My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
But I'm a cheerleader, for real!
A report released Thursday by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force shines a spotlight on increasingly aggressive efforts of the “ex-gay” movement to promote “conversion therapy” and “preventative” measures for gay, lesbian and questioning youth and children.
“The first wave began in 1973 when Love in Action was formed, and the second wave was the nationwide ads in 1998 featuring ex-gays,” Cianciotto told the PlanetOut Network. “The third wave can be seen in the groundswell of conferences geared not just to LGBT youth but to heterosexual youth, which (Exodus) used to help them spread the word that homosexuality is an illness and can be treated (Gay.com).”
May the scars on my chest, wrists, and legs from the razor blades and box cutters I used when I was a teen to punish myself for my “evil minds” stand as a testament to the cruelty of this way of thinking. I used to believe that I am was sick, and I let these people convince me that if I wasn't cured that I would go to hell. I tried everything they said to change. I was even engaged to a woman for about a week before she broke it off because I couldn't kiss her... I even had a prayer councilor for the 700 Club encourage me to commit suicide. “In Leviticus it say that homosexuals should be put to death,” she said, “Maybe if you fulfill God's law he will forgive your abomination.” I am shaking as I write this...
They made me hate myself for so long. I tried to die so many times... If it weren't for Bishop Spong's book: Living in Sin? (see here), I wouldn't be here. I can't bear the idea of anyone else going through that. That is why I blog so often about LGBT issues. I have to speak my truth, I can't allow this evil to continue. May these people turn from their wickedness and accept their fellows as they are.
Katrina Tape Condemns Bush
C.E. Dorsett As I told Brian, there is a difference between suspicion and proof. We all suspected Bush didn't care about the people in New Orleans before, during, and after the storm. Now we have proof:
Video showing President George W Bush being warned on the eve of Hurricane Katrina that the storm could breach New Orleans' flood defences has emerged.
It appears to contradict Mr Bush's statement four days after Katrina hit, when he said: “I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees (BBC News).”
They have the video on their site, you should check it out. Everyone but Bush is freaking out about the coming storm. His demeanor is passive and dismissive throughout. It looks like Kanye West was right. Once we suspected, but now we have proof.
C.E. Dorsett It's getting crowded around the ninth planet:
Adding to the growing compendium of Kuiper belt objects, astronomers have spotted two new moons orbiting Pluto. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope from May of last year show two tiny dots revolving around the same center of gravity as the ninth planet and its largest moon, Charon. Reporting the finding today in Nature, the researchers speculate that the tiny companions formed in the same cataclysmic collision that produced Charon (Scientific American).
I hope they release pics soon. I would like to see them, even if they are just specs of light.
NASA sets sights on the Moon
C.E. Dorsett Well, it's about time:
NASA is fleshing out details of launch vehicles, robotic and human exploration systems that can enable a sustained back to the Moon effort, including possible establishment of an Antarctic-like lunar outpost (Space.com).
If there is any hope for the survival of the human race, we have to make to begin seeding other planets so we are not so tightly bound to the fate of one world. I am very excited about the possibility of a moon base and I hope to see one in my lifetime.
Smallest Planet Outside Our Solar System Found
Orbiting a normal star, Astronomers have discovered the what could be the smallest known planet.
The planet is estimated to be about 5.5 times as massive as Earth and thought to be rocky. It orbits a red dwarf star about 28,000 light-years away. Red dwarfs are about one-fifth as massive as the Sun and up to 50 times fainter. But they are among the most common stars in the universe (Space.com).
Why should we care? If there is life on any other world, it will have to be on a planet small enough it is not immediately crushed by gravity. This is a promising sign that at the very least, our methods for detecting planets is becoming more sensitive.
Personally, I believe our future is in space. Inhabitable planets are necessary for that to come true.