I live in Smyrna, and am committed to a wonderful guy. We have a transgendered cat named Vicious. No, we don't whore ourselves to other…
The steaks are awesome, and always perfectly cooked to order. While I understand that service issues can be good or bad depending on outside factors, we've only had enjoyable evenings there.
The only complaint I have is their rotating dessert menu. I want that Kahlua Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake back!
Yet another "This Modern World" glitch. What's the point of uploading them if it doesn't come out?
Maybe Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer should've tried using the "executive privilege" excuse...
Any chance we could see the comic?
The thing that I love about Pride, as an out and proud young gay man, isn't the free stuff, or the politics, or even the audacity of it all. What I love most is seeing the sheer amount of gay, straight, transgendered, intersexed, and gender-bending people who by showing up give support to all of us.
It always brings me to the verge of tears when I arrive and see the amount of people who attend; whether I associate with them or not, this is my support group bolstering and empowering me every year to be open, honest, and free to be myself. This is the one time of year when I actually feel like I'm surrounded by people who understand me at some fundamental level: This is my Extended Family. Their presence alone makes it an enjoyable experience.
Where else would it be possible to find sympathetic and outreaching institutions and organizations who say "We want you to patronize us, feel comfortable with us, allow us to help you" without having to do exhausting searches online, over the phone, or on foot? Where else will you find organizations that are normally not at the forefront of our minds, who fight for us everyday?
I found a Catholic church that openly wanted us to attend, and had a gay man who enthusiastically recommended the church - even when a jaded "recoverd Catholic" came up and began arguing with the booth volunteers about their support for an "anti-gay church". Their smiles never wavered, as if to say "Come in and see for yourself. You will be embraced here."
There are people who cannot be open and honest about themselves UNTIL Pride comes to town. There are also people who never go to Pride, only to criticize it from afar. To the people who need Pride in their lives: We love it when you come out. We will embrace you and love you, even when you think that the outside straight community or the bitter divisions within the gay community are too much to bear. We will alway make a place for you at the table, even over the objections of others. Seeing each other there will only strengthen us.
To the people to object to the perceived faults of Pride: Keep your asses at home, if you hate it so much. One event cannot satisfy every person's individual tastes, so complaining about it not fitting into your perception of "proper gay behavior" is redundant and stupid. There are people (like me) who need this event not only to give them the strength to keep going, but want this event for the diversity, richness, and sense of family it conveys. If you really don't like it so much, you do not have to attend - refuse to patronize it like you've been doing. However, when you refuse to attend, then you give up the right to criticize what goes on without you.
I think your issue has less to do with Pride trying to "limit the expression of new gay-friendly ideas" and more to do with your not getting a permit to peddle your wares at the event and trying to circumvent the system.
The Pride staffers who asked you to leave, the companies and institutions, and the entertainment all had to get permits to hold the festival at the Civic Center. It was a 50/50 venture between the Pride Committee and the Civic Center - they had every right to ask you to leave, regardless of it infringing on your perceived freedom. So trying to incite some kind of sympathy or irritation by labeling the fact that you had no permit with a sticker saying "oppressed" is not only false, but downright irresponsible.
Next time, just pay the permit fee like every other vendor at Pride. If what you propose is as wonderful an idea as you say, then it should be worth every penny.
Thank you for this informative and personal article! Maybe it'll open the eyes of the "don't-bother-me-with-the-facts" crowd, and show everyone that our nation needs to start relying on some common sense rather than outdated and unquestioned ideology.
Bush & Co. had the detainees labeled as "enemy combatants" to purposefully avoid raising concerns over Geneva Convention POW treatment and rights, almost mirroring what Eisenhower did at WWII's conclusion with the Germans. While it is true that German POWs were brutalized and slaughtered in their camps, our international relationships would make wholesale slaughter a bit impossible and in the very least, distasteful. All we have left in our disposal is humilation, torture, refusal of legal counsel, refusal of judicial proceedings, and indefinite imprisonment - how is that any more acceptable than post-WWII POW treatment?
The recent ruling by the Supreme Court is so great because, for the longest time, these "enemy combatants" had been refused habeus corpus, which applies to anyone (whether U.S. citizen or not) held on suspicion of a crime on U.S. soil. The Guantanamo Bay military prison falls under explicit U.S. jurisdiction and is, therefore, U.S. soil. It would be the same as if you had committed a crime in another country - you are subject to the legal penalties and rights of that country.
Simply because the base sits on the shore of another country, that does NOT make it acceptable - judicially, ethically, or humanely - to deny them the legal rights granted to them by the Geneva Convention and our own Constitution.
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