Cincinnati Pride 2012

Greetings all!  No link today i’m afraid.  The reason for that is that it is Cincinnati Pride today!  I don’t think we need a link for that do you?

Pride is an important time for the LGBTQ community.  I’ll be going along and working with three groups that I like to support with photographic help – Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Cincinnati HRC, and Cincinnati GLSEN.  All of these are very worthwhile groups indeed.  Visibility is really important, as you have seen me write about before, because it is only by being visible that we can move forward in any way.  Yes I know that some people have issues with the whole pride thing, and many see it as just a big party these days instead of a political thing.  But can’t it be all of these?  I think so, and I for one am grateful for the opportunity to be able to hold pride festivals when so many places around the world cannot.

So happy pride to you all!

Big love,

DMx

The Fred Karger presidential campaign.

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Happy Friday to all of you wherever you may be!  Today Fred Karger ended his campaign to be President of the United States.  Fred who I hear you cry?  Fred Karger is a US diplomat who is gay who was running for president, that is who.  Yes, we had a gay man, and a Republican at that, running for President of the US.  He is, to my knowledge, the first openly gay man to have run for president.  He ended his campaign today it seems.

I don’t know much about Karger or his politics but I do know that he supports marriage equality.  Being a member of a party that actively campaigns against equality must be tough and I admire him for it.  He has also refused to endorse Romney because of his commitment to inequality and has called on Romney to rescind all the pledges he has made to enshrine inequality in the US constitution.

Fred, though I may not agree with many of your viewpoints on things (though as I said I don’t know much about them), I do admire you sticking to you points of equality for all, unlike seemingly everyone else in your party.

Big love,

DMx

LGBTQ issues and the Healthcare bill.

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Today has been a big day in the US.  The Supreme Court decision that was handed today was awaited by many people for many different reasons.  There has been much written on it and I certainly don’t need to add to much to the charged rhetoric that is going on.

I do, however, want to comment on the LGBTQ aspect of the law.  LGBTQ people are often disproportionately affected in healthcare issues for a number of reasons.  The lack of partner benefits in many areas is one issue.  The fact that services directed toward LGBTQ health are not seen as “glamorous” is another.  And let us not forget that under the previous law if you had to switch providers then people with HIV were often denied coverage as a pre-existing condition.

This may seem like anathema to many people but remember this; if you were being told you couldn’t have medicine or healthcare that would save your life what would you choose?  To die quietly in a corner or to have people help you?

Big love,

DMx

Stone the gays in Bulgaria.

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Greetings all and a happy Wednesday to you all!  Today sees people continuing to call for bodily harm to be inflicted on gay people in the name of a church.

You’ll read in today’s link that a priest in Bulgaria has called on people to show up to the gay pride festival that is taking place soon and to take stones with them to stone gay people.  Yep, this is what it is coming down to.  There seems to be a constant increase in the call for violence against LGBTQ people these days.  Why is that?  Is it because we are all doing something different from the past few years?  Is it because slowly and surely we seem to be moving forward with issues of equality?

Who knows but these constant unchecked calls for violence seem to be escalating and until people realise that it is unacceptable, I doubt we will see any slow down soon.  It’s really sad to see stuff like this happening….

Big love,

DMx

The last gay Holocaust survivor.

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Yesterday the last known gay jewish survivor of the Holocaust passed away in Germany, aged 84.  That is a sad event and one that deserves some thought and remembering.  With his death comes the realisation of many things, including that it may now be easier than ever for people to forget the fact that so many LGBTQ people were imprisoned and/or killed.

It is important that all victims of the Holocaust should be remembered, but all too often history and the public seem to either not know of the involvement of LGBTQ people or they conveniently choose to ignore it.  I can’t tell you how many people I have met over the years who were completely unaware that LGBTQ people were sent to camps and killed.  For those of you who didn’t know, that is where the symbol of the pink triangle comes from; LGBTQ people were forced to wear that as their identification.

It is obviously very troubling that today we still have people calling for the death of LGBTQ folks.  Indeed I wrote only a few days ago about a high-ranking member of the Salvation Army doing just that.  One wonders if these people are aware of history…..or if they just chose to think that this kind of treatment is just and deserving like the Nazi party did.

Inequality allows these things to happen.  We must make sure that they never happen again.  Which means we must achieve equality for all.

Big love,

DMx

A Downton clip for you….

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In our continuing series of Downton Abbey bits and pieces, how could I not share this with you?

This clip needs little introduction or commentary from me, other than to say that it is the first little snippet of Shirley MacLaine and Maggie Smith performing together in that much loved television series.

So what are you waiting for?  Click that link!

Big love,

DMx

Back to the Sally Army.

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Yesterday, when on my usual trawl through LGBTQ sites looking for things to post about, I came across a disturbing story about the Salvation Army.  I didn’t post about it yesterday because I was quite upset about it.  In the article, a leader in the Salvation Army talked about how gay people should be put to death.  That old chestnut again….

Well, today, some higher up people in the Salvation Army apologised for the comments.  That’s something I guess.  However this really won’t stop until their leadership fundamentally rethinks their policies and positions.  It’s all very well apologising now, but how about learning from the issue and making sure it doesn’t happen again?  That would make things a lot better, don’t you think?

Big love,

DMx