LGBTQ* Spoken Word You Should Hear
“The Nutritionist” — Andrea Gibson
Andrea Gibson’s response to suicide, mental health, physical health, and what it means to breathe in each day.
The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables.
Said if I could get down thirteen turnips a day
I would be grounded, rooted.
Said my head would not keep flying away
to where the darkness lives.
The psychic told me my heart carries too much weight.
Said for twenty dollars she’d tell me what to do.
I handed her the twenty. She said, “Stop worrying, darling.
You will find a good man soon.”
The first psycho therapist told me to spend
three hours each day sitting in a dark closet
with my eyes closed and ears plugged.
I tried it once but couldn’t stop thinking
about how gay it was to be sitting in the closet.
The yogi told me to stretch everything but the truth.
Said to focus on the out breath. Said everyone finds happiness
when they care more about what they give
than what they get.
The pharmacist said, “Lexapro, Lamicatl, Lithium, Xanax.”
The doctor said an anti-psychotic might help me
forget what the trauma said.
The trauma said, “Don’t write this poem.
Nobody wants to hear you cry
about the grief inside your bones.”
But my bones said, “Tyler Clementi dove
into the Hudson River convinced
he was entirely alone.”
My bones said, “Write the poem.”
The lamplight. Considering the river bed.
To the chandelier of your fate hanging by a thread.
To everyday you could not get out of bed.
To the bulls eye of your wrist
To anyone who has ever wanted to die.
I have been told, sometimes, the most healing thing to do-
Is remind ourselves over and over and over:
“Other people feel this too.”
The tomorrow that is coming, gone
And it has not gotten better
When you are half finished writing that letter
to your mother that says “I swear to God I tried
But when I thought I hit bottom, it started hitting back”
There is no bruise like the bruise of loneliness kicks into the spine
So let me tell you I know there are days
it looks like the whole world is dancing in the streets
when you break down like the doors of the looted buildings
You are not alone
and wondering who will be convicted of the crime
of insisting you keep loading your grief into the chamber of your shame
You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy
I have never met a heavy heart
that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside
Some people will never understand
the kind of superpower it takes for some people to just walk outside
Some days I know my smile looks like the gutter of a falling house
But my hands are always holding tight to the ripchord of believing
A life can be rich like the soil
Can make food of decay
Can turn wound into highway
Pick me up in a truck with that bumper sticker that says
“It is no measure of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society.”
I have never trusted anyone
with the pulled back bow of my spine
the way I trusted ones who come undone at the throat
Screaming for their pulses to find the fight to pound
Four nights before Tyler Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge
I was sitting in a hotel room in my own town
Calculating exactly what I had to swallow
to keep a bottle of sleeping pills down
What I know about living is the pain is never just ours
Every time I hurt I know the wound is an echo
So I keep a listening to the moment the grief becomes a window
When I can see what I couldn’t see before,
through the glass of my most battered dream
I watched a dandelion lose its mind in the wind
and when it did, it scattered a thousand seeds.
So the next time I tell you how easily I come out of my skin,
don’t try to put me back in,
just say “Here we are together at the window aching for it to all get better
but knowing as bad as it hurts our hearts, made of only just skin,
knowing there is a chance the worst day might still be coming —
let me say right now for the record, I’m still gonna be here
asking this world to dance, even if it keeps stepping on my holy feet
you — you stay here with me, okay?
You stay here with me.
Raising your bright against the bitter dark
Your bright longing
Your brilliant fists of loss”
Friends, if the only thing we have to gain in staying is each other,
my God that’s plenty
my God that’s enough
my God that is so so much for the light to give
each of us at each other’s backs whispering over and over and over
(thank you Emm in Sem for supplying the lyrics)
i can’t explain what this means to me, what she means to me
Politico, HuffPo, Newsmax, tomorrow it’ll be all over the place.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said transgender discrimination is “the civil rights issue of our time” during a visit to a Florida field office on Tuesday, according to pool reports.
Biden was meeting with volunteers at an Obama for America office in Sarasota, Fla., when he singled out one woman “who he thought had beautiful eyes,” reads the pool report. The woman said something to Biden that was inaudible to the pool reporter, but Biden responded to her by saying it was the “civil rights issue of our time.”
The woman, Linda Carragher Bourne of Sarasota, later said her daughter was Miss Trans New England and that she had asked Biden if he would help them.
“A lot of my friends are being killed, and they don’t have the civil rights yet. These guys are gonna make it happen,” Bourne told the reporter.
The vice president has been an ally to the LGBT community. He told gay rights advocates in August that they are “freeing the soul of the American people.” Most notably, however, he got out in front of President Barack Obama in May when he unexpectedly announced that he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage. Obama, at the time, was still “evolving” on the issue.
Joe Biden keeps working on my crush
A guide to being an ally for friends and family of LGBT*QIA individuals.
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this is amazing.
“The culture at that time was trying to deny that homosexuality even existed, and here they had well known Hollywood players involved in it, so they didn’t want to see what was there. […] What is extraordinary about [Rope] is its treatment of homosexuality. I mean today it still is one of the most sophisticated movies ever made on that subject; probably treats them more as people than anybody else has. Hitchcock certainly knew that, and it certainly attracted him. And what he liked was not that they were homosexual, but that they were homosexual murderers. If they were just murderers he wouldn’t have been interested, if they were just homosexual he wouldn’t have been interested. You had to have another little twist to it…”
— as told by Arthur Laurents, the screenwriter of Rope, a 1948 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, adapted from a 1929 play based on a real murder case. Arthur Laurents, both of the actors portraying the couple (John Dall and Farley Granger), and the composer of the featured piano score were all known to be gay in real life (though it’s said that Granger resented the gay label, and he officially came out as bisexual towards the end of his life). The character played by Jimmy Stewart in Rope was also gay, but the final version of the script was so subtle due to censorship that Laurents was unsure if Stewart ever realized he was playing a gay character.
This movie is actualfax great, and especially so if you are at all interested in queer cinema and/or queer history.
I saw this picture and it really peeved me off. So many people are believing this lie that God isn’t against homosexuality, but He truly is. He HATES ALL SIN… homosexuality is a sin. Say whatever you will to try and prove that God is silent on the matter, but The Bible is God breathed, God inspired and therefore perfect.
His word (the Bible) has examples in the New and Old Testament of it’s stance on being against homosexuality.
First book in the Bible (Genesis) God shows His heart towards the matter in Chapter 19, Sodom and Gomorrah. Basically, the town Sodom and Gomorrah was filled with people acting on their fleshly impulses… majority of it came from homosexual relations. VERSE 5 of Genesis 19 “They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!” ( Lot was related to Abraham and the two them mentioned in this verse is actually two angels).. the end of this story is God completely wiping out this city because of how gross the people were. Read it… proof number one that God is not in favor of this lifestyle.
In the third book of the Bible, again.. God’s stance against homosexuality. Leviticus 18:22 ” Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin” This whole chapter in Leviticus is about Forbidden sexual practices. I know many say well that was the Old Testament and we are freed from the laws of the Old Testament… well the God of the Old Testament is the same one as in the New Testament. He never changes sides, He never changes period.
In the New Testament, Romans 1:18-32 talks about the penalty of homosexuality.
1 Corinthians 6:9
1 Timothy 1:9-10
and many many more verses…
Sorry if I seem angry, but people shouldn’t spread this false hope when God’s word says No to homosexuality. God hates sin and the sinner, but He is able to love us because of the blood of Jesus on the cross cleansed us and we able to become His children.
I love crazy Christian people, they’re so cute with their crazy beliefs. They think spewing hateful things is okay because they belief the weirdest things. It’s actually kind of amusing, in a disgusting kind of way.
Okay man, you wanted to do this, tumblr user myhipsterheart, so let’s do this.
First of all the Bible is not God breathed, it was written by the hands of men to chronicle the word of God. Men are not God, men are not perfect, so the Bible is not perfect. For example, there are tons of different interpretations, translations and beliefs in varying bibles. The Mormon Bible, The East Orthodox Bible, and the Protestant Bible are all different, for example. Different. I have a copy of the King James version, but not the modern one. Mine was published in 1960, before the ‘official’ New King James version. Genesis 19 : 5 says, in mine, “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”
Now I want to bring to your attention that in my Bible, there is five pages dedicated to words that may be misleading, because the people who published this, knew that shit can be mistranslated.
There is a common argument and debate over this passage in the Genesis whether or not it is condemning homosexuality, and most people have found that even if it is, it contradicts other text in the Bible! God wiped out the two cities because they were full of a lot more than homosexuality. Lot was afraid of his daughters being raped or corrupted, people stole, people killed other people, there was prostitution and they rejected God and his teachings.
Now let me give you some history on the Bible here, and the gospels, and these guys Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They were only a handful of a couple hundred or so people that claimed to have chronicled the word of God and the life and times of Jesus Christ. There were tons of gospels, and even today they are digging new people up that have pages written about Jesus buried with them. No, not from Bibles, these corpses were found long before the Bible was put together. Okay well, not necessarily true, but at that time the Bible was this ridiculous mix of a bunch of different contradicting stories, and considering these were some early days of Christianity, churches of Christ were kind of all over the place in their teachings.
So this guy, Emperor Constantine revised the Bible after becoming a Christian himself. He knew it was all pretty ridiculous and figured how could people ever work together in this Religion and for the good of the Empire when nothing in the Bible was working together itself? So he got a bunch of Heads of Churches together, tossed the bible on the table, and said hey, let’s see what works if we mix and match. And I’m going to throw in there the fact that he made that Bible something that would appeal to Pagans AND Christian beliefs, even though they are very different religions. So, step 1 into how the Bible is NOT perfect. Step 2 is that the New King James was published in the 1970’s, with obvious further changes. That’s over three hundred years of time to change.
Alright, moving on.
Leviticus 18 : 22, oh we meet again.
Okay, remember the Pagan thing? And you know how like, Christians don’t really like Pagans all that much and consider them ‘devil worshippers’ or what nonsense?
Okay, so interpretation one of this verse, which is a popular acceptance by a wide number of Theologists is that the lines pertaining to homosexuality are actually referring to Pagan worship, and it goes more so against the second commandment than homosexuality being a sin. This includes 20 : 13.
Interpretation two, is also commonly accepted, because guess what and, you might not believe this but people have actually misread the old hebrew?! oh no way…whoa….whoa….people misread it whoa that’s never happened before has it? The line can be changed to “And with a man, thou shalt not lie in the beds of women”, pretty much stating if you’re going to bump uglies with another man, don’t do it in a girl’s bed cause that’s pretty grody.
Mentioning Romans is just ridiculous because the Gentiles are literally doing what they’re doing because they think they’re better than God and can do whatever they want, and that is really pissing Him off. God is described as a wrathful, jealous being who demands devotion from humanity, and seeing the Gentiles trade his word of ‘Truth’ to worship creation is really getting his goat. The homosexuality here is purposeful. They are doing it to make God mad, because they are going against nature. Now, this is interpreted so that the Gentiles are straight men, and their natural desire is to be with women, but they’re sleeping with one another to SPITE God. It’s not saying homosexuality is unnatural, because the natural desire of homosexuals is to be with the same sex. They are doing the unnatural by sleeping with a sex they don’t prefer and God is mad because he knows they’re doing it just because they think they’re better than him, and can resist their natural urges.
In I Cor 6 : 9, the jewish words here that I assume you’re referring to for ‘Effeminate’ and ‘Abusers of themselves with mankind’ are mistranslated again because back when Jesus Christ was walking around, the word that was translated into Effeminate didn’t indicate homosexuality, like, ever. I mean we’re talking back when Gay meant happy and was rarely used to indicate homosexuals. The same goes for ‘malakoi’. When it mattered, when the Bible was chronicled, it didn’t mean Gay. Now the next phrase that’s used actually has five meanings that are preferred over homosexual which include rape, anal with one’s WIFE, sex with angels, and masturbation. There’s not mention of guys x guys in here.
I’m not going into other versus because I think I’ve proven myself plenty in how ridiculous you are.
And the original message of this post was that Jesus never said anything against homosexuality. And he hasn’t. In fact, there’s a verse involving a roman who asks Jesus to heal his gay lover, and Jesus does it. Shit, Jesus could’ve said no just based on the fact this guy didn’t believe in God, but he healed his lover all the same, because Jesus was A GOOD GUY who believed in LOVE and RESPECT FOR OTHERS IN ALL OF HUMANITY. He did not condemn homosexuality.
Now I’m not saying you have to stop believing what you want, go for it, but you have no right to tell people how to read their own Bible, you have no right to tell people what God believes or what God thinks because you are NOT God, you are NOT Jesus Christ and all you have is a book written by the hands of MEN that has been adapted and badly mistranslated over the years that it has been written to try and hold your argument. So you can not judge a person’s lifestyle or their religion.
Goodbye friends I am gone.
In which Raw slams someone into the ground
Wow, thank you. Now someone who has the same thinking as me. You areprefect.. Can I marry you?
Holy crap, that was amazing.
The Boy Scouts are conducting a poll regarding the change in the policy regarding allowing gay scouts and leaders. If you want to register your approval of the removal of the ban, call 972-580-2330 (a legit BSA numbers). A real person will ask whether you are for or against the change and register your vote.
They will just ask “are you for or against the policy change,” they don’t even ask your name.
Two seconds. Say FOR.
Do it. And reblog the hell out of this.
Melissa Harris-Perry (via teacakes)
Say hello to “The Fosters.” TV’s first drama centered around a family helmed by two moms. ABC Family picked up the series today to begin airing this summer. Love the cop uniform. And the subway tiles.
ABC Family continues to surprise and delight me with their commitment to featuring LGBT characters. So awesome.
I will respect these posters forever because they put a genderfluid/genderqueer/whatever person. That is normally so overlooked.
This campaign has a lot of awesome stuff going for it.
1) Transgender PoC make up about half the face of the campaign.
2) There is a genderqueer person (!!) and their caption respectfully uses “person” instead of man or woman.
3) Plus-sized trans* people for the win!
4) Finally a campaign explicitly for trans* people that emphasizes our deserving respect and courtesy.
5) The transgender women and men are included in “any woman/man” which is huge because it emphasizes that trans* women and men are women and men too; it leaves no room for argument and doesn’t turn it into a debate about genitals.
6) Emphasis on our being a part of the communities we live in. We aren’t any different than anyone else.
I really love the DC Transgender Respect campaign and I wish more states and cities would launch stuff like this!