Booyah Bitches! California now the 6th state allowing gay marriage! They begin August 18th!!!!!!!
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Posted in blog, California, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, over turned, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25, tagged blog, California, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, over turned, Presque Isle Files, Prop 8, Proposition 8, Sammy25 on August 12, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Posted in blog, California, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, over turned, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25, tagged blog, California, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, over turned, Presque Isle Files, Prop, Prop 8, Proposition 8, Sammy25 on August 5, 2010| 2 Comments »
I’m a little late to the party but the overturning of Prop 8 is AMAZING! I can barely contain how I feel about this!
“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.”
There is only one word for this (well I can think of a lot because this is AMAZING NEWS) is validation. It validates who we are as individuals. Looking back at my journey (which is still in process) in life and being gay I like to think I do a pretty good job at ignoring the negative views against the gay community. When I first came out of the closet I remember mentally telling myself that life would not always be kind; that I was a minority, and while there are people out there that support who I am and being gay and will love me even if I am gay, there is a population out there that are hateful and hurtful. There are people out there willing to physically harm me because they believe they are superior to who I am because of who I love and have sex with. I had to remind myself that there is also verbal and mental abuse that comes with being a minority too. Thankfully, there has never been any physical abuse, but the verbal and mental abuse runs abundantly. I/we work hard to avoid and not listen to these verbal and mental attacks from people and I like to think I’ve weathered the storm decently. But, I realized that after a while those verbal attacks wear on you unconsciously. Do you know what it feels like to be called a sinner, to be told you’re going to hell, to be compared with bestiality and pedophilia? You spend so much time trying to avoid and not listen to those comparisons and unconsciously they stick with you. It’s hurtful and still harm. It’s exhausting to hear and wears you down. Sticks and stones can break my bones and names do hurt me.
This ruling helps validate who we are and what that we deserve the same decent rights as anyone else. We are not asking for special privileges. We are asking for the same privileges that our straight counter parts have. This ruling also states very clearly to those vicious individuals out there full of hate and verbal abuse that while they can get away with their vile language and messages of hate we will not stand by and take the abuse. The tides are beginning to change and they will continue to change in the future!
Full ruling here!
Posted in blog, California, California Supreme Court, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, ruling, Sammy25, tagged blog, California, California Supreme Court, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Presque Isle File, Proposition 8, ruling, Sammy25 on August 4, 2010| 3 Comments »
Posted in blog, Brown vs. Board of Education, California, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25, tagged blog, Brown vs. Board of Education, California, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25 on January 14, 2010| 2 Comments »
Oh hey there! I hope your ready because THIS is going to be a huge court case that will change America’s views on gay marriage. I hope people realize just how big this ruling is going to be (as long as the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear it). I’m pretty sure that once the ruling is issued byt the District Court one of the sides, despite the ruling, will take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This is going to be big…trust me; especially considering they are calling it “[our] generations Board vs. Board of Education.”
Posted in blog, DADT, Defense of Marriage Act, Democratic National Convention, Department of Justice, DNC, DOJ, DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Erie, Erie PA, fundraiser, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Obama, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25, tagged blog, DATA, Defense of Marriage Act, Democractic National Convention, Department of Justice, DNC, DOJ, DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Erie, Erie PA, fundraiser, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Obama, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25 on June 17, 2009| 2 Comments »
I’ve been gone for the past couple of days and while I was away it seems as if the gay world and politics have collided and not in a good way. While I might be a little late to the game but it seems as if DOJ is upholding DOMA and not giving good reasons why they may hold such an archaic law in place.
This folks is what I was talking about in my posts around election time. Over and over the gay community is courted for their votes by politicians with promises of equality and fairness when all the politicians are suffering from are delusions of political grandeur. Where does that leave the gay community? It leaves us again smarting from a wasted vote. Perhaps; but what is more troubling is the fact that the minute these politicians say something pro-gay our community goes racing to put said person on a pedestal. Is it idol worship? To some extent yes and frankly it burns us a lot. We are so quick to canonize those that “seem” to be pro-LGBT we don’t take a moment to step back and say what happens if…? For example, “What happens/or what does it mean if our President stands during a national debate and says he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman?” Or, “What happens if a hypocritical piece of legislation is passed and our President or Congress doesn’t say anything?” Or, “What happens if those politicians we voted for deem it the States job to define marriage 50 times though-out the nation?” Better yet, “What happens or what do we do, as a gay community, considering a week after DOJ/Obama Administration issues a statement upholding DOMA (which the Obama Admin said would be repealed), when the same Administration wants to invite us to a DNC LGBT Leadership Council Dinner/fundraiser?”
Yes you heard right, a week after Obama’s Administration is to gutless to stand up for the gay community and hides behind a weak DOJ brief regarding the ruling on Prop 8 they want us to donate our hard earned cash for a LGBT dinner. FUCK THAT!
We as a gay community need to boycott this dinner/fundraiser thing. We need to hold our political figures whom woo us for our votes to a higher standard and make them deliver on their promises. Or at least stop them from speaking out against us on rulings. I mean if member s of Congress and Obama’s Administration can stand in front of camera’s and say things like gay marriage can be decided on a State to State basis perhaps I should save my money for my State governance system. Or better yet perhaps I should save $30,400 (the max donation that a gay can give at this NDC dinner/fundraiser event) for the health care that my partner isn’t provided for because health care benefits aren’t provided to gay couples.
This disgusts and infuriates me. It is presumptuous and sickening. I say we boycott until Congress and the Obama Administration stands up and asks the world to understand and accept us instead of asking us for more money. We boycott until Obama and his people say DOMA and DADT are miscarriages of justice and do not provide the LGBT Community equal rights and benefits. We boycott until we see Congress, Obama, and Obama’s Administration grow a set. Because remember the DNC is asking for at least a $1000 for the LGBT Leadership Council dinner but the little brief the DOJ released said the following
“It is therefore permitted to maintain the unique privileges [the government] has afforded to [different-sex marriages] without immediately extending the same privileges, and scarce government resources, to new forms of marriage that States have only recently begun to recognize…DOMA maintains federal policies that have long sought to promote the traditional and uniformly-recognized form of marriage, recognizes the right of each State to expand the traditional definition if it so chooses, but declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize.”
So the government “declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize,” well I decline to obligate my hard earned money to people who have nothing to show for it.
Did I mention the brief compares gay marriage to incest? Yeah, insult to injury much…..
Posted in blog, California, California Supreme Court, civil unions, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, Gov. John Lynch, homosexual, Maine, New Hampshire, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25, tagged blog, California, California Supreme Court, civil unions, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, Gov. John Lynch, homosexual, Maine, New Hampshire, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25 on April 30, 2009| 7 Comments »
Not only is the Matthew Shepard Act working its way though congress but now New Hampshire is pushing a gay marriage bill though the states governance. The Gay Marriage Bill passed the House but looked like it would be defeated in the Senate; the Bill was reworked and passed by the Senate. The Bill(s) have to be reviewed and reworked because two different bills were passed by the two branches of the New Hampshire’s government before Gov. John Lynch can sign it.
I will be interested to see how the Bill works if passed because the reworking of the Bill included language that allows clergy to decline marrying gay couples. I think that it is a provacative addition to the Bill. The change also allows couples to choose between the words “bride”, “groom”, or spouse on the marriage liscens.
New Hampshire already has civil unions and has become another State to f ight for marriage language even though civil unions are already granted. On one final note, from the article, it sounds as if Maine might be the next State to grant gay marriage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is some pretty exciting news!!!!!!!
What will be nice is that if the East Coast keeps this precedence up it will be a great help to Califonria’s Supreme Court when it reviews Prop 8.
I am really excited to see the gay marriage movement to be picking up steam. I didn’t realize how quickly it would pick up and it’s great!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted in activism, age, beautiful, Best Original Screen Play, blog, Brad, busy, Dustin Lance Black, Erie, Erie PA, Frank, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, LGBT Community, Milk, older men, Oscars, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25, Sean Penn, support, texting, value, weddings, tagged activism, age, beautiful, Best Original Screen Play, blog, Brad, busy, Dustin Lance Black, Erie, Erie PA, Frank, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, LGBT Community, Milk, older men, Oscars, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, Sammy25, Sean Penn, support, texting, value, weddings on February 23, 2009| 6 Comments »
Hello ladies and gentlemen; I hope you all have had a lovely weekend. Mine was jammed packed and I am paying for it this exhausting Monday afternoon.
You know the saying “when it rains it pours” well that seems to apply adequately enough to my dating/love life. We know about my search for Price Charming has led me currently to Brad…who doesn’t seem to working out as I thought it would (which I’ll explain in a bit)…well wouldn’t you know I go our Friday evening and I meet someone. Let us not get to excited yet there are some terms and conditions that come with this one. As I have mentioned I have been doing some LGBT activism work and though it I’ve met a ton of people (most of whom I can’t remember their names because it’s such a fast introduction and then work)…while I was out on Friday with Steve I end up running into one of the guys we had met. His name is Frank. He’s there with a couple of his friends and we all start chatting…I’m eyeing up one of his friends that I’m thinking I will end up on the dance floor with when Frank begins to pay some attention to me. He comments on my glasses and calls them sexy….not a compliment I usually receive…and he strikes up a conversation with me. I’m drinking not heavily but enough to enjoy the evening and I can’t help but flirt back…I can’t help myself when I get some booze in my system. It’s really nice we chat with each other around the bar, the conversation is not forced, I’m enjoying his presence, in general he seems like a nice guy. He buys me a drink, and I make an innocuous comment that he is trying to get me drunk to get in my pants…he laughs and says maybe…would I try to stop him if he tried to get in my pants….probably not. Why not? Because while even though I tell everyone that I want to some traditional dating I am still a man who likes attention and sex (perhaps shallow but true). All of a sudden “Sexual Healing” (how ironic) (the Shaggy version which I coincidentally love) comes on…what do I do…slug back the rest of my beer, throw my arms around Frank and tell him to take me out on the dance floor to dance with me….wouldn’t you do that. So there we are, I’m in a semi-boozy haze, with a man that seems to be attracted to me enjoying one of my favorite songs; Frank is doing all the right things putting his hands on my hips, sliding his fingertips just into the tops of my pockets, or giving a slight tug on my belt loops…just enough to be coy and sexual without being to overly aggressive or creepy…I am enjoying myself…we keep dancing for a bit. Eventually, we move off the dance floor, he is getting ready to leave we exchange numbers….I have ulterior motives obviously at this point….who doesn’t want to make out with someone on a Friday night when it just so happens your roommate is out of town and you have your apartment to yourself. We exchange goodbyes a quick peck on the lips and he is gone…I text him to come over…he tells me that he didn’t want to because I was to nice and special to do that (good answer) I tell him that the offer still stands, he says it might be moving to fast for him (another good answer even though I do want to make out with him), he texts me back telling me he is already regretting not coming over (the Russian judges give him a 10 out 10 for that all star text) and eventually we say good night to each other. We spend the rest of the weekend texting each other. Some of the texts are fun, some flirty, others just texts. We’ve been hashing out a date possibly this week which is good. All in all I’m pretty excited, but there is one problem……he is 20 years older than me!!!!!! Eep.
So I don’t know what to do. He seems really nice, said all the right things, wants to take things slow and be more traditional in terms of going on dates (which for all intensive purposes doesn’t mean a commitment), but I don’t know what to think about the age thing. I mean I don’t know if I want to date someone who is 20 years older than me…but on the other hand everyone who’s around my age (who’ve I’ve tried hitting on, asking out, etc.) has never really given me the time of day. Take Brad for example, we talked on Thursday and had open ended plans to maybe go out on Monday (to get to know each other). I don’t call until Sunday leave a message and he still has yet to call me back. Of course I am over analyzing the whole thing with Frank. But, he has shown me more interest than other guys and I don’t want to not take that with a grain of salt. I’m going to call Frank tonight see if he does want to go out on Wednesday for dinner…and see where it goes from there. Who ever said dating was fun must have been married…or on a lot of acid/cocaine. Okay I’m freaked out a little and just ranting wildly on my blog. I’m done…maybe…thanks for listening….you will hear more…perhaps even today Okay moving on!
I watched the Oscars (Frank and I texted all night though them sorry I’m done now) and I enjoyed the format this year. I loved the idea that they created a 1940’s bandstand etc. Let’s take a moment and enjoy Hugh Jackman and how delicious he was…the dresses were flawless. It was just a great Oscar’s night…especially when “Milk” took home two prizes. Sean Penn deserved the Oscar and I loved his speech especially when he lampooned those who voted for Prop. 8. But, I think the best was when Dustin Lance Black won Best Original Screen play!!!!!!! His speech brought me to tears….I’ll admit it. When he told all those young “boys and girls that they were beautiful creatures and that god loves them”…it was beautiful. I don’t know if he will realize that telling these young gay men and women that they were full of worth and value was an important and validating thing for many of them(us). In a world of hate and marginalization Black spoke beautifully and poignantly about the value of human life even if that life is gay…what he said had more of an impact on me than any religion or religious person has said to me in a long time.
Of course I was rooting for “Milk” to win best picture but I knew deep down inside when “Slumdog Millionaire” won at the SAG awards Best Picture it would take home the Oscar’s Best Picture. I was so excited that Kate Winslet finally won an Oscar…and I loved all the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees. I think they are great and that they will have long careers ahead of them.
On a final note I not only worked all weekend I also drove to Buffalo to go to a wedding with Lauren (she was in the bridal party and looked flawless). Yes, Frank and I texted during the entire reception…now I’m done. The wedding was beautiful and the reception was a blast.
Okay I’m done for now, I’m sorry for the long post and it’s randomness and obvious lack of form. We will discuss my neurosis a little more once I find out if I am going out to dinner with Frank.