Saturday, April 24, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

If you have not heard about the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, you're probably not from the United States of America. Basically, in the simplest form of definition, the policy restricts any military members from revealing their sexuality if they are LGBT, or they could be sacked.

Wikipedia's definition here.

It's become a huge issue after Lt Dan Choi was sacked after he came out of the closet, and refusing to shut up, he took it to the street.


I'm an activism geek so things like this makes me respect the person a hell lot more.

There has been a lot of progress and setback to the issue, and even Obama's involved.

Being in Australia, I usually don't give two hoots about the issue because there isn't too much I could do about it other than to support the effort wherever I can. It wasn't something that I found relevant or too close to me either.

While in Chicago for a global summit, I was surrounded by hundreds of inspiring young people from Peru to Uganda trying to change the world with their own projects. In my small group is a young lady who, although seemed shy, can be outspoken when its issues she's passionate about such as child and sex trafficking and LGBT.

In one of the workshops, our small group was challenged to share some stories, and after a few of them have shared theirs, this lady timidly put up her hand. She told her story. Her story of shame, struggle and misunderstandings. She is a victim of the DADT policy. It wasn't until at that moment that I felt compelled to understand the issue more and actually feel disgusted by it.

To read her story, click here.

I had a very inspiring chat with her over coffee and even met her wife. It's beyond my comprehension how can this happen.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Falling in Love

Falling in Love is like sailing through a storm, not sure where you're headed and sometimes off the route that you want to take.

Each wave that hits you, you don't know where they came from and you try to keep straight but you get swayed and carried away.

You know you have a destination to get to, but the currents are strong and the waves are unexpected. Sometimes, you get hit right in the face, but sometimes you get a smooth sailing.



Falling in love is like the fresh, green leaves that pops up from the tree during Spring. It's like a fresh new start.

The weather is perfect, the air is cool and fresh. People are smiling, and love is flying everywhere. Everyone is happy, winter misery is gone.

Falling in love is like a foreign language. You don't know what to say, where to start and how to put forward all your thoughts and emotions. Yet you stare at the person through the eyes and you know what you both are talking about.

It's like looking at someone and all the questions you have are answered.

But I am still confused with all these and I don't even know where things are heading. I don't know how and why I get myself into this shit!

***

I am back in Australia after 20 hours on the plane and 17 hours in transit. It drove me nuts and I was absolutely exhausted but I am glad I am back! Sort of, except for all the work I have to catch up on which is slightly mad!

And how are you all doing?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

LA, Disneyland and a Blogger

Despite not having a good start to my trip, I've been having heaps of good times so far.

A flight delay, upgrade to first class and then a 14 pretty relaxing hours later, I was in LAX. I took a bus then a train to Hollywood where my hostel was and by the time I got there, it was at least 9.00pm so I only had a quick tour of the main street and attractions of Hollywood before I headed for bed at midnight. I very happily announced to my friends that I am actually tired even though it was afternoon in Brisbane, which must have meant that I am not having jetlag!
 


My friends told me, "Just wait" and so bed I went. At 4.00am, I woke up and could not go back to sleep! So spent an hour tossing in bed before deciding to wake up and spoke to a friend on Skype who laughed at me. But I was still adamant that this is not that bad if this is what jetlag is.


I got ready at 6.30a.m. and left for Disneyland at 7.30am to meet Doug. Then at about 10.00am, it hits me! Jetlag. I felt so horrible it was a struggle trying to stay awake and function properly! My brain felt like a mush, my head was heavy and I just want to sleep!

But I pushed on.

Doug has very generously given me a complimentary pass to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Park. I was quite overwhelmed by his kindness I have to be honest, and entering Disneyland, it was almost like a dream come true. It really made me think that I could come back here over and over again, and would love to stay here! Honestly, if anyone's not happy, bring them to Disneyland.


Meeting Doug was interesting mainly because I was really horribly jetlag, and I don't know much about him. When I followed him, he was already blogging really less frequently, so all I know about him were compliments from VBoy and his generous help in helping me navigate LA. We exchanged like 45 emails in about 4 days I think, and he checked on me as well before my flight and when I arrived. Isn't he incredible? Unfortunately, he had to put up with my jetlag at the beginning - it was challenging trying to engage in proper conversation, but after the space ride, I was feeling a lot better! To say that Doug's a nice guy is almost an understatement and I fail to come up with a word to describe his genuineness, kindness and candidness. I am not even exaggerating. And I dare to say that he would be every wise gay's dream partner. He appears confident, he's conscious of things around him and he's not ignorant either. He's just really down to earth and a very, very nice guy.

Anyway, he spent about 3 hours with me before he had to get to work. I am not sure how much info he has disclosed about himself so I shall be safe and not disclose what he works as but its a very, very interesting job. I would do his job any day!


I spent the rest of the day in Disneyland and the Adventure Park and went on almost all the rides in Disneyland, unfortunately not the Adventure Park. :( I shall be back though.

I got home at close to 11pm that night and had a chillaxing time at the bar before talking to VBoy until 2.00am.

I spent the next day just wandering around Hollywood before boarding the bus at 12.30pm headed for San Francisco where I'm at right now! And last night, I made a surprising discovery - while looking on Google Maps where I'm actually at, I realised that I live in Castro! This place is rather meaningful to me, especially after watching the movie 'Milk'.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Los Angeles Hook Up

I am super tired right now so this is going to be short.

I met a super duper nice guy today. I've been following Doug's blog for a while now but never really left any comments until a week back when I was planning my LA trip. VBoy reminded me about him being in LA and so I contacted him and we decided to meet up.

Things led on to another thing and we... did things.
















Happy April's Fool Day.

Doug, I'm sorry I had you to use you because I couldn't think of anything else to play a prank on. :P
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