The advice columnist, normally quite critical of religion, tells us how a Catholic priest helped his mother come to terms with his homosexuality.
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This, that and a whole lot more.
New York rapper and DJ Cazwell ( of Ice Cream Truck fame) was recently in Trinidad for a performance courtesy of Alvin and Sky Bar. I wasn’t there for it but based on this backstage video it seems Cazwell had to admit defeat when faced with the dancing/gyrating skills of the locals.
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Another day in Bonaire though I spent most of it on my own just writing and watching the rain. This evening I had pause to think about some issues that affect me deeply. The UN 3rd Committee vote still angers me.It has skewed how I view Caribbean governments. I had two online exchanges about it today – the wonder of the internet with me being on a tiny rock in the Caribbean Sea right now.
In the first exchange I was speaking to a longtime friend about the vote and he said he was proud of the stance I was taking online and otherwise on the matter of equal rights. I might have used a few choice works about T&T’s abstention but he shared my view that it was a disgrace. The second exchange followed a tweet I sent noting that after Haiti’s vote for removing sexual orientation from the document protecting people from extra-judicial killings I was ambivalent about whatever happened to that country. A very thoughtful friend noted that I should take a larger view and that the UN countries behind the vote were also behind the fiasco that was today’s vote in Haiti. I respectfully noted that when it comes to human rights and the right to not be killed I will not take a broader view. Haiti is not a place I will feel too deeply about and that is being polite. I am still extremely angry about that vote so perhaps I better move along.
In brighter news – and I mean a lot brighter – India celebrated Pride Day today for the first time since the decriminalizing of homosexuality last year. They have shown the world that they are a force to be reckoned with both economically and socially. Pity the Caribbean couldn’t jump on that train but I guess Benin and Uganda were more attractive. It seems that LGBT Indians have no problem in adopting the Western pride flag and not just in a small way :
I have never had one before but my country of the day today is India for showing that things can really change and that diversity is nothing to be feared.
It would be remiss of me to not mention a post on LGBTQNation by Brody Levesque that mirrors how I feel in general about these ‘discussions’ about human rights;
“Instead, I have to ask a simple question: “When does it stop?”
I am tired of the non-stop barrage of hatred that spews out of the mouths of these high priced Washington D.C.-based lobby outfits, whose sole purpose is predicated on their belief that their God calls them to interfere with the private sexual lives and reproductive rights of their fellow citizens.
I’ve actually read that rather quaintly outdated bit of fictional literature, and no where does it command them to strip their neighbors of dignity, happiness, and pursuit of personal freedoms and expressions of love. Yet, in reality, this is precisely what Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, and a host of these alleged Christians and organizations campaign for.
Now, in fairness, LGBTQ people do present a “clear and present danger” to these organizations.
Simply? If being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, was treated as a condition of a variant of humanity, say like one’s skin color or hair color, the there would be no need to demonize LGBTQ persons.
No campaign, no threat — equals no money.
There is the unspoken truth that organized religions will not discuss. Its the proverbial elephant in the room, as most religions have stopped being a force for good and a loving outlet to ease a human’s path through life, and instead have become big business.
Which, I need to add, according to considerable recent study of this issue by a group of pollsters and journalists, has spent an amazing $1.4 billion dollars on just waging a war against the LGBTQ citizens of the United States since 1977.
Imagine if that sum had been spent instead on food, medicines, housing, clothing, or some other form of charitable work.”
Read the rest of the excellent article here.
Thanks to Gaurav Out N Proud on Facebook for the link.
If anyone is remotely interested I have been posting masses of pics of my current trip to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao over on Flickr.
Still on Curacao. Took a tour of the Kura Hulanda Museum of African History again. Wonderful that gay Dutch billionaire Jacob Gelt Dekker would spend his money on such a worthwhile enterprise. It is a very moving and extremely comprehensive collection. Unlike anything I have ever seen.
I found the KKK display interesting because the guide mentioned those attacked as blacks, Jews and Roman Catholics. When I asked her about LGBT people also being attacked ( to be honest she is elderly so I just said ‘gay people ‘) – she paused and then said – yes gay people too. So interesting that it has to be brought up. I was wearing a rainbow wristband at the time so she should have seen that question coming.
There is no difference. Hatred is hatred whether you are hated for your skin or for your heart.
Interestingly, this evening in Rif Fort in Otrobanda , I saw a lesbian couple walking, hugging and even kissing. Nobody batted an eye. That is when you know you are in a civilized country. Good for Curacao.
Arrived in Curacao today and was driven the 4 billion miles to the isolated Hyatt Curacao Resort. Bleh. No personality , mediocre room and ( most importantly) the internet service sucks.Staff is lovely though. I hope the lame internet ( in a $$$$ Hyatt!) will excuse me from having no news updates today. Once the internet and my phone ( no roaming signal) are sorted the site should be updated.
I am sure there will be much of interest to report from the Netherlands Antilles.