never eat more than you can lift."
Sage advice, young lady, sage advice.
Today at 7:48pm
Equality? Sounds like its a search for special rights. Article 12 was repealed, isn't that enough? I'd rather not be part of a protected class.
Today at 7:59pm
I'd rather my rights be protected and not be ignored by my government. I'd like to know that if someone harmed me because of my sexual orientation, that my government would protect me. Because right now, it wouldn't. It's not a matter of special rights. It's letting people know that hatred in politics is unacceptable. And I'm sorry to hear that you're complacent with being discriminated against on a daily basis.
Today at 8:28pm
You know, its a crime to be harmed by someone else regardless as to why it happened. Harming another human being is punished by our legal system accordingly, "daily." I meet with over 200 current/potential customers each month. Never has my sexual orientation come up in conversation, nor should it. I and many of my friends and colleagues find Cincinnati and other major cities to be more pleasant each day. These arn't issues you can just force down peoples throats. Do you not agree that we've made huge strides considering it was only several years ago article 12 was in place? Isn't it possible that the progress of overcoming relevant issues is only pushed back by uniting in front of our city hall chanting with large colorful signs? Is that really going to change councils mind? Prepare for backlash. I would think tossing 1000 pages of signatures would convey the same point without all the drama. Worked for article 12. Wouldn't you want to be treated just like a normal Joe and not a medaling drama queen? Way to perpetuate a stereotype. To your indication that i'm discriminated against "daily," i cannot remember the last time I was discriminated against, honestly. I can't say its never happened, but its not happened to me within the past year. I think a congratulations is in order, not a complaint. Best of luck.
Today at 8:40pm
true. it is a crime to harm someone else. but if you look to incidents in which someone has been harmed because of their sexual orientation, judicial response has hardly been adequate. clearly, there is a need to specify minority groups under hate crimes legislation-- i dont think you can deny the necessity of hate crimes protecting racial or religious minorities. the interesting thing is, while hate crimes against racial and religious minorities are decreasing, hate crimes against the lgbtq community are on the rise.
i realize that not all of us experience overt discrimination on a daily basis. and thank god thats true. but the fact is, we live in a society in which the lgbtq community is seen as a deviation from normality and is often perceived to be a threat for no reason other than who we are sexually attracted to. people [maybe not you. but many, many other people] have lost their jobs because
certainly, i would like to be treated like a "normal joe" if i had the choice. however, when laws are being passed that specifically target the lgbtq community, there is no way i can be treated like that unless i work to change it.
the purpose of saturday is not to have gay marriage legalized in the morning. nor is it to "shove" our message down anyone's throat. it's merely to show the world that we don't accept messages of hate or discrimination under the law.
if this isn't something you support, thats fine. but please realize that for the majority of the lgbtq community, this is an issue that is of utmost importance.
honestly, the people voted, and what's done is done... get a civil union and move on...
It ain't over until I say it's over.
but the fat lady was done singing like last week sometime...
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