This was the first time I’ve addressed a rally. It was a thrill to stand where Harvey Milk stood and speak some truth to people. Is your dignity up to any one else?
This grotesque juxtaposition of robustly funded propaganda vs. cash-strapped social services is the perverse, inexcusable legacy of Proposition Hate and the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” and every related money-wasting act of gay-hostile social, political and emotional terrorism wrought by the American Taliban.
If you have ever used words like “sacred institution” or “redefine marriage” or “threat to family values” without irony or—worse yet—harbored thoughts or cast votes against marriage equality, you are not my friend. You are not welcome in my life. I honestly see you as intellectually compromised. And I don’t care what you think your god tells you to believe. Your mythology does not trump my reality. And if you try to defend your indefensible thoughts or words or actions to me, be prepared to have your vile, repellant opinions reduced to the vile, repellant garbage that they are.
And when I’m done with you, the domestic partner and I will calmly go back to caring for Thomas and working to repair the decades of damage caused by the celebrated heterosexuals who are apparently free to marry and divorce and have affairs and abuse and ignore their own children without generating interest a single constitutional amendment, television ad, campaign platform or even a godfuckingdamned T-shirt by the godfuckingdamned American Taliban.
Read all of Jake’s brilliant post to know the story of he, his partner and Thomas on his blog NoFo.
I was just invited to a mixtape dance party where everyone gets to pick 5 songs. Here’s my No on 8 Playlist. I’m needing a boost working for equality for all and this is where I’m getting it.
1. Rise Up – Parachute Club
I’ve got asoft spot in my heart for the tunes playing when I was coming out in the 80s. You can’t get get more 80s than this video.
We want freedom to love who we please/
Rise and feel your power…
spirit’s time has come
2. Patti Smith -Gloria
Maybe my favorite song of all time. Our souls will not be refused. One church must not write the CA Constitution.
3. Small Town Boy – Bronski Beat
Because I refuse to go back, not to my small town but to a time when I had no choice but to. Obama says you shouldn’t have to leave your town to get a job. You shouldn’t have to leave your town to have love or be married either.