Insane Courage

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I recently saw a post on Facebook that impacted me in a way that I didn’t think about when I first saw it.  However, when I started to think about it more and related it to my life in its current form, it became an amazing revelation.  The post from Facebook, “All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.”
As most of you know I have recently resigned my position as City Clerk for the City of Oneonta.  My last day will be July 12th.  After thinking about this quote I saw on Facebook, I realized that it took all but 20 seconds to go into the City Manager’s Office and give him my resignation – 20 seconds!  That 20 seconds it took to give him my letter of resignation has resulted in a raging fire of motivation and excitement that would never have happened if I did not muster up those brief moments of insane courage to do what I needed to do and what I had been thinking about doing for so long.… more

2 boys voted ‘Cutest Couple’ at NY High School

Photo Courtesy of Carmel High School
The senior class at a suburban New York High School voted two boys as ‘Cutest Couple’ this year. Carmel High School seniors Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor started dating each other a year ago.
“Yeah, our friends are giving it to us about being Internet famous,” said 18-year-old Dylan Meehan, a senior at Carmel High School.
“We’ve never had any problems at all,” added 17-year-old senior Brad Taylor. “As a matter of fact, before the results, people were telling us ahead of time, ‘You guys are going to win hands down.’”
However, officials were concerned enough that they checked with the boys and their parents before the “cutest couple” selection was memorialized in the yearbook.… more

Half A*s Attempt by Boy Scouts for Equality

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Allows Gay Members, but not Adult Leaders
The Vote Itself
On May 23, 2013, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay youth to join Scouting.  Sixty percent were in favor of this historic vote that overturned a twenty-two year-old ban on openly gay Scouts.
More than 1,400 voting members of the organization’s national council in Texas voted.    Delegates voted on whether openly gay boys and teens should be allowed to participate in scouting.  The meeting, at which more than 2,000 Boy Scout leaders and officials attended, concluded on May 24th.… more

53% of Americans Support Gay Marriage In Recent Survey

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Gallup’s Third Consecutive Reading of 50% or Above over Past Year
May 2-7 poll by Gallup suggests that U.S. support for marriage equality is solidifying above the majority level.
Findings Very Different From 3 Years Ago
Three years ago, only 44% were in favor of gay marriage.  In 1996, only 27% of Americans supported same-sex marriage.
Highlights of the Poll:

Nearly all U.S. subgroups are more likely to favor gay marriage now.
Democrats, Independents, and liberals show increasing support for gay marriage, well above the majority.
Republicans, conservatives, and moderates more likely to favor gay marriage now.… more

Is there such a thing as a mainstream gay?

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Could we be seeing the birth of a long list of mainstream gay’s on the TV sets of the United Kingdom? It certainly seems that way, not only is there the obligatory gay character in every single one of the main soap operas on British television, but also a raft gay people proliferate the schedules elsewhere. No sensible drama is considered complete without a gay or lesbian character, without them, it just does not seem authentic. Light entertainment has always bought gay people to the attention of the mainstream audience, never more so than present times, just look at the success the delightfully camp and savagely witty Graham Norton is having with his BBC One prime time chat show if you want evidence.… more

Embrace Your Past

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”Never forget where you come from but strive for a place you have never been.”  — Nishan Panwar
How many times have we heard people lament their past and wish they could blot it out of their memories forever.  I know I have done it.  I look back and just cringe at some of the things I did!
The nice thing about life is that we can decide to not dwell on the past and live in the moment and move on to bigger and better things.  The past is past; we cannot change it no matter how hard we try.… more

Youtube Coming Out Videos Debate

I’m sure all of you have looked at coming out videos on Youtube at some point. Each day somebody who is gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgenered submits videos to share their stories with others. These videos help out many kids or even adults who are dealing with coming out. You have a choice to watch these videos or not. The people who are submitting these videos get a lot of feedback either positive or negative. I would like to share with you all one of the negative feedbacks from somebody that is straight.… more

Polls Show Support for Marriage Equality

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Gay Marriage Support Hits New High in Washington Post-ABC News Poll
A significant majority (58%) of American voters for the first time approve of gay marriage, ABC News reports. A previous ABC News/Washington Post Poll in 2004 showed only 32% favored gay marriage. Three years ago, support was at 47%. Just two years ago, a narrow majority approved. The recent Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted March 7 to 10, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. The margin of sampling error for the full survey is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.… more

Recent Poll Released Show Voters Disagree with DOMA

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Majority Find DOMA Discriminates
The Center for American Progress and Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAAD) released a poll on February 19, 2013 that found that an increasing number of voters think the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory.
Details of the Poll
The poll shows that 59% of voters are opposed to DOMA, the federal law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. As with other polls, this one proved that a majority of voters (52 percent) said they support marriage equality for same-sex couples.… more

Que Passa with Proposition 8?

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The History of Proposition 8
The battle of gay marriage in California is not over yet.  The “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry Act), formerly titled “California Marriage Protection Act,” was in November 2008 an initiative on the California voter ballot which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Consequently, it altered the California Constitution: California became the 29th state to pass a constitutional amendment banning marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
On March 5, 2009, hearings were held in the California Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Prop 8.  The court, 90 days later, upheld Proposition 8.  Despite the ruling, the 18,000 couples married prior to the ban kept their licenses and rights.… more