Some interesting things in the news this week that I thought I'd comment on.
First, Tom Daley's revelation that he is in a relationship with a man. And then, unconfirmed reports that this man is 20 years older than he is! Damn! Maybe I've got a shot! HAHAHAHA
Another teacher at a Catholic high school has been fired, allegedly for applying for a marriage
license for he and his male partner (soon to be husband). It is interesting to me that the Pope himself pretty much told everyone to get off gays' backs, yet in the US, they seem to be completely ignoring this directive. On the other hand, if you choose to teach for an organization that has a reputation for double standards regarding sex and whom one has it with, then I guess you take your lumps when you choose to publicly flaunt your sexuality. Is it fair? No. Is it expected? Apparently, based on the Church's track record with this sort of thing. Should the teacher be allowed to marry his partner and keep his job? Who knows. But I know that if you work for an organization that says "you can't do this no matter what", then you best not do it. Unless of course, you are aware that you will be fired, and don't care, in which case, why is it in the media?!
Now it is being reported that the school has decided not to accept state tuition vouchers for students to attend the school. While I think this is a good idea - NOT accepting the vouchers - giving them out is a bad idea period. But NC can do what it wants to. What's interesting is that there is no specific non-discrimination requirements in the state rules to receive the vouchers, and given NC's homophobic background (they're VERY Republican, and we all know that pretty much means FAR right wingnut, fundamentalist, tea-bagger beliefs) it's unlikely that there would be any non-discrimination rules for sexual orientation or gender status. So for once, good for a church. Don't accept state money. You shouldn't any way. And if that makes your ridiculously homophobic policies easier to stomach, so be it. Damn the damage to any kids who are LGBTQ there!
Hmmmmm....next...the current reading list. I haven't varied much from the m/m romance genre, but have found some new authors that I'm enjoying. Some cool stories.
Omorphi by C. Kennedy
Safe by C. Kennedy
No Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick (reviewed here)
Not much else!
The Christmas tree is up. I didn't add any new rainbow ornaments this year because I couldn't find any I liked. I do have my rainbow flag draped over the loft rail since I finally unpacked the pack I took with me to Pride (in September) and decided it needed to be "de-wrinkled".
Almost forgot! After 28 MONTHS on the market, dad's house is under contract! Closing should be tomorrow. Cross your collective fingers. We need to be out from under this. The house is the final step in closing out his estate. I am SOOOO happy!
I hope everyone's preparations for the holidays are coming along nicely, and that this weekend of horrible weather, pretty much nationwide, don't affect you or yours adversely. Have a good one!