Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Few words about George Hutchins

Who is George Hutchins? He is a Republican running for the US Congress in the 4th district of North Carolina. He also happens to be an open bigot! According to his campaign website (which is the worst campaign website I have ever been to, looks like it was made in 1999), male homosexuality has been responsible for the downfall of the Greek, Roman, and British empires. In addition to this stupid claim, he also blames male homosexuality for the rise of Hitler and the Nazis!
His reasoning? Because homosexuality was prevalent during all of these times, and all of these empires crumbled, homosexuality must be the cause. This kind of thinking is so blatantly false it is almost too easy to pick apart.
First, this line of thinking does not take into account all of the other factors other than homosexuality that caused these Empires to fall. How does homosexuality destroy an empire again?
And let's not forget the most important FACT. The reason homosexuality was around for all of the major declines of world empires is simple. Homosexuality has always been around since the beginning of recorded history. Homosexuals were also around during all of the great triumphs in human history, because there have always been homosexuals.
And as long as there has been homosexuality, there have been those who hate and condemn homosexual people. It's a fact of life, there will always be people that fear and hate us for there deep down uncomfortableness with anything outside the so called "sexual norm". That's fine, I have no problem with George Hutchins living here in the USA, but I think it would be a shame for him to represent the 4th district of North Carolina in our nation's Congress.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Remembering Teddy Kennedy

This morning, I heard the news of Senator Kennedy's death. I am saddened beyond belief. He was a true leader and a giant in the Senate. He was not afraid to stand up, even when others did not. Throughout his over 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy has made an impact on almost every major piece of legislation that passed through the Senate chambers. He also made his brothers proud by picking up and going, after assassin's bullets ended their lives.

He was also committed to ensuring every American had quality, affordable health care. He was in support of "Medicare for All", a single payer system that allowed everyone the right to quality care. He understood that an industry that leaves out 45 million people from having health coverage was wrong. It is my wish that Democrats listen to Kennedy's advice, and once again renew their commitment to a single payer system, or a strong public option that isn't a giveaway to the Health Insurance Industry.

Let's honor Senator Kennedy's legacy by passing a strong reform bill that will enact the change we so desperately need.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Growing apart.

Why is it ex boyfriends always want to be friends afterwards?

Tonight, I finally told me ex that we had to stop talking. It hurts to do that to someone you love, but I had to do it. I just got tired of hearing about how his life was better than mine. Even when we were together, he was constantly one upping me. It gets tiresome having to grin and bear it while he talks about his $200 jeans and his iPhone. I don't measure me life by my material assets,and I think he does.

I tried to explain that I didn't want to hurt him, but he would have none of it. I have now been accused of "using him", but I am not even sure what he means by that.

Hopefully now we can both live our lives and one day time will heal the divide between us. If it doesn't though, I will have to live with that I guess.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

RIP Michael "Chicken" Roof

I would just like to make a post about my recently departed friend Michael Roof. He died too soon, and left a hole in my heart.
I started working at Johnny's Pizza in May of 2006. Soon after, I met Micheal Roof. He was sitting at the bar, having a beer and conversing with a waitress. She introduced me to Michael, and from that point on, I had a favorite customer. Anytime he walked through the door my day became brighter. He became much more than a customer though, he became a true friend. I knew he would listen to me when I needed someone to, and I tried to do the same in turn.

Micheal was also a man who loved his family. I pray for the family he left behind. 3 sons, and a wife. They deserve better than this. I can only imagine how horrible this time is for them. If I have cried a hundred times, they have a thousandfold.

Last night, the staff of Johnny's gathered together to watch a short film Roof gave me. We had a few drinks, and each said a few words about our departed friend. I will cherish the memories that we talked about, and keep that film with me forever.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A sad day in the lives of LGBT Americans

Today, the California Supreme Court declared that Proposition 8 is valid and should be upheld. To think that in 2009 we are still having to fight for our rights and equality in places like California is astonishing!

The opponents of same sex marriage claim that they are defending "traditional marriage", but they are in fact trying to justify bigotry and discrimination. How does same sex marriage affect heterosexual marriages (Or as Miss California calls is "opposite marriage")? Its not as if straight couples around the world are waiting to have gay marriage so they can become homosexuals themselves. Is there some kind of problem with having a broader definition of what marriage is? Why can't two consenting adults enter into a permanent partnership if they are the same sex? Isn't this in fact sexist to say that two men or two women can't raise a family just as effectively as a heterosexual couple? In fact, I am sure there are LGBT parents who are much better than some straight parents I know. I am also sure that there are shitty LGBT parents too! Some people are not meant to settle down and raise a family, but for those of us who are, we would like to have access to the same rights and benefits that everyone else receives. It isn't "special treatment for special people".

The other side of this issue is that our government is deciding what we can and cannot call a marriage. I think this is discrimination of those who feel that LGBT people should have the right to marry. This includes thousands of Churches and other temples of worship that embrace LGBT people and see their love as valid in God's eyes. Why aren't the Libertarians rising up against this attack on our individual freedom to decide what constitutes a loving union?

In closing, I hope that the people of California are ashamed at their courts. I am saddened to see that the state that Harvey Milk called home is now happy to spit on his legacy. However, this fight is not over, and the opponents of same sex marriage are in for one hell of a wake up call! There are now 5 states with legal gay marriage and more on the way. California will forever be seen as being on the wrong side of history.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Another victory for Marriage Equality

Now same sex marriage is legal in Maine. I can honestly feel that federal marriage recognition is soon to come.