You Can't Sit With Us
I didn't grow up with religion in my life, so I don't really have strong opinions about that topic, although I do have some beliefs but I keep them mostly to myself. For people that have opinions that I don't agree with about religion I don't get in their face about them. I have friends of all faiths...which something just struck me.. Do Atheists have faith? Im sure they do.. Not faith in God because they don't believe in God. But Im sure they have faith in something.... See, like I said I don't know a lot about religion. When I have questions about religion I have one person I turn to to answer those questions and 99.9% of the time he knows the answer to my question.
Politics.... WOW if you really want to get someone worked up start talking about politics.
Some of you may remember an idea I came up with back in 2012 to protest a politician at our San Diego Gay Pride Parade. Three people and a $50 donation from someone that was then a stranger to me created a successful campaign that reached tens of thousands of people via social media, bloggers, word of mouth, The New York Times, even our local newspaper who supported this politician quoted me in their paper regarding the protest.
Even though we had a very successful campaign and that person lost their bid for mayor there was a lot of collateral damage. To say things got ugly would be an understatement. There were accusations, threats, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts created by people that didn't like what we were doing used to attack us. It was a very dark time for me personally.
After that I decided to back away from politics. This mid term election this same candidate ran for a seat in congress. It wasn't my district so I couldn't vote for or against him anyway. Like I told people "Not my circus, not my monkeys" I did however donate to his opponents campaign a few times in very small increments of $5 each time. But still I held back from saying much about this in public forums. It was a tight race and there was a lot of tension and ugly campaign tactics from both sides (in my opinion) during this time.
What has greatly saddened me is to see how much our community....and we can call that community the LGBT community, the LGBT Ally community and or the Democratic community (I am registered as no party affiliation) so often turns on themselves. That last special election we had to replace the mayor we had elected was when I first noticed this. I didn't like either one of the candidates and didn't want to vote for either one. I WAS BLASTED from my "own people" for saying I didn't want to vote because I didn't like either candidate. I was told, "vote for the lesser of two evils" Well thats what we did the first go around and that is exactly why we needed to have a special election to vote for a new mayor. Turns out on Election day earlier this year I was in the hospital recovering from surgery the day before and I wasn't able to vote anyway. Since then I have become a early voter by mail.
In these last few days after the majority of ballots have been counted ,and the candidate "we" didn't want conceded, people have been blowing off some steam and posting questions as to where this person should move to, a GoFundMe campaign has been created to purchase a one way ticket for he and his partner. (those funds raised will actually be given to another charity) But there are some hard core activists that think this is a waste of time, we need to start focusing on 2016. Hey great, Im glad that there is that much dedication to the process, but DO NOT come to me acting like everyone should have the same exact feelings as you do. Talking down to people and taking on a condescending attitude will do nothing more than turn people off to the process even more than they already are. In San Diego we have extremely poor voter turnout, so that fact that people are even talking about politics even if its tongue in cheek is great to me!
I will ALWAYS stand behind what I say, but if you twist my words and try to tell people that I said something completely different than what I did, and try to make me look foolish in the process (YES Ms LP ONCE AGAIN, Im talking to you) I will call you out on it!
So like I said these people with condescending attitudes and superiority complexes can miss me with their bullshit. Because the more I feel scolded the more I back away, and after being in this city for over 20 years I DO have a voice, I have ideas and I have been pretty dang effective in my past efforts. So keep preaching to the choir and you will soon find yourself singing alone.