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:

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:

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.


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.)

Meme (yes, really)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 01:36 pm
jenepherre: (Cmas PATD Bden Naughty or Nice?)
Doing it because as far as I know, all of my friends were nice enough (and smart enough) *not* to tag me. Ha.

a. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

b. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you. (Like many of my friends, I'm refusing anyway. I hate being ordered to do something that should be voluntary. But any of my friends who haven't done this yet are invited to.)

1. What are your nicknames?
Other than some members of my family still calling me Jenny - a name I haven't gone by in decades and they all know I hate it - I don't have any nicknames that I know of

2. How do you style your hair?
hehe Style? What's that? It's pretty long right now, so I put it up in a bun or a ponytail usually. I have started straightening it sometimes when I'm going to a show or somewhere where I know I might have my picture taken.

3. What's new in your life right now?
The PATD Live in Chicago CD/DVD and book \o/ Also, depression pretty bad for the past few days. This is my worst time of year for it though, so I'm trying not to think of it as a major setback.

4. How many colors are you wearing now?
Red, black, charcoal gray, heather gray, white... so 5

5. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert, usually. Oddly assertive around celebrities though.

6. What was the last book you read?
Does Shane Vald├ęs's "A Picture With Books" count? No? Then it was an excerpt from "Professional Guide to Diseases" or "The Merck Manual."

7. Do you nap a lot?
Not more than once a day. Is that a lot?

8. If the person you secretly like is already taken, what would you do?
It would totally depend on whether they had shown any interest in me at all. If the person is obviously happy with their current significant other, there's no way I'd try to get in the way of that.

9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Oh, always. Most recently, overhearing my Dad talking to my brother about me and how he thinks I make terrible decisions in my life.

10. What was the last thing you ate today?
Maple and brown sugar hot oatmeal. Yum.

11. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Too wide a range to describe here. If I shower and wash my hair and everything - 2 hours, usually. Yes, seriously. Although at least 30 minutes of that is spent in front of a fan cooling my stupid body off because it can't seem to regulate its temperature properly.

12. What websites do you visit daily?
LJ, Twitter, myspace. Often Facebook, Google search, Amazon. Some of my own sites to make sure they're running okay.

13. What classes are you taking right now? And if you're not in school anymore, what's your job?
haha Neither applies. No school and no job. And no plans right now for either one.

14. Do you like to clean?
I go through phases where I do, but usually not.

15. What do you want for Christmas?
My credit card bill paid off. Or paid down significantly. And no depression (the disease, not the mood) - for anyone - ever again.

16. What are you doing right now?
Doing this meme, listening to PATD Live in Chicago CD, thinking I need to book a hotel for my trip to LA for the final Phantom Planet show while at the same time debating just selling those tickets.

17. Who was your childhood idol?
When I was actually a child? Either Marie Osmond or Olivia Newton-John.

18. What would you do if you see $100 lying on the ground?
Just on the ground with no possible owner nearby? Yeah, I'd keep it.

19. What is your dream car?
Don't really have one. Something that gets good mileage, has a way to plug in my iPod, is comfortable and nice looking, but doesn't draw too much attention to itself.

20. Tell me something good.
I got an email from Jimmy Simak yesterday. \o/


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