(Gotta love a disco ball!)
Without a doubt, “these are the times that try men’s souls.”* The “POTUS 45 Shit Show” is beyond everything even I imagined and I’m a writer. Coping with the river of unbelievable stupid from the White House every day is maddening (I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my therapist and his prescription pad who has been working overtime lately).
Keeping my head above water and finding some semblance of happy is challenging to say the least. So, I convinced a good friend and social media wizard to start a blog with me (he may have had too much red wine when he agreed but I held him to his word nevertheless). Blogging would be a positive way for us to channel our own outrage and fear and more importantly, empower and be another voice for our Community as it inevitable came under attack by the new hate fueled Administration.
TheOUTfront has become a “happy place” for us. In the first two months, we’ve had the privilege of joining our sisters at the Women’s March; standing up for immigrants outside of Stonewall Inn; calling out the Trump Administration’s dangerous actions and lies; covering new works by gay artist; and celebrating our Communities heroes.
Personally I really enjoy lampooning President Bannon, his sidekick Donny J, and their evil minions with satirical posts. (The “studio audience in my head” thinks they’re hilarious.)
But most of all, we love sharing all of these stories with you, our readers. By “informing, empowering, and entertaining” the LGBT Community we love, it lifts us up and makes us happy in these stress filled days that will probably get worse before they get better. (Yeah, it’s good thing my blogging partner is an eternal optimist.)
Anyway, I got to wondering, what raises you up and makes you happy? Please share your thoughts in the comment section here or connect with us on social media.
We’re just getting started with theOUTfront and hope you’ll continue to be part of it!
Peace, Love, & Pride,
*Turns out this quote is by Thomas Paine from 1776. The full quote seems very apropos today.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”