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Comment Archives: Stories: Special Issues: The Gay Issue 2011

Re: “CATS moderator Amy Garbati shares her story of self-discovery

"The couple is still together and they've celebrated 28 years together. It was Garbati's spouse who first suggested that she transition in 2006. 'That doesn't happen,' Garbati says, before trailing off in astonishment. 'It's just ...'"

That is just awesome. Everyone should be so lucky to have someone that accepting in their lives.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on May 17, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Re: “CATS moderator Amy Garbati shares her story of self-discovery

I think it is a shame that we have to conform to one gender or the other when so many of us don't really feel or look that way.

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Posted by tovna on May 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

Why is it that so few bible thumpers have the ability to write and form cogent sentences? What an embarrassment to the religion that brought the printed word to the world. I guess if you live terrified of every person you encounter, you can't waste time with grammar. MoralTruth, crack a book once in a while. Actually you seem like you could brush up on the bible.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

Moral Truth might enjoy life a little more if they'd stop watching FOXnews and study the teachings of Jesus Christ who's resurrection, by the way, was revealed to a prostitute according to Biblical teaching.

Posted by justsayin on May 13, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

Now we know what’s wrong with “Charleston” they keep getting more and more liberal with their lame propaganda, trying to push homosexuality defiance down the throats of everyone in South Carolina.

Not just acceptance of homosexuals, but a celebration of their Pride, coming out, [sin’s] if you don’t agree with their way they live their life.

So now everyone else has to stay indoors or leave town so they don’t have to be around this type of show boating that will be happing downtown right?

The only thing good that has come from the Charleston area lately has been Tim Scott you should have stopped why you were ahead.

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Posted by moralTruth on May 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

I thought pink was for breast cancer and the rainbow was for gays? Either gays stole the color or City Paper isn't as gay-hip as they think.

Posted by Showmoor on May 13, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

Brooke Collins is a sterotype that make straight people like myself even less interested in the Pride Rally. I could care less about drag queens and in your face queers. There is so much more the gay community has to offer than The Village People.

Posted by Pontus311 on May 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Linda Ketner wants to show the power of gay campaign cash

She's a "convenience" lesbian. Her entire campaign was in the closet and she certainly wasn't anywhere found during charleston pride last year or this year for that matter. She's campaigning for Joe Riley and who "deserves our support?" really? Joe Riley didn't support charleston pride' - Keith Summey did-

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Posted by Trish on May 12, 2011 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Gay Straight Alliance provides safety in small numbers

thanks for the charleston city paper for an enlightened article on the issues gay kids face.

we went to war over 3000 people killed on 9-11 and rightly so.

We have actually, per a psychologist friend I know, about 3000 gay kids who commit suicide every year because they are made pariahs in their society at an age when social acceptance is the prime motivator.

About 8000 kids in the USA commit suicide in total each year. No one knows how many of them are secretly gay. And some number also commit suicide because they are bullied and called gay and what could be worse.

We need to do a lot more to protect these kids and repair our society.

Posted by Stan James on May 11, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Boys like pink. Get over it.

I'm a teenager and I watch ICarly with my friends when we have nothing to do. The show is similar to a old nick program called Drake and Josh. The funny part is that Mirada Cosgrove play the evil little sister in that show. :)

Posted by tack-tack on May 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Boys like pink. Get over it.

Consider the following two statements from this article:

"With our son, Tony, my partner and I try to reinforce the importance of making your own decisions."

"At 8, he has a bedtime, so Tony goes to bed whether he's tired or not."

There's nothing wrong with setting a bedtime for your child, but that's presumably a decision you and your partner made, not Tony. Because at the end of the day, Tony is still a child who is incapable of making the best decisions in life, because children don't fully understand the repercussions of their actions (then again, most adults don't seem to comprehend this either). You made a decision for him that you felt was in his best interest and I doubt anyone would fault you for that.

So yes, there's nothing inherently wrong with boys wearing pink or playing with Barbie dolls or wearing dresses. They are merely social constructions of what is supposedly unacceptable for a boy to do. But part of a parent's job is to guide and protect their child, and helping them understanding social norms is a big part of that. You've probably told your child not to pick his nose or pass gas in front of others. Inherently, there's nothing wrong with either of those actions, but when you do them in public, people will view you in a negative light. In doing either, your son would risk becoming the weird kid or the gross kid.

Point being, parents force their children into conforming to social norms all the time. You have decided that there are a few norms, however, like wardrobe color and TV choices, that are not worth worrying about. But those "not worth worrying about" norms vary from parent to parent. I could just as easily say "My child enjoys picking his nose! I'm tired of him getting picked on! All of you other parents should teach your children that picking your nose is completely acceptable!"

Unfortunately, you will never convince every parent and child in the world that this norm or that norm isn't very important, and, subsequently, when your child breaks social norms, they will inevitably be viewed in a different light by other kids. Maybe they'll be a trendsetter! Or maybe they'll be the laughing stock of the school. As a parent, yes, you should promote your child to express their individuality and tastes, but there's nothing wrong with protecting them from embarrassment and ridicule, too.

Posted by KeepYourselfWarm on May 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

Brooke Collins isnt just a drag queen. She was a founding member of the Queer community here in Charleston.. just sayin..

Posted by iama420luva on May 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

woops meant to say comment below ;)

Posted by 123eyesonme on May 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

^Agreed (comment above). I think that it really should be somebody like an activist or politician who's actively working for the community. Nothing against Brooke Collins, but I've never seen a drag queen as a grand marshal for a pride parade before.

Posted by 123eyesonme on May 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Boys like pink. Get over it.

There were "people on the street" reactions to that JCrew catalog where people actually believed that painting your boy's toenails will "make him gay." Perhaps they had to look for a while to find someone to voice such an opinion. That would be nice, but it is still surprising.

Realistically: I don't know what amount of industrial pigment it would have taken to turn me off of girls as a child, but I'm pretty sure it would have killed me long before I suddenly thought dudes were the way to go. I don't know how any adult person, having gone through adolescence could possibly think that it was such a voluntary arrangement. Yet there are many who persist in the notion that your sexual orientation is a choice.

Oddly enough, my two toddlers are about the most completely (and naturally) gender stereotyped kids you could imagine. But hey, some boys freaking love baseball and crashing into things, and some girls love tutus and baby dolls.

Posted by factoryconnection on May 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Second year brings expanded Charleston Pride Festival

I wish the Grand Marshal were not a drag queen.

Posted by cynderfish on May 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Boys like pink. Get over it.

Bravo!

Posted by cynderfish on May 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Local girl makes it big with Justin Bieber fever

I LOVE YOU DANNIELLE! #realtalk. As a supporter of both of your websites and everything you do in general! Get you some fame! - Emily

Posted by eferg1621 on May 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM
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