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Stop and Smell the Roses

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Club Drama – One Year Anniversary

One Year Anniversary

The very first Club Drama was March 2010. Club Drama is a great event at the White Horse bar that is run by some friends of mine. I try to go every month because the music is great and the crowd is usually good. This was also a kick in the butt for me to start blogging more. I was excited that my friends were creating such a wonderful event and I wanted to help them make it a success.

Over the last year I have had a lot of fun with my blog, Queer Oakland and Queer Landia. By trying to help my friends, I ended up helping myself along the way. While my blog hasn’t made it to the big time yet, I have had a huge achievement. Most of my blogs have been forgotten after 6 months. This blog has been up and running for over a year with posts continuously appearing (sometimes only one or two posts a month, but still continuing).

In honor of the last, here is the anniversary post. I look forward to having many more years together.

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White Horse Bar

The White Horse bar is one of my favorite place to hang out these days. This is a great place to go with friends and socialize. The bar has great music, a large dance floor and a big smoking area. The drinks are good and the staff is wonderful. They have two pool tables, a fire pit, pinball games and rotating DJs.

The thing that I love the most about the White Horse bar (aside from the staff of course) is that I can have a conversation with friends in one room and then walk into the back and dance when the right song comes on. With a lot of clubs, you only get one or the other: The bar where you can socialize and hear each other talk or the bar with the pounding music and a dance floor. The White Horse has both, which makes it a great place for most any group of friends.

“The White Horse Inn still stands at the corner of 66th Street and Telegraph in Oakland. Built in 1936, it’s the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian bar in the Bay Area and possibly the second oldest in the United States (the Doubleheader in Seattle, opened in 1934, is likely the oldest). But like so much of pre-1960s gay life, most of what we know about the bar is based upon rumors, conjecture, and fuzzy memories. If there are any old photographs of the tavern or its patrons, they were tucked away years ago in a photo album, hidden from family or neighbors.”

For more information, check out their site here.

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Openly Gay Mormon Takes LDS Leadership Role In SF | Queer Oakland

Click the picture for the original story!

I don’t know how I feel about this. I kind of feel like an abused wife who is getting a new dress from the abusive husband. Does the Church of Latter Day Saints really believe that taking away our rights can be rectified by putting a queer on the pulpit? Do they really think that having a celibate gay man preaching to the world is going to fix anything?

If the Mormons really wanted to patch things up with our community, they would spend millions of dollars and man hours to get Prop H8 overturned.

via Queer Oakland | A local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender news and events blog!.

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Everybody Else’s Girl: Tori Amos Does Oakland : via QueerOakland

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I know this is an older cover image, but I love this one.

Get ready to have your Oakland rocked. On December 16th, Tori Amos will be stopping by Oakland during her “Night of Hunters” tour. The event will be at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. There are only two artists that I have seen in concert more than once and Tori Amos is one of them.

Tori is a bundle of beautiful music, piano seduction, siren singing and overtly sexual pheromones. She has a new album coming out later this year, also called Night of Hunters.

Tickets have already gone on sale, so if you want to go, you better buy your tickets yesterday. Nothing says “I wanna sex you up” like a date to a Tori Amos concert. Believe me, I know. 😉

via Queer Oakland | A local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender news and events blog!.

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Club Drama: Now @ White Horse | Queer Oakland

Do you enjoy great music and a fun night out with friends? Some of my friends are spinning great tunes down at White Horse on the first Saturday of every month.

DJs Starr, Lifeline and Daniel Skellington will be rocking the dance floor while the White Horse staff mixes up great drinks. The staff is friendly and the drinks are strong. What more could you ask for?

via Club Drama: Now @ White Horse | Queer Oakland.

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BREAKING: Conservative group opposed to talking about fish that switches genders | Queer Oakland

This is a blog posting that my friend David posted over on Queer Oakland. This was so good that I had to share it on my blog.

As part of an ongoing effort to expand lessons on gender diversity and inclusion, Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland did this:

Fourth- and fifth-grade students learned about the crazy world of gender within the animal kingdom with lessons about single-sex Hawaiian geckos, fish that switch genders and boy snakes that act “girly.”

“That’s a lot of variation in nature,” Gender Spectrum trainer, Joel Baum, told the students. “Evolution comes up with some pretty funny ways for animals to reproduce.”

So a conservative group did this:

And that, said representatives from the conservative Pacific Justice Institute, was the problem. These Oakland children will be told there are more than two genders, the organization advised the media in a press release last week. “This instruction does not represent the values of the majority of families in Oakland,” said attorney Kevin Snider in a statement.

Animals! Nature! Science! In school! Feel the outrage right?

via BREAKING: Conservative group opposed to talking about fish that switches genders | Queer Oakland.

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New Emeryville Target | Queer Oakland

 

 

This may or may not be good news, depending on your reaction to the Target debacle last year. Target has opened a new location that is just a few miles outside of Oakland. The new location, which carries groceries, is located in Emeryville on 40th Street. This store is less than 4 miles away from my new Oakland apartment.

1555 40th Street

Emeryville, CA 94608

(510) 285-0559

M-Fr: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Sa: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Su: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

The store officially opened up today and I will be heading over there this afternoon to check it out. Are you going to save some money at Target or are you still boycotting them? Let me know in the comments.

via New Emeryville Target | Queer Oakland.

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Back To Me Goes Queerer!

My stint over on Queer Oakland has been brief, but fruitful. The team running the Queer Network has added me to their new flagship site Queer Landia. I have a few posts over there already, so check them out.

To summarize the latest updates, you can now find my posts on three sites. I will keep running Back To Me with (hopefully) weekly posts. If you live in the Oakland, CA area, you can check out items directly concerning the city over on Queer Oakland. For more worldly news, you can now find me on Queer Landia.

That is three whole blogs with even more space space for my opinions to explode. Three blogs to absorb information from the mind of me. If that sounds daunting, let me break down what will be posted where. Queer Oakland will continue to focus on Oakland community items and LGBT Oakland items. Back to Me will continue to focus on random thoughts, including tech, politics, GLBT news and, of course, hot men. Queer Landia will be the larger platform for national (and world) news about GLBT news and politics.

Does that sound easy? I hope so. I also hope to see you around the blogs and in the comments sections. While I do have my posts hitting Facebook, I don’t spend much time on that site any more. If you want me to see your thoughts, views and comments, click the link on FB and go directly to the blog to leave a comment.

2011 is going to be an exciting year. I hope you will come along for the ride.

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