Sunday, March 29, 2015

Freedom of Thought

Today I would like to talk about freedom of thought. It is a grand concept and desire for so many. The ability to hold your beliefs freely and in peace, to live your life as you hold dear,. and  a central pillar of liberty for all.

The well being of people truly rests in the ability to think for yourself and be secure in the knowledge no one will take that from you or seek to oppress you for your thoughts or existence. It is a vital part of democracy. The calling card of free society.

In this basic Human right is also the grant to be free from another's thoughts. Be it social, political, or religious people have the right to be safe in their lives and free from forceful control. The blossom of liberty is just that liberty to be who, what, or what you desire to be.

It's is not a difficult concept to understand but it is a frightening one. Some people see allowing others the freedoms they possess  an affront to their beliefs. By allowing others something they do not support an overt act against them.

You know freedom is a tradition and life choice that must be nurtured. It is a foundation that must apply to all or it applies to none. How many have died to establish that hope that one day we can all live? We can live free and in peace.

It is not a betrayal of ones conscience to allow others things you may not agree with. It is a betrayal of freedom if you do not. Freedom of thought is freedom from thought.

Just as no one should force their will upon you, you should not force yours upon them. Only in equality do civilizations thrive. Otherwise you always have a dark blood strewn alley that haunts you. You hurt people. You stifle life its self.

As I already mentioned freedom of thought is a simple concept but it is not so easy to practice. You must give and take with all those around you. Sometimes that means you are not the most important in needs. And that's a concept to be ok with. Our goal in life should be to lift up and protect all those around us.

It is not about if our action agrees with what we as individuals believe. It is trust, compassion, and love. It is the true elevation of the individual. Without it we are merely a collection or faction. All people in life matter and contribute wonderful things to all of our existence.

I've mentioned before Humanity is a splendid cloth and each of it a thread. Whatever our color, shape, style, or vibrance we a part of the whole. Remove one and you weaken the whole fabric. Rip it out and you leave a gaping hole.

Be proud of what we are as a whole. Don't be frightened if a thread is different that what fits you. No one is making you become what you are not. You know the rainbow is not just an LGBT thing it is a Human one. It is the bridge that unites us all under a brilliant hue of thoughtful wonder. Would you pluck red from its radiance simply because you didn't like it?

That which exists, exists for all. Love diversity, Honor thought, Respect life. Telling words so chosen by many so long ago. Maybe in our time of fear we should trust that our lives are our own and that another's only affects us if we choose to let it.

Be free! Be free to be you. Be free with others. And most importantly know it's ok to not agree. I say this because in our wonderful world we are billions of varied threads interwoven in a  bolt so grand none of us truly see its majesty.

Gaze upon diversity. Gaze upon life. Gaze upon what the simple right of thought can create. The rainbow fabric of creation is all our heritage. Treasure it, nurture it, and love it.

Love is Never Wrong!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

When Hate is Shrouded in Religious Authority

Today I now live in a state that has enshrined the ability to discriminate solely upon peoples beliefs. So the inquisition begins....

Any LGBT person here in Indiana can now be denied a job, a home, the ability to shop for food, and even medical care by anyone claiming its against their religious beliefs. In spite of popular disapproval of the people, business, and even some religious groups it has been signed into law.

As expected business is already pulling out of the state. I imagine as it begins to be execute so will a migration of people. Certainly I can assure all those who are not LGBT you should beware also. If you are atheist, a member of a different religion, or even a different race be very aware its is a short leap till they persecute you.

Will we see the return of the school of thought that black people bear the mark of Cain? And as such can be denied service due to religious belief? Will Jewish people denied service if they do not accept Christ? Will Muslims be expelled as heathens? Will hospitals turn out those in need because a person conflicts with their beliefs?

Any law that denies existence to any people simply for existing is wrong. It is one thing to hold differing beliefs and be protected to hold those beliefs. It is another to hurt people. Life is not a game and people are not things to be cast aside as rubbish. You would think the world ha learned its lessons about the first steps into darkness.

To Nelson Mandela the barbed wire now cuts us to. To Ann Frank I fear some of us may have to hide as well. To all the oppressed I sing your tune.

Love is never Wrong!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Conflict Within

Today I would like to talk about the conflict within. Everyone who is LGBT will know exactly what I'm talking of. The conflict that threatens our happiness, well being, and even life. It is the shadow that stalks our lives if we allow it.

Being who we are we face so much pressure to be who we are not. Family, friends, work, church... all try to tell us who we are and how to be. It is an assault on the spirit, a war if you will.  Pressures from outside attempting to shape us to their desire.

This struggle is one of the greatest we all face. It is never easy and not everyone deals with it, or deals with it very well. When we are young we have not found our self. So we either break free or we wait. When we have become adults new pressures can delay things even longer. As we get older we add the shackles of all the life we have lived before.

Most of us do not like conflict. We only want to be free. And that is the struggle. When ever it comes to the issue of us, we are its master. Regardless of anything outside we choose our path. Sometimes that means we walk in sunshine and others stormy skies with brambles slicing our legs along the way.

There is no one clear answer to the conflict within but we can ask ourselves questions to help us decide where we go and what we do.

Can I live my life bowing to the desires of others even though it will cause me heartache and pain?

Am I being selfish wanting to be me or are others being so by not accepting who I am?

What do I hope for if I change?

What will I do if I change?

And most importantly will I love me as I am with whatever choice I make?

There may be many more things to ask but these are fairly important. It is important to know who you are and what you want. From there you have to decide what makes me happy and will my choices make me happy. If we don't do this and just languish in the howling wind of indecision we begin to rot.

Our soul does not like stagnation it takes us to dark places. And for wondrous beings who deserve to shine the darkness is not our friend. So I leave you with one final question.

What do you want? Forget the outside when answering this because you must know you before contending with anything or anyone else. Whatever your path or choice it must be entirely you. You can not be a whole person otherwise. And when you have decided love! Love yourself, your life, and those around you regardless of what the outside says or thinks.

Love is Never Wrong

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Lesbian Point of View

Considering yesterday's post was about negative speech towards Lesbians I thought would all could use a different perspective. So today we have some Lesbian YouTube channels. From informative to racy and real examples of love you should find something of interest. It's an L day!

Girl Friends TV

Our Lesbian Love

The Gay Women Channel

Stevie and Sarah

Arielle Scarcella



Love is Never Wrong

Friday, March 13, 2015

How "Dyke Soup" woke me up!

I've not posted in quite some time. My health and real life seem to sap most of my desire and energy. I guess it's easy to let some things go. Links of Love is one of those projects I never really expect much contact with people but hope they can find helpful sources to lift their lives.

Till now I've been content to just leave the links and thoughts from me up to continue to help those in need. That was till yesterday. When you don't feel well and you have lots of time you begin to look for things to distract you and hopefully make you smile. For me one of mine is watching YouTube content.

One I watch is a collaboration of several large YouTube personalities. They stream on Twitch daily and for the most part are entertaining. Well yesterday they are nearing the end of one of their live streams and one of the characters in this series asks what a certain fluid is. One replies sewage and quickly another, who is their server admin, adds "Dyke Soup".

You know I've heard a lot of hateful things in life and seen many bigots and hatemongers. But here in a gaming series produced by young twenty-somethings one of them decided to equate being lesbian to eating feces. The old label your dirty, nasty, and disgusting reared it's ugly head.

I stopped watching that instant. Instantly I was sad. How many young women who may be struggling with their sexuality were watching? The group has millions of subscribers in total. How many just had to hear "Dyke Soup." How many were already depressed or in bad places already and hoping a simple game series would distract them? How many?

I began this blog to try and help our youth and really anyone who needed help or support and here several years on I'm still worried what will set off more youth to step over the brink. It's sometimes hard enough being a teen with normal issues let alone being LGBT.

My sadness turned to anger as the day went on. Anger at someone so insensitive as to harm young viewers. You know I can handle bigots saying what they want to an adult but children and teens? No!!! It is absolutely shameful.

To degrade a person for their very being is vile. This is not like normal bullying. People with glasses can in most cases get contacts or vision correction. The overweight can lose weight. Being a geek can be fashionable. No this was an assault on the very being of anyone being lesbian.

With so many breakthroughs recently we still face threats to our youth. My anger turned to myself. I had not been helping lately. Then sadness returned. It really has been an emotional day.

So here I am! My job is not finished. So my lesson for today is surprisingly a cooking recipe.

Dyke Soup

2  Wonderful Lesbians  :)

1  Part Mutual Attraction

2  Whole parts of Love

Mix well and let simmer. Serves 2 with much happiness.

Love is Never Wrong