Monday, March 16, 2015

Via JMG: Barney Frank: LGBT Folks Are Beating Prejudice Because They Stopped Hiding

Former Rep. Barney Frank was on Meet The Press yesterday where he said this:
“Well, I tell you, our reality as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people beat the prejudice. I mean, the central mechanism is that we stopped hiding. And it turns out we weren't what the stereotype was. But clearly, there was a point when the notion that I could get married to Jim while I was still in Congress would've been the most bizarre possibility. I remember the time I got married, someone said, 'Well, would it be controversial if you got married while you were still in Congress?' And the answer was, yes it was. A lot of my colleagues were mad that they didn't get invited. So our reality is that. On the other side, I think the fundamental issue, and it does go back to a Clinton campaign statement, "It's the economy, stupid."”

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via JMG: Equality California Endorses Hillary

Via press release:
California, the nation's second largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender membership organization, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. EQCA is the first major LGBT organization in the nation to endorse the former Secretary of State for President. "We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to help her win," said Equality California's Executive Director Rick Zbur. "We're enthusiastic about her candidacy because she has the best record of accomplishment on LGBT issues of any potential candidate. Equality California is ready for Hillary!"

As Secretary of State, Clinton championed the rights of LGBT people around the world, making LGBT rights and acceptance a global priority. In 2011, Sec. Clinton gave a historic speech on International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva, saying: "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights." Under Sec. Clinton's leadership, the Department of State used its full range of diplomatic and development tools to combat violence and discrimination against LGBT people worldwide. Thanks to her efforts, LGBT rights became a core principle of U.S. foreign policy in an unprecedented way.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do Dia- Flor del Día- Flower of the day 16/03/2015

“Não é possível aprender a amar porque aprender implica em receber alguma coisa de fora. E se o amor é a seiva da vida, a respiração da alma, então não é uma questão de aprender a amar, mas sim de desaprender a odiar. A criança nasce amando, mas logo aprende a odiar. Muito cedo ela aprende a sentir ciúme e a barganhar, o que aciona um círculo vicioso que faz com que ela interrompa o fluxo natural do amor, ou seja, algumas pedras são colocadas no caminho. Então para que o amor seja desvendado, é preciso remover essas pedras que estão encobrindo a fonte do amor que nos habita.”

“No es posible aprender a amar porque aprender implica recibir algo de afuera. Y si el amor es la savia de la vida, la respiración del alma, entonces no es una cuestión de aprender a amar, sino de desaprender a odiar. El niño nace amando, pero luego aprende a odiar. Muy pronto aprende a sentir celos y a regatear, lo que acciona un círculo vicioso que hace que él interrumpa el flujo natural del amor, es decir, algunas piedras son puestas en el camino. Entonces para que el amor sea develado, es necesario remover estas piedras que están cubriendo la fuente del amor que nos habita.”

"It’s not possible to learn how to love, because learning implies receiving something from the outside. If love is the nectar of life, the breath of the soul, then it’s not a matter of learning how to love, but rather an unlearning of hatred. A child is born loving, but soon learns to hate. Early on, we learn to feel jealous and how to bargain, which triggers a vicious circle that makes us break with the natural flow of love. In other words, some stones are placed on our paths. In order to unveil love, we must remove these stones that are covering up the source of love that dwells in each of us."

Via Daily Dharma

Into Emptiness | March 16, 2015

Good and bad, happy and sad, all thoughts vanish into emptiness like the imprint of a bird in the sky.

- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "The Dharma in a Single Drawing"