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 I love my toys …

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Gotta Have that Pride Jewelry!!!  

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The Rings, A must have for the Parade 

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 BEING WHO YOU ARE…
TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE


Trans Issues (A Response)

I am painfully aware of other LGBTQ issues across the board, being HIV+ myself. And I do support everyone in our community. I watch queer television from Toronto and I am aware of trans gendered/Trans Sexual issues and people. I am not heartless nor judgmental about them. When I came out some of the most important friends I had were men going through transition even then as a young gay boy I knew what “we” as community were facing because I fought with them and I fight with you as well. I am not one sided nor arrogant to disregard the other communities that make up the balance of LGBTQ.

I work with families and their children. I work with People with Aids and I write for a living educating and advocating for rights and equality. I wish my parents were as accommodating as some have been, alas they were not. So I know what abuse is from the straight side AND the gay side. Remember that when I came out as HIV+ 13 years ago, people were being thrown out on the streets and civilized humanity became uncivilized and I witnessed that WHILE many of my friends who were trans gendered and those who were transsexuals going through transition helped me through my hard times, all of them went to their deaths due to illness and I survived, who knew… So I do get why we need to remember the fight (the struggle and the emancipation).

I just think that it is time to begin to build our community in spite of the rest. And openly flaunting our differentiation is defeating our ability to attain equality. There at some point, has to come an awakening in the LGBTQ community that we don’t need to justify to anyone and that if people cannot deal then f*ck them.

I am not ignorant of the entire community nor their families. I just think we need to find other solutions to attaining equality and I want to find it before more people die of AIDS, ADDICTION, HATE CRIMES and INJUSTICE and IMPRISONMENT. As a sober member of the Gay,HIV community, I just see the need to seek other solutions because what we are doing isn’t working.

Cheers
Jeremy


P.R.I.D.E.

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“Gays and Lesbians world wide have spent the last calendar year pissing and moaning about rights and privileges. We have lobbied for equal marriage rights and legal benefits for our/your spouses. We have fought the ‘Religious Right’ and those who would see us reduced to common filth.

We have lobbied governments Locally and Nationally and Globally to recognize the equality of LGBTQ people worldwide. We have attempted to raise the issue of AIDS and ADDICTION to the world and how important it is that we help people no matter their location, economic status or sexual orientation.

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Those of us in foreign countries such as Canada and those nations who respect and accept legally traditional marriage rights for Gays and Lesbians have tried to help you all grow into owning your rights as you want them. We have tried to set a good example globally to teach you that it is not a stretch to live communally and not differentially, but do you listen???

The Answer is NO!!!

Because it is Pride season and LGBTQ Peoples world wide are going to go out into their communities and flaunt how different you all are from the rest. You are going to go to the length of ostentation and gay arrogance and get naked and you are going to flaunt your sexual proclivities and your nakedness and your defiance of all things holy and normal during millions of Pride Celebrations all over the world and across North America now through the rest of the Summer.

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AND FOR WHAT???

All the work we as a ‘people’ have done for all of you who still do not have rights that some of us do in other parts of the world are going to be shot to hell because you need a week to go out and get drunk, stoned, naked and stupid and you are going to flaunt all the ways that make gay wonderfully different while the rest of us look on and shake our heads.

Naked Breasts, Transexuals and Transvestites, Penis men and all those things that what they call ‘normal society’ has yet to wrap their minds around. The human form is sacred and should be celebrated, but still, I do not see the point in flaunting all the ways that we are different when we are attempting to advance you in the one thing you want so much to be like them as to OWN and INHABIT the Rights and Privileges of Marriage.

We work so hard year in and year out to advance the cause of LGBTQ issues worldwide and Pride comes along and some group somewhere does something so outlandish that those who are in power see that one action and all of us are damned for another year to try to make up ground that we have lost during pride and you wonder why GAY is still second and third class status???

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I think that the male preoccupation with penis and penis size is highly overrated. The fact that the gay community has to live in this ‘penis oriented’ way only shapes the world that has such consternation for them.

Grow up, Get a life and a mate, get married and learn to live in harmony and you will find that the thought of a giant penis float in a gay pride parade seems over the top and unacceptable to a gay man such as myself. This preoccupation with drunkenness and drug induced hazes is stupid and self defeating. I just don’t see how debauchery, drug addiction, stupid public displays of separateness is going to help any of us. I am not advocating that we go out in habits and act like nuns and religious, I just think that it is high time for LGBT people to find a quiet way to integrate into the whole and stop obsessing about how different we are from the rest, though we are.

The sooner we build community within the whole, the sooner we will achieve the sacred success we all want for all of you. And we aren’t going to be successful with naked men and woman prancing down the boulevard on floats with Penises on them or Dykes on Bikes…

We have lost our identity and Pride has been bastardized from its real meaning and focus. Because the good gay healthy svelte gay community must go on partying and living it up while they ignore the rest of us who are in the trenches fighting to get rights for all – and AIDS medications and services for those who are sick because the healthy people don’t have time to commit to helping each other like they should. Because god forbid we forgo the drugs and alcohol for community accountability.

It seems those of us who have been HIV for decades or more are doing the BULK of the work while the rest of you sit and pontificate on your drunken, drug hazed poofs, complaining that you aren’t getting what you really desire…

And God Wept!!!

I have written a great deal on pride over the past few days. The Gay community thrives on this shock tactic “look at us during pride mentality” when really they are shooting themselves in the freaking foot because they are too stupid to see the forest for the trees.

Being gay is not always about sex, but learning to live IN community not extra-community. Jesus Christ, just reading this gave me the willies.

THAT is exactly why America will never give rights or marriage rights to gays until you all learn to stop fixating on the almighty Penis, Bottle of Alcohol, Eight Balls and Drugs and excessive materialist gay proclivities.

I detest Pride because of the way the community gets so over the top stupid for a week to show the world just how dysfunctional it still is and how far from conventional LGBT peoples want to remain, yet you all piss and whine about rights and privileges, and still the communities persist in this “look at us mentality!”

Does this strike anyone as self defeating?

I guess the fact that I am 40 this year, I am married, clean and sober and HIV + 13 plus years that gives me certain perspective on how the gay community lives and needs to change because if they don’t there will never be upwardly mobile progression on the bestowal of rights en masse to LGBT people.

The more you flaunt your proclivities, the less people want to see that. It just reinforces the fact that Gays are sex centered and self absorbed and ignorant to the fact that we don’t need to see how big your penis is, I sure as hell don’t!

The more you flaunt how different you are from the rest, the further away from the prize you remain.

Food for thought.

I am proud to be Gay, but I am also proud that I don’t have to make a spectacle of myself to the world just because its PRIDE!! This issue is also a problem in Canada, yet I speak out at pride because we have something most of you do not….

Marriages and Legal Benefits… Learn from us and maybe things will change.

Cheerio and Happy Pride.


Keane – Somewhere Only We Know


Growing up Gay – Thoughts on Pride

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This first Article appears on Best Gay Blogs under The Evolution According to Jeremy, under staff blogs. My editor is looking over the copy before it posts.

This being my first article, I thought that I would talk about Growing up Gay – and My Thoughts on Pride. Much has changed over the last 40 years, in terms of ‘LGBT Rights’ and how we as ‘LGBT peoples’ live our lives. This is the first post for the Evolution According to Jeremiah. From the perspective of an almost 40, Gay, clean and sober man living with HIV some 13 years now.

When I was a young boy, growing up in my home, I was very well versed on what my parents abhorred and what was unacceptable. My parents were homophobic, they were also racist and to a degree they believed that they had ‘arrived’ and became elitist. I don’t know how middle class American folk become elitist and better than others, but that is what my father thought.

I knew enough about sexuality before I had even hit puberty and in that time, I became aware of what my parents thought about homosexuality. When I hit puberty, my father took me on the all important “birds and the bees dinner” to talk about any questions or concerns that I might have. But by then I had already done enough ‘homework’ and I had begin to explore those needs myself.

When I hit junior high school, everything changed. I knew on the first day of school that I was different. The first day I set foot in the boy’s locker room, I knew that something was different. Over the next three years I would have many friends and I would participate in sports like soccer, wrestling and swimming. My fascination with boys had begun. But I had to play the game. (I know that today) I didn’t know that then. I had a girlfriend and I dated girls throughout school. But I remained a virgin because Catholic boys followed the church teachings, and my family was staunchly Catholic and feared God.

My mother was working in the pharmaceutical field and also in home health care services for patients who were discharged from hospital yet they were still on medical supervision at home. Some of my mother’s patients, on her daily run, were gay and had AIDS. Many nights after work, she would come home with her boss and coworkers and they would sit and drink beer and talk about the ‘faggots’ and that she hated serving them and that she wished they would die already and stop wasting her time and money.

It was comments like these during my formative years that dictated how I was going to make my way into the world and just what I was going to disclose and when. My step mother had gay friends that she would invite to dinner. And when my family attended dinners at my step mom’s house, my father would get crazy because his son was getting along better with the ‘fags’ than he did with his own father.

For 21 years my father beat me and told me that I was a mistake and said that I should never have been born, so can you blame me? Those gay men I had met became my teachers and my mentors into the world of ‘Gay.’ I loved these men because they treated me with dignity and respect, far better treatment than my father had ever given me. When we would come home from these dinners my father would decide that beating the experience with them out of me was far better than allowing anything these men said to me to take root within me.

My step mother knew that I had issues and today I know that these dinner parties was her way of giving me access to people who she knew would help me because my father would never allow me to expand my life to the places I wanted to go.

In Miami circa the 1980’s there was a dedicated locale where the gay community lived, and that was Coconut Grove. It was a specific locale that one could go to, to meet other gays, and go bar hopping and shop in gay stores in a local community setting. I don’t remember ever hearing about gay rights then, maybe because I was too young to understand what that meant. I didn’t start bar hopping until I was old enough to drink.

My first gay experience happened during the summer of my 19th year. My mother had been feuding with her sister, yet I was still on good terms with all of my family. I always believed that blood was thicker than water; this is where my parent failed miserably to rise to the challenge of maintaining family and as well, extended family.

I met a man at my aunt’s house, we got ripped on alcohol and I hid his keys so that he would not drive home that night, because we were all sauced beyond comprehension. Not to mention I wanted him, (Like I knew what that was at 19); I guess I did because my little plan worked and we had sex that night. I never told a soul that secret after it happened. I sat on that secret for two years, when amid a discussion with some women that were there who had made remarks about wanting to have sex with the same man, I offered that I had! It was such a revelation for me…

I never came out to my parents. And I started seeing a shrink – who happened to be one of the men who attended my step mom’s dinners. I was getting to the age of consent and I was urged to begin the exploration into gay life, but to do that I would have to find a way in. That was through “Uncle Charlie’s” a bar that I later became one most valuable customers. I was told to go to the bar, sit at the bar and have a drink and see what happened.

I was a teenage alcoholic. This order later in my life only fostered the need to drink more alcohol, because what does a 21 year old boy with cheek of tan do with his spare time? Drink, have his cake and eat it too…

The Christmas after my 21st birthday, I was on a cruise to the Bahamas with my best friend Matt. There was another gay couple sitting near us at dinner on the ship who thought “we” were a couple and they propositioned Matt. He wasn’t gay, but he thought I was. So they conspired to get me out of the closet that weekend. Well, after a night of debauchery I proposed my undying love and adoration to my best friend. That changed everything.

We never spoke again after that vacation, until much later in life.

In 1989, I moved away from home that following spring. I followed the couple who were on that cruise to Orlando, where I officially came out at the Parliament House on Orange Blossom Trail. If you are a gay boy in Florida, the place to come out was AT the Parliament House and you worked at the “Tragic Queendom!” I did both.

I moved away to be gay, to explore all that I could be. I was a pretty young gay boy, I loved drag queens, and in fact, they became the most important people in my life and would remain guideposts in my life through most of my adult life.

Being gay was all you could do in the community that I lived in. We all slept around, we drank until we were all unconscious. We did terribly stupid things as kids. I moved away without any street smarts. I didn’t have ANY idea what responsibility to take care of house home and car meant. I couldn’t pay bills or my rent or even worse my car payments because I was too wrapped up in drinking and partying. Who knew about responsibility? I sure as hell didn’t. I was a mess. And I ended up in some serious jackpots with serious losers.

I was a gay boy on a destructive path that led me on an odyssey of pain and heartache for over a decade. There were several severe mistakes I made as a young gay boy, because nobody knew how to help me, nor wanted to take the time to give a shit that I was in self destruct mode. My parent’s did not want to know me because by then they knew about me, yet I had never told them.

I had to return to my father’s house after ending up on the street and I went out one night and brought someone home to my father’s house and the next morning, my father went ballistic. (Note to you: Never bring a boy home to your parent’s house to have sex!)

That was the one of the nails I drove into my father’s proverbial casket.

I moved in with a friend whom I abused emotionally and monetarily. I was a raging alcoholic and I abused the gifts given to me – like the roof over my head and a bed to sleep in. I hurt one of the most important people in my life at that time. That, I regret to this day.

Geographical cures were the norm to try and stop the cycles of self abuse that I had been in as a young gay man. I didn’t have anyone who took the time to talk to me or teach me the ways of the world – this is why we write to you today, so that you know where to find us.

I made another geographic for supposed love. This theme repeats itself over and over again. I met a boy and fell in love. He was a con artist and I fell for his lies, until he told one too many and I caught on. He became suicidal and eventually killed himself. A year later I was diagnosed with AIDS and given 18 months to live. That was in 1994.

I had been hooked into a Gay Community, the Leather Community of Ft. Lauderdale. I was working at a bar. I met my Master, my Mentor, my Guide and my Father, the man who would save me. It is by the grace of God and the love of that man that I am alive today and writing to you in this community.

I learned what Gay Pride was, because I was part of a selective and marginalized community. That community was the leather community, the AIDS community and Gay’s in general. I was attending funerals because all of my friends were dropping like flies. People were being thrown out of their houses by families and lovers. The gay community was trying to build infrastructure to take care of our own. In South Florida, gay communities had begun to find themselves. We ‘found’ specific communities like Ft. Lauderdale proper and the Five Corners area, in Miami areas like South Beach and all points north.

Gay Pride was important because men, women and children were dying from AIDS and this disease was no longer a Gay disease, but became a world disease. It wasn’t a localized issue but a world wide epidemic. I stared attending Gay Pride Festivals in Ft. Lauderdale after my diagnosis, because life became important and staying alive was the goal.

Gay Pride is an important time in all of our lives. Gay Pride has changed over the decades, because the AIDS epidemic has changed. The festival of living was an honoring of the dead. We came together to celebrate life, for our friends who were dead. The atmosphere was so different than it is today, probably because I live in Canada now and my observations and my life have changed so much since 1994.

I lived, when hundreds of people I knew, friends that I loved and drag queens who were my rock have also died since then. The gay rights issues in the United States had begun to grow. The call for equal rights and treatment of People with AIDS was growing. I was barely surviving on the disability that I was on. I had to decide monthly on paying for my medications, pay rent or buy food. Life was terribly difficult as a man with AIDS living in Miami in 2000 and 2001.

I got sober in December of 2001. And the gay community where I was living was falling apart. The safe club scene became a dog eat dog world. The world I came out into had changed so drastically in six short years that I could not rely on anyone like I had been doing for the last six years prior.

I had been sober for a few months and I decided to make a move out of the country. And I did that and a new chapter in my life had begun. I was 34 years old when I got sober this second time; I had been living with AIDS for seven years. I moved to Montreal and began to build a home. Gay life in a foreign country is very different than gay life in the United States because Canada has grown in many ways where other countries have not.

Since 2002 when I moved, I got situated and became a Canadian Citizen because of my birthright, because my mother was still a Canadian when I was born in 1967. I met a boy, I fell in love and I got married. From the time that hubby and I met, the gay marriage and gay rights legislation made its way through Parliament and received assent. I remember the night that the news reported that the Gay Marriage Legislation had been passed into law. That was a few months before hubby and I eventually got married in 2004.

Over the years Gay Pride has changed. The weekly end of July escapade has been changed to the beginning of August 5 day event. We attended Gay Pride events here in Montreal for years. But as of the last two years, we did not attend any functions. Gay Pride has become more political and divisive to the point that we don’t participate because the spirit of Pride has changed drastically from what it used to mean, and has become a point of political and community contention.

When hubby and I first met, we used to do the ‘gay things’ because we had not settled into married and University life yet, so we did all those party events and bar hopped week in and week out. But once he had his nervous breakdown and I started University in 2003, everything changed. Our priorities changed. Life changed, we changed. We grew up.

Today at age 40, I have certain views on living with AIDS and Pride and Sobriety. Not to mention being married and having learned all those lessons that took an entire lifetime to collect and now we teach those lessons to others.

Gay Pride is important. It is important because many men and women went to their deaths fighting for the privileges that some of you have today. Millions of men, women and children went to their deaths from the scourge of AIDS since the 1980’s. Many Gay Rights activists were jailed and persecuted and some were killed for their convictions and their lives. Gay Pride should be celebrated to make sure we remember those who came and went before us. Gay Pride should be celebrated as a “Life Celebration” and to remember those words,

“We are here, we are Queer, Get used to it!”

If we forget those who laid the foundations for Gay Pride so many years and decades ago, then PRIDE is a waste of time. We should not be arguing over politics within our own ranks. We should not be fractioned by language or religion, creed or political affiliation. PRIDE should be a gathering of the many celebrating the one important fact of Life, That we are here and that we survived, because so many did not.

What do I know at age 40 that you need to know? You can come by my blog and read my pages and participate in our community. Do not be afraid of the spiritual slant of my blog. I am still a Gay Man who has wisdom to share with anyone who wants to learn. There is more to being gay today for me than looking twenty one and bar hopping and drinking until I fall down or do something stupid. That’s why today I am sober and clean and I am alive. It has been 13 years since I was diagnosed with AIDS – and I have lived to tell the tale.

I remind you all, as you celebrate Pride that You Celebrate for the RIGHT reasons and not the WRONG reasons. That you remember why we celebrate Pride and why ‘Stonewall’ is so incredibly important to us as LGBT peoples.

Be Proud. Be Visible and FIGHT for what is right – For the Right reasons.

Blessings on Your Heads.


A jumbled mess of emotions…

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I am sad, I am confused, I am human, and I am far from perfect. I finished my final exam this morning in record time, which surprised me that I knew ALL the answers to all the questions AND I rocked on the two essays we had to write on. BooGah!!!

I picked up my gown yesterday and I was a bit emotional to ponder the thought that in a few days I will complete an entire journey in University and I did quite well for a man my age, with the issues I deal with on a daily basis. My friends are all happy and proud of me and that feels nice. I don’t know, still how I feel about completing this section of the journey because the journey just continued into the Summer and today is the last day of classes for me for the Summer. Woo Hoo!!

I finished my term paper days early so that I could turn it in tonight and take the rest of the week to prepare for Monday. I need a day of beauty and some coiffing before I strut across the stage. I kinda want to do a ‘Patch Adams’ and march across the stage butt ass naked and do the happy dance. But no we must be proper and demure. UGH!!

Yesterday was very emotional. I did not sleep most of Monday night into Tuesday and I was up with the birds – do you know that the sun rises between 4 and 4:30 a.m. here!! WTF. If you are lying in bed and you hear the birds start to sing, it is a forgone conclusion that you will not get back to sleep – or to sleep because once the birds start singing the noise from the ground level starts to rise. The trucks start revving and the air conditioner tower on the college next door starts to run loudly and the hotel delivery trucks start their morning runs next door – so you get that annoying ‘beep – beep – beep’ drive the damned truck forwards for Christ’s sake… The sirens, the traffic, the noise…

“Calgon – take me away…”

I had all my plans prepared for termination of my position at my home group because I was angry and resentful that someone would do what I was told was done to people I work with on a weekly basis. I went to have coffee with Ms. Nikki and told her my intentions and she sobbed and cried that I would think to leave. I was heart broken. We went to set up and as certain folk arrived I spoke to my mentors and they gave me sound advice. I listened to every word and weighed my decision heavily.

Ms. Nikki lobbed a prayer up to God and within minutes it was answered. God was communicating directly and succinctly. My boys all came to the meeting and we had a serious discussion before hand, and I clarified the truth from fiction. I admit I was wrong and that I got caught up in drama that was not mine and that certain folks have issues that I did not carefully weigh into the conversation as it happened in the last week. Like I said “always, never, forget to check your references.”

The meeting was great. I sit here conflicted emotionally because I know where my heart lies and who are important to me. I can’t walk away from my people because certain people have issues and grudges. I should have never entertained the insanity factor that started this whole issue to begin with, I should have left it well alone. But, I am human and I listened to the pied piper because he sang this silver tune that drew me into the web of deceit and insanity, and I didn’t see the fall before it was there.

Before the meeting started I had said to Ms. Nikki that I wasn’t going anywhere and after the meeting I cried all the way home. The avalanche of emotions was just too much to bear at that moment. Thanks God I was with Ms. Louise to talk me through it before I dropped her at her building up the street from home. We all live in the same neighborhood.

I came home and was awash in emotions. I wrote a little. I created a few more header images for my blog. It is very calming to be creative and work with crafting images and colors and sizing and templates. I quite enjoy that work – This new header image, at the top of the Blog, is one of my latest creations. I quite like it. I have several new images with different themes and colors with specific images that have some meaning to my life and journey.

I watched some tv last night, we are in re-run hell now but there are a few shows I enjoy watching like So You Think You Can Dance and Canadian Idol starts up again so we will have certain entertainment.

After Peter went to bed I checked my email and got the obituary notice for Shirley, and I sat here and cried again. I meant to call my friend last night when I got home, but the little voice inside me said to wait – so I did. It was after 1 a.m. when I got the email, and as I was typing into my blog and trying to reply – the freaking modem went down at the main frame of my internet service provider. I was like WTF??? So I did not get back onto the main frame until almost 2 a.m. I wasn’t going to bed with unfinished business on my desk.

I am sad today – because my friend is exhausted and has been through so much since Christmas that I can’t even begin to imagine where she is today, and what do you say to try and comfort someone without sounding trite quoting platitude after saucy platitude. Ugh, I wanna throw up. I care and I am here and she knows that. So I guess, between friends, sometimes, words are unnecessary, that just being together is more important than trying to find words of comfort that are just going to come out and sound rehearsed and stupid. I’ve never buried a parent, but I mourned their passing out of my life and I buried them spiritually in order to continue living my life. But the only burial experience I have is my grandparents and they were closer to me than my own parents. Go figure!!

I can only imagine the sense of loss in loosing both parents within months of each other after long bouts of illness and suffering. I just can’t imagine the pain, but I can identify with the loss. Where practical experience fails me I must draw on spiritual teaching and what I have experiences to try and make sense of things like this. I imagine myself standing at Shelby’s casket quoting Annelle:

“When things like this happen I try to make sense of it, and I for one am glad that Shelby is with her King, where the is no more suffering and no more pain, and that Shelby will always be young, she will always be beautiful and she will always be an angel and I for one am glad to know that there is someone up there on my side…”

“Well, you just go on Annelle, I’d rather have her here!”

“I’m fine, I’m fine, I’M FIIIIINE…. I can run to Texas and back but my Shelby can’t. I want to know WHYYYYYY, I want to know if her son will ever know how special his mother was….”

“Go on hit her, Knock her lights out, Chickapin Parish take out their eye teeth out to take a WHACK at Wheezer!!! Go on, Smack her.” Clairee, have you gone insane???”

You gotta have some levity and laughter at a moment like this, things were getting too tense, we needed to laugh. Clairee, you are too twisted for color Tv, get your roots done.

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So this afternoon I see my doctor to start these new medications, finally !!! So I will have updates coming in the next few days and weeks. I have lost some serious weight, which is a very good thing, my doc will be happy for that, since he thought I was getting way too chunky for his liking. And this evening I have my Theology Abstract presentation and the handing in of my final paper and I am done with school for the Summer!!

EDIT:Update – New meds are on hold until my doc gets approval from the government on meds that I need, since my genotype shows that I can’t use some of the meds, so we need to clear some more for On Deck treatment. Stay tuned for further updates.

YAY…

We pray for Shirley
Eternal Rest Grant Her and may Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her

Until later…

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Isaiah Washington Fired From Grey’s Anatomy – edit 22jun07

Washington Says Knight Should Have Been Fired
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: June 21, 2007 – 3:00 pm ET 

(Houston, Texas) “They fired the wrong guy,” Isaiah Washington told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday.

The Grey’s Anatomy star, fired this month after creating a furor earlier this year with his use of an anti- gay slur, was speaking out at length for the first time about his dismissal.

He told the Chronicle, his hometown newspaper, that T.R. Knight should have been the one fired from the show.

“I’m telling everything. So here’s the truth,” he told the paper.

According to Washington it was Knight who fueled the controversy. Washington claims in the interview that he believes it was part of a plan by Knight to get a raise.

Knight came out shortly after stories began circulating about an argument on the Grey’s set in which the epithet was used.  On the Ellen DeGeneres show last January Knight said the slur was aimed at him. 

“That’s a lie,” Washington told the Chronicle. “I used the word during a disagreement with Patrick. I apologized for that. We shook hands and went back to work.”    

Washington said that he is considering a lawsuit, but did not say whether he would sue Knight, the producers of the show or ABC.

“My livelihood, my honor and dignity and my name have been so challenged,” he told the Chronicle.

“I was not fired for making homophobic slurs,” he said. “I did everything I said I would do. I offered to go to counseling, to do a public service announcement. I wanted everyone to know I was remorseful.”

Following the furor over the slurs Washington issued a public apology and went into a residential treatment facility to deal with anger management and homophobia. 

He later met with Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Kevin Jennings, founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

As a result of the meeting Washington agreed to appear in PSAs for the groups. They aired last month during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy

He was not told until early this month that he would not be returning to the show. (story)

©365Gay.com 2007

 

Michael Jensen

Editor

June 8, 2007

 

Months of speculation over the fate of Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington came to an end Thursday night when TVGuide.com’s Michael Ausiello announced his sources had informed him that Washington would not be invited back when the show returns to the air in September.

Calls by Ausiello to Howard Bragman, Washington’s high-powered publicist, confirmed that the actor had received a call on Thursday telling him he was off the show. An ABC publicist further confirmed the network had declined to pick up Washington’s option for his role as Preston Burke, but would not specify a reason the network had done so. An Entertainment Weekly reporter reached Washington last night at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood, but the actor refused comment and has yet do so.

The news is gratifying for many in the gay community who had long felt ABC and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes had not handled the situation in an appropriate manner. Shortly after the initial incident, AfterElton.com called for Washington to be terminated, as did writer, director, producer, and Director’s Guild of America Vice President Paris Barclay in January.

The actor’s problems began last October on the set of Grey’s Anatomy when, according to The National Enquirer, Washington had assaulted fellow cast member Patrick Dempsey. Shortly afterwards, reports started to circulate that during the fight, Washington grabbed Dempsey by the throat and said, “I’m not your little faggot like T.R. [Knight].”

Those initial reports didn’t name Knight, but speculation quickly settled on the soft-spoken actor who plays Seattle Grace intern George O’Malley. Neither ABC nor series creator Shonda Rhimes addressed the situation publicly (and Rhimes still hasn’t spoken out on the matter), and word was that the issue was being dealt with “internally”.

While ABC had nothing to say publicly (until finally issuing a statement on January 18th), Washington’s publicist at the time issued a statement after the fight saying, “Differences are inevitable. They were aired, resolved, and everyone has moved on.” Dempsey’s spokeswoman added, “There was an argument on set. In any close knit family, sometimes people argue. But everybody made up and went back to work.”

Nonetheless, on October 19th, Knight released a statement to People Magazine saying, “I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I’d like to keep quiet any unnecessary rumors about sexuality. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I’m gay isn’t the most interesting part of me.”

No public action was taken against Washington, angering many gay groups that argued there was a double-standard in society involving the use of anti-gay slurs. The actor did finally release an apology saying “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words…I have nothing but respect for my co-workers…and have apologized.”

The issue appeared to have died down until this year’s Golden Globes in January when a reporter asked Rhimes a question backstage after the Grey’s cast had won a Golden Globe for Best Drama. Instead of allowing Rhimes to answer the question, Washington seized the microphone and said, “No, I did not call T.R. [Knight] a faggot. It did not happen.”

His statement appeared to directly contradict the apology he had issued the previous October. Rhimes further angered many in the gay community when during the same press conference she added, “I think the best statement is just that things were created in a very odd way by the press that were not necessarily completely reported as true.”

ABC’s decision to release Washington would appear to stand in stark contrast to that statement.

After the Golden Globes incident, another Grey’s star—Katherine Heigl—felt compelled to tell Access Hollywood “I’m going to be really honest right now, he [Washington] needs to not speak in public. Period. I’m sorry, that did not need to be said. I’m not okay with it.”

Shortly thereafter, Knight himself spoke publicly about the incident for the first time. He went on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show where he said in no uncertain terms that Washington had in fact used the anti-gay slur. Said Knight, “It’s an awesome word, isn’t it.”

After Knight spoke out, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation weighed in saying, “When Isaiah Washington uses this kind of anti-gay slur — whether on-set or in front of the press — it does more than create a hostile environment for his cast mates and the crew of Grey’s Anatomy. It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm’s way.” (The week after the Grey’s finale last month, a public service announcement made by the actor finally aired.)

TVGuide.com’s Michael Ausiello added, “His [Washington’s] continued employment on a show that wears its diversity as a badge of honor is the height of hypocrisy. If ABC wants to be remotely true to the principles Shonda Rhimes so eloquently espouses through the show, it has to do the right thing and fire Washington. Anything else at this point is simply unacceptable.”

Many in the gay community were again angered in March of this year when Washington not only received an NAACP Image Award, but received a standing ovation from many in the crowd.

Nonetheless, Washington kept his role on the hit drama and speculation swirled that it might be Knight who would end up leaving the show. Just last month Knight told Access Hollywood he wasn’t certain if he’d be back. Said Knight, “I literally don’t know. It would be nice to know if I’m supposed to report back.”

That question was finally put to rest just this week when Knight’s option was picked up and he was given a raise to approximately $125,000 per episode, as well as a share of the show’s profits.

As for Washington, his future is in question. The actor already had a reputation as being volatile, and it is uncertain how reluctant other producers and writers will be to take a chance on such a tarnished and controversial figure. As of today, IMDB.com lists only one movie—The Least of These—a thriller about a priest, played by Washington, is caught up in a sexual abuse scandal.

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Isaiah Washington Fired From Grey's Anatomy – edit 22jun07

Washington Says Knight Should Have Been Fired
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: June 21, 2007 – 3:00 pm ET 

(Houston, Texas) “They fired the wrong guy,” Isaiah Washington told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday.

The Grey’s Anatomy star, fired this month after creating a furor earlier this year with his use of an anti- gay slur, was speaking out at length for the first time about his dismissal.

He told the Chronicle, his hometown newspaper, that T.R. Knight should have been the one fired from the show.

“I’m telling everything. So here’s the truth,” he told the paper.

According to Washington it was Knight who fueled the controversy. Washington claims in the interview that he believes it was part of a plan by Knight to get a raise.

Knight came out shortly after stories began circulating about an argument on the Grey’s set in which the epithet was used.  On the Ellen DeGeneres show last January Knight said the slur was aimed at him. 

“That’s a lie,” Washington told the Chronicle. “I used the word during a disagreement with Patrick. I apologized for that. We shook hands and went back to work.”    

Washington said that he is considering a lawsuit, but did not say whether he would sue Knight, the producers of the show or ABC.

“My livelihood, my honor and dignity and my name have been so challenged,” he told the Chronicle.

“I was not fired for making homophobic slurs,” he said. “I did everything I said I would do. I offered to go to counseling, to do a public service announcement. I wanted everyone to know I was remorseful.”

Following the furor over the slurs Washington issued a public apology and went into a residential treatment facility to deal with anger management and homophobia. 

He later met with Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Kevin Jennings, founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

As a result of the meeting Washington agreed to appear in PSAs for the groups. They aired last month during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy

He was not told until early this month that he would not be returning to the show. (story)

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Michael Jensen

Editor

June 8, 2007

 

Months of speculation over the fate of Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington came to an end Thursday night when TVGuide.com’s Michael Ausiello announced his sources had informed him that Washington would not be invited back when the show returns to the air in September.

Calls by Ausiello to Howard Bragman, Washington’s high-powered publicist, confirmed that the actor had received a call on Thursday telling him he was off the show. An ABC publicist further confirmed the network had declined to pick up Washington’s option for his role as Preston Burke, but would not specify a reason the network had done so. An Entertainment Weekly reporter reached Washington last night at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood, but the actor refused comment and has yet do so.

The news is gratifying for many in the gay community who had long felt ABC and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes had not handled the situation in an appropriate manner. Shortly after the initial incident, AfterElton.com called for Washington to be terminated, as did writer, director, producer, and Director’s Guild of America Vice President Paris Barclay in January.

The actor’s problems began last October on the set of Grey’s Anatomy when, according to The National Enquirer, Washington had assaulted fellow cast member Patrick Dempsey. Shortly afterwards, reports started to circulate that during the fight, Washington grabbed Dempsey by the throat and said, “I’m not your little faggot like T.R. [Knight].”

Those initial reports didn’t name Knight, but speculation quickly settled on the soft-spoken actor who plays Seattle Grace intern George O’Malley. Neither ABC nor series creator Shonda Rhimes addressed the situation publicly (and Rhimes still hasn’t spoken out on the matter), and word was that the issue was being dealt with “internally”.

While ABC had nothing to say publicly (until finally issuing a statement on January 18th), Washington’s publicist at the time issued a statement after the fight saying, “Differences are inevitable. They were aired, resolved, and everyone has moved on.” Dempsey’s spokeswoman added, “There was an argument on set. In any close knit family, sometimes people argue. But everybody made up and went back to work.”

Nonetheless, on October 19th, Knight released a statement to People Magazine saying, “I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I’d like to keep quiet any unnecessary rumors about sexuality. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I’m gay isn’t the most interesting part of me.”

No public action was taken against Washington, angering many gay groups that argued there was a double-standard in society involving the use of anti-gay slurs. The actor did finally release an apology saying “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words…I have nothing but respect for my co-workers…and have apologized.”

The issue appeared to have died down until this year’s Golden Globes in January when a reporter asked Rhimes a question backstage after the Grey’s cast had won a Golden Globe for Best Drama. Instead of allowing Rhimes to answer the question, Washington seized the microphone and said, “No, I did not call T.R. [Knight] a faggot. It did not happen.”

His statement appeared to directly contradict the apology he had issued the previous October. Rhimes further angered many in the gay community when during the same press conference she added, “I think the best statement is just that things were created in a very odd way by the press that were not necessarily completely reported as true.”

ABC’s decision to release Washington would appear to stand in stark contrast to that statement.

After the Golden Globes incident, another Grey’s star—Katherine Heigl—felt compelled to tell Access Hollywood “I’m going to be really honest right now, he [Washington] needs to not speak in public. Period. I’m sorry, that did not need to be said. I’m not okay with it.”

Shortly thereafter, Knight himself spoke publicly about the incident for the first time. He went on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show where he said in no uncertain terms that Washington had in fact used the anti-gay slur. Said Knight, “It’s an awesome word, isn’t it.”

After Knight spoke out, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation weighed in saying, “When Isaiah Washington uses this kind of anti-gay slur — whether on-set or in front of the press — it does more than create a hostile environment for his cast mates and the crew of Grey’s Anatomy. It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm’s way.” (The week after the Grey’s finale last month, a public service announcement made by the actor finally aired.)

TVGuide.com’s Michael Ausiello added, “His [Washington’s] continued employment on a show that wears its diversity as a badge of honor is the height of hypocrisy. If ABC wants to be remotely true to the principles Shonda Rhimes so eloquently espouses through the show, it has to do the right thing and fire Washington. Anything else at this point is simply unacceptable.”

Many in the gay community were again angered in March of this year when Washington not only received an NAACP Image Award, but received a standing ovation from many in the crowd.

Nonetheless, Washington kept his role on the hit drama and speculation swirled that it might be Knight who would end up leaving the show. Just last month Knight told Access Hollywood he wasn’t certain if he’d be back. Said Knight, “I literally don’t know. It would be nice to know if I’m supposed to report back.”

That question was finally put to rest just this week when Knight’s option was picked up and he was given a raise to approximately $125,000 per episode, as well as a share of the show’s profits.

As for Washington, his future is in question. The actor already had a reputation as being volatile, and it is uncertain how reluctant other producers and writers will be to take a chance on such a tarnished and controversial figure. As of today, IMDB.com lists only one movie—The Least of These—a thriller about a priest, played by Washington, is caught up in a sexual abuse scandal.

After Elton, 365 Gay.com News


ABC drops Washington from Grey's Anatomy

YAY !!!!

Buh bye, bye, goobye, bye, buh bye….

Actor Isaiah Washington has been booted from Grey’s Anatomy, one of TV’s hottest shows, U.S. broadcaster ABC announced Thursday.

Grey's Anatomy co-stars T.R. Knight, left, and Isaiah Washington pose together after the Emmy Awards in August 2006. Washington has been dropped from the hit medical drama.

Grey’s Anatomy co-stars T.R. Knight, left, and Isaiah Washington pose together after the Emmy Awards in August 2006. Washington has been dropped from the hit medical drama.
(Matt Sayles/Associated Press)

ABC Television Studios, which produces the award-winning medical drama about the complicated relationships among a Seattle hospital’s surgeons, announced that the actor’s contract option was not renewed for next season.

Washington first drew condemnation last year when it emerged that he used an anti-gay epithet to describe co-star T.R. Knight on-set.

Knight, who had not previously revealed his sexual orientation, publicly revealed himself to be gay shortly afterward.

Washington caused further controversy when, backstage at the Golden Globe Awards in January, he denied he had used the epithet in the first place.

Actress Katherine Heigl, another Grey’s Anatomy co-star, publicly denounced him for his denial. He was also heavily criticized by the gay and lesbian community, and officially rebuked by ABC.

Washington subsequently issued a public apology, said he was pursuing therapy and met with gay rights groups. He also filmed a public service announcement warning about how hurtful words can be.

Whether Washington would return to the show appeared up in the air at the end of the Grey’s Anatomy season finale in May, as his character, Dr. Preston Burke, strides away from the altar and decides at the last minute against marrying his fiancée, played by Canadian actress Sandra Oh.

In one of the episode’s final scenes, Oh’s character reveals that Burke has cleared his most treasured belongings from their shared home.

In May, Washington’s publicist, Howard Bragman, said the actor planned to spend the summer pursuing charity work in Sierra Leone, work on an independent film and avoid worrying about the show.

On Thursday, Bragman released a statement on behalf of Washington that said simply: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.”

With files from the Associated Press


ABC drops Washington from Grey’s Anatomy

YAY !!!!

Buh bye, bye, goobye, bye, buh bye….

Actor Isaiah Washington has been booted from Grey’s Anatomy, one of TV’s hottest shows, U.S. broadcaster ABC announced Thursday.

Grey's Anatomy co-stars T.R. Knight, left, and Isaiah Washington pose together after the Emmy Awards in August 2006. Washington has been dropped from the hit medical drama.

Grey’s Anatomy co-stars T.R. Knight, left, and Isaiah Washington pose together after the Emmy Awards in August 2006. Washington has been dropped from the hit medical drama.
(Matt Sayles/Associated Press)

ABC Television Studios, which produces the award-winning medical drama about the complicated relationships among a Seattle hospital’s surgeons, announced that the actor’s contract option was not renewed for next season.

Washington first drew condemnation last year when it emerged that he used an anti-gay epithet to describe co-star T.R. Knight on-set.

Knight, who had not previously revealed his sexual orientation, publicly revealed himself to be gay shortly afterward.

Washington caused further controversy when, backstage at the Golden Globe Awards in January, he denied he had used the epithet in the first place.

Actress Katherine Heigl, another Grey’s Anatomy co-star, publicly denounced him for his denial. He was also heavily criticized by the gay and lesbian community, and officially rebuked by ABC.

Washington subsequently issued a public apology, said he was pursuing therapy and met with gay rights groups. He also filmed a public service announcement warning about how hurtful words can be.

Whether Washington would return to the show appeared up in the air at the end of the Grey’s Anatomy season finale in May, as his character, Dr. Preston Burke, strides away from the altar and decides at the last minute against marrying his fiancée, played by Canadian actress Sandra Oh.

In one of the episode’s final scenes, Oh’s character reveals that Burke has cleared his most treasured belongings from their shared home.

In May, Washington’s publicist, Howard Bragman, said the actor planned to spend the summer pursuing charity work in Sierra Leone, work on an independent film and avoid worrying about the show.

On Thursday, Bragman released a statement on behalf of Washington that said simply: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.”

With files from the Associated Press


Holocaust survivors say archives ignored

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer 

VIENNA, Austria – U.S. Holocaust survivors expressed dismay on Thursday that documents found in Vienna were not used to help settle insurance claims by descendants of Jews whose families had property seized by the Nazis.

Part of the document cache — which includes World War II-era deportation lists, emigration documents, letters and photos found in Vienna in 2000 — will be included in an exhibition that opens in the Austrian capital next month.

The Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA issued a statement demanding to know why the materials apparently were not brought to the attention of groups trying to win compensation for Holocaust victims and their relatives.

“We do not understand how this valuable and pertinent documentation on Austrian Jewry was ignored,” the Miami-based U.S. foundation said, adding that the find might have changed the outcome of settlements with insurance companies reached earlier this year.

“Each brittle page tells a story about real lives, real losses. … We also recognize these documents as a crucial resource in current efforts to secure justice for survivors and heirs,” it said.

“Life insurance policies looted by the Nazis that remain unpaid to their original owners are estimated to be valued in the billions of dollars. Yet the recently concluded claims process administered by the International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims resulted in just 3 percent of these policies being settled or compensated.”

Neither the Washington museum nor the Vienna-based Holocaust Victims’ Information and Support Center immediately returned phone messages left by The Associated Press on Thursday, a national holiday in Austria.

Digital images of some of the discovered documents were to be screened at a panel discussion Thursday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

“The institutions responsible for bringing these archives to light also have an obligation to support survivors,” the survivors’ foundation said. “We do not understand how the major institutions working on processing and digitizing these Austrian materials … failed to bring their contents to the attention of the public in a timely fashion so that a greater number of insurance cases might be settled.”

Since 2002, Vienna’s Jewish community and the Holocaust Memorial Museum have been working together to preserve the material on microfilm for a wider collection to include about 1.5 million documents from Vienna currently stored at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem.

The latest documents were uncovered in 2000, when Jewish community members preparing to turn an apartment over to new owners stumbled upon about 800 dusty boxes and dozens of wooden cabinets packed with about half a million documents detailing the life of Viennese Jews during Nazi times.

In February, a federal judge in New York approved a settlement involving Holocaust victims, their relatives and Italian insurance company Assicurazioni Generali, ending a decade-long legal battle by families seeking restitution.

Under the deal, Generali — which already had paid $135 million to settle previous claims — agreed to accept new claims until March 31. However, lawyers involved in the fight for compensation have been arguing for an extension, contending any new insurance records could bolster some claimants’ cases.


EU Drug Regulator Recalls AIDS Drug Over Contamination Fears

I flushed my meds down the toilet with the first report. I am not taking any chances that this threat will cross the pond and we will all be sorry. This report states that Canada and the U.S. are not affected. But you never know. Better to be safe than sorry…

by The Associated Press

(Zurich, Switzerland) Europe’s drug regulating body is recalling an HIV treatment made by Roche Holding AG because of contamination.

“Contamination has been identified at the manufacturing stage…the steps taken to recall Viracept go down to the level of the individual patient,” said Michael Harvey, a spokesman for the European Medicines Agency.

Patients taking Viracept _ an antiretroviral agent for use in HIV therapy _ should return the treatment to their physician and request a replacement therapy, Harvey said.

The recall does not affect the use of Viracept in the U.S., where Pfizer Inc. (PFE) sells the drug, or Canada and Japan, Roche said.

The Swiss pharmaceutical company conducted a chemical analysis on the drug after six patients reported that their batches of Viracept emitted strange odors.

“A detailed chemical analysis of the affected tablets showed they contain higher than normal levels of methane sulphonic acid ethylester,” the company said.

Roche said in a statement that it is recalling all batches of Viracept in co-operation with the European watchdog and Swissmedic, Switzerland’s drug regulator, in Europe and in some undisclosed countries.

Roche said the financial impact of the recall is negligible.

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This is news to me … 10 years later

 

I spoke to my doctors office today (June 7 2007) AND the pharmacy here that supplies my meds and they tell me that Canada and the US have NOT been affected by this recall. If we are notified they tell me all patients will be notified immediately.

 

Cancer alert over anti-HIV drug

 

HIV infected cell

Viracept reduces the amount of virus in the body

People on anti-HIV drug Viracept are being warned batches of the therapy may have been contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemicals. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency put out the alert after makers Roche moved to recall all batches of the drug in circulation.

The watchdog said patients prescribed the drug should “contact their doctor immediately” to change medication.

It is thought there are about 550 people using the drug in the UK.

Roche said contamination had been caused by “human error”.

Viracept, also known by the generic name nelfinavir, works by reducing the amount of virus in the body.

It is essential that people who are taking it go to their doctor immediately in the next day and work out with their doctor the best way to proceed

Roger Pebody, of the Terrence Higgins Trust

The drug is a protease inhibitor, a class of drugs that helped revolutionise HIV treatment in 1990s.

Such drugs slow down or prevent damage to the immune system, and reduce the risk of developing Aids-related illnesses.

Viracept received marketing approval in the US in March 1997 and in the European Union in January 1998.

It is licensed for use in combination with other anti-retroviral drugs.

The MHRA said there were fears the drug had been contaminated with a genotoxic substance, which is one that can affect the genes and potentially cause cancer.

Reports

A spokeswoman for Roche said there was no indication that the contamination was deliberate.

“Roche has received several reports that some batches of Viracept 250 mg tablets have a strange odour.

“A detailed chemical analysis of the affected tablets showed they contain higher than normal levels of methane sulfonic acid ethylester.

“In the interest of patients safety Roche has decided to recall all batches of Viracept tablets and powder.”

Roger Pebody, treatment adviser for the Terrence Higgins Trust, said the drug was in one of the older classes and was not widely used in the UK now.

He said missing just one dose could lower the effectiveness of the overall course of treatment.

“These people have probably been on the drug for several years and it has worked well for them so they have had no reason to change it.

“It is essential that people who are taking it go to their doctor immediately in the next day and work out with their doctor the best way to proceed.”


Mass grave found of Jews killed by Nazis

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By NATASHA LISOVA, Associated Press 

KIEV, Ukraine – Pipeline diggers unearthed a mass grave believed to contain thousands of Jews slaughtered in Ukraine during World War II, a Jewish community spokesman said Tuesday, a grim finding in a nation that one Holocaust expert described as “an enormous killing field.”

The grave was found by chance last month when workers were laying gas pipelines in the village of Gvozdavka-1, about 110 miles northwest of the Black Sea port city of Odessa, said Roman Shvartsman, a spokesman for the regional Jewish community.

The Nazis established two ghettos during World War II near the village and brought Jews there from Odessa and what is now the nation of Moldova, Shvartsman said.

In November 1941, Nazi officials set up a concentration camp in the area and killed about 5,000 people.

“Several thousand Jews executed by the Nazis lie there,” Shvartsman told The Associated Press.

The Jewish community was aware of the mass murder at the time, but no one knew where the bodies were buried, he said.

Yitzhak Arad, a Holocaust scholar and a former director of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, said the area was known to be a site of mass killings of Jews during the Holocaust. He said he found that 28,000 Jews were brought there from surrounding towns and that 10,000 died — murdered at a rate of around 500 a day.

Holocaust expert Efraim Zuroff, director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the discovery was not unexpected.

“I’m not surprised that, even in these days, there are discoveries such as these. It underscores the enormous scope of the plans of annihilation of the Nazis and their collaborators in Eastern Europe,” he said.

Hundreds of mass graves exist in Ukraine, and many have not yet been discovered, Zuroff said. “Ukraine was an enormous killing field, hundreds of thousands of Jews were murdered,” he said.

Anatoly Podolsky, director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, said there are believed to be some 250 to 350 mass grave sites dating from the Nazi occupation, during which some 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews are believed to have been killed. The number includes those massacred near their homes and those transported to death camps elsewhere.

Podolsky said most of the sites were located after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, but there were still some left to find.

Ilia Levitas, the head of Ukraine’s Jewish Council, put the number of mass Jewish graves in the country at more than 700.

According to Shvartsman, the names of 93 Jews killed at the Gvozsdavka-1 site have been established. He said Jewish community members planned to conduct studies to identify victims.

“We must figure out their names. It is our debt to the victims and survivors,” he said.

Odessa’s chief rabbi, Shlomo Baksht, wants to erect a fence around the site and put up a monument to the victims there this year.

Some 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II. Babi Yar, a ravine outside the capital, Kiev, where the Nazis slaughtered some 34,000 Jews over two days in September 1941, is a powerful symbol of the tragedy in Ukraine.

About 240,000 Jews were killed by the Nazis in the Odessa region, which was occupied by the German-allied Romanians, according to Shvartsman. He said a mass grave with remains of about 3,500 Jews was found in the region last year.


Construction To Start On Berlin Memorial To Gay Victims Of Nazis

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A very good film about the Nazi’s and the Homosexual Story see
Paragraph 175

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: June 4, 2007 – 1:00 pm ET

(Berlin) After nearly four years of delays construction will begin this year on a monument to honor gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis. Final approval of the design was made on Monday the government announced.

A government committee approved the design by Danish-born Michael Elmgreen and Norwegian native Ingar Dragset last year but until now could not agree on minor changes for the memorial.

It will be a gray concrete slab, with a window allowing visitors to view a film projected inside showing gay men and lesbians kissing.

The statement said that the memorial will be completed later in the year at a cost of slightly over $800,000.

It will sit on the edge of Tiergarten Park near the memorial to the six-million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

The exact number of gay killed by the Nazis may never be known. Adolf Hitler declared homosexuality an aberration that threatened the German race. Some 50,000 homosexuals were convicted and an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gay men were deported to concentration camps, where few survived.

The Nazi law against homosexuality remained on the books in West Germany until 1969.

In 2002 the German parliament issued a formal pardon for gays convicted under the Nazis.

There also is a monument to gay holocaust victims is in San Francisco.

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