Posted in blog, community, Erie, Erie PA, funny or die, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, Join The Impact, life, Presque Isle Files, Prop 8 Musical, Proposition 8, Sammy25, tagged blog, community, Erie, Erie PA, funny or die, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, Join The Impact, life, Presque Isle Files, Prop 8 Musical, Proposition 8, Sammy25 on December 4, 2008|
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As god as my wittness I can’t get this video on my post so just copy and paste it so you can see the muscial. I working on it ladies and gentlemen! Okay this is the best I could do…no fancy player just the link sorry bitches!
Perhaps some humor will get the point across to those who voted for Prop 8 and those who generally want to take away our rights. And they promoted join the impact!!!!
P.S. I forgot my lunch today…s.o.b…I’m now going to have Mcdonald’s chicken nuggets instead. Yes I know it’s not the healthiest but I have a coupon (listen to me try and legitimize my meal choice) also I ellipitcaled for 6 miles yesterday…I know not the manliest of workouts but spin classes don’t start until next Monday…and yes I look awesome on the ellipitical…hahahaha
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Posted in blog, busy, community, crushes, Dating, Erie, Erie PA, Erie Protest, flirting, friends, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, horny, hot, hottie mchotterson, Join The Impact, Lauren, life, older men, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, protest, roommate, Sammy25, sexy time friends, Steve, The Advocate, updates, weddings, work, tagged blog, busy, community, crushes, Dating, Erie, Erie PA, Erie Protest, flirting, friends, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, horny, hot, hottie mchotterson, Join The Impact, Lauren, life, older men, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, protest, roommate, Sammy25, sexy time friends, Steve, Thanksgiving, The Advocate, updates, weddings, work on December 1, 2008|
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I hope this finds everyone well and resting after an eventful Thanksgiving holiday. I apologized, yet again, for life interfering with my blogging. I know you have all been foaming at the mouth waiting for my next post 😉
It has been a mess of two weeks. My boss was out of the office for a week and I made a terrible assumption that the few days prior to my tiny Thanksgiving vacation would be low key…I was dead wrong. Work turned out to be a mess of phone calls, projects, and other various tasks that had me wishing for my next cocktail. Along with this and the ever present threat of snow in Erie (which never came) my trip home to Pittsburgh had me frazzled by the time Wednesday rolled around.
I managed to finish work and head home. I could only stay one day with my parents considering the coming Saturday would be a wedding reception I had to attend for the couple that was married in Oklahoma. Thanksgiving was wonderful it was great being with my full family and extended family on my Mother’s side…unfortunately I had to miss my second Thanksgiving dinner with my Father’s Italian side of the family due to the reception…which, may I add, is punishable by Italian death!
I managed to get a visit in with my High School best friend, who’s Father got me drunk, then I fell off my first two steps of my porch…it was slick out (this was the day before Thanksgiving so no I wasn’t drinking and driving). I arrived late Friday evening in Erie and caught some quick hang out time with Steve at his place of employment. I still want to make out with him even though I know it will be a mistake. Saturday I was up early pressing shirts, grooming myself for the reception and wrapping gifts etc. Lauren picked me up and we were off to Ohio for the second reception. We stayed at a nice hotel and the reception was a fun, drunken mess. Lauren’s parents were there and all these great people from my Alma Mater. The next day we had brunch with the groom, bride, and their families then it was off to Erie again…this time with the Bride’s friend from OK. We hit it off so well that he decided to come to the reception then crash with us until tonight. He is a lot of fun but I can’t tell if he is gay or not. He has straight tendencies then he will call me “honey” or refer to Lauren as “sweetie.” Again I kinda want to make out with him but I think I’m not going to test those waters quite yet.
So here I am two weeks later and bushed. I thought after October life would settle down a bit and it hasn’t. It seems to have dragged on into December. All I know is that I’m going to be going steady, in terms of work and holiday preparation, until Dec. 24th…the day I get to drive home for Christmas. Even then I don’t stop because along with my holiday festivities two days after Christmas I fly to DC for New Years. I’m beside myself with everything.
On a political note…I’ve been more active in our LGBT community group. We had a folding party last week to get the Erie Gay Newsletter out…we participated in the postcard mailing join the impact has been talking about. What is really cool I don’t know if I’ve blogged about it yet is that Erie was featured in the Advocates blog on their website regarding our Prop 8 Protest!!!! It was uber exciting and validating knowing smaller areas were getting some of the attention considering we had a smaller turn out then in places like San Francisco, New York etc. We are planning other events and things to do in terms of gay activism. One of the cool things we have been discussing is having a gathering at one of our local theaters to go see Milk (which I am dying to see!)
What else what else what else.
My love life or lack there of is in its typical state of gay mess. I am still “seeing” John even if it’s for even games of gay wrestling. I managed to give my number to the guy that Lauren works with at her second job. I made another assumption thinking he was more my speed and that he would call me…and I wrong again. 2008 has not been the year of men for Sammy. It’s the typical fashion for dating recently with me…but it’s okay the spell should be broken…right!?!?!?!!? Then there’s Steve. Steve and I have been hanging out pretty regularly. I think it is safe to say that he is one of my first true gay friends that I can commiserate with. It’s nice to have someone like that. I mean Lauren is great but she’s not gay and it’s a little harder for straight people to understand the inner workings of us gay men. And I’m sure she is sick and tired of hearing me rant on and on about being gay. The problem with Steve is that I can’t rectify my feelings for him. It started out with me wanting him, then not wanting him, then being his friend then still wanting to make out with him. I look at him and I can see potential boyfriend material. He’s a little rough around the edges and yes he is brash with what he says but there is something of a decent moral fabric there….but then again I’m typing with my rose colored glasses on and that has the tendency to get me in trouble. He needs some fine tuning but he’s got some character. But I’m not sure if he is attracted to me. I am stuck in the hard place of wanting to see if something happens, not wanting to scare away my first gay friend…ugh it’s just a big old gray area.
Well that is about it for now. I hope you all are gay readers are continuing checking in with join the impact. We have day without gay coming up and so on. We have to keep ourselves active and continue working for our rights!
I hope you all are doing well and had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!!!!!! I hope it was filled with tons of food (especially turkey my favorite!!!)
Tons of pie
And perhaps some sweet man candy 😉
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Posted in Biden, blog, Coming out, community, David J. Jefferson, Erie, Erie PA, Erie Protest, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Join The Impact, life, Newsweek, Obama, Presque Isle Files, protest, Sammy25, tagged Biden, blog, Coming out, community, David J. Jefferson, Erie, Erie PA, Erie Protest, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Join The Impact, life, Newsweek, Obama, Presque Isle Files, protest, Sammy25 on November 20, 2008|
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So I’ve been surfing around the interweb and discovered a few things that you should read. There is a blog post about Prop 8 that is just a great post. I know when you read it you will want to click off of it but read it the entire way though. You have to trust me on this one…just keep reading! It is a great post that culturepress shared with me….check her out on my blogroll.
The second thing I have for you to read is an essay by David J. Jefferson who writes for Newsweek. It describes his marriage to his parter in CA and his thoughts regarding the passage of Prop 8. It is a great article and I urge you to read it.
Next http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/?t=anon has a variety of events coming up. Since the gay movement is revitalizing they are planning a big event every month to let people know we aren’t just going to go away. The next events are the postcard writing campaign and Dec. 10th A Day Without Gay. I hope you will all write postcards to Obama’s transition office whether you are gay or a straight supporter do it. Again, we need to increase visiablilty. Those people who want to take away our rights and those representatives that are to scared to stand up for us depend on us to be quiet and to stay closeted. The louder we are, the more we are out the more people have take notice. No longer can we just stand here and depend on others or wait for someone else to fight our battles, we have to do this on our own and we have to visible members of the larger community.
Liberty and Justice for some or for all?
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Hello everyone! I thought I would catch up with you very quickly. It seems since last Wednesday, when we had our gay rally, that I’ve been going full tilt and haven’t had the ability to get my feet back under me. We planned on Wednesday for the rally. It was cool to connect with the older gay community and they made me, Lauren, Lucy, and Steve (yes Steve I’ve kinda had a thing for) feel very welcome.
I ended up scribing for our group. There were two; I guess you would say leaders, for us, one gay guy and one straight pastor. We discussed a variety of plans to show our solidarity. What we decided on was solidarity bands for our arms, red, white, and blue (because we are all American citizens) speakers, including myself and Lauren (which made me nervous because I’m not completely out) and then there was a symbolic wedding ceremony wedding all us gays and our supporters. Our protest was set for this past Saturday on the Erie County Court House steps at 1:30pm.
The meeting was great but there was one problem. The straight pastor kept trying to keep things civil. It was the whole “you can’t fight hate with hate” idea. Which is a wonderful idea but I was hot under the collar. I wanted some loud protests. I wanted us to be expressive; I wanted us to use a mega-phone etc. But this pastor kept it civil, which is probably better but to be quite frank I want people to be scared of us. I want people to be scared of us not because we are gay but because we mean business. I don’t force my sexuality on anyone and when people feel the need to force their own moral belief on what a marriage is on me I want them to know that I don’t like it. I want people to take stock in what I have to say, I want to be heard and I want them to listen and answer me. But that is just me and this being my first rally I didn’t think it would have been to great of me to high jack the rally and go on a religious crusade looking for the mormons. I kid…and not that their would be a ton of mormons in Erie…I digress.
Also this weekend we celebrated a late birthday bar crawl for me but it was Lauren’s birthday as well. So we had friends staying at our place from Friday until Sunday…then on Sunday Lauren’s parents and siblings came down to visit for the afternoon. Needless to day I was constantly going this weekend. In fact I ended up taking a mental health day yesterday. Not only did I sleep in, I cleaned our kitchen and bathroom, did the dishes, baked a cake for Lauren’s birthday (I wanted to do laundry but our washer and dryer was out of order), and I wrapped gifts. It was very busy. Then I had two business meetings this morning.
The Saturday rally was awesome. We got an early lunch and talked about gay stuff then headed over to the court house. We were there with our signs and umbrellas (it rained), we had our solidarity ribbons on etc. There were a couple of speakers one of them was a lesbian I went to college with that I didn’t know was a lesbian…and I saw another girl who was a partner with me in a class that turn out was a lesbian too. It was like we all came out to each other coming to the rally. It was a weird but awesome moment! Both Lauren and I spoke on the steps of the courthouse. It was scary but empowering. We briefly talked about how straight people need to be our voices to and help promote gay marriage and I talked about how I was a gay man and how it was unbelievable that people still try to take our rights away from us in 2008 etc. We had between 80 to 150 people it was hard to estimate. We ended up on a variety of news outlets. It was really cool and empowering. I felt like a part of a community for the first time. There were no real protestors protesting us. We did have a variety of people drive past and beep for us from their cars which was awesome. Afterwards we went to a coffee house with others from the community and other supporters. It was cool getting to know others. Plus I’ve decided to try and get a little more into some community activism. So we will see how it goes. Overall it has been going going going. I want to say that I’m ready for Thanksgiving break but it is going to be just as busy at break as it is now. I have work stuff on Friday, a dental appointment on Monday, then home for Thanksgiving back to Erie the next day, then over to Ohio for another wedding reception for the couple from Oklahoma then we have a friend staying with us until the first Tuesday of Dec and lets not forget the whole Christmas shopping deal that is coming up. whew… So that’s about it in a nut shell.
In terms of the dating world; Craig and I are still seeing each other intermittently for gay wrestling matches. I’m still making attempts to take Lauren’s co-worker on a date but I can never seem to ask him or catch him when he is at work….Steve and I are now friends. I still want to make out with him but not much else…or at least I keep telling myself that. It’s nice to have a gay friend though. We’ve been hanging out much more lately. It is weird cause I feel like I like him, but I wonder if it’s just me liking having a gay friend and then some of the things he says about past ex’s makes me anxious. So I don’t know what is going on.
On a final note…winter has finally come to Erie. We got something like 2 feet from Sunday into Monday…the Farmer’s Almanac says it going to be bad this winter…did I ever mention I hate the Farmer’s Almanac.
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Posted in America, Arizona, Arkansas, blog, California, California Constitution, community, Erie, Erie PA, Erie Protest, Flordia, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Join The Impact, Pennsylvania, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, protest, response, Sammy25, tagged America, Arizona, Arkansas, blog, California, California Constitution, community, Erie, Erie PA, Erie Protest, Flordia, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, Join The Impact, Pennsylvania, Presque Isle Files, Proposition 8, protest, response, Sammy25 on November 12, 2008|
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Alright everyone. On Saturday the country will unite in Protests agains Prop 8. If you want to see what your area is doing see the link below
As for the Erie Area here is the following information regarding our Protest on Saturday.
Wednesday (tonight) the 12th we will be meeting to begin organizing the protest. The meeting starts at 7pm and will be held at Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 New Perry Highway, Erie PA. Be there!
Saturday the 15th tentativelly we are looking at the Protest being at 1:30 pm on the steps of the Erie County Court House. Look here for more updates and a solidified schedule!
I HOPE YOU ARE ALL OUT GETTING READY TO EXERCISE OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH ON SATURDAY…THAT’S ONE RIGHT THEY CAN’T TAKE AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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