When There’s No Way Out

There is no excuse for transphobia. Yet another victim of suicide reminds us that your actions aren’t harmless. When will this end? How many young people have to die before people start to understand the gravity of their actions.

I have met so many “not homophobic/transphobic” people who in the same sentence will remark, “just don’t be gay/trans around me.” Can you imagine what that does the a person? Do you realize the compounding effect these types of statements have when spoken over and over again? Do you ever reach outside of what you know and try to grasp at realities beyond your immediate existence?

Growing up gay was hard. I didn’t know who I could tell, what my friends or family members would say. I worried I’d be kicked out of my house or worse. I grew up in the time of Matthew Shepard, a time when the only LGBT kids you heard about dying did so at the hands of criminals. Wasn’t that bad enough?

Now we have LGBT persons killing themselves at the rate of 1,500 per year. Re-read that number. One thousand, five hundred, every single year. And for what? Because to them, “there’s no way out,” but death. And why? Because people who fill their heads with hatred, judgment and fear can’t help but pester and prod and provoke.

LBGT youth are 400% more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. 30% of LGBT you have attempted suicide by age 15. If you focus on transgendered population it get even more dire. That 30% number becomes 41%. Nearly half of all transgendered people have attempted or succeeded in committing suicide. That is nearly 900% higher than what we call average.

I’m gay and I survived when many times I thought I wouldn’t. I struggled through elementary school, junior high and high school in the closet. It resulted in dozens of hospital visits from stress-related illnesses and there were times visions of the future faded from my view. Just like Leelah, I didn’t see  any other way out. I cannot tell you how I survived my life in the closet. I felt I was cast away on an island left to fend for myself. I had no one. I feared everyone.

Today I’m so grateful for the friends with whom I surrounded myself and am blessed with a family that celebrates my existence.

We have got to stop this. I am tired of starting my mornings in tears reading news of yet another LGBT suicide.

Crazy Racist Christian Lady Goes Crazy

I feel sorry for any barista that gives her anything but decaf, or forgets her extra whip cause you know this woman gets extra whip…

This video was recorded in a strip-mall coffee shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The lady here was preaching to the patrons and one man decided to stand up to her.

This is the video that inspired me to start a collection of Christian-centered videos. I was going through my archives earlier today and watched it again. I haven’t shared it on my channel before so even though it’s a couple years old, I hope you enjoy. —

Just like how calling yourself an orange doesn’t make you an orange, simply calling yourself a Christian doesn’t make you a Christian. However, screaming craziness does make you crazy, and we can’t take that away from her!

Keith Olbermann Takes on Prop 8

This is why I’ve fallen in love with Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show.

Keith had his special comment tonight.  Beautiful, refreshing and honest.  You can tell he was fighting away some serious emotions.  Loving him more and more each episode of his fabulous cable news program.

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And Rachel Maddow, just recently started watching her and wow, what a great program.  All of MSNBC leans pretty left, but at least they are honest about it.  They would never claim to be… fair and balanced.  No wonder they are the top two cable news programs!

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Jeeps are Gay?

So I’m going through the Taco Bell drive through… yeah yeah… and what sits before me but two forms of hate.

First it’s a Jeep Cherokee, sure the Native Americans love a having an environment killing machine named after then.  Then on the back… Something all together different.

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Do you see it?

No?  

Let’s look closer.

Wow.  I guess I don’t have to write what the second offense was.  How disappointing. Reminds me of my freshmen year at MIzzou in Wolpers.  Hmph.

P.S., sorry it isn’t better quality, struggling  with the iPhone, amazing I got it at all!