December 31, 2012

2013: New Year, New Job & New York City

When I started my blog in the summer of 2011, it's original purpose was to house a few comedy posts a month - and occasionally - insightful writing on politics, current events, and social movements in the United States and abroad.

The past year and a half has involved endless amounts of travel and freelance jobs, in addition to moving from Buffalo to Los Angeles to New York. The blog has evolved with me and thankfully, has turned into not only an information hub, but a resource for Millennials.

I'm happy to announce that I've been offered a web and social media assistant position with Healthcorps; a nonprofit founded by Dr. Oz that shapes a new generation of high school Americans through school-based health education and peer-mentoring.

Although my posts won't be as constant, I will still be publishing a few articles a week, in addition to working on my first novel.

It's cliche to say, but a lot can change in a year; it's up to you to point your life in the direction you want it to go.

December 25, 2012

Protestors Clash With Government & Police In India Over Gang Rape

Ongoing demonstrations have occurred in New Delhi as public outrage increased following the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old woman on a bus on December 16, 2012.

According to police, the 6 men - including the bus driver and a minor - have been arrested.


This past Sunday, protestors clashed with police after defying a ban on demonstrations.

According to official figures, reported rape cases have increased more than tenfold over the past 40 years -- from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011.

New Delhi, where the gang rape occurred, reported 572 rapes last year and more than 600 in 2012.


The name of the victim - who is in critical condition and recovering at an area hospital - has not been released, although the public has been referring to her as "Damini," which means "lightning" in Hindi.

Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Firefighter Funerals In Webster, New York


According to the hacktivist group Anonymous, Westboro Baptist Church will be attending the funerals of the two firefighters that were killed outside of Rochester, New York on Christmas Eve.

The funerals are the day after Christmas.

The two individuals - Lieutenant Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka - were shot in the suburb of Webster when they responded to put out a fire.

The blaze was alledgedly started by William Spengler, 62, who also shot two other firefighters.

Westboro Baptist Church, considered as a hate group by many organizations, has been known to “protest” at high profile funerals and events; the religious group blames the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, particularly the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage in America, for terrible murders and massacres.

December 20, 2012

South Korea Elects First Female President

Park Geun-hye will become the next president of South Korea; the first woman for the Asian nation.

According to the country's National Election Commission, Park won 52% of the vote, compared with 48% for her rival, Moon Jae-in of the Democratic United Party.

"I would like to re-create the miracle of 'let's live well' so people can worry less about their livelihood and young people can happily go to work," said Park in a speech made at the headquarters of her Saenuri political party Thursday morning.

The economy proved to be the top concern of voters and Park took notice.

"I will create a society in which no one is left behind and everyone can share the fruits of economic development," she said. "I believe that only this can bring unity, economic democratization and happiness for people."

Park, 60, is the daughter of former South Korea President Park Chung-hee, who was assassinated in 1979.

She will assume office in February.

7 Things I'm Proud Of If The World Ends

1. Cried at the end of Clueless on a flight from New York City to Los Angeles.

2.  I didn't lie when the person next to me asked if I got something in my eyes.

3.  Exposed what a drama queen Adam Lambert is: Adam Lambert Is A Diva

4.  Moved to Los Angeles with $800.

5.  Moved to New York City with $1,400.

6.  Wrote a book:
The Generation Y Handbook: Funny Stories About Sex, Dating, And Relationships for Millennials

7.  Pretended to be a gay rights activist just so I could get a date.

NBC Crew Freed From Kidnappers In Syria

On Tuesday, an NBC reporter and his crew were freed in Syria after being bound, blindfolded and repeatedly threatened with death over five days.

The group was kidnapped by masked men who were heavily armed while crossing the Syrian border from Turkey.

"They made us choose which one of us would be shot first. When we refused, there were mock shootings. They pretended to shoot him several times," Richard Engel told NBC's "Today," referring to producer Ghazi Balkiz.

Hearing a gun fired while blindfolded "can be a very traumatic experience," he said.

Last month, I reported that 2012 was the deadliest year for journalists.

At the time, Syria had the most killings, with 36 individuals executed.

The Middle East in general is considered the world's deadliest region for journalists.

The crew was rescued by rebels on Tuesday before returning to Turkey.

Miss USA Captures Miss Universe Crown

AP Photo: Julie Jacobson
Olivia Culpo is the new Miss Universe 2012.

Representing the state of Rhode Island, Culpo is the first American winner since 1997.

The 20-year-old voiced her opinion regarding transgender contestants at the Miss USA contest earlier this year.

"Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?"

She responded:

"I do think that that would be fair but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it's a free country."

In other news, Sheena Monnin, who represented Miss Pennsylvania, has been ordered to pay $5 million in defamation after making derogatory and anti-transgender remarks about the pageant, which is owned by Donald Trump.

Jenna Talackova, the first transgender Miss Universe Canada contender, finished in the top twelve in May.

December 17, 2012

Obesity Now Tops Hunger As World's Biggest Food Problem

Yes, you read the headline right and no, no pun intended.

This week, The Lancet released data from the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.

"Obesity is now a problem in all countries except for those in sub-Saharan Africa, and its associated complications produce health burdens higher than those caused by hunger."

An analysis shows that
obesity rates have increased 82 percent worldwide over the past two decades.

The White House Has A Same-Sex Marriage Proposal & I'm Still Single

Every time a gay marriage proposal takes place, a Republican anchor from Fox News checks out a cat post on Buzz Feed and cracks the screen in half.

Matthew Phelps, a United States Marine, proposed to his partner, Ben Schock, at a White House event over the weekend.

Phelps wrote via Facebook:

"Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!"

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American Atheists Debut Times Square Ad & Help Raise Money For Newtown Shooting

There's a new ad in Times Squares though January 10th.

"Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth!"

"Merry" is accompanied by a picture of Santa, while "myth" sits below a picture of Jesus
.


“We know that a large population of Christians are actually atheists who feel trapped in their family's religion," David Silverman, President of American Atheists, said of the billboard.

"If you know God is a myth, you do not have to lie and call yourself Christian in order to have a festive holiday season. You can be merry without the myth, and indeed, you should."

This week, the American Atheists have also joined forces with Atheism Resource to start a fundraising campaign to help support the families and victims of the recent shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

They have set a fundraising goal of $100,000.

Donate here:

"We will be processing these payments to American Atheists to distribute the money to the 20 families that we have contact info for. Additional funds will go to help the families of the adults who were killed and to community in their efforts to provide counseling to those involved."

Matt Damon Talks To Playboy About LGBT Rights & Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this year, Hugh Hefner penned an article for Politico that called for the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

“Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom. Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life," he wrote.

In a recent interview with Playboy, Matt Damon added to the progressive views of Hefner and touched upon the issue and his role in the upcoming HBO biopic Behind the Candlelabra.

In the film, Damon plays Scott Thorson, the lover of Liberace; a celebrity who remained in the closet his entire life.

Michael Douglas plays Liberace.

"We both have a lot of gay friends, and we were not going to screw this up or bullshit it. It wasn’t the most natural thing in the world to do, though. Like, for one scene, I had to come out of a pool, go over to Michael, straddle him on a chaise longue and start kissing him. And throughout the script, it’s not like I kiss him just once. We drew it up like a football plan," Damon said in the interview.

Then Mr. Jennifer Garner puts same-sex relationships into perspective:

"These two men were deeply in love and in a real relationship — a marriage — long before there was gay marriage. That’s not an insignificant thing. The script is beautiful and relatable."

He also said he never denied gay rumors about him and Ben Afflack because he "was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay—as if being gay were some kind of fucking disease."

December 16, 2012

Pope Says Gay Marriage Against Human Nature

Pope Benedict XVI has said same-sex marriage is unnatural, against human nature, and poses a threat to humanity.

"There is also a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union. Such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society. These principles are not truths of faith, nor are they simply a corollary of the right to religious freedom. They are inscribed in human nature itself, accessible to reason and thus common to all humanity. The Church's efforts to promote them are not therefore confessional in character, but addressed to all people, whatever their religious affiliation. Efforts of this kind are all the more necessary the more these principles are denied or misunderstood, since this constitutes an offence against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace."

This was part of his message for World Day of Peace 2013.


Luckily, I helped break down the ignorant rationale of those against marriage equality:

3 Funny Reasons Why Gays Should Not Marry

Boston Alley


As an avid fan of history, architecture, and Irish people, I was happy to spend a few days in Boston this past week.


I took a few pictures, but the one above is my favorite; while exploring the city, it was cool to see how interconnected the city was due to alleys and passageways.

2 Great Kickstarter Campaigns To Check Out: Wayward Nation & Gay Warriors

This past week, I had the opportunity to talk with two cool folks - Mikey McManus of Wayward Nation and Tatjana Plitt of Gay Warriors - regarding their respective Kickstarter campaigns.

Their ultimate goals are to raise awareness and advance positive change in the United States in a creative manner.

Wayward Nation:

"
A cross country journey to experience and define the New American Dream. This is not a web-series, it's a movement."

As Millennials, our perspective of the American Dream is something a little different than the generations that have come before us; major advancements, particularity social issues such as gay rights, the rights of women, and shifting views on other minority groups, has laid a foundation for the ever evolving ways those of us in Generation Y are striving to make a difference.

Mikey McManus, along with his activist pal Ethan Amarant, are traveling America to film a documentary on Millennials behaving magnificently.

Mikey said that it's something that those of us in the Y generation need at this point in time.

"What's your version of the American Dream? We're telling the stories of Gen Y's PIONEERS. People who do what they love, and use that passion to make the world a better place."

You can check out their Kickstarter page and join the guys on Facebook & Twitter.


The Generation Y Handbook: Funny Stories About Sex, Dating, And Relationships for Millennials

Gay Warriors:

"The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has given us the opportunity to finally honor the loyal men and women who have bravely served their country for so long, in spite of the discrimination they faced."

With the issue of same-sex marriage a social and political debate in the United States and abroad, photographer
Tatjana Plitt came up with the idea for the Gay Warriors project after analyzing the discriminatory practices that LGBT soldiers and their families face; even though gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals can now serve openly in the armed forces.

"By sharing their stories, these photographs give the wider community and key decision makers an opportunity to connect with these brave service members on a personal level. I am still looking for more couples to photograph and have a Kickstarter fundraising campaign underway to enable me travel around the US to tell the stories of more same-sex military couples."

You can visit her the Kickstarter page, as well as check out her other photographs on her website.


Do Gay Guys Hate Other Gay Guys?

December 12, 2012

Short Story: Somewhere Over Colorado


Patricia settled in her seat, smiled to the child next to her, and pulled out her iPhone as the muttering of the plane started to calm.

The child, a girl by the name of Abigail, was heading back to California after a two week stay with her parents.

Her dark auburn hair fell just below her ears, and if one looked close enough, they were able to notice a small scar that began at the base of her tiny neck.

It wasn’t a tiny scar, however, and the scar – one of many – traced down her body like a doodle that had gone out of control during a day dream session of some middle school student.


As the phone was cradled between her right ear and shoulder, Patricia flipped though Good Housekeeping as the child heard the rings.

Abigail counted; one, two, three, four, five, six, seven …

“Hi. This is Patricia and I’m not – oh, I’m sorry – Patricia Caudwell, and I’m unable to make my appointment at seven tomorrow. I’m flying back to Sacramento and it looks like my mother has a night or two left in her. I’ll reschedule in a few weeks.”

Patricia turned off her phone and carelessly dropped it on the floor. When Abigail reached for it, Patricia told her to leave it.

“It’s fine, sweetie. Thanks though,” she said.

As the plane ascended, Abigail looked over to the businessman on her right. She had heard him tell another passenger that he had met up with college friends the night before and lost track of how many drinks he had.

Seemingly, on cue, the older woman behind him tapped the man on the shoulder, dropped a few pills into his hand, and then turned back to her husband.

“Can I ask you something?” Abigail inquired as the plane was somewhere over Colorado.

Patricia seemed taken aback, as if it was not commonplace for strangers to make small talk during a flight.

“Why sure you can,” Patricia responded as her shifted her body towards the girl, and somehow, managed to slide her right leg under her butt.

“What did you mean earlier when you said that your mother only had a few days or nights left in her, or whatever?”

Again, Patricia was taken aback, but also upset with the girl. But how could she get upset? She has left the voicemail while sitting next to her and the girl looked to be about nine or ten in age, if that, so the question was probably just a simple inquiry.

“Well, to be honest, it looks like my mother is going to die. Not today, I don’t think, but maybe tonight. Or tomorrow. She has a day or two left in her.”

Abigail looked at Patricia and realized she had to be five or six years younger than her own mother.

Patricia had dark blonde hair that was pulled back in a messy bun. A light blue cashmere sweater hung slightly off her left shoulder and her heels, kicked off the moment she got to her seat, seemed beat up.

She was beautiful, but messy.

“Oh, I was just wondering,” said Abigail.

With that, Patricia stared at the girl, as if she was going to say something else, but she never did. As the silence lingered in the air, the child curled back into her blanket, and Patricia turned to the screen in front of her and watched the movie or show or whatever was playing in silence.

As Abigail drifted to sleep, she thought about the conversation she had with her mother the night before, as her father left the hotel to grab dinner.

“Mama? What did that doctor mean when he said that I only had a year or so left in me? I heard him tell Dr. Barone before we left.”

“Oh, nothing,” her mother responded, “It was nothing."

December 11, 2012

Off To Boston For A Few Days, Baby!

Since I know that many of you (my mother) revolve your lives around my articles, I just wanted to let everyone (my mother) know that I will be taking a writing break probably until Sunday.

Anyways, I'm heading to Boston, Massachusetts for a few days.

I'm not getting any younger, and if I'm going to trick a good looking, gay Irish guy into marrying me, I figure that Boston would be the ideal city for that.

Speaking of ... I'm sure the city is in shambles! Massachusetts was the first state to allow gay marriage in 2004 and I'm pretty sure that having marriage "redefined" for everyone has had some pretty negative repercussions.

I suppose I'll do some Mother Jones themed investigative reporting on the subject.

If you're looking for a quick read, check out my poem, The Movie Star, which I wrote while living in Los Angeles, California.

Gun Control In The United States Is Finally Under Control

No, not really.

Sadly, a gunman opened fire at a mall near Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, according to a sheriff's official.

James Rhodes of the Clakamas County Sheriff's Office believes that at least one person has been killed.

The newest shooting spree occurred at a
two-story mall in Clackamas, Oregon, which is about 11 miles southeast of downtown Portland.

There were 10 ambulances on scene after the shooting, Randy Lauer of American Medical Response said.

Do Gay Guys Hate Other Gay Guys?

In a recent Op-Ed in The Advocate, filmmaker Blake Pruitt discussed the prevalence of homophobia within the LGBT community.

His short documentary, 20MALEGAYNYC, was inspired by his experiences with gay males living in New York City.

“I hate gay guys,” or at least, “I hate stereotypical gay guys," was something that Pruitt heard from friends and acquaintances.

As a result, he wanted to talk to gay men about gay men; what it means to be a gay city dweller in the year 2012 and the role of stereotypes.

He writes:

"We all have this concept of 'the other': those flamers out there ruining it for the rest of us; but we're ruining it for ourselves. This internal judgment becomes external when we try to act cool for the straight guys by hating limp-wristed clichés as much as they do. We do ourselves a disservice when we continue to perpetuate gross stereotypes, even in attempts to distance ourselves from said stereotypes."

Personally, I hate gay men (who won't sleep with me).

I wrote about this topic a few months back, too:

Are Gays Too Judgmental?

LGBT Journalism Tip: Transgendered Is Not A Word Folks

I find it a little alarming when established news sites, such as The New York Times and The Boston Globe, use the word "transgendered" in articles discussing the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

"Transgendered" is not a word.

It's "transgender."

As in, one is "gay," not "gayed."

Not sure how the Associated Press feels about this, although they believe that journalists should not use the word "homophobia" in reporting.

December 10, 2012

Same-Sex Couples Exchange Vows In Seattle

On Sunday, 133 same-sex couples tied the knot at Seattle's City Hall.

After getting married, the gay men and women walked outside to cheering crowds, confetti, and even a band.

"You are seeing all generations here, people fighting for equality for decades," Aaron Pickus, press secretary to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, told CNN. "It's a very happy day."

Supreme Court Of The United States To Hear Gay Marriage Cases


The ghost of Kurt Cobain could not be reached for comment.

Atheists Can Be Executed In Seven Nations

A recent study from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) showed that non religious individuals in Islamic countries face the most severe treatment due to their beliefs.

Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan are the counties in which citizens can be executed.

In addition, the publication of atheist or humanist views on religion are banned or limited under laws prohibiting "blasphemy" in Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait and Jordan.

The 70 page report, known as "Freedom Of Thought 12," also touched upon non believers in the United States.

"In at least seven U.S. states, constitutional provisions are in place that bar atheists from public office and one state, Arkansas, has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial."

In October, I wrote an article that discussed the dwindling religious beliefs of Millennials in America: One Fifth Of American Adults Have No Religious Affiliation

Personally, I'm an Agnostic, and believe that the human race has no insight on the afterlife. Whether there is one or not.

Believe what you want and live your life; just don't oppress others.

December 7, 2012

Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Cases

Who is that boss lady to the right?

It's
Edith Windsor in a photo taken by Shannon Stapleton as speaks to reporters after a hearing before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on September 27, 2012.

3 Funny Reasons Why Gay People Should Not Marry


In 2010, Windsor sued after she was forced to pay more than $350,000 to the United States government in estate taxes after the death of Thea Spyer, whom she married a few years prior, simply because their relationship was not recognized on a federal level.

Now her case is to be heard before the Supreme Court of the United States; they will determine whether the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage between one man and one woman, is deemed constitutional.

Additionally, they also accepted California's Proposition 8, which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, is from my hometown of Buffalo.

Just my Buffalo, New York fun fact of the day.

December 6, 2012

Happy 150 Years To The Albright Knox

Opened in 1862, the Albright Knox Art Gallery remains one of the oldest public art institutions in the United States.

Originally called The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the gallery has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world.


A celebration is planned for today at the art gallery.

Their latest exhibit, “Universals Albright-Knox 150,” was created based on the artists interaction with the public.

Happy 150th Anniversary Albright Knox; another reason why growing up in Buffalo was great.

Visiting Buffalo, New York?

Make sure to check out these bars and restaurants!

Freaks And Geeks Was The Best Show Ever

In 1999, Freaks and Geeks aired on NBC, but was cancelled after 12 episodes.

While other kids my age were watching Disney, I spent my time trying to catch the remaining episodes in syndication and convincing my parents to drive me around Buffalo so I could find My So-Called Life on VHS.

3 Movies From The 1990's That Gave Me False Hopes And Dreams About My Future


The series takes place between 1980-1981 in a fictional suburb of Detroit, Michigan. It centers around a teenage girl, Lindsay (and her group of "freaks") and her brother, Sam (and his group of "geeks").

Judd Apatow, who was a writer and producer on the show, recently reunited the cast for his Vanity Fair Comedy Issue; the first time since Freaks and Geeks went off the air in 2000.

December 5, 2012

Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

It looks like America is now sandwiched between two countries that allow their citizens the freedom to marry whom they chose.

Well, sort of.

Today, the high court of Mexico ruled that discriminating against same-sex couples isn't cool.

Unlike the Supreme Court of the United States, our Mexican counterpart does not have the power to strike down laws en mass to the individual states. However, many politicians and activists believe that the bans on same-sex marriage in most Mexican states should fall with this precedent.


The ruling is partly based on a ruling last year from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights known as
Karen Atala Riffo y Niñas v. Chile. It states that governments are unable to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

3 Reasons You Should Have Sex With Illegal Immigrants

In other news, KATE MIDDLETON TOOK A SHIT! LIKE OMG.

The Homeless Man And The Chicken Wings

In a strange turn of events, I was in lower Manhattan eating leftover chicken wings from a homeless man I had just met at a bar.

As a Buffalo native, nothing makes me happier than comfort food that reminds me of home or the possibly that Mayor Byron Brown might actually come out of the closet one day.

And when I say Byron Brown, I mean any dude that played on for the Buffalo Sabres from 1992 to 2011.


"Any song requests?" An old man called from the stage as he tuned his guitar.

"Operator by Jim Croce!" I yelled back.

"Operator? Uh, are you depressed or something?"

I chose not to answer.

My friend was in town from Buffalo for an interview and we were catching up over some drinks. As the singer began my requested song, I noticed two guys enjoying wings at the end of the bar.

"Oh my god. They have wings," I whispered to my friend. Turns out that I don't whisper that quietly when drunk and they heard me.

"We are actually finished. Did you want the rest?"

I suppose any normal person wouldn't accept food from strangers, but I wanted the wings and I couldn't help myself.

"I would love them. Love them. Yes."

Did I mention I was drunk?

Since I'm usually in my own little world, I honestly wasn't even paying attention to what the dude looked like; he offered to feed me and that was that.

About 20 minutes later, I again noticed the man who gave me the wings and he looked a little distressed.

"That little asshole stiffed me. He gave me three fucking dollars and now I have to pay this whole tab!"

"I'm sure your friend will cover you next time. And the drinks here are pretty cheap anyways," I replied.

"I probably won't see him again. I met him on the street tonight," he yelled.

I looked the man once over and I noticed the dirt and grime that covered his body. More importantly, I noticed the dirt on his hands.

"What do you mean on the street?" I asked even though I knew the answer.

"I'm homeless."

With that,I kindly ended the conversation, paid my tab, and left with my friend shortly after.

"One more bar? It looks like you could use a drink."

If you are a tourist from Arizona and you snapped a picture of the homeless man giving me the chicken wings, please send the picture to the New York Police Department.

December 3, 2012

Gay Marriage Licenses In Maine On Dec. 29th

I now pronounce you Maine and Maine; Uh, I mean man and man.

On November 6, voters approved marriage equality for the LGBT community in Maine, making it the first state to allow such a change via a popular vote.

EqualityMaine spokesman David Farmer said it's unclear when couples will be able to exchange vows in Maine as Dec. 29 falls on a Saturday.

It's also unclear when a gay wedding will take place in a Stephen King novel.

December 2, 2012

Are Americans Becoming Too Hypersensitive?

First off, this post might be a little ironic, as I am being hypersensitive about people being hypersensitive.

Over the past few months, I've noticed an increasing number of individuals, media outlets, and organizations up in arms over depictions of minority groups, including Native Americans
, African-Americans, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about the "backlash" that occurred when a light skinned actress was cast to portray singer Nina Simone:


Is Hollywood White Washing? Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone


For the most part, the major concern was that Zoe Saldana was not "black enough" for the role and that it could of went to another actress who was a mainstream, African-American woman.

Earlier today, an Op-Ed entitled, How The TV Show CSI Is Screwing Us Again, appeared online was written by Nick Adam's, GLAAD's Assocaite Director of Communications.

Mr. Adams was upset about the portrayal of a transgender drug smuggler, in addition to past episodes where transgender individuals were not seen in a positive light.

"Later, two doctors are conducting an autopsy on Joslyn, with one of the investigators present to watch.  During this scene, Joslyn is referred to as a 'male Caucasian' and everyone in the room refers to her with male pronouns.  Male pronouns are used no less than 11 times during a short 1 minute, 13 second scene."

I am from a generation that was raised with Silence of the Lambs and my first exposure to a transgender individual was Buffalo Bill.

And I don't even think that Buffalo Bill was transgender; I believe he was a man that hated himself and believed that by transforming himself (which, in this case, was making a suit out of skin), it would drive him further away from the life he lived.

Side note ... As a native of Buffalo, I was more scared by how the Buffalo Bills would play each Sunday than an actual serial killer, but I digress.


As the years go by and Americans become more comfortable with gays and lesbians, I believe that their comfort with transgender people is not accelerating at the same rate. Sadly, even within the LGBT community, those who live as a different gender than their birth gender are discriminated against.

For the particular scene on CSI, I believe that although the actions may been seen as "disrespectful" in many senses, I do think this is how law enforcement was act in this particular situation.

I'm not defending their actions or the show itself, but as a culture with little exposure to transgender awareness, their actions in that environment would appear accurate.


However, as Mr. Adams points out, I also agree that the term "transvestite" is disrespectful.


In closing, please check out the "controversial" portrayal of a Native American above by supermodel Karlie Koss from the most recent Victoria's Secret fashion show.

The company released an apology shorty after.

Same-Sex Marriage Progress: Is California Next?

On Monday, December 3, the Supreme Court of the United States could announce whether it has granted or denied review in Hollingsworth v. Perry.

Formerly known as Perry v. Brown, this case is
the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, which bans marriage between people of the same sex.

If you have two dicks, you ain't getting married!

God barely has time to think about the massacres in the Middle East because he is so worked up over this.

According to a statement from the American Foundation For Equal Rights, the decision be known by 9:30AM Eastern Time tomorrow:

"Should the Court grant review, the Justices will go on to consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. If the Court denies review, the February 2012 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that struck down Proposition 8 is made permanent, ending four years of marriage inequality in California."


In other breaking LGBT related news, I have a date tomorrow, too.

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