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Archive for December, 2012
Every time a horrible event takes place, Conservatives come out in droves attempting to link these acts to the moral decay of our country. The September 11th attacks, hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the earthquakes of 2011, and of course mass shootings such as the recent occurrence in Newtown, Connecticut. Not only are their comments offensive, but these Conservatives seem to imply that they themselves know the mind of God and speak for Him.
Let’s start with Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson, who is viewed by many as a perennial bigot and hate-monger. In comments on his ‘Family Talk’ radio program, Dobson stated in response to the recent killings in Connecticut that “…millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me … the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences…”.
To begin with, Dobson offensively implies that Gay Marriage is somehow to blame for the Newtown Massacre. One could argue that this was not his point, however he goes on to further state that “… a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.”
Oh Dobbie, for once you were correct. Somebody would and did get mad at you; me. I was not aware that you were the mouthpiece of God Himself. Whatever God’s reasoning for anything in this world may be, He does not need you to justify it. Trust me on this, God is bigger than you and I which means neither of us have the right to define or explain Him. These matters are far too large for mere humans to understand. It would be as if I stated that President Obama was reelected to punish Conservatives for being racist and homophobic. Although I might find some joy in that statement, it doesn’t make it any truer than your cockamamie comments.
Furthermore Dr. James, do not presume to speak for me or the millions of others in this country that do not go to your particular church or espouse your identical values. Many of us do believe in God, thank you very much.
This brings us to our next ill-worded fool; failed presidential candidate himself, Mike Huckabee. Hucka-bubba was quoted as saying, “We dismiss the notion of natural law and the notion that there are moral absolutes and seem amazed when some kids make it their own morality to kill innocent children…We diminish and even hold in contempt the natural family of a father and mother creating and then responsibly raising the next generation and then express dismay that kids feel no real connection to their families or even the concept of a family.”
Again, would it be fair of me to say that the Huckster lost his attempt at the presidency due to what many saw as a record of hate-laced speech and intolerance? As happy as I may be that we did not have a Republican Huckabee elected in 2008, I can’t help but believe God is so much bigger than our politics. Therefore, Huck, gay marriage had nothing to do with this horrific act of terror in Newtown and God had nothing to do with the fact that America did not see you fit enough for our highest office.
Finally, I think it is a mistake for anyone, be it Dr. James Dobson, Mike Huckabee, the endless list of Conservative pundits, or even myself to dare put ourselves on the same level of God. After all, the Bible, which many love to quote except when it doesn’t suit them, does say in Romans 11:34, “”Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” To the best of my knowledge, none of us have been in the position of giving God advice on how to run this show. Therefore, I close with these thoughts: Conservatives should stop blaming gays for every bad thing that happens in this country because it’s simply insensitive and wrong.
Read my interview with Shangela as she shares about her Web series, debut video, Glee and her future plans in So So Gay Magazine!
Roaring fires, holiday parties, trees, ornaments and cheer jingle their bells in the forefront of our minds during this holiday season. While our homes and hearths are places of comfort and joy for yuletide festivities, an alarmingly large number of gay and lesbian youth have no home in which to celebrate the season.
It is estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of all homeless youth in New York City are members of the LGBTQ community. In most cases, these teens have been either kicked out by family members for their sexuality or forced to live in a household so oppressive that flight seems the only viable option. Teens must often choose between physical abuse at home and the lonely dangers of the street.
Fortunately, over the past several years, a number of celebrities are helping turn the tide by using their power to address this crisis. One such celebrity is Pop Icon Cyndi Lauper. Cyndi recently launched the Forty to None Project in an effort to bring awareness to the plight of homeless LGBTQ youth, a cause which she herself found to be urgent. While participating in a magazine photo shoot in the West Village of New York City, the songstress was struck by the stories of young men and women living on the nearby streets of the pier. As a result, she founded the project, in connection with her True Colors Fund, in an effort to educate and empower the gay and lesbian community on the issue.
In addition to Cyndi Lauper, celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz’s name has become synonymous with the Ali Forney Center. The center, founded in 2002, was created specifically to address the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth by providing them with both housing referrals and important resources and care to meet a variety of needs. Ruiz can often be seen rallying for the center’s cause both in social media and in his day to day life. In fact, Mike is such a strong advocate that he even used his own birthday this year as a vehicle to raise funds for the center.
While homeless youth are subject to far higher rates of violence, drug abuse and health challenges, there is hope on the horizon for these teens. Leveraging their celebrity, people like Cyndi Lauper and Mike Ruiz are helping to shine a spotlight on this crisis. This holiday season, let us consider following their lead by giving directly to organizations that impact the lives of our LGBTQ homeless youth.
It drives me crazy when I hear people say that guns don’t kill people. They put this out there as if to negate the fact that these mass murderers, like the one in Newtown, Connecticut this past week, are in fact using guns to do their killing. These recent events once again bring to light the need for comprehensive gun control legislation in the United States.
While the right to bear arms may be protected in the U.S. Constitution, it has very little to do with protecting the rights of the individual to possess and use death machines on an unsuspecting public. However, that is not to say that guns do not have any place in our society.
I grew up in a hunting household. Therefore, I know firsthand that whether someone personally believes in the sport of hunting or not is irrelevant to the fact that this is an American right. The vast majority of hunters will never use a gun to do anything but kill game. However, I don’t think that legislation in our country ever need impede on the rights of these individuals. The type of legislation I’m talking about is in regards to multi-clip, multi-round assault weapons.
Let’s face it, no hunter needs more than a few rounds to participate in their sport. A rifle holds several shots, a shotgun two and a pistol six. One does not need any more rounds than this to go hunting and if they do they should immediately return to a hunter safety course or the closest shooting range for practice. Yet, the Republicans in Congress, who remain in the pocket of the National Rifle Association, have allowed the assault weapon ban, which limited magazine capacity to ten, to expire in 2004 and have prevented it’s reenactment since.
While the NRA has continued to donate heavily to the GOP, many innocent people have died in the United States directly because of these assault-type weapons. There is no person in this country that needs access to a gun that shoots a hundred bullets without needing to be reloaded unless they work for law enforcement.
Let’s not even start this crap about how bad people will do these bad things regardless. While that may be true, their ability to kill as many people in the blink of an eye as happened in Newtown will be greatly reduced if we put a strong assault weapon ban back in place.
Newtown, Aurora, Columbine and the list goes one. Instead of getting our backs up about our individual rights, we ought to take a step back in United States to think about how many lives could have been saved had we cared more about the safety of our people than the lobbying dollars of the gun industry.
Jeza originally posted this piece on her first blog site, where it was ‘liked’ by many. www.iamjezabelle.com/apps/blog/the-united-states-needs-sensible-gun-legislation
Funky Dineva shares her thoughts on the Real Housewives, Lindsay Lohan and the Queen of England in this exclusive interview with Jeza Belle for So So Gay Magazine.
Read Jeza’s interview of Drag Star Jujubee as she shares her thoughts about RuPaul, Raven and her future.
The exclusive interview is available at: www.sosogay.co.uk/2012/interview-rupauls-drag-race-all-star-jujubee/
Election Day saw great gains for the cause of gay marriage. Read the full analysis here: www.sosogay.co.uk/2012/analysis-marriage-equality-wins-big-in-the-united-states/
If Happy Buddha and a carnival clown hooked up, Lucky Cheng’s, NYC’s premier drag dinner theatre, would be the nursery and its employees their offspring. Having recently moved to new mid-town Manhattan digs from the Lower East Side, they have created an experience no visitor to New York should miss.
Read the full review in So So Gay Magazine at www.sosogay.co.uk/2012/restaurant-review-new-york-citys-drag-queen-cabaret-lucky-chengs/