Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters celebrates one million hits!!!!


I'm proud of this day, the day when my blog has officially breached one million hits in the span of a little over five years.

What can I say but how thankful I am for those who have supported me, helped me, advised me, especially given me kind words, and most of all read my posts.

Initially the Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters blog began as an advertising tool for a self-published book I wrote of the same name. I wrote the book because I felt that the lgbtq community was not getting what it needed in terms of information to refute the lies of the religious right.

The book was published in 2007 and it was a very, very minor success. To be honest, it didn't come off like I wanted it to. One day I will go revisit it and maybe work on another edition.

But for now, it's all about this blog. So much has happened in the years I've been posting.

Marriage equality is now seen as an inevitability rather than an impossible dream.

We have an African-American president

Gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military

And most of all, our community has become more powerful. We have taken advantage of the internet age in terms of sending out information and reaching those in our community which we never have before. And we have become more sophisticated in exposing the right.

Years ago, a study like that awful one which was published recently about gay parenting would have devastated us. We wouldn't have been able to combat the junk science in it. But now we can and we have. We have become more intelligent, more consistent, and more direct in calling out the religious right when they lie on us.

I like to think that I play a part in that.

That's not to say there haven't been problems.

I do not act, I do not sing. I am not a celebrity. I do not live in a metropolitan area. I am an unconventional gay man - older, African-American, not twinkish at all, and from the South. No one is going to put me on camera as representative of the gay community no matter how much intelligence or finesse I possess and very rarely do I get the play I would like from some of the national groups or the attention I would like my blog to receive from some of the scoops I break.

And there are times in which I get depressed when I take into account the enormity of the fight for equality or when I wonder if my words are having an effect.

But those moments come and go like rain. They never stay. What does stay is my need to educate my lgbtq brothers and sisters on the basic fact that just about every negative thing said about us are lies.

We are not sinners, we are not filthy and evil, we are not sick, and we don't need prayer to change ourselves.

The lgbtq community is as God made us and as such, we are marvelous in His eyes.

Our sexual orientations are not things that we can take on or off nor are they "conditions" which we should be ashamed of or allow the ignorant to strip us of.

I am a gay man. That part of me as a crucial to my personhood as my ethnic heritage and my very humanity. No one can take that away from me. And no one will.

And as long as you keep reading, I will keep posting. To the right corner of this blog are some of what I consider the best posts I have done in these five and a half years. If you haven't yet, feel free to indulge yourselves.

One more thing:

Dear Peter LaBarbera, Peter Sprigg, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, Tony Perkins, Matt Barber, National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council and the rest of you nuts,

Thank you for being so transparently full of lies that you have given me more than enough material to work with in these five and a half years.

No doubt, you will continue to shuck and jive and lie in the name of God as you do those things that you think we are not hip to.

Please be aware that as long as you do them, I will be there to shine a light on your hypocrisy, laugh in your face, and expose your distortions in front of God and Man alike.

Also be aware that no matter how much money you have or influence you think you may have, the one thing you do not have and you will never have is truth.

You are going to lose this fight. Count on it.



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11 comments:

Suzan said...

Congratulations Alvin
Love and Peace

Woodstock said...

Congratulations, Alvin! You said a mouthful, and every word of it true. You have more integrity in your little finger than that whole mess of lying weasels put together can ever hope to have. Keep up the good work! In less than 5 years, we can celebrate your 2 millionth hit!

BJ Jackson Lincoln said...

Thank you for the hours it takes to assemble and comment on news that is important to our population. It can be depressing keeping up with the Hate, lies, and damage they cause.
Your view as an African-American is so important. You are a voice and a teacher to those of us who are different.
Congratulations on a job well done!

Gregory Peterson said...

Congratulations! I check your blog every day and regard it as a very valuable source of much needed information.

PJB863 said...

Keep up your excellent work Alvin!

Tor said...

Congratulations. I read your blog every day, also.
BTW, you've been 40 years old for quite a while. :-) Please teach me to hold my age like that.

rottenqueerchristian said...

Fight the good fight my friend.

eames said...

Congratulations, and thanks! Important work, your site, and I appreciate it everyday when I stop by. Looking forward to the 2mil milestone, very soon!

The Colorful One said...

Congratulations!

Coxygru said...

Your blog has become one my daily staples. Thanks for your hard work and admirable diligence!

Daniel said...

Congrats! I read your blog every day. You are a hero and can speak for me any time!