Monthly Archives: April 2016

This Week in LGBT: Why boycotts don’t do anything

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

April 19, 2016

This month North Carolina overwhelmingly passed a bill that prevents any city from passing a law that protects LGBT people, Transgender people are the most affected the law, and that they are being ban from going to their of bathroom of preferred gender. The gay community is obviously very outrage and sadden by this backwards bill.

There has been a lot of backlash, boycotts had been called. People had been very angry and mad. Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen had said that they are boycotting, they are are not going to play in North Carolina. Boycotts are a waste of time, I sed to love boycotts but after I listen to Academy award winner screenwriter Dustin Lance Black give a speech I change my mind.

Do not get me wrong what happen in North Carolina really is a set back for the transgender community. And we should support ever effort to repel that amendment. Boycotting will just make it worse. because it shows the people who do not want equality that the gay community and its supporters are authoritarians. And that the gay community wants to ban their religion and it is not good.

The gay community need to accept that the fact this is the law of the land in North Carolina. What we should do is we should do what the fight for marriage equality is very successful in doing. They gay community should fill a law suit and battle it out in the court and may the best argument wins. I know for a fact we will win. because this strategist worked.

The problem after the US has gotten marriage the gay groups become lazy. As if they do not want to finish the job that they started interns of the Non Discrimination laws and The Transgender Bathroom Bill. We should finish what we started.

The LGBT community should wake up because people are still suffering in many parts of the US. Finally I want to literate that marriage is not the end of all the problems. The gay community needs to be able to fix themselves.

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My third productions on election 2016

Joaquin Tenedora-Fotte

April 19, 2016

Today is the New York State Republican and Democratic primary, where in people can vote for the person who they want to represent to their views. In November of last year I wrote my second production on 2016 presidential election. But Now is the time to write about about what will during the general. But first my what will happen during the New York Primaries for the Republican and Democratic Parties.

I will give Donald J. Trump New York and that is base on the polling data from reputable poling institutions he is leading in his home state. I think base on gut felling John Kasich will be second because New Yorkers even if they are conservative economically but they are they reasonable when it comes to social issues so I think they will go him. dead last will be Ted Cruz.

This can be a toss up between Bernie or Hillary at their home state. I really think that Bernie Sanders have a chance to win New York. though she has more name recognition. If he wins he will have a bigger and greater chance of beating her for the Democratic Primaries. If she wins his campaign may be over.

If Donald Trump wins the Republican nominations and Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic primaries. Donald Trump will say whatever corruption strategy he can trow at he to get the presidency and it is so true.

If it is Bernie Sanders Vs Donald Trump, Trump can not use the same strategy he will use  against Clinton. Because Bernie is one of the cleanest politicians, we ever did see. This not according to me. this is according to polling data, from NBC news.

If  it is Hillary Clinton vs. Ted Cruz, I think this will not happened because he will not win because he is far gone and he is too religious for most people. Only the tea party people will vote for Ted Cruz.

Lastly, We need to rally against Donald Trump, because we do not know what on earth Trump will do. He really is a big unknown, because he do not take money from interest groups, he is on his own so to speak. But he do not know what he will do. Finally, I would like a Bernie Sanders presidency, but I can do it with Hillary.

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LGBT History: Proposition 8

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

April 13, 2016

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In 2007 when California first legalize marriage equality and after only a year in one of the biggest campaign of against human rights, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints successfully undo the success of the LGBT community in  California. The mormon church and other religious organization successfully put marriage in the ballot in the 2008 elections and won by a short margin.

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A little background for you, as soon as 2004 San Fransisco mayor Gavin Newsom for valentine’s day he decided to gave out marriage licenses to people of the same sex. Partly because he grew up in San Fransisco and knew a lot of gay people saw the humanity in them.

 

By 2007 the Californian house and senate passes a marriage equality law. The Republican governor, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has no problem signing it to law.

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By the next year, there is a challenge to the marriage law brought by conservatives that said the usual anti-LGBT arguments, they have been saying for decades. The LGBT rights groups assumes that the measure will not pass in liberal California, but they were wrong.

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The measure was called proposition 8, backers of prop 8 are churches,  including the Mormon Church who pour in a lot of money into this hateful cause. They run advertisements on Television telling Californians awful gay people are. The Church put up countless lies about gay relationships.

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The pro LGBT groups some how lost sight of what they fighting for. They run advertisement, about how the law is and how unfair it is for them. They made a mistake though they never put LGBT people on their ads. People will not mind hurting you if they do not who they are hurting.

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Election Day 2008 came, the LGBT groups, are very confident that they are going to win. But the better marketing of the opponent worked. They market it as if their is something wrong with gay people. They lied to Californians by their ads.

Gay Marriage advocates cheer during a rally moments before hearing the news of the Proposition 8 over-ruling outside the Ninth Circuit Courthouse in San Francisco

The LGBT groups learn their lessons after prop 8 they filled a lawsuit and won in 2013, they also won in the court of public opinion. they run good advertisement that ultimately change hearts and minds.

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Thank you for all the memories American idol

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

April 11, 2016

AMERICAN IDOL: Logo 2009. CR: FOX

As we probably know this is the final season of American Idol, this is making me sad because idol had been there since 2001. I have been watching religiously for the show since 2006. it seem like my childhood is officially ending. i am now 23 years so american idol had been on air for more than half of my life.

The show is a prefect example of chasing the american dream, an american dream that dwindled during the show’s heyday due to the great resection.

The show was the first ‘adult show’ (not children oriented show) I remembered watching and was drawn to. I remembered watching the 3rd season when Fantasia Barino was on with two other ladies one of them was Filipino American Jasmin Trias and as a Filipino myself I supported her. I have plenty of memories watching the show, that i am going to miss. I am going to miss the auditions, hollywood week and just  the talent specially this last few seasons.

My favorite season of American Idol is the eighth season of the show: that is when Adam Lambert was on the show. When I first saw him he was already my favorite, boy did he delivered. Adam owned the stage from the time he was on the show. He thought me that it is okey to be deferent. When he lost i cried (literally) two weeks later he came out as gay. and as a sixteen catholic kid I understood what being gay meant. I am now a vocal supporter of gay rights.

A one of the Beatles George Harrison said in his 1970 song All Things Must Pass. American Idol time has pass. All we are left with is the memories. I will miss you American idol. You guys rock!

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