“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Monday, January 23, 2012

80 Mayors - One Purpose - Marriage Equality

The video your about to see makes me proud to be an American, proud to be a Texan, and proud to be Gay.  It not only shows the amount of strength, love and conviction these mayors have set forth to accomplish.  But their support and compassion makes all the difference in the world.

I love my Ryan, he is the epitome of perfection in my eyes.  My love for him and what we do with our home, our family and our future is ours and ours alone - not yours.  All we want is to be treated fairly, just like you, and everyone else.

Last Friday, 80 mayors from across the United States stood alongside those of New York (Michael Bloomberg), Boston (Thomas M. Menino), Houston (Annise Parker), San Diego (Jerry Sanders) and Los Angelese (Antonio Villaraigosa) as the five mayors of five great cities released a statement:

For a full list of mayors and their affirmation for the Freedom to Marry, click after the jump...

Loving One Another - Issue No. 007

Stop and Love One Another Today.

It takes only a few seconds to call anyone who matters to you and tell them how much they mean to you.

I call my mom and dad every day to tell them I love them.  You should too.

Live every day as if it was your last. 
You'll be glad you did.
I Love You Ry!!

Hedda Lettuce Takes on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4 Contestants

Here's a little something for all you RuPaul Drag Race fans! It's a Monday, so I need to make you laugh.  Now, I'm sure that all of you know who Hedda Lettuce is?  Right?

Known as the The Queen of Green, she is one of the most popular drag queens around!  I would love to continue writing more about her, but you can read more about her at heddalettuce.com.  For now, I want to post this video where she gives her take on the season 4 contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race.  It's an absolute hoot.

Is it me, or are this year's drag queens a hot mess?  I don't think any of them match up to the previous drag race queens.

OMG Hilarious! - Lincoln

Documentaries To Watch: The Bully Project

If you don't want to read any of what I have to say, at least view the trailer down below.

Sometimes I just want to go back to a school, ANY school, and be some kind of instructor, teacher, counselor, or monitor that just watches out for these kids. I can see how spotting every bullying situation could be difficult for teachers and administrators alike, but at the same time I was harassed for years consistently and not once, NOT ONCE, did any teacher or administrator do a fucking thing about it.  Until my mom forced them to.
Over a period of four years, 5-8 grade, at lunch, in class, in the locker room, at physical education, in the halls.... there wasn't a single place except maybe the bathroom where I wasn't tormented. This behavior in school will never stop until something is done. Now that I think about it, only you can stop someone from bullying another person when you witness it in action. Trying to handle it through force or punishment isn't possible. Only through educating the students as early as kindergarten on why bullying is wrong and hurtful will be the only way to stop all this pain.

These kids need to be taught how horrible it can feel to be on the other end of the jokes, harassment and ridicule, but also learn how easy and misguided one can be to join in on the fun - taking part without realizing the damage they have done.

Teach them the power of words and how much more of an impact they can sometimes be than a fist to the face. Words can stop bullying and create new friends, yet still have the ability to cause unimaginable pain depending on how they're used.

Show them how being smart or small or different or gay is not the equivalent to being a freak, something wrong or a very bad thing. Being unique is a gift. It's special because you're not like everyone else. You're you, and you're great just for being who you are. It's a message that isn't shared enough today.

But no matter what is done in the schools to teach our kids to be kind to each other, as long as they continue to see horrible examples of bigotry, hate and abuse set by our politicians, pastors and parents, there will never be an end to the suffering and fear some kids face every day they go to school. This can be changed. It can no longer be accepted as a rite of passage or child's play, and to anyone out there that would dare call the protection of a gay child from anti-gay rhetoric "freedom of religion" or "anti-Christian bigotry"...... to hell with you.

I know this is a very inappropriate stance to take and is the absolute worst way to try and bring all people together to stop this epidemic....but seriously...to hell with you! Open your mind, your heart and your eyes and see that these kids are dying right in front of us. They are innocent and have done nothing to deserve this, but when you hide behind your religious beliefs to cloak your hatred and bigotry you are the bullies. You are the instigators. You are the cause of this pain and suffering that no loving God would condone, and you are an accessory to murder if you do not change your words and actions that have farther reaching consequences then you could ever imagine. Stop worrying about the life of an unborn fetus and start caring about the child that cries himself to sleep every night because he knows he's different, he knows he can't change, and all he wants is the torture and pain to stop so that he can truly be loved just the way he is. Will you love him for who he is or condemn him for being a sinner? What would Jesus really do.

We all have the power to stop this ongoing tragedy. Whether it be taking action to enact anti-bullying laws, speaking to your school administrators or simply having a conversation with your child. I beg all of you to do something, anything, to try and attempt to eradicate this evil that has been going on in our schools for way too long. I can't say this enough but these kids are dying, and unless we act, more will continue to have their lives cut short by this catastrophe that is bullying. Don't be the parent standing over the grave of your 12 year old child. Don't be the school official that didn't intervene and say something. Don't be the person that talks about religious values when you can't even comprehend what they truly mean. Don't be a bully and don't be a bystander that does nothing. Be a hero. It's definitely not an easy task and it never will be, but someone has to do it. There is no Superman. There is only you and your ability to love and be kind to others, over an easy choice to hate. You have the power. Make the right decision. Stop bullying today.

Almost a year ago, my partner Peter posted this trailer on his blog, Blade 7184 that moved me beyond words, and it will finally be released on March 9, 2012.  Please watch it, it would mean a lot if you did.

2012 GM Advanced Tech Window

I'm starting to think there's really nothing one can't do.  

General Motors has not implemented this innovative technology into their vehicles, but I'm sure you'll be seeing it in the near future.  As you will see in the video below, GM challenged Bezalel Academy graduate students from Israel to conceptualize new experiences for rear seat passengers. And this when the Windows of Opportunity Project was born.

It's actually pretty darn cool.  I wish this were around when I was a kid.  It sure would have kept me occupied during the 9 hour trip to grandma's house.  And it would've definitely kept me and my sister from fighting in the backseat so much, LOL.

How Much Teenagers Care About Politics

The Wall Snake

Rat snake, Rattle snake, Chicken Snake, I don't care what kind of snake it is. Any snake that can climb a wall is absolutely not cool.  Watch as this rat snake climbs up a brick wall, apparently liking the feel of the grout on the way up.  He travels along the mortar lines as you'll see in the video.

I Quote That - What Matters

I have organized my blogs with 3 days worth of postings, so if you wish to continue reading the days before that, and so forth and so forth, you can click the "Older Posts" button /\ /\ /\ right /\ up there.

There are 3 other ways you can find interesting topics to read as well.

*Clicking on any of the links under my "Favorite Categories" section on the left hand side of your screen

*Using the Google Search bar under the scrolling text.

*By choosing a date from the drop down list on the right hand side of your screen.

Hope you enjoy my daily posts, and hope to hear from you soon.

- Blade 7184 aka Peter