August 2001

Hey everybody. Well I'm back after taking a little vacation last month. It was part busy with finals and part slacking on writing an article but it's all good. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I just got back from Europe recently. I went with a program called American Music Abroad-I played in their orchestra tour. We went to Austria, Hungary, Germany, France, and some other less notable countries. My personal favorite was Vienna-a beautiful city with some beautiful hunks as well. But enough about that.

There is one thing that has been really been bugging me lately....Straight Guys who screw with me. First there is this straight best friend of mine who thought he could hit on me since he was 'lonely'. Then I thought that he actually liked me or something so I got all worked up, but then he backed out. Then on this trip to Europe I just took there were these guys who thought it was cool to grab my nipples and my gluteus maximus. I don't know how they get away with it. I mean usually if a guy is only in the drama club he's suspect, but these guys get away with grabbing everyone's ass. How do they do it? I want to learn!! Not really, I'm not into the whole sexual harassment business.

Gay-Straight Alliances. Ok, I kind of want to start one in my school, but I'm a little shifty on it. First of all I'm not even out to my sisters, and since one of them goes to the same school as me that might be a problem- but I'm working on it. Then I couldn't find anyone else to start one with me. The guy I asked said he was going to start an anti-discrimination club or something, although I don't think he's going to since he doesn't seem really into the whole gay activism thing. And I don't know if it would work or not. I don't think enough people in my school would be interested in it, even though there's about 2,500 people or something. I really think something needs to be done though, since my school is homophobic-like pretty much every other high school in America. So I want to hear from you people. If your high school has a GSA do you think it's useful? Horrible? Waste of time? And so on. Also, what do you do all the time? So yeah, if anyone could help me out I'd appreciate it.

Okay, I was just wondering...do you think Ben and Jerry of the famous Ben and Jerry's ice cream are a gay couple? I don't know if they are married, which if they were I would pretty much forget about it. I read that their company provides domestic partner benefits-which is pretty cool. I don't know, it just crossed my mind one day and I thought I would share it with you. It would be really cool if they were, because this religious conservative guy I know said during the whole Jim Jeffords ordeal that the only thing good to come out of Vermont is Ben and Jerry's-then he knocked on the whole gay marriage thing. Oh well.

So that's the end of my column. I'm going to try to find a job for the four weeks before marching band camp so I don't end up sitting on my ass the whole time. If I'm going to be bored I'd rather be paid for being bored if you know what I mean. And I have to start with the whole college junk- yuck yuck yuck. Well, hope to hear from you. Peace out. Later.



Phill is a 17 year old queer dude living in Fairfax County, VA near the District of Columbia. He plays tuba, has an interest in Japanese language, and loves to get down to Stayin' Alive by the BeeGees. You can e-mail him at okottakaba@aol.com or IM him at the same name.

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