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Thursday, December 5, 2013

MACKLEMORE.....MORE THAN A ROADSHOW!

Staples Center, Los Angeles California, December 4, 2013.

Went to see Macklemore tonight and I feel like I have to write about it.  I have learned to journal when something affects me negatively or positively, so that I have it to reflect on and remember.

First, I know that I always say how beautiful he is, and how I want to marry him blah blah blah.......well all of that is true ....butttttttt.......

I'm feeling really excited.  Robert is picking me up in like 10 minutes and I have been waiting for this concert for months.  I haven't felt this excited about seeing a show in a long time.  I have been so lucky to have had a life that put me in the middle of movie makers and rock and roll royalty.  I've been backstage with superstars, and  in the homes of the most famous of film makers and actors, so  I don't know exactly why this show is making me literally shiver.  It really isn't what I tease about, and act silly about, like  that I love Macklemore and all of that.  I like to do that because I know people get a kick out of it, and if I can make someone laugh for a few minutes it makes me feel happy.

Something else is gnawing on my brain.  This man speaks so openly about his recovery and relapse and sobriety thereafter that it is a little scary for me.  I surround myself with 12 steppers for safety.  Sober people who are trying hard to hang on.  I like survivors.  I always have.  The tornado's I have lived through because of active addictions have of course made me into who I am.  So I very much  like people who are making change.  It is more intoxicating  for me than any six pack or bicep.  Watching people live their lives to the fullest is a pleasure that I get to see daily.  I do it myself.  I try the best I that I can.  I try to keep my side of the street clean, and make amends when I need to.  I try to make change.  I know I have.  I accept that now.  I didn't for a long time.  I would always blow it off when someone would tell me I was doing good things.  I no longer am shy about it.  I own it.  I am also proud of it.

Macklemore affects me so much because he is making such social change in a way that I have never seen before.  He is literally taking gay rights , racism, acceptance and tolerance, love, sobriety and recovery, addiction and relapse to a new level.  He is reaching kids and adults.  There were young kids screaming, every age dancing, laughing, and all  crying when he was singing about the scared sadness in his dads eyes when he had to tell him he relapsed.  I could literally feel the pain.  I was so overwhelmed  I was crying but loved hearing  the outcome.  He is just real.  Real is good.

He talked , in a very easy and cool way,  about how no government, teacher, state, politician  friend or family should tell anyone who they can and can't love.  He screamed like a preacher about equality for all.  This wasn't a lecture.  This was seriously like a revival movement.  He was preaching to a flock that adores him.  To go to a rap concert and be OK to be openly gay and sing and laugh about it is something I have never experienced.  To see young kids screaming when he sang Same Love, and yell equality, and to see grandparents screaming with them was extremely emotional for me.

When the insanely fun songs were on, it gave us time to realize, that he came out of the dark and into the light.  He fucked up and then fixed up.  And he is sharing it.  Sharing it is good.  He loves his gay uncles and doesn't want them hurting because of inequality.  And he is sharing that. Sharing it is good.

I am home now.  I had to write this for my own head.  I am going to share it.  Sharing it is good.









Tuesday, August 6, 2013

WEST HOLLYWOOD SUPPORTS EQUALITY, NOT DISCRIMINATION, IN RUSSIA AND PORTERVILLE CALIFORNIA

A person would never expect to see such  similar resolutions on a single city agenda.  In West Hollywood, on August 5, 2013, the city council of West Hollywood , indeed, unanimously, on the consent calendar, condemned Russia's Vlad Putin's anti-gay laws, calling for jail and worse for anyone even as much as supporting LGBT rights.  He called anything to do with the support of gays as pornography, and criminal.  He has threatened that even gay tourists from other countries will be held for 14 days in prison, for even being suspected of being gay.

That type of hatred could never exist here in the US.....RIGHT?........WRONG!  Enter Porterville California.  The only city in the state that has the hateful distinction of formally endorsing Proposition 8, the law stripping the LGBT community of our right to marry, and leaving aprox 18000 LGBT   people who already married in legal limbo for years.   That of course as we know was deemed unenforceable, much to the chagrin of the opposition , who are still making feeble attempts to stop marriage equality.  They are fools.  They are backwards.  They are not thinkers.
  
Meet the city council of Porterville California.
                                          Greg Shelton        Cameron Hamilton  Brian Ward

 These elected officials, as I loathe  to call them  leaders of this city did it again this year, when Porterville Mayor,  Virginia R. Gurrola,
 on June 4, 2013, issued a proclamation declaring June 2013 to be LGBT
Pride Month in the City of Porterville.  Upon this happening, the other councilmen, who more resemble wolves than men, declined to sign the
proclamation, and voted by three to two, on July 16, 2013, to rescind it.  Upon outcry from the LGBT community when they did it, arrests were made and gay and lesbian activists were carted off to jail, rather than simply removed from the council chambers.  Unlike when a rabidly homophobic public speaker (suspiciously latent) called for the death penalty for the LGBT community and made discriminatory remarks to the mayor, was simply removed from chambers.  Double standard?  HELL YES.  They do not try to hide it.  It is a garden of inequality, that grows nothing but thorns.  It has been said that Mayor Gurrola has had to have security since the proclamation because of threats to her well being.  This is a city gone awry.  It is a city that provides no support to its LGBT citizens.  It is a city that wants them to leave.  It is a city where housewives get up during public comment and blame gay men for every STD and STI on earth.  It is a city driven by a God.  Not a loving God.  A conveniently evil God.  One that has been fabricated by men.  One that calls for people to harm other people.  One that leaves their religious leaders to suspect as they endorse and watch this God.  


Tonight I watched as the West Hollywood  city council cringed at the stories we told them in public comment.  Cringed when they felt the hurt caused by Cameron Hamilton, Brian Ward, and Greg Shelton, the three thugs posing as city council members, and cringed when they realized, the LGBT community of Porterville feels outcast.  Our council members unanimously adopted a resolution supporting Porterville' now rescinded LGBT Pride Month's  proclamation.  Our packed council chambers applauded long and hard.  
This is a city of fairness, equality and thinkers.  This city embraces diversity, and takes care of all of its constituents.
  In years to come, the current council of Porterville will look like the KKK run amuck.  They will be laughed at like cheap parlor jokes  and their grandchildren will bare the shame of their legacy's.  The world is watching Porterville.  West Hollywood took notice tonight.  I am sure there will be more city's to follow.  
Oh and guess what.  These council members cannot rescind the resolution given to the LGBT community of Porterville by the city of West Hollywood.  It's out of their hands.  We aren't afraid of bullies here.  

Follow for the full resolution:

CITY COUNCIL AUGUST 5, 2013
CONSENT CALENDAR
SUBJECT: RESOLUTION ENDORSING MAYOR VIRGINIA R.
GURROLA'S PROCLAMATION OF JUNE 2013 AS
LGBT PRIDE MONTH IN THE CITY OF PORTERVILLE,
CALIFORNIA
INITIATED BY: DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND RENT
STABILIZATION
Elizabeth Savage, Director) 
Jeff Book, Staff Liaison) 
STATEMENT ON THE SUBJECT:
The Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board recommends that the City Council adopt a
resolution endorsing Mayor Virginia R. Gurrola' s proclamation of June 2013 as LGBT
Pride Month.
RECOMMENDATION:
1) Adopt Resolution No. 13- 1-I53, "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF WEST
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, ENDORSING MAYOR VIRGINIA R. GURROLA'S
PROCLAMATION OF JUNE 2013 AS LGBT PRIDE MONTH IN THE CITY
OF PORTERVILLE, CALIFORNIA."
2) Send copies of the signed resolution to Mayor Virginia R. Gurrola, Vice Mayor
Pete V. McCracken, and Councilmembers Cameron J. Hamilton, Greg Shelton,
and Brian Ward, of the City of Porterville, CA.
BACKGROUND ANALYSIS:
On May 31, 2013, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring the month of June
2013 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and. Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in the United
States of America. This was the sixth time there has been a presidential proclamation
of Pride Month. The occasion has also been recognized by the State of California for
more than 10 years. The City of West Hollywood has supported equality since its
inception in 1984.
On June 4, 2013, Virginia R. Gurrola, Mayor of the City of Porterville, in Tulare County,
CA, issued a proclamation declaring June 2013 to be LGBT Pride Month in the City of
Porterville. The other members of the Porterville City Council declined to sign the
proclamation. On July 16, 2013, the Porterville City Council voted to rescind the
proclamation, three votes to two, although the ability of the Council to rescind the
Mayor's proclamation has been disputed.

In the last few years, there have been major advances toward full equality for LGBT
persons, including rulings by the United States Supreme Court that the Federal Government's
refusal to recognize marriages of persons of the same sex is unconstitutional
as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons, as protected by the Fifth Amendment to
the Constitution; and declining to overturn the finding of the Federal District Court that
California' s Proposition 8 ( 2012), prohibiting marriage of persons of the same sex, was
an unconstitutional violation of due process and equal protection.
In his 2013 proclamation, President Obama said that "support for LGBT equality is
growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., `injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He concluded, " I am
confident that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the
future with the same sense of promise and possibility."
At their meeting of July 11, 2013, the West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board
voted to recommend that the West Hollywood City Council adopt a resolution endorsing
Mayor Gurrola' s proclamation in Porterville, because the City of West Hollywood stands
for justice everywhere.
West Hollywood supports those who lead the way to end discrimination, promote
fairness for all, and establish equality. No person, including those who are LGBT,
should suffer needlessly at the hands of others. No person, including LGBT persons,
should be made to feel like a second- class citizen, or deprived of the full equality of
rights and responsibilities under the law. And no person, including those who are
LGBT, should ever be bullied or hated because of who they are.
In adopting a resolution in support of Mayor Gurrola' s proclamation, the City Council
would again demonstrate that the LGBT community of the Porterville area, and all those
who support their full freedom and equality, are far from being alone. They are, in fact,
supported by a growing majority of the American people.
CONFORMANCE WITH VISION 2020 AND THE GOALS OF THE WEST
HOLLYWOOD GENERAL PLAN:
This item is consistent with the Ongoing Strategic Programs of: Value and Encourage
Our Broad Diversity of Cultures.
This item is consistent with General Plan Goal HS- 3: Promote a community with strong
social networks and cross-cultural interaction.
EVALUATION:
None.
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH:
None.
OFFICE OF PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:
Department of Human Services and Rent Stabilization
FISCAL IMPACT:
None.
RESOLUTION NO. 13-
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD,
CALIFORNIA, ENDORSING MAYOR VIRGINIA R. GURROLA'S
PROCLAMATION OF JUNE 2013 AS LGBT PRIDE MONTH
IN THE CITY OF PORTERVILLE, CALIFORNIA.
WHEREAS, President Obama on May 31, 2013, issued a proclamation declaring the
month of June 2013 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride
Month in the United States of America, thus marking the sixth occasion on which Pride
Month has been recognized by the United States; and
WHEREAS, the City of West Hollywood has supported the full equality of persons since
its founding in 1984; and
WHEREAS, Virginia R. Gurrola, Mayor of the City of Porterville, Tulare County,
California, on June 4, 2013, issued a proclamation declaring June 2013 to be LGBT
Pride Month in the City of Porterville; and
WHEREAS, other members of the Porterville City Council declined to sign the
proclamation, and voted by three to two, on July 16, 2013, to rescind the proclamation,
although the Council' s ability to rescind the proclamation has been disputed; and
WHEREAS, there have been major advances toward full equality for LGBT persons,
including rulings by the United States Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage and
California' s Proposition 8 ( 2012); and
WHEREAS, the City of West Hollywood believes that, far from being alone, the LGBT
community of the Porterville area, and all those who support their full freedom and
equality, are, in fact, supported by a growing majority of the American people;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of West Hollywood endorses
Mayor Virginia R. Gurrola' s proclamation of June 2013 as LGBT Pride Month in the City
of Porterville, California.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED AUGUST 5 2013