I can’t believe it has been since Dec. 3 when I last posted. It has been a busy month. Two courses finished up in the middle of December, and then my two other courses finished up the week before Christmas. Then Doug has more surgery on his good shoulder. We also had our nephew Chad here with us for a week and we had a great time with him. It is too bad he couldn’t have stayed longer!
Now that all of my grading is finished, I’ve been swamped getting my other classes ready. I’ll be teaching two at the university, one at Menlo College and I’ve been teaching Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire online since the end of November. I also have to get this book manuscript finished! It is getting closer…
It should be a good year next year. We don’t have anything planned—at least in terms of vacations. We are going to LA for a bit to visit our two good Australian friends who arrived on Christmas Day to pick up their brand new twins (born on Christmas eve). They have a son who is two as well. It will be great to see them. Doug is then off to visit his parents for a week in February. His mom is having total knee replacement and he is going to go up to give his parents a hand. I had planned on going the week after but then this new teaching dropped in my lap.
We are still working on our other bathroom. I am hoping it is finished by the end of January. Then we tackle two bedrooms, unless the kitchen needs some emergency floor repair (which is might!).
And kind of a downer happened today. I haven’t been online here for a while (as you can tell). So I was making the rounds of my usual blogs and saw this little tidbit (I provided the link in the second line in case you want to see the real thing). In case you don’t want to read the entire thing, you can find my name towards the bottom of this rant (I’ve bolded and underlined it):
Monday, December 28, 2009
With 2009 ending soon, and things somewhat at a lull, here’s a look back at the best, and worst, of the LGBT activist community.
The most notable has been the realization that there are indeed individuals seeking to redefine homosexuality and the equality movement based on their own narrow-minded views and or lifestyle.
And yes, I wrote lifestyle, again.
Because those people going about it have been excluding people caught into the prison industrial complex, who don’t fall within a certain income bracket, subscribe to a certain political pseudo religious ideology or a combination of one or more of the former and latter.
This became ever more evident with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall this year with the whitewashing of blacks, Latinos, drag queens, and transgenders from their involvement in the 1969 riots.
According to some people, it was white shirt gay pre Log Cabin Republicans who started the ball rolling for equality.
The second most notable of the year involves Michael Airhart, editor of Truth Wins Out, a supposed equality organization.
As covered here extensively, It seems that Airhart imagined himself as a demigod or something; When David Alex Nahmod approached Truth Wins Out with help on personal matter, Airhart used that as a wedge to turn David into a sycophant or disciple, albeit by citing a hate website run by anti-gay pedophiles and boylovers at my expense.
When David refused to comply, Airhart then blacklisted him as a contributing writer.
Some of you may be asking, what the fuck does David Nahmod have to do with five year old legal issues? OR, what does my five year old legal issue have to do with David?
Not a fucking thing.
It’s just a tactic to create divisiveness, that’s all.
One would expect such from anti-gays, not from a so called equality advocate.
Airhart joins a list of other bloggers and activists who’ve done likewise; they include Joe Brummer, Kevin Kaatz, Alvin McEwen, Jeremy Hooper, Pam’s House Blend, Ex-Gay Watch, Box Turtle Bulletin, Bruce Garrett, Michael Rogers and many more.
That these people are an disgrace to gay activism is an understatement.
Part 2 coming up.
Blogged by Nelson G. at 12/28/2009 01:41:00 PM
I find this all very interesting in a weird way. I am trying to think of where I was ‘redefine homosexuality and the equality movement based on their own narrow-minded views and or lifestyle.” I think most of my posts this year were either about marriage equality or about my garden. I don’t recall trying to redefine who a homosexual was. If NG doesn’t like marriage equality, then my message to him is to not get married. I can’t recall anyone in the gay community calling marriage equality narrow minded. Oh well. I guess there are all kinds of people out there.
Nelson Garcia also had this to say:
“Because those people going about it have been excluding people caught into the prison industrial complex, who don’t fall within a certain income bracket, subscribe to a certain political pseudo religious ideology or a combination of one or more of the former and latter. This became ever more evident with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall this year with the whitewashing of blacks, Latinos, drag queens, and transgenders from their involvement in the 1969 riots. According to some people, it was white shirt gay pre Log Cabin Republicans who started the ball rolling for equality.”
He seems to include me in this, although I don’t believe I have ever written about the Log Cabin Republicans. However, I have written about the Stonewall Riots and about those who took part (including drag queens and transgenders). I also teach about the Stonewall Riots. I guess some people just like to complain instead of actively trying to make things better.
I also have no clue who David Nahmod or Airhart is. No clue at all. I’ve never written about them anywhere. I do, however, read Truth Wins Out. Maybe I should pay more attention to who is actually doing the writing. Then again, it doesn’t matter to me all that much (obviously).
He thinks I create divisiveness? Hmm. I haven’t heard that before. I do have to say that I am pretty proud to be thrown into a group with Joe Brummer, Alvin McEwen, Jeremy Hooper, Pam’s House Blend, Ex-Gay Watch, Box Turtle Bulletin, Bruce Garrett, and Michael Rogers. Are they gay activists? Yes. Are they a disgrace? Well, no, to put it bluntly. If you are interested in complaining about everything and burning bridges and then complaining that the bridge was burned and then calling that gay activism, then that is your business. However, I try to see things differently. And I am happy to be included in a group that does likewise.