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|Dear bigoted lady I work with:
I was simultaneously disgusted and amused today to learn that you don't support marriage equality. Let me tell you why. You're in your early 30s. You're white. You were a teenage mom. You came up ...
|LGBT: Lovely. Glad. Bold. TRIUMPHANT!
Civil rights issues like employment non-discrimination and marriage equality are what made me a political junkie. I was pretty apolitical for a long time, but 2004 opened my eyes - the nation lit up ...
|A Love Letter to Daily Kos
Dear DKos Community: In the time I've been a member of this site, I've been married and divorced. I've seen history happen in good ways and bad - often simultaneously, like the election of Barack ...
|President Obama is acting like Harry Reid
...and that's a good thing. 2010 was a bad year for Team Blue – Republicans were in full bay over the Affordable Care Act, and Democratic voters were disillusioned with their elected leaders and ...
|Entitlement to Public Health
Let’s talk about public health. It’s one of those boring infrastructure things people don’t talk about very often and of which the general public is only fleetingly aware. It’s what I do, ...
|The President isn't the only one "evolving" on marriage equality
My partner and I were recently Skyping with his dad and his stepmom, who previously lived in southern Missouri. They're good, fairly average Southern folks who are closing in on retirement. She's a ...
I get and appreciate the idea of boycotting North Carolina. I'm going to, but only because I live 3 time zones away and I don't have to be there. But I live in a state that already has a ...
|For The Nephew, and others facing anti-gay ballot campaigns
I know what you're going through right now is very difficult. Why? Because I have suffered it. The haters robbed my marriage of any chance of a honeymoon phase with Prop 8. And I suffered through ...
|Has anyone noticed that TEXAS IS ON FIRE?!!?
I'm a longtime former resident of central Texas (Austin area), and I couldn't help but notice that it seems virtually nowhere in the news that major natural disaster is unfolding in my former state ...
|How Very Christian
Let me tell you about a man I once knew. He was kind. He was generous. He welcomed me into his home and into his family. He shared with me all manner of time, consideration, kindness, good foods, ...
|Tornadoes are WEATHER, not CLIMATE.
A rec-listed diary connects our most recent tornado outbreak to climate change and implies its severity must be related to climate change, because a warmer Gulf of Mexico means more water vapor, or ...
|America, Meet Your Corporate Masters.
It's been noted that post- Citizens United , unlimited money would be spent to put corporate-approved candidates in power. Well, that's happened. And there were skirmishes at the state level,
|Equality: THIS Is How You Do It!
Fantastic, spine-tingling news from the North Atlantic. Marriage equality has come to yet another nation: �Iceland! Yes, that Iceland: �socially progressive, hammered by the last few years'
|Damned Socialist Volcano Monitoring
Damn those Europeans and their socialist volcano monitoring. Thanks to them, tens of thousands of travelers are trapped across Western Europe due to some minor ash explosion under some glacier in ...
|I know (and love) a teabagger.
I know a teabagger. She’s actually a little afraid to come out to me as one, but I know she is. And she knows that I know that she knows that I know she is. She says she’s a ...
|A Journey to Inequality
The alarm went off at an ung_dly hour. That’s my sign, usually, that I’m going home, because going home always means taking odd-hour flights to get as much time there as possible. And ...
|Living Joyfully Under the Law
It’s rare that one sees jubilant effects of a single law in someone’s life. So often, laws seem obscure – the effect of what the federal Congress does so often seems not so personal,
|The Future's So Bright...
Since coming out over a decade ago, I've celebrated, and also felt a lot of despair and frustration, for the LGBT rights movement. Change has ground slowly forward, and often for every step forward ...
|BREAKING: Why You Should Care What I Think About Daily Kos On Any Day
Please choose (appropriately/inappropriately) to complete your ANGRY LIB. I'm a (long-time/brand new) reader and poster on Daily Kos, and darn it, I've been (on the rec list at some point/lurking ...
|America The Hypocritical: Thank you, Zbigniew Brzezinski
It looks like we’re sending a bunch more folks to Afghanistan to get more deeply involved in a land war in Asia (life imitates art?!). One of the tenets of that appears to be pushing the ...
Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, the second one we’ve celebrated since we got married. I’m already sick to death of his birthday gift from voters being yet another in the long ...
|Coming Out and Living Out: My Story and a Prayer
Some of us are outcasts from “go”. I was one of those children. Everybody knew I was different, even me. I didn’t seek out other kids to play with. I didn’t want to. We lived ...
|Arlen Specter did something good for me.
Arlen Specter is as purely political an animal as I have seen in my short political life. His expressed viewpoints on legislation swing wildly depending on what he calculates he needs to do to stay ...
|iPhones are so gay.
I'm always the first to say it: �I am a bit of a Luddite. Several years ago, my friends were astounded when I acquired a television (my first one!), computer, mobile phone, DVD player, and a ...
|NPR slaps Maine bigots: Stop stealing our content for ads
The Portland Press Herald this afternoon notes that Stand For Marriage Maine is now not only ...
|Children scarred by same-sex marriage
A treasured friend in California, K, emailed me just now to share with me the horrible effects of children knowing about gay and lesbian couples. Her daughter, A, turned 4 this week. A is whip-...
|Plead Guilty or Lose Your Job and Dignity
That's the choice that faced Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, who was serving at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. Plead guilty to the accusation of rape leveled at him by another man -- or admit the sex he ...
|Tell 'em you can't vote away the gay.
I think it’s fantastic the way this community – and people all over the nation -- responded to Joe Wilson’s indecorous behavior by beefing up the backing for his opponent. That ...
|Gay marriage: already at work destroying heterosexual marriage
My coworker, K, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl six weeks ago. She brought in little A to meet the office the other day. We stand around the water cooler, people taking turns holding baby A, ...
|It ain't who voted for 'em. It's who f***s 'em.
I have long been a fan of neither major party. I've frequently felt that, in a larger sense, it didn't matter who won the election. I usually saw little overall distinction in how policy played out, ...
|Heaven help us deal with the final step
I know a dear, lovely old lady whose health and physical condition aren’t their best. I love her very, very much and can’t bear the thought of my life without her in it. Because of her, ...
|"Let not the perfect be the enemy of the good"
Earlier this year, I and many other LGBT folks and DKos members voiced our dissatisfaction with President Obama's and Congress's slow action on our civil rights, and their incomplete support of ...
|Whole Foods is my neighbor. Here's what I wrote to my neighbor:
Good afternoon. I'm a longtime Whole Foods shopper and I live in your headquarters city - Austin. After having read your CEO John Mackey's op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on what he calls "...
|We feel your pain. The wingnuts already came for us.
Ever feel like you’re looking around at your fellow citizens, wondering how the hell you’re so different from them that when they look at you, and at what you believe and live, they see ...
|Alright, I've had it. You're the boss. ACT LIKE IT.
This is absolutely outrageous. I’ve never considered myself naive or an idealist. I generally fall in the realist to sometimes even pessimist section. Heck, I was sure the California ...
|CT-Sen: Chris Dodd supports marriage equality (updated with views from other CT congresscritters)
Great news! We have another senator standing up for equality for gay and lesbian people. A staffer for Senator Chris Dodd has confirmed to Pam Spaulding ...
|Gay Marriage Should Never Have Happened
At least, not this one. It reminds me of a marriage that shouldn't have happened. You think,"Finally. I'm done with the horrid, fake, endless go-round of the singles scene and I can settle down and ...
|The Non-Gay Gay Voter: What Democrats Stand to Lose
A recent diary makes mention of LGBT issues (among others) as important to keeping the left in ...
|Abortion: I was an accomplice to choice
I’m one among the earliest in the post- Roe v. Wade generation. Even though I grew up in a staunchly Republican household, I was raised pro-choice, period. Things aren’t often up ...
|I turned droogie6655321 gay
As you may have seen in a previous "snark" diary here , we gay people have been working to subvert the ...
|New Hampshire Brings Hope to Texas
Part of my work in public health is leading courses on some of the diseases with which I work. Every now and again, the job provides me an opportunity to look through windows into someone else’...
|When is it time to go?
We here in the USA are a nation of immigrants, and regional migration is still a major theme here, because what are regions in this nation can sometimes seem like “a whole other country” (
|I Just Swallowed Fifty Bucks
Seriously - I just swallowed fifty dollars, right now. And I do it every day. I take antiretroviral medication for HIV every 12 hours. More specifically, I take two of the somewhat newer meds -- ...
|Major LBGT Strategy Revelation
At a noon EDT Washington press conference today, National Council for Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell, Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solomonese, and various other gay and ...
|That Empathy Thing
I was considering saving this kind of diary for world AIDS day, the first of December, but every day is world AIDS day for me (and millions of others). HIV is an everyday fact of life for me, so it&...
|Proposition 8: We've been robbed! UPDATE (x2): PROP 8 *AND* MARRIAGES UPHELD
Emotions one should not feel in the early days of one's marriage: fear. dread. fury. desolation. disillusionment. bereavement. discrimination. manipulation. And yet, since our marriage in ...
|The scourge of gay marriage
The alarm goes off. It’s 4:30 a.m. I usually reach over and snooze it, and then the other alarm goes off, which forces my husband out of bed on a search-and-destroy mission. How far he goes ...
|It's not just Jon Stewart
A certain recommended diary thanks Jon Stewart for speaking out when, amid many things that we are thrilled to see ...
|Surviving HIV and Discrimination
Publishing online in fairly anonymous form like this can be therapeutic and also instructive. Sometimes I learn more from a diary’s blowback than from the supportive commentary. In this forum,
|The Great Recession Moves In Next Door
Although I wish my husband and I could live someplace rather more rural (we want chickens), we live in a subdivided neighborhood in something that could be called suburbia. Our city appears to have ...
|To President Obama: Civil Rights isn't a zero-sum equation
Dear President Obama, I appreciate that you and Democratic representation in Congress are moving forward on the hate crimes bill once known as the Matthew Shepard Act. It’s the first in ...
|Dear Miss California
Dear Anita Bryant Miss California, Look, I know you're desperate to make a name for yourself. It's a tough world out there, and you want to be a star. You've found the right people to ...
|"The swine flu 'pandemic' is a joke."
These are the words of a friend of mine. My response was two choice words. I work in public health. Disaster preparedness is something of a hot topic in my field. These days, we public health ...
|In Defense of my Native Texas
I am hardly the first person one should expect to stand up in defense of my homeland these days. Texas has earned herself a bad reputation as the howling harlot of the religious right. She wears the ...
|Polite treatment of homosexuals in society: a guide (now updated with additional advice!)
Since it appears we are a little short on etiquette as to how to properly treat homosexuals in society, it seems politic that I publish a reminder. I realize the discovery that one knows a ...
|Who wants to go to a tea party? I DO!
I do! I want to get together with all my friends and all go to a tea party. I want to point, laugh, and generally double over with hilarity. I want to bask in the complete idiocy before me. I ...
|Freedom of Religion, or Freedom of Discrimination?
I make no secret of my sexual orientation. I also share with people stories from my life and those of others that illustrate how people are using religion as a weapon to harm people like me. When I ...
|Marriage equality: so much left to do
Since Friday, it seems like nonstop exhilaration. First, a unanimous Supreme Court ruling from eminently reasonable Iowa telling the fundamentalists,"Your arguments are bigoted and transparent." I ...
|Talking points I'm sick of on DKos
I love the diversity of opinion here at DKos. I do! Democrats will succeed in the long term because they’re a coalition of many different viewpoints, not “united in message” ...
|The Franklin Tree: Another Survivor
I love the “lost” species. I love the relicts, the outliers, those with a story to tell. Sometimes they lead me to reflect on our place in the world. Such is the story of ...
|Pardon me, but will you kindly f**k off? (updated)
This has been a rather annoying Monday. The ether absconded with a project I've been working on, which I was able to relatively hastily reproduce ahead of deadline. That was enough. Then, out of the ...
|How they hit us where we live
Some of you may be familiar with a geopolitical population phenomenon both maligned and hailed as “The Big Sort” (that's the title of a ...
|To those who write about abuse and rape
It's fairly typical to think about survivors of rape and domestic violence as being female, and the perpetrators being male. Many times, that is the case. I don't expect all conversations to ...
|We must destroy the system to save it!
We must destroy the system to save it! That is what it seems the Republican/conservative pattern has become. I've been thinking about the way the Republican party and its footsoldiers work, and this ...
|Ginkgo: A Tale of Survival
We frequently see diaries and articles about global climate change. Discussion rages about the cause and the extent of the change, and, occasionally, as to which direction it will go. Most of us ...
|A Farewell to my Mother
"Shit." Sob. (head down on table) "Fuck." "Don't ever let me catch you in a pride parade. And don't worry about dying of AIDS if you get it. I'll kill you first." These were my mother's loving ...
|Matthews and the Dow as Obama's "scoreboard"
Here's what I don't get: Chris Matthews has just called the Dow Jones Industrial aggregate Obama's scoreboard. I have been watching the DJIA, and have discovered that it doesn't really seem to ...
|Equality vs. the Economy
For the majority of my lifetime, there have been two to three main shows running on political channels in the United States. There has been The Economy , a rarely-watched hour-long drama that ...
|The value of my marriage
As we approach the inauguration of someone who has the potential to be the most equality-minded President ever -- for everyone, including gay people like me -- I'm stepping back for a moment to ...
|The cost of tolerance for homophobia
My spouse and I were talking today about how fortunate we are to have a relationship with a deep, bedrock level foundation of trust. We have realized that, when that foundation is solid, there is so ...
|Things I'd like to know now
There are sometimes periods where I end up asking a lot of questions as I read coverage on news sites. Some of them are rhetorical. Some of them are outraged. Some of them are of the flabbergasted ...
|Marriage equality: a reminder of how far we haven't come
...and a little inspiration. First, the tough part. A friend told me today of a family in her hometown (Stowe, VT) who recently lost their son to suicide. The teenager was the younger brother of ...
|Vermont Gov. Douglas Opposes Marriage Equality, Says Civil Unions Are "Sufficient"
I had some real hope of a continuing tide of marriage equality in New England, with the announcement that Vermont Senate Majority Leader John Campbell planned to introduce a bill into Vermont's ...
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