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New York. Very proud. How many states to go now?

Meanwhile, back in Sao Paulo, Mr. Stephen Fry is attending our 4 million people Gay Pride Parade. I love the man and that is not a word I use lightly. *sigh*

P.S. I do know that the groom/groom is not the only new reality here in New York City, there are bride/bride cakes now. Just couldn't find a jpg I could poach. :)
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I was supposed to be in Toronto, but am instead in NYC. I'm staying here long enough to see [ profile] rusty_halo and then I have stuff to do on the West Coast. People to meet in SF. Then I have family stuff to do in LA. Then I have to come back to NYC. Then go back home (yes, all the way back home), try to finally get my Canadian Visitor Visa, organize life, go see my mother in Rio, go back home and then come back to NYC to leave middle child in college and then, finally, back home.

I hate flying. I'm petrified every single time I get inside a plane. I'm going to be on 9 flights in the next 3 months. Granted, two of those are 50 minute flights, to which I thank the Lord wholeheartedly. Most people don't understand the sheer terror that takes over people like myself - we walk into those planes certain we're going to die. Fortunately, it's not so bad when I travel alone (I guess I'm fine with dying, just don't want my children to die), but I'm not traveling alone at all this summer.

G'd, Polly (the mini stuffed piggy [ profile] redeem147 gave me to keep me safe) and heart medication are the things that manage to let me board those planes. *sigh*

On to better things... Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart is an important, vital play. An amazing experience and, look, Jim Parsons and Lee Pace! )

NYC and the marriage equality vote. What can I say? It looks good? Why people who pay their taxes and are citizens of a country can't get married and have to wait for legislation telling them they can - is beyond me. Nobody is telling the churches, temples, mosques, or whatever you call a place of worship, to allow it in their space. Ban all non closeted, not rich enough to make a substantial donation homosexuals from your worship centres. Go ahead. It's not like religion is known for its lack of prejudice against minorities (and women) or people who aren't them.

Spain, really Catholic BTW, is fine with it. Brazil - the biggest freaking Catholic country in the world where the level of homophobia is not to be believed (I've heard college educated, professional people who looked human say they would rather have a dead son than a gay son)! Brazil has civil unions!  It took us a decade, but...

Not in the USA. Sanctity of marriage. Then ban divorce. Though, I think without divorce, the fabric of society in the US would disintegrate... Better yet: committing adultery should then be punished by death or, at least, with some seriously heavy prison time. Isn't marriage sacred?

I know I'm preaching to the choir. It just makes me so angry. Some time ago I read a tweet (it's ok, laugh) that said "Kelsey Kramer married wife #4 today. David Hyde Pierce has been w/ the same man for ~25 years, but he can't get married."

Nothing against the repeated "triumph of hope over experience" thing Mr. Kramer has going, but damn.

I try not to write this much, but that play lit a fire in my belly. Night.


Jul. 7th, 2005 02:43 pm
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On June 12th, 1967 the Supreme Court of the USA unanimously overturned the conviction of the Lovings. They had been convicted to a year in prison or to 25 years in exile from the state. Their crime? He was white, she was black and they got married.

The judge from the first trial
--Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.--

Supreme Court's Decision
--Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man,"* fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.--

I guess it's just me, but it sounds familiar. I'm sure there are those who will get ticked and who would think that mentioning the struggles of the 60s and then using the same breath to say gay rights should be punished. I don't.

The joy of different points of view )
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>Original Article - Mainly about Stephen Fry<

"The Incitement to Religious Hatred Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech last month. Under the proposals, it would become a criminal offence to use threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour if one 'intends to stir up religious hatred' or if their conduct is 'likely to stir up' religious hatred. Prosecutions could be brought only by the Attorney-General and a convicted person would face up to seven years in prison."

Never again to say: A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar and...?!

I make no pretence that I fully understand what this Bill means, but it always scares me when people go about wanting to give thought police a go. I'm aware that the whole freedom of speech thing is a USA deal (or was, depending who you talk to) and that nobody sane likes religous bigotry, but isn't this a bit too radical? Or are things that bad that it's necessary to make it illegal? Seven years? I choose to believe that it would take more than a joke to land you in prison for seven years, but it's still quite scary.
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I rarely discus my country here (mainly because most people outside have very little idea, or interest, in what is going on down south), but today I'm doing it the South American way.

We had what could possibly be the biggest Gay Pride Parade in the world (for the second consecutive year) in the city this last Sunday - estimated 2 million people. It was a big event sponsored partly by the city and with the presence of the city's mayor, floats, bands - the works. People came from all over the country and from abroad to take part in it - we even had a Canadian, Mark Tewksbury *waves to the Canadians in my FL*. I was really happy it was such a successful (incident free) event, but part of me questioned if it hadn't just turned into another Carnaval, which this country is so fond of and famous for.

The most important thing wasn't the bright costumes or the pretty & gigantic rainbow flag - but the theme (Civil Partnership Now! Equal rights, no more - no less!). The aim is to extend full rights (civil union, adoption, for tax purposes, etc.) to same-sex couples here and to drown (in a cask of Amontillado) the religious lobbyists pressuring local Congress. The law is all nice and ready, waiting to get its day in Congress (our system is a bit different, but not much). It has been nice and ready for 10 effing years.

Gay Pride Parade SP 2005 - Photos )

In the past I've been discriminated against for my politics, my looks, for being female, my religion, my ethnicity - even for wearing trousers (two different continents and one involved bodily harm). I can now add being mainly heterosexual to my list. *bows* Thank you very much.

Note: I edited this post because my oldest told me it was way too long and people just want to see the pretty pictures.
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>Definitely Don't Drink The Water<
While those of us living in the District of Columbia were worried about lead in our drinking water last year, there's now cause for concern about the safety of drinking water on a much larger scale. Probably this week, the House will vote on a new "Clean Water Act" which would relax the strict standards that keep sewage out of our drinking water. That's right. Let it sink in for a minute.
Still thirsty?

By Laura Donnelly

I don't see what the big deal is. In countries like Brazil this has always been the case. People just grow some sort of immunity to it and who says cholera is that bad? Granted, typhoid fever can be a biggie, but just think of all the money the government will save! With the war, the tax cuts and indispensable expenditures like the Star Wars Project* it totally makes sense! If you want clean water - buy Evian!

*How can you not revive Star Wars?! I mean George Lucas finally made it okay to like Star Wars again! So what if that would mean the USA has the power to basically attack any country from space? Isn't that also very Star Wars? Like Vader, minus the twins. Oh, wait.


I leave you with the quotes from Pushing the Limits of Decency from those wonderful people we've learned to stop laughing at because no, average Americans don't find the things they say so absurd it's funny - they actually agree with these people.

"Because the whole system [is] like going to a concentration camp and picking out which people go to the death chamber."
Bob Novak on "Capital Gang" May 14, 2005, on why Republicans might not accept a filibuster compromise.
--I was going to comment how Mr. Novak should be made to visit the Holocaust Museum, but why bother? Yes, sure... it's exactly like being taken to the gas chamber.--

People who support giving detainees lawyers will "never get it until they grab Michael Kinsley out of his little house and they cut his head off - And maybe when the blade sinks in, he'll go, "Perhaps O’Reilly was right."
Bill O'Reilly on a May 17, 2005, radio show, about LA Times editorialist Michael Kinsley's suggestion that Guantanamo Bay detainees should have legal counsel.
--Land of the free, home of the brave. Innocent until proven guilty. I could go on, but it's really too sad.--
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They chose the 265th Pope. The German got it. Ultraconservative.

What's new?

Oy vey.

Benedict XVI.

A fundamentalist in power. G'd has forsaken us.

I should go back to doing what I should be doing and forget about a more compassionate and fair world.

Edit: Why he chose the name Benedict I have no idea. Benedict XV was one of the less known Popes (basically c.WWI) and his only claim to fame was canonizing Joan D'Arc.

Edit II: I'm so fed up with people going for the easy shot with this guy. His nicknames and the Nazi stuff is so irrelevant and misrepresented by the press. Yes, the kibbutznik is telling you it's irrelevant. One of the advantages of being a mixed puppy - I get to talk all over the place. Instead of going for the easy shot, go for the jugular! Which basically is: this man has been the loud voice of ultra-conservatives fanaticos for a very very long time.

I'm not commenting anymore because I seem to live in a different universe. In my universe JPII wasn't a modernist at all, just a more populist conservative who had an interest in showing a new face of the church while sticking to the same old doctrine.

Dive. Don't wallow.
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Can't sleep. Scary if taken seriously. Still scary as a joke.

Okay, We Give Up
We feel so ashamed
By The Editors

There's no easy way to admit this. For years, helpful letter writers told us to stick to science. They pointed out that science and politics don't mix. They said we should be more balanced in our presentation of such issues as creationism, missile defense and global warming. We resisted their advice and pretended not to be stung by the accusations that the magazine should be renamed Unscientific American, or Scientific Unamerican, or even Unscientific Unamerican. But spring is in the air, and all of nature is turning over a new leaf, so there's no better time to say: you were right, and we were wrong.

In retrospect, this magazine's coverage of so-called evolution has been hideously one-sided. For decades, we published articles in every issue that endorsed the ideas of Charles Darwin and his cronies. True, the theory of common descent through natural selection has been called the unifying concept for all of biology and one of the greatest scientific ideas of all time, but that was no excuse to be fanatics about it. Where were the answering articles presenting the powerful case for scientific creationism? Why were we so unwilling to suggest that dinosaurs lived 6,000 years ago or that a cataclysmic flood carved the Grand Canyon? Blame the scientists. They dazzled us with their fancy fossils, their radiocarbon dating and their tens of thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles. As editors, we had no business being persuaded by mountains of evidence.

The rest of the article )

Nazi Chic

Feb. 21st, 2005 03:28 am
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This German film about Hitler's last days is so powerful and compelling, you may actually find yourself feeling sorry for Der Fuhrer.
By Andrew O'Hehir

Full Article

I don't believe in censorship. That's why I'm voicing my opinion, freely, of Mr. O'Hehir's review.

I read all of it and I'm still ticked. I guess I shouldn't be since Mr. O'Hehir makes sure to say that he knows it's a bad thing to feel sorry for Hitler, but.. but.. he's so human!

When we recognize him, in Ganz's shuffling, gray-jowled homunculus, as an especially pathetic example of our own species, when we forget for a second all our valid reasons for despising him and casting him out and instead look on him with compassion -- that is the triumph, albeit momentary, of art over history.

No, it's the triumph of how humans really don't give a rat's ass about anything as long as it doesn't affect them over what should be humanity. Hitler was human? Big surprise. He suffered when his big master plan to kill every living thing that didn't measure up went up in smoke? Really? Watch me not really care. The story shouldn't, and hasn't been, about how much you feel for the poor Austrian - but how, as human-oid as he was, he managed to still go ahead and do the things he did without any regrets.

I'm sure people will rather not touch this with a 10 foot pole since, hey PC is in, but not for long in these redneck days.

I don't know what is the right thing to do.POV )
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Finally joined a community here: [ profile] str8inagayworld.[ profile] villagechick had the idea and I jumped onboard.
In case you don't have [ profile] villagechick in your friends list - here is her post explaining what it's all about.
What is Str8inagayworld )
Come and check it out!


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