jenepherre: (BJ Season5 Promo Pic Ani)
As if what Mr. Packer said wasn't bad enough, the timing of his talk was horrid and inexcusable. I doubt it will have any effect where the church is concerned, but please consider signing the petition anyway. Make your voice heard!

From the Human Rights Campaign:
Hi,

I'm appalled by the recent suicides of gay teens after they experienced merciless bullying.

But this really takes the cake. One of the top leaders in the Mormon Church has apparently chosen this moment to give a horribly anti-gay sermon in front of millions of Mormons, calling same-sex attraction 'impure and unnatural.'

Can you just imagine if you were a gay or lesbian teen in that audience? Or even questioning?

I just added my name to an open letter that will help young people understand the truth -- and help Mormon leaders understand that spreading these lies puts lives at risk. I hope you'll join me:

http://bit.ly/bZAaPO

Thanks.
jenepherre: (Adam does not approve)
So this weekend was the Mormon Church's Semi-Annual General Conference. My whole family watched and/or listened, of course, either through satellite TV or online. I, meanwhile, made every effort to ignore it. But I can't ignore this...

LDS Church leader: Homosexuality not 'inborn' )

Now, someone please tell me if I'm reading this correctly... did he actually compare the 'law' of heterosexuality to the law of gravity?? What planet is he from?

It makes me just sick to see the religion my entire family is so active in - that I was raised in - continue to promote such closed-minded and hateful ideas. In addition, I can't help but think of the horrid timing of this speech from Mr. Packer, coming as it does after a long month of suicides by gay teens who had been bullied about their sexual orientation. I'm not implying that the Mormon church condones such bullying, but putting out such a strong message saying that homosexuality is unnatural and immoral certainly won't help.

If you feel like torturing yourself, you can download audio of Mr. Packer's complete talk here (scroll down to the Sunday morning session). A text version will be available on Thursday, according to the church's website. I don't want to hear the whole thing, but I'll probably read it when the text version is available.

On a somewhat-more-humorous-but-not-really note, one of the other church officials warned against becoming addicted to texting, as it would take one away from "important, interpersonal human communication." I'll decide how I communicate with other humans, you idiot.

Booooorrrrreeeeed

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 09:02 am
jenepherre: (Eeyore - wasn't meant to bounce)
No, actually... bored, frustrated, anxious, unsettled and depressed.

It's a damn good thing my tattoo is all healed now, because if I had anything flaky or scabby on me, I'd be picking at like crazy. The way some people bite their nails.

Don't mind me... I just need to voice it. It always eases up a little bit once I do that.

(Copy/pasting from my Tumblr, which - along with Twitter - is where I spend most of my time now.)
jenepherre: (Me Zwinky blah)
So yeah... the Panic At The Disco concert was Thursday night. Neither [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia or I got to meet the band after all because Artist Arena - the company handling the fan club and promotions and the meet & greet contests - completely fucked it up. You can read a little more about that in [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia's LJ here. I don't feel like talking about it. I was kind of okay about missing it at the time, but now? I'm really *not* okay with it.

Anyway, the post-big event blues have hit me hard. I'm looking at the pictures and stories that other people are posting of the show I was at and the one the following night, and I don't know if I'll even bother posting my pictures. The ones that turned out look just the same as everyone else's. The few video clips I took are just bits and pieces of songs and the sound quality isn't all that great on them. So I came home with nothing particularly exceptional. Didn't even get a chance to look at the merch booth, much less buy anything.

I did get to meet Eric Ronick and Shane Vald├ęs before the show, and talked to Shane on and off during and after the show as well. He's really cool, and much better looking in person. The pics I've seen of him really don't do him justice. Eric is awesome, but I didn't get to meet up with him again after the show and have him sign my Black Gold CD. :-( Zack (FYI, it is spelled with a "k" - I checked) is also completely awesome. I really felt like he was pissed off on our behalf that we weren't given the right info for the meet & greet and had to miss it. Even though his first priority is keeping the guys safe and happy, he does a damn good job of keeping the fans safe and happy too, you know?

The concert itself was great, but I'm just not physically able to make it through shows like this. I managed to stay down in the pit with [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia for the first two bands, but after that, I had to leave her and find someplace where I could breathe and actually get off my feet for a few minutes. Sat on the floor with another woman the same age as me - who was there with her two young teenage daughters - through most of Motion City Soundtrack's set. And I didn't even attempt to get back up front for Panic even though part of me wanted to. Of course, if I had gone back up front, I wouldn't have run into Shane again. He was right out in the audience and was very friendly and willing to talk to me. Nice guy.

I guess the only other thing I have to say is that I'm really glad that the other show I'm going to on this tour - the Washington DC show on April 30th - is all reserved seating and I have really good seats. A seat. That I can sit in. Yeah - I know everyone will be standing, but I can still sit now and then if I need to. It sucks to be old and in less-than-ideal health. :-( Such a lovely note to end this post on, but there you go. ::shrug::
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They're everywhere! Why me? I'm by far not the only person out there who has made QAF and Gale wallpapers. So why do mine keep showing up all over the fucking place? Actually, that's not fair, because I know [livejournal.com profile] madness2 has had hers used without permission plenty of times too. But fucking hell!

I'm really more amused than pissed... but still...

I was looking through all the lovely torrents on Gay-Torrents.net, and found a listing for "QAF Music" - it's someone's own QAF music mix, which is cool (although I have most of the songs already). But the photos he uploaded to go with the listing are two of my wallpapers (one Brian, one Gale), and then a pic of the cast from TV Guide. The cast pic totally fits with his post - makes perfect sense. But WTF? Two full size 800x600 wallpapers with my signature and "For personal use only" right there, in plain site, as obvious as Gale's sex appeal...?

Anyway, I sent the guy who posted the torrent a PM - his email address isn't in his profile - so we'll see what happens.

::cough:: So yeah. He's already removed them - the whole torrent actually, because he couldn't get it to work right - and apologized. So, um... nevermind. Rolling Eyes

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