So, all the crap with North Carolina DID actually get me thinking. The sad thing is that deep down inside, I knew this was going to be the result. Does that make me sad? Sure. Do I wish things had turned out differently? Obviously. But the truth of the matter is that hate is alive and well in Conservative America. I wish that I could say that this was just some isolated thing and that the results were close – but having seen the state map, it was pretty overwhelming that folks came out to the polls specifically to keep us “in our place”. The fucked up part is that not only were they banning gay marriage – but since it was already illegal, they were just whipping the existing law out of their pants and smacking us in the face with it a few times to remind us that it was there.
It’s fucking idiotic.
Regardless, I do think that bringing Amendment 1 to the table was specifically designed to drive some focus onto the “Great Gay Debate”. Be ready folks – because the upcoming year is going to be fucking rocky and agitating. Let me prepare you for what we have in store: Every “expert” and their brother is going to weigh in on the pros and cons of our lifestyle, our relationships, and they’re going to compare us to rapists, pedophiles, and pig-fuckers. People are going to be divided and we’re going to have to endure more bullshit hate-speech than ever before, because we’re close to having an honest to god gay revolution – and when a revolution is opposed by the bible belt, they’re sure to get vocal.
This is NOT going to be an enjoyable time. And the truth of the matter is that with this being an election year – it pisses me off to no end that my life and the way that I live it may very well shape the future of our nation. That’s kinda fucked. And for those who are saying that Obama is pulling a “too little, too late” and that it’s just a bullshit campaign strategy for him to suddenly back gay marriage? I’m gonna be honest and tell you that if it is: I question his judgment. The fact of the matter is that if Obama somehow loses the election – I would prefer that it was due to people taking issue with the things that he has or hasn’t done over the past four years. I would prefer that it was due to ANYTHING other than the fact that he believes in the love that my partner and I share.
The Conservative Americans are like a big-ass playground bully, using the fact that they were raised by their drunken, abusive Bible as an excuse to pick on those people that are “smaller” than them. We have a chance to rally up and put that bully in his face… to pop him in the nose and let him know we mean business. But will that happen? It’s hard to say… and it will be painful to live with the hurt of feeling as though the country that we live in has turned against us.
It’s ridiculous to feel like a war is brewing… but it kinda does sometimes, doesn’t it?
Despite all that – I’m doing my best to stay OUT of political discussions as much as possible. Everyone has a right to their opinions, especially when it comes to things which we’re all passionate about. The best thing I can say is – I hope that within every Facebook argument or drunken shouting match – we can all take a step back and acknowledge that we need to be heard and we have a right to equality.
But oy – I didn’t intend to do a major political-speech here… but sometimes that’s just what comes out, eh?
In other news (yes, seriously), I’m throwing out the reminder that I’m still in the ComicMix NSFW Tourney. Somehow, magically (and through donations), I moved on to the next round and am in the Top 16. The thing is, there are some people who are claiming that because money was spent in order to win me enough votes to move on – but win wasn’t a “real” win, so much as a “bought” win. And you know what: they’re right!
Here’s a fact, though… If I go up against a mainstream-style straight pervy comic, their reader-base is likely to be excessively larger than mine. I have over 1400 likes on Facebook. I get over 800 unique users visiting my site on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Are those numbers AMAZING? No. But when you look at the fact that I’m drawing a comic that tends to be for fat, hairy gay people and the dudes that love them – it seems fan-fucking-tastic. So, you know what? If you feel like donating to get me extra votes? Do it. If you feel like donating to me personally? Do it (links to the right). If you feel like buying me a beer at Bear Pride? Do it (no roofies).
Just vote if you can/haven’t – and try to rally me some more “legit” votes as well, where-ever or however you can!