Showing posts with label action. Show all posts
Showing posts with label action. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PURPLE DAY

Today is Purple Day. People all over are wearing purple to raise awareness of bullying today, in support of LGBT kids who need to know it gets better, and in memory of those who didn't hear that message in time.

PURPLE represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all children to have: spirit. To know that times will get better and that they will meet people who will love them and respect them for who they are, no matter their sexuality.

So please wear purple today!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Mermaid for Ripples

Well I am a little sad. Ripple has closed without ever posting the ATC I made back in June for them. But they did a tremendous job! They had over 900 art donations and raised over $11,090! And while many artists contributed, both unknown and well-known alike, there really was only one person running the Ripple blog, the person who got the whole things started, Kelly Light. She did an amazing job!

I still would like to offer my little bit of art to someone who donates. So I will send this off to the first person who donates to the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund and sends me the email confirmation of the donation. (Just fwd the email to bunnykissd [at] gmail.com.) If you're not interested, please pass the message on to others who might be! Thanks!


Click for larger view...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Queer Etsy Street Team

It's been a while since I talked about them, so I thought I'd rebroadcast some of the great things QuEST has been doing.

As you may remember from my post in June, QuEST has a team shop which, at the moment, is donating all profits to The Trevor Project. So far we've made just under $100 for them and would like to give them more. If you are able, please head over to our shop, check out the great items for sale there, and buy one to make your donation!

More recently we've been collecting items to donate to the Human Rights Campaign which will be auctioned off at their National Dinner in Washington DC this fall. There's some really great stuff pouring in for it; I donated one of my necklaces, similar to this one, and this postcard:


I can't wait to see what else ends up in the basket... And how much it goes for! ^-^

We're planning so many other wonderful things! Be sure to keep up-to-date with all the happenings by Liking our Facebook page and adding our blog to your reader!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

ripples

I wish I could afford to donate and get this card:


Click to go to ripplesketches.blogspot.com...



But at least I could offer my own (and possibly more to come):


I'll post a link to this on the blog as soon as it's posted on it...

Friday, June 04, 2010

QuEST Charity Shop

Well, since I've been posting a lot of pictures and paid posts lately, I'd thought I'd take a moment to share a link with you all to one of my favorite Etsy Street Team shops: http://QueerEtsyStreetTeam.etsy.com/

Now you might think this is just someplace we all add a few items to get the word out about out team, like many other teams do - there's not thing wrong with that - but we've decided to make our team shop a way for us all to give back to the community, and 100% of our profits go to the charity we have chosen.

Right now, all the money we make, minus Etsy & PayPal fees, is going to The Trevor Project. It is the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock helpline for gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, and questioning youth in the US. The project was named for the title character in the 1994 Academy Award-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy, who, teased by so-called friends for being gay, attempted to take his life.

When HBO went to air it in 1998, the producers decided to post a phone number for a gay teen suicide hotline after the movie aired, in case others were facing the same kind of crisis. As one of our other team members said, "There was only one problem: There wasn't one."

Thus The Trevor Project was born. That was the biggest shock for me: that something like it hadn't been born in amidst the AIDS crisis of the 80s, that it took until the late 90s for anyone to even *THINK* that his might be needed. Today, in addition to the hotline (which can be reached at 866-4-U-TREVOR or 1-866-488-7386), The Trevor Project provides information, support, and resources for educators & parents as well as GLBT youth.

Won't you please help us help them ensure the safe and healthy future of our youth? Shop the Queer Etsy Street Team Shop and donate today!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Please Help!

Faerie Gardens Family is not walking this year, but we still want to help support Mykel like we did last year!

Mykel says, "I am walking in the 18th Annual AIDS Walk/Run on Sunday, June 6 at Beaver Lake Nature Center. This event is a 5K walk and 10K run that benefits AIDS Community Resources (ACR) - a non-profit agency that serves nine counties in the Central, Northern and Mohawk Valley regions of New York State. 100% of the money raised from the AIDS Walk/Run stays right here in Central New York to pay for youth education programs that teach young people how to stay safe from HIV and STDs."

Your donation is tax deductible, and donating through First Giving is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to Mykel's fund-raising efforts. Just click the banner below and thank you!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Turn up the Volume!

Even with all the legal precautions in place, the county treated these men like chattel, not citizens, nor even as human beings. I am shocked and saddened. Please spread the story...

Elderly Gay Couple Forcibly Separated, Abused, Robbed By County Officials in California
posted by DAN SAVAGE on SUN, APR 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

This is shocking and outrageous:
Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place—wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.
One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold’s care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other, placing the men in separate nursing homes. Ignoring Clay’s significant role in Harold’s life, the county continued to treat Harold like he had no family and went to court seeking the power to make financial decisions on his behalf. Outrageously, the county represented to the judge that Clay was merely Harold’s “roommate.” The court denied their efforts, but did grant the county limited access to one of Harold’s bank accounts to pay for his care.

What happened next is even more chilling: without authority, without determining the value of Clay and Harold’s possessions accumulated over the course of their 20 years together or making any effort to determine which items belonged to whom, the county took everything Harold and Clay owned and auctioned off all of their belongings. Adding further insult to grave injury, the county removed Clay from his home and confined him to a nursing home against his will. The county workers then terminated Clay and Harold's lease and surrendered the home they had shared for many years to the landlord.

Three months after he was hospitalized, Harold died in the nursing home. Because of the county’s actions, Clay missed the final months he should have had with his partner of 20 years. Compounding this tragedy, Clay has literally nothing left of the home he had shared with Harold or the life he was living up until the day that Harold fell, because he has been unable to recover any of his property.

Clay is now suing the county, the auction company, and the nursing home. This story should get as much attention as Constance McMillen's story. More attention. There should be protests outside the hospital and county administration buildings. And I think another phone call from the president is called for.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

15 Reasons Why Marriage Matters

From Marriage Equality USA

  1. Marriage offers 1,138 Federal benefits and responsibilities, not including hundreds more offered by every state.

  2. In times of crisis, spouses have hospital visitation rights and can make medical decisions in event of illness or disability of their spouse.

  3. Employers offer spouses sick leave, bereavement leave, access to health insurance and pension.

  4. The law provides certain automatic rights to a person’s spouse regardless of whether or not a will exists.

  5. Married couples in elderly care facilities are generally not separated unless one spouse’s health dictates hospitalization or special care.

  6. Married couples are permitted to give an unlimited amount of gifts to each other without being taxed.

  7. The law presumes that a married couple with both names on the title to their home owns the property as “tenants by the entirety.”

  8. A married couple, by statute, has creditor protection of their marital home.

  9. Many married people are entitled to financial benefits relating to their spouses, such as disability, pension and social security benefits.

  10. With marriage, a couple has the right to be treated as an economic unit and to file joint tax returns (and pay the marriage penalty), and obtain joint health, home and auto insurance policies.

  11. When a spouse dies, there is no need to prove ownership of every item in the household for taxable purposes.

  12. A child who grows up with married parents benefits from the fact that his or her parents’ relationship is recognized by law and receives legal protections.

  13. Spouses are generally entitled to joint child custody and visitation upon divorce (and bear an obligation to pay child support).

  14. The mark of a strong family and healthy children is having parents who are nurturing, caring, and loving. Parents should be judged on their ability to parent, not by their age, race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

  15. For adults, a stable, happy marriage is the best protector against illness and premature death. Decades of research have clearly established these links. (Burman & Margolin, 1992; Dawson, 1991; Verbrugge, 1979).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Finally

The NY State Senate has agreed to vote on the same-sex marriage bill before the year is through. Urge your senator to vote YES!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Getting ready to exercise!

Don't forget to test your blood glucose at 2pm, then exercise for 14 minutes and test again, and post your results at The Big Blue Test!

ETA: Jacqueline & I both did this. We both had normal breakfasts about 11:30 and haven't eaten since. Our starting BGs were: Jacqueline = 137, Diana = 253. We went for a brisk walk through the woods, which really haven't been cleared for a trail, so it's over & under & around trees and branches and briars... Our ending BGs were: Jacqueline = 98, Diana = 260. Weird.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Liberty and Justice for Some

And to think... here I am, 39 years old, and my stand against the Pledge of Allegiance has only been to not say the *under God* part.

This boy amazes me for his courage and conviction.

Monday, November 09, 2009

To my Diabetic Friends

And those who aren't, can pass the word on, please...


November 14th is World Diabetes Day and the people at Diabetes Hands Foundation are organizing an online awareness event to take place at 2pm local time.
Its goal is to raise awareness around the importance of blood glucose testing and physical activity for people with diabetes. In the process, thousands of people touched by diabetes will connect with others with diabetes as they participate, testing their blood glucose, doing 14 minutes of exercise, testing again and sharing their results online.
Participation is easy. At 2pm test your blood glucose (BG). Then exercise for 14 minutes, and test your BG again. Then post your results at http://bigbluetest.org; you can even add pictures if you want.

I'm hoping this nice weather we;ve been having will hold so I can take a nice walk. How about you?

Friday, May 29, 2009

17th Annual AIDS Walk/Run

Just a reminder about our participation in the 17th Annual AIDS Walk/Run to raise money for AIDS Community Resources. We are only $175 short of our team goal!

If everyone on my reading list donated a mere $1.75 we'd surpass our goal!

That's less than a cup of coffee, less than a gallon of gas...

If half of you donate $5 we'll nearly double what we already have!

Every little bit helps!

You can donate online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to AIDS Community Resources by Firstgiving, who will email you a printable record of your donation.



For more information about AIDS Community Resources, click here...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tomorrow's Regrets

One of the things my education courses taught me is that we all have prejudices even if we are trying hard not to. I've known for a while that I was uncomfortable with people with disabilities, and I've worked hard to overcome it. I regret not figuring out it sooner, as some of my best friends have disabilities. What other friendships might I have missed out on?

One of the things my girlfriend has made me come to realize is that sometimes we aren't even aware of our prejudices. She pointed out to me that I am sexist. No, I have no problem with gay men, drag queens/kings, women doing men's work, etc... but when a boy or man does something effeminate, or chooses to do girly things, I raise my eyebrows, maybe giggle about it (not to their face! That would be rude!), and maybe even think they're secretly gay.

However, the ambiguousness of not being able to define them by my terms shouldn't matter to me. They are themselves, and choose to define themselves on THEIR terms. Not mine, not yours, not anyone else's. No ambiguity about that! I regret not figuring this out sooner too; what friendships might it have cost me?

It may take a while for me to break my old habits but it will be so nice to have to define anyone...

Thank you, John, for the reminder...


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Monday, May 25, 2009

Please Sponsor Us!

On June 7th, our whole family will be participating in the 17th Annual AIDS Walk/Run to benefit our local AIDS Community Resources.



For more information or to sponsor us, check out our fund raising page at http://firstgiving.com/faeriegardensfamily!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day

Quand on a terminé sa toilette du matin, il faut faire soigneusement la toilette de la planète.

"When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet."

~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard

What are your plans for the day?

Monday, April 13, 2009

AmazonFail Update

After much hullaballoo, to which I was a late-comer, Amazon has corrected an error in coding, made at an international division, that resulted in not only books with a GLBT theme, but also thousands of others. You can read more at SeattlePi:

http://blog.seattlepi.com/amazon/archives/166384.asp
http://blog.seattlepi.com/amazon/archives/166329.asp

Thank you Amazon for correcting the situation.

Amazon is Anti-Gay?

In a time when gays and lesbians are making strides toward equal rights, Amazon.com has taken a step back. A step back to a time when you didn't ask and didn't tell, a time when you hid your love for fear of persecution, a time when even the suspicion of homosexuality was enough to get beaten or even killed. Amazon.com has reclassified gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender books and movies as an adult product which blocks them from their sales rankings.

However, like Mark Probst said, "if they are really going to try and exclude so-called “adult” material, then how come this has an Amazon ranking?" And there are plenty of other *adult* themed books still ranked as well, as shown by this list. Curiously, if you put "homosexuality" into a search of their site, and you'll find books on "preventing" and "curing" homosexuality, but you won't find Brokeback Mountain or Tipping the Velvet or other previously high ranking books or movies.

Today, Amazon.com claims this was just a glitch that they are fixing now, but some authors lost their ranking way back in February, and only now is it getting any attention. And if it's just a glitch then why tell authors their books have been "classified as an Adult product" and "In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature." Obviously that's not just a glitch.

Like so many others are twittering, AmazonFAIL! Please sign the petition.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Got Plans for Tonight?

Earth Hour 2009--WWF's global climate change movement.
March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. Turn out. Take action.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hope Will Never Be Silent

Yesterday afternoon, the editor of Diversity Rules Magazine received hate mail threatening them to "CEASE AND DESIST" or suffer "a personal TUNEUP" adding that hate crime legislation will not stop them, even if they have to hire someone. I am utterly dumb-founded by such blatant bigotry that I don't know what to say. The police have been notified of course, and are investigating, but meanwhile, what do we do? I don't know for sure, but I do know that we can't just roll over and give in to their homophobic browbeating. We need to stand tall and face these cowardly bullies who hide behind anonymous email and find a way to stop the spread of such hatred, prejudice, and unfounded fear.



Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

~Harvey Fierstein, American actor and playwright



Straight Americans need... an education of the heart and soul.
They must understand - to begin with - how it can feel
to spend years denying your own deepest truths,
to sit silently through classes, meals, and church services
while people you love toss off remarks that brutalize your soul.

~Bruce Bawer, The Advocate, 28 April 1998



Mothers, tell your children:
be quick, you must be strong.
Life is full of wonder,
love is never wrong.

Remember how they taught you,
how much of it was fear.
Refuse to hand it down -
the legacy stops here.

~Melissa Etheridge, "Silent Legacy," Yes I Am, 1993


Please help however you can, subscribe, donate, or just spread the word...

Hope will never be silent. ~Harvey Milk