A Gay Dad’s Requiem for Leelah, the Matthew Shepard of Our Time

I am utterly gutted by the needless death of an innocent. I’ve been trying to come up with appropriate words for how I feel. The hateful comments left by “good Christians” on various sites have been appalling. I cannot believe how evil people are. — “A Gay Dad’s Requiem for Leelah” comes close to a perfect response, so I’m sharing it.

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Leelah Requiem

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

This week, another tragedy, another life destroyed, left a similar impression — the death of Leelah Alcorn.

One of the publishers I work with sent me a quick message on New Years Eve. “You might want to write one of your ‘Gay Dad’ letters to the parents of this teen.” It was Leelah’s story. She was known to her family as “Joshua,” and she had killed herself. A pre-published letter appeared online. In the letter she eloquently explained why she was going to end her life in more emotional detail. While certainly many…

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A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

The only explanation I can come up with is racism.

My conservative friends will chide me for “playing the race card” but clearly there’s no other reasonable explanation. Why else would so many white people wish his failure before he even steps foot in the Oval Office?
The amount of disrespect thrown at this president is unprecedented. Even G.W.Bush, arguably the most disliked president since Nixon, didn’t receive this level of hate and betrayal.
I hated Georgie Boy to the core for deceiving the country into invading Iraq. But I never would have thought to publicly disrespect him.
I was always taught to respect the office. I didn’t have to like the president, but as an American I must respect the office.
Where’s that patriotic sentiment now?

Oh. Right. The president is black.

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America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!

By William Thomas

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…

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Out Of The Closet, Into The Fire!

In honor of #NationalComingOutDay, I’m reposting this gem from last year.
As with most of my posts, this one is a little rough around the edges. But it does give you an idea of where my head was at that point of my life.

BTW, for anyone struggling with the decision to come out. It does get better. I am so much happier than I was then. Cheers!


NCODI wanted to write something brilliant and inspiring for National Coming Out Day, something that would give future generations hope and pride. Then like most of my “inspiring ideas” I put it off until the last minute. So here I am at 12:15 AM with a head full of thoughts and nothing on paper … er, document file.

My earliest conversation about homosexuality was a curt one. I was maybe six years old. The idea of marrying a person of the opposite sex was alien to me. I knew that’s what people were supposed to do, but It wasn’t something I wanted to do. I didn’t think girls were yucky, or had cooties. It’s just that I knew I didn’t want to spend my life with a girl. So, one day, I casually asked my grandmother if two boys could get married. Well… I will never forget the look in…

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Save the Phantom Stage! Hollywood Landmark Reportedly Slated for Oblivion

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phantomUniversal Studios’ Stage 28 holds a lot of memories. Some of the most iconic American films, including The Bride of FrankensteinPsycho, and The Sting were shot there, to name only a few.

Built in 1924 for the silent Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, the vast soundstage still houses the 90-year-old opera house set. Designed by Ben Carré, this recreation of the Paris original practically deserves its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, having appeared in movies ranging from Dracula to The Muppets.

Throughout the years, the so-called “Phantom Stage,” nicknamed for the first film made there, has earned its title in another sense. Legend has it that the soundstage is haunted. However, those ghosts might be homeless soon.

The website Inside Universal recently broke the news that the studio would close Stage 28 and probably demolish it. According to their article, “

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Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, and There’s a Website to Prove It

iPhone does it too. It’s part of theft prevention and phone recovery. (Find My Phone, Device Manager, etc.) You can opt out of these services. For Android, turn off “Location” in settings.
You can delete your location history at any time by going to the Google website provided.
Also, Location services are needed for GPS. If you use your phone for navigation, your phone will track your location.
EVERY GPS device, TomTom, Garmin, Magellan, etc., tracks and records your location. That’s why they tell you to enter a nearby intersection or landmark instead of your real address as “home”.
It’s up to consumers to decide how much of this information that are comfortable with sharing.

How to Defend Yourself Against a Gay Basher

I’ve been targeted twice. I was beat up pretty bad the first time. I fought back the second time. My attacker was in complete and utter shock that I fought back. It caught him off guard. I still got hurt, but I left him bloody as well. But I could have been killed.
My point is, pay attention to the advice listed here. Women too. It could save your life.

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How to Defend Yourself Against a Gay Basher


Self-Defense Tactics

I am going to share a story with you about a buddy of mine named Blake who successfully defended himself against a gay bashing street thug. This incident happened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and involved an attacker who thought Blake was going to be an easy target. He thought wrong.

My hope is by sharing his story, you will be armed with useful knowledge for the future. I will highlight a few self-defense tips, some used by Blake, which he believes very much saved his life. 

I know there are many readers of this blog who at some point in life have experienced a gay bashing bully. More mature readers of this site likely know of at least one person who has been the victim of anti-gay violence with a bad ending.  

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Human Rights Watch Releases Disturbing Video Of LGBT Russians Beaten By Anti-Gay Vigilantes

Just horrifying

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Human Rights Watch Releases Disturbing Video Of LGBT Russians Beaten By Anti-Gay Vigilantes

by Will Kohler


Human Rights Watch has released a disturbing video detailing many of the violent criminal exploits of Russian citizens and anti-gay vigilante groups who’s hate has become empowered by Russia’s recent passage of anti-gay laws.

As the host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which begin on February 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia should act in accordance with the principle of nondiscrimination, a core provision of the Olympic Charter. As a member of the Council of Europe, and party to multiple human rights treaties, it should meet its obligations to provide equal respect and protection for LGBT people.

“The Russian authorities have the power to protect the rights of LGBT people, but instead they are ignoring their responsibility to do so,” said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “By turning a blind eye to…

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