Wednesday, July 23, 2014

According to CDC: AIDS is a Disease Primarily Among Young Gay Men

The Castro: Gay Death Zone of San Francisco

According to a report published by the San Francisco Department of Public Health: in 2012, compared to heterosexual males, MSM in the City are at significantly higher risk of early syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia:
– Risk of early syphilis is 117.0 times higher in MSM compared to heterosexual males
– Risk of gonorrhea is 8.6 times higher in MSM compared to heterosexual males
– Risk of chlamydia is 27.2 times higher in MSM compared to heterosexual males
Most of the infections are concentrated in the Castro area and surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, there were 15,861 San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2010. Most were male (92%) and white (63%). In addition, nearly three-quarters of all HIV/AIDS cases were among men who have sex with men (MSM.) The neighborhoods with the highest numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS are the Castro, Mission, and Western Addition.

Author’s note: From the 1970s onwards, the Castro District has been mythologized in the gay consciousness through everything from films to disco songs: way back in The Village People’s “San Francisco” and most recently through the HBO series “Looking.” What I remember most about arriving in the Castro during the late-1980s, was the still evident effects of AIDS: noticeably sick men walking about like the living dead. Now, that I have returned to help my gay brothers and sisters, the scene has changed: restlessness, anxiety, and disease are still pervasive, but the reality is hidden underneath mega-doses of ant-viral cocktails, male-hormone energy drinks, and liberal amounts of meth. Most tragically, there are more young people, but they all look old.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mary Magdalene as Model of Redemption for All Those with Sexual Sins

About year after performing in what would be my last gay porn film, I found myself at the Shrine of St Mary Magdalene in Vezelay France. It was an unimaginable bizarre turn of events, proving once again: that nothing is impossible with God. For, only the year before, I spent much of my time praying to the prince of darkness; now, here I was: at the Romanesque portal to one of the great Saints of the New Testament. Again, strangely enough, I had studied some of the art and architecture from Vezelay when I was an Art History student at UC Berkeley. Then, I thought they were interesting, in terms of their historical and artistic import, but that was it. Years later, like a medieval pilgrim, I walked up the long aisles, staring at the remarkably carved capitals depicting, among other things, various souls tormented by sexual vices; including a few being tortured by some extremely gruesome demons. By the time I entered the crypt, I was weeping: like Mary with her ointment to the seated Christ. It was major break-through for me. At that point: I started to believe that God could forgive me. 

Gay Porn Star Chris Miklos Dead at 40

Chris Miklos:

Everyone is Welcome at the Foot of the Cross

“This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial…by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.” ~ The Catechism of the Catholic Church

“The combat of trials, distress, and temptations deadens the evil and imperfect habits of the soul and purifies and strengthens it. People should hold in esteem the interior and exterior trials God send them, realizing that there are few who merit to be brought to perfection through suffering and to undergo trials for the sake of so high a state.” ~ St. John of the Cross

“Jesus Christ has taken the lead on the way of the cross. He has suffered first. He does not drive us toward suffering but shares it with us, wanting us to have life and to have it in abundance.” ~ St. John Paul II

*I want to share these recent photos of myself (see below,) because I was astounded how different they are in appearance and tone from those taken of me when I was in the gay lifestyle; then, I was either semi-comatose, as in the screen-capture from a 1989 film (above left) or proud and haughty, as in a 1999 promo-shot (above right.) I never looked up, always downwards, in pain and in distress or feigning some sort of mortal power. In the end, I suffered, but it had nowhere to go. Everything was turned inwards. Only when the Lord Jesus Christ saved me, did all that sorrow take up its rest in God; He took it on for me; and He has never left my side. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Payback: Obama's Gift to Gays

Bowing to pressure from gay rights groups, President Obama, declared himself on “the right side of history,” and called on Congress to ban job discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans as he signed an executive order doing so for workers of federal contractors. In a ceremony at the White House, Mr. Obama noted that in much of the country, companies can fire employees based on their sexual orientation. “That’s wrong,” he said to an audience of supporters. “We’re here to do what we can to make it right — to bend that arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction.” But Mr. Obama rebuffed requests by religious groups to exempt them. Religious groups argued that they should not be forced to go against their beliefs in order to win or keep federal contracts available to others. To give an example, faith leaders said a Catholic charity group that believes sex outside heterosexual marriage is a sin should not be denied government funding because it refused to employ a leader who was openly gay. Gay-rights groups countered that it would be unacceptable to allow religious organizations receiving taxpayer money to refuse to hire employees simply because they were gay. Advocates for religion said the order will lead to a court fight.

* Meanwhile, back in the real world: Significantly fewer heterosexuals, drug users and women were diagnosed each year with HIV, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the annual diagnosis rate more than doubled for young gay and bisexual males.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When The Catholic Church Knowingly Hires Active Gay Employees

Recently, the Catholic Church in the United States has been hit with a series of lawsuits from fired former gay employees over the conditions of their terminations. For the most part, these gay men and woman were hired when the parish, school, or church organization knew full well that they were active homosexuals. Only, when they decided to marry, or their homosexuality became widely known to the public, were they then let go. The plaintiff from the Seattle case has repeatedly stated that administration and staff at the school where he worked were at first “supportive” of his decision to marry another man; confirmed by the hundreds of students walked-out of classes in protest. This speaks to a very dangerous sort of lazy and prideful form of Catholicism: which under-pressure will half-heatedly support Catholic doctrines, but in private, will follow their own misaligned consciousness.

“A motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Eastside Catholic School by an administrator fired in December 2013 after his same-sex marriage came to light has been rejected by King County Superior Court in Seattle. In a ruling read from the bench, Judge Catherine Shaffer said it did not appear that proceeding with the case would interfere with the school's First Amendment rights…” According to the layers for the fired administrator: “Eastside Catholic was aware that Plaintiff had a domestic partner at the time Plaintiff was hired as vice principal of Eastside Catholic.” The gay administrator also served as a Eucharistic minister and lay reader at mass.

“Colleen Simon, a former employee of a Catholic food pantry in Kansas City, Missouri, was fired earlier this year [2014] by her religious superiors because she is gay. Now Simon is fighting back, suing the diocese and claiming that her bosses were aware of her sexual orientation long before she was let go.”

“For the past four years, Flint Dollar has been teaching music at Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, Ga. He is, by all accounts, beloved by his students. But Dollar won't be leading the band or teaching the chorus in the fall. His contract was not renewed after administrators found out he plans to marry a man. He says when he was hired, he was honest with school administrators about his sexual orientation.”