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Homosexuality Is Not a Sin

By : March 16, 2021 Comments Off
One of the biggest debates in society is whether or not homosexuality is a sin. Religious fanatics tote their Bibles and doggedly contend that LGBTQ+  people are destined for hell; whereas the LGBTQ+ community disagrees and maintains that one is born with his or her orientation, irrespective of religion. In the African-American community, the church is sacred and the Bible is the law.  As a result, homosexuality is rebuked and condemned. On the extreme end, there is a pervading belief within the African-American community that homosexuality is a demonic spirit, which can be exercised. The idea of a demonic possession contends that evil is abounding inside of LGBTQ+  members and that they are all bestial, hedonistic, and lascivious miscreants who are devoid of morals, values, common decency. These notions are
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What Lies Ahead

By : March 10, 2021 Comments Off
This was it. The final obstacle between the knight, Merek, and the kidnapped princess. The tallest tower in all the land and all he had to do was scale it. Up, up, up to the window, several stories above his head and he’d have gotten further than all the other knights. Save for one. Merek spied the other knight’s crossbow bolts in the cobbled stone. Makeshift footholds, the knight Merek assumed as he wedged the toes of his boots where the uneven wall left spaces. To come so far, only to turn back? Merek could not fathom it. This other knight had brought back no princess and no explanation.  He reached the first crossbow bolt and looked back the way he’d come. Aster, his palomino mare no bigger than the
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Stop 2: Don’t Mess with Texas

By : March 9, 2021 Comments Off
After a wild ride in Mexico, I was ready to return to the US, faults and all. For those of you that haven’t been following along, I’m on a 12 cities in 12 months tour for 2021 and chronicling my adventures.  My trek back to the good ol’  US of A started at 6 AM as I drove from Playa del Carmen to Cancun. It took me 50 minutes to make a 38 minute drive. I was an embarrassment to myself but I was determined to drive like a snail so I could avoid extortion during my last few hours in Mexico. It’s a good thing I took that approach because less than five minutes on the road, two cars flew by me and the third car was who? La
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Food Adventures: Austin

By : March 9, 2021 01 Comment
Hello! Thank you for checking out my food adventures during my month in Austin. I've provided some quick notes on each place for your next trip. Enjoy. Péché208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Note: If you want to be fancy, hold your pinky out like this, and check out Péché. They pride themselves on sinful cocktails. Halcyon218 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Note: In the middle of the gayborhood. One of my favorite places. Drag shows on Saturday afternoon. Lick Honest Ice Creams1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704 Note: OK, so I didn't actually make it here but I was said I needed a comfort snack. This did the trick. Scholz Garten1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 Note: Great selection of Bavarian beers. The pretzels
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How My Gender Expression Has Changed During the Pandemic

By : March 9, 2021 Comments Off
Self-Discovery | Miranda Kargol | How My Gender Expression Has Changed During the Pandemic The most unexpected part of the COVID-19 quarantine for me was my questioning of my identity.  At the beginning of 2020, I had just transferred to a new university and was preparing to start the second half of my bachelor’s degree. At the time, my only concerns were how I was going to succeed in this new environment and find some friends. Gender was the last thing on my mind. Once the quarantine began, I found myself doing remote learning all day, living at home with my parents and having no contact with other people from school. My first impression was that I would be lonely. Yet, I had no idea how this period of time
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Loves Me Not

By : March 9, 2021 Comments Off
“I like your hair.” You say to me. I shave my head that night when I go home and sweep the scraps into a plastic sandwich bag. I press it into your palm the next time you see me. (You love me) “I like your smile.” You tell me. I start with the baby tooth that didn’t have an adult tooth underneath it to grow up and push it away. I slide it across the table to you. By the time I get to my wisdom teeth, you’ve arranged my smile on the table. The barista calls your name for your coffee. “I’ll get it,” I say. The only sounds that make it out past my lips are the vowels. (You love me not) “I like your taste.”  There’s already
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