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A Book on the biology of sexual orientation.   Might be interesting.   Link to Gay, Straignt and the Reason Why

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The topic for this Wednesday 02-09-2011 is AIDS Humor. What is appropriate and funny and what is not appropriate and offensive? Who is allowed to tell AIDS jokes? What is appropriate humor for our website?

This should be a fun and funny meeting
-Steve

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Gay Test……

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Happy New Year to all. The topic this Wednesday 01-05-2011 is Breaking up is Hard to Do. When is it time to break up? How do you break up? Are there really 50 ways to leave your lover? Is it as simple as just slipping out the back , Jack? Or is there more to it? Is it just in our minds? Is it emotionally easier to be the dumper or the dumpee?

We should have some fun with this one, so come join us.

-Steve

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The topic for this Wednesday 11-03-2010 is ‘Accepting Change’. Tuesday is election day and we are going to be faced with change that some of us are going to be unhappy about. This is not the first time in our lives that we’ve been faced with change that we might not like, and it’s not going to be the last time either. Learning how to accept change and deal with it in an approporiate and healthy manner is a fundamental cofactor of survival.

Come join us in this discussion.

-Steve

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A video set to accordian music, and who doesn’t like accordian music!!! How could I not pass this along?

The Day the Homos Disappeared

-Steve

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Someone asked me what do all the letters stand for? To paraphrase James Stockdale (Ross Perot’s 1992 VP running mate) who started and ended his political career with this sentence; “Who am I and why am I here?”, Who are we and how did we get here? Is it GLBT or LGBT? What does QIA stand for? And why are some people changing our name to Pride or even Queer?

As usual, politics is heavily involved in these decisions. GLBT stands for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender. The Q usually stands for Questioning, but sometimes Queer and sometimes we have QQ to represent both. The I stands for Intersex where the biological sex of male or female cannot be clearly defined. Historically, this once was referred to as Hermaphrodite as someone that had both male and female genitalia. The A stands for Allies, as in straight people that support us.

So, who comes first, G or L? Maybe this article from DC’s center will explain the politics behind this change.

Once you start segmenting the community into letters, you end up with a dispute over which letter comes first. This has caused some GLBT-LGBTQIA community centers to rebrand themselves under an all-inclusive word such as Queer. This doesn’t really solve the problem either because many people in the community are put off because they feel that word is offensive. It is, but the logic is by embracing that word, we desensitize it.

Here in Ft Lauderdale, we’ve avoided that political battle by becoming The Pride Center. That works as long as people don’t confuse us with The Pride Institute, Pride Factory, Pride Mortgage, or call us to clean their carpets thinking we are Pride Carpet Cleaning.

We could pick a non-offensive word that’s all all-inclusive, such as “Gay”. But proposing that would make my career as an activist as short-lived as James Stockdale’s political career.

What do you think?

-Steve

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