While there is plenty to accomplish while prepping for the storm, the only high priority five alarm items I have on the nefarious gay agenda here in Mount Dora today is to score some bottled water and/or find containers to store tap water. Not succeeding in my quest as of yet but we still have a few days if the hurricane prediction track holds true. Floridians have been watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas with empathy and understanding. While not all of us have experienced the complete devastation of historic record breaking flooding, many of us know exactly what it is like to live with anxiety over that impending "cone … [Read more...] about Prepping For Hurricane Irma
https://youtu.be/vFALyMq4zFM?t=30m20s This morning I was painting and Dan was doing Handy Man Dan things while we listened to one of my favorite podcasts, Focus Group Radio. At one point we looked at each other and said, "Are they talking about... us?" Yep, they were. We are grateful for Tim and John highlighting what Dan went through being harassed on the road in Alabama after being targeted because of the HRC sticker on our car. The video embed above starts where they started talking about my blog post detailing what happened. However, I love this podcast so please watch the whole video. Back to the point, expressing our … [Read more...] about Focus Group Radio Highlights “Caution When Driving Gay” Post
When it comes to the Nashville Statement, I watched it play out in real time on social media. I denounced it both on Twitter and in comments on various posts on Facebook. Even so, definitely wanted to blog a few thoughts now that I have had a few days to chew on it. "There's Nothing New Under The Sun." - It's The Same Old Same Old Everything that was said in the statement has been said a million times before by culture warrior religious leaders seeking to stigmatize LGBTQ+ people. That said, it is uniquely damaging in that it is possibly the first time some young people have seen such organized hatred. Plus, every time a statement like … [Read more...] about Thoughts On The “Nashville Statement”
Tuesday it was my joy and honor to meet Reverend Terri Steed Pierce of Joy MCC Church Orlando. Lately, I have been yearning to get back into spiritual fellowship and decided it was time to reach out to her. We met yesterday to get acquainted and I shared my story. I also shared how I wanted to reclaim my spiritual calling, gifts, skill set, and use them for good. We talked for 90 minutes. Plenty of ground was covered including the potential of working together to help others heal from and find their way out of religious stigma and legalistic Christianity in all its forms; specifically in how it manifests in ex-gay/conversion ideology. Not … [Read more...] about The Blood On My Hands
YAY! So excited! At 81,115 words and 12 chapters, the rough draft of my memoir is done! A few minutes ago, Dan and I raised cocktail and said, "cheers!" in celebration. I finished it about 4:45 pm today. When I took my hands off the keyboard realizing it's done, that was a moment I won't likely forget. The journey will continue of course because there is the need for editing, finding an agent (might have one soon), publisher and all that. But, having the rough draft done is a sweet feeling. Thank you for your friendship, encouragement, and support. It's gettin' there! … [Read more...] about It’s Official, Rough Draft is Done!