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Gay Outside the USA: Whoa! Two Gay Men in Indonesia Sentenced to ‘Public Caning’

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*This country may still have a lot to learn when it comes to getting over homophobic behaviors. Many LGBTQ individuals and couples continue to take and/or lose their lives because of the way society as a whole treats them. Yet even with that said, imagine living in a place where you are charged and sentenced just because of your sexual preference?

Hey, we know this happens around the globe, outside of the USA. I have even met and spoken with men who left their homeland so that they could openly love one another, and still, it shocks the sh*t out of some of us when we actually hear these stories or see them in print.

The mere act of such punishment against “the crime” seems illegal.

Two men, discovered to be a gay couple living together in Indonesia was recently sentenced to a “public caning” because they had sex with one another. The sentence was handed down by a Shariah court.

Neighborhood vigilantes had “suspected” their relationship, and actually broke into a room they were renting in late March as they were being intimate. 

Excuse me, but I still can’t wrap my brain around why what anyone else is doing — or in this case, who they are doing, outside of an act of pedophilia or something of that nature, is anybody else’s damn business.

How ’bout we start there!

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It’s About Time! The Boy Scouts of America Now Welcomes Transgender Boys

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*I cannot get CeCe Peniston’s club hit “Finally” out of my head.

The Boy Scouts of America has FINALLY begun accepting transgender boys.  

Membership in both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts is now based on the gender indicated on an application, NOT on the gender listed on an applicant’s birth certificate.

They’ve FINALLY come to the conclusion that relying on an individual’s birth certificate “…is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state,” a BSA spokesperson said in a statement Monday.

In other words, the Boy Scouts of America has joined the 21st century, and I extend a hearty “Welcome aboard!”

Zach Wahls, co-founder of Scouts for Equality, agrees with me. Continue reading

‘Miss, Didn’t God Make Any Real Men?’… (This Kid Caught Me Off Guard)

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*I contemplated deeply before deciding to write this personal experience article. But I have learned that when I take “me” out of the equation, and insert “us” instead, I am no longer deadlocked on what to do. This also enables me to actively participate in my intent¬†–which, when it comes to my work as a writer at least, is always an authentic attempt to teach, learn, or gain a greater understanding of something. Thus, by putting this out there publicly, I know that others also share these thoughts but may not have a forum; and others still, those who have personal experience, can teach or share. With this editorial article, I hope to open a dialogue. An intelligent dialogue that lends itself to articulate communication versus name calling, or homophobic responses. If that is the only way that you can communicate or respond after reading this article…don’t.

As an entrepreneur and former artist, and well-traveled person, I have always had opportunity to meet a variety of people, including children, on a regular basis. I have also humbly accepted the reality that I have one of those personalities that apparently puts people at ease; albeit at times too much, too quickly, and they begin to feel a sense of trust that may lead to TMI (too much information). This is what happened recently, when I encountered a mother and daughter of approximately 9-years old. After about 10 minutes of great conversation the child, obviously listening to what her mother had just said, jumped in and asked me “Miss, how come so many men are changing into women…Didn’t God make any real men?”

Obviously caught off guard, I often have some wisdom-based answer in my side pocket, I found myself dumbfounded. All I could do was look at her mother, then back at her and respond, “Of course He did!” (Insert nervous giggle).

Damn.

I wish I could’ve said something…different. Better. Deeper, yet palatable for her curious young mind. Continue reading