The Minstrel


NYC-bound.
October 22, 2007, 3:45 pm
Filed under: Travel

My friend’s brother’s photography opening provided me with an adequate excuse to skip town for a few days and fly to the Big Apple.  I leave Wednesday for NYC.  Interesting times continue in this fast lane, rock and roll, life of mine.

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Equality NC, Conference & Gala! Folks, get excited!
October 19, 2007, 12:44 pm
Filed under: LGBTQ, Uncategorized

On November 3rd, 2007, Equality NC will bring together individuals and community organizations from across the state for a conference to help chart the course for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality through keynotes and breakout sessions on policy issues. Among the featured guests are Duke Law’s Constitutional Superhero, Professor Chemerinsky, North Carolina Representative Rick Glazier, GLAAD’s Neil Giuliano, and Alabama Representative Patricia Todd.

Read all about it here. Or even better, register to come.

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Correction!
October 16, 2007, 12:00 pm
Filed under: LGBTQ

I made a mistake on the previous post. It should say Johnson City, Washington County–not Johnson County. Strange that I, of all people, would make that mistake. I grew up in the Appalachian mountains near Johnson City. Alas, I have been away for many, many a year.

The comments in the last section are worth a glance. Thanks, mysterious reader, for your thoughts . I’m glad you gave me the correction, and I’m glad you took the time to give us a different perspective.



Johnson City “Sex Sting” = Wake Up Call to Closeted Gays and Authorities!
October 3, 2007, 10:29 am
Filed under: LGBTQ

If you’re a closeted gay man, get thee out of the closet! I beg you! And out of the city parks! The airport restrooms. And all the other forlorn places you go, for that matter! I read a story this morning–so, so sad it brought tears to my eyes:

Less than 24 hours after Johnson City police announced charges against dozens of men allegedly involved in sex acts at city parks, one of those accused is believed to have killed himself.

Jerry McCloud, a 55-year-old man, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound this morning. He was scheduled to appear in Washington County Sessions Court this morning to answer to charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Read the articles for yourself, here and here. I don’t know what else to say. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, playing the same sad song, I’ll muster it one more time: my friends, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!



Escape to Europe
September 14, 2007, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Travel

And the world feels different–no, is different.

The stories are so endless, I hardly know where to begin. “Once upon a time,” doesn’t feel quite right. My friend, and co-worker, recommends this opener: “I met a boy in Paris.” Which, I did. But, I’m getting way ahead of myself.

To begin with, the part about Istanbul, well, it didn’t even happen. We never made it to Turkey, but instead tried out Holland, Greece (the islands) and Paris, with a few nights interspersed in places like London and Dusseldorf, Germany.

London! I was actually ambivalent to the London experience. I could take or leave it. Or actually, I’ve decided that London is not on my list of places to return any time soon. Maybe I was just bitter because everything was so damn expensive. We stayed there only one night, which was all we cared to afford–saw Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, ate Indian, slept at a nice-ish hostel, and went on our merry way to Amsterdam for five days.

Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Bike rides and windmills. And, of course, the red light district. (Details about Amsterdam noticeably absent.)

Greece! The islands were so beautiful–Santorini and Mykonos. The sunset brought tears to my eyes. And the people, lord, they never sleep. We stayed awake until the sun came up more nights than I care to recount. Mykonos–it isn’t called the Greek Ibiza for nothing.

But, Paris. Sigh. J’ai laissé mon coeur à Paris avec un garçon appelé Nicolas. (Perhaps, that was too much detail.)

Aaron in Paris

There’s me–pretending not to notice the camera, and losing myself on some Parisian street in the Hôtel de Ville area.



Progress.
September 10, 2007, 8:54 am
Filed under: LGBTQ

New Judge Quietly Makes History.



Last few hours in the USA
July 24, 2007, 10:06 am
Filed under: Travel

At this point in the morning, everything is nicely folded in my lumberjack of a backpack. My passport, tickets, etc., are tucked securely away–but not so securely as to prohibit easy access–and I am sitting in my bed room, waiting–no, fretting. And waiting. Thinking. I fold my hands one way, then cross my legs. Then, I fold my hands the other way, and sigh. And fold, and sigh again. Attempting to anticipate and prepare for travel hiccups. Or worse, travel speed bumps. Or worse yet, travel blockades. My ride to the airport is on the way. Will I get there in time? Will my carryon be too large? Probably. Haha, it always is. Will I forget something dreadfully important, like my __? I don’t know, stamp collection? Mom called and said not to forget my raincoat, which actually, I intentionally forgot. Oops. At the very least, I have my passport and my ticket. That’s enough to get me there. Wish me well, and bon voyage! I’m off! And the times, I promise, will be interesting.