Dec 11, 2008

Update: Day w/o Homos not so Good

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I was a bit leery about how effective massive, unorganized, well-intentioned, but poorly planned protests can actually be.

Seems like I was right, but this isn't an "I told you so" moment. It's more like a "insanity = utilizing the same methods every time, but expecting a different result each time" moment.

In CA, the belly of the anti-anti-gay protest beast, participation in the boycott was spotty. Here in DC, many gays (those with jobs) who took off from work chose to participate in a $5.00 12 noon - 5:00pm sex party (I am not kidding). So while they may not have been at work, per se, some folks were definitely "putting in work" and getting their groove on.

Perhaps I should have attended the latter protest. *wink*

I will say this though; when I talked to my boss about why I wanted to be off, she was extremely receptive and supportive. I guess I'm pretty damn lucky to be working for some very cool people.

Dec 10, 2008

A Day without a Gay!!

Today, in response to the passage of anti-gay extremist ballot initiatives, gays all over the country have been encouraged to call in to work and then volunteer in their respective communites.

Given the current economic climate of our country, I am not sure how effective this sick out will be. As I was walking to work this morning, gay stores in Washington, DC's. Dupont Circle were open for business. I understand the symbolism, but the jury's still out on how effective these types of protests are.

Free to be ME

I'm a black man who is also gay (and probably in that sequence if I were forced to pigeonhole myself into a certain dichotomous key). Much of what I write will come from my experiences growing up as a black male child who knew he was gay. The "active" gay part came much later--not that it was a huge surprise to me or my parents.

I'm in my early 30's, was born in Los Angeles, CA, reared in NYC and Atlanta, Georgia. My mother's family is from the south (Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas) and my father's family is from the Dominican Republic, CUBA, and Honduras.

I consider myself socio-politically independent, spiritual, and I'm a little arrogant. I have no children, but I am the eldest male of seven children and I did assist with the rearing of some of my younger siblings (emotionally and financially). I hold Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry and I'm applying to Law School for Fall 2009 entry. Currently, I am indulging my idealism by working for a DC Non-Profit Agency.

My interests include but aren't limited to: Men, Politics, Culture, Religion, Sex, Music, Food, Wine, Books, etc. All of the "normal" shit most people who like to write are interested in. I love life no matter how difficult it can be beacuse it sure beats being dead!

I'll be writing more substantive posts in the near future. Stay Tuned.

Dec 9, 2008

And Then There Were 2!

I decided to start this blog because I am A.) an ego-maniac, B.) refuse to attend psychotherapy, and needed an additional outlet to rant about randomn bullshit. (Just kidding about A&B)

My other blog, Black Sapience... My.02 was supposed to be about me rambling about how we as black folks have lost our collective minds - from the perspective of a gay black man.

It took on a life of its own and just isn't the appropriate forum to discuss issues that are equally important, but definitely more personal. I'm gonna be playing with layout for this blog so don't get used to anything for too long. In the meantime, thanks for reading!