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Pope Opens Vatican Meeting Praising Opposite-Sex Marriage, Dismisses Other Forms As ‘Passing Fads’
Judge Tells Hobby Lobby To Stop Discriminating Against Trans Employee
Vatican Priest Comes Out As Gay, Is Immediately Fired
The Pope Met With An Openly Gay Man And His Partner While In Washington
Vatican: Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis ‘Should Not Be Considered A Form Of Support’
Just something I can't get out of my mind. I can't say I'm not out at work - I've talked about my partner to most of the coworkers who are closest to me, and my senior manager, and HR knows for sure. I have speculated that it's at least a factor, if not THE factor, for why I was harassed into leaving a prior office location, where my performance by all measures was among the best but the harassment was intolerable. So most of the time I keep to myself, and never speak explicitly, at all, about being gay. It's not hidden at all, but I just keep quiet.
Yesterday the office staff were discussing their husbands' lack of giving them chocolates or flowers for valentines day. "My hubby never gives me flowers" . In my role, I don't engage in the banter and gossip. I'm just nice to everyone. As I walked past, one of them said, "So, did your hubby give YOU flowers for valentines day?" Blew me away. I had never spoken to her about my hubby.
The answer was, "No, he's in China for Chinese New Year with his family" and she say "Awe, you poor man! You deserve better"
Made me feel really good. Totally accepting. Nice feeling.
I still have some PTSD about an earlier life of abuse and harassment and discrimination. But yesterday felt really good.
I am sure the "god made a gay man" video is a parody of the awful Paul Harvey dodge commercial. I could also comment on the issue of inclusiveness - maybe it will start an internet meme for "god made a ..... " LGBTI person. Or even "Evolution made a....."
The pro-gay message of your video is great, Sentient Biped, but the drumbeat of theism -yuck!
Appropriate for Valentine's Day -- the Illinois Senate passed marriage equality!
Oh, she is creepy but if you watch the video it is her and its the look she gave when they asked her if gay people had any use whatever and she was saying "in her opinion NO" When you look at the data on Sullivan IN. There are just over 4000 people there and the average wages of those people in that town is in the $21K range and many have no job it appears they are not a very competent group.
Dallas, I wonder if that pic of the special ed teacher was somehow photoshopped? There's something not-right about her disconjugate gaze. Kind of creepy, really.
Congratulations, Chrissie, on fully affirming your true self!
You're right, religion seems to be behind a great deal of the insistence on following the "One True Way" to be a real man, or a real woman, or a real small furry creature from Alpha Centauri. (I do miss Douglas Adams.)
It has been my experience that most people who have a place in the LGBT spectrum have and still are covering their true self because of the pressure from theology and it's influence on society. For one to identify as a thinking individual who does not fit their ideal of what we all should be is asking for trouble and hatred sometimes resulting in death or injury. As a result of that I and many others hid our true selves and never admitted our true self often not even to ourself.
I spent 74 years in that limbo and then then rather than ending it all I decided to let the world know my true self. I admitted to the world as well as myself that I had gender disphoria and that I was going to put it right. I completed my transition at 76 and life now is more than I ever thought possible. Those people who you loose because you show who you really are, you know the ones whon believe in some form of invisable sky god, are not worthtrying to keep even if they are family. The really hard part is finding the will to come out and be who you really are. I am sure a lot of those grey areas would deminish if we were honest.
I am now a Trans. Atheist Lesbian and at nearly 80 life could not be better so we all need to come out and joinn the fun.
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