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Applauding Steph Jones..

16 Aug

Photo of Steph JonesSometimes I wonder if I’m not too focused on gay rights, etc. (and here I go writing about it yet again).

Perhaps it’s because this is a fight I’ve been involved in for more than a quarter-century and it just [sometimes] seems like progress is just too damned slow to come; it’s frustrating. Also, there is so much going on in my life right now that doesn’t seem to be going all that well — but I don’t want to talk about most of those things on here; not now anyway. So I do the next best thing; I bitch about something I’ve felt comfortable discussing for years. *laughing*


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Proposition 8, as “Appealing” as it might be..

10 Aug

montage photo of appeal prop 8Let’s discuss a few facts which opponents of Proposition 8 have seemingly given very little consideration to.

Many of those who would have liked to have seen the decision go the other way have been talking about appeals involving the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS). However, before Judge Walker’s ruling may be overturned it will need to BE appealed. That can happen only if the the defendants or the plaintiffs appeal the ruling; NOT their Intervenors (unless SCOTUS or the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sees fit to handle the case differently than they have in the past).


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The Origins of “Marriage”

08 Aug

montage of wedding photosThere has been a lot of talk about the origins of marriage over the past ten years; especially, during the last year or two.

The discussions are important and those on both sides of the issue are passionate and have a right to their opinions. On the one hand we have those who believe marriage is rooted in religion and that the institution is reserved ONLY for couples comprised of one man and one woman.

Others believe marriage has little to do with the gender of those involved but more so with whether or not the two love one another and are committed to live out their lives as a family, devoted to and willing to share in the responsibilities that are inherently involved in such a relationship, setting aside any ties to religion altogether.


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Judge Walker Rules on Prop. 8

05 Aug

Poster for fall of Prop. 8Having written about this topic so very many times before I’m tempted to let this pass… Quite honestly, I’m just tired of expending energy on something that should be a “no-brainer.”

After all, even though the judge has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs there’s still the matter of those appeals that are sure to come. Those who are so hell-bent on denying same-sex couples the same rights and assurances as straight married couples do now enjoy will not rest until they have exhausted all legal measures they have at their disposal.

And why shouldn’t they? Certainly, if they feel strongly about this (even though I myself disagree with their claims), they should stay the course and invest their all into it.


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My thoughts on stereotypes, self-confidence and perceptions

26 Jul

Stereotypes posterI believe that EVERYBODY has something about which they’re prejudiced.

It might be their attitude toward immigrants or persons of a different nationality, or perhaps against those whose sexual orientation is different. Their prejudice may be expressed in their opinions of religion and/or any and all of the varied faiths that run its gamut. Alternatively, the bigotry that invades their everyday thoughts is possibly directed at members of the [financial] upper class; those who represent the “haves” while they themselves are among the “have not’s.”

Whatever intolerance a person might feel, it may be rooted in their perception of how they believe they’ve been aggrieved by the focus of their prejudice; either personally, or as a member of a group of persons he or she identifies with.


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Michael Ray Huerta’s Birthday Wish..

08 Jul

What follows is a video that I stumbled across on Gay.com earlier today; a video which I wanted to share with you because it helps to explain WHY I do some of the things I do myself.

I did not struggle as much with accepting my sexuality as others have done over the years, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the pain some do go through as they themselves grow into young GLBTQ adults. It’s [often] not an easy task to accommodate; feeling as though you are SOOOoo different from the majority of those around you (or worse yet, as though you are undeserving of the same respect and love that others may seem to take for granted on any given day).


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While D.C. sits, Google implements a solution..

07 Jul

Google office

Say what you will about the Internet, but some will argue that Google is THE place to work!

While the rest of the nation argues about what is acceptable and what’s fair, often ignoring the real costs to gay couples in America (that straight couples have an opportunity to avoid altogether), Google has taken a bold step to address the issue.

Can they do this? Was it the right thing to do or have they only created a new set of problems that will now have to be addressed? Was their heart in the right place?

I don’t know the answer to the first two questions but I’m inclined to respond with a resounding YES on the last; they did what they believed to be the only right thing to do. They’ve provided compensation for the added cost to gay, committed couples who are presently unable to marry and benefit from the option of filing their [income] taxes jointly with a raise to offset the additional taxes. They certainly didn’t have to do this but I’ll give them a big high-five for taking the high road.


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The Definition of Equality

06 Jun

Fight for EqualityIn my last post I talked about gay pride and how I feel about the month of June being designated as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month” in 2009. I made reference within that entry to a fight for equality on behalf of LGBT persons and I’d like to expand on just exactly what I mean by “equality” or “equal rights.”

I’m of the mind that as a tax-paying citizen of this country, I should be able to benefit from the same protections, opportunities and privileges as any other tax-paying citizen. Many do not understand why I feel that, as a gay man, I don’t have full equality under the law. As an “individual” I probably do enjoy most if not all of the same rights as any other person. My concern is directed more so at my inability to enjoy a “legally recognized” union with my partner of the same gender (in my case, I am single but the concern is valid in my opinion anyway).


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2009 Texas Freedom Parade (The Day After!)

21 Sep

This past Sunday marked the 26th Annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade in Dallas. I enjoyed the parade, which lasted far longer than I recall in prior years (suggesting more of us are getting involved these days, as are more businesses and churches in a show of support for LGBT equality).

I admit I felt o-l-d as I stood along the parade route, camera in tow and preparing to snap over 750 photos of the parade, its participants and the closing festivities at Lee Park. After all, when I first began attending these events I was in my early twenties and today I’m forty-six. My face has developed a few new laugh lines and sadly my belly’s expanded a bit (okay, considerably) from having partied a little too hearty over the years. Nonetheless 2009 Texas Freedom Parademy inner-child yet lives and encourages me to admire the cute young guys who are today in their own twenties. Photos of some of those yum-alicious studs have been uploaded to Flickr for your own enjoyment.

But in addition to feeling “old” I’m also proud to have been a part of those early years, participating along with others my age as we demonstrated with groups like “Act Up!” (and other organizations born of or associated with what was then known as the Dallas Gay Alliance). The fight for equality has been a struggle and while we are ‘nearer to success’ today the fight is not yet over.


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WWJD

05 Aug

His words are still ringing in my ears (after reading the article “Maine Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill”). John Baldacci of Maine states, “It’s not the way I was raised and it’s not the way that I am but at the same time I have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution. That’s my job, and you can’t allow discrimination to stand when it’s raised to your level.”

I don’t understand whether he’s “for” the bill or “against” it but perhaps that is a moot point. What’s of more importance here is Gov. Baldacci seems willing to set aside his own beliefs and opinions to uphold the state’s Constitution.


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