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She didn't exactly start tossing confetti and marching around the living room playing a trombone in celebration, though. Me liking dudes wasn't her concern, but rather, my safety as a homosexual man living in Texas, one of the worst states to be gay in, constantly weighs on her heart. She is open about her curiosity regarding gay people and asks questions like How can you tell if drag queens are drag queens?
and What's a top and a bottom? That latter question isn't the most comfortable one to answer, so the pitcher-catcher baseball metaphor usually does the trick, while also soliciting that Ooh, gotcha response from the woman who gave you life. The best way I knew to answer my mom's questions was not by explaining the LGBT community, however, but by showing her.
As if she'd been eagerly awaiting my invite to take her to a gay bar for centuries, she excitedly agreed when I asked her to come see my world with her own eyes. Upon arriving at one of the largest gay bars in Dallas, my mom was like a social butterfly who had forgotten to take her Adderall. Sweetheart, are you gay?
she asked no less than probably 87 men that night. What a tall, pretty lady! she exclaimed, pointing to a drag queen.
Go talk to that guy, he's a hot butter biscuit! she told me. When I didn't, she gladly maneuvered her way through the crowd with me in tow, toward this attractive man who could have, for all she knew, be the second coming of the Craigslist Killer.
It was like letting an overly excited yellow Lab off its leash during its first trip to a dog park. She talked to nearly everyone we stood around and almost mistook an advance from a lesbian to meet her in the bathroom. We had to have a meeting of the minds for me to explain to my mom that she wouldn't really be going to the restroom to help the woman fix her makeup.
The most common reaction from other patrons that night was them looking at me and saying, You are so lucky. My mom would never come here with me. Another was My parents and I haven't spoken in years.
My mother, being the kind yellow Lab off her leash, would quickly reply with, Aw sugar, I'll be your mom tonight then too, honey! So while my mom and I danced to Top 40 songs she had never heard with people she'd never met in a place she'd never been, I watched her become everyone's mother. A substitute parent to everyone whose coming-out caused a rift in the relationship with their own moms, with whom they were probably once close, and to all the broken hearts who would never know the adventure of watching their own mothers dance the night away to a Kylie Minogue song.
That night she got at least a dozen phone numbers, free Jell-o shots (which she had never done before), and several invitations to brunch the next morning. I can't remember the last time I had that much fun, I really can't, she said loudly as we got in the car to go home. I don't think she really learned anything that night, because she still can't tell if a woman is a drag queen, and her gator, which she called her gaydar, doesn't work at all.
Driving home, and watching her bob and sway to a Robyn song with the windows rolled down, however, I learned something I should have already known: I really am, without a doubt, one of the lucky ones. (Via Advocate ) Continue reading
He tells them that it is time for "the next part of the story." The Feds move their base of operations to DC - which makes sense, considering that there has been a major bloodbath happening within a four-block area of Richmond, Virginia every five minutes for the last week. Parker and Hardy are allowed to keep operating their task force there, because that would make the least amount of sense. Back at Nuts Berry Farm, a nervous blond girl pitches her chapter to Joe, and we flashback to a 2007 prison visit: her name is Amanda and she wrote Joe letters about her cheating husband, whom she just killed and dismembered along with his mistress.
Apparently Joe told her, "insist on happiness," and to her, happiness was a warm gun. She can't go back to Oklahoma so Joe hooks her up with Roderick to take her to the safety of the compound. So at the end of the day Joe is basically the serial killer equivalent of a Pokemon trainer, capturing and cultivating various psychos to later pit against Charmander and Squirtle in the arena?
Back in the present, Amanda says, "I want my chapter to have a happy ending." GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. Meanwhile, on-the-lam Jacob ( Nico Tortorella ) surprises his mom at their country house. She is there hiding from the manhunt for Jacob, and Jacob is there hiding from the previous several episodes.
Paul ( Adan Canto ) is not looking too good, despite the protestations to the contrary being made by his open shirt and heaving, furry bosom. Meow. Jacob insists to his mom that he never killed anyone.
Mom says Paul has sepsis and will die soon without a hospital, and that Jacob's dad - whom Jacob clearly hates - is on his way. Joe calls Ryan ( Kevin Bacon ) to follow up on Mike's condition and commiserate about how hard it is to love Claire. Women - can't live with 'em, can't kill enough of 'em!
At a diner in Richmond, two women meet for lunch. One goes to the bathroom and while she is gone Amanda sits down with the other lady. She is fiddling with something under the table as she tells the woman to tell Ryan Hardy that "love hurts." The other woman comes back from the bathroom and asks what's going on and what Amanda has under the table.
She says it is a speargun and she wants to try it out.
She spears the lady straight through the back of her booth, and Amanda and Louise make a quick exit.
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I'm trying to find the newsworthiness of this study that links the rise in HIV infections in gay and bisexual to more men having unprotected sex? Isn't that generally how it happens? And it needs to stop.
Gay journalist and Superman fan Glen Weldon tells NPR that he won't be reading the comic penned by Orson Scott Card . "Superman is an ideal. He represents our best self. That's what he's for.
He's not the hero we identify with that's what Spider-Man is for... In Superman, we see ourselves as we hope to be. It's right there in the name he's not 'Pretty Good Man' or 'Doesn't Suck Man'; he's Superman.
He personifies our noblest ideals, ideals we believe in, and strive for..." The Pope will remain in Vatican City with security after he steps down from the Throne of St. Peter. But part of the reason isn't just his safety and comfort, but to keep him from being prosecuted abroad for any role he might have in covering up the Catholic sex scandals stretching back decades. "(If he lived anywhere else) then we might have those crazies who are filing lawsuits, or some magistrate might arrest him like other (former) heads of state have been for alleged acts while he was head of state." The Polish film In The Name of won the Teddy Award for Best Gay Film at the Berlin Film Festival, while lesbian love story Vic and Flo Saw a Bear won the Alfred Bauer Prize for innovation.
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I don t understand it. A gay person isn t going to come up and make some change unless it s to realize that it was a choice and they re chosing God. Below is an open letter to Medley from Ronnie Kroell of Friend Movement: Dear Ms.
Medley, I just came upon your interview regarding the creation of a Traditional Prom at Sullivan High School. Unlike many who may contact you to be angry or share their excitement over your position, I m contacting you because I would like to have an open dialogue to better understand your position. From what I watched it is clear that you are a religious woman, but I m not really sure if I would classify you as a Christian.
For to be a Christian one has to be Christlike. Christ throughout the Bible welcomes all his children, he never casts anyone aside, nor did he encourage separation. As an American, I believe in united we stand.
We are a country filled with beautiful people from all walks of life that is what makes us special. We celebrate that diversity and afford equal treatment under the law so that all people are protected and can find happiness. As a man that happens to be gay, I also can tell you that being gay is not a choice.
It s as natural as having brown eyes or blond hair; you are born this way. Do you remember the time that you decided to be heterosexual? Probably not, because you didn t need anyone to tell you who to be sexually attracted to.
It was a natural instinct. My work is in antibullying and encouraging people to celebrate what they have in common while celebrating their diversity. I promote education, understanding, and respect.
Your interview, in my opinion, works against that progress we have made. As a teacher, your job is to promote love, kindness, and to teach tolerance. Your interview only further promotes a position of discrimination and separate but equal which just does not work in this country.
While you have the right to your opinion, which is a freedom that we all have thanks to living in the United States, I have to respectfully disagree with you. LGBT men and women are faced with the same challenges that the human experience brings our heterosexual brothers and sisters. We work hard, we contribute to our communities, and we do our very best to live and let live.
It is your position, that would leverage the Bible to promote hate rather than love, that causes young men and women all over the world to take their own lives or worse, it encourages others around them to bring them physical and mental harm. Being that you work with special needs children, you of all people should know the harmful affects of bullying. It makes me sad that you cannot see the similarities simply because the person being bullied or separated from the rest of the community happens to fall in love with or be attracted to the same sex.
This is nothing unique to the human species; if you took a moment to understand nature, you would see that it exists in all of the animal kingdom. We are all a part of God we are made in his image and we all have a purpose. He did not send us to this earth and give us the gift of life so that we can waste our time judging others around us.
He gave us life so that we may truly know the love that he has for us and so that we may learn to share that love with all those that we meet. I wish you kindness and love in your life, and I hope that when you speak publicly you realize that your words are very powerful; they have the power to cheer folks up and they also have the power to bring someone into a horrible state of depression depression that could ultimately be fatal if they believe what you say to be the only truth. I have taken a vow to protect all of our youth from being bullied, no matter who they are.
Bullying does not discriminate. It needs to be stopped so that young people never have to feel ashamed of who they are or feel that life is not worth living. I hope that you too will join me in these efforts.
You have the right to your opinion, Ms. Medley, but you also have to know that as a public figure and teacher, you have a more important responsibility that is the safety and well-being of the children you teach. Being exposed to gay people in school or at prom is not a life-threatening event; in fact, it is an enlightening one that teaches respect and love for all of God s children.
Have an amazing 2013, Ronnie Kroell Executive Producer Friend Movement RONNIE KROELL and Elliot London created Friend Movement to help show positive antibullying images through art and media: images of people of all ages, race, gender, sexuality, and spirituality that invoke inspiration, conversation.
Friend Movement inspires people to prevent bullying by enabling them to be a better friend.
To show support for an inclusive prom, please visit Support the Sullivan High School Prom for All Students on Facebook. (Op-ed originally featured on Advocate.com ) Continue reading
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