The Pride March 2006 will be on Dec. 9, Saturday. Please click on the image below or visit Pride Manila’s site for the route and other details.
Also, whether you’ll attend that parade or not, please find time to write the following people about the Anti-Discrimination Bill. Please read my previous post about it. Be the voice of reason; tell Mr. Abante that his gay-bashing ways are un-Christian, and that he should think on how damaging and discriminatory his views are to gay people.
Office of Rep. Bienvenido Abante, Jr.
Rm. 407 South-wing,
House of Representatives,
Phone: 931-5001 local 7248 or 9315691 (telefax)
Email: abante_maynila (at) yahoo (dot) com
Also, tell Speaker Jose de Venecia how you feel about the recent unsavory developments in Congress, and explain to him why the Anti-Discrimination Bill is important to you.
Office of House Speaker Jose de Venecia
Rm. MB-2, House of Representatives,
Phone: 931-5001 local 7446, 9315071 to 73
Email: devenecia (at) pldtdsl (dot) net
I was re-reading parts of Margie Holmes’ book “A Different Love” a few days ago, and I’d just like to share a portion of her response to a letter-sender (page 140). The topic was about some people’s propensity to declare the self-righteous, conditional pronouncement of loving the homosexual, while hating homosexual activity (or, the love-the-sinner, hate-the-sin conundrum). It’s very relevant:
“Characterizing a person’s actions as sinful, as in 'Woman, sin no more' certainly smacks of judgment to me. To characterize a person’s actions as sinful is NOT compassionate; it is downright demoralizing and judgmental. We must become more aware of the mixed messages we give people. We must be more honest about the feelings we have for people, so we don’t say 'I love them (which implies equality) but don’t condone your deeds' and in the next breath say, 'I’ll be praying for you, praying that you see the light at last (which says clearly that you are better than they because you see the light whereas they, poor souls whom you love despite themselves, don’t)' If that’s compassion, I’d much rather people be patronizing. At least they would be more honest that way.”
Very well said.
Uncanny Art Man
X-Men versus X-Men—to the death! (thanks, uncannyxmen.net)
This is among the first few X-Men issues I’ve ever read, drawn by Dave Cockrum, who passed away earlier this week. Many of my National Bookstore reprints, bought when I was really young, are tattered and coverless now, but I can still appreciate the power and dynamic quality of his old illustrations. I especially liked X-Men # 100, which pitted the replacement team against the "originals" (later exposed as Stephen Lang’s robots). I also remember his action-packed drawings that had the mutants fighting a bunch of Sentinels during Christmas eve. Oh, and his dramatic, very visual introduction of the Phoenix is just unforgettable. Good stuff. He was one of the greats.
The eleventh month endeth. But there’s a storm coming, and people are saying that it might become strong enough to rival September’s super-typhoon. Well, let’s hope not, but be prepared, everyone.
Last week was busy, and work spilled over to this one. But stuff worth mentioning:
1) Yay! The Virtusios gave me a DVD of Entourage (Season 1). It has all eight episodes. Nice!
2) Went to Channel 7 and interviewed some of their talents for the paper. I had a great time talking to Iza Calzado, most of all. What an intelligent, gorgeous and lively young woman.
3) Reading my old history and mythology books again. I’m re-learning stuff. I’m glad I bought them all those years ago.