Ginger Commandment | 4

Commandment 4

Original Image + extra design by Yours Truly

I’ve never confidently known what I to do with my life – it’s always seemed like there are too many options. I want to be a writer. I want to be an actress. I want to be a teacher. I want to be a therapist. I want to be a detective. I want to be an astronaut, a queen, a flapper, an explorer, a man, a myth.

I want to be everything, to experience it all.

Until I get my own TARDIS and Companion (should we talk about how I want a female Doctor?), I’ll have to settle down with my books. I’ll transport myself to a Soldier Island mansion as a murder mystery unfolds. I’ll listen as a woman struggles with mental illness and addiction in Hollywood. I’ll experience a city I both loathe and love through the eyes of a native son seeking redemption.

In my books, I’ll see the world.

Holiday Gift Guide: Book Lovers Edition

 

 

I’ve always found solace in books. High brow or low brow – I’m not picky. (That’s not true. I still refuse to read any Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey but can you really blame me?)  Here are a few ideas for how to wow your pal whose nose is always in a book.  Check out more ideas on Pinterest! Yes. I’m finally going to try to not loathe Pinterest.Book Lover1 T.S. Eliot Print | 2 Gold Pig Book Ends | 3 Book Scented Candle

 4 Book Riot Subscription | 5 Shakespeare Word Magnets

 

What’s on your holiday reading list? It’s almost time for me to break out Holidays on Ice again!

 

Why Pride Matters

PrideOriginal Images: Think Progress | GLAAD | Gawker

A woman I admire greatly – who shall therefore remain nameless – asks why gays should have Pride at all. This is a woman with gay friends, business associates, and family. Someone in favor of marriage equality and same-sex parented families. There is no Straight Pride parade, is there?

Here’s the good news: we’ve managed to live in a world that is so okay with gays and lesbians that even the open minded forget the inequality that remains. The bad news: even the open minded forget the inequality that remains.

It’s been 44 years since Stonewall. Why do we need Gay Pride still? Here are some questions in return:

  • Do we still need a Black History Month? Women’s? Asian? [Insert minority type here]?
  • Are gay teens still 8.4 times more likely than heterosexual teens to attempt suicide?
  • Are LGBT youth still overrepresented in the homeless population, juvenile detention, and foster care?
  • Are there still 29 states in the U.S. where a person can still legally be fired for their sexual orientation?
  • Are people still being beaten on the streets of New York City for their perceived sexuality?

Then, yes, we do still need Gay Pride.

Data Sources: PFLAG NYC | Upworthy | New York Post