mysid: (rainbow flag)
I was so nervous last night watching the election results that I actually threw up. No lie. Thank goodness they declared President Obama the winner before I went to bed last night, or I wouldn't have slept a wink. I wanted to do a Snoopy-esque happy dance, but my husband and I have a tacit agreement not to exult too openly when the other's candidate loses.

But I did feel like dancing in the streets, waving a rainbow flag, when I heard that not only did President Obama beat Mittens, but four states, FOUR, either voted in favor of marriage equality or voted against an amendment banning it.*

To quote Debbie in Queer as Folk: “A word of advice, my sweet Emmett - mourn the losses because they are many. But celebrate the victories because they are few.”

For a complete roundup of significant votes, see this entry by [personal profile] gehayi.

*Minnesota voters defeated a ballot measure that would have made marriage discrimination part of their state constitution, and voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted to legalize marriage equality.
mysid: (rainbow flag)
My daughter plays in the pep band at her high school's football games. (Not enough band-geeks to have a marching band, so they have a small pep band instead.) My husband and I decided to go to last night's game, the second I've attended this year.

I hadn't been there long before I noticed something highly disturbing: People returning from the refreshment stand were carrying food in wrappers with the Chick-fil-A logo. Either the school bought a bunch of Chick-fil-A food and was reselling it, or they had a deal with Chick-fil-A to supply food for the refreshment stand and to split the profits. Either way, Chick-fil-A was making money off our school.

This isn't right, people! Chick-fil-A is evil! They donate corprate profits to anti-gay hate groups! We have gay kids in our school. I'm sure they love seeing their classmates purchasing Chick-fil-A items.
mysid: (rainbow flag)
So...I've got this Chick-fil-A gift card. (A student gave it to me as an "end of the school year" gift.) I have no temptation to redeem it, because (A) my family and I have never really liked the food, and (B) I don't want to patronize any business that financially supports anti-gay causes. (And no, those aren't listed in order of importance.)

However, if I leave it unredeemed, Chick-fil-A gets to keep the money that my student's mom spent on it, so I kind of want to redeem every penny of it. But as much as I want to do that, I can't even stomach the thought of setting foot in the place.

I thought about mailing it to my sister-in-law as I know she'll have no qualms about eating there, but encouraging her to go seems wrong. I don't go into Philly on a regualar basis, but when I do, I always see panhandlers at certain intersections. Maybe I'll give it to one of them the next time I go. I know it'll get spent, and he/she will get a hot meal.
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I was reading the recent spate of "Gay Pride Oreo" (aka "Rainbow Oreo") themed fics in the QaF fandom, and in commenting on one, I was led to double-check the fact that Oreo is made by Nabisco. (It is, and Nabisco is currently owned by Kraft.)

But while on Oreo's Wikipedia page, I learned something new. I'd always believed that Sunshine's Hydrox cookies were copycats of Oreo, but it's actually the other way around. Huh. You learn something new everyday. I guess I was wrong to favor Oreo over the copycat Hydrox.

But until Hydrox gets as cool as this:
Raidbow OREO

I guess I'll stick with Oreo.
mysid: (rainbow flag)
I just ordered this "I Support Marriage Equality" bumper sticker for my car. (Don't worry, I'll stick it on a car magnet and attach it that way. I'm not going to ruin the car's paint.)

I've wanted something in support of LGBT rights on my car for a while, and I decided to go with this one after reading an article about how reframing the discussion by using the term "Marriage Equality" instead of "Gay Marriage" or "Same-sex Marriage" actually helps influence people to see the issue as one of fairness. Makes sense to me.
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Came across a funny video today, CCOKC- Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron. A group of former child stars, Kirk's peers, slap him down for his homophobic comments. Watch, you won't regret it.

Oh, and CCOKC is pronounced "cock". Now I want an "I Love CCOKC" t-shirt.
mysid: (rainbow flag)
This speaks for itself, without saying a word:

(PS--It's from Australia.)


Feb. 7th, 2012 03:44 pm
mysid: (rainbow flag)
“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in ruling Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Next stop, the US Supreme Court.
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As I may have mentioned before, both of my daughters have been involved in Girl Scouts, but I refused to allow my son to join the Boy Scouts. He asked to join once, but I had to refuse due the anti-gay membership policy of the Boy Scouts of the USA. (I was scrambling to find an alternative for him when I realized that if they didn't have a cookie sale like the Girl Scouts, he wasn't interested anyway.)

Now I have even more reason to be proud of the inclusiveness of the Girl Scouts. A troop recently allowed a transgender child to join. Idiots are, of course, calling for a boycott of the upcoming annual cookie sale. Supporters of inclusiveness are using this as an excuse to buy more cookies!

Here's a link to the CNN story.
mysid: (rainbow flag)
I remembered to wear my Coming Out Day! button today! But I had to wear it on my purse instead of my shirt. (My class full of preschoolers would rip it off my shirt.)
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How Bachmann Lost a Young Conservative
by Michael Smerconish, Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist

Michele Bachmann, meet Ben Haney.

In other circumstances, Ben could have been a real asset to your campaign. He's a 28-year-old Republican with experience as a traveling advance man for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008. Ben was born and raised in the critically important suburbs of Philadelphia. Having taught government at a high school, Ben now runs his own real estate investment company and co-owns a bar in Old City. In fact, one of his business partners is Rob McElhenney, star and creator of the TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Read more... )

Ben also has a political observation he wishes to share. Signing a pledge that says he and others chose their sexuality, your husband's equating homosexuals with barbarians, and attempts to pray out of one's sexual preference are shortsighted and show your naivete about winning the presidency.

Such beliefs may win you the votes for the Republican nomination, but they all but guarantee that you will not win the moderate voters who continually decide presidential elections. To them and most of the nation, your positions are out of touch, insulting, and downright flaky.

Original can be read here.
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I happened to check out the website for some new apartments being built in a neighboring community. The site features cheerful pictures of happy people who presumably live in the apartments.

Check out the first couple shown after the skydiver photo. If that photo doesn't say, "Gay couples welcome here!" I don't know what would.
mysid: the name mysid on a black and white photo of two children with a tricycle (tricycle)
Sing it with me:

I-- love New York!
'Cause it's so exciting!
I-- love New York!
'Cause there's no place like it!
I-- love New York!

There isn't another like it.
No matter where you go.
And nobody can compare it.
It's win and place and show.
New York is special.
New York is diff'rent, 'cause there's no place
Else on Earth quite like New York and that's why

I-- love New York!
I-- love New York!
I-- love New York!

Yay! Marriage Equality in New York State!

ETA: I wonder if my cousin and her partner (who in live in NYC) will get married now? They've been together forever.
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Before you light the fire under a pot of tar or rip open pillows to get feathers, remember who’s writing this and read further. I’m just as thrilled as any of you that our GLBT brothers and sisters will now be able to serve openly and with pride in the US military, and that their spouses and partners should finally get the recognition and support that has always been offered to the spouses of heterosexual members of the military. And yet, I wish to praise “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because— I’m about to show my age here— I well remember that it was a major step forward in GLBT rights.

What DADT accomplished )

So, let’s celebrate the victory of GLBT’s being finally allowed to serve in the US military openly and proudly, but stop vilifying DADT, and let’s celebrate it as the important first step that it was. Thanks, Bill.
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Others on my friends' list have been sharing their stories of being bullied. And although I was severely bullied in junior high, that's not the story I want to tell today. Let me tell you instead of bullying that was prevented.

I was in high school--I don't remember what year. When had a test in math, and girl in my class--let's call her Karen--had forgotten to study. She decided to skip class, hope the teacher believed she was absent, and take the test tomorrow. I didn't think that was quite fair to those of us who had studied, so when the teacher asked if anyone knew where Karen was, I told her that Karen was skipping class because she hadn't studied. (I know, probably none of my business, but I remember feeling very strongly that her taking an extra day to study was unfair.)

When Karen heard what I'd done, she was livid. I heard her shouting that she was going to kill me, and given that she was a lot bigger and stronger than I was, she probably could have. But when she started to come at me, her best friend--let's call her Carmen--got in between us, looked Karen right in the eye (or in the chin; Carmen was tiny) and said, "Mysid just told the truth, so leave her alone."

Karen just stopped dead in her tracks, turned on her heel, and walked away from me. She could have made my life hell, but instead she never did a thing to me. And that, my friends, can happen when people stand up to defend the bullied. Thank you, Carmen, wherever you are.
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Judge Vaughn Walker is my new favorite person! Not only has he overturned Prop. 8, but his finding of the "facts" in the case is a masterstroke of sanity and fairmindedness.
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Just when I think there's hope for the future, someone comes along and makes me ashamed to be human. Iowa has a law that makes bullying in school illegal. Two Iowa legislators want to change the law so that GLBT students will be excepted from it's protection. The actually want to make it legal to bully GLBT students while leaving the anti-bullying legislation in place for all others. They want to make it legal to bully GLBT students in school. It boggles the mind.

Read more about it in this article.

The article contains contact information if you want to e-mail the two homophobic idiots yourself. My letter to the idiots )

I decided to write my letter from the POV that "bullying is bad" without even bringing "le gay" into it. Perhaps they'll be less knee-jerk "Oh, it's written by one of them, so I can ignore it." Besides, I'd write the same letter if it were any minority group they were approving bullying for.

They're in favor of bullying, and people actually voted for them! It really, really, boggles the mind.
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[profile] inner_justinhas this great photo of Hal Sparks posing for the No H8 campaign. I wasn't even aware of the campaign until I saw the photo of Hal on [profile] inner_justin's LJ.

But while I was scrolling through the No H8 site, I came across this one of Peter Paige:

 LOVE Peter.  (Though I do confess that I like Hal's photo better.)  Now, I'd love to find one of Randy. :D
mysid: the name mysid on a black and white photo of two children with a tricycle (Default)
My previous post mentions the anti-gay ad "Gathering Storm." I saw it once on TV and was equal parts horrified by the message and amused by the unintentional irony. (A rainbow coalition of bigots? WTF?) After reading in the NY Times article about it being on YouTube (but not as popular as its parodies), I decided to check it out on YouTube.

Once I found it, the "Flag as Inappropriate" button called out to me. I clicked on the button and gave as my reason "Contains hateful language"--or something to that effect. Feel free to do the same. Gathering Storm on YouTube


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