Apr 282010
 Wednesday, 28 April 2010  Posted by at 15:07 events, homosexuality, misc, politics Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »

Went to a program over lunch sponsored by the company’s diversity networks. It included a showing of the 1994 Best Live Action Short film Trevor with an introduction by Ellen DeGeneres. Below is the intro and the trailer for the short is here. Please watch them, and if you get an opportunity to see the full short, do watch it. And stop by the Trevor Project’s home page.

Dec 222009
 Tuesday, 22 December 2009  Posted by at 20:37 homosexuality, politics Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »

Marriage equality took a big step forward recently, as our nation’s capital became the latest jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage. Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the legislation in an emotional ceremony, one in which he discussed the discrimination his own parents — an interracial couple — had faced in the 1960’s. It was great news for supporters of marriage equality — and supporters of equality, period.

Read more & sign the petition.

Jun 262009
 Friday, 26 June 2009  Posted by at 14:09 homosexuality, SCA Tagged with: ,  No Responses »

Asim‘s post on harassment in the SCA got me thinking…

When I was still a protege I had a few conversations with people who asked me if I thought being gay would be an obstacle to being elevated to the peerage. The first time I was asked, I stopped dead in my tracks as it never even occured to me.

I suppose I have been lucky… to the best of my knowledge, I have never been discriminated against because I am gay. Friendly teasing from friends, yes. But outright discrimination? Not that I am aware of. (I am talking about direct and personally focused and not the generic ‘no gay marriage’ type of discrimination.)

The question about homosexuality and peerage got me surprisingly paranoid for a short period of time – I found myself asking others what they thought of the issue when I had never even contemplated it. I did not get one negative response. I did get a few ‘well, you are so straight acting…’ type of responses. And I also got one that really surporised me and made me think – “No, and in fact you will help other gays who are not as straight acting by making it more acceptable.’

Dont get me wrong, I know there were openly gay peers elevated long before me, even here in Atlantia. But this was one of the few, if not the only, times in my life where I saw my homosexuality as a potential road block to a goal. To the best of my knowledge it was not… there might have been a few people who the fact may have colored their watch list commentary or polling responses, but I view that as their issue and not my own.

No real point to this, just some musings based upon the aforementioned post.