Calling all Queers!!!

http://www.fabmagazine.com/features/theblackeagle/index.html

This is pretty tragic people.

Although I have always sworn that people who live, breathe and die in the Village are pitiful, and don’t really know how to survive in the outside world, I also think that without the Village, there would be no outlet for discovery for newcomers to the Queer Community.

Yes, I am aware of Qwest, and to my shame, I have yet to venture down that direction to take advantage of it, mostly because I don’t know how/if I would be treated or accepted there. After all, I don’t want a repeat of the last several years of the Village, which had it’s up and down. Mostly downs though, and they weren’t pretty either.

What really gets me though is how complacent today’s Tdot Queer is though. Montreal has a thriving and much more dynamic Village. There isn’t a day in the week that you cannot find one bar or club packed for some reason or another. And it is not because of some out-dated drag queens doing the same numbers over and over again like at Tango/Crews. Montreal’s Village also has coffee shops that do not close at 11pm at night, and their beer is only $2.50 in the bars, so it’s obvious they’re not being killed through heavy taxing.

What does Toronto’s current Village have? 3 bars with dance floor licences, 2 clubs, one of which is only open on Saturdays, and that’s about it. Even the Steps are gone, and the Cup will be up for lease at the end of 2005 (Good!!). In the past year we have lost the Barn, Carringtons, Slack Alice, the Looking Glass, Babylon, Cube (although this may reopen as Trax VI), It, Lust, and the list just keeps growing.

When is it going to be enough? When will the lemmings stop following the rest off the cliff and start taking note of their shrinking world. When will todays fag stop their bitching and whining and pick up a pen, or sit at a keyboard, and write their city councillor (which can be found at www.toronto.ca) and demand that something be done. It seems that the residents at the Alexander Woods Co-op have had no problem in doing this. They are the responsible for the largest number of complaints that have lead to fines and closures of many of the places mentioned. Of course, these hypocrites also are the ones spending a good portion of their lives in the Village, which they moved to so as to be closer to the LBGT community.

Who doesn’t remember the petition that was going around from the townhouses across from the Barn to have it closed after 29 years, just before Jonka, the Barns owner, was suspiciously murdered? I signed the one going around to prevent that from happening. Did you?

So paging all queers. For once in your lives, stop talking about Madonna or the latest sale at the Gap, and take some responsibility. The Village has given us all something in one way or another, and like good friends and loved ones, we need to come to it’s defence. Take 5 minutes out of your time and write/call or email the City of Toronto and ask that something be done to prevent the last of the Village from going down to the tubes, or in 5 years we may not even have a Village to take Pride in June with.

We just may be left clutching our bags.

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www.manaddict.com

Cannot recommend this webpage at all. There doesn’t seem to be anything there beyond the sign in, and once you get past that, all I ever seem to encounter is this “Webpage out of service for maintenance. Please try again later” note.

I would be ok with this. manaddict.com is after all just another cheesy hook up site for men, except this message is the only one I’ve seen in well over a week. normally i would care less except i won a gold card membership from www.mancandy.ca. YAY!! problem is, i can’t use it, damnit!!

and as for contacting CSR at www.manaddict.com, don’t even bother. they don’t return emails. www.manaddict.ca tried to help. their employee Marc was even able to access my account, but he’s the only one. even after I started over with a new account, all i experienced was the same thing.

so, big thumbs down to www.manaddict.com. You Suck!!

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Conscientious Objection and the Law

Conscientious Objector” is another word for criminal.

I don’t really care to go into semantics, but if I disagree with something, that doesn’t give me the right to ignore it. An example would be a highway limit. I could “conscientiously object” on the grounds that the speed is too slow, and that I know I’m an excellent driver, so WHY should I obey it then?

The answer is because IT’S THE LAW!

Those that are in a position of being the law, have no right to sit there and pick and choose which laws they’re going to follow. They are the Law’s representatives, and as such the public looks to them to follow through on that and to enforce it.

If Registrars and Councils are going to disobey these laws, then they, like their fellow citizen should be punished to the fullest extent of the law for doing so. They are not above it just because they are in a position of power. They need to go through legal channels to promote disagreement, and to see if others agree. This is part of the democratic process to an extent (exceptions should be made to safeguard human rights however).

If the will of the public and the current government is such that the law the Objectors disagree with is approved, then the Objectors either need to suck it up or get out. Stop living off the public’s money if you’re not going to do your public job!! See if you can function in the business world with that type of attitude

ASSHOLES!

*** This also goes to the morally reprehensible behaviour of doctors in the U.S. (big surprise there) who are using this “conscientious objection” as an excuse to not treat LGBT people. What happened to the Oath you swore?!!Thought you wanted to help people when you chose that as a career.

You should all be stripped of your licences to practice medicine, and we should open the doors to all those immigrants who can’t work in their chosen profession right now due to those same licences

Fall to your knees and repent your sins!!

“At a time where lesbian and gay people – let alone lesbian and gay Christians – are looking to the church to affirm their families and to help build stability and provide a safe space for them, the church spits in their face.”

– The Rev Richard Kirker, general secretary of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement regarding the Church of England (Anglican)’s decision to deny blessings to same sex couples (http://www.christiantoday.com/news/church/church.of.england.denies.blessings.for.same.sex.unions/692.htm)

To be honest, who needs them?!!
The Anglican Church’s behaviour (and most of the other older religious institutions) attitude towards the LGBT community is one that absolutely sets my teeth on edge.
Despite their supposed “maturity”, they still cling to the same prejudices and ideals that frankly led to thousands of wars and massacres throughout the course of modern history.
If the Roman Catholic Church still had it’s way, woman would still be second class citizens subordinate to the whims of man with no voice in public. Thank you  Decretum Gratiani http://www.womenpriests.org/theology/gratian.asp (1140 AD) . Fortunately, clearer heads eventually prevailed and in 1917 (I didn’t say the decision came quickly) laws/views were amended. It makes me wonder how much longer the West is going to cling to the same ideals regarding homosexuality.
When I came out at the age of 28, I had already told my sister my suspicions. Fearing still my parents reaction however, I told my grandmother first. She still attends church regularly, despite being blind now, and she summed it up for me and laid my fears to rest. “God makes no mistakes! If you’re here and gay, it is because HE wanted it that way as part of HIS plan.” What a wonderful thing that was to hear.
So who are these mortals who think they have the right to speak on behalf of GOD? Doddering old men and their musty old ways. Although I myself am not religious, I’m proud of the stance and changes that have been going on in some of  today church’s as they evolve to meet the world. As to the rest of them resisting… the winds of change will eventually erode them and they will be as dust in the wind.

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