Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Text Stalker

My final exams are over with and I have the week off from school for Thanksgiving but I still feel like I am swamped with so much random stuff. Ugh.........

So the other day I received a text message from an unfamiliar phone number that said "Are u horny?"

I was driving to work so the answer that question was a definite NO, not to mention I would never cheat on my sweetheart, Mario. Anyhoo, I asked who this person was and he told me "Johnny from LVAC". LVAC is the name of my gym but I don't know anyone named Johnny. Nor do I socialize and give out my number to guys at the gym. I go to the gym to workout and then I leave. So I told him that while this was a bizarre coincidence he most definitely had the wrong person. He asked me if my name was "Daniel" to which I replied no. My name doesn't even sound like Daniel. I thought the whole thing was funny until out of curiosity I asked him what this "Daniel" looks like. Well, the physical description he gave was basically......me! Now had this stranger told me I had given him my number at a bar I wouldn't have been so creeped out. When I get drunk I give my number out to anyone, but like I said, I am not sociable at the gym.

I stopped responding to this guy's messages when he then asked me if I was getting turned on and maybe I should come over to his house for a quick "blow and go". It was at this point I got annoyed, told him I don't get turned on by wrong numbers/texts and when he sees this "Daniel" person again he should ask why he gave him my number.

The mysterious texter apologized for having bothered me and I have not heard from him since.

Now, after this entire fiasco I realized this WASN'T just a COINCIDENCE. That person knew exactly who he was sending a text to, although he may not have known my name. About two days prior to this I bumped into an old friend I knew from back in the day. We didn't have each other's phone numbers so in the locker room I told him what it was. That is the only time I have ever given out my number and it most definitely wasn't for a hook up. What I suspect happened, and this is quite sick for someone to do in my opinion, was that there was someone in the locker room eavesdropping. He heard my phone number, memorized it and then called me. What this sicko thought he was going to accomplish by doing this is beyond me but the fact that I have some anonymous stalker at the gym is not a good feeling at all!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Join The Impact

Join The Impact

Repeal Prop 8

I must thank an anonymous visitor for giving me the heads up about a protest against Prop 8 here in Chicago last weekend. unfortunately I didn't find out the time, date or location until I was 130 miles away in Peoria attending a student leadership retreat for ICHP. Well at least I was doing something productive! The pictures above were stolen from another website. I also posted a link to a website that has information about all of the protests going on nation wide. Anonymous comments are still welcome but I will be better prepared next time!

Wow, it is amazing how this issue is suddenly blowing up. It's about time. We have watched our right to have our monogamous relations recognized by the government smashed in 30 states. Now the religious fascists are targeting gays that want to adopt (already illegal in Arkansas). I think even people who had that apathetic "well who cares about getting married" attitude are starting to wake up that this is going to escalate out of control unless we step up now. I mean, what's next? If gays shouldn't adopt perhaps they aren't even fit to raise their own biological children?

Anyhoo, other than worrying about gay marriage in California I have been busy with final exams. Actually I should be studying right now........

Ok, gotta go!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stop the H8

I apologize for the lack of posts this past week. it seems like everytime I tried to sit down to write something I got interrupted. Perhaps this is for the best because after election day I was angry as hell and probably wouldn't have been able to calm myself in order to write a coherent post.

So the buzz this week everywhere is the our newly elected President, Barack Obama. I had a long conversation with a friend of mine the other day. We voted for different candidates but we both agreed that everyone has their own list of priorities when it comes voting for a candidate. We also concluded that people who vote without having an opinion at all about the issues are fucking idiots.

While I was curious to see how this presidential election would end, I was more interested in the gay marriage battle taking place in California. And with over $70 million going towards that campaign I am sure I wasn't the only one. Proposition 8 is a proposition to ammend California's state constitution. It is unique in that it was the first time such a proposal was put to vote AFTER the legalization of gay marriage in a state. While many other states have passed laws preventing any possible future gay marriages, this is the first time currently married gay couples were facing a very abrupt end to their legal marital status. While the religious bullies, in particular the Mormon Church in Utah, poured money and hate to make sure this bill passed, there was surprisingly much support from the Human Rights Campaign, Hollywood, Google, and even Apple to fight this discriminatory proposition and step backwards for human civil rights. While the bill passed it is worth mentioning the difference was a mere 400,000 in favor of banning gay marriage. Considering just 8 years ago a similar measure lost with a 60/40 split, this in itself was amazing. Times are changing. We have a black president when just 50 years segrated school systems were the norm. Unfortunately the gay rights civil movement still has a ways to go.

And this is why I was so frustrated and angry last week. I was angry that Bible banging zealots continue to shove their religious doctrine down the throats of the unwilling. There is suppose to be a separation of church from state in this country. We are suppose to have freedom of religion AND freedom from religion. I was angry that a matter of civil rights was even left to the general public's vote. Our government is meant to protect the minority from the majority.

Most improtantly though I am angry with the many gays (including some that I consider friends) who are so completely apathetic to politics and/or gay rights. I don't know if it is because they are just lazy or perhaps too young to appreciate the progress that has been made. I see all the barely legal queens on Halsted Street prancing around covered in glitter and women's clothing and I wonder how many of them realize just 30 years ago such a public display of flamboyance would have gotten them arrested, beaten up or killed.......and no one would have cared or very little legal action would have ensued (hate crimes protecting gays is a fairly new thing). I am angry when I hear a gay men say "Well what do I care, I don't want to get married". I just want to shake them until they realize Propostion 8 and such acts are not about marriage. There is a bigger picture there. Did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat just because she thought riding on the front of the bus had the best view? No! Homegirl was fed up with white people thinking their fatigue and sore feet were more important than a black person's. She was sick and tired of constantly being reminded her value as a person was less than that of a white person. She was sick and tired the same way the thousands of committed gay couples in California are sick and tired. Love is going to keep those couples together regardless of a law, but it is a slap in the face as a HUMAN BEING to be reminded everyday that your monogamous relationship isn't acknowledged by the government because you are gay. Gays have accomplished much in the past decade but the stigma, hate and discrimination is still alive and well.

It IS bullshit.

But that's not to say all is done and over. Luckily there are gays who AREN'T apathetic about their rights. Legal action is currently underway in California to stop Proposition 8. Apparently if it is interpreted as a constitutional "revision" instead of an "ammendment" then the only way it can be passed is with a 2/3 legislative rule. There is also a move to lash back at the Mormon Church for using their tax expempt money for political propaganda.

Check it out here:

Mormons Stole Our Rights

In Massachusets and Conneticut gay marriage remains safe. In other New England states the environement is looking very optimistic for the gay rights movement. So I am not completely angry. If anything I am more hopeful than ever before. History tends to repeat itself and suppressed minorities eventually overcome their oppressors. It just takes a little time and effort.

I have never considered myself an activist but this entire issue has ignited something inside of me that isn't going to diminish so easily.

I think this videos sums up quite nicely how I feel. I can't think of a more eloquent way to have said this.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

A Spartan Halloween

Do I look like I could defeat an army of Persian drag queens?

Well, my Halloween was a blast. The outfit Mario had picked out for me was a hit, although I will admit it wasn't the most creative as I saw a few other Spartan boys roaming the streets. I simply didn't have the time or energy to think of anything on my own. I must say the skirt and eye liner are the closest I will probably ever get to doing drag. Nevertheless, I had fun bouncing from house parties to clubs and a Halloween Parade. I saw so many great costumes during the parade. Unfortunately my skirt had no pockets so I couldn't bring my camera.