The article asks for a response to a number of pictures of a naked POTUS with unicorns. My view for what it is worth is that POTUS is the first US president I would freely describe as being sexy. It has little to do with the power of office, more to do with looks, persona, intellect or charisma. He is just sexy, my favourite being the one above, I think it is about king’s checkmate. My least favourite ‘Ugly Betty’, I loathe fluff and that program is all about nothingness or fluff.
My vote is for a sexy man in the buff riding a unicorn slaying the ignorant!
Madiba is a man who has faced oppression and through his humanity developed resilience that beams from his every word and action. He is no superhero, but an activist who stood up against his oppressors to gain justice, at great personal risk. It is this quality, his resilience that singles him out in history as a great man of principle, a leader who embraced his humanity and showed respect to others that has given him authority. In our community we have many people through their lived experience have gained that quality of inner strength to bounce back or adapt.
In reality we all have that potential however it takes commitment to both principles and action. It is in the word and deeds that say to our oppressors, that you can marginalise me, oppress me, deny my culture beat me, imprison me and even kill me but I will not be defeated. I was here yesterday, I am here today and I will be here tomorrow demanding my rights to be treated as a human being.
As we celebrate our nation’s liberation this weekend, this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King has special meaning to so many of us. He wrote it while serving time in jail in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Maybe all those who are counselling the LGBT community to be patient or wait or now is not the time might find some wisdom in these very important words.
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
Dr. Martin Luther King
A presumably albino humpback whale that travels up and down the east coast of Australia has become famous in the local media, on account of its extremely rare all-white appearance. Migaloo is the only known all-white humpback whale in the world. The whale, first sighted in 1991 and believed to be 3–5 years old at that time, is called Migaloo (a word for “white fella” from one of the languages of the Indigenous Australians). Speculation about the whale’s gender was resolved in October 2004 when researchers from Southern Cross University collected sloughed skin samples from Migaloo as he migrated past Lennox Head, and subsequent genetic analysis of the samples proved he is a male. Because of the intense interest, environmentalists feared that the number of boats following it each day was distressing the whale. In response, the Queensland and New South Wales governments introduce legislation each year to order the maintenance of a 500 m (1,600 ft) exclusion zone around the whale. Recent close up pictures have shown Migaloo to have skin cancer and/or skin cysts because of his lack of protection from the sun.
I love the article Mr Comer speaks his mind on the need for celebrities in our community to make some kind of public confession on their identity. The article refers to Adam Lambert American Idol runner-up declaration that he is gay and son of Icon Cher, Chaz Bono community rights activist undergoing gender or really sex reassignment. The author raises the question why do these celebrities and others need to make such public statements on private matters. His wish
“We lived in a world where Lambert and Bono would not feel that they had to disclose such intimate details about themselves. …they could take their sexuality for granted just as most of us straight people do…”
I note Mr Comer’s need to make his own gender identity clear several times in the article of being a heterosexual man, I wonder why. However, the target for his scorn is the media, which he is also a member of, he goes on to say
“It would be ridiculous if every straight celebrity felt they had to proclaim his or her desire for the opposite sex, so why should famous gay people feel forced to have to announce their preference?”
I simply refer back to his mention of “us straight people” and being the partner of pop star Katy Perry. While the intent of a call for an egalitarian observation of gender rights the execution was a little untidy. In his defence, he quotes Dr King’s legendary October 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. when he declared
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Mr Comer goes on to say that the “same respect must absolutely be afforded to those among us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender . . .it’s character that counts…”
This later does not escape me as Mrs King put it
“I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others”… “I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern.”