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A TED talk on gay around the world.
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Joan, I do not think the religious right will tone down their rhetoric or reduce the ferocity of their culture war. Not in the slightest. Lately they seem to be escalating their bellicosity. It's not about nature, or science, all of which they revile anyway. They do not accept evolution, they claim the earth is 6,000 years old despite all evidence, and they claim the bible as Law and the Word of God. With a lot of picking and choosing, of course. The religious right will not change directions. For them, it's more a type of "tribalism" - "Us" vs. "them" which is also a major root of sexism and racism. Where I think the findings are useful is for those who are more enlightened, to understand more about human nature, & celebrate our human diversity. The scientific community has not always been tolerant of LGBT people either. Only in the past generation has the existence of LGBT people been acknowledged as part of nature. LGBT people were also ostracized in academia, at least in the past. I think that scientific change has been profound, and will help attitudes of people who are not listening to religious demagogues and professional homophobes. I hope.
Sentient, do you think the recent findings of genetics will make any difference in the temper and tone of the religious right on matters of homosexuality.
VT- thanks! Bring your camera! Post pics! Sounds awesome. Actually, a crowd of a million people would freak me out, but go for it!
The Toronto Pride Parade is coming up this weekend and I fully intend to be there this year. We've managed to miss it the last several years because of job issues, but we're going to make it this year. Definitely will be at the trans march! Probably a million people or so showing up so it should be quite the party! Then the Mississauga Pride Parade is two weeks later so that will be fun as well since it's in the city I currently live in. We did manage to make it to the Kitchener pride parade last year but it was cancelled due to lightning storms. Sucked. Wasn't even re-scheduled which didn't make sense so we tweeted and FB'd for people to just meet at the local GLBT hangout/bar and had a full day and night of dancing! :-
Yea for Kameron Slade! He's adorable and has a GREAT speech. I just want to take him out for a hamburger and a chocolate shake.
TFA, I hope you'll take some pics and post them!
The worlds most awesome 5th grader, Kameron Slade, will get to make his speech after all. cbs.
Pride parade is next week here in Chicago. I'm kind of surprised Portland has their pride parade in direct competition with Father's Day. Like you, I'm also a bystander.....great people watching, which is a great pastime in itself. Last year's parade in Chicago was absolutely insane. Usually there's between 400,000 to 500,000 people, but last year they estimated close to 750,000 showed up. The weather was picture-perfect which tends to bring out more people. Too many people crammed into the relatively small area of Boystown. It presented such a dangerous problem with overcrowding that this year they've changed the parade route (first time in over 25 years) and extended it to spread out the crowd.
Anyone going to Pride events? Yesterday I went to the Portland Oregon Pride festival. Not sure what to say - glad it happens. I'm more of a bystander observing people. Seemed like there was a lot of "attitude", and grungier than I remember Portland being for a long time. Did not seem all that celebratory. Pride parade is today - maybe better? If other half gets out of bed early enough, he wants to go, so we'll see.
TFA, I should probably be the one apologizing. I didn't mean to be overly morose - it just was what it was. I like the dark humor of the Addams family too. A lot of people had/have it a lot worse, and I came through my experiences OK. In the long term, if we are lucky, life is still what we make of it. There's been plenty of time after that childhood for me to make a different life for myself, and I did.
Sentient, I'm sorry I dragged up a bad period in your life. I've always enjoyed the dark humor of the Addams Family, so I was approaching your reference with levity and lightheartedness. I had no idea the morbid aspect was actually real for you, so I apologize to you. You've related quite a dreary story. Thanks for being so open and for having the courage to share it.
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