"Step - 2 - Say they have a small penis. if that fails....."
I never said that.....would make me a hypocrite. Lol!
Hopefully, one day, being gay will be mainstream enough that folks won't even need to talk about it, no more than folks need to talk about being straight. However, today, we are still disrespected, and I hope it has more to do with lack of education about our community, rather than blatant prejudices of the judgmental. Education of the open-minded can help reduce these blatant prejudices and because of the disrespect, it is necessary to publicize our "pride" to show people, we are really no different from anyone else. All we want for EVERYONE is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
And same-sex marriage would still be banned (some are still not done with this one). This should be fresh enough in your mind to see that people, in general, don't like us and voted against us in virtually every state where it was placed on the ballot. I think you probably believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and that is ok, too. But equally, most of us believe that (legal, contractual) marriage should really be between any two people who love each other and want to make a life and family (yes, we are family, too) together. Each of our beliefs are equally important to us, so we won't impose our beliefs on straight folks and make y'all get gay married and by the same token, straight folks should not impose their beliefs and make us get straight married, which is what it was before SCOTUS ruled. That is an example of respect for one another's "lifestyle", if you will.
No one is asking for ACCEPTANCE of our "lifestyle" by anyone. [Lifestyle, btw, is how you live (fashion, travel, furnishings, cars, etc) not WHO you are. ie, Straight is not a lifestyle. Lifestyle implies we chose this path only to be judged, hated, debased, defiled, beaten, slain, discriminated against, etc] If you don't want to accept us for who we are, that is ok with me, but it would be nice that you could at least respect others that are not exactly like you. I respect that you are straight and don't care for us and our "pride". And I don't think the reporting of this "pride" is making straight people a minority, either. Just think of this, civil rights have NEVER been based on a majority rule, because no civil right has ever been approved by a voting public. If they had, women would not be able to vote and would still be serving their husbands and children as home-makers without working outside the home. African-Americans would not be able to vote and would still be serving their "masters", sitting at the back of the bus, drinking from segregated fountains and going to different schools.
@Jshicke - My angry and immature response was due to your rant about our community's outreach and I apologize for the personal attack - gets kind of hard to swallow a lifetime of judgment since it still continues today.
This is a test.
I had experienced nudism many years ago with my exhusband. Like the sisters I too was hesitant but I found I really enjoyed not being "trapped" in clothes! Then in 2010 in had a friend who invited me to Haulover beach in south Miami so that was my second experince and we had so much fun playing in the ocean.
Well, a couple of months ago my new husband of five years asked me if I would mind going to Cedar Creek. He had never been to a nudist community and was interested in trying it. I jumped at the chance knowing he would love it. So we took a tour and fell in love with the people there!! We are now members of AANR and Cedar Creek is close enough to us that we can make day trips. My biggest problem now.....is keeping my hubby in clothes at home...lol
I wouldn't call CCP's reporting diverse, I'd call it morbidly lopsided. God (or whatever entity you revere) help you if you disagree. But hey, freedom of speech and all that.
Oh yes, the three steps of arguing with a non-LGBT supporter as written by the rainbow coalition.
Step 1 - Say they are really Gay and do not want to admit it. If that fails...
Step - 2 - Say they have a small penis. if that fails....
Step 3 - Call them 'A Stupid Poopy Head.'
Diverse reporting is one thing, but treating the straight as if THEY are the minority, is not realistic, nor is expecting everyone to support your 'diverse' lifestyles.
However, you are correct in that this is not the forum where I should have outed my feelings toward CCP. I do apologize for that.
Thoughtful commentary ! Incidentally if others are looking for a a form , my family filled out and faxed a template version here "http://goo.gl/ph3FBp".
Education of the plight of the LGBT community can inform the ignorant (able to learn but less informed) but can never reach the stupid (lack of the ability to learn), unfortunately. But we can always try.
If anyone doesn't like the diverse reporting of CCP, then a suggestion would be to forever tune into Faux News, read Brietbart online and/or engage any other extreme-right media outlet to get your hard-on. In many cases, anger at our community is just an indicator of a closet case trying to remain hidden, but stupid may apply here.
I've read the blotter section of the 'Charleston City Paper' for years and finally decided to start reading the rest of the articles contained therein. Frankly, after reading nothing but crap for months supporting LGBT, Brady campaign, BLM, and Socialist political rhetoric, I give up, and will go back to reading the one section that I find I can enjoy in this paper, The Blotter.
My Name is Lee Anne Leland. I am co-facilitator of the adult transgender support group and am on the board of the youth LGBTQI group, We Are Family. I have first hand knowledge of the struggles these young people go through and I also see the strength they have as they face a room full of adults and address a school board about their concerns. I would have never had the courage to do what they do when I was their age. Take a moment and go to www.waf.org and see all we do on a shoestring budget. And we would not mind if you happened to hit the donation link.
Lee Anne Leland
Charleston Area Transgender Support
We Are Family
Bmx riders are getting the minority treatment. Pegs are made of metal just like skate trucks. Suck it up and share the park.
You have confirmed for all those who wonder that nude does not equal lewd nor does it have any sexual implications at all. We live in Florida and are members of a family nudist park. I will state unashamedly that all people owe it to themselves to try it at least once. Put it on your bucket list and face this universal fear for once in your life. The experience will not be as you imagine. You will feel the freeest you have ever been. You will feel the most accepted and least judged ever. Then make your judgment.
The dots must be joined up between the officer's account, witnesses and evidence. If this happened to your relative or close friend you would want to make sense of this death. It appears the cop is hiding and controlling evidence - just doesn't seem ethical or objective which is a concern for the public
Can I have the sunscreen concession at cedar creek?
Loved the article . What a memory maker.
Hey I live on a private piece of land on a creek on Johns island and you and your sister can come run naked around here anytime, and oh yeah I got tequila.
Hmmm, I used an app named Hotspot about a month ago that looks like and does the almost the same thing. They offer passes to open bars and happy hour deals.
I really enjoyed the article. Congrats on the first big step. After reading your article we are gonna have to come visit the place. Thank you for that. It's sad that so many folks are so afraid to try nudism. I'm convinced and have shared it with a lot of people: "You owe it to yourself to at least try it" I waited till I was over 50 years old. I missed a whole lot of years of freedom. Now we enjoy it as much as possible.
CHS9000: I think, for it to work, it needs to do two things:
1. Develop a good customer experience to inspire loyalty
2. Draw customers that pay well
If someone has an extra $20 lying around to dedicate to bonus cover charges, they're probably the type of person to order $12 cocktails instead of $4 cans of Bud Light. An additional, psychological layer would to enhance the sense of exclusivity, already played up by all the velvet ropes downtown. "Okay, we can finally let you four in... even though we're only 20% full. SUCKERS!"
If it is a bad business model, it will wilt. But there's a lot of money to be shaken loose from douchebags, and if these guys find the formula then bully for them.
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