Category: LGBT bigotry

Reflections on Orlando…


Shortly after 2 AM on Sunday, June 12, 2016, a man who was named Omar Mateen unleashed a tirade of bullets in the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida.  As a result, at least according to various news reports, 49 people were killed, and 53 were injured.

Also, several news sources have been referred to this as the “worst mass shooting in American History.”

Since that time, I have felt a great deal of emotions: anger, sadness, despair, frustration, hope, disgust, and more.  In fact, because of these conflicting emotions, and my professional schedule, it has taken me more than two weeks to write this particular blog post.

I felt sucked in to politics, and those that truly know me know that I AM very anti-politics.

However, I felt led to write something in a brand new notebook I purchased at the Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan, NYC.

This is what I wrote on Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:31AM:

 

“I have come to realize that the massacre/blood bath/tragedy at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida is living proof that ‘marriage equality’ is not the cure-all that a lot of my fellow LGBTQIA+ Community members thought it would be.”

 

Indeed.

I was also led to make a YouTube video about my feelings about the attack, which you can watch by clicking on:

 

 

 

 

At this point, it has been more than three weeks since the attack, and in many States in the United States, and many countries around the world, June is the premier LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

Nonetheless, I AM crystal clear that there is more to this story, more to this incident, and more going on, behind the scenes.

Ultimately, now more than ever, anyone who preaches hatred, racism, prejudice, racial profiling, misdirection, incitement, etc., is going to find that their support is being destroyed.

There is no shortage of additional information available regarding this incident.  Which also makes me a bit sad, but I digress.

Now more than ever, ALL the world has seen the price ALL of us pay for bigotry, hatred, prejudice, racial profiling, ignorance, mindlessness, unkindness, insensitivity, indifference, absolutes, blame, “he said/she said/they are,” etc.

I also wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “Senna.”  Thank you for who you are and for what you give the world.

Finally, let me also share the following posts from “BosGuy.”  They are:

 

What LGBTQ hate mail feels like

 

Love Wins: One Orlando brunch fundraiser

I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Horst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Vorst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Horst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/

Adam and Steve…


I have been hearing homophobes say,”It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” for more than two decades now.

I can honestly say, the homophobes need new material.

That line is tired, old, lame, and busted.  In addition, it is every other synonym for tired, old, lame, and busted, too.

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog followers.

Yes, Lesbians, my fellow Gay Men, Transgendered folks, Bisexuals, and our straight allies: this is going to be a short and sweet one today.

As to my new blog followers, they are: “Man of many thoughts,” and “agronsh.”  Thank you, both, very much for honoring who you are and what you do.  May you experience greater insights, and greater PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And to those of you already following or reading my blog, thank you for all you do for so many, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.

Well, given that this motion picture was released in August, 2005, perhaps it is "Adam & Steve," after all!
Well, given that this motion picture was released in August, 2005, perhaps it is “Adam & Steve,” after all!

Not all Russians are created equal…


Perhaps I AM a tad late to the party, but I recently had the opportunity to begin going through older, as well as old Emails.

In doing so, I found this in a message from one of the YahooGroups of which I AM a member.

Now, let me begin by saying that this is a video of a Russian anchor woman’s reaction to the death of Fred Phelps.

I consider myself a nice man, but I also know myself to be very honest.

Am I sad that a homophobic, bigoted man who used religion to hurt others is dead?  No.  Am I glad that he is receiving a very distinct tongue-lashing from a very pissed off Goddess?  Hell, no!

And so, with that, I include the link.  Here it is:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRmbrCsrffc

 

Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, Transgendered people, those that are Questioning (and Queer) and our straight allies, please let me reassure you that I AM NOT one to make fun of anyone’s death, for any reason.

However, I AM very well-acquainted with the concept and the reality that “Laughter is the best medicine.”  And this Russian anchor woman’s health looks like it shall remain strong for a long time after this video!

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog followers.  They are: “Nate Ollie” and “ColombianCuties.”  May both of you receive great Healing and great PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And for those of you already following or reading my blog, thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  May today be filled with Divine Love, Divine Light, Divine Prosperity, Divine Peace and Divine Healing for you and your tribes.Phelps