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Happy Coming Out Day!

Pansexual flag

Pansexual flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For me, gender is not a defining factor in who or how I love. Although my partner is female, I define myself as Pansexual. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m already madly in love, I could easily see myself falling in love with a man, woman, or transgendered person. Like so many others in this world, I was born with the privilege of being able to love outside the box.

People can love me or hate me for it: They can call me a sinner, or a freak, or whatever they want- I simply don’t care. I am completely comfortable in my own skin, as is my partner, who is also Pansexual. Again, this is not a choice, this is the way I was born; this is who I am. This is who we all are.

It took many years for me to figure this out, and now that I understand, I couldn’t be happier about it. Nothing or nobody is going to take that away. I’m queer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Love and peace to y’all!

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Obama Comes Out In Favor of Marriage Equality.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did I just see rainbow smoke coming from the White House chimney? In an interview with ABC News Robin Roberts today, President Obama echoed the sentiments of Joe Biden ( without the off the wall Will & Grace comments):

OBAMA:”I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about. members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point

I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

The interview is scheduled to air tonight.

I must say, this is a pretty bold statement, considering the fact that it’s an election year. Hopefully, he’ll get another 4 years to back that statement up. As I stated in a previous post, it’s going to take a hell of a lot of work to get rid of DOMA, and finally bring about marriage equality on a federal level.

I hope Obama’s actions will be louder than his words.  

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The Pueblo Indians of The 17th Century.

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The Pueblo Indians are a conglomeration of tribes who live in Arizona and New Mexico. Known as the cliff dwellers, they were the only tribes in the American South West who formed villages, known as Pueblos, as well as the only tribes who lived off agriculture. The Pueblos are best known for not only their homes built into the cliffs, but for their worship of living spirits, or Kachinas, including Kokopelli, the trickster god. What many of you may not be aware of is that the Pueblos were almost successful in halting the Spanish invasion of south western North America. Their weapon of choice was one that has stood the test of time for thousands of years: Sex.

The Pueblo Indians, of which the Hopi and Taiwa are probably the best known of the tribes, are very similar to most of the Native American tribes of North America in that they believe in giving gifts when they meet with others. The custom of gift giving was very important to the Native Americans. When a gift was presented to another, the recipient was expected to give back a gift of equal value, or be indebted to the giver. For many Native American tribes gift giving was of the usual variety; gifts could range from food or blankets, up to weapons or precious gems or metals. In the Pueblos Indians case, sex was perhaps the most valued gift one could give to another.

For Pueblo women sex was given for a few reasons; there was procreation of course, but it was also given in return for goods or services. In addition, the Pueblo women used sex in order to tame either the man they were about to marry, or strangers who happened to come venture into their villages. However, the gift of sex did not stop with the women; men too, used sex in order to get something in return. What the men wanted was magic; when a Pueblo man encountered another man who was deemed to possess great magic, it was believed that having sex with the man of powerful magic would be a way to get some of his powers in return.

During the 17th century, the Spanish who were already entrenched in colonizing Mexico and South America had heard rumors of the existence of the fabled seven cities of gold in the American South West. They sent several expeditions consisting of military and scouts to find these cities of gold, as well as colonize the area and conquer the Pueblos, Apaches, and Navajo Indians who populated the area. What they found instead of gold, were the Pueblo Indians, who believing the Spanish soldiers possessed powerful magic, wanted to have sex with the Spanish, in order to take their magic as well as tame them. The soldiers, who had been marching for months, were of course extremely receptive to these gifts that the Pueblo men and women were offering, and gladly accepted.

Word of this eventually made its way back to the Council of the Indies, the Spanish base of operations in the Western Hemisphere. The council, when hearing that the Spanish were too busy to colonize the American South West because they were occupied with having sex with everyone, responded with “ Oh hell no!” As a result, the troops were recalled to Mexico, and it would be decades later before another attempt was made to conquer the south west. This time however, instead of soldiers, it was the Franciscan monks and friars who were sent in order to Christianize the Pueblos, as well as enslave them to work for the ranchers and farmers who were to follow. Ostensibly, the Pueblos could not seduce these men of god (priests turning down sex with young men? yeah right), and the Pueblos were Christianized, although they still practiced their spirituality in secret. With the exception of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 lead by medicine man El Pope (today is the anniversary of the start of that revolt), the Spanish eventually conquered the territory, enslaved the Pueblos, and established the second oldest, still inhabited city in America, Santa Fe New Mexico. The rest as they say is history.

Steve Simon Battles Minnesota Homophobes On Same Sex Marriage.

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“How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?”

This quote was given by State representative Steve Simon to the Minnesota house committee, in an effort to convince the Republican dominated legislature not to insert a same sex marriage ban into their state constitution. The measure passed in spite of his impassioned plea.

For those who believe in god, this quote should ring true; if we are all ostensibly god’s creatures, then to deny those of same sex orientation the same rights as heterosexuals is a sin, right?

For those of us who are atheists, the same quote applies. Simply replace the word “god” with nature. It still makes sense, does it not? Understand this: same sex orientation is a natural occurrence in the animal kingdom, and we are animals!

To deny same sex marriage is to deny human rights. Steve Simon gets that. I wish there were more Steve Simons in the world. I also wish there were less pious homophobes such as Rick Santorum, or the Minnesota legislature in the world. I’m not holding my breath though; I would probably suffocate waiting for such a sweeping change in misplaced morality.

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Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Masturbation: From Unicorn Booty

Hopefully by now, most of you know that I don’t really take myself too seriously, which I think is a good attribute for every blogger to have. In keeping with the sometimes irreverent spirit of my blog, I thought I would share this graphic that tells you everything you need to know about, well, you know ;)

My thanks to Unicorn Booty for sharing this!

Rick Santorum Is Making It Too Easy!

The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes, 1934

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I came across this little gem today at ThinkProgress. Rick Santorum, second in America to Fred Phelps in rampant homophobia, has a campaign slogan for his presidential bid.  Mr. Santorum is “Fighting to make America America again.” It’s a great thought; too bad Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes thought of it first. Hughes was a wonderful African-American poet during the renaissance. He wrote many poems that reflected the African-American struggles in white dominated America. He was also a very open homosexual. Hughes was a well spoken advocate for gay rights during a time when being out, particularly black and out, could mean a certain death sentence.

Santorum has stolen borrowed his campaign slogan from a poem of Hughes, titled ” Let America be America again.” According to the article from ThinkProgress, the poem is ” pro-union, pro racial justice, and pro immigrant.” Three issues that I’m sure Santorum holds dear to his heart.

Hmmm, maybe Santorum has decided to remove that massive, gay hating, christian stick from his ass, and is starting to view the world through rainbow-colored glasses. Naaah, it’s more likely he’s never heard of “Let America be America again.” Hell, he’s probably never heard of Langston Hughes. After all, there’s no mention of him in Leviticus.

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