Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

Jasmine D. Lowe
Photo by Jena Galindo Photography

“Tell me everything,” my sister said to me over plates of Chinese takeaway. “I want details.”

“Well, there’s not much to say,” I replied after I finished chewing a mouthful of scalding hot tofu. “I told mom that I was bisexual, and she seemed to take it well.” Continue reading “Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself”

How Storytelling Will Save The World

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I went to go sit down at the bar counter in between band sets to grab another half-priced beer from the advertised Taco Tuesday deal. I dug inside my black vegan leather jacket to stuff my phone in one of the tiny pockets and asked the bartender to add another beverage to my tab. I squeezed juice from the fresh wedge of lime that hung onto the rim of the of my glass into the chilled Corona and gazed around at the group of people loudly chatting away. I was there to get some photos for a couple of the bands that I covered in a few of the articles that I wrote for an online publication. It was late to be out here on a work night, and I was already exhausted from the long day of editing and scheduling content. However, my tune changed after hearing from the person who slid into the bar stool next to mine. Continue reading “How Storytelling Will Save The World”

Visibility in the 2015 State of the Union Address

Photo by Pete Souza, Talk Radio News Service -- A Member of Congress wearing a ribbon in support of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., reads along as President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011
Photo by Pete Souza, Talk Radio News Service

Last night’s State of the Union Address from President Obama has called for a lot of action form Congress. I’ve talked before about Obama attempting to make community college free for American students in the near future, and how this will ultimately benefit the nation as we aim to grow and move forward, but there is a list of other things Obama wants to get done before he leaves office which also includes expanding paid sick leave and reforming the tax code.

I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol – to do what I believe is best for America. If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, join me in the work at hand. If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you’ll at least work with me where you do agree. And I commit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out your ideas, I will seek to work with you to make this country stronger. -President Barack Obama

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A New Way of Thinking

Photo by theloushe via Flickr
Photo by theloushe via Flickr

It happens every so often when my sister and I come down to our conservative hometown and get a little too relaxed with our thinking. We occasional would end up shouting at a relative who still doesn’t believe that the members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community should have the right to marry because of their religious beliefs.

We attempt to sway their thinking from the teachings that they received all of their lives from clerical figures and open their minds to other religious options that include love, such as the Religious Left, but like the LGBT movement we would end up arguing about the thoughts from the older relatives minds still had a long ways to go. Continue reading “A New Way of Thinking”

I’m A Feminist, But I Don’t Burn My Bra

burningbraThe common misconception about modern-day feminists is this outdated visual of a female middle-class flower-child with unruly long hair and no shoes setting fire to her bra on the street in protest. Society also pictures the angry radical feminist with Doc Martins and pink punk hair harassing other women about their “non-traditionally feminist” life choices, but today I want to set the record straight. Yes, there are some crazy feminists out there that are on one end of a well-developed spectrum of women and gender studies, and I do respect the fact that it did take hard work and a bit of push to get the rights and liberties that we do have today, but those viewpoints are not the only theory in the feminist thought bubble. Continue reading “I’m A Feminist, But I Don’t Burn My Bra”

Women and Politics

“I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference,” said Wisconsin’s newly elected female and first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, but it’s probably safe to say that she is on her way to make history while accomplishing her goal to make a difference.

Senator Baldwin has not only carved her place in history by being first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, but she was also a part of a group of powerful women senators-elect who won seats held by men.

Democrat, and U.S. Rep., Tammy Baldwin took an open Senate seat over Republican Tommy Thompson who had served 14 years as the state’s governor and was former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush. Republican Deb Fischer defeated Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former two-term senator from the state, for an open seat in Nebraska during 2012 election. Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard University professor whose attacks on Wall Street fueled her campaign, won her race against the Republican incumbent, Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts and was the first woman to represent her state in the U.S. Senate. Continue reading “Women and Politics”

Phenomenal People

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I was speaking with a fellow female who was feeling down and out the other day about the pains of being a woman. She saw the curve of her hips and the shape of her breasts as a curse upon women everywhere. I couldn’t help but feel incredibly sad for my fellow female, not only because she felt hated that she hated being a woman in general, but because she hated herself. I had to respond with the kind of wisdom that had uplifted me so many times before. And so, of course, I turned my attention to Dr. Angelou.

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Why I Hate Religion

The favorable face of politics has usually been rich older white male protestant lacking diversity and limiting the progression of all the rest of the population.

The Right-winged Christians and other extreme religious people have denied the civil rights of the minority, whether it was the enslavement of a race or the continued denied marital rights of the LGBT community.

So many wars have been started (the holy wars), lives have been taken (those of the LGBT community who have been killed or have committed suicide from religious fueled gay-bashing), and the future progression of knowledge has been stifled (by those who jailed Galileo for his realization that the earth revolved around the sun, and creationists who teach children that the theory of evolution is a lie).

And I don’t like how everyone has missed the whole point of religion. It’s about relating our humanity to spirituality and to following moral values that establishes one should be treated like you would like to be treated. Religion is about finding peace, loving one another, and being better living beings in the process, but no one ever practices religion in this way. Instead, they use religion as a weapon to build higher barriers and to keep anyone who is different from them away. I mean—who cares if she’s black and he’s white, or if that guy is gay and she’s straight. We’re all people and we should treat each other like people regardless of what any one religion has told you.

No More Prop H8, But Why Didn’t It Come Sooner?

We’ve taken one step further in the battle of trying to spread civil rights for all and have come closer to judging someone not by the color, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or any other unique factor or trait, but by the content of their character.

The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down the state’s voter-passed ban on gay marriage Tuesday, Jan. 7, ruling 2-1 that it’s unconstitutional and that it violates the rights of gay Californians. The decision backed up District Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled in August of 2010 that the state of California has no “rational basis” to single out gay men and women as ineligible for marriage and to support a bill that was enacted in 2008 to impose more obstacles for acceptance in the LGBT community.

This is obviously a very wonderful thing not only for the LGBT community but also for anyone who wants or wishes for equality for everyone else as well, but I’m also still a little saddened that the Circuit Court had to decide to get rid of the hateful discrimination against gays and lesbians and not the people of California themselves. Continue reading “No More Prop H8, But Why Didn’t It Come Sooner?”

Fighting Homophobia with Discrimination

“Fighting Homophobia with Discrimination” is a title that definitely sounds like ‘fighting fire with fire’ and everyone getting burned because of it. But does discrimination get a pass if it’s trying to diminish views that limit the civil rights of the LGBT community?

My answer is no. I may get some heat for this, but first let’s talk about the situation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, The Don’t Say Gay Senator, who wanted to push a ban on the discussion of homosexuality in elementary and middle schools, Stacey Campfield was refused service at a restaurant in Knoxville Tennessee for his homophobic views. Many people are applauding the restaurant for its decision to refuse service to a man who has claimed, and I repeat, “that the HIV epidemic began when a gay airline employee had sex with a monkey.”

This guy is obviously a totally belligerent and ignorant a**hole who doesn’t need to be in any form of office or hold any sort of power or authority what so ever, and I agree that he’s a total douche-bag. But kicking the guy out of the Bistro at the Bijou restaurant doesn’t do anything but promote more hate and discrimination for everyone. Continue reading “Fighting Homophobia with Discrimination”