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Spirit Day

It’s the end of the day, and I just learned about wearing purple for Spirit Day.  My life is so busy these days I’m out of touch with most things, but this is worth mentioning (in case someone else has not heard of it). 

What Is Spirit Day?

Today is Spirit Day, the day that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is asking people to “Go Purple” to call attention to the deaths of six teenagers who committed suicide after reportedly being taunted because they were gay.

People are wearing purple today for Spirit Day, the grassroots event to honor LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth and show them that life is worth living even in the face of bullying.

The movement began with high schooler Brittany McMillan in the wake of multiple teen suicides and gained support from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and Facebook, which also launched an anti-bullying campaign.

Nearly 67,000 people said they were ‘attending’ Spirit Day on the event’s official Facebook page.

Find out more about this day, how it can make a difference to millions of teenagers and which celebrities are participating.

More About Spirit Day

Top Searched Spirit Day Questions:
1. Why are people wearing purple today?
2. Who created the October 20 Spirit Day?
3. What does today’s Spirit Day support?
4. Who does Spirit Day honor?
5. What should Spirit Day show LGBT youth?
6. Who did GLAAD partner with for Spirit Day?
7. What is the idea behind today’s Spirit Day?
8. What celebrities are celebrating Spirit Day?
9. Does purple represent ‘spirit’ on the LGBT flag?
10. Why is Facebook working with a gay advocacy group?
11. How can I turn my Facebook and Twitter pictures purple for Spirit Day?

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“Who Would Jesus Love”


by Ray Boltz

“Who Would Jesus Love”


by Ray Boltz

 I used to wear a bracelet asking “What Would Jesus Do?”

 All my faith and my promises quickly fade from view.

I tried to do my best, but what I did was never enough.

Then, I asked the question, “Who would Jesus love?”

Would He only love the ones who look the same as me?

Would He only offer hope if He saw similarity?

Would He leave the others waiting like a stranger at the gate?

Would He discriminate?

Tell me, who would Jesus love?

Now, I  can build a bridge that can reach from me to you.

Or, I can build a wall instead if I don’t like the view.

‘Cause I make the decision on how to follow through.

I don’t need a bracelet to know what He would do.

Would He only love the ones who look the same as me?

Would He only offer hope if He saw similarity?

Would He leave the others waiting like a stranger at the gate?

Would He discriminate?

Tell me, who would Jesus love?

There is no Jew or Greek. There is no slave or free,

No male or female. He treats us equally.

Do we only love the ones who look the same as me?

Do we only offer hope if He saw similarity?

Do we leave the others waiting like a stranger at the gate?

Do we discriminate?

Tell me, who would Jesus love?

Who would Jesus love?

Ray Boltz Blog


 


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God Knows I Tried

God Knows I Tried by Ray Boltz

When they said I was a sinner, I was struggling with my youth. And, with the hope that God could change me, I believed it was the truth.

I spent my whole life trying to be what they said I should. On the inside I was dying, because I never really could.

God knows I tried. God knows all the pain I kept inside. He’s seen every tear I ever cried. God knows I tried.

I was so good at pretending, just like an actor on the stage. In the end, nobody knew me, only the roles that I portrayed.

I would rather have you hate me knowing who I really am than to try and make you love me being something that I can’t.

God knows I tried. God knows all the pain I kept inside. He’s seen every tear I ever cried. God knows I tried.

And, after all these years of living, I’ve begun to understand. I can try to be like someone else, but it won’t change (no it won’t change, no it won’t change) who I am.

God knows I tried. God knows all the pain I kept inside. He’s seen every tear I ever cried. God knows I tried.

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The Swimming Hole 

by Ray Boltz

The Swimming Hole 

by  Ray Boltz

Everybody would stare at him, but he would always be the first one in, like he didn’t know it was always cold in the swimming hole.

He’d come up, and nothing would change. He’d hear them laugh, and nothing would change. It was long ago at the swimming hole.

He was always different. That’s why he became a target for all their hatred and shame.

Then one night on my tv screen I saw his picture staring back at me. The reporter said they found him dead at the swimming hole. His body wrapped in a bloody sheet, the rope still tied to his hands and feet. Yes, he died alone at the swimming hole.

He was always different. That’s why he became a target for all their hatred and shame.

Lately I’ve had this dream at night. I see him standing in the bright sunlight, and I’m all alone at the swimming hole. He watches me taking off my clothes. He watches me as I face the cold. Yes, he’s watching me. He’s watching me. He’s watching me as I’m diving in.

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To Be True

To Be True by Ray Boltz

I have stood on stage in concert halls, looking out at faces, trying to please them all.

The longer I stood there, the more that I knew some people will love you, and some never do.

To be true is all that I want to do. To be true is all I can promise you is to be true.

No hidden agendas, no clever disguise, no fiction or fables, and no alibis.

I will open up this heart filled with passion and pain. All I ask before we start is you do the same.

To be true is all that I want to do. To be true is all I can promise you is to be true.

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A Man With a Passion for Music

I happened upon Brian Currin’s web site one day and saved it so I could share it with you. He’s South African and he promotes South African music online. Here’s what he says about himself:

Online Marketing is about doing more of the right things, more often” — Brian Currin

My name is Brian Currin, I live in Cape Town, South Africa and I’ve loved music all my life. I was born 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (You figure it out!). I am a self-employed online marketing specialist and music researcher.

I have been marketing South African (and International) music online since January 1999 and I have helped many South African musicians and music-related businesses establish a presence on the internet.

Links to Brian Currin’s Music Projects

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I’ve Written About “The Architect’s Garage” Before

I don’t know why I keep reading (and, watching) this video blog.  I guess it’s like a soap opera. I want to see what will happen next. I care about what happens to the characters.  I’m pulling for the hero and the heroine, but they don’t seem to be pulling for themselves.  I see what it looks like they’re trying to do with the plot, but there is an underlying theme that is louder than any of the things that are deliberately spoken by either of the main characters.

Zucchinis and Tube Socks

Really???? Is that what we are, men and women, nothing more than the body parts alluded-to with these images (shown repeatedly, and held up as demonstration items, during this video diary entry)? We are asked to comment, and in our comments tell if we are a ‘zucchini’ or a ‘tube sock’.

What’s My Point?

The point I tried to make with my comment was that we are all much more than our male or female body parts. And, relationships between men and women, or men and men, or women and women, are much more than just those ‘parts’ doing something.  That’s what I said in my comment. Humans, and relationships between humans, are so much more than body parts.

“Health” AND “Peace, Justice and Equality”

I’m linking this post to these categories only because I believe it is more healthy to be honest with yourself than dishonest. That’s the ‘health’ connection. The ‘peace, justice and equality’ connection is that there is no peace, justice or equality as long as people are taught from childhood that they are less than (not to mention evil, wicked, perverted, child molesters, and an abomination to God) by religious teachings that make every effort to keep a foot on the necks of those who don’t fit into the “male + female = acceptable to God” category.

The Comment I Submitted

I responded with a comment to the repeated statements that men are ‘zucchinis’ and women are ‘tube socks’, and that ‘zucchinis’ are (by nature) dominant and ‘tube socks’ are (by nature) submissive, and that it just doesn’t make sense for two ‘zucchinis’ or two ‘tube socks’ to be together, because ‘zucchinis’ are supposed to be in ‘tube socks’.  It just seemed like such an over-simplification of ‘relationships’ and an obsession with body parts as the only measure of what makes a valid relationship. This is the comment I submitted (plus one more sentence in []):

Anonymous deb said…

I wrote a comment, and then my browser crashed the comment window, and I lost the comment. I hesitated about trying to rewrite it, because you may not want to post it anyway, but I do want to share my thoughts.

I agree with what Jon said. Human sexuality is so much more than ‘zucchinis’ and ‘tube socks’. People are so much more than their body parts. Relationships are so much more than sexual acts.

Exploring the issue of Adam and Eve and God and men and women being together for a reason, I have a few questions. If men and women are together for the purpose of procreation, what about the couples who are unable to have children? What about older couples who meet after their childbearing years have ended? What about couples who no longer have ‘zucchini and tube sock’ sex because of illness, or disease, or injury? What about the couples who have had all the children they plan to have? What should these couples do? Should they end their relationships because they are not having sex and bringing children into the world?

People are so much more than their sexual body parts. Relationships are so much more than specific acts. Viewing human sexuality through the perspective of pornography is no better than saying a photocopy of picture of a mountain is the mountain itself.

If you want to use movies to try to understand ‘gay’ and why two men might be together, why not look at movies that are about relationships instead of contrived sexual scenes? Watch something sweet like “A Touch of Pink” and see a movie-version of a relationship between two men who love each other. You never once see their ‘zucchinis’, but you see how they love each other. You see a real (Hollywood style) relationship. It’s a movie, so it’s not real life, but it’s much more real than porn. [It’s fluffy and sweet, and one of the guys has an imaginary friend he confides in, but it’s definitely more ‘real’ than ‘zucchinis’, ‘tube socks’ and porn explanations of sexuality and relationships.]

Why not ask your readers and viewers to recommend movies you can watch to try to imagine relationships between two men? That’s what sexuality is about. It’s not about porn-movie sex. It’s about relationship.

February 23, 2010 12:51 PM

What Was I Responding To?

This is a complete transcript of Rob’s video post called “Mechanics”:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mechanics

00:06
Are you a zucchini or a tube sock?
00:17
Let’s just say zucchinis are like men and tube socks are like women.
00:35
I want to talk about mechanics today.
00:44
Never have I been able to, knowing that I’m one of these, make the jump, or take the leap, in my own mind, to really understand and accept putting two of these together, or, putting two of these together.
01:32
There’s always seemed to be a very natural, ordered connection between these two things, that I believe that God-breathed, or IS God-breathed.
02:10
Question for you, if you’re gay or lesbian: How did YOU justify taking THIS, and adding two it, saying, “two of these together make sense, or two of these together make sense.” Or, perhaps you completely reject this, and maybe consider it to be something it’s not.
03:03
I would really find it interesting to know, maybe because you’ve got same-sex attractions that you justify in your own mind that that is enough to either discount this or add to this.
03:33
Maybe you were abused as a child and that was introduced, “that” being some sort of homosexual environment or “act” was forcibly introduced to you and it changed your thinking. um.
04:10
I have never been able to get past the pragmatic notion of two zucchinis together, um, obviously a zucchini, just by its nature, is a, is a dominating object. And, the tube sock is more of a submissive object.
05:06
Now, I realize I’m just talking about physicality. So, taking two of the same object and putting them together always seemed to have little, if any, appeal to me, purely from a logical standpoint.
05:47
Of course, the Bible talks about homosexuality. It’s very clear that it’s not part of God’s plan. Even if you go back to Genesis, you look and you see God created man, woman, put them together for intended purposes. Even after the fall those purposes more or less stayed the same.
06:17
So, I offer this as an opportunity for you as a individual who struggles with same-sex attraction and isn’t actively involved with someone of the same sex, or maybe you’ve got same-sex attraction and you ARE involved.
06:43
Maybe you’re in a monogamous relationship, or not. I’d like to know your opinion.
06:54
I’d like to know what separates you from me in terms of your thinking. How do you justify, from a pragmatic standpoint, bringing together two members of the same sex together.
07:17
Signing off.

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