Vitamin Gay

GLBT Related Politics, Music & Art Reviews

Update on the anti-gay church September 22, 2011

apparently talks have been opened up between the communities and they’re reached some sort of agreement or something (i don’t know), and thus the rally has been canceled…this, unfortunately, comes across to me a bit like our community allowing itself to be placated again by a promise of ‘oh we DONT want to convert you, OR encourage people to HATE you, oh no no no, thats not what we’re about’…NO, not at all, its only in your NAME…you call yourself an anti-gay church…i don’t know what that means in YOUR version of the English language but in ours it means HOMOPHOBIC ASSHOLE CONGREGATION, more specifically one that encourages and tries to promote hatred and intimidation toward our community when we have done NOTHING to them. So yeah, i have mixed feelings about the rally having been called off and i’ll keep my ears open and let you know if/when i hear anything else.  Kinda lame if ya ask me (and no, its not that I have issue w/coming to a peaceful solution, the rally would have been peaceful too, its the whole impression that i get that our community is kinda, just FINE with a group moving into town to actively preach hatred and we’re not even really gonna do anything? oooook, color me confused)

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Dear Anti-Gay church on Belmont- WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT!! September 7, 2011

it was brought to my attention this evening that apparently this whole anti-gay evangelical  movement has moved from the outskirts and the suburbs RIGHT into my neighborhood here in SE and you know what, WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT!!!
there was a protest planned for their opening day which was scheduled for Sept 10th but has been put on hold due to the Belmont street fair being that weekend and the fact that it would have caused a parking fiasco for anyone in attendance to either event.  So as soon as they have their opening day, we’ll be there in force to protest this promotion of hatred & abuse directed at our community, this is 2011 NOT 1950 brothers & sisters, THIS WILL NOT STAND!
I invited those of you who live in PDX to join myself and as many as i can gather to perform a flash mob choreographed to Twisted Sister’s “WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT” because you know what mother fuckers, WERE NOT GONNA TAKE IT! NO WE AINT GONNA TAKE IT, ANY MORE!!!!

You can find me on the event page on Facebook Email me on there to let me know you’d like to be involved and let me know the best way to get ahold of you to let you know when we’ll be meeting for rehearsals, lets show these bitches who they’re messin with!

 

We Are Not Afraid March (rough cut of the video) July 26, 2011

Rough/unedited cut of the footage I recorded from the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ march that happened Sat. 23 July, 2011 here in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be posting a shorter, edited high lights reel at a later point in the week (when i’m not workin my ass off on three other projects all at once lol). So heres the rough footage of the march, I apologize for the shaky quality of the footage, I WAS walking at the time and I did my best to keep it as steady as possible most of the time. Also, as always, the sound is crap because my mic sucks 😛
*had to cut it up into 3 parts for length issues on youtube

 

BUSY Night July 24, 2011

My friend Lindy & me holding up the sign I made. July 23, 2011

tonight was a busy night, it starts out with my girl Wysskers texting me and asking ‘hey, did we want to meet at your place before the thing or were we meeting down town?’ and I’m like ? and she reminds me that its the ‘we are not afraid’ march tonight and it dawns on me that…its Saturday already? DOH! thankfully it didn’t start until 11pm, so we were still able to go (I didn’t get up until 8:16pm because I got to bed EXTRA late today 😛 ).
So we went down town, walked 1.41mi (I entered the route we took into the daily mile, useful site), and I was fine, until I finally found a water fountain to take a drink, which is where I slipped up on a small lip in the sidewalk and twisted my ankle, not severely, but just enough to hurt and make it swell & be painful 😛 . The march was a success, we were able to identify a bunch of new GLBT safe places (places people can go if they feel they might be in danger late at night), a number of the places were even gentlemens clubs, and their clients were all VERY polite and supportive of the march, we were very well received by just about everyone (I, personally, only over heard two negative remarks, one was an older homeless guy who said ‘you can be gay just don’t go around, being pushy…’and the rest i couldn’t understand because he started mumbling. another passerby I over heard say ‘no one cares’…to which I responded, clearly people do as there is a large group of us marching and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from the bar patrons we’ve passed. I doubt they heard though).
So yeah, if I don’t get around to posting a vlog video tonight I apologize as my feet are exhausted, I am exhausted, and I don’t know if I’ll be up to editing (I might later, we’ll see) but for now, I think I’m going to stretch out and watch some cartoons or something.
thanks for reading!

 

The ‘WE ARE NOT AFRAID’ March… July 20, 2011

To save time, I’m just going to copy the message from the event invite and give a link to the event page on facebook.  There have been a number of gay bashings here in Portland Oregon in the last couple months and we, as a community, have decided to stand together & say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! This Saturday night we will be marching through down town Portland, around the Old Town/China Town district, and handing out ‘GLBTQ SAFE SPACE’ window signs to down town businesses who wish to get involved.  All who can attend, both from the community and its allies are encouraged to attend, more below.  Thank you for reading, and remember: GAY PRIDE!!

Oregon State Gay Pride Organization Portland Peace March July 23, 2011

At 11:00 p.m. on Saturday July 23rd, The Oregon State Gay Pride Organization (OSGPO) is leading a March on downtown Portland due to a rash of shameful gay bashings in our fair city. All Portlandians are invited to join the OSGPO, gathering in and around CC Slaughters on Davis, to show support for the GLBTQ community. The group will march throughout downtown wi…th the goal of raising awareness and tolerance for all, and offering GLBTQ SAFE SPACE window signs to all businesses wishing to partner in creating safe spaces downtown for the community. Come as you are, or show your colors with PRIDE, since costume dress is being encouraged at the event.

In light of the recent gay bashing hate crimes that have dishonored the City of Roses; the GLBTQ Community and Allies are marching in downtown Portland Saturday Night to show support for the unfortunate victims, in solidarity, and to spread the word for positive change and acceptance. Colorful attire is encouraged. Appropriate picket signs are also encouraged. (see “Gay Protest Signs” video on this wall should you need a little inspration…)

Let’s show the world what we are truly made of… Portland’s GLBTQ Community is PROUD OUT LOUD! Join us!

MARCH CHANT: We’re here | We’re Queer | We Won’t live in Fear!

ROUTE: The march will begin at 3rd and Davis and will head south on 3rd. The route will turn right at Couch (stopping at Hamburger Mary’s, Casey’s and Embers) and go west to NW 12th. Jeff has been told that Krystal Lynn will be waiting to see all of your faces as we pass the Embers Avenue! Then we will head south on 12th until we reach Stark at which point we will head east on Stark to 3rd. We will march north on 3rd avenue until we return to CC Slaughter’s.

Our permit requires us to obey traffic signs and laws, so please be responsible. In addition, there will be some police support as well as having the Q Patrol there and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. We are looking forward to seeing you all there! Please arrive at least by 1030 pm at CC Slaughter’s. The march will begin promptly at 11pm. Our permit also requires that we do not litter. Please be respectful to our city and retain all trash and dispose of it when we return to CC’s.

FYI:
OSGPO is the brain child of gay-rights Activists Felicia Raissner, a web designer, and historian and photographer Jeffery Carr; and is a non-profit organization registered in the state of Oregon. Sunny Clark is our acting Media Coordinator, and is assisting in organizing the March. Our goal is to bring together all GLBTQ groups within the State and so build a community that is strong, supports each other, and will stand up for what we believe in. We want to unite all GLBTQ groups to cooperate together and support each other. UNITED WE CAN… wipe out Homophobia!

DONATIONS to offset costs are gratefully accepted and tax deductable: CHASE BANK account 916486137

You can RSVP as attending the event HERE.

We will not be intimidated!

 

 

I WON!! I’m The King of Hearts!! July 10, 2011

Tonight was the first ever Portland King & Queen of Hearts pageant! I was competing for the position of king, and, as the title of tonights blog implies, I WON!! I’m the first ever Portland King of Hearts, which means I get to go to the sweethearts ball next year!! Yipee!  I got a crown & a septer that lights up (goofy props, but still…I WON!!! My first VICTORY!!) and, as I won, I figured I’d share the clips from the show with you all, apologies for the sound quality of the clips, my cameras mic SUCKS BALLS!
First clip is my look & question portion, you wont be able to hear what was asked or my answer but the question was: if you were a kitchen appliance what would you be? and I said I’d be a mixer, because I like to mix it up! (cheesy I know)…second is my talent number, in which I perform flagpole sitta by Harvey Danger (I have an amusing, very cartoonish prat fall toward the end, completely over balanced & fell right on my ass, and OH MAN am I gonna feel that one in the morning…I can feel it now frankly, oy)…the final clip is the crowning of yours truly and my Queen of Hearts, Miss Allie McQueen, who knows how to WORK IT OUT! (all these bitches do, it was FIERCE!) I look forward to representing with you!  I also want to congratulate Rebelle DeVitch & Miss Essential Lynn for doing SO WELL in their talent numbers, I’m glad I wasn’t a judge because I wouldn’t have been able to decide, you all did very well and should be very proud!
thats your Vitamin GAY for the day, hop you enjoyed it, take care or yourselves & remember GAY PRIDE!!


The King of Hearts & his throne, lounging at home after the nights victory!
I HAVE THE POWER!!! (to look like a total git lol)
 

BE PROUD! June 19, 2011

Tomorrow is Portland Pride 2011, I’m happy I’ll be able to make it this year as I missed last year’s parade.  Kick off is between 11:30 & 12, I’m gonna perch myself out front of CC Slaughter’s w/my friends & family.  If you’re a local stop by and say a lil piece for our ‘SAY GAY-A-THON’ video montage!!

the sign said: GAY PRIDE! (symbolically anyway)

I’ll have my tripod set up, recording supportive, pro-gay messages to share online w/everyone, especially for those who may NOT have pride & pro-gay support systems in place in their area (I know some of my readers are in foreign countries where things aren’t as liberal & accepting as they are here)…a message of love & friendship for all those in small town USA & bum fuck no where anywhere else, you are loved & appreciated, don’t let the jerks get you down & get somewhere w/a supportive community soon as you can!
Its also a promotion for fckh8.com and their campaign against the state of Tennessee’s RIDICULOUS new ‘teachers can’t say gay’ law…because, as we ALL know, there’s NO SUCH THING AS HOMOS, we don’t exist (or so they would like the youth of their state to believe).  We can’t say gay?? we’re gonna say it anyway, and I encourage any of my readers in Tennessee: civil disobedience, this law has NO PLACE in our society and should be blatantly disregarded.  DO NOT replace GAY w/another word (love you George Takei, I LOVE YOU MAN, but I don’t think we SHOULD replace the word) say it loud, say it proud!
WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER AND WE’RE NOT GOIN ANYWHERE!!! sometimes these people need reminding!
Celebrate pride, celebrate life, love, friendship and family! meet new people, make some new friends, fly your own unique flag high & proud! and ABOVE ALL:
EVERYONE HAVE A SUPER FUN & SAFE PRIDE! LOVE YOU ALL!
VITAMIN GAY- PRIDE EDITION!! GAY PRIDE!
and don’t forget to check back tomorrow night for photos and video footage (should be posting sometime around midnight…ish) *MUAH* ❤