LGBTQ Challenge: Day 14

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Day 14 – Your favorite LGBT song or artist.

I happen to love Melissa Etheridge, and I have since I stole my mom’s copy of Yes I Am. Besides being an awesome singer, she’s also a gay rights activist. Can’t beat that.

I, of course, support outright gay pride, but at the same time I do prefer subtlety for art’s sake, and so I like the relative gender-neutrality even while she’s obviously writing about gay issues. Her lyrics are so emotionally complex that they have definitely won my admiration. Here’s an example for all y’all that might not be familiar with her:

LGBTQ Challenge: Day 13

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Day 13 – Your favorite LGBT role model/celebrity.

Just as I said yesterday, I’m pretty far removed from pop culture so this is a tough question. I am very affectionate towards Ellen Degeneres, as she is personable, goofy, and successful, and therefore in general a good role model. Not to mention I have a crush on her. Lookit that picture! Isn’t it cute?!

“The Threat”

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In case you guys didn’t know, I am not only a manic blogger but a disciple of a variety of forms of writing. As a Creative Writing major, I am biding my time improving my craft so that maybe when I am forced to graduate I won’t have to live in a box… for very long. Usually I am hesitant to post my own serious writing because of the legal issues that might ensue if I ever had the opportunity to publish it, but I don’t think there’s really a market for a poem like this. I hope you enjoy it as a little change of pace. No animals or submissives were harmed in the drafting of this piece… but a little in the revision.

The Threat

Your fingers trace my tendons tenderly but claw-deep,
from earlobe to collarbone, brushing the carotid, calculated
–your muscles tight and your eyes
like a lightning storm
catching mine in the static arc.
From between your skeletal teeth you growl
a love song for the conjugation of my sinew
coagulating under your fingernails
and holy hallelujah, I believe–
The epiglottis catches and sends a gasp churning
down my entrails to rest at the nerve hive beneath,
mortality pulsing deliciously, salivating
as for the taste of fresh flesh.

 

This is not a drill, soldier, this is not forty lashings
naked and bent by the wash basin, this is
the dreaded inevitable settling like stone across my windpipe,
a taste of the infinite like blood on the tongue
and the final penetration that I pleaded for

 

Outside, a Monarch shielded from the painful bright sun
by the shadow of my shoe
attempts to sink its proboscis
into the cobblestones.

LGBTQ Challenge: Day 12

Day 12 – Your favorite LGBT movie (or one you’d like to see).

I actually don’t watch very many movies. I can read for hours and hours, but I have a problem sitting in front of a TV for more than 45 minutes. Therefore, I don’t really have a favorite LGBT movie.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

LGBTQ Challenge: Day 11

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Day 11 – Your favorite LGBT book (or one you’d like to read).

I’m not usually hugely impressed with LGBT books. They’re mostly the same– kid comes out of closet, kid gets bullied, kid overcomes it and finds love and acceptance. However, I am really interested to read Parrotfish, by Ellen Wittlinger. From what I’ve heard, it’s about young transman making the social transition, and the problems he faces. It sounds really intelligent and understanding, especially for a teen book. See the quote below:

“People changed lots of other personal things all the time. They dyed their hair and dieted themselves to near death. They took steroids to build muscles and got breast implants and nose jobs so they’d resemble their favorite movie stars. They changed names and majors and jobs and husbands and wives. They changed religions and political parties. They moved across the country or the world — even changed nationalities. Why was gender the one sacred thing we weren’t supposed to change? Who made that rule?”

If I ever find the time to read it, I’ll let you know what I think!

LGBTQ Challenge: Day 10

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Day 10 – What does marriage mean to you?

At this point, I’m not planning on ever getting formally married, although I do plan on spending the rest of my life with a partner. Marriage always made me feel weird, like you were spending all this money on a huge, weird ceremony just to advertise to everybody else that now you’re gonna go home and fuck. However, I can understand why marriage is HUGELY important to the gays, and I am so glad that we are slowly but surely getting the right to marry who we love.

LGBTQ Challenge: Day 9

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"FUCK YEAH HOMOSEXUALS!"

Day 9 – What do you think about LGBT Pride? Is it helpful or hurtful? Encouraged or unnecessary? 

How could LGBT pride possibly be hurtful?

I don’t think we all need to wear rainbow all the time, unless of course you want to. But at the same time, working to help your fellows and supporting the people around you is so important that we should all make sure not to unnecessarily hide such an important part of ourselves.

LGBTQ Challenge: Day 7

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Day 7 – How your parents took it, or how you think they might take it.

My parents were actually pretty okay with it. They are not controlling or particularly prejudiced, so it baffles them more than anything. Though I’ve never had a girlfriend to their knowledge, and that might make it easier for them to handle.

My mom and I have bonded over our crush on the transsexual Angel from the musical Rent. She has mentioned that she has had crushes on girls, and also has begun to make tasteless but inoffensive (to me) tranny jokes. 🙂 However, I know for a fact that she is fully straight. My dad is mostly confused, though gay men do gross him out.

I already mentioned in an earlier post how they reacted to me coming out as genderqueer. That didn’t go quite as well. :/

LGBTQ Challenge: Day 6

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Day 6 – Did you face any problems regarding religion?

No. I am an Atheist. And any God that deserves anyone’s worship would like people as He made them.

Harrumph.

If your place of worship has some weird issue with what you do with your genitals, please find a new church that has a smaller percentage of assholes. You don’t need that kind of shit in your life. There’s many more liberal sects that would love to have you… and I hear Daoism is pretty accepting, and you won’t have to wake up early on Sundays.