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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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Welcome to the New Year and the New Blog

I started blogging many years ago. Most of my blogs would start off well, but then fizzle over a couple of months. I kept starting new blogs, though, because I knew that I had a voice and a vision to share. Last year, this all changed and I find myself trying to outdo myself in the new year.

Last year, Mike Martinez contacted me about contributing to Queer Oakland. He wanted me to take the reins and run the blog like a pack of wild dogs. While I never got the full pack going, I did manage to get some puppies out there. Over the year I had good weeks and bad weeks with Queer Oakland, but in the end I found myself being a better communicator. For this, I would like to thank Mike even as the doors were closed on Queer Oakland.

I also spent much of last year working on Back to Me and Queer Landia. In hindsight, I wish I would have focused more attention on these two as ultimately, they are the tools for my vision in the coming year. Queer Landia gives me a place to share my moderate views on politics, queerdom and many other topics. I look forward to seeing where this blog will go this year. Back to Me gave me a place to share my random thoughts and appreciation for sexy men and humor. This year this will expand as my blog grows. Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and The New

The old year is gone and the new year is under way. This new year brings some bad news, some good news and something new. I will start off with the bad news, since many of my faithful readers already know this. As of mid-December, Queer Oakland has been shut down. For a variety of reasons, this was the best decision for all of us involved. I will miss Queer Oakland, but I was never able to get the spark built into a fire.

The good news is that I will have more time for this blog as well as Queer Landia. Trying to manage my blog, Queer Oakland and continue to contribute to Queer Landia was draining me. Each of the blogs had a different focus which was pulling me into to too many different directions. Focusing on two blogs will help me to bring better posts (and more posts, oddly enough) to you. I hope you stick around to see the new.

And the new. Wait. Did I actually tell y’all about the new? Crap. I didn’t mean to. That was supposed to be a surprise. Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag, but I won’t give you much. I will tell you that words have more meaning than just their definitions. I will also tell you that I am really excited (and considering buying a tablet to help with this “new”).

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Rhode Island Approves Civil Unions | Queer Landia

With all of the excitement around New York passing marriage equality, Rhode Island’s passage of civil unions with extreme religious exemptions seems to have been lost in the news cycle.

While I do agree with the exemptions that New York passed, I think the Rhode Island exemptions go a little too far. The exemptions allow religious hospitals, cemeteries and schools to ignore the unions.

While I also agree that religious groups should be allowed the freedom to follow their religious beliefs, I believe that organizations that are critical for human needs and organizations that receive public tax money should not be allowed to discriminate under any circumstances. Continue reading

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Is Starbucks Killing Unicorns? | Queer Landia

Headlines can be really deceiving. Taking a situation that might be happening, changing it into a question and then using that as a headline typically suggests that this is true. Writers do this to grab attention and get more clicks. (just like I did).

However, this can bite us in the ass as a community as well. For example, a recent headline on 365gay.com reads Is Starbucks Anti-Gay? Based on this headline, I expected some big corporate scandal. Maybe an email that was leaked or internal memos that got posted. Maybe Starbucks fired people for going to gay pride parades while drinking their Iced Lattes.

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New York Edges Closer to Marriage Equality | Queer Landia

Earlier today, 365Gay ran an article about three Democratic Senators switching their votes on marriage equality. Previously, Senators Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Shirley L. Huntley, and Carl Kruger all voted against marriage equality, but now they say they will vote for passing the legislation.

I was really excited to hear this news, but the Senate was still three votes short for passing the legislation. That was until this afternoon.

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NOM Followers Convert One of Their Own | Queer Landia

Louis Marinelli organized the National Organization for Marriage’s bus tour. He drove the RV and blogged about the bus tour. He has made comments such as “homosexuals have shorter life spans due to their lifestyle” and “homosexuals are deceitful people who care only about themselves”.

So how does one of the higher-ups in an anti-gay group become an advocate for marriage equality? He listened to his followers and became repulsed by what they were saying. He also listened to the LGBT protesters and a light bulb went off for him. Read some quotes from him below, but also make sure you check out the original interview.

via NOM Followers Convert One of Their Own | Queer Landia.

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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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