Barbara Weicksel

Barbara Weicksel

I’ve spent most of my life wondering what it was I wanted to do with my life. In my 50′s I decided I wanted to write, and so write is what I’ve been doing. It’s become a part of who I am, a part of what I do. I’m also a photographer. Not a professional, but a photographer just the same. My writings can cover any subject – I don’t limit myself to one thing. I write what I feel, and I feel a whole lot about a whole lot of things!

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Pride

It’s not just about the parade: Why pride still matters

Sunday, June 29, 2014
I’ve been asked why it is that “you gays” need a parade. Why it is we feel the need to “prance around” and celebrate something that is an abomination in the eyes of God. I’m told that there isn’t a “Straight Pride Parade” for straight people to profess their pride in being straight – why on earth do I need a parade to profess my sin of gayness? [ Read more → ]
Carl DeMaio

I just can’t vote for a gay Republican…

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Carl DeMaio is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s a fiscal conservative Republican, and that is why he won’t have the vote of this liberal Democratic lesbian. And I don’t like the fact that he won’t really talk about LGBTQ issues – saying instead that the fiscal issues are more important. I have to hope that if he does get elected he will vote on the side of supporting LGBTQ issues … but, then again, we all know that the words "gay" and "Republican" mix about as well as oil and water. [ Read more → ]
Julien Behal, Press Association (via AP, File)

Gay, Irish, in Boston? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not for you

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Let me begin by saying I’m not Irish – something my Irish partner Susan tries daily to not hold against me – and I do not understand the need for all the St. Patrick’s Day tomfoolery. That said, it is beyond my scope of reason to believe that there is not one Irish LGBTQ person in the city of Boston who wouldn’t love to march in their annual parade and celebrate their heritage and their service in the U.S. military... [ Read more → ]
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If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake…

Saturday, March 1, 2014
I’m always touched when people of faith send their love and compassion my way… These people – these Christians – What are they so afraid of and why are they so very hateful? This picture of the cake and all the other pictures and blogs and outrage since Governor Jan Brewer vetoed that hateful bill in Arizona isn’t about “freedom of religion” – but you know that, right? [ Read more → ]
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Arizona – Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

Friday, February 21, 2014
It’s not just the LGBTQ folks who should be upset by this hideous Arizona law. Every American should be concerned that by simply being who you are you can be refused service, refused a place to live, refused a job, refused anything if someone believes that to give you said thing or service would violate their practice and observance of their religion. And what sort of religion would encourage anyone to discriminate? You either believe that love and peace is for every human being or you do not... [ Read more → ]
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Coming Out – Yes, it still does matter

Friday, October 11, 2013
I didn’t come out until I was 50. In those 50 years I lied, cheated on a husband, denied who I was and tried desperately to be the daughter, sister, wife, cousin, friend that I was expected to be. It didn’t work – it never works. And those who believe that to be gay is a choice we make, well, they will never, ever understand the struggle that takes place within most of our souls. Truthfully, most people believe that just saying the words “I’m gay” means you’ve come out. In a sense it does, however, the real coming out, in my opinion, is when you look at that reflection you see in the mirror and say “I’m Gay” and you don’t look away in shame – that’s when you’ve come out. [ Read more → ]
Dean Young

From Alabama with love: One congressional candidate’s pledge of hate

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Did you know that in Mobile, Ala., there were nine Republicans running in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. And you're probably are wondering why you should care about this if you don’t live in the State of Alabama. You should care because one of these candidates – Dean Young - challenged the other eight to sign a pledge saying that, if they get elected, they will take any and all active steps to oppose same-sex marriage... [ Read more → ]
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You know, it’s not just about the pasta…

Sunday, September 29, 2013
You all know it’s not about the pasta. It’s about discrimination and intolerance and ignorance. It’s about a mindset that continues on for generations and generations – passed down through a family like Green Bay Packers or Boston Red Sox tickets. When the Chairman knew his words had created a firestorm, he said this: “I only wanted to underline the central role of the woman in the family." Well, as a woman who is also a lesbian, I feel so much better now. [ Read more → ]
Boycott-Olympics

Putin’s anti-gay Olympics – Should we participate and condone the hate?

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Perhaps it’s because the United States is so divided on the issue of gay rights that, as a country, we are so divided on the Russian anti-gay, Olympic issue. We have states making laws that allow us to marry and states making laws that prevent us from getting married. We have Christians who hate us, and Christians who love us. We have politicians who work tirelessly to see that we have our constitutional rights, and politicians who use every ounce of their power to make sure that the Constitution was most certainly not written with the homosexual in mind. For me, the Olympics are a no-brainer... [ Read more → ]
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Should states’ rights decide gay rights? Or any rights?

Sunday, July 21, 2013
The citizens of each state want what they want. The people with the money have the power, and they want to mold their cities and towns to their own little standards, with their own little rules, their own little prejudices, and their own little innuendos. Those who struggle to keep their heads above the water have no money which means they have no power and their voice is very rarely, if ever, heard. They are considered “the other,” and the laws are never structured to their benefit ... LGBTQ citizens fall into “the other” category. [ Read more → ]
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