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Happy Coming Out Day!

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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.

Westboro Plans to Picket Elizabeth Taylor’s Funeral

 Fred Phelps,cutting loose.

Westboro Baptist Church is going to take their gay hating tour to California.

 Fresh from their First Amendment victory in the Supreme Court, Margie Phelps announced that they plan to celebrate by traveling to Los Angeles to protest at Elizabeth’s Taylor’s funeral. Their reason?  Ms. Taylor “spent her life in adultery and enabling fags” according to Ms Phelps. Such a kind and gentle christian woman you are Margie. What Ms. Margie is referring to is that Ms. Taylor was a pioneer in HIV/Aids activism. Starting in 1985, she set up her own foundation to battle aids as well as creating awareness in aids prevention. She felt compelled to do this because the Reagan administration was too busy dreaming about star wars type defense projects, and plunging our country into debt with voodoo economics to help those who were stricken. Ms Taylor stepped up to the plate to battle this horrific virus while the government chose to ignore it.

While the rest of the country is honoring Ms Taylor for her work as an actress and activist, Fred and Margie Phelps, along with their band of bat shit crazy followers are going to attempt to besmirch her name. They’re going to plant their crazy asses outside the cemetery on the day of the funeral, and vomit their hateful vitriol upon anyone who will listen.
The Westboro Church is a vile and disgusting establishment, looking to gain publicity for their little cult by insulting those who can’t fight back. They routinely show up at military and celebrity funerals, condemning the dead to hell, while spewing out their prejudiced bullshit aimed at those of same-sex orientation. They must be stopped, and I think I know how.

While the first amendment does protect their right to protest, there is a way to put an end to the madness; the government can refuse to recognize their legitimacy as a non-profit organization and tax the fuck out of them. I guarantee if we take away the government gravy train, the so-called church will crumble like a house of cards. Furthermore, the media can refuse to cover these grotesque events. If you ignore a bully and take away its power, eventually it goes away.

Of course this will never happen because our government is gutless, and our media is always looking for a story.  In the mean time, I guess overzealous hate mongers like Fred and Margie Phelps are always going to have a voice. All I can say is when you both die, you better dress for warm weather; it’s going to be extremely hot where you’re going. 

My Response to Republicans Over SB5? F*ck You!

The bill SB5 passed in Ohio by a 17-16 vote yesterday, and all I can think is fuck you Republicans. Fuck you for going against popular opinion. Fuck you for trying to sneak in wording that would eliminate benefits for same sex partners on this bill. Fuck you for trying to make this about the budget, instead of your own nefarious agendas to accumulate more wealth and power. Fuck you for not caring about the poor and middle class, the backbone of this country. Fuck you for not giving a shit about women, and trying to control their bodies. Fuck you for claiming that abortion is murder, yet secretly cheer when another abortion doctor is killed. Fuck you for demanding that every child be born regardless of the price the mother may have to pay, and then ignore the child when it’s born.

Fuck you for not allowing same sex partners all the rights and privilege that heterosexual couples enjoy on a federal level. Fuck you for attempting to eliminate Planned Parenthood, Wic, the EPA, and other vital agencies while giving yet more tax breaks to billion dollar corporations. Fuck you for taking up permanent residence in the Koch Brothers back pockets. Fuck you for inflicting Nixon, Reagan, and Bush upon us. Fuck you for bitching about high taxes, huge government, and an unmanageable national debt, than turning around and raising all three. Fuck you for claiming it’s about jobs, then ignoring the unemployed when you’re elected. Fuck you for doing everything you can to make our country a fascist, one party nation. Fuck you for the lies that you spread about Barack Obama. Fuck you for giving birth to the Tea Party. Fuck you for enabling Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. Fuck you for Faux News. Fuck you for not putting a muzzle on Fred Phelps and the other crazy fuckers who preach hate and intolerance. Fuck you for Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, John Kasich, etc, etc, etc. Fuck you John Boehner for being the uncaring prick that you are. Fuck you for every other transgression that I left out. Fuck you, Fuck you, and Fuck you.

I’m sorry that this post isn’t as eloquent as what you’re used to. It’s hard to be a wordsmith when all I feel right now is rage.

Roe v. Wade Saves Lives and Liberties of Women.

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A woman’s right to choose whether or not she can get an abortion or contraception has risen to the national stage once again in full force. On the federal level, the Republicans are using the budget as a convenient excuse to shove their moral agenda down the nation’s throat. They have put measures in the bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood, an organization with over 800 locations across the country. Services provided at locations include contraceptives (birth control); emergency contraception; screening for breast, cervical and testicular cancers; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; comprehensive sexuality education, menopause treatments; vasectomies, tubal ligations, and abortion.

Planned Parenthood is a vital service geared to maintain women’s health. The cost to the government is 1 billion dollars, a mere pittance to our budget when compared to our military budget, or the huge tax breaks given to billionaire corporations. Since Women’s History Month is upon us, I thought it would be relevant to write about the history of Roe v. Wade, and the impact that it has carried over the last 37 years.

Abortion is not only being challenged on the Federal level; in many states politicians are challenging a woman’s right to choose either by passing legislation that attacks doctors who provide abortion, or the women who seek them. In fact, anti-abortion laws have been in place since 1821, when Connecticut passed the first statue criminalizing abortion. By 1900, every state in the union had abortion legislation in place. Unless pregnancy was induced by rape or incest, abortion was not legal until the landmark decision Roe v. Wade was decided in the Supreme Court in 1973. That decision relied on the “right to privacy” that is provided in the 14th amendment, and struck down state and federal statutes that made abortion illegal as unconstitutional. The court’s decision would later influence the Canadian Supreme Court’s decision to declare that abortion laws unconstitutional in the R. v. Morgentaler case, which was decided in 1988. 

The case came to be in Texas, when Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) became pregnant with her third child in 1969. She tried to get an abortion in Dallas, but could not because abortion was only legal in the afore mentioned circumstance of rape or incest. After the birth of her child, she hired attorneys Linda Coffe and Sarah Weddington, who filed suit in a U.S. district court challenging the abortion laws in Texas. Dallas district attorney Henry Wade was chosen to represent Texas in the suit. Although the district court found in favor of McCorvey, Wade would continue to appeal until the Supreme Court passed their final decision on January 22, 1973 with a 7-2 majority.  

Roe v. Wade is the landmark decision in our country concerning abortion. The decision to declare that due process extends to a woman’s right to choose until the fetus is potentially viable after 24 weeks reshaped national politics. You’re either pro-choice or pro-life, there is no middle ground. Christian right to lifers are so motivated to stop abortion that they are willing to break the law by bombing clinics, terrorizing patients and staff, or brutally murdering doctors that provide abortions. They would rather send women back to the days of involuntary servitude (which by the way, violates the 9th amendment), than allow women to make their own choices concerning what’s best for their own bodies. In their eyes, freedom extends to everyone, unless you’re a woman and pregnant, in which case a woman’s liberty belongs to God.  

Roe v. Wade remains of the utmost importance to a woman’s liberties to this day. Before the decision abortion and most forms of contraception were illegal. If a woman wanted a legal abortion she would either have to declare rape, which McCorvey attempted to do, or go to a “back alley” clinic which would often put many women’s lives at risk. Roe v. Wade allowed clinics to open across the country to not only provide safe abortions, but to provide contraception and other women’s health services. It is vital to women that these clinics stay open. It is of the utmost importance to not only their reproductive health, but their right to privacy as well. I can not state it strong enough; Roe v. Wade made abortion LEGAL. The overzealous attempts by christian conservatives to limit abortions are ILLEGAL. It’s time we recognize that and do something about it; otherwise women’s rights will be set back over 100 years, when women were property, not people.

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