totally absolutely done cross posting and posting things here...now i've made it so you can't even read anything here except this post....obviously not done with LJ, as my vintage ads community is here....but personal blog wise? yes, done, finis....
where i am and have been--just had been cross posting over to here....i mean i have over a couple hundred icons there i use, i have a spiffy layout set up....yeah....dreamweaver is better....and yes, even MORE obscure than LJ.....
National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender coming out regarding one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11. The day was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
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Think of how the mentality of mainstream Americans (well most) have changed even in the last 15 or so years in regards to famous people coming out and stating they are gay. I think coming out is a personal choice, and don't agree with some that famous people should be forced to declare their sexual preferences. But when someone who is famous DOES come out, it is incredibly powerful and can impact tremendously those who feel shame or that they have to hide who they really are. Even NON-famous people, stating they are gay, living openly as they are, can have a tremendous impact on those who are afraid due to factors in their life (family, cultural, etc.) Straight people supporting equality for the LGBT community openly also shows others that there IS support for them.
NEVER be ashamed of who are, who you love, or how you love. If you are shunned, that is they shunner's problem, not yours! I know that is easier said than done if you are dependent on such people for your livelihood. Don't let them eat away at your soul and plan your escape to be able to live YOUR life as you ARE as soon as you can.
If you or anyone you know has difficulty with coming out or faces challenges---harassment, etc contact the GLBT National Help Center--they have people you can talk to and can give you contacts in your area. Also the The Trevor Project has people you can talk to and can offer other assistance. NEVER feel you have to deny your true self. You don't have to make a proclamation and have a plane fly around with a banner, but you shouldn't have to hide who you really are. And as we know, our friends in Russia are facing that right now. That's why this human rights issue---LGBT Equality---is so important.
Я поддерживаю равенство.
Гей в порядке.
Закон России гомофобные.
Ищу нарушение этого закона. Я совершаю преступление. Обвинить меня.
Путин гомофобных. Путин Отвали.
Равенство для геев.
Бесплатный Бунт киски!
Я гражданка США. Я нарушаю ваш закон о пропаганде. Я поддерживаю равноправие для лесбиянок, геев, бисексуалов и трансгендерных людей. Я думаю, что вы гомофобны. Я хочу, чтобы вы меня судили за нарушение вашего закона. Я поддерживаю равноправие для геев в России.
Я отправлю это на других русских сайтах.
Эй Путина, Хуй тебе!
As always---I will be home on 'troll patrol' all day Saturday. If you are a regular and want my phone #, just message me for it. No xenophobia against Russia. If you get any hate on a post, please send me the user name so I can ban them and just delete it.
This month I want to focus on the increasing brutality against members of the LGBT community in Russia and even in the USA. Of course we know in Russia the increased violence is due to the draconian law signed by Putin, but it's increasing in the USA too. I have found some things on the internet that link the Russia propaganda law to an extremist American preacher. (I must stress, any religion that advocates the harm of others, is extremist and is NOT within the norm of the majority of peaceful religions with peaceful religious members, so please do not take this as an attack on 'religion', it's not. Please no comments attacking Christians, Russian Orthodoxy, etc. A religion that advocates harming others IS extremist and does deserve derision though. You CAN attack this Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries and the Patriach Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. Same as no xenophobia against Russia; but Putin and the politicians who support this are fair game.)
This Scott Lively is a piece of work! In all I have read before, on various sites, I have never come across him mentioned before! He believes that homosexuality was the cause of the Inquisition, Slavery, and the Holocaust. As George Takei would say "Oh Myyy". He's being persecuted, federally, for pushing a bill in Uganda that made homosexuality a crime punishable by death. Lively believes the Russian law that Putin signed this year was the result of a seed planted when he toured Russia in 2006-7 with his hate mongering. He goes to countries and spreads his anti-gay 'preaching' and gets countries and cities to declare places 'gay free zones'. Such as in Moldovia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus. He promotes denying rights to gays and if they have been given rights, to take them back. I found another article about this hate monger from just this month where he wrote Putin claiming their laws don't go FAR ENOUGH against the LGBT community He claims there needs to be a war on gay people. And he wants Russia and America to be allies in that fight, just like in WWII. He, of course, tries to cloak himself with religion, but religions teach acceptance and love, not death and murder.
South African Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu has stated “I would not worship a God who is homophobic, and that is how deep I feel about this,” [he] said at a United Nations’ gay rights campaign function in Cape Town, South Africa. “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. 'No,' I would say. 'Sorry. I mean, I would much rather go to the other place.'” Tutu likened gay rights to the civil rights battle for blacks and apartheid. . He is a TRUE religious leader who grasps the messages that people learn from religion and the human rights aspects of this.
Now this link is a really good, though long article. Russia’s Anti-Gay Pogrom Has Disturbing Parallels to Medieval Anti-Semitism. But I have to give a couple warnings first. First, it does link to videos that show the brutal attacks against members of the LGBT community. Second, they talk about the impact of religion upon the current Russian law and how the leader of the Russian Orthodox church even gives sanction to the wiping out of gays. Now, not all members of the Russian Orthodox church feel that way; just as there are some extremist Christians, Muslims, etc, there are extreme believers in pretty much every faith. Just wanted to point that out and make sure no one attacks that faith as a whole---you can certainly attack the leader, Patriarch Kirill, for his beliefs though.
So we have an American fringe radical 'religious' guy advocating violence against gays in other countries. The Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill believes gays should be wiped out. These countries already have an underbelly of homophobia and suppressed rage at I don't know what, that they feel they can take out on the LGBT community and it appears they can brutalize, even murder, members of the LGBT community with impunity--in Russia.
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Our NEXT Gay Equality Day is going to be October 11, National Coming Out Day!