Wednesday, November 26, 2008

No Carb Left Behind

This year at Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for my health, my families, both bio and chosen, and for all the opportunities I've been given.

I'm also thankful that I won't be anywhere near an airport, shopping mall, grocery store or amusement park between now and Monday.

And, finally, I'm thankful that for the next few days "carb" is not a four-letter word.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Shake 'n Bake

It's not enough that we're in the midst of yet another fire-breathing Santa Ana. Now we get to feel the earth move, too.

What's next? Frogs? Locusts? Boils?

Saturday's March - The Money Shot

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego had the most participants of any march in California and across the U.S.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Police Estimate 25,000 at San Diego Equality March

It was overwhelming to be surrounded by so many people, gay and straight, who were marching for the same cause - equality for all.

Chris and Dan - married in June and together for 13 years - wore shirts that Chris designed (see previous post). And Chris donated his design to march organizers who printed it on many of the volunteers' t-shirts.

The whole day was exhilarating and emotional. I felt empowered and hopeful as I marched with friends and strangers.

But I have to throw in a little kvetch about the weather. Enough with the Santa Anas already! It was easily 475 degrees on that pavement. I felt like an out and proud woodfired pizza.

For more details and additional photos, visit Rex Wockner's blog.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Banner design: Christopher Dye

Everything happens for a reason.

Not everyone agrees with that theory, but it makes sense to me. For example, because Prop 8 passed, gay activism has been reborn.

Because Prop 8 passed, a 26-year-old Seattle woman created Join the Impact, a movement that has inspired worldwide protests against Prop 8 and other exclusionary, anti-gay laws.

Because Prop 8 passed, its aftermath has reached far beyond California. People who might never have gotten involved in political causes are joining together, gay and straight, to work for equal rights. There's new energy. Grass-roots movements are popping up everywhere.

Because Prop 8 passed, conversations about gay rights are happening in unlikely places. People who've never met a gay person are getting to know their gay neighbors. Closeted gays are rethinking their need to stay silent.

And that's why I believe Prop 8 passed for a reason.

Even if you don't believe in the EHFAR theory, you can't deny that sometimes our perceived insurmountable challenges yield amazing results.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Bittersweet Victory

It's hard to feel total election elation knowing that my home state of California - the so-called land of fruits and nuts - voted to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. But we're not done yet; The issue is going back to court.

Looks like Sisyphus needs to get back to the gym.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Great Miracle Happened Here

Finally, the dreidel lands on gimel.

I've Got Shpilkes in the Geneckteckessoink

I don't know about you, but I can't focus on anything today except the election. And I can't sit still, which is very difficult when I'm supposed to be deep into writing code and editing other people's grammar.

Plus, reading about all the voting glitches around the country is freaking me out.

No more caffeine pour moi.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Candlelight Rally Against Hate

Check out Rex Wockner's blog for photos of Nov. 1 No on 8 protest in Hillcrest (San Diego's gayborhood).

Yep, that's me - the big homo protester - in second photo.