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Yesterday was Gay Pride in West Hollywood.  With 3 more weeks of celebration left, LGBT people of all stripes will continue to gather in cities all over the U.S.  One recent article about being gay caught my eye.  It was titled, “The Truth about Gays and Money.”  It’s a thoughtful and insightful piece I've included below in a much longer piece that I hope you will take the time to read and think over as I have over the past week.

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Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 03:40 PM PDT

about being homeless

by Gay CA Democrat

Having read jpmassar's diary today (a link will be included below the orange squiggle), I started to reminisce on the many months I was homeless several years ago. What it was like for me, how I survived it and my experiences & secrets of living without a home of my own I share below...

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Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM PST

DK Information Overload!

by Gay CA Democrat

One of my goals for 2013 is to spend more time writing which includes diaries on DailyKos. However, trying to keep up on DK gives me information overload. Does anyone else struggle with this? Help!

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Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM PST

Compassion for Christmas

by Gay CA Democrat

This is for those who are spending Christmas alone (including myself). In light of all the violence we've seen lately, it's hard to feel compassionate. But it will be even worse if we don't try. And charity starts at home.

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I live on state disability in Los Angeles. I’m unemployed with no insurance and medication my doctor prescribed is having serious side effects she didn’t warn me of.  I don’t have any immediate family and have no partner or spouse so I’m hoping someone here can offer sound advice.  The situation is complicated and this diary is longwinded, but I’m hoping someone here has been on this drug or had a relative or friend who was that can tell me to do.  I don’t know where else to turn.

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After forcing myself to sit through Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow's disappointing diatribes on MSNBC last night, I heard Lawrence O'Donnell and Ezra Klein bring logic, reason and pragmatism to the tax deal debate. I went to bed struggling to sleep so frustrated was I with my so-called likeminded allies on DK. Then I got up this morning and had to wade through all the raging rants posted here. The mob mentality running 24/7 with pitchforks and torches demanding the President drag out a tax reform policy fight with the GOP for months has worn me out. I'm unemployed and almost broke; I don't need extra anger and hopelessness.

To my fellow Obama supporters, can you please let me know you're still out there? Because after reading all the overblown outrage I've read here all day, it would lift my spirits to know my tribe is still rallying together here. I need a morale boost from my friends after a day battered by partisan political purists.

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The 3 paragraphs below are a reply I sent this morning after I re-posted Bill Maher's comments about how Democrats are disappointing friends, but Republicans are deadly enemies. While I am working on longer diaries in my spare time during my job search, I wanted to share this because I desperately want to help send positive messages this election. We need it now more than ever because there is so much frustration, fear and hate flying around out there. Please note I re-worded a few sentences to make my appeal slightly broader.

I don't have any money to donate to campaigns right now since I'm unemployed, but I do want to help. I hope that what I've said below persuades a few GLBT people to get out and vote.

I have included a link to the original article as well for proper reference. Thanks to any & all who read and reply.
Gay voters angry at Democrats could sway election

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Okay, ENOUGH with the praise for Velma Hart and her criticism of President Obama. I hate Velma Hart and all the rich people like her who like to think they're middle class. Because Velma Hart and all the rich whiners like her can please switch Republican and go to the GOP where they belong.

Rich? Yeah--rich. What do I mean rich? Oh, please allow me to go into detail below the fold.

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August 12th, 1991.  It was Monday afternoon in San Francisco and I was going in for routine HIV test results.  My anxiety was nil.  I expected my test would come back negative like it had every time for the previous 3 years.  After all, I’d only had unprotected sex once all year and it was with someone who had told me he was HIV negative.  Why worry?

Then the counselor told me my test came back positive. I had HIV.  I immediately broke down crying.  At the ripe old age of 24, I felt my life was over.

KosAbility is a community diary series posted at 5 PM ET every Sunday and Wednesday by volunteer diarists. This is a gathering place for people who are living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues surrounding this topic.  There are two parts to each diary.  First, a volunteer diarist will offer their specific knowledge and insight about a topic they know intimately. Then, readers are invited to comment on what they've read and or ask general questions about disabilities, share something they've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about the unfairness of their situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered.

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There seems to be much more complaining about certain politicians as we get closer to the midterm elections (no surprise there). Rather than rehash who in politics we don't like and why we don't like them, I'd like to hear who you do like and why you like them.  Who do you consider to be admirable and worthy of praise?

What I'm eager to hear is why you like someone in local, state or federal government. Give me a reason or reasons why. Hell, don't limit it to one person unless that's all you got. Give us a full list--top 3, top 5, even a top 10 if you can manage it!

Try to keep the focus on who you LIKE and WHY you like them. No bashing someone else's choices simply because they aren't yours. Here's my list.

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Years ago during the Dark Ages (AKA the Bush Administration), I spent much time posting online looking for a community--a place where I belonged. I didn't have it offline. I managed for a few years to build a small following of friends and fans on certain sites. Then 2008 came and I got change you can believe in: a job which took over my life.

Since then, my time on other websites dwindled to nothing. My circle of online friends and fans shrank until it was gone. (Let's not get into how things are now at work.) The result?

I feel invisible. Offline, life remains a struggle and my online life has a hit a new low. So my question is... am I the only one who feels so invisible? Like nothing I do here makes any difference?

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This is my first diary on DailyKos after being a regular reader here since 2007. Much of the constant back-and-forth over the actions of the Obama Administration has hit home with me. I worry a lot about the 2010 Mid-Term Elections. It is very disturbing to me hearing friends offline now echo much of what many say here because I believe people aren't thinking long-term. It isn't just about right now.

6 months from now, how will we feel if the GOP takes back the House? How will we feel if they should also take the Senate?

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