The one where I take a closer interest in Politics

When i started this blog i had assumed that I would be writng about gay rights all the time but as time went on I guess I realised that I’m not active enough in gay rights to pull that off.

So, I’ve posted other rights issues and filmmaking stuff, a little off track really.

But this post should hopefully be a bit closer. One thing that I’ve got more interested in over time in is politics. I’ve been involved with helping a few politicians with their campaigns and learned some things along the way. But last week I did somthing new and a little out of my comfort zone. I went lobbying in Tallahassee. As part of large group of various environmental organisations lobbying lawmakers at the state capitol.

We even took the kids as we felt they could learn something too. We were lobbying on issues sucjh as a fracking ban and continued funding for Florida Forever, a program that allocates money to preserve areas of land by purchase.

There were several hundred people involved and they came from all across the state. A four hour bus ride had us in Tallahassee by 10am and the event began with a rally in front of the capitol in front of a whole host of reporters. lobbying also began immediately with people forming groups and arranging meetings with a multitude of politicians some friendly to environmental causes and some not so much. There was a lot of paperwork involved as well as getting lost a lot. The Capitol building is very large and confusing to get around ( for me). Despite feeling on the spot thinking I might have to talk to Politicians luckily I could watch other people do the talking and gained a lot of insight into talking to politicians, how bills get passed. We got to watch the House of Representatives in session which was interesting. It was a great day. I will definitely be getting more involved. Here’s some video I shot.

Another upside of the day was there were a few favourable results. The fracking bill was given a hearing and a Senate Committed approved a fracking ban. It still has a long way to go, but it’s a good start. Also Florida Forever funding was approved to the tune of at least $1,000,000.

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Donald Trump committed an illegal act by telling NFL to fire players

When Donald Trump tweeted:

He did more than ramp up NFL players and others to oppose the killing of black people by police by kneeling during the National anthem. #TaketheKnee #Takeaknee had players and supporters kneeling in massive numbers across the country yesterday. Whole teams stayed in locker rooms during the National anthem.

But Trump did so much more than create unity in opposition against his words and Injustice… he also broke the law.
This is 18 U.S. Code section 227 

If convicted this carries a maximum jail sentence of 25 years

Trump clearly did violate 227 and needs to be held accountable.
Please share this on Social media, please contact Government Officials by email, social media, phone.
Please share this on Social media, please contact Government Officials by email, social media, phone.
Here’s how:

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#Pulse visuals. Then and now

Considering what this blog was supposed to be about, it might seem unusual that I haven’t written about Pulse.  Well, I really didn’t know what to write. I didn’t know anyone who was taken from us. Someone I’m close to did lose several. I live very local. I went to vigils last year and was involved in events this year. I was still affected, it was difficult not to be. I witnessed such sorrow all around me and also such messages of love and oneness.

That night

We found out very quickly on the night of the massacre at Pulse.  We were shocked and living so local, wanted to go there immediately. The police were advising people to stay away. From listening to scanners we decided that it could still be dangerous so we stayed away til the next night. We went to a vigil at Lake Eola and to Pulse (well to a few blocks away) where National media had set up camp. I have also posted some photos from this year.  I could write about how upsetting this period in time was but I feel a little phony in even saying it. I didn’t personally lose anyone I  knew at Pulse despite someone very close to me losing many. I’m not Gay or Hispanic. So, aside from the cruel selfish act of one, that robbed so many people of their loved ones and friends. That traumatized a City in particular it’s LGBTQ and Hispanic population.  And affected the LGBTQ Community worldwide. What made me emotional was seeing people that I love upset, seeing unconditional love given to strangers and strangely, just simple acts of kindness. 


Lake Eola Vigil June 12  2016


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Dr Phillips Center Orlando June 13  2016

Pulse and Lake Eola Park June 2017

 Orlando Shakespeare Theatre June 2017




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 This 1 action can help #TheResistance

‘How long can this go on?’

How many times have you, your friends and relatives said these words about Donald Trump’s Presidency in this short time. Many, many times I’m sure.

Maybe you’ve said them verbally. Maybe you’ve complained on social media. But how much does that achieve? One action you can take at any time and should take often is to contact you elected officials.

Be a pain in their butt so they can be a pain in Trump’s butt

Call your U.S. member of Congress or Senators in D.C.


House of Representatives:

There’s even an app that can get ideas for what to say. It’s called “5 Calls”. It dials and gives you talking points!

And if you don’t want to phone them you can always email them . For other ideas checkout Michael Moore’s 10 point plan to remove Trump, where some of this post info came from.


Thank you and please make calls often.











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#VPdebate2016 and #PenceHomophobiaTour2016

On October 4 there will be a debate between the nominees for Vice President, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine  and Governor of Indiana Mike Pence.  Whilst this debate won’t draw as many views as the one between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, from the LGBT viewpoint this is an important debate and is great opportunity for the LGBT community to highlight how vicious Pence has been to them and how much worse it will be with him as a Vice President. Pence has been referred to as ‘the most anti-gay  candidate to run on a National GOP ticket’.  The debate would be a great time to make yourself heard to oppose Mike Pence’s bigotry that he tries to hide in the name of Religion.

Governor Pence has shown how staunchly anti gay he is for years including enacting laws that discriminate against them. I wanted to initially write a regular blog post talking about all the terrible things he’s said and done, but that would just be reworking other people’s work. So, instead I will lay out the main bullet points in images that I would like to be shared on the night of the debate with the hashtag #PenceHomophobiaTour2016


HIV/AIDS Funding








Hate Crimes Bill





Being Gay a choice





Don’t ask don’t tell











Gay Marriage




















Many thanks for any of the images that you share at the time of the debate. Please remember to use the Hashtag #PenceHomophobiaTour2016



Below are the sources used in compiling this information

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Trump lies. (Not the obvious statement, but a collection)

I decided to do a post for Trump’s lies. But the sheer number of lies that Trump has told meant that the post would be this huge scroll of a post, so I’ve broken them up into separate pages. Please check the Navigation bar above. There will eventually be 20 or so pages. I may have that many read at the time that you read this post. Please check back from time to time because you know this list can only be getting bigger over time.

The main Trump Lies page credits all the media sources I have used in compiling the pages.

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Remembering #HarveyMilk: 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Rally Speech in full

I’ve read quite a few of Harvey’s speeches, but this one resonates with me the most. It demonstrated to me just how much he cared about ALL people irrespective of race, age or sexual orientation.  It also resonates with me due to its timelessness. The issues he fought against then, we still fight against now. It appeals to me both as an LGBT and a civil rights activist .  Harvey Milk is my activist mentor. I only really found about Harvey when the film ‘MILK’ came out. It really affected me. I was moved by the affect a person could have over others. I was stunned by the injustice of his and Mayor Moscone’s deaths and the bizarre trial that followed. As I said already Harvey is my mentor. He drives me to stand up to all forms of injustice.

Here IN FULL is Harvey Milk’s Speech from the San Francisco Gay Freedom Parade 1978. It was typed word for word (excluding minor typo corrections) from the official transcript :

“That’s what America is”

“My name is Harvey Milk-and I want to recruit you. I want to recruit you for the fight to preserve your democracy from the John Briggs and the Anita Bryants who are trying to constitutionalize bigotry. 

We are not going to allow that to happen. We are not going to sit back in silence as 300,000 of our gay brothers and sisters did in Nazi Germany. We are not going to allow to be taken away and then march with bowed heads into gas chambers on this anniversary of Stonewall. I ask my gay brothers and sisters to make the commitment to fight for themselves. For their freedom. For their country.

Here, in San Francisco, we recently held an election for a judgeship. An anti-gay smear campaign was waged against a presiding judge because she was  supported by lesbians and gay men. Here in so-called liberal San Francisco, an anti-gay smear campaign was waged by so called liberals. 

And here, in so-called liberal San Francisco, we have a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, a columnist called Kevin Starr, who has printed a number of columns containing distortions and lies about gays. He is getting away with it.

These anti-gay smear campaigns, these anti-gay columns, are laying the groundwork for the Briggs initiative. We had better be prepared for it. 

In the Examiner, Kevin Starr defames and libels gays. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Charles McCabe warns us to be quiet, that talking about gay rights is counter-productive. To Mr McCabe I say that the day he stops talking abut [about] the freedom of the press is the day he [no?] longer has it.

The blacks did not win their rights by sitting qietly [quietly] in the back of the bus. The [they] got off!

Gay people, we will not win their rights by staying quietly in our closets… we are coming out!  We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions!  We are coming out to tell the truth about gays!

For I’m tired of the conspiracy of silence. I’m tired of listening to the Anita Bryants twist the language and the meaning of the Bible to fit their own distorted outlook. But I’m even more tired of the silence of the religious leaders of this nation who know that she is playing fast and loose with the true meaning of the Bible. I’m tired of their silence more than her biblical gymnastics!

And I’m tired of John Briggs talking about false role models.He is lying in his teeth and he knows it. But I’m even more tired of the silence from educators and psychologists who know that Briggs is lying and yet say nothing.  I’m tired of their silence more than Briggs lies!

I’m tired of the silence so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it.

Gay people, we are painted as child molesters. I want to talk about that. I want to talk about the myth of child molestations by gays. I want to talk about the fact that in this state some 95 per cent of child molestations are heterosexual and usually the parent.

I want to talk about the fact that all  child abandonments are heterosexual.

I want to talk about the fact that some 98 percent of the six million rapes committed annually are heterosexual.

I want to talk about the fact that one in every three women who will be murdered in this state this year will be murdered by their husbands. 

I want to talk about the fact that some 30 percent of all marriages contain domestic violence.

And finally, I want to tell the John Briggs and the Anita Bryants that you talk about the myths of gays but today I’m talking about the the facts of heterosexual violence and  what the hell are you going to do about that?

Clean up your own house before you start telling lies about gays.  Don’t distort the Bible to hide your own sins.  Don’t change facts to lies. Don’t look for cheap political advantage by playing on people’s fears!  Judging by the latest polls, even the youth can tell you’re lying.

Anita Bryant,  John Briggs: your unwillingness to face the truth, chills my blood.  It reeks of madness!

And like the rest of you, I’m tired of our so-called friends who tell us that we must set standards.

What standards?

The standards of the rapists? The wife beaters?  The child abusers?  The people who ordered the bomb to be built?  The people who ordered it to be dropped?  The people who pulled the trigger? The people who gave us Vietnam?  The people who built the gas chambers? The people who built the concentration camps– right here, in California, and then herded all the Japanese-Americans into them during World War II.  The Jew baiters?  The Nigger knockers?  The corporate thiefs?  The Nixons?  The Hitlers? 

What standards do you want us to set? Clean up your act, clean up your violence before you criticize lesbians and gay men because of their sexuality. It is madness to glorify the killing and violence on one hand and be ashamed of the sexual act, the act that conceived you on the other. 

There is a difference between morality and murder. The fact that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than by any other single reason. That, that, my friends, is true perversion!

For the standards that we should set, should we read your next weeks headlines?

Well, I’m tired of the lies of the Anita Bryants and the John Briggs.

I’m tired of their myths.

I’m tired of their distortions.

I’m speaking out about it.

Gay brothers and sisters, what are we going to do about it? You must come out. Come out to your parents. I know that is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth!

Come out to your relatives.I know that is hard and will upset them but think how they will upset you in the voting booth.  Come out to your friends, if indeed they are your friends.  Come out to your neighbors, to your fellow workers. To the people who work where you eat and shop. Come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions.

For your sake.

For their sake.

For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene.

If Briggs wins he will not stop. They never do. Like all mad people,they are forced to go on, to prove they were right.

There will be no safe “closet” for any gay person.

So break out of yours today-tear the damn thing down once and for all!

And finally

Most of all

I’m tired of the silence from the White House.

Jimmy Carter : You talked about human rights a lot. In fact you want to be the world’s leader for human rights. Well, damn it, lead!!!  There are some fifteen to twenty million lesbians and gay men in this nation listening very carefully.

Jimmy Carter: When are you going to talk about their rights?

You talk a lot about the Bible. But when are you going to talk about that most important part: “Love thy neighbor” [? ]After all, she may be gay.

Jimmy Carter: The time has come for lesbians and gay men to come out– and they are. Now the time has come for you to speak out. When are you?

Until you speak out against hatred, bigotry, madness, you are just Jimmy Carter. When you do, then and only then, will some twenty million lesbians and gay men be able to say Jimmy Carter is our President too!

Jimmy Carter, you have the choice: How many more years?

How much more damage?

How much more violence?

How many more lives?

History says that, like all groups seeking their rights, sooner or later we will win.

The question is: when?

Jimmy Carter, you have to make the choice– it’s in your hands: either years of violence… or you can help turn the pages of history that much faster.

It is up to you. An[And] now, before it becomes too late, come to California and speak out against Briggs.

If you don’t then we will come to you!

If you do not speak out, if you remain silent, if you do not lift your voice against Briggs, then I call upon lesbians and gay men from all over the nation… your nation to gather in Washington…one year from now…on that national day of freedom, the fourth of July..the fourth of July, 1979… to gather in Washington on that very same spot where over a decade ago Dr Martin Luther King spoke to a nation of his dreams…dreams that are fast fading, dreams that to many million in this nation have become nightmares rather than dreams.

I call upon all minorities especially lesbians and gay men to wake up from their dreams.. to gather on Washington and tell Jimmy Carter and their nation: “Wake up,…wake up, America…no more racism, no more sexism, no more ageism, no more more!”

It’s up to you, Jimmy Carter…Do you want to go down in history as as a person who would not listen…or do ou want to go down in history as a leader,as a President?

Jimmy Carter: listen to us today..or you will have to listen to lesbians and gay men from all over this nation as they gather in Washington next year.

For we will gather there and we will tell you about America and what it really stands for.

And to the bigots, to the John Briggs, to the Anita Bryants, to the Kevin Starrs and all their ilk…let me remind you what America is…listen carefully.

On the Statue of Liberty it says: “Give me you tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…” In the Declaration of Independence it is written: “Al men are created equal and they are endowed with certain inalienable rights…” And in our National Anthem it says: “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free.”

For Mr Briggs and Mrs Bryant and Mr Starr and all the bigots out there: That’s what America is. No matter how hard you try, you cannot erase those words from the Declaration of Independence.No matter how hard you try, you cannot chip those words from off the base of the Statue of Liberty. An[d] no matter how hard you cannot sing the “Star Spangled Banner” without those words.

That is what America is.












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