Gay Pride – Church Shame

June 17, 2012


Drag Queens, ostentatious, over the top displays of sexuality and militant protest actions are an undeniable part of early gay history in the United States. Those that took part in the Stonewall riots in New York as well as members of the progressive Mattachine Society are recognized by the gay community today for their brave actions in standing up for equal rights for gays and lesbians. The American government was not, and certainly today is not, quickly recognizing the equality of its gay and lesbian citizens. Rights were fought for by our gay forefathers and today gay people are joined in this struggle by straight allies. While I am not a big fan of gay pride parades which take place all over the world, I understand their place and the importance of displaying the variety and diversity of gay people everywhere.  From Dykes on Bikes to Log Cabin Gay Republicans, there is a place for everyone. 


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Do I have to play by all the rules?

June 4, 2012


Anyone who has ever played the game Monopoly with a group of friends will soon discover that people play by their own rules.  Some players will usually insist that their rules are the official rules of the game.  Others will argue that the way they play is an acceptable alternative according to the manufacturers of the game.  Still others have been playing that way for such a long time that they sincerely believe that the way they play the game is the right way.  But what if you really know that you, your family members, or friends have made up their own rules after years of playing and simply ignoring the official play book? You have collectively decided that you do not have to play by the official rules to be in the game. Do I have to follow all the rules? Can I pick and choose the rules that I want to follow? 


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