Probably not, he was one of the first teens to die from AIDS... a year or so before most of you were born!
Today, World AIDS Day, it is quite important that all become informed of this devastating tragedy and the many sorrows left languishing in its wake.
Here is one of the many tributes to Ryan that appear today:
And... a special tribute from the BBC:
And this from Ryan's hometown:
It's very rare that I make a journal entry...
But, I figured this was a better way than posting on the Forum to draw the attention of all to a matter whose time has come!
The word "homosexual" should be banned from all media...it is encumbered with way too many derogatory connotations.
"Some gay-rights foes claim they now are bullied"
Read... and weep: What convoluted reasoning... and shameless audacity:
(My apology for making this a Journal... but I felt that it would receive greater attention here than in the Forum.)
He's not posted on Oasis for nearly a year... and when he did post, they were almost always as Forum topics or comments to the journals of others.
Here is his introductory Forum post on Oasis:
That info on the right...
It's been "dragging" all day for me! Anyone else experiencing extremely long load times?
Not just my iMac... My Macbook also is just as sluggish loading that info :(
If you have been even minimally attentive to the papers over the past few days, you cannot have escaped noting that Rutgers student (now ex-student) Dharun Ravi has been indicted (charged?) for having contributed to the very tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi.
As you must be aware, Ravi secretly videotaped a gay encounter of his Rutgers' roommate (Tyler Clementi)... and posted that video on the internet for all to view.
If you advanced your clocks this morning, you may wish to verify that your time stamp for Oasis is correct:
Click on "My account", then select "Edit." Check the "time zone" at the bottom, correct if needed, then click "Submit."
Both Magic Fantastic and Dracofangxxx have just contributed two very creative and thought-provoking journals (just below)!
Were it not for his involuntary exile from Oasis, these essays would have inspired yet a third journal that would certainly have demonstrated a matching creativeness.
It's our loss that we are currently being denied access to this fount of effusive intellectual pondering.
I pray that a reprieve will be imminent...