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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Hello, Mr. President? The ‘ex-gays’ called, they would like their pride back…

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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Bear with me while I ask this question: If you are ex-gay, are you not straight? And if you’re straight, do you not have every right and privilege given to every straight person in America? I only ask because Christopher Doyle, the co-founder of a group called Voice of the Voiceless, requested a meeting with President Obama or a senior member of his civil rights staff to “discuss tolerance for the ex-gay community and how the White House can ensure equal access for ex-gays in the nation’s capital, which is the only jurisdiction that recognizes ex-gays as a legally protected class.”

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DOMA is dead – but the haters live on

| Saturday, June 29, 2013
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I don’t believe I understood how much I was holding inside of me, until I no longer had to hold on to it any longer. When Pete Williams of MSNBC announced that DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, was dead, I broke into tears. Not just a few tears – I couldn’t stop them from coming. It was in that moment that I realized that in the eyes of my government, I am no longer a second class citizen.

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Josh Duggar’s new job: Spreading homophobia and intolerance, FRC style

| Thursday, June 20, 2013
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According to the Family Research Center (FRC), Josh Duggar “will bring his pro-life and pro-family passions to the political arena where he will help expand FRCA’s reach as a premier conservative advocacy group.” In plain speak, Josh Duggar is going to help spread hate, discrimination, homophobia, ignorance, and intolerance -- FRC style.

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Marco Rubio: No ‘special’ rights for gay Americans — but I’m not ‘a bigot’

| Friday, June 14, 2013
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I wish I understood why allowing married, bi-national same-sex couples to apply for a visa through the marriage-based green card application process is such an abomination to Marco Rubio. ... Perhaps all we have to do is take a look at his voting record in the Senate and the statements he’s made to understand the soul of Sen. Marco Rubio.

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The heckling lesbian — lending credence that we’re crazy gay activists pushing our gay agenda

| Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Rude behavior just gives more fuel to the conservative, homophobic Americans who believe we are simply crazy gay activists pushing our gay agenda into the face of every American. It gives credence to their idea that we are simply a bunch of perverted morons, who want attention and rights, and will do whatever, whenever to garner attention which they don’t believe we deserve. Michelle Obama is not an elected official. She is the wife of the President of the United States...

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The Boy Scouts of America and the irreverent churches

| Friday, May 31, 2013
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And so it begins -- the abandonment of the Boy Scouts of America by churches of the Southern Baptist persuasion, for the lifting of the longtime national ban on admitting openly gay Scouts. At the end of the day, who really suffers here? The Southern Baptist Convention? The Assemblies of God? The Southeast Christian Church? No, of course not. These churches will continue to preach their version of the Bible and continue to discriminate and alienate. And they will do it all in the name of their so-called “loving” God.

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Kaitlyn Hunt’s Life – It Haunts Me

| Sunday, May 26, 2013
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The Kaitlyn Hunt story haunts me. I can’t sleep restfully, my mind keeps wandering, and my heart is heavy. Kaitlyn Hunt’s story could be my story. My first love was in high school – I was 15, she was 17. Then, I was 16 and she was 18. All of the kissing and touching and experimenting – it was consensual, it was emotional, it was… love. And apparently, it was a felony.

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Sex and the teenage girl: The Kaitlyn Hunt tragedy

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Be honest, how many of you reading this column would have been charged with “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12-16 years of age” when you were 18? This is assuming of course that you got caught, and the state you lived in had such laws. Gay sex, straight sex, touching, fondling, groping, licking, sucking – I’m talking sex of any kind. How many of you would right now be registered as a sex offender?

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Everything is bigger in Texas – even the homophobia

| Friday, May 17, 2013
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For those of you who wonder why it is I continue to write about equality issues and continue to ask you all to not give up the fight for what is right and just in this world, and wonder why marriage equality is so very important, it is because of Carolyn Compton, Page Price and their children. They are the reason. And because it could be you or me standing in a court room, watching helplessly as a homophobic judge wields his gavel down on us...

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Gay athletes and celebrities who ‘come out’ – Are they heroes?

| Saturday, May 4, 2013
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Do you consider Jason Collins a hero for coming out as the first professional gay male athlete? What about Ellen DeGeneres or Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris or Rachel Maddow? Are they heros? First, let’s be clear on the definition of the word hero. Dictionary.com defines the word hero as such: "a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities."

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