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It’s Official

The “Recession of 2009” or whatever we’re calling it has hit home.  My boyfriend was let go from his job yesterday.  Yes, this is a setback and it’s a terrible situation to be in, but he will be fine and we’re are looking ahead to a better future.  It’s been a rough couple of days.  The feeling that one if us isn’t working is just starting to kick in.  It’s sad and frustrating, but he is incredibly talented and I know he will go on to do amazing things.  My thoughts go out to all of my co-workers who were unexpectedly let go.  And to everyone out there who has been hit with this recession in some form or another.  I hope for the best and I know we will all come out of this stronger.


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The outcry over Obama’s choice of Rick Warren has been loud and clear among the media, politicians and all over the web.  The gay community is outraged, and like I said, I’m very disappointed about Obama’s decision.  I don’t respect Rick Warren’s views on his fellow gay Americans.  He clearly doesn’t understand our right to be treated as equals and has made huge efforts to stop that fight.  So, it’s hard to accept this decision.  Especially since our right to marry the one we love, has been stripped away.  An action Warren contributed heavily to make happen.  Obama hasn’t had a chance to expand legislation to help the gay community.  He hasn’t had a chance to protect our rights.  He did have a chance to give us hope and a preview to what an Obama presidency will be like for the gay community.  And so far, for most, it doesn’t look good.  Representative Barney Frank, the first openly gay Representative, had a few words on the controversy.

I am very disappointed by President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to honor Reverend Rick Warren with a prominent role in his inauguration.

Religious leaders obviously have every right to speak out in opposition to anti-discrimination measures, even in the degrading terms that Rev. Warren has used with regard to same-sex marriage. But that does not confer upon them the right to a place of honor in the inauguration ceremony of a president whose stated commitment to LGBT rights won him the strong support of the great majority of those who support that cause.

It is irrelevant that Rev. Warren invited Senator Obama to address his congregation, since he extended an equal invitation to Senator McCain. Furthermore, the President-Elect has not simply invited Rev. Warren to give a speech as part of a series in which various views are presented. The selection of a member of the clergy to occupy this uniquely elevated position has always been considered a mark of respect and approval by those who are being inaugurated.

And then there is the lovely Rachel Maddow.

Now, I respect Rep. Barney Frank and Rachel Maddow, two prominent figures of the gay community. I commend their efforts to show their frustration and disappointment.   But again, it would be wrong, for me, to completely write off Obama, who hasn’t had a chance to push his civil rights agenda yet.  I’m not saying both Frank and Maddow have done that, but I have started to hear others believe Obama is anti-gay.  I think we should still express our disappointment and frustration, and spark debate and discussion.  However, we should be careful to not look so hateful doing so, and give Obama the benefit of the doubt.  Like the San Francisco mayor said, in the second video, we should engage and not spread angry bitter hate.

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I am such a “weak sauce” when it comes to the common cold.  How do we do it?  Every year or so, well at least I do, go through a box of tissues trying to clear my nose.  I usually try not to complain, because I hate all of those Sickly McGee’s out there that make it known they are sick.  Those that talk about, how many pills they’ve had and how severe their headache’s are and so on.

But, I’ll admit it.  Even though I’m suffering a minor cold,  I want to die.  Okay, so maybe I’m a big drama queen, but life is so much better when you can breath and your head doesn’t feel like it’s going to explode.  I guess my sensitive reaction to medicine doesn’t help.  If Sudafed PE non-drowsy makes me loopy, I won’t dare take the strong stuff.  I would’ve been knocked out for days.  Which, actually isn’t a bad idea.  It’s certainly better than trying to watch daytime TV “drugged” up on Sudafed.  Anyway, I just turned into that very person I hate.  Sickly McGee, crying to the world how horrible it is to have a cold.  At least, for me, it doesn’t happen often.  So, I’ll own that title.

Today is going to be a good day.

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I was never really a big fan of those protests in front of the LDS church, but I was upset to find out the LDS church’s involvement in the Yes on 8 campaign.  It’s one thing to publicly speak out on a social political issue, but investing heavily in a campaign and urging members to devote their time and support for the same-sex ban is another issue.  Especially when the group is a religious organization, like the Mormon Church.  Yes, it’s frustrating and deeply upsetting to have rights taken away and the state’s constitution changed.  But, I believe protesting against this ban should be done in a peaceful manner.  Protesting in front of a church, to me, is just a dead end and sends a message of more hate and anger.  Although it’s important to know the groups that clearly discriminate against the LGBT community.  It’s just best to ignore the hate and show what’s right for the future of this country.  It’s terrible, I’ve seen the hate.  The weeks before the election, I was cursed at, saw at lot of middle fingers raised, names were called.  And for what?  For protecting rights and keeping discrimination out of the constitution.

But, when I see all of this support out there.

Thousands of marches across the country, and marriage equality in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  I feel reassured and optimistic about the future of our country, not filled with hate and discrimination.  Which brings me to these folks.

Mormons for Marriage
Forgiveness for 8
LDS For Gay Marriage
Signing for Something

Now, I’m not a member of the Mormon Church.  But, I commend these people for moving past the bickering and showing their support and understanding what this issue really is about, and how it hurts lives. Those people deserve a lot of praise.

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Oh the mess that is Proposition 8.

Yes, everyone is still talking about Proposition 8 and will keep talking about it.  And, I hope we do, because this is not over.  I can’t stress how important this is for me and for America.  It’s very unfortunate that people believe that their gay neighbors don’t deserve to be included in their right to have a marriage that is recognized under the law.  It’s very unfortunate that we changed the constitution to eliminate rights from our fellow citizens.  We changed the constitution to discriminate against our gay friend, neighbors and family members.  Yes, the result of that horrible vote is upsetting.

I understand that people have their beliefs and the right to exercise their religious beliefs.  But when someone tells me they had to vote for this ban because of their faith.  I wonder what will be next.  There are some people who firmly believe homosexuals should be banished and believe they are doomed for eternity and should be ashamed of themselves for loving the same-sex.  Well fine, if that’s what you want to believe okay.  Just don’t vote to take away rights against gay Americans.  Believe what you want, I won’t cause harm to your sexuality or family.  It’s just a shame people are disgusted by homosexuals, when they are just ordinary citizens living normal lives.  Even though some churches don’t recognize interreligious marriages, those marriages are still recognized under the law.  Couples are married by a civil servants, such as a judge, and those marriages are recognized under the law.  So why can’t same-sex couples have the right to a civil marriage?  An institution established and regulated by the government.  Religious groups are able to recognize or refuse marriages based on their religion.  All religions will always have their right to do whatever they see fit.  So leave it at that.  Fine, deny same-sex couples at your church, just understand we all have a fundamental right be married under the law.

I will remain optimistic and hope to see a day where same-sex couples can wed under the law, just like everyone else.  That’s why I am participating in the National Protest against this ban.  Tomorrow is a big day for the future of equality.  It’s amazing to see and hear the support from across the nation and parts of the world.  Our voice for equality will be heard and I hope everyone is watching and listening and understands our struggle to see equality for all.

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I’ll never forget that night.  What an amazing moment.  I was driving home after volunteering for the No on Prop 8 campaign and was a little bummed that I was going to miss his victory speech.  But, I was able to hear it on NPR.  I felt so good and energized.  I did my best trying to reach to voters that night and I was so anxious to hear the results.

I was already overcome with emotion within the first minute of Obama’s speech.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer…

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.”

That’s what it’s all about, a president who is willing to understand and represent all citizens of the United States.  It is so exciting and gratifying that we’ll have a president who acknowledges our differences and understands how important it is to protect equality.

I’ll also never forget this story of the 109-year-old voter.  Earlier on election day, I came across the story of Amanda Jones, a daughter of a man born into slavery, who voted for Obama.  She saved her hard earned money and voted, despite the discriminatory poll taxes that were in place.  She voted for 70 years and finally cast a vote for the first black presidential nominee. People like Amanda, goes to show how important it is to never give up.  What an amazing and inspirational women.

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“Oh, Mother”

Wow, what a week.  I had fun celebrating birthdays and ended the week with some needed alcohol and a fun drive around L.A.  So much fun, I haven’t even had time to vent about the election.  And I really need to vent!

My mom called me the day after the election, and it meant so much to me.  It really meant a lot that she actually cared and asked how I felt after hearing the results.  The election was bittersweet for me.  And, yes I was more hurt and upset during the days following the the election.  Which, is not what I wanted to feel, after working and participating in this election.  I’ll be writing a longer post later, and I’m definitely not letting this go.

Anyway, the highlight of my week was a little note my mom sent me the day after the election.

Three things in life that, once gone, never come back –
1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity

Three things in life that can destroy a person –
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Un-forgiveness

Three things in life that you should never lose –
1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Honesty

Three things in life that are most valuable –
1. Love
2. Family & Friends
3. Kindness

Three things in life that are never certain –
1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams

Three things that make a person –
1. Commitment
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work

Just something I came across to make us THINK.


I’m so lucky to have the love and support from my mom.  She means so much to me, especially when I have such a crazy week.

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