Friday, June 04, 2021

I Didn't Say It

Billy Porter, on how he feels after revealing he is HIV+:

“I’ve been positive since 2007. And, you know, having lived through the AIDS crisis, it was heavy for me. It was a heavy year, 2007. “ I have to start in 2007. In June of that year, I was diagnosed HIV-positive. Having lived through the plague, my question was always, ‘Why was I spared? Why am I living?’ Well, I’m living so that I can tell the story. There’s a whole generation that was here, and I stand on their shoulders. I can be who I am in this space, at this time, because of the legacy that they left for me. So it’s time to put my big boy pants on and talk. I was the generation that was supposed to know better, and it happened anyway. It was 2007, the worst year of my life. “I was on the precipice of obscurity for about a decade or so, but 2007 was the worst of it. By February, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. By March, I signed bankruptcy papers. And by June, I was diagnosed HIV-positive. The shame of that time compounded with the shame that had already [accumulated] in my life silenced me, and I have lived with that shame in silence for 14 years. I lived with the shame of it for a really long time and last week I released that shame, I released that trauma and I am a free man, honey! Free! I’ve never felt joy like this before. And, you know, we talk about it in the Black church. You know, this joy that I have—the world didn’t give and the world can’t take it away. I got it. I got some joy now. It really feels good, it really feels great.”

Once again, this proves that Silence = Death; that we are only as sick as our secrets, and we need not feel shame for a health condition, no matter what.

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Lil Nas X, honoring Sir Elton John with the Icon Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards:

“To me, he’s a trailblazer who paved the way for people to live their lives freely and unapologetically. He’s inspired me and so many other people by just being himself, being larger than life, flashy and fearless, especially when he’s in front of that piano. On behalf of all the people around the world you have inspired, Thank you. Even if you didn’t need to be a role model, you are.”

And now Lil Nas is doing that same thing for the next generation of LGBTQ+ artists, especially those of color, who didn’t know before him that they could be out and loud and proud and successful.

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Andrew Wommack, faux-Christian, on putting a warning label on The Gays:

“Homosexuals have like a three times as much suicide [rate] as heterosexuals. And then you go into transgender and it just continues to go up. It’s a very destructive lifestyle. It’s 20 years less that a homosexual lives than a heterosexual. And you know, cigarettes take an average of seven years off your life. So homosexuality is three times worse than smoking. We outta put a label across their forehead, ‘this can be hazardous to your health.'”

First off, you dimwitted dumb fuck, if we die early because we’re gay who does the warning label help?

And if warning labels did help, perhaps God should slap one on your face as being a hypocrite and a liar and all kinds of stupid, and for spreading hate; all things far more dangerous that being gay.

Of note: Wommack claims to have he prayed away “the curse of mildew.” He says Jesus protects Christians from COVID by “turning off your virus receptors” and yet dozens of Wommack’s followers became infected with COVID at one of his own Bible retreats.

Lastly, Andrew Wommack says he knows COVID is “no big deal” because his wife and son were “raised from the dead.” But they are clearly brain dead.

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Kirstie Alley, Scientology loon and has-been actress, saying depression is not a mental illness:

“You aren’t really allowed to say this in the very liberal community because they think what you’re saying is stigmatizing mental illness. Well, this is what I’m here to say — I don’t think you’re mentally ill if you’re depressed. You know people say to me, ‘Well, you’re a Scientologist.’ I feel lucky that I’m a Scientologist. Because in Scientology what you do is you find out why you’re so screwed up. And you find out why are you depressed, there’s a reason people are depressed. The reason I don’t go to a psychiatrist is because in their bag are the drugs, that’s the main way they treat people.”

So, she uses Scientology as a psychiatrist but thinks psychiatry is a sham?

Kirstie needs to lay off the junk food because it’s rotted the part of her brain that Scientology hasn’t already ruined.

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Elliot Page, previously known as Ellen before coming out as transgender, on adopting a male identity at a very young age:

“All trans people are so different, and my story’s absolutely just my story. But yes, when I was a little kid, absolutely, 100%, I was a boy. I knew I was a boy when I was a toddler. I was writing fake love letters and signing them ‘Jason.’ Every little aspect of my life, that is who I was, who I am, and who I knew myself to be. I just couldn’t understand when I’d be told, ‘No, you’re not. No, you can’t be that when you’re older. You feel it. Now I’m finally getting myself back to feeling like who I am, and it’s so beautiful and extraordinary, and there’s a grief to it in a way. The most significant difference is that I’m really able to just exist. Just exist by myself, like be able to sit with myself. Not have some constant distraction, all these things that aren’t conscious or aren’t even overly overt. For the first time in, I don’t even know how long, [I am] really just being able to sit by myself, be on my own, be productive, and be creative. It’s such an oversimplification to say it this way, but I’m comfortable. I feel a significant difference in my ability to just exist—and not even just day to day, but moment to moment. This is the first time I’ve even felt really present with people, that I can be just really relaxed and not have an anxiety that’s always pulling. In terms of acting, I don’t think I quite know yet. I am just a lot more f****** comfortable and present, so it’s hard to imagine that that’s not affecting the work, because, really, being present’s ultimately what you’re going for—you’re just ultimately trying to crack open and be present and connect to the truth of a moment. So I’m imagining the more I get to embody who I am and exist in the body I want to exist in, there’ll be a difference.”

So many of us go into life and through life knowing who we are, even if we have to come to terms with it because it may not be the “norm,” but imagine a young trans kid? That’s a struggle for acceptance, not only from your friends and family and the world, but from yourself.

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Busy Philipps, actress, on teaching her mother about different pronouns after revealing her own daughter is non-binary:

“[My] mom is older and wants to understand the pronoun conversation more. I said to my mother, Here’s the deal: You don’t have to understand it.’ That’s how I feel about all human rights—you don’t have to understand it. You can choose to believe what you want, but you don’t get to have jurisdiction over anyone else’s body or belief system.”

You don’t have to understand why anyone would use they/them as their pronouns, but you cannot deny them their choices.

I mean, what does it hurt to use they/them? Who does it hurt? But then who does it hurt when you don’t?

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19 comments:

VRCooper said...

Dear Andrew,

Do you hear yourself speak?

Let's say what you said about my LGBTQ+ community is true.

Could it be that people of your elk are part of the reason/problem? Treating me and others less than.

Acceptance is one of the healing factors of moving forward in one's truth.

You are so blinded by your hatred that-as they say-you can't see the forest from the trees.

Our country is made up of all stripes and sexual orientations. And I like it that way. Makes the day-to-day interesting, rewarding, and joyful.

Oh yes, don't get me started on your COVID-19 nonsense. Pick up a book why don't you or give Dr. Tony a call.

Your brother/sissy in Christ,

Victor

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Using a person's chosen pronouns is just simple courtesy.

Deedles said...

Billy Porter has such an amazing face. I love his jawline. He always seems so elegant and dignified.

brewella deville said...

About Churchy McChurchyson's wife and son being "raised from the dead," am I the only one with questions?

Mistress Maddie said...

Kristine Alley.....good God....someone tell her gravy is not a beverage!!!!!

And to Wommack....has it occurred to him the suicide rate is higher because he society and other bullies put us through hell??? Go wipe your ass with your pages.
There ideas and actions are getting as crazy as the GQP by the day.

Adore Elliot !!!!

Bob said...

@Victor
PREACH!!!

@Debra
I will say, Carlos gets “annoyed” by the they/them folks, but, as I say to him, ‘What does it matter to you? They are asking to be called a certain way. Who does it hurt?’
And if you can’t remember they/them, call them by their name.

@Deedles
I adore everything about Billy Porter.

@Brewella
No, you are not. Except for his “congregation” I think the entire world might have questions.

@Maddie
I used to like Kirstie but she has become a rightwingnut MAGAt Q-Loon.
Elliott is being himself and asking you to get on board or move the f**k along.

Helen Lashbrook said...

Hey jerk Womble, ever thought that maybe perhaps the groups that you identify as being high-risk of committing suicide are high-risk because of jerks like you who hate trans people, hate LGBT+ and spend you time throwing hate at them all the time? Put that in your Xtian rubbish bin (aka a brain in most people) and think about that; but you won't because you are too smug to think yourself wrong.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Billy Porter is fascinating. His revealing he's Poz was a surprise, but you're right. Silece= death.
LilNasX keeps surprising me. That boy may have staying power.

The xtianists are idiots. Of course LGBTQ people keep killing themselves! The Talibangelists' hatred is the cause.

Elliot's journey is very empowering. I cannot imagine thinking from a very early age that we are 'other'.

Busy, honey. PREACH.

XOXO

Steve Reed said...

I have no idea who Busy Phillips is, but AMEN to that.

I have no idea who Andrew Wommack is either, but he clearly doesn't understand that it's his homophobia (and that of his like-minded pals) that drives people to take desperate measures.

And AMEN to Billy Porter, too.

the dogs' mother said...

Gracious, what a collection!
Glad you are here to call them out,
and boost them up.
xoxo :-)

Bob said...

@elen
You lost the jerk womble when you asked him to "think".

@Six
I adore everything about Billie, and I saw Lil Nas X on SNL and he was smoldering hot.
And I think Elliott speaking out so eloquently might make many people more understanding of trans.
xoxo

@Steve
Yes, sir. It's just common sense AMD good manners to address people as they'd like to be addressed.
Wommack is an addle-brained f**k.
Billy is delicious.

@TDM
I like the good news, and good quotes this week!
xoxo

Moving with Mitchell said...

I suppose it never entered Andrew Wommack's brain -- because he doesn't have a functioning one -- that the reason the suicide rates are so much higher in the LGBTQI community is because of people like HIM! Kirstie Alley should just shut up already. I'm sending Billy Porter, Lil Nas X, Elliot Page, and Busy Philipps gratitude and hugs!

Treaders said...

Eewww, put Billy Porter's speech next to Kirstie Alley's! Billy's a real hero!

Bob said...

@Mitchell
Well, he preaches hate so he just doesn't get it.

@Treaders
Billy is everything.

Michael said...

I echo what many of the other commenters have stated. The suicide rate is high because homophobes put LGBTQ people through hell. I remember when I was in high school the thought of suicide was never far from my mind, and it wasn't because I had an illness.

Bob said...

@Michael
But they're trying to help us see the errors of our ways and put us on the straight and narrow. It's all because ... God.

Dave R said...

Womack is an ass.

Kristi? Half baked to the core.

'They' and 'them' become a thorny issue when writing, ie 'they are here?' who are 'they?' 'Busy.' 'Who's Busy?' 'They are.'

uptonking said...

Very beautiful stuff today, dear. Thank you.

As for those a-holes who bring up suicide as a reason being gay is dangerous lifestyle? Why do they commit suicided? Because people, like the person bringing up suicide as a shame mechanism keep making gay folk feel like crap. You feel like crap long enough? You don't want to feel anymore at all.

Kirstie is so messed up. A true train wreck. Very sad. We have to stop giving mentally ill people like her a place to promote their cult. You have to be mentally ill - to some degree - to belong to a cult long term. Initially, you enter because you're troubled and they acceptance you find there fills a hole. But if you stay long term and believe their crap? You're ill.

Kizzes.

Travel said...

Some people talk to confirm how much they know, some to confirm how little