With only a few days under his belt as our new President Barack Obama has already outlined his agenda for supporting the LGBTQ Community. CLICK HERE to go to the White House web page and read his plans for changing our world. The winds of change are coming.....
February 12th is national "Freedom to Marry" day. Marriage Equality USA chapters are organizing groups to raise awareness at your local court houses. To find an event near you or to learn more about the day CLICK HERE.
For those of you who cannot participate in those efforts due to work, etc. we have organized a candlelight vigil/protest for that evening. The vigil will be held in Visalia on the corner of Mooney Blvd. and Walnut by In & Out Burger (the most visible location). We will meet from 5:00 pm - 7:00pm. Please bring blankets or chairs to sit in, candles and appropriate signs for marriage equality. We would like to have a simple, peaceful demonstration to raise awareness for equal human rights. The fight is not over by any means and we certainly aren't going anywhere. Show your support and dedication, join us Thursday February 12th.
Ok most of you as soon as you read the subject will probably say that I have no clue what I am saying. That's understandable it is a free country right? Wrong! I have come to understand that as long as you fit a certain group this country is not completely free to you. In some states you are but not others. People are saying that if you give gays in California their country given rights then they won't have a say in what their children learn in school or that they will lose there not for profit tax status.
So what I say is that to that is nowadays schools send home permission slips with the kids when it is time for them to learn health. And I say that if you don't want your child to learn health do not sign the slip. If you think about it what exactly will the teachers teach the kids? They teach them growth and development of a child to an adult. That includes us gays I mean do we develop differently than straight people know we don't the last time I checked we were all human beings all males have the same parts and all females have the same parts. If they are teaching kids exactly what and how sex is performed then I would be worried. But they don't people that would be against the law adult content like that should be nowhere near a school. Teaching how sex is preformed is the only thing I can think of that would separate us from the straights. But then again there are several ways for the straights to have sex as well are the schools going to teach them too I don't think so.
And let's not forget the damn churches. If they were really worried about the tax thing then I say that they are more worried about money than teaching the word of god. And if so then those churches should rethink what is more important the bible or material matter. I mean has nobody ever heard the saying "We have the right to refuse service" I doubt that, that saying only applies to stores. And then there is the bible itself.
The bible states that god hates all homosexuals and should be stoned to death. (Wow that's harsh). But it also states that God loves all of his children. So I ask how can god hate gays and still love all of his children. He can't because of the simple fact THAT WE ARE, THE GAYS, ALSO HIS CHILDREN. The word homosexual is just a title just like straight or black or Mexican. It is there to separate us from our fellow human beings. Take away the title homosexual that the world has so eagerly given to us and you have a human being just like the rest of the straight population. Every human on this planet is god's child whether we believe in him or not. The bible contradicts itself when those two things are taught side by side.
God loves all of his children not a select few, but ALL. That includes homosexuals because take that title away and you have just one more child of god's. So the people that are trying to keep the LGBTQ community from their rights as members of this country are making up excuses to clutch to.
And one more thing before I go. America the land of the free. I guess since prop 8 was passed they should change that to America the land of the free with limitations. You can be free if you fit into the right group if not then you are not completely free. You don't have to think about what I just said but to me it makes sense. Free with limitations that's what I think the LGBTQ people have become.
We are having our second monthly meeting for Tulare County World AIDS Awareness Outreach, Saturday, January 24 at 2 pm. We will be having a potluck, watching part of Angels in America, if we are able to obtain the film by that date, and follow the film with discussion. We will meet at the Spiritual Awareness Center at 117 S Locust St in Visalia. If anyone has questions feel free to call Michael at 741-6919 or Ryan at 723-6980
PepsiCo donated a HUGE sum of money to PFLAG's "Straight for Equality" project. The AFA (American Family Association) is organizing a boycott because of this. PLEASE, PLEASE support Pepsi for their unwaivering support of our community and the great gift they have given to PFLAG. Frito Lay, Tropicana, Quaker Oats and Gatorade are all Pepsi products that we should buy when we can. Also, please call the customer service phone number for PepsiCo below to personally thank them for what they've done for PFLAG. Tell them that you will continue to support them by buying their products. The operator will simply ask for your zip code and then pass the message along to the regional manager. The number is 1-800-433-2652, option zero for the operator. It is so very simple, I have done so already, it will take less than 3 minutes of your time. PLEASE SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT US!! Thanks!
To learn more about the PFLAG "Straight for Equality" project CLICK HERE!
Recently my wife, one of our sons and I had the priviledge of seeing Milk in San Francisco's Castro District.
As most if not all, of you know, Milk was filmed in Castro and is the place where Harvey Milk lived, worked and loved. To have the opportunity to see Milk there is a memorable experience that we recommend for EVERYONE. Not only does the theater provides an ambiance of stepping back into yesterday with it's rich ornate architectural details while including a live performance by an organist playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow but, it's Castro. Do I really need to explain? Okay. Remember, the opening song to Cheers? "Where everyone knows your name"? Somehow, walking in Castro you hear that? It's like the sidewalks and storefronts permeate a sense of belonging or, okayness? Castro is the world that should be everywhere -- I am not even gay and I can feel it.....
And the movie? Well what can I say? Sean Penn played Harvey Milk stunningly. Just as we have come to expect of any role he plays. The movie both grabs you with its ability to succinctly execute to the history of this tragedy and yet, successfully instills in your heart the understanding of and belief in perseverence and faith in hope. Hope for the day when our GLBT brothers and sisters no longer fear and no longer are faced with questioning their position anywhere and everywhere.
For those that don't get it? A must see but I would caution them to commit themselves to an open-mind and an open-heart so they do not scorn at or pass judgement on physical or love relationships that they themselves cannot relate to. Tell them, 'It's not about that!' It's about people. yes, people different from you but PEOPLE. Perhaps then they will put stuff aside and see through to the human condition and the struggle of then AND today. Perhaps then they will see the total liberation that is overdue.
Please take a few minutes to thank Campbells Soup Company for their support of PFLAG and the dedication to our LGBTQ community. Buy Campbells products to show our support and also use the link below to find out how you can send them a personal thank you. Support those who support us!!
MILK, the new movie starring Sean Penn as gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, has been playing throughout California for weeks, even in the hotbeds of gay rights like Modesto and Stockton...but not here. It's time for us to act!
We are encouraging everyone to contact Regal theaters, the owners of the Marketplace and UA theatres in
. You can do so one of several ways: write snail mail, email, fax or phone calls. Just say simply that you live in
, and you want to see Milk! It doesn't have to be a long communication; in fact simple is often better. Please do not get angry or nasty, just make it clear that you want them to bring this movie to
as soon as possible.
Here's the contact info
Regal Entertainment Group 7132 Regal Lane Knoxville,
37918 Phone: 1-865-922-1123
Fax: 1-865-922-3188 Customer Relations: 1-877-TELLREGAL or 1-877-835-5734
Marriage Equality USA has posted a report of it's findings regarding Proposition 8 and the campaign. It also outlines future steps it will take towards our equality. If interested, and you all should be, click below and check it out!
Tired of being beat up by churches. Still want a relationship with God. There is a "New Community" Open and afferming of the GLBTQ community centered on the radical grace of Jesus. For mor information call 559.308.4668 or visit:www.newcommunityvisalia.blogspot.com
I have lived in Tulare County most of my life. As a QUEER, I have felt very isolated at times because my social circle of queers has been small. I have met some great people at various meetings and events however I have found something very special with this new group that started in September 2008.
Tuesday Evening Dining Group meets *every* week at 6pm. The group is made up of some of the same people each week, and there are always new friends joining. It started with three friends at dinner, we now average about 25 each week. I've met about 60 or more new friends in this short time. Sometimes we go on excursions during the week, and there is always a group that goes to The Marriott's lounge for drinks after dinner. I always feel welcome at any of these activities.
I have noticed the same thing that my other friends have noticed - this is a group of high quality people! This group is very diverse! This group has FUN! Visalia has some GREAT restaurants!
High Quality People: People involved at various levels of professinal careers. (Medical, Government, Education, Business Owners, Agriculture, Social Services, and much more than I can remember right now.) They have all been friendly, helpful, and kind. Diverse: Young, middle-aged and seniors. Male and femaile. Straight and queer. Parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles. Neighbors, rich & poor, people with issues, people with different levels of experience in the gay community, needy, resourceful, educated, witty, dull, mature, goofballs. Fun: Good jokes, bull riding, theater, moveies, parties and witty banner.
The group's motto is "Food + Friends = Fun" and it is exactly what TEDG is all about. No political agenda, no cliques, no dress code, very little drama. I encourage everyone to taek some time out and meet some of these great people.
WWW.TEDG.INFO is where you can find out where we're meeting this week. You have to sign up for the weekly email aleat to get this information. I hope you can experience a dinner meeting soon - you might be a little nervous at first like I was BUT I was made to feel very comfortable right away. (Everyone introduces themselves. Yes, EVERYONE! People invited me to sit with them! People were actually excited to meet ME! Where else can you find this type of warmth and acceptane in the world??) Please come this week!
Now that Ken Starr is trying to nullify all of the same sex marriages performed the Courage Campaign is fighting back. Please send them a photo similar to the one below. They will be using these photos in our fight for equality. This effects us all. Even if you didn't marry yet, you can still send a photo with a different caption. Some examples might be: Don't Divorce Us, Don't Divorce my Mommies or Daddies, Don't Divorce my Friends, etc. Please just make it plain, simple, and large enough for the camera to pick it up. Thank you for your efforts and contributions. Send photos to PleaseDontDivorce@CourageCampaign.org
I have to admit that when I first read the news of the reverend President-elect Obama chose for this historic day, I was quite angry and deeply saddened. I certainly don't speak for anyone else but I have had time to think about it and to hear what Barack has said in defense. I have concluded that although I wish the choice would have been different I'm more concerned with what he does as President and not so much who's speaking at his inauguration. I did however let President-elect Obama know how this hurt me with help from the HRC. I urge you to do the same. Click on the link below to let him know you are upset with his choice but hopes his future quick actions will prove he really is on our side.
The Mormon Church (LDS) is insisting that they are not "anti-gay". They insure that they support civil unions and much of the priveledges that come along with it but they are simply not for marriage equality. They sure spent a large sum of money for NOT being "anti-gay"! Please take a minute and go to the following HRC website to submit a letter to the Mormon Church asking that they PROVE what they say by taking action on several initiatives in the state of Utah. Thank you.