It’s Time For Everyone To Start Working At Healing This Battered, Divided Nation

11-8-20
   Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the presidential election, and yes, this is a big deal. A potential turning point to begin the process of healing this bitterly divided, battered nation.
   I’m an Independent politically. In some ways, I’m very liberal while in other ways I’m moderately liberal and moderate. Like many people in this country, I’m a mixture.
   We’ve all seen how viciously divided this nation has become. While Donald Trump’s outrageous rhetoric has seriously inflamed this state of affairs, others on all sides of the political spectrum have contributed to it.
   Many people have gotten to the point where they see almost anyone who doesn’t agree with them enough as a mortal enemy. Instead of calmly discussing issues, learning about (and from) one another, people often lash out. They frequently refuse to listen to the other side or even consider different points of view.
   Another trend contributing to this problem is how many people only surround themselves with others who agree with them and exclusively seek out information from sites that tell them what they want to hear.
   Thing is folks, this is not healthy, and it’s hurting our nation.
   Like it or not, this country is made up of people with a whole plethora of views, ideas, and outlooks. We are not going to agree on everything, yet we still have to live together. We need to find ways to talk and listen to each other. Learn from one another. Find ways to work together.
   I think most people in this country are sick of the vicious divide that has been tearing things apart. It’s time for change.
   We need to do better. We should be able to have healthy, rational, calm discussions with people who hold different views. We ought to be learning from one another and seeking out ways to work together. Frankly, people (whatever their political views) need to get out of their comfort zones and seek to open their minds. Get information from a variety of different sources and hear what others have to say. Try to find ways to educate, learn, listen, and work together.
   And yes, sometimes this will mean making some compromises, and I’m talking to everyone here. Liberal, conservative, in between, whomever you are.
   I truly hope that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris start bridging some of the serious divides plaguing our country and get people talking again. Strive to get some bipartisanship back in government.
   But they can’t do it alone. Let’s all start working at the process of healing this battered, divided nation.

Why Is There So Much Prejudice Against The LGBTQ Community? Why?

   Why is there still so much prejudice against the LGBTQ Community?
   Why?
   LGBTQ people have been around for the entire history of humanity. LGBTQ behavior is also seen in other animal species.
   So where did all this prejudice and hate come from?
   The answer isn’t simple.
   Numerous factors are involved in creating intolerance and prejudice because I don’t think people are born that way.
    Lack of understanding is a big one. Many people don’t understand what it means to be LGBTQ. They don’t know the challenges and pain many LGBTQs face on a regular basis. They don’t seem to grasp that being LGBTQ is part of who a person is and cannot just be switched off (and shouldn’t be switched off). There is nothing wrong with being LGBTQ. Being LGBTQ can and should be a wonderful thing.
   Now, add on influences from people, organizations, schools, churches, leaders, family, and friends. If many of those  surrounding influences are prejudiced themselves, that can affect a person, especially if the individual already has a lack of understanding about the LGBTQ Community.
   Often, intolerance and prejudice can be insidious with individuals frequently not recognizing they are prejudiced themselves. Others know they are but have so much hate that they don’t care. Either way, they are hurting innocent people.
   Such hurt can manifest in many ways. It can occur when people make fun of someone just because that person is LGBTQ. Or when an organization refuses to help because those in need are LGBTQ.  Another example is how many people categorically refuse to date someone they would be interested in otherwise just because that person is LGBTQ (Bisexual+, Non-binary, and Transgender individuals are frequently the victims of this).
   In early 2020, Tennessee signed into law new regulations that allow religious based adoption agencies to automatically reject prospective parents just because they are LGBTQ.  This is legalized discrimination.
   All this prejudice against the LGBTQ Community needs to change.
   Everyone should take a good hard look at themselves, their views, and the factors driving those views. All should educate themselves to better understand other people, including those who are different.
  It’s the 21st Century! Time for people to open their minds and let go of the intolerance and prejudice pervading society these days.
  It’s time…

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/most-lgbtq-americans-experience-harassment-discrimination-harvard-study-finds-n823876 https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/12/19/anti-lgbt-discrimination-has-huge-human-toll-research-proves-it/ https://www.thedailybeast.com/are-bisexuals-shut-out-of-the-lgbt-club

Time For Everyone To Open Their Hearts And Minds Regarding The Bisexual+ Community

   Seems to me that most of the population still has a lot to learn about Bisexuality+!
   Yep, sure do. One reason I know this is because so many Bi+ individuals feel they have to live in the closet due to the prejudices encountered from members of the Straight and Gay/Lesbian Communities.
   So, it’s way past time for everyone to open their minds and educate themselves!
   Firstly, people need to realize that Bi+ individuals can be totally faithful and monogamous.
   Yes, it’s true.
   Now, like any community, there is a wide range of Bi+ folks from all walks of life with a plethora of feelings and outlooks. Most are looking for, or are in, monogamous relationships while there are others in ethically open or polyamorous relationships. Different terms are used as well such as Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid and so on. Bi+ is an umbrella term encompassing anyone who can be attracted to more than one gender, whatever label(s) they prefer.
   Everyone needs to recognize that the vast majority of Bi+ people are decent human beings hoping to find someone special. Searching for love, romance, companionship, chemistry, and connection. Sound familiar?
   And sure, like all communities, there are a few jerks. But they are the exceptions, not the rule.
   One of the big problems facing Bi+ today is how so many people believe or go along with unfair, preconceived stereotypes which are not true the majority of the time. Bi+ are not a bunch of confused, lying cheaters, yet way too much of society go along with these ridiculous notions. This is why so much of the Bi+ Community suffers in the closet, afraid of what will happen if their secret is discovered. And Bi+ individuals who are out frequently face intolerance and prejudice from members of the Straight and Gay/Lesbian Communities, often finding dating brutally difficult since so many categorically refuse to go out on even one date with a Bi+ person.
   Newsflash folks: if you like someone, you’re interested in them in many ways, you both want a monogamous relationship (for example), and so on, but you automatically refuse to go out with them once you realize they can be attracted to more than one gender, that is a form of prejudice!
   This needs to change.
   People need to educate themselves and open their minds.
   They should not be intolerant, jumping to unfair conclusions, just because someone is Bi+.
   They need to remember that Bi+ are people too and deserve a chance.
   Remember: Love Is Love!

https://bi.org/en

https://biresource.org/

http://stillbisexual.com/

During Challenging Times, Believe In Yourself And Don’t Give Up!

5-13-20
   When times are tough, whatever the cause, you need to hang in there, believe in yourself, and stay strong.
   It’s not always easy. I get that. Really, I do because I’m dealing with challenging things right now as I write this.
   I’ve had terrible slander spread about me and experienced repeatedly how people, whom I had thought I could count on, abandoned me when I needed support. It’s like everything is hitting the fan and you are left to face it alone.
   It can be heartbreaking and devastating, leaving you feeling so isolated and lonely at a time when you could really use people in your corner. When difficult situations occur, a person may discover that many people whom they thought were friends, really weren’t, making one feel even more alone.
   Seeing how when the going gets tough, so many get the hell out of Dodge, it’s easy to become eaten up with feelings of bitterness, anger, hurt, and pain. While having these emotions is quite normal, don’t let them consume you. That’s not healthy either. Learn to manage such feelings. Don’t let them run your life. Even though it may be hard to believe, there are decent, good individuals in the world. Don’t give up on all humanity. Instead, try to be wiser in dealing with it.
   Be strong. Have courage. Believe in your ability to handle whatever you need to deal with! Don’t give up on the human race , but also remember that you can rely on yourself and be your own best friend.
   You will get through this!

People Need To Educate Themselves About The Bisexual+ Community!

   Guess what!
   Bisexual+ people are real!
   Another thing to learn is that Bi+ individuals can be totally faithful and monogamous.
   Yep, it’s true.
   Now, like any community, there is a wide range of Bi+ folks from all walks of life with a plethora of feelings and outlooks. Most are looking for, or are in, monogamous relationships while there are others in ethical open or polyamorous relationships. Different terms are used as well such as Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid and so on. Bi+ is an umbrella term encompassing anyone who can be attracted to more than one gender, whatever label(s) they prefer.
   The vast majority of Bi+ people are decent human beings hoping to find someone special. Searching for love, romance, companionship, chemistry, and connection. Sound familiar?
   And sure, like all communities, there are a few jerks. But they are the exceptions, not the rule.
   One of the big problems facing Bi+ today is how so many people believe or go along with unfair, preconceived stereotypes which are not true the majority of the time. Bi+ are not a bunch of confused, lying cheaters, yet way too much of society go along with these ridiculous notions. This is why so much of the Bi+ Community suffers in the closet, afraid of what will happen if their secret is discovered. And Bi+ individuals who are out frequently face intolerance and prejudice from members of the Straight and Gay/Lesbian Communities, often finding dating brutally difficult as a result.
   This needs to change.
   People need to educate themselves and open their minds.
   They should not be intolerant, jumping to unfair conclusions, just because someone is Bi+.
   They need to remember that Bi+ are people too and deserve a chance.
   Remember: Love Is Love!

https://bi.org/en

http://stillbisexual.com/

https://biresource.org/

Miss Staten Island Banned From Parade After Coming Out As Bisexual

Madison L’Insalata is a brave young woman. She was crowned Miss Staten Island and was going to march in the Staten Island St Patrick’s Day Parade which pageant queens traditionally do.
   She made the courageous decision to publicly come out as Bisexual and planned on marching in the parade showing her true self representing Staten Island and the LGBTQ Community.
   But within hours of coming out she and another pageant queen who had supported her were informed that organizers had banned the two from marching in the parade.
   This is yet another example of disgraceful, deeply hurtful prejudice that Bisexual+ and other LGBTQ people face all too commonly these days.
   It’s the 21st Century!
   Time for everyone to educate themselves and open their minds!
   Prejudice and discrimination is wrong and must end!
   Shame on the parade organizers for their disgusting, outdated behavior!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/madison-linsalata-miss-staten-island-comes-out-bisexual-banned-st-patricks-day-parade/

Too Many Bisexual+ People Suffer Due To A Lack Of Understanding And Intolerance From Others

Bi+ is an umbrella term for anyone who can be attracted to more than one gender. Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and so on all fit under this term.

And let me tell you: being Bi+ these days is not easy!

Too many people have a severe lack of understanding about, intolerance for, and even prejudice against Bisexual+ individuals. And this comes from members of the Straight and Gay/Lesbian Communities.


And it’s Bi+ who pay the price.


Too many Bi+ feel isolated and lonely, going through life without any sense of community. Because intolerance comes from members of the straight and gay/lesbian communities, most Bi+ live and suffer in the closet. Fearful of what might happen if their secret is discovered. It can be terribly painful and exhausting enduring that for years on end

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For Bi+ who are out, many must deal with hurtful comments and other examples of intolerance. A great number find dating brutally difficult since so much of society categorically refuses to even consider dating a Bi+ despite the fact many Bi+ are monogamous and most want to find someone special.


It’s time for people to educate themselves and open their minds.


Let go of preconceived stereotypes that are untrue most of the time.


Everyone should work towards being more tolerant, kind, caring, and open-minded. Doing so would make the world a better place for all.

Here are some links to help.

https://bi.org/en

https://biresource.org/

http://stillbisexual.com/

People Need To Educate Themselves And Open Their Minds

What is Bi+ you ask?

Bi+ (or Bisexual+) is an umbrella term for anyone who can be attracted to more than one gender, whatever term(s) they prefer. Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, etc all fit under the Bi+ umbrella.

Next, more people are Bi+ than Gay/Lesbian.

Yes, it’s true.

Thing is, because of intolerances and prejudices coming from members of the Straight and Gay/Lesbian Communities, most Bi+ suffer in the closet. Afraid of being discovered, of being ostracized, losing friends, losing family, and so on.

Many people who are guilty of being intolerant against Bi+ may not even realize it. Too much of society these days believe unfair, preconceived, negative stereotypes that are untrue for most Bi+. These stereotypes include the ideas that Bisexual+ individuals must be confused, lying cheaters or some combination of that.

But most Bi+ individuals are decent, honest human beings hoping to find someone special. Many are totally monogamous as well.

Sound familiar?

It’s way past time for everyone to educate themselves and open their minds. Let go of preconceived stereotypes that are not true most of the time.

Stop automatically rejecting someone in the dating world just because they are Bi+.

Quit assuming a Bi+ individual must be confused and untrustworthy.

How would you feel if most of society thought these things about you?

Hmm?

Let’s all strive to be open minded people and make this a better, happier world for everybody!

https://bi.org/en

http://stillbisexual.com/

https://biresource.org/

People Must Register To Vote And Actually Vote To Defeat Trump and Other Republicans

The Democratic Iowa Caucus appears to have had a lot of confusion as well as a disappointing turn out. Folks, too much is at stake! Trump and the Republicans in Washington are frankly scary.

The national deficit is worsening dramatically.

Russia is not being held accountable for its ongoing cyber assaults on our country and other nations.

Trump interfered with the Mueller Investigation as well as the Impeachment Inquiry and Trial. If a Democratic President did this, I bet the Republicans would have decisively impeached and convicted them.

The Trump Administration abandoned our Kurdish allies, a move which greatly enhanced Russia’s power in the region and ensured that nations around the world will no longer trust the United States like they once did. This latter state of affairs is exacerbated by the way Trump insults, undermines, and injures our long term allies.

Trump’s actions with regards to Iran has increased the likelihood that that nation will develop nuclear weapons. If Iran does, Saudi Arabia will follow suit since they are adversaries. Then two extremist governments will be nuclear powers. The risk of a terror organization getting a nuclear device will go up. And make no mistake: if a terror group obtains one, they will use it.

Donald Trump lies on a scale we haven’t seen in a modern president and then viciously assaults the legitimate free press when they rightly call him out on it. The free press, which Trump clearly disrespects and does not like, is a vital component to American Democracy. Trump’s attacking such an important part of our freedom as “fake” is exceedingly dangerous and frighteningly reminiscent of authoritarian rulers around the world and throughout history.

The Republicans in Congress have shown themselves to be pathetically and dangerously weak enablers of Donald Trump and his terrible behavior. They won’t hold him accountable when they clearly should and have failed their oaths of office by refusing to subpoena witnesses and documents in the Impeachment Proceedings. If a jury in any other trial behaved as the Senate Republicans have, a mistrial would have been declared.

Trump and the Republicans are desperately trying to pack the Supreme Court with hard core conservatives who could jeopardize the rights of millions of Americans. LGBTQ rights in particular could be in serious danger if Ruth Bader Ginsberg is replaced by an extremist social conservative.

Clearly, the upcoming election is one of the most important events in US history.

Too much is at stake to stay out of it.

So, get involved!

Speak up! Register to vote!

And VOTE!

Remember, particularly in the Presidential election, we must unite behind whoever wins the Democratic Presidential nomination. Voting for a 3rd party candidate is helping Donald Trump.

So whoever the Democratic Presidential candidate turns out to be, suck it up and vote for them!

Too much is at stake not to!

And by the way, I’m an Independent.

Time To Learn About The Bisexual+ Community Everyone!

Here’s the deal folks: the Bisexual+ Community is hurting and struggling. Has been for years. And this needs to change!
   For one thing, Bisexual+ is an umbrella term for anyone who has the potential to be attracted to more than one gender, whatever label(s) they prefer. Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and so on all fit under this umbrella.
   Another thing is that Bisexual and Pansexual are different terms and perhaps different ways of looking at the same idea. Bisexuality means the potential for attraction to more than one gender, any gender (Male, Female, Non-binary, Transgender, etc), while Pansexuality means attraction to someone regardless of gender. See what I mean. Different names and perhaps different ways of looking at the same thing. Many Bi+ use both terms for themselves.
   Did you know that more people are Bi+ than Gay and Lesbian? Yep it’s true. But much of today’s society has a serious lack of understanding about Bisexual+ individuals. This often leads to insecurities, intolerances, and prejudices aimed at Bi+ persons. People often believe unfair preconceived stereotypes that are false the majority of the time. Thing is, the Bi+ Community is varied and diverse. While some are in ethically open or polyamorous relationships, most are monogamous and hoping to find someone special.
   The Bi+ Community is NOT a bunch of confused, lying sex maniacs!
   In media, Bi+ individuals and characters often have their identities erased or are treated badly as confused, lying villains. In the dating world, many people categorically refuse to date Bi+ individuals despite the fact that most would be totally faithful.
   Everyone needs to recognize that the majority of Bi+ want to find that special someone. Sound familiar?!
   That is why increased visibility of Bisexual+ people and education are so important. As Bisexuality/Pansexuality becomes more widely known, hopefully people will learn to open their minds and let go of unfair, negative stereotypes that are false most of the time.