HAPPY GAY PRIDE – MUSIC VIDEO

As we continue to celebrate the ruling SCOTUS made yesterday in deeming Prop 8 unconstitutional – I want to look back into the past, 1984 to be exact.  I was in High School and was living a life as a closeted teenager.  I didn’t know where to go for support – I knew how my friends and family felt about homosexuals (especially males) and wasn’t about to ‘come out’ to any of them.  The only release I managed to receive was in pop music. 

There were a lot of ambiguous music groups and artists that were just reaching peak stardom levels, groups such as; Duran Duran, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, New Order, Yaz, etc….What I really connected with were bands that had openly/known gay singers and band mates like; Culture Club, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and especially Bronski Beat.  (I learned of Andy Bell of Erasure a few years later).  

Music transcended the closet for me and I guess, for many others.  These bands had massive hit records and albums during that time.  I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t come out especially when Bronski Beat had a hit on the charts about a young boy’s struggle and coming out with his homosexuality.  The song was called “Smalltown Boy”.  This song resonated with me – it was about me, it was my story and it was on the radio everywhere.  The irony is that the song didn’t give me the courage to come out and live my authentic life – for me, it reinforced why I should stay closeted.  I didn’t want to be bullied, I didn’t want to lose my friends and most of all – I didn’t want to be ostracized by my family.  What that song did was allow me to begin the dialogue with myself in accepting who I was because it was confirmation that there were many others out there like me.

I think the LGBTQ community should acknowledge the importance of pop music and artists such as Divine, Sylvester, Culture Club, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Madonna, Elton John, Erasure and Bronski Beat – some for being openly gay and not apologizing for it and some for embracing the community without fear of what could happen to their careers.  These artists, through their music and videos, have provided an escape of a harsh reality that so many today (and yesterday) couldn’t live through.  So thank you and Happy Pride.

Here are the lyrics to “Smalltown Boy” :

You leave in the morning
With everything you own
In a little black case
Alone on a platform
The wind and the rain
On a sad and lonely face

Mother will never understand
Why you had to leave
But the answers you seek
Will never be found at home
The love that you need
Will never be found at home

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away
Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away

Pushed around and kicked around
Always a lonely boy
You were the one
That they’d talk about around town
As they put you down

And as hard as they would try
They’d hurt to make you cry
But you never cried to them
Just to your soul
No, you never cried to them
Just to your soul

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away
Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away

Cry, boy, cry…

You leave in the morning
With everything you own
In a little black case
Alone on a platform
The wind and the rain
On a sad and lonely face

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away
Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away

Here is the video that gave me inspiration to begin to live my true and authentic self….enjoy!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

GAY PRIDE 2013 – MORE REASONS TO CELEBRATE

Same-sex marriage has been legal, nationally in  Canada for over 7 years now (excluding the province of British Columbia and Ontario, which allowed same-sex marriage in 2003).  In the United States of America – In a 5 to 4 vote, The Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS), has deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional:  “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment”.  There is definitely more work to be done in the United States regarding basic human rights for the LGBT community but today, let’s celebrate this victory with images and moments of The Supreme Court’s ruling.

President Barack Obama

Made 2 phone calls from Air Force One.  The first was to Edie Windsor (plaintiff in USA v Windsor in DOMA) to congratulate her on her victory.  The second phone call was to Chad Griffin (President of Human Rights Campaign) and his plaintiffs and legal team involved with the Proposition 8 case.  Here is his statement after the SCOTUS ruling:

I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better.

So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.

The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.

Here is a picture of Edie Windsor (pictured on left) shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling:

Edie Windsor after SCOTUS ruling

Proposition 8 plaintiff, Paul Katami, proposes to Jeff Zarillo on live television after SCOTUS ruling – such JOY!:

Kris Perry (prop 8 plaintiff) statement after SCOTUS ruling:

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

BE KIND TO YOUR BODY

How many of us really take a proactive approach to health?  Most of us usually take action when we begin to feel ill or are ill in order to seek relief.  Why don’t we become more proactive in our health and try to prevent the illnesses instead of treating them?  One of the best ways to combat illness is proper nutrition and regular exercise.  If the body is being fed foods that help it work at its optimal level, your chances of becoming ill will decrease. 

Many of us make excuses about feeding our bodies the proper food/nutrients, people will say:  “It’s too expensive”, “it tastes bland”, “I don’t know where to buy them”, “I don’t know how to cook them”, “why bother they won’t do anything anyway”….etc.  Well, let me just say this – would you rather continue feeding your body foods that have been laced with pesticides, hormones and other chemicals?  Would you rather continue making those fast-food CEO’s richer knowing that they are poisoning you and your children?  Do you want to continue buying foods that have no nutritional benefit to your body?  I am sure you don’t.

Here are some of my favorite foods and some of the health benefits they promote:

KALE

  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • prevents cancer
  • detoxifies
  • provides cardiovascular support

You can add kale to your salad to ensure its optimal nutritional benefits in its raw form.

BROCCOLI

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • can enhance detoxification
  • prevents cancer
  • digestive support
  • cardiovascular support

Broccoli is best raw – add it to your salad or slightly sauté in a stir fry.

SPINACH

  • antioxidant
  • great for bone health
  • anti-inflammatory
  • prevents cancer

Spinach can add another dimension and flavour to your salads.  Sauté it and add it to your stir fry or serve it as a side for breakfast.

GROUND SESAME SEED

  • rich in copper, magnesium and calcium
  • copper provides relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • magnesium supports cardiovascular and respiratory health
  • calcium prevents colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraine and PMS

Another great addition to your salad.

FLAX SEED

  • cardiovascular support
  • antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • prevents cancer
  • great for digestive health
  • may help with post-menopausal symptoms (hot flashes)

You can grind flax seeds into a powder for greater absorption and add to salads, pasta’s and soups.

AVOCADOES

  • promotes heart health
  • wide range of anti-inflammatory benefits
  • supports cardiovascular health
  • promotes blood sugar regulation
  • anti-cancer benefits

Avocado is great on toast, wraps, fajitas and in salads.

TOFU/TEMPEH

  • supports cardiovascular health
  • anti-cancer benefits
  • prevents type 2 diabetes

Tofu is excellent as a sandwich, in salads, crumbled for breakfast and in a stir fry.

8  SEA VEGETABLES to incorporate into your diet

  1. Arame
  2. Nori
  3. Kombu
  4. Wakame
  5. Hijiki
  6. Dulse
  7. Agar
  8. Kelp

Here are some benefits of the above-mentioned sea vegetables:

  • prevent aging and chronic disease
  • lower cholesterol
  • solve mineral deficiencies
  • detoxify your body from heavy metals, environmental pollutants and carcinogens
  • help control the growth of pathogenic viruses, candida, and pathogenic bacteria
  • balance thyroid function
  • fight constipation

*for more information about sea vegetables such as; where to buy, how to cook, etc – please visit:

http://bodyecology.com/articles/planets-healthiest-seaweeds.php

Take a proactive approach to your health by ensuring your body receives the proper nutrients it requires.  Listen to what your body is telling you – are you fatigued, do you constantly suffer from migraines, do your joints ache – your body is indicating that you are suffering from some form of deficiency.  Notice what you are putting into your body and how you feel shortly afterwards – are you bloated, sluggish, tired?  Food should not be making you feel like this, it should do the opposite by making you feel good and energized.

DISCLAIMER:  I am not a medical professional and am only offering information that may benefit your health. 

Resources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=135

http://bodyecology.com/articles/planets-healthiest-seaweeds.php

STORIES FROM THE LGBT COMMUNITY – HAPPY PRIDE!!!!!

It’s officially GAY PRIDE week in Toronto, Ontario – Canada.  It’s a time to be festive, to show pride and to be reminded that many in the LGBT community (and everywhere, for that matter) are not being treated with respect dignity and equity.  Here is a story where a young man was ostricized and disowned by his family for living his life authentically.

We must show everyone compassion and love without any judgements so that they live their authentic lives and shine!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

A TEACHER IN ONTARIO, CANADA IS BROUGHT TO TEARS – SAME LOVE (Macklemore & Ryan featuring Mary Lambert)

THIS POST IS FROM A SCHOOL TEACHER IN ONTARIO, CANADA……………via reddit.

I teach Grade 8 (13-14 years old) in Ontario, Canada. I am gay, and my students have known this for about a month or so. I am in my first year of teaching, and I teach the class that is considered the “tough” class – they don’t get along well with some of their other teachers, and they can be rowdy. Not so much for me, though.

In particular, I have one group of boys that can be a bit of a pain in the neck. Never keep their hands to themselves, always talk out of turn, have gotten in fights, etc. There is one boy in this group (he will be known here as Harry) who is a little quieter than the others, but very popular. He’s a bit tough to get close to, and seems like the type to be resistant to new ideas and different people. He hangs out with another tough kid (let’s call him Mark), who is loud and boisterous and often rude.

Now that it’s so close to the end of the year, I do a “YouTube of the Day” with them every morning. Kids can send in a short YouTube video for me to show to the class, I preview it, and if it’s appropriate, I play it. So this morning, Harry comes up to me and says, “I have a video I want to play.”

Now, I preview things for a reason. There are enough horror stories out there of teachers accidentally showing their kids porn for me to be very careful what I show my class. So I tell him to send it to me because, y’know, them’s the rules.

“I really want to show it,” he says back. “You’ll like it, I promise. It’s a music video.”

Given what Harry listens to, I’m wary. He listens to a lot of rap and hip-hop, and that’s fine, but I’ve heard some non-school-appropriate language come out of the music he listens to. So I ask him if it’s appropriate for school; he tells me yes.

This kid is many things, but he has never lied to me. Not once. So… I take a deep breath and tell him okay. What the heck.

So he goes on over and pulls it on up, and on comes a song I have never heard before. The artist is rapping about growing up gay, about the struggles of being gay, and about standing up in the face of hatred and homophobia. “Same Love,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The video (linked) was beautiful.

And there’s Harry, proudly watching along with the rest of the class as the artist stands up for those gay kids who struggle, and the video shows a difficult, lonely life culminating in a fabulous wedding. Harry. My “tough kid.”

The video finishes, the kids applaud, and I thank him, and he says to me, “I told you you’d like it.”

And then his loud, rude friend Mark says: “That was for you, Mr. K.”

The whole class applauded again – for me this time – and then I cried. I cried the proudest tears I have ever shed.

Harry and Mark… they might tick off every teacher they ever have, but today they gave this teacher a moment he’ll never forget.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WAY TO GO MR. RUSSELL BRAND!!!

I don’t watch much television – especially news.  Television (mainly, the news) was a respectful and great outlet to receive un-biased information about what was happening around the world.  That isn’t the case now – television fills our minds with fear, anxiety, endless reality (that isn’t reality) television and biased programming and newscasts.

I applaud Russell Brand for holding the hosts of MSNBC’s – Morning Joe accountable for their lack of focus and their lack of respect for their guest.  If you haven’t seen the interview – here it is:

The main anchor (sorry don’t know her name, she’s the blonde)…..She indicates that she doesn’t know who Russell Brand is by stating “I don’t know pop culture”…..prior to having a guest on your show, shoudn’t you complete some form of research to ensure you know who you will be speaking with?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF?

Many people seem to believe they have a clear insight of who they are, what they do and how they want to be remembered.  Have you really thought about what is important to you and how you will be remembered after you are gone?  Get reconnected and assess what is important to you – here are some questions that may help you determine what is important to you:

1.  Do you believe that one person can make a difference to create positive change in the world?  If so, can you name any oner person that has?

2.  Do you want to have an occupation that will create happiness or would you prefer an occupation that you are well compensated for but don’t really enjoy?

3.  Have you ever thought about what organized religion means to you and not what was instilled into you?

4.  Are you angered when a panhandler approaches you for money?

5.  Which do you prefer – the energy of city life or the relative calm of nature?

6.  In one-word, how do you think your friends will describe you?

7.  Do you laugh a lot?

8.  Are you present in everything you do?

9.  Do you live for the moment or are you planning for the future?

10.  Do you believe that a life of an animal is any different from the life of a human?

11.  What is the one thing you cherish the most?

12.  Do you live with honesty and integrity?

13.  Do you live to please others or yourself?

14.  Is it hard for you to let go of negative family members or friends?

15.  Do you believe that your state of mind can create disease?

16.  How do you show respect for our planet/environment/nature?

17.  Do you think outside the box?

18.  Do you believe everything you hear in media/print/word-of-mouth etc, or do you require proof?

19.  Can there be peace without fear?

20.  Do you encourage others to do the things they love?

21.  Is it easy for your to make new friends?

22.  Can you be honest with people without hurting their feelings?

23.  How hard is it for you to love unconditionally?

24.  Do you support and encourage your partner/spouse without any judgements?

25.  How is your energy affecting those around you?

26.  What would you rather live without – a cell phone, computer, television or book?

27.  Is your body your temple?

28.  What/Who is God?

29.  Are you really honest with yourself?

30.  What would you do if you only had one more day left?

These questions are not meant to give you an in-depth and scientific analysis of who you are as a person.  They are questions that you may not really spent too much consideration and thought on.  We sometimes think we know how we would answer certain questions but always forget how easily influenced we are but what we have learned by our friends and family.  Take some time and really – REALLY think about your answers and don’t let any outside influences dictate your thoughts.  Look inside yourself, think about the question and answer from your heart and from your experience.  You will never know what you can discover about yourself when you actually take the time.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

 

SAME LOVE – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert (HAPPY GAY PRIDE)

The last time I posted this song was when it was surrounded in controversy.  NOT TODAY!  Today, I am positing this song to celebrate LOVE, DIVERSITY and ACCEPTANCE.  This song is dedicated to all my gay brothers and sisters around the world.  It is dedicated to all those who have and continue to fight for equality and human rights.  It is also dedicated to all those who are no longer with us and that have never been given the chance to experience the love they were forced to hide.

HAPPY PRIDE!!!! 

SAME LOVE Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

When I was in the 3rd grade I thought that I was gay ’cause I could draw,
My uncle was and I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face, she’s like,
“Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K”
Trippin’, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math like “Yeah, I’m good a little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those who like the same-sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think its a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition. Playing God
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears what we don’t know And God loves all his children it’s somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written 3,500 hundred years ago
I don’t know

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

If I was gay I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately
“Man that’s gay” Gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’
Our culture founded from oppression
Yeah, we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins,
It’s human rights for everybody
There is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church, they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service Those words aren’t anointed
And that Holy Water, that you soak in is then poisoned
When everyone else Is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans, that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same But that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal
Damn right I support it

I don’t know

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

We press play Don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day That my uncles can be united by law
Their kids are walkin’ around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful, some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all, but it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us. Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind (Not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient,(Not crying on Sundays) love is kind (I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient,(Not crying on Sundays) love is kind(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient,(Not crying on Sundays) love is kind(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient, love is kind

WE DON’T HAVE STRAIGHT PRIDE, SO WHY IS THERE A GAY ONE?

This is why……………

Gay Activist Getting Beaten

A gay activist is beaten by Russian youths (Russia 2013)

America's Public Servants

I’m sure that New Yorkers wouldn’t care…..

Another gay hate crime

Violence in the name of ignorance and hate.

Apparantely, God is not LOVE at this church

Ignorance in religious institutions.

Death To Gays in Iran

Gay = Death is some countries, IMAGINE.

Don't go to Jamaica if you're gay

Keep supporting those bigoted popular tourist destinations.

Fear Allah

If Allah says so – then HE must be right, never question HIS judgement.

GOD HATES....

God really, REALLY hates homosexuals.

Hate crime

Another ‘hate-crime’ victim.

Made-up statistics

Gays LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sex much, much more than heterosexuals – it’s alright right here in these bullshit statistics.

More hate

Neighbourly love.

More religious hate

GOD really, REALLY, REALLY hates homosexuals.

Pope is wants to save world from homosexuality

If Religious leaders promote ignorance and hate – why shouldn’t their followers?

Uganda 'Religious Hate' Propaganda

We won’t stop until we get ALL of your children.

Vandalism

Faggot and Queer – not subtle enough.

The face of hate

Nothing wrong with calling someone a fag.

Teaching the young intolerance and hate.

Parental abuse at its best. Nothing like teaching your children the difference between right and wrong.

Hate crime violence is increasing – especially in gay communities around the world.  People want to continue the oppression in the name of religious freedoms.  They justify their hate and intolerance by siting bible passages and the God has said that homosexuality is ‘an abomination’ (God said nothing about committing acts of violence against another human being).  For all of you people who say “why must they throw their perverted lifestyle in our faces” and “we don’t have a straight pride parade”……..you obviously have never been faced with the threat of violence because of whom you love.  For you – everyday is ‘straight pride’ because your sexuality, lifestyle and whom you love is never an issue and most likely is never faced with the threat of violence and even death.

It is more important than ever to celebrate GAY PRIDE and to support your local Gay Pride events.  The GAY PRIDE PARADE(s) is usually the close of week-long events for the community and is an overall representation and diversity of that community and its allies.  

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!