Monday, February 23, 2009


Authorities in Tamarac, Fla. say a woman was caught injecting foul-smelling liquid into baby food in a supermarket. Officials say 50-year-old Shirley Ybarra (ee-BAR’-uh) was spotted Tuesday night by Publix employees adding a black liquid that smelled like ammonia to the baby food and juice containers. Sheriff’s deputies said Ybarra told the employees she was mixing food for her son — but her son is 21. Deputies said it didn’t appear that she had tampered with baby food in any other stores and that the public is not at risk. The woman was taken for a mental evaluation, then to jail and charged with poisoning food or water. She’s also accused of violating her probation on a charge of aggravated battery after a stabbing in 2006. She doesn’t yet have a lawyer.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Freedom to Marry

On Thursday morning I got a call. Are you coming to the "protest" today...uhmmmm no. Two minutes later my answer was yes. So I spent the next hour googling information I should have known. Such as this was the 12th annual Freedom to Marry Week. 12yrs people!

Not that the information in various emails hadn't been thrown my way its just my apathetic nature to glance and move on. Almost the same way I read the religious and "you go girl" email blasts.

So I start to get excited and calling other friends to see if they are going to participate at the courthouse. I got the uhmmmmmm no but it wasn't followed by a yes two minutes later. Left work early to change clothes due to the media possibly being there and me going to work barely matching.

Arrive and its a small group but hey this is Jacksonville and I'm surprised to even see two people show. We go thru security and head into the courthouse where we are told politely that we can't fill out an application for a marriage license but we can take pictures in the gazebo. So we You know us lesbo's, every occasion is a good picture taking moment.

It was a quick hour out of my day that turned into the highlight of my week internally. Just so you know I personally don't want to get married anytime soon or even think marriage is for me but the idea that I "can't" pisses off the "human" in me.

Next year I'll be there and I promise to bring at least one more person with me...and every year after til our human rights are recognized, I will be there.

Freedom To Marry


So I'm trying to figure out the angle of this blog..personal, semi-personal or business. Still don't know the answer so I guess I should put what I want to share and we'll go from there.

Here's a bit of poetry...

I am distance...
not intentional
but it happened

One phone call
not returned
one email
never answered

I tried
not to lie
When I said I miss them
And you...

Honestly I was happy
there was distance
between me
and them

Continuing it
with continued lies
of assumptions

I love you...still

Honest if I say
that glad I am
that you
think less of me

Now the reasons for
exist no longer

Scribbles of fake font
as we dribble bile
and ingest venmon
disguised in
no issues
we friends
of the family
not needed
no longer

Truth came
when least expected
due to lies
being giving seed
to fertile imaginations

Imagine my surprise
when told assumptions
fed by hate
jealousy of
things not fed in years

Still digesting
while acknowledging
that time has passed
and time will pass

As distance becomes you

Catching UP

Okay here's a quick catch up on the shows. And yes I know I am two shows behind!! I need a guest blogger to report on my weekly shows. Drop me a line if interested!

Stanley Bennett Clay:

If you are looking to be inspired to be better than, then this is the show for you. Mr Clay took us around the world in 60 minutes and told us how you can be black, gay and male and still make it in LA. Listen in and learn.

Kortney Ryan Ziegler:

If you missed this show then you missed one of the best interviews or rather one of the more interesting ones thus far. I had a co-host who was great, thanks Denise!For those not knowing "still black: portrait of a black transmen" is one of those films you have to watch several times over to really grasp the enormity of what you are seeing and hopefully ingesting. Kortney Ryan Ziegler and producer Awilda Rodriguez did an awesome job with a still somewhat taboo subject matter. You can find more information for the film on