January 30th, 2013

Peter G

Family Is Always There

Readers, come and honor heroes among us!

Let's talk for a minute about coming out as gay.

Coming out is probably the hardest thing anyone who is gay will ever do nowadays.

It used to be, when people decided to come out, they were bolstered by the fact that they were making a political statement.  But times have changed, and "We're here, we're queer, get used to it," has pretty much gone by the wayside.

All that's left for people coming out is the exposure.  The vulnerability.  The risk.

People will often come out to others, people they barely know or casual acquaintances, long before they come out to their family and closest friends.  And the question is always, "Why didn't you tell me first?"  Simple:  because coming out to those you care about, that are intertwined in your life, is risky.  People you barely know, if they reject you, you go, "Fuck you, you're an asshole," and you never really have to worry about seeing them again.  Friends and family, though?  If they reject you, your whole life is turned upside down, and you second guess coming out or maybe you should have waited or whatever.

Every story I hear about people coming out, the poor soul is wracked with more fear and intimidation than if they were going to Hell.  Some, it turns out to not be worth the worry -- a friend of mine knew a guy who came out to his family when he was sixteen.  He couldn't think of a way to do it, so he blurted it out at the dinner table in front of his mom, dad, and sister.  Everyone just looked at him and his sister said, "Duh!  We've known for years!"  But there are also times when it's harrowing.  Dan Savage's boyfriend was beaten by his dad and given two broken arms.  And that's just the guys.  My observations suggest that women coming out face far greater ostracism and threats from other women.  And if that boggles your mind after a guy's dad beating him up and breaking his arms, yeah, it can get that bad.

Which brings us to the subject of this piece.  Her name is Laurel, and she goes by the Tumbler handle of ellende-generes.  She was going through what any gay teen does, wondering how exactly to mention this to her parents, how to handle things if the worst case scenario plays out, everything.

So she made a cake.  Pictured below, click through for biggie.


So, what happened?

Mom and dad couldn't wait to support her.  "My dad saw the cake and came into me room and hugged me and laughed.  He said he loved me and the cake and the letter and everything was perfect.  Brb crying."  "My mom saw it and cried of happiness.  We hugged and cried together.  Then, we all ate the cake and talked.  I am very luck (sic -- G) to have such supporting parents and to have so much support from you guys.  Thanks everyone!  Have a gay day!"

It does this spinning ball of dirt and ice I call my heart good to hear a story like this.  Especially when stupid intolerance still exists elsewhere.  Enjoy your life, Laurel.  And to Laurel's parents, thanks for getting it.

Honor these heroes among us.

Redefining The Term "Tight End"

So, we go from a feelgood story about being gay to a story that makes you want to nuke the world into oblivion.

For those that don't know, the Super Bowl is this weekend.  The San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens.  Macho manly straight guy action.

So says 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver.

Culliver is an asshole.  A representative Tweet from him came in today -- "Boy I wake up to a mean txt females in general just be -- well let me just say they be on their PERIOD!!#1 love is mom dudes!!! Period"  Anyone who makes fun of me for my occasional typos can just read this genius instead.

So this dude clearly has some machismo issues.  Tuesday was Media Day, where the players talk to the press, pose for pictures, and basically wish they were on a movie junket instead.  Among the people hanging around was shock jock Artie Lange, and he played a segment of the interview that night.  In the clip, Culliver stated that any gay football players would not be welcome on the team.

"I don't do that.  No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do."

"Can't be with that sweet stuff.  Nah...can't be...in the locker room man.  Nah."

In response to gay football players remaining closeted, he said, "Yeah, come out 10 years later after that."

If Culliver really thinks there are no gays in football in general and not at least one gay or bi player on the team, then that's a real nice dream world he's living in.

You know, football players are supposed to have brain damage AFTER taking hits.

When Representatives Of God Need A Background Check

There's a Reddit user who works as a waiter in a restaurant.  And on this particular day, he tended to a party of twenty people.

Keep in mind that restaurants will tack on an automatic gratuity for large parties, typically eight or more.  It's on the menus, for Christ's sake.  I see the message at Cracker Barrel and Bob Evans.

This restaurant set the bar at nine, and the gratuity is 18%.  The gratuity is, once again, automatic -- it comes up in the computer, it's not something the waiter adds on.

The waiter posted this picture of one of the receipts, a $34.93 with the $6.29 added on:

Cheapshit Pastor

For those who are having trouble processing this because there is so much wrong, here's the big picture -- this dipshit wrote at the top, "I give God 10%, why do you get 18" before scribbling out the gratuity and writing 0.  And in answer to, "Just who does this asshole think he is, he writes on there that he's a pastor.

Yeah.  Service to God apparently exempts you from service to your fellow man.  Kind of explains a lot, actually.

Anyone that says to me should love and support our brothers in Christ, let's see them love and support others first, then we'll talk.