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Reacting to Will Shepherd’s PTSD video

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte
June 23, 2016

WILL

I have been meaning to write this article/letter since last week. But Because of what happen in Orlando. I delay it. Will Shepherd had been a huge part of my life for the last year. He and his spouse RJ thought me that fighting for gay rights is the right thing to do. Will has PTSD and will be suffering from a mental illness for his entire life. This is my letter of appreciation to Will.
Dear Will,

First of all, I want to say that I have daily vlogs withdrawal for a month now, haha. But I know that you are at a better place right now. Because of your PTSD you may have a hard time vlogging. I know that this is the right thing to do for you.

You and RJ have shared bits and pieces of your mental health journey in the daily vlogs. But we (your viewers) did not know how much you suffer in the hands of somebody who supposed to love and protect you.

The PTSD video is so powerful and painful at the same time. I applaud your honesty in the video. I may not have PTSD, but I know that the abuse that you encountered is no joke. The people who new must protect you. The person who did it should go to prison.

Will, Your a such a strong person. Many people might say, screw it I am not dealing with this I will not excel at school or worse I will just take my own life, no one cares if I die.But with you, you own your happiness, that is what is great about you.

I just want to thank you for what you did, the video for me is one of the best I ever seen in a long while. Also for the daily vlogs. You thought me to be brave and to own my happiness.

Send my love to RJ

Love
JOAQUIN

PS, You should really change your last name to Aguiar

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This week in LGBT: Hillary Clinton’s LGBT rights record

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

January 28, 2016

  
Recently the HRC, the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. I think it is a dumb idea for the HRC to support a candidate that have just flip fop on the issue. She is not for marriage equality back then, but why her and why not Bernie.

  
Remember that in 2004, when the Bush administration was trying to amend the constitution Hillary Clinton is for that. She said that marriage is a “sacred” institution, that is for a man and a woman to make children. I am not trying to say that she can not change her position. But the biggest thing about that there are really caveats.

  
The HRC got it wrong when they supported her. She really is not for marriage equality. She just flip flops to get support. Also the party platform, marriage equality is in the Democratic Party platform. And If she do not follow the mandate she will lose, the democratic nomination. It’s really a bad choice for them.

    

 Why not Bernie? Bernie Sanders is a known civil rights activists, in fact the guy was in the March on Washington. Yeah, at first he may not be for marriage equality but he is for civil unions. Human rights is not just about marriage equality, or something like that, that is just a part of it. Civil rights is also about Income Inequality, racial inequality, gender inequality and criminal justice system. Which all of the mention Bernie is so in favor of. The HRC is so much about Mrs. Clinton, they are really a hypocrite. 

  
Finally, the HRC is just picking that winnable candidate. They are also playing in the notion that Bernie will not win because he is a socialist democrat. Lastly, democratic socialist just means that Bernie just believes that the government’s job is to give people what they pay for in taxes.

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The person that change my life: Adam Lambert

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 
January 22, 2016

  
There are some people that when you first see or encountered changes your path on life. I know he can not read this but I want to be known that I love him. I know we might not cross paths but I love everything about him and his life. His name is Adam Lambert and I want to write a letter to him to let him know how I feel about him.

  
Dear; Adam, 
        

        Like most of your fans I first saw you on the talent show American Idol, you are first auditioning for the show singing Bohemian Rhapsody by my dad’s favorite band Queen. You made it through the finale against your roommate on the show Kris Allen. I was so devastated, when he won because I know that you are more talented than he is. 

     Two weeks later you came out of the closet about your sexuality, that you are gay. I was a young Catholic kid back then and did not know what to feel about you. I saw all of those pictures you, kissing another boy in but I did not know how I will feel. But I know that I love you and wanted my idol to be happy.

     Adam, because of you I became more civically aware. I became a gay rights activists certainly because of your influence. I am a lot open minded. If I have not known you I will definitely not be the person that I am today. You changed my perspective on life. 

    Adam, you mean so much to me. I love your music. You are such a talented person. You are a great guy. I really love you as a person. You are my life changer, you are my inspiration. Keep on doing inspiring things, keep on inspiring people. 

Yours truly,

Joaquin

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Talking about Obama’s Legacy

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte January 15, 2016

  
Let us flashback for a little bit in 2008, a young senators from Illinois Senator Barack Obama was running for president of the United States. He was up against the political juggernaut Senator Hillary Clinton from New York, he beat her, in the democratic primary, like David beats Goliath. In due of his last year of presidency I want to write about his legacy.

  
His biggest legacy perhaps is ObamaCare, a health care law that gave Americans the choice to buy Cheep on the private market. It is a step on the right direction and is definitely not perfect, because their are millions of people that are uninsured. I think that America is over due for universal healthcare. 

  
One of the most controversial things that Obama did is his executive action on immigration. As an effort to give relief to undocumented young people in 2012, signing the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals. And in 2014 he sign a expanded version that gave relief to their parents and to people who are not legible back in 2012.

  
The most disappointing things about Obama is the wars in the Middle East. He said while campaigning in 2008 that he will end the wars that was started by his predecessor President Bush, specially Iraq. Six years later America is still fighting in Iraq. In my opinion the president should discharge from Iraq in 2010.

  
One of the most amazing things that happened during his presidency is the legalization of Marriage equality. Obama is the first president to ever support marriage equality. He did it whIle campaigning in 2012 for his second term.

  
Lastly, Obama is not a perfect president. He have some issues, for me issues of economics, he is like a republican. He is still corrupt. Finally, he is still better than his predecessor by a mile.

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This week in LGBT: Rest in Peace, David Bowie 

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte

 January 13, 2016

  
On Sunday evening the singer David Bowie passed away after an 18th month courageous battle with liver cancer at the age of 69. He was an amazing singer and songwriter, who popularized the genre glam rock witch a lot of gay people are enjoying. He was a talented actor as well a painter. He revolutionize rock music. 

  
David Bowie was a musician like no other, he used imagery and gender bending tricks in his music videos. He was not afraid to be himself. Even if his music was not considered mainstream. That is what an artist should be about. He was always for equality, in a 1980 interview he slammed MTV for not playing music by black artist.

   
David Bowie is one of the first persons who came out as bisexual in a playboy magazine interview In the 1970s. And one of a handful of man in show business who considered themselves as bisexual. Even if he was married twice with a woman. Some rumors though said that he and Mick Jagger were in a relationship.

  
David was a revolutionary, a true artist and musician. My favorite song by David Bowie was written by David and Freddie Mercury and sang by Queen Plus Dave, the song is Under Pressure. He can also act. Dave was also a philanthropist. He gave his time for many years to Live Aid a yearly concert featuring the biggest artist of the 1980’s. 100 percent of the proceeds of Live Aid was given to charity. 

   
Lastly, David Bowie influenced many singers and artist, like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, Adam Lambert among other people. He is just am amazing artist. People may hate him because he crossed dressed. I don’t care. Finally, Rest in peace David Bowie, you really really rock. I love you and your music. You are truly a Rock God.

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Happy Birthday Will Shepherd

Joaquin Tenedora-Forte 

January 6, 2016

  
As you probably know that I love a YouTubers Shep689, specially Will Shepherd. And today is Will’s birthday so I want to do some sort of tribute for him. Will is such an amazing, smart young man. He and his fiancé RJ are getting married May of this year. I want to write Will’s life story. Note: this is what I know only.

  
William Ross Shepherd was born in Tallahassee Florida on January 6, 1989, to your average American family. He has an older brother named Bob who is 8 years older than him. As a young boy Will did not want to do normal country stuff like playing sports, He only preferred to play video games and trade Pokemon cards with friends. It alienate him with his father who thought that it was strange.

  
Will’s life at school has not been different. He was a great student but he was also greatly bullied, the kids were being violent at him, pushing him around, this was especially evident at the school bus where he will receive some of the worst touting. It was really rough for him. 

  
In high school at the aged of. 14, he came out of the closet to his friends the bullying stopped instantly. He graduated in the top of his class. He entered Florida State University majoring in mathematics and Statistics. And there he met RJ In the LGBT youth center at campus. 

  
Will was out to his mom since he was 16, but his father did not know. His father wanted Will to come join him at his job. At his resume states he is volunteering at the LGBT youth center. His father began asking questions, they have a big fight about it and become the last straw to break down his parents marriage.

   
 Lastly, Despite all this that happened to him as a young child, he is a positive young person. That is why I love him. Finally, I want to say this, happy birthday Will, best wishes on the wedding

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