Many letters have been sent to the Valley News concerning the homosexual menace in Vermont. I am the mother of a gay son and I’ve taken enough from you good people.
I’m tired of your foolish rhetoric about the “homosexual agenda” and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the joys of motherhood ever since my children were tiny.
My firstborn son started suffering at the hands of the moral little thugs from your moral, upright families from the time he was in the first grade. He was physically and verbally abused from first grade straight through high school because he was perceived to be gay.
He never professed to be gay or had any association with anything gay, but he had the misfortune not to walk or have gestures like the other boys. He was called “fag” incessantly, starting when he was 6.
In high school, while your children were doing what kids that age should be doing, mine labored over a suicide note, drafting and redrafting it to be sure his family knew how much he loved them. My sobbing 17-year-old tore the heart out of me as he choked out that he just couldn’t bear to continue living any longer, that he didn’t want to be gay and that he couldn’t face a life without dignity.
You have the audacity to talk about protecting families and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don’t know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn’t put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse. God gave you brains so that you could think, and it’s about time you started doing that.
At the core of all your misguided beliefs is the belief that this could never happen to you, that there is some kind of subculture out there that people have chosen to join. The fact is that if it can happen to my family, it can happen to yours, and you won’t get to choose. Whether it is genetic or whether something occurs during a critical time of fetal development, I don’t know. I can only tell you with an absolute certainty that it is inborn.
If you want to tout your own morality, you’d best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it; it was given to you. If you disagree, I would be interested in hearing your story, because my own heterosexuality was a blessing I received with no effort whatsoever on my part. It is so woven into the very soul of me that nothing could ever change it. For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice, a character issue, a bad habit or something that can be changed by a 10-step program, I’m puzzled. Are you saying that your own sexual orientation is nothing more than something you have chosen, that you could change it at will? If that’s not the case, then why would you suggest that someone else can?
Sharon Underwood, mother to a gay son in a letter to Vermont’s Valley News
As a Canadian child, I would always watch T.V. from 5:00 am till whenever it was time to get down to business (aka mess around and shit).
There was this specific show I watched as a kid, and I have a feeling hardly anyone would know of this and may think I’m high on ecstasy or something like that, but I am legit serious. Don’t even think this is from sleep deprivation. I know what I’m talking about. The show was about two yeti/abominable snowmen/white furry guys who lived in some sort of flying aircraft/blimp and made techno in the sky. They also didn’t speak words, they just mumbled or some shit.
This was around the early 2000’s, like 2002-2005 kind of area. It’s a shade of grey for me but this would definitely help me out. It’s like that song you heard as a kid and then you get it stuck in your head and you have to SEARCH for the song title by writing the horribly scribbled lyrics from your brain onto the Google search bar. Or asking people randomly. And vaguely getting the right song.
Okay I really don’t know if this is really god damn obvious and I’m just being a huge dumb right now by stating it, but when I first got and started to use SAI, I would always avoid making panels in comics that look like the typical ones you’d see (boxes with spaces in between them) because drawing them in SAI seemed hard with no line tool to guide what I was doing. I personally find these types of panels to be much more attractive than solid line panels or other styles, so it bugged me for the longest time. However after derping around in SAI for long enough, you start to figure out how to do things in different ways. This is how I make those attractive panels in SAI just in case you like them too, but are frustrated with how they turn out (wobbly, un-aligned, etc).
I saw Elementoflove do this and, DANG GURL I WANNA TRY TOO!
1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Open, I want to make sure no monsters are in there.
2:Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels? Heck yes I do! Who on earth doesn't want to have miniature bottles of hygiene shit in their possession?
3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Wait, as in my bed sheets? Or those other sheets that go on top of the bed sheets? My answer in the first case would be "tucked in".
4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before? Why would anyone do that? If I were looking for a street sign and it was gone, I'd be one lost sucka.
5:Do you like to use post-it notes? Yes. I especially want to have a sticky note and write "Can't touch this." on it and tape it to my tummy.
6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? I have never cut a coupon out of any flyer in my entire lifetime, unless it's for A&W, McDonalds, Burger King, or Subway. I just rip that shit out anyway.
7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? Hmmm, would I want to be mauled and severely wounded? Or look like an Animal Crossing persona with a bulged eye? Choices, choices.
8:Do you have freckles? Oui, oui. Ohohohoh~
9:Do you always smile for pictures? Yes. Only if you refer smiles to goofy faces.
10:What are your biggest pet peeves? People standing in groups RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HALLWAYS, I also find people who kick my bag behind my seat bugs me as well.
11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk? If counting 1,2... between each step square is considered counting as I walk, then yes I do.
12:Have you ever peed in the woods? I have gone yellow-mellow in the forest and the earth thanks me.
13:How about pooping in the woods? That, I still have yet to do.
14:Do you dance when there is no music playing? I sure do, because the music plays in my head. Drop it like it's hot by Snoop Dog is what the DJ usually plays.
15:Do you chew your pens and pencils? YEUCK! There are tons of bacteria on that! Of course not! Add this to my pet peeves!
16:How many people have you slept with this week? None, thus far. Mondays are the start of the week :(
17:What size is your bed? Queen, thanks to me mum. I had a twin before. Yes, I mean't ME MUM, not MY MOM.
18:What is your song of the week? I have two, Heart of the City by Jay-Z and It Will Rain by Bruno Mars.
19:Is it okay for men to wear pink? No, no, no! It's salmon, get it right!
20:Do you still watch cartoons? Of course, but I rarely watch television.
21:Whats your least favorite movie? Burning After Reading was a real buzz-killer! Why does George Clooney have to be so PARANOID?
22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? In my booty. LAWL, I keed. I would spread it everywhere and make a huge hunt! Why would I spoil my plan and tell you? MAW!
23:What do you drink with dinner? A nice glass of IDGAF.
24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Honey mustard sauce, ooooh that it's all the right spots!
25:What is your favorite food? Spaghetti. One fcking taste of the shit and I was HOOKED! Also my dad's chicken wing recipe :)
26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Oceans Eleven, Up, The Thief and the Cobbler, Cool Runnings, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Tangled, Sleeping Beauty, Hercules, Wayne's World, Labyrinth, Battle L.A., Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, All Harry Potters, LotR, Scary Godmother and a whole bunch more!
27:Last person you kissed/kissed you? My boyfriend :3
28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout? Nope, never had the chance.
29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? Oh yeah! As long as I am able to cover my lady bits, y'know, tease the photographer!
30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? Oh my goodness, ages ago.
31:Can you change the oil on a car? As long as the hood is propped up.
32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket? I don't drive.
33:Ever ran out of gas? No, not really. I happen to fart a lot more than I should be.
34:Favorite kind of sandwich? Tuna salad. I also happen to like Nutella and banana's! A good Peanut Butter sandwich always helps too.
35:Best thing to eat for breakfast? Corn Flakes, or Captain Crunch! Raisin Bran always gets me going too!
36:What is your usual bedtime? Now that I'm aging and beginning to see wrinkles on these almost seventeen year old eyes, it's typically 10:00-10:30 pm? On weekends I decide whether it's appropriate to sleep at an earlier time or later. I usually go for the latter.
37:Are you lazy? Does that go under the same category as procrastination?
38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? I was a doctor for two years, then a witch for three, then a bunny, and a devil, then the rest was a bunch of other stuff I can't remember. This year I was a glow in the dark skeleton! Scary, I know~
39:What is your Chinese astrological sign? I was born under the zodiac of the dog. Loyal and keen, we are always at the scene!
40:How many languages can you speak? I say two, only because I'm a prick and consider being able to speak a typical conversation in French well enough to be titled as my second language.
41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Reader's Digest?
42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs? You can build so much with Legos, but Lincoln logs was where it was AT! Also I just happened to be raised in the Canadian outback, so I like building lodges!
43:Are you stubborn? At times, yes. BUT I AM RATIONAL.
44:Who is better...Leno or Letterman? Letterman, only because my mum watched him for a considerable amount of years.
45:Ever watch soap operas? Not what I like being asked. I don't find anything beneficial in soap operas.
46:Are you afraid of heights? Stair heights. They are the worst.
47:Do you sing in the car? Of course! Especially Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody! Great one to belch out!
48:Do you sing in the shower? I hum.
49:Do you dance in the car? Wiggling counts, right?
50:Ever used a gun? HAHAHA! YES! It was great! The first jolt always got me!
51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? Oh, I have portraits PAINTED, not pictured. That, is seriously for losers.
52:Do you think musicals are cheesy? Nope. Well, EXCEPT HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. That was dreadful, China made one!
53:Is Christmas stressful? Yup.
54:Ever eaten a pierogi? What is a peirogi? Are you trying to say Pirogi? What on earth? A Ukrainian would be so ashamed!
55:Favorite type of fruit pie? EAT ALL THE TYPES!
56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a child? A cartoonist! Then I wanted to be a dentist! Then realized that wasn't going to work so I went on to dreaming I would be an animator one day!
57:Do you believe in ghosts? Yes. Super-superstitious!
58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? ALL, THE, TIME.
59:Take a vitamin daily? I don't take vitamins, but I do like fish oil supplements :)
60:Wear slippers? If I had a decent pair I would!
61:Wear a bath robe? Who wears robes in baths? Isn't that a little too far fetched?
62:What do you wear to bed? Pajamas, like a real G.
63:First concert? Charlotte Diamond. She was the fcking bomb!
64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Walmart. Ohhh yeeaaah!
65:Nike or Adidas? Adidas! I like their commercial with Justice's song Civilization.
66:Cheetos Or Fritos? Cheezies mother fcker.
67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? OH THIS IS TOUGH. Sunflower seeds :(
68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? Hahaha, ya-no.
69:Ever taken dance lessons? Belly Dancing, toughest shit I ever took.
70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? I really don't care. As long as I'm not the only one bringing the bacon.
71:Can you curl your tongue? YES, took me ages but I can do it now!
72:Ever won a spelling bee? Nope. I did participate in one though.
73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Oh yes! It was a great moment too.
74:Own any record albums? vinyl? I did, most of them were Christian folk songs though.
75:Own a record player? Nope. That's why I used past tense in the sentence above.
76:Regularly burn incense? Nope. My mum did when I was younger, but not any more.
77:Ever been in love? Oh yes. Her name was Rio, my first puppy.
78:Who would you like to see in concert? Metric, perhaps some others but I forgot... OH DAFT PUNK FOR SURE.
79:What was the last concert you saw? Green Day, up in Dawson Creek!
80:Hot tea or cold tea? Hot tea, cold tea are for Americans!
81:Tea or coffee? Tea.
82:Sugar or snickerdoodles? Wait, what? Sugar as in the grain? and Snickerdoodles as in the cookie? Who the- snickerdoodles! God dayum.
83:Can you swim well? I sure can! I was second best in my class.
84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yup. Like I said, second best!
85:Are you patient? What patient? Are you referring to the fact that I could possibly have patience? If so, I don't.
86:DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ, everyone gets what they like. UNLESS IT'S DAFT PUNK.
87:Ever won a contest? I have, and I still do. It's the contest of LIFE. Guess who got to the egg? Me! Actually it was a tie with some other sperm.
88:Ever have plastic surgery? I have not.
89:Which are better black or green olives? Black olives, I find the green ones too sweet.
90:Can you knit or crochet? I have done both, but I forgot how to crochet.
91:Best room for a fireplace? The living room/den. Nope, I changed my mind. I want it in the bathroom.
92:Do you want to get married? I do, but I'm afraid of what comes afterwards.
93:If married, how long have you been married? N/A.
94:Who was your HS crush? PFFT, I am dating my high school crush.
95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Oops, that was my watch. It said it's time for people who do that to GROW A PAIR. Yeah, my watch talks.
96:Do you have kids? Nope. Unless Sims counts?
97:Do you want kids? Not at the moment, my mind will change as I get older.
98:Whats your favorite color? Green, but it's a hard choice when blue is in town.
99:Do you miss anyone right now? I do. Many, actually.