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It’s Pride month.  The other day I was driving past a church and I saw a sign that says they’re “celebrating all of God’s LGBT children.”  And it had a big rainbow cross and everything.  <3 <3 <3  I realize of course that not everyone is lucky enough to be part of a group that accepts them, and even more people have heard one way or another that religion and queerness are incompatible.  

So....I’m just posting this here for anyone who needs it.  hoperemains.webs.com/

(This one’s not related to that particular church; I just happened to find it).  It’s a website for Christian LGBT people and it analyzes the parts of the bible that are seemingly against homosexuality.  According to this website, a lot of the passages that homophobes use as an excuse to discriminate are really just misinterpretations.  There are examples of gay relationships and even gay marriage in the bible, so if you need this, have a look.  Actually, everyone should probably have a look at this.  More knowledge and different perspectives are always good.

And remember, the bible was written thousands of years ago in a different language.  Imagine taking the “Canterbury Tales” and running it back and forth through Google Translate a bunch of times.  You can’t take something loaded with what was then timely references, written in an older style of a language, loaded with poetry and other metaphors to help explain historical accounts, then play broken telephone with it for millennia, and still expect it to apply literally to the modern world.  That bit about a man not being allowed to lie with another man as he would a woman?  I’ve read a post by a Rabbi explaining that it just tells a man not to get into a woman’s bed unless she gives him permission.  This website’s explanation isn’t too different from that.  Somehow “don’t get into someone’s bed without their say so” turned into “don’t be gay.”  This website is about repairing the broken telephone by which that happened.  (Also, I’m pretty sure that the bit about pork being an abomination has something to do with what happens to pig flesh in a hot climate before refrigeration was invented.  But I digress.  Oh, and anyone I know who makes sure their diet is Kosher/Halal/etc is doing so because of their culture and their family, not because It Is Written.  I don’t know anyone religious who just mindlessly follows it - they always do it for a legit current reason, usually for the same reason non-religious people celebrate Thanksgiving or go on family vacations.  So, no, they’re not brainwashed.)

And I’d like to remind everyone that the basis of the Christian bible (at least the Old Testament part) was originally written in Hebrew and eventually translated to English.  The gender of words works very differently between the two languages, so where it says certain pronouns, it might not literally be referring to specifically men or specifically women.  In Hebrew, the gender might refer to the object or another part of the sentence.  (The best comparison I can think of is the French word “chat,” meaning “cat.”  It’s male.  It’s always le chat, never la chat.  Even if it’s a female cat.  You would refer to a male cat as il and a female cat as elle, but they are both male words: le chat).  So, that part where crossdressing is an abomination may very well just mean “don’t steal other people’s clothes.”  It’s not literally saying that a man shouldn’t wear a woman’s clothes and vice versa.  Also, remember, this was at a time when everyone wore robes.  The first pants appeared when people started riding horses.  If you’re on a horse with one leg on each side, you probably want some fabric there.  And yes, men were the ones riding horses, so pants were known as men’s clothes.  You know what else was men’s clothing that was designed for horseback riding?  High heeled shoes.  So, you know, factor that one in.

Also, my argument for the Leviticus thing is this:  If you believe in God, then you probably believe that God created us.  He made us as he wanted us to be.  So, if God made you gay or bi or trans, then he did that on purpose.  It’s not an error or a challenge; it’s a design feature!  Who says you’re not supposed to be LGBT?  Leviticus?  Well, if you’re going to go with the popular interpretation of that passage, then fine, Leviticus says you’re not supposed to be LGBT.  But Leviticus was just a man (or a group of people?  I’m fuzzy on that), and if you’re going to put the word of a man above the word of God, then that’s blasphemy.  If God made you gay, then you’re gay, and that’s perfectly right.

As it happens, most of the people I know who actually are religious don’t use their religion to discriminate.  First of all, they have so much love in their hearts that they are open to everyone.  Secondly, they use their religion as a guide to be kind to people - it’s a means of being kind and open-minded, not an obstacle to it.  Third, they are clear on how things work in the modern world and are not bigoted or science-illiterate, as the stereotype might suggest.  Some of them see their religion as something that mixes with the modern world and some of them see it as purely metaphor and something they uphold only culturally (you know, as part of multiculturalism).  So, no, you don’t have to choose between religion and sexuality.  It is 100% possible to exist as a human with a sexuality and spiritual beliefs and cultural practices and so on.  You’re not a one-note song.  You’re a whole symphony.

You can be religious and still be accepting of those who are LGBT.  You can be religious if you yourself are LGBT.  There is nothing in the rules against that.  Actually, I’m pretty sure that religion has a lot to say about being kind and supportive toward others.  So, read up on that website if you’re interested, and remember to be kind to one another.  Take care out there.   
I’ve been thinking lately about the nature of sadness.  I know, I’m really fun at parties.  But, yeah, following the news about Anton Yelchin, I’m really quite sad, and I’m trying to pinpoint why.  Okay, obviously, it’s sad news.  But there is sad news all the time and usually I only “get” that sadness on the intellectual level.  If I see a news story about someone getting murdered, I understand that that’s sad but I usually don’t feel it unless the victim was a little kid.  So what is it about Anton Yelchin that’s resonating with me?

Maybe because he was so young.  But, if it was Justin Beiber instead, I don’t think I’d feel the same way.  So maybe it’s because Yelchin meant something to me (whereas I don’t give half a damn about J Beebs).  Which is also ridiculous, because I never met him.  I had just as much of a chance of meeting Anton Yelchin as I did meeting Pavel Chekhov.  And yet I kind of felt like I knew him.  I feel that way about the entire cast of Star Trek, btw, both original and rebooted.  I’m not the kind of person who cries over the in-story deaths of fictional characters, so the line between fantasy and reality is clearly drawn in my mind.  I’m not mourning Chekhov... but there’s a real person who really died and he was about the same age as my little sister.

Maybe his death is so sad because it was preventable - if the car company had been more stringent with its quality control practices, he’d be alive now.  And, that makes sense because I also feel that way when there’s a mass shooting in the US (if only there was a way to stop mass shootings... get rid of guns?  Nah, too obvious).  And maybe the sudden out-of-nowhere for-no-reason death is a reminder that that could happen to anyone at any time.  Even me.  Even people I love.

So maybe that’s what sadness is.  Maybe it’s a reminder that life can be taken away in an instant, which is a cruel paradoxical reminder.  Sometimes I feel like life is too precious and I get caught up in stupid pseudo-philosophical tangents like these and I don’t live my damn life.  I feel like everything is too sweet, too bright, too much.  Life is overwhelming.  Maybe sadness evolved into us to temper that.
@.@ I just looked someone up on social media and found something terrible.  This isn't as bad as last year when I found out my idol is hella racist (well, former idol, after that moment) or when I found out one of my favourite artists modeled for PETA.  Although, in the latter's defense, she later made a statement saying she regretted it, didn't really know what she was getting into, and she just loves animals.  I mean, you should probably research an organization before you promote them, but at least she admitted when she was wrong, unlike Mr. Racist.

Aaaanyway, after that experience, I made a point of never following my heroes on social media.  But, I am working toward a career in the entertainment industry, and so I was reading the FB page of someone who I can probably learn from.  Well.... Quite an eye opener.  First of all, I've met this person briefly at a convention.  I've seen his work all over TV and radio - you probably have too, actually.  Okay, get ready.  This guy is a 9/11 truther, an anti-vaxxer, someone who believes that people who care about knowledge are automatically "alternative" (because I suppose boring ol' normal people just stare at the ceiling all day).  The worst thing is this guy is against the *ahem* mainstream media.  Let me run that by you again.  This person who works in media, has a career in media, works for a major media company and that's how he makes his money... he's against mainstream media.  *blink blink*

And the work that this guy does isn't exactly alternative.  He does commercials and acts in kids' shows, actually.  So... yeah.  Look, I know that, as an actor, beggars can't be choosers, and if your agent finds you a role, you take it.  But, the way he talks about this stuff...  He's a total edgelord.  It's just... wow... did not see that coming.  I miss the days when you found out that public entertainers were merely crack addicts or surly drunks.  This "alternate" edgelord stuff is just embarrassing.
This is for anyone who is getting a little too close to the idea of rage quitting the planet.  If you've been in this situation and you've had the courage to reach out for help, you've probably received everything from silence to trolling to "get over it" to empty platitudes.  Let's say that's not working for you.  Think of this:

tsarcasm:

if you killed yourself, imagine all the people who would pretend they ever gave a single flying fuck about you

imagine all the useless fake shit they would say about how close they were to you and how upset they are that you’re gone

when in reality they probably couldn’t state 3 facts about you

a good reason to not even do it

silvermoon424.tumblr.com/post/…

That.  Keep THAT in mind. 

(Note: I mean this toward people who are struggling with ongoing hopelessness, not people who have terminal illnesses or something like that.  That one's your call).
This came to my attention, and... yeah.

silvermoon424.tumblr.com/post/…

gipsiidanger:

aviculor:

westbor0baptistchurch:

I Was Trying To Be Funny But It Came Out as Really Mean: A 5-part documentary starring me.

I Was Trying To Be Loving And Supportive But I Probably Overstepped My Boundaries And Came Off as Creepy: a feature-length film with two sequels and a TV series adaption.

I Was Trying To Tell You I Relate To Your Difficult Situation But It Probably Sounded Like I Was Making It All About Me: a novel saga with several side book adaptions and a movie.

It’s Pride month.  The other day I was driving past a church and I saw a sign that says they’re “celebrating all of God’s LGBT children.”  And it had a big rainbow cross and everything.  <3 <3 <3  I realize of course that not everyone is lucky enough to be part of a group that accepts them, and even more people have heard one way or another that religion and queerness are incompatible.  

So....I’m just posting this here for anyone who needs it.  hoperemains.webs.com/

(This one’s not related to that particular church; I just happened to find it).  It’s a website for Christian LGBT people and it analyzes the parts of the bible that are seemingly against homosexuality.  According to this website, a lot of the passages that homophobes use as an excuse to discriminate are really just misinterpretations.  There are examples of gay relationships and even gay marriage in the bible, so if you need this, have a look.  Actually, everyone should probably have a look at this.  More knowledge and different perspectives are always good.

And remember, the bible was written thousands of years ago in a different language.  Imagine taking the “Canterbury Tales” and running it back and forth through Google Translate a bunch of times.  You can’t take something loaded with what was then timely references, written in an older style of a language, loaded with poetry and other metaphors to help explain historical accounts, then play broken telephone with it for millennia, and still expect it to apply literally to the modern world.  That bit about a man not being allowed to lie with another man as he would a woman?  I’ve read a post by a Rabbi explaining that it just tells a man not to get into a woman’s bed unless she gives him permission.  This website’s explanation isn’t too different from that.  Somehow “don’t get into someone’s bed without their say so” turned into “don’t be gay.”  This website is about repairing the broken telephone by which that happened.  (Also, I’m pretty sure that the bit about pork being an abomination has something to do with what happens to pig flesh in a hot climate before refrigeration was invented.  But I digress.  Oh, and anyone I know who makes sure their diet is Kosher/Halal/etc is doing so because of their culture and their family, not because It Is Written.  I don’t know anyone religious who just mindlessly follows it - they always do it for a legit current reason, usually for the same reason non-religious people celebrate Thanksgiving or go on family vacations.  So, no, they’re not brainwashed.)

And I’d like to remind everyone that the basis of the Christian bible (at least the Old Testament part) was originally written in Hebrew and eventually translated to English.  The gender of words works very differently between the two languages, so where it says certain pronouns, it might not literally be referring to specifically men or specifically women.  In Hebrew, the gender might refer to the object or another part of the sentence.  (The best comparison I can think of is the French word “chat,” meaning “cat.”  It’s male.  It’s always le chat, never la chat.  Even if it’s a female cat.  You would refer to a male cat as il and a female cat as elle, but they are both male words: le chat).  So, that part where crossdressing is an abomination may very well just mean “don’t steal other people’s clothes.”  It’s not literally saying that a man shouldn’t wear a woman’s clothes and vice versa.  Also, remember, this was at a time when everyone wore robes.  The first pants appeared when people started riding horses.  If you’re on a horse with one leg on each side, you probably want some fabric there.  And yes, men were the ones riding horses, so pants were known as men’s clothes.  You know what else was men’s clothing that was designed for horseback riding?  High heeled shoes.  So, you know, factor that one in.

Also, my argument for the Leviticus thing is this:  If you believe in God, then you probably believe that God created us.  He made us as he wanted us to be.  So, if God made you gay or bi or trans, then he did that on purpose.  It’s not an error or a challenge; it’s a design feature!  Who says you’re not supposed to be LGBT?  Leviticus?  Well, if you’re going to go with the popular interpretation of that passage, then fine, Leviticus says you’re not supposed to be LGBT.  But Leviticus was just a man (or a group of people?  I’m fuzzy on that), and if you’re going to put the word of a man above the word of God, then that’s blasphemy.  If God made you gay, then you’re gay, and that’s perfectly right.

As it happens, most of the people I know who actually are religious don’t use their religion to discriminate.  First of all, they have so much love in their hearts that they are open to everyone.  Secondly, they use their religion as a guide to be kind to people - it’s a means of being kind and open-minded, not an obstacle to it.  Third, they are clear on how things work in the modern world and are not bigoted or science-illiterate, as the stereotype might suggest.  Some of them see their religion as something that mixes with the modern world and some of them see it as purely metaphor and something they uphold only culturally (you know, as part of multiculturalism).  So, no, you don’t have to choose between religion and sexuality.  It is 100% possible to exist as a human with a sexuality and spiritual beliefs and cultural practices and so on.  You’re not a one-note song.  You’re a whole symphony.

You can be religious and still be accepting of those who are LGBT.  You can be religious if you yourself are LGBT.  There is nothing in the rules against that.  Actually, I’m pretty sure that religion has a lot to say about being kind and supportive toward others.  So, read up on that website if you’re interested, and remember to be kind to one another.  Take care out there.   

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