The one unbreakable hang-up I have is with cigarettes. They have a bad effect on me. They make me extremely nervous. But I started smoking at twelve, and I've never written a word without a cigarette in my hands.
I've experienced racism - and every other -ism - from every angle: from gays, from lesbians, from blacks, from women. You would think that people who would have been oppressed would go, "Oh, I see what's going on here." But they don't.
ezs note: Wow... whether you are secular or spiritual, the verse "Amazing Grace" cannot help but move you. Do yourself a favor and click the button down below. The performance is done on violin (Tona Brown) and bass viol.
The gift of sympathy... is a charming faculty, but one often abused by those who are conscious of its possession, for there is something ghoulish in the avidity with they will pounce upon the misfortune of their friends so that they may exercise their dexterity. It gushes forth like an oil-well, and the sympathetic pour out their sympathy with an abandon that is sometimes embarrassing to their victims.
ezs note: It's just my opinion, but other than news of his death, Phelps should be UTTERLY forgotten. He comes as close to a genuine Nazi as Adolf Hitler and his like, and should be treated as such. (And no, I do NOT use the term lightly.) If I were his undertaker, I wouldn't even bother with a tiny marker. So there.
I'm interested in how people create themselves. All artists do it. I told a lot of visual artists that I was doing this play and they said, "That fascinates me - how do we do that, how we become our art."
The question of ideal beauty, incarnated in breathing male beings, or eternalized in enduring works of art, was leading me to a precipice, from which no exit seemed possible except in suicide what I then considered sin.
I think that we are becoming more and more linked, and before long, we'll all become one culture. It's happening in every field, not just fashion. Actually, I think the only hope for peace is if culture is homogenized.
\ezs note: Mothers, fathers, and friends of transgender youth - there ARE things you can do to make your kid's life better.
1. Organizations such as PFLAG are there for you. You can check to see where the nearest meeting is by contacting their Web address: www.pflag.org
2. Talk to your children about seeking help. Your child may not have the abilities to winnow out the losers. ("reparative therapy" is a good example) You can pick out the good ones.
3. Talk to your child's teacher(s) in a friendly but FIRM manner that she/he is NOT a freak. If the teacher insists that your child just 'get with the program', suggest that she/he take up welding instead. At least she/he won't be able to harm any more children.
4. If there is no good program in your area, dial 1-800-273-TALK. There are good people there who are willing to help though the distress you are feeling.
I think the word diva has lost its true meaning in today's society. A true diva is someone who delivers the goods at the highest level possible on a consistent basis, whose success is based on hard work and a deep, true talent.
We destroyed and annihilated them (Iraqis) ... We destroyed the infrastructure. We dismantled their abilities to defend against outside invaders. We didn't even do that to Germany in World War II. You don't do that unless your plan is to stay - to occupy.
ezs note: If you are from the Congo, are visiting there on business or pleasure, or just have a penchant for humanity, please contact the Congolese legislature and urge them to vote NO on this anti-LGBT bill. Thanks!
I am using "To Quote A Queer" for your enjoyment, pleasure, and thought. There is one thing that held me back. It's that the quotes range from the very liberal (the late Gore Vidal) to the very conservative (David Brock). It's simply a fact that this will anger some. The only thing I can say to people who hold such views is to read about a month's worth of quotes. What is demonstrated (I hope) is that a full range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender views will be represented. So enjoy!
The forms in writing... do change, but they change as slowly as the forms in Darwin, whereas the pendulum of tone from one generation to the next keeps moving briskly.
ezs note: It turns out that the story told by the transgender boy is NOT true. I'm sorry about that, and I will pull the previous article. What I wrote in the opinion piece afterward, however, remains true. If you see a transgender person being attacked and/or assaulted, turn them in!