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Got a copy in my e-mail at home:

 A letter to Sally Kern from a senior in high school in Oklahoma.


>> Today my nephew attempted to deliver a letter to Sally Kern but  
>> was stopped by a highway patrol man. With his permission I am  
>> distributing the letter to all news stations and thought I would  
>> include it here.
>> 
>> Maybe we can all stand to learn a listen from this smart, loving,  
>> young man. He more than most has reason to hate. He lost his  
>> mother, my sister, in the Murrah Building bombing
>> 
>> Elizabeth

>> ( by way page 112 of the News9 Comment Section at http:// 
>> www.news9.com/global/story.asp?s=7983168
>> 

>> Letter From Tucker

>> 

>> Rep Kern:
>> On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb  
>> that killed my mother and 167 others. 19 children died that day.  
>> Had I not had the chicken pox that day, the body count would've  
>> likely have included one more. Over 800 other Oklahomans were  
>> injured that day and many of those still suffer through their  
>> permanent wounds.
>> 
>> That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in  
>> Islam. He was an extremist Christian forcing his views through a  
>> body count. He held his beliefs and made those who didn't live up  
>> to them pay with their lives.
>> 
>> As you were not a resident of Oklahoma on that day, it could be  
>> explained why you so carelessly chose words saying that the  
>> homosexual agenda is worst than terrorism. I can most certainly  
>> tell you through my own experience that is not true. I am sure  
>> there are many people in your voting district that laid a loved  
>> one to death after the terrorist attack on Oklahoma City. I kind  
>> of doubt you'll find one of them that will agree with you.
>> 
>> I was five years old when my mother died. I remember what a  
>> beautiful, wise, and remarkable woman she was. I miss her. Your  
>> harsh words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you  
>> told me that my mother's killer was a better person than a group  
>> of people that are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves.
>> 
>> As someone left motherless and victimized by terrorists, I say to  
>> you very clearly you are absolutely wrong.
>> 
>> You represent a district in Oklahoma City and you very coldly  
>> express a lack of love, sympathy or understanding for what they've  
>> been through. Can I ask if you might have chosen wiser words were  
>> you a real Oklahoman that was here to share the suffering with  
>> Oklahoma City? Might your heart be a bit less cold had you been  
>> around to see the small bodies of children being pulled out of  
>> rubble and carried away by weeping firemen?
>> 
>> I've spent 12 years in Oklahoma public schools and never once have  
>> I had anyone try to force a gay agenda on me. I have seen,  
>> however, many gay students beat up and there's never a day in  
>> school that has went by when I haven't heard the word **** slung  
>> at someone. I've been called gay slurs many times and they hurt  
>> and I am not even gay so I can just imagine how a real gay person  
>> feels. You were a school teacher and you have seen those things  
>> too. How could you care so little about the suffering of some of  
>> your students?
>> 
>> Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every  
>> openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk  
>> together Monday for protection. They looked scared. They've  
>> already experienced enough hate and now your words gave other  
>> students even more motivation to sneer at them and call them  
>> names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a lawmaker, many young  
>> people have taken your words to heart. That happens when you  
>> assume a role of responsibility in your community. I seriously  
>> think before this week ends that some kids here will be going home  
>> bruised and bloody because of what you said.
>> 
>> I wish you could've met my mom. Maybe she could've guided you in  
>> how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.
>> 
>> I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if  
>> there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and  
>> tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be  
>> here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she  
>> won't be there. So I'll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma  
>> to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no  
>> intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like  
>> you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more  
>> people again. I don't want to be here for that. I just can't go  
>> through that again.
>> 
>> You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you  
>> something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your  
>> bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me.  
>> Your words disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause  
>> others to pick up sticks and stones and hurt others.
>> 
>> Sincerely
>> 
>> Tucker
>> 

 
 
 
 
 
 


Safe for work...
 
 
 
 
 
 
My partner and I are amazed... and very moved. He gets it. He really gets it... I hope to see many more politicians have this change of heart...



My partner wrote him a letter after seeing this, she said I could share as well.

"Mayor Sanders,

I am not one of your constituents. I live in Phoenix, AZ with my partner of 6 years. However, it was necessary to thank you for your courage in doing the right thing. I'd begun to give up hope that any politician would ever understand, but then I watched your speech on YouTube. Your summary of the issue was so beautiful and perfect that I can't stop crying for happiness.

Thank you for giving me back the hope I'd lost."


X-posted to glbt_hindus, gaymafia, and gay_monogamy
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Earlier today, in New York City, an older gentleman walked into the main room of the deli full of people, grabbing a late lunch, the same time as the Faery King.

Cynthia and I accompanied my sister Susan for her Chemo today. This was a very difficult day in her recovery because of stomach distress, the under prescribing of meds and fever.

As Susan is one very tough lady, one very tough and loving Alpha female, a self-made woman, a biker poet of the kind, who can make one dream of free and open roads, metaphorically and other wise.

It is quite painful watching her battle Hodgkin's Disease and being humbled by anything, to be perfectly honest.

Apparently from the reaction in the Deli, to my reaction, (wink-although we all do grieve differently) it was very quiet for other reasons than that news flash, as it would turn out that this was the first many of us was hearing the news of his being as dead as a puppet.

The thoughtful elderly man made the comment about how sad it was that they had found Falwell dead on the floor, all alone like they did, going on about how he had touched so many lives.
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Moral Majority founder Rev. Jerry Falwell dies at 73


Boo-fucking-hoo! I'm sure someone will blame The Gays for this "disaster" as well...
 
 
 
 
 
 
“They tried to cure me of being gay”

Excerpt: At 27, Christine Bakke threw herself into “ex-gay” therapy offered by Christian churches. Now she’s coming out as one of the first women willing to discuss these controversial programs—and why they didn’t work. Read Christine’s story and then interact with her in the comments section.

By Stephen Fried


View the article here...

--

In case you've been under a rock and didn't see the news reports about this story, here's the online version. I read this with the expectation of "yet another ex-gay horror story," but this young woman's story rang a bell within me. I went through some of what she describes regarding her religious beliefs, and even though my story is nowhere near as excruciating as hers, I find ironic comfort knowing that my pain was not unique, and that others like me are able to find their way and get past the awfulness and hate-mongering of the "ex-gay" movement.

It's a good read indeed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
15th Annual Queer Film Festival May 4.5.6
Shows and Events
University of Oregon Campus

http://culturalforum.uoregon.edu/

May 4
Friday 7:00pm
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

Portrayals of masculinity in hip-hop and rap often mimic stereotypes of aggressiveness, violence, sexism and homophobia.
Challenging these attitudes successfully necessitates an analysis of gender and its intersection with race and the promotion of new definitions of masculinity and femininity. This is the work for gender activists of all ages; this film and community campaign are vital tools in this effort.
http://www.genderyouth.org/hip-hop

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If posting a link to another community isn't permitted, I encourage the mods to go ahead and delete this and apologize for any offense. I'm only x-posting to comms where I didn't see it in the rules, but I may have missed it.

glbt_hindus is a new community for anyone who is of the Hindu - Sanatana Dharma - faith and is also of any alternative sexuality or lifestyle. Sanatana Dharma is a broad umbrella of ideas and philosophies and all sects, non-sects, cultural Hindus and converts are more than welcome. Same goes for gender and sexuality. From asexual to pansexual all are welcome. This is intended as a safe supportive community for members of the Third Sex, so membership is moderated. This is not a dating community, it is about love, support, relationships, family, identity, and spirituality. If you know someone who may need the support of this group, please do pass the link on.

And so this isn't just an ad post I'd like to share part of an article about homosexuality in Hinduism today from the HRC site which is an excellent overview of where we're at, behind the cut.Collapse )

Namaste-ji, and thank you for your kind indulgence! :) Aum shanti shanti shanti.

X-posted to hindus, sanatana_dharma, rainbowsupport, and gaymafia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't forget, tomorrow is the Day of Silence. If you are participating, make sure you're registered so your effort counts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey y'all!! Long time no speak. I (w/ my fellow Gay-Straight Alliance members) just got back from an anti-hate conference & I thought I'd share some info if any of you want to organize/attend one.

It's called "You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me: A Dance With Diversity"-->
"A one-person show that deals with the issues of race, discrimination, violence prevention, personal identity, suicide, gender equity, homophobia, and the emotional pain felt by special education children. In a gripping, fast-paced, 75-minute performance, Michael Fowlin (uhhsome dude--much kudos) slips in and out of nine characters, both male and female, who 'share their stories.' The characters share their stories in an often humorous, but at times, heartbreaking manner."

It's not just that though. The whole event is quite interactive & before & after the performance there are both teen & adult discussion groups. It's well worth experiencing cause it's not the same old boring, rehashed lecture that you've heard a million times before. It's really mind-opening. I dunno about everyone else, but the most important thing I got out of it was the realization that even though we may initially think that we're completely free of prejudice, ultimately, whether we're conscious of it or not (or whether or not we choose to acknowledge it) we still have some prejudices.

Anyhoo, to contact the Stamp Out Hate Coalition, you can call them at 973-379-7844 or email them at newjersey@ajc.org

Peace & love.