It was Friday that Tom Corbett, the Republican governor of Pennsylvania, compared gay marriage to incest in a television interview. His completely false allegations have very much shocked the progressive population. To say that he is ignorant would be a harsh understatement. He is not ignorant because he is fully aware of what he has said. He has compared same sex marriage to an exceedingly taboo practice that has not been legal in this county since the beginning of its independence. He has made gay marriage seem disgusting and wrong by juxtaposing with incest. It is quite obvious how he feels about gay marriage and homosexuality in general. Sorry, Pennsylvania. The wait will soon be over, but for now, hang in there.
The Trevor Project has established “Talk To Me” in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. The risk of suicide is much greater for those in the LGBTQ community, especially those between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four. Talk To Me is all about communication. I have taken the pledge and will be participating in the program. Feel free to email me any of your questions or concerns. If you are feeling suicidal, or if you just need someone to listen and care about you and your problems, I will be here. Please, do not hesitate. If you would like to participate in Talk To Me as someone willing to help, go to http://www.thetrevorproject.org and take the pledge. Also, add the Talk To Me twibbon to your website, twitter, or Facebook account. Hopefully, we can all make a difference.
“Talk to Me is about empowering our supporters to help us save young lives. You can play an important role in this movement to end youth suicide in the LGBTQ community. The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act is the only dedicated stream of federal funding for suicide prevention, and it must be reauthorized to ensure that vital services across the country continue to be funded. Please, ask your senators and representatives to cosponsor the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (H.R. 2734/S.116) today!”
Queer As Folk was a television show on Showtime that had five fabulous seasons. The show chronicled the lives of a select group of friends, all of whom were gay. It was the first predominantly gay show I had ever seen. (Sorry, but Will & Grace doesn’t really apply, even though I love that show.) Most shows that even contained gay characters usually only had one or two, at best. It was nice to see a show that was completely unfocused on heterosexuality, for once.
The characters of Queer As Folk, contained great depth and personality. When I watched the series for the first time, I felt myself fully invested in their lives and well-being, and most importantly, I wanted to know what would come next for each and every one of them. The show observes the complex and rather ordinary lives of a group of homosexual friends, and a heterosexual mother, whose son, Michael, is the best friend of an arrogant and stud-like Brian Kinney. Brian enjoys clubbing, drinking, and most of all, fucking. While the show does demonstrate the extensive club life and sex life of most of the friends, it also reveals the loyal(and sometimes unusual)relationships that they take on, whether they be platonic or romantic.
I highly recommend this show to anyone, gay or not. It is a very heartfelt tale with a lot of fun.
I am so happy that the Defense of Marriage Act was finally repealed and that California is, once again, a state that recognizes gay marriage. This is going to greatly affect the many lives of gay men and women who currently populate California and for the future generations who choose to inhabit the state. Although California is the 13th state to legalize gay marriage, we still have 37 states left. In light of recent events, I am now much more confident that we can achieve this goal. However, I fear that certain groups of people, the same people who are afraid of what same-sex marriage might do to the traditional institution of marriage, will gain even more power and support than they already have. Regardless, I will not let that deter me. I will march, I will fight, I will write until everyone gets the equal opportunity that they deserve.
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”- Winston Churchill
This week, GOP senate candidate for Missouri, Todd Akin, falsely claimed that women cannot get pregnant from rape if it is indeed ‘legitimate’ rape. He stated, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Really? Well, this is great news then. I had no idea my body had such magical powers. He then went on to claim, and no doubt imply, that if a woman gets pregnant from rape, it was never really rape to begin with. When I first heard about this, my jaw dropped. It doesn’t matter who you are or which side you belong to. If you are that ignorant about such a basic fact, how did you even go through life? All I can say is that I have little hope for the state of Missouri.
But wait, there’s more.
Senator Stacey Campfield of Tennesse falsely claimed that AIDs cannot be contracted through heterosexual sex. He stated, “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community,” “It was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall.” He then went on to summarize himself by saying, “My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.” First of all, what does an airline pilot have to do with anything? Has he suddenly traced the origin of AIDs for us? Well, thank you, Senator Campfield. Thank you for letting us know how very wrong actual scientists are. You might as well just tell us that the cure to any cancer is Capt’n Crunch. Secondly, if he truly believes this, I should tell the majority of the women suffering in Africa that they really don’t have AIDs, but they’re probably going to die anyway. But, hey, at least you’re not a gay man, right?
So here’s my question: How are on earth are these two gentlemen politicians? I am so sorry, but you have got to be kidding me. You would think that the men who intended on running parts of the country would, oh I don’t know, be even remotely educated. I’m sure that they both have wives or girlfriends. Do they still not know how sex works and what STDs and AIDs are? You don’t exactly have to be a genius to know a little sex-ed. If I were you, it would frighten me to know that there are people like this in the world, who are interested in putting the nation’s decisions in their hands.