Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gifs That Give

You know I had to kick things off with Madge.

WATCH: Air Force Secretary Says Ban on Open Transgender Service 'Likely To Come Under Review'

The section about trans military service comes at around the 4:52 mark.

Supreme Court Asked to Review New Jersey Ban on LGBT Reparative Therapy

Aww hell. Garden State supporters of LGBT conversion therapy, better known as "ex-gay therapy" may have their day in court. Plaintiffs have filed a petition for review in the Supreme Court after the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state's ban from any constitutional attack.

The Supreme Court was asked to hear a challenge to a similar law in California earlier this year, but declined to review after the Ninth Court of Appeals upheld that state's ban.

Read the filing HERE.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mary J. Blige's 'My Life' Turns 20

Mary J.'s classic sophomore release turns 20 today. Read my track-by-track retrospective HERE.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Birthday To Moi

I turned the big 2-8 today. Hard to believe I'm knocking on thirty's door. Well maybe not knocking--right now I'd say it's a light, polite tap. Like someone golf-clapping with their fist. Anyway, if you've been reading this blog over the last six years, you've likely come across more than a few personal posts of my various struggles, being it coming out, dealing with my family or friendships, or leaving the religion of my childhood behind.

At various points today, like when I lay beside my boyfriend in bed, or visited my parents, who have come a ways in embracing my sexuality and acknowledging my relationship (while I've also learned to let down some of my own walls), I thought back to who I was and what my life was like eight to ten years ago. Granted, I never had to worry about necessities like food or clothes or a roof over my head. But to quote Mary J. and Rose Royce, I was going down. It was all about emotional survival, and keeping everyone at arm's length because if they knew the truth, the world, or at least mine, would end. Dramatic much? Perhaps, but the pain was real. And today, I can honestly say I'm a much happier, emotionally stable person than the 18-year-old who was terrified of being himself, or even the 21-year-old who started this blog on a whim.

Things not perfect, and they never will be perfect. But all in all, yours truly is feeling pretty damn good about life and the direction mine is heading in. I feel like I'm growing up. I feel like a grown up. So cheers to moi on this my date of birth!

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