There is truth to these – I think we used just about all of these last summer.
I love these guys!
My best nonpartisan thoughts? The President was feisty and I enjoyed his promise to exercise executive powers to bypass Congress on issues the White House strongly supports. Whether or not his promises to amount to anything is another story. The speech is sure to piss people off, which won’t help cooperation. Humor was good this year and thankfully no singing but I am unhappy with some of the claims of working with states and others on topics like marriage equality. In reality Obama and the White House have often come down soft on many issues and worked through a more passive support role.
The GOP response – well, in traditional fashion it basically said the same things but from a “the other party does not know how to do it right but we do” fashion. However, this might be the corniest thing I have seen in years. Also, why do I need to know about your entire family history? Woman, working background, do-it-yourself-er, mother, wife of a soldier…if only you were young, Queer, and Latina and the GOP would hit all their targets.
I am on hiatus while home for the holidays, but I am still listening to the podcasts I love. Why listen to the same songs all the time when you can learn something? Here is an interesting TED video about cities and the blind:
Don’t forget, I am still raising money to help my mom defend herself against a false accusation of theft. Please, take a look at my fundraising campaign and donate if you can!
I have not played many video games since I started college (with the exception of the first two summers) and I do not even have my XBox 360 here in Seattle. But with the release of two next generation of consoles just around the Corner (Sony’s PS4 on November 15 and Microsoft’s Xbox One on November 22) I could not resist checking back in with the gaming world. These new consoles will not have me back at the controller any time soon, but one title caught my eye: Tom Clancy’s The Division. Essentially a FPS MMORPG set in Clancy’s New York City, The Division could entice me to reconsider videogames. I bet I’m not alone.
The food bank I work in is part of a larger organization called Jewish Family Service that is dedicated to helping the community through a number of client-focused programs. One such program is Refugee & Immigrant Service Center (RISC) that works to resettle immigrants and refugees in the Seattle area. They offer such services as employment services, language classes, resettlement assistance, and other social services. RISC was recently featured in an informational video created by the Cultural Orientation Research Center about resettlement that is shown in cultural orientation programs both here in the United States as well as overseas. Check it out:
*This blog and any content related to Jewish Family Service is the sole responsibility of myself, the author. All feelings and ideas expressed belong to the author and do not, in any way, represent those of Jewish Family Service.
Same Love came out last July before Referendum 74 in Washington. I have been listening to it for a while now, but the other day it just hit me: this song is representative of so much power. Power in those who wish to oppress people’s rights. Power in stereotypes. Power in expectations. Power in generalization. But more importantly, power in freedom. Power in justice. Power in equality. Power in youth. We will not take it anymore. We will not back down. Change is coming. I know it, because I know us. This will happen.
When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben, you’ve loved girls since before Pre-K!”
Tripping, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math, like
“Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics…
We are a generation. We are coming.
Not the Lesbian.
Not the Gay.
Not the Bisexual.
Not the Transgender.
Not the Queer.
Not the Questioning.
Not the Intersexual.
Not the Asexual.
Not the Ally.
Not the Pansexual, Omnisexual, Trisexual, Transvestite, Polyamourus. Not the other Stereotypes, Labels, Categories, Definitions.
We are coming. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRZWXYZ. All. Everyone.
One Love. Same Love.