Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The most important tool

"[B]eing open about our lives is the most important and powerful form of activism at our disposal. Lecturing our friends and family about gay marriage isn't nearly so important as letting them see that our relationships are as important and integral to us as theirs are to them. If we do not treat our relationships as equal, how can we ever expect others to do the same? 'Coming out' isn't a one-step conversation; it's a lifelong commitment. And it isn't just about activism and civil rights. It's about living your life with integrity and honesty and, to use an overused word, it's about pride."
--Washington Blade Executive Editor Chris Crain in a Jan. 7 editorial.

Sunday, February 20, 2005


The last book I read was Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Alblom. Two quotes/aphorisms I feel like sharing--these may have been said by Morrie Schwartz in a general context but seem just as relevant for queer people everywhere--

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that give you purpose and meaning."

"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it."
The latest issue of Tehelka (dated February 26, 2005) as usual has a celebrity on "sex/what we think of it." On the question of homosexuality, Jackie Shroff, says: "...to each his own end." Was the extra "end" an addition by the writer/copy-editor or can Shroff play with words too? :-)