Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Very Brave Man and A Hero

Rev. Geoffrey Farrow

Father Geoffrey Farrow is a longtime Catholic priest who revealed recently that he is gay and opposed to Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that would overturn the California Supreme Court's decision earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage. As a result, Farrow has been stripped of his job as a parish priest in Fresno, including his salary and health benefits.

"At what point do you cease to be an agent for healing and growth and become an accomplice of injustice?" Rev. Geoffrey Farrow asked during a Church mass held on Sunday, October 5.

"How is marriage protected by intimidating gay and lesbian people into loveless and lonely lives?" he asked parishioners of the St. Paul Newman Center. "I am morally compelled to vote no on Proposition 8."

Rev. Geoffrey Farrow is a Hero and a very brave man to lose not only his job but to be banished from what he loved to do, simply for having the courage to stand up for what he believed in and that was equality for all!

The complete story from The LA Times is here...


Wake up People...before it is too late.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Think before you speak....


Vote No on Prop. 8


California - Vote "NO" on Prop. 8!

Arizona - Vote "NO" on Prop. 102! AGAIN!

Florida - Vote "NO" on Amendment 2!

Connecticut - Vote "NO" on Question 1!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Vote No! on Prop 8

I heard from my one and only former boyfriend over the weekend, that he and I were featured in the current issue of Frontier's magazine once again. The photo near the end of the magazine entitled Love Story on page 138 had been originally published in Frontier's magazine in 1993 and later in a book about Gay weddings. The photo was taken of us after we were married in front of the IRS building in Washington D.C. during a mass wedding held by Rev. Troy Perry, the evening before the March on Washington in April of 1993.

Even though Lee and I are no longer together as a couple, we are still a part of each other's lives for better or worse. Just as straight couples, I believe that I should have the right to marry whom ever I choose just as my parents, two older brothers and my younger sister have done and as I did with my former wife before I came out of the closet.

How do you cue that Barbara song on here now?........"Mem'ries light the corners of my mind. Misty water color mem'ries of the way we were. Scattered pictures of the smiles we.....

Vote No! on Prop 8 in California!


Monday, October 6, 2008

Remembering Matthew Shepard

Remembering Matthew Shepard

A Call to Action to Erase Hate

Please join us tonight to observe the ten-year remembrance of Matthew Shepard’s death and renew our commitment to erase hate in our communities.

Oakland University
Oakland Center - Gold Rooms A and B
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309
Monday, October 6, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

Featured speakers:

Joann Bautti-Roche, Coordinator, Oakland University Gender & Sexuality Center
Tim Larrabee, Chair, Oakland University LGBTA Employee Resource Group
Representative Paul Condino, Sponsor of the Michigan Anti-Bias Crime Statute
Dan Levy, Chief Legal Officer, Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Melissa L. Pope, Director of Victim Services, Triangle Foundation

The event is being sponsored by the Oakland University Gender & Sexuality Center, the Oakland University LGBT Employee Resource Group, and Triangle Foundation. 

For more information, contact Melissa@tri.org.

Matthew Shepard - Ten Years Ago Tonight

Matthew Wayne Shepard
(December 1, 1976 - October 12, 1998) 

Matthew Shepard was a gay American student at the University of Wyoming who was badly beaten, tied to a wooden fence, and left to die near Laramie on the night of October 6 - October 7, 1998. Shepard died five days later from (among many other things) severe head injuries at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12, 1998. 

His murder brought national as well as international attention to the issue of hate crime legislation (or the lack of) at the state and federal levels. Ten years later we still do not have a federal hate crimes bill passed thanks in part to W.

What is really needed (in my opinion) is more awareness and acceptance in schools so that kids grow up knowing that being gay is okay and normal. I personally would have done better in school and in life had I felt better about myself and had known I was not the only one "like that".

We remember Matthew Shepard and all victims of hate crimes today including Susan Pittmann and Christine Puckett.
May they all rest in peace.