Posts Tagged ‘Aiken’

letter to Austin Rhodes

Austin,
 
I wanted to reply to your comments about the Gay Community not being in support of the Gay Pride celebration, and those leading the effort are not from the CSRA.  Isaac Kelly is the president of Augusta Pride and he has been in Augusta his whole life and so have most (if not all) member of the Augusta Pride Board.   Isaac just wants his home town to be a more open and accepting community for the gay community.  Isaac has said himself that he did not want to it be a political thing, but has made the motto “Community for all”
 
I am conservative and Christian.  I happen to be gay as well.  I am looking forward to Gay the Pride and hope to show Augusta that most of gay community in the CSRA are conservative and Christian here as well.  No, not all gay people are, but we are definitely not what we are accused of being in the rhetoric in the Augusta Chronicle.  To call me and my friends pedofiles and hedons? What is the basis for this? Do these people even know me?  Me and my partner both work in healthcare and our whole lives are devoted to helping people stay healthy and happy.  We are both Christians, but we are constantly faced with this bias and hateful words in this community.  So many of our gay friends who were born here are afraid.  I have friends who have been in monogomous, loving relationships for 5+ years, but are afraid to tell their own families or let others know out of fear of what might be said or done to them.  In Georgia (and I am pretty sure South Carolina too) you can be fired just for being gay. 
 
I give devote my life everyday to helping others out and being who I believe Christ wants me to be.  I believe God has put my partner in my life, and together we are better adept to live out our callings in life.  I know this is an uphill battle in Augusta, for people to see us for who we are.  We are God’s children too and all I want is to be able to proudly talk about my partner at work or in social conversation.  But so many in Augusta want me to feel ashamed, or further, seek to damn me because I am in a relationship with a man.  That is wrong and just not a Christian way of acting.
 
The Augusta Gay Pride event is for all of the CSRA, gay and straight.  I know this year will be tough because all anyone has to go by is their pre-conceived notions. But hopefully this is something that can be a source of pride for the whole CSRA community, just like the Greek festival or any other celebration.

Vocational Fitness: who are the “Disabled?”

I want the CSRA to be well. From my perspective, one of the fundamental components of wellness is vocational fitness, or the ability to be gainfully productive in employment. I am very passionate about helping folks stay fit and remain productive members of society.  However, one of my biggest pet peeves are those who seek disability and are still able to work.

I recently asked my partner (who is also in healthcare and works with “disabled”), How many of your “disabled” patients do you honestly feel are not fit to work?  We both independently

 came up with the some percentage, about ONE THIRD.  I do believe we both have somewhat biased perspectives and see a skewed population.  However, I do believe this to be highly reflectively of prevelant laziness and entitlement attitude here in the CSRA.

Yes, most person I’ve interacted with have had an adverse medical event.  Yet, many are young and there is no reason that these clinical conditions prevent them for re-entering the workplace.  It’s just easier for them to take disability and live off the system.  This type of attitude irks me like nothing else.

I believe in individual accountability and doing everything you can to get yourself back on your feet. The states of Georgia and South Carolina has some great programs that will help pay for someone’s recover and assist with getting a job.  Yet, many just are not motivated to.

I say, “Get off the couch CSRA!!” Everyone has a purpose, some role on this earth.  We must love and respect ourselves enough to embrace whatever gifts and talents we possess and be an active, productive member of the community.

Over and Out.

Goals and Mission Statement: Augusta, Aiken, CSRA gay blog

Howdy,

I am starting this blog to begin a dialogue concerning issues affecting the gay community in the CSRA.  I am exciting and inspired by the upcoming Augusta Gay Pride in June of 2010.  I travel to both Columbia, SC Pride and Atlanta Pride in 2009 and saw what great, supportive communities exist in each of those areas.  I feel that the CSRA has a large, but quiet gay community.  It’s time for us to speak up and be heard.

The goals of this blog are:

(1) Increase and improve the level of communication in the CSRA gay community

(2) Identify what issues are important to our community and what steps can we take to move forward

(3) What are our strengths and weakness?  What resources can we provide one another?

(4) Pursue advancement of our civil rights in a peaceful and mature fashion

(5) Advance the knowledge that one can be both Christian and gay, and politically conservative & gay – above all it’s about respect.  I believe we have more to learn from the similarities across religions than we have to gain from fighting over petty differences.  I also believe both political parties have a lot to learn from one another.

This is my first post, hopefully one of many.  I can’t wait to hear from all of you out there.