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Anyone in DFW area?

For the next week or so, I'm in the Dallas, Texas area, so if anyone wants to say, "Hey" and you live here, now is the time.

Mainly chilling out and doing family stuff here, although there will be some gay excursions.

Right now, to continue the Latin vibe that began in Mexico this week, I may go try out Bamboleos, a gay Latin bar here. Anyone else know of anything worth doing here?

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Speak out against Bush's divisive anti-gay marriage Constitutional amendment

In less than 48 hours, Congress will vote on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would permanently deny marriage equality to same-sex couples. This is unprecedented -- never before has our Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. We've got to fight back.

You can let your voice be heard at: http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdiv

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Ronald Reagan R.I.P

Just wrote this up for my blog after hearing the news, and thought I'd share it here as well...

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Came home from helping a friend move into his apartment tonight, and decided to check CNN to see if anything happened today, and the entire front page is on Reagan dying. I wasn't the most political person when he was president. I remember sitting with my grandfather in his house and him telling me to watch Reagan being sworn in as president on television. That it was a big deal.

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Meet-up And Fight for Gay marriage

Posting this for someone (so the "I" is not me:

I wanted to make sure you all knew about the Marriage Meetups.
Meetup.com was such a wonderful tool for the Howard Dean Campaign, and I
think it could also be a great tool in fighting the Amendment and
working for marriage equality in local communities across the country.

The Marriage Meetups are scheduled for the first Monday of every month.

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CALLING YOUNG WRITERS, ARTISTS AND COMPOSERS!

San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) announces the world premiere of the OutSpoken Project as part of their ongoing YouthAware Program. Through written word, poetry, visual art, music and drama, NCTC is asking all youth, regardless of their sexual orientation, to send in their experiences with issues of sexual identity, homophobia, acceptance and pride.

These submissions will be compiled into a new play by award-winning author Norman Allen. After a premiere production in San Francisco this summer, to be performed by local youth, the script will be made available at no cost to schools, youth groups and community organizations across the country for use in their own performance and educational outreach programs.

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Rosie gets married!

Just got back from seeing Rosie O'Donnell marry her longtime partner Kelli Carpenter at City hall in San Francisco this afternoon. As I work a $7 cab ride away from City Hall, it seemed relevant to see history in the making, as Rosie brings even more visibility to an issue that 3,300 anonymous gay couples couldn't on their own.

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus put together a decent-sized group on short notice, all holding different colored flowers and singing songs such as "American The Beautiful," "We Shall Overcome," and "Going to the Chapel," with the crowd cheering them on and singing along. Lots of spectators, many couples, and even more media were all waiting in anticipation as we sorted out what was occurring.

Acknowledging the "Going to the Chapel" song, Rosie said, "We really did. We got married." Carpenter held the license in her hand throughout the statement.

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Going to the chapel...

Hmm, as I'm sure most of you have read by now, San Francisco became the same sex wedding capital of the world recently, with more than 2,300 couples being married since Thursday, starting with Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, who have been lesbian activists since the 50s and a couple for 51 years.

Sadly, I have been laid up with an illness all week, so I didn't get to see any of the celebration firsthand. The closest I got was being on a bus going past City Hall, with its line of hopeful couples snaking down the stairs, and around the corner and block. I was headed to a movie, one of my only outings all week, and the level of physical activity for which I was only capable.

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Ko Imani book now available!

Ko Imani was an Oasis writer on the previous version of the site, before I bunged it up and it disppeared for a while.

Anyway, Ko has been a busy boy, publishing his book "Shirt of Flame," calling for a new LGBT activism.

A sample chapter is available online. You can also purchase it, and by all means, do so if you can. We need to support our own, and Ko is independently publishing this thing, so he needs your help to get the word out.

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Supreme Court overturns sodomy laws

WASHINGTON � In an historic decision with wide-ranging implications, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a Texas law that makes some kinds of sexual intimacy a crime, but only for gay people. The decision overrules the court�s 1986 decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, which was widely condemned for treating gay people as second-class citizens.��It was hailed by the American Civil Liberties Union as a major milestone in the fight for constitutional rights.

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I believe...

I don't post as much here anymore, most of my writing ends up elsewhere lately. So, I had to come up with something as a profile of sorts for an online site, and figured i may as well post it here, too. Here goes...

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A follow-up...

Just wanted to follow up my original post and perhaps clear the air a bit more...

I notice there are some negative posts on the site today, but there's always the problem of wanting to point them out and being unable to after deleting them, etc., etc. Had I posted this message yesterday, I would delete Corvus' post, but at this point I want it to be the last negative reminder of how delicate our community is on Oasis. And how precious...

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Fixing Oasis...

Ack, can't I just go away, write my novel and have the site run smoothly? Apparently not.

I don't care about the forum stuff, because that is its purpose, people debating things. Plus, if people bring up religion, hate crimes, liberal issues, crushing on straight guys, etc., etc., they are intentionally opening themselves up.

However, when a user, be they straight, bi, trans, gay, lesbian, or anything else posts something on their personal blog, it is not an opportunity for people to pick apart their words for flaws, or jokes, etc. People coming here looking for support should find it. In fact, if someone writes something that even skates the line between self-pitying or whining, I would far prefer people not respond than to say anything negative.

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The Best Gay Books EVER!

So, there was a message board topic looking for non-fiction and lesbian novels, and in my misreading, I started preparing a list of some of the best gay books I've read. Halfway into it, I realized i was off-topic, but decided it might be good to post this and steer people away from some of the really bad gay fiction (read: most of it).

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See Jeff and Kirk Read in SF (you missed it)!!

Next Thursday is your only chance this year to hear what I've been up to, as I will be reading two chapters from my forthcoming novel.

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It's a Bittersweet Symphony... that's life

It's a beautiful thing to see one of your best friends shine. To see how they glow when they are in love.

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