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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


Life just isn't all black and white, there are many shades and different colours and thoughts in between.

I was just having a discussion with a group of friends about 'rights' and marriage. Gay rights and gay marriages to be exact. I have several truly loving and wonderful online friends who happen to be gay, and this one friend in particular was the reason for our discussion. He is in a long standing relationship with his partner and they would dearly love to make it official. They live in the southern U.S. though, and cannot. It's so sad! Can you imagine being in love for a long time and not being allowed to get married? I know this particular subject isn't new to my blog, but bear with me as this is something I'm very passionate about. Skin colour, relilgion and sexual preference just shouldn't be allowed to come into play when judging people whether they are "good" or "bad" people, or whether or not they should have "rights".

I'm not here to debate the church vs the state thing; more so I am talking about people's RIGHTS. Women were finally given the right to vote. I can't believe that we of the female gender were subjected to that kind of prejudice beforehand, and that it is still a way of life in some places in this world today.

And people of colour, what kind of rights did they have at one time? This world has come a long way in that regard but there are still ugly heads of hatred and prejudice rearing toward black people in this world. Why? I believe that hatred and prejudice stem from one thing: fear. In these cases however, I find it hard to fathom what there is to fear, but I know it's a part of it.

Going back to gay rights, the one thing that makes my voice get louder is the belief some people hold that homosexuals "chose" that way of life. They chose it?? And do the people who believe that actually recall a time in their own lives when THEY made the choice to be heterosexual?

Ah well, I always hoped that before this lifetime is finished for me that all of this will have changed. But unfortunately there is still far too much hatred in this world and a far too large number of mankind still hasn't learned to let go of it. And I'm turning 57 soon, so it's not like I still have another 60 or 70 years left to see it happen. One can only keep praying.

Keeping to the title of this post, as promised here is another photo collage that I put together. I hope you enjoy!

And just a reminder to anyone who hasn't yet done so and would like to participate, please head on over to Stardom Awaits! and cast your vote for your favourite "Winter Theme" shot. Voting will be open until Saturday 14th. or thereabouts. Thank you!

Have a great week everyone, and don't forget to take care of each other!

Love Jude


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