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Happy Gay Pride Phoenix –

On this grand and glorious day of celebration, I seek to help us remember how far we have come and not lose sight of how we have accomplished getting to where we are!

I’m moved to make this request because, in the last 24 hours, a conversation took place on FB that involved language that I felt was violent. A LGBTQ activist used the terms “racist,” “charlatan” and “bigot” to describe a community leader. I felt frustrated and saddened because for decades the Gay community has been a leader in creating cultures of peace and understanding in the midst of exceptional anger and fear.

We — the LGBTQ community — are the happy people! Using violent language and judging another individual doesn’t embrace the values of Gay Pride. Judgmental, violent language isolates and backs people into corners, forcing people to become entrenched in defending their positions. Our need for equality doesn’t get met. When we use violent language we are hurting others and, in turn, hurting ourselves. Gay Pride – to me, is making a connection – a heart-to-heart connection. It’s all about the love!

I too feel angry, frustrated and concerned when people espouse points of view that are in direct conflict with my set of values. I feel absolutely compelled to act decisively and quickly when I discover a teenager has been thrown out of his or her house or after learning someone has been beaten to death or someone has been shot. I have a need to make a difference and i am so tired of the violence. Can you relate? Today the path i choose is peace.

I want marriage equality. I want equality and justice for all. I want us all to be safe. I want our kids to grow up in loving and life-enriching environments at home, at school, in the neighborhoods they play, the movie theaters they attend and the places they buy their blue jeans and ipods. It is my belief you want this too. Are you willing to choose peace?

If ending violence means having to change how I speak, or finding a path to compassion and empathy for others with whom I don’t agree – I will do that and I will practice doing it minute-by-minute, day-by-day, as the weeks turn into months and months into years until I can be the change I want to see in the world. What steps are you taking to end violence and creating a culture of peace?

I’ve evolved. I’m not the individual I was three months ago, three or 30 years ago. My evolution has sometimes been quick and sometimes not. Day-by-day, I am learning to treat others in a manner in which I wish to be treated. Will you stand with me and open the doors of opportunity for others to walk through as new and evolved individuals?

As an active member of the Gay Community I’ve watched us be angry, hurt and sad and yet have the capacity to rise with grace and dignity and respond with love, peace and understanding. On this weekend, let’s recommit to being examples of a community of peace in the midst of exceptional violence. Let’s be the models of the change we wish to see in the world. Let’s make a choice to use language that connects with people’s hearts. Are you willing to be the change you wish to see in the world? Are you willing to choose peace?

Long Live our Legacy of Creating a Culture of Peace and Understanding.

 

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A Culture of Peace is Alive and Prospering

SunriseWe started our second class of Nonviolent | Compassionate Communication Classes yesterday and our third group will start tomorrow! Immersing myself in this training has shifted how I view the world and myself in the world. I read differently. I hear the news differently! I feel more free than I ever have! What a joy to have a “life enriching” journey of exploration.

The Quakers say, “Let your life speak.”

Gaining the sight to connect the dots of how, where, when, why hearts are opening is like finding a new pair of glasses! It takes time, many, many attempts of trying them on to see if they fit and being willing to see it through to the end and then realizing within a particular amount of time it is again time for a new pair of glasses – again. Embodying the principles of nonviolent | compassionate communication has been that new pair of glasses for me! A new filter, if you will.

Two stories on NPR caught my attention this week and alerted my senses to affirm . . . the Culture of Peace is Alive and Prospering!

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Dear Straight People!

Published on Mar 12, 2013
Denice Frohman, Women of the World Poetry Slam 2013 champion, performing in prelims at WOWPS in Minneapolis, MN.

Check out more of Denice’s work at: http://denicefrohman.com/

 

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April 4, 2013 · 12:06 pm

I Feel Very Strongly About The Issue Of Same Sex Marriage Because I Have A Gay Son

COMMENTARY • Opinion • ISSUE 49•13 • Mar 26, 2013

By God

One of the most divisive issues out there right now is the debate over whether or not gays should be allowed to marry. It is obviously an extremely sensitive topic, and I certainly can understand at least some of the reservations that opponents of gay marriage have to the idea, especially from a legal standpoint. However, as someone with a personal connection to this issue, I feel a need to speak out in favor of it, and to reaffirm my belief that gay marriage is a fundamental moral right.

You see, I am a parent of a gay child. My son, who is now an adult, the rest of the story

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Life, Liberty and Freedom

peace is not the absence of conflict it is a path to creating a world that elevates the human condition – a culture that values life, liberty and freedom must place equality for all at the forefront – for the failure to do so infringes upon life, liberty and freedom – annie

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Hospital Visitation for Domestic Partners

by Scott Wong – Dec. 17, 2008 05:30 PM
The Arizona Republic

Phoenix will become the second city in Arizona to offer its residents a program that grants hospital-visitation rights to all domestic partners. Continue reading

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December 10th 60th Anniversary Universal Declarartion of Human Rights

Today commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We are at a unique crossroad in history in the United States. On November 4th we elected the first African American/Black man to be President of the United States of America.

We have before us an opportunity to make a choice everyday. We have a choice to decide what we place the highest value on. For me I choose LIFE. I chose a healthy life. To achieve that I work for human, civil, equal rights for all people – to achieve that goal I work for social justice.

I awake in the morning bring a smile to my face and Stand Up – Step Out and make a choice to speak out knowing that in me expressing my strong beliefs others will be encouraged to do the same!

Unjust laws are unjust laws. The the same oppressive power structures that demoralize and dehumanize immigrant workers, women, insist on going to war and work to destroy public education are the same oppressive powers working to oppress people because of their sexual orientation/gender identity.

It is time for us all to Stand Up – Step Out – United together to say enough is enough I stand for Human, Equal, Civil Rights for All.

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