November 19, 2016
commentary, Gay, News, Personal
#theresistance, Gay rights, LGBT, obstructionism, President Obama, president trump, resistance, Trump
This came across my Facebook feed today, reposted by George Takei.
” I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialogue.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
March 26, 2015
commentary, Gay, News, Personal
christian, Gay rights, hate, kamala harris, lgbtq, rodney martin, sodomite suppression act
Haters gonna hate. This is what the LGBTQ community has to put up with on a constant basis. In the comment section of this online article by the local newspaper, the Visalia-Times Delta, a thinly veiled threat.
Here’s the Facebook page of the hater. This is his profile cover image.
What would Jesus do?
Threats of violence from a follower of the alleged “Prince of Peace”. Religion is more often than not a vehicle for personal prejudice and violence.
Update: I thought the name sounded familiar. This jerk is a well known hater from Porterville. Surprise surprise.
June 1, 2014
barack obama signs lgbt proclamation, equality, Gay rights, lgbt pride month proclamation, white house
Once again President Barack Obama has done something certain to drive the wingnuts into even deeper fits of apoplexy. On May 30, 2014, he signed a
Presidential Proclamation — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014.
The City of Visalia will be issuing a Resolution of Recognition of local Activities held in honor of LGBT Month at it’s Monday, June 2nd, 7pm meeting. The City Council will present the resolution to Dr. Steve Palmer and Joan Palmer, co-Presidents of the Tulare-Kings Chapter of PFLAG.
In 2012 and 2013 Visalia issued proclamations declaring June of each year LGBT Pride Month in Visalia. A change in the rules regarding Resolutions of Recognition and Proclamations in February 2014 resulted in this year’s presentation being a “Resolution of Recognition”.
The President’s Proclamation after the jump. The City’s Resolution after it’s presented on Monday.
November 29, 2013
barber shop, Caldwell Barber Shop, evolved, Gay rights, HRC equality logo, LGBT, marriage equality, obama
Today I stopped in at my regular barber shop for what I call my “5 minute slash-and-burn”.* I parked across from the shop** and as I walked up to go in, two of the lady barbers*** were taking a break, sitting on the curb out front. We said hello as I passed.
I went inside and sat down with the other waiting customers, many of us fiddling with our phones to pass the time.****
The ladies finished their break, and came in, and I was called up by one of them. After the introductory pleasantries, and telling her how I wanted my hair(s) cut, something new happened. She asked what my bumper stickers meant.
Apparently they sat outside during their break and discussed what they might be about. They were not familiar with the HRC equality symbol, and were a bit confused what the “Obama Evolved” indicated. Internally, I almost groaned, and thought this might not go well.
October 27, 2012
Gay rights, Governor Brown, lgbt teens, parental rights, quackery, reparative therapy, SB 1172
The fingers have been flying recently, writing letters to the editor. Our local paper, The Visalia Times Delta, published on October 24 a letter bemoaning the recently passed SB 1172. The California legislature passed, and Governor Brown signed, legislation that outlaws “reparative” therapy for anyone under the age of 18. Predictably, the right wing is furious with this blatant usurpation of parental rights. The writer of Wednesday’s letter seems to feel that parental rights trump any other concerns, and that disproven and harmful therapies are justifiable if parents think they are acceptable. I wrote a response. You can read both after the jump.
June 16, 2012
commentary, News, Personal
City of Visalia, Gay rights, gays in visalia, LGBT Pride Proclamation
It’s weird, every now and then, how things work out.
For years, various political figures have issued proclamations honoring June as LGBT Pride Month. Whether a Mayor of a major city, or the President of the United States, the whereas‘s and the therefore‘s have highlighted the triumphs and tragedies of the gay pride movement across the United States, and marked the month in remembrance. Some cities do it every year, Presidents (who are Democrats) issue one annually, and other government bodies sometimes do and sometimes don’t.
This is the story of Visalia’s LGBT Pride Month proclamation.
It was all quite accidental.