Little Rock: An Improbable Oasis

Little Rock: An Improbable Oasis

There are 41 comments on the EDGE story from Nov 26, 2013, titled Little Rock: An Improbable Oasis. In it, EDGE reports that:

Little Rock, Arkansas may not show up on most LGBT travelers' domestic bucket list, but maybe it's time that bucket got bigger.

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Since: Mar 09

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#1 Nov 27, 2013
A racist's oasis.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#2 Nov 27, 2013
People in Arkansas are still marrying their cousins, wondering what the word "shoes" means, and smoking cigars.

“and how does this effect you?”

Since: Mar 11

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#4 Nov 27, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
People in Arkansas are still marrying their cousins, wondering what the word "shoes" means, and smoking cigars.
I'll have you know that I would not be related to anyone in my husband's family had it not been for marrying him, no one in my family is married to their cousin, I have a closet full of shoes, so does my girls, and can't stand the smell of cigars. I finished high school and college, so did my husband. You shouldn't stereotype people because of the fact they live in a certain state. We're more tolerant than you might think.

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#5 Nov 27, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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I'll have you know that I would not be related to anyone in my husband's family had it not been for marrying him, no one in my family is married to their cousin, I have a closet full of shoes, so does my girls, and can't stand the smell of cigars. I finished high school and college, so did my husband. You shouldn't stereotype people because of the fact they live in a certain state. We're more tolerant than you might think.
Prove it. Elect people who will change the discriminatory laws.

Boot some of the more bigoted pastors, too.

The Klan and meth dealers, too, while you're at it.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#6 Nov 27, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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I'll have you know that I would not be related to anyone in my husband's family had it not been for marrying him, no one in my family is married to their cousin, I have a closet full of shoes, so does my girls, and can't stand the smell of cigars. I finished high school and college, so did my husband. You shouldn't stereotype people because of the fact they live in a certain state. We're more tolerant than you might think.
Jeff Foxworthy said it. Larry the Cable Guy confirmed it. Bill Engvall repeated it. Therefore, i KNOW it's true !

“and how does this effect you?”

Since: Mar 11

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#7 Nov 27, 2013
snyper wrote:
<quoted text>Prove it. Elect people who will change the discriminatory laws.

Boot some of the more bigoted pastors, too.

The Klan and meth dealers, too, while you're at it.
All I can do is vote.

“and how does this effect you?”

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#8 Nov 27, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
<quoted text>Jeff Foxworthy said it. Larry the Cable Guy confirmed it. Bill Engvall repeated it. Therefore, i KNOW it's true !
Which one of those is from Arkansas? Jeff Foxworthy is from Georgia, isn't he? You shouldn't listen to people who get paid big bucks to make fun of people.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#9 Nov 27, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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All I can do is vote.
I voted 11 times in the last election so I'm probably working harder than all of you !

:)

“and how does this effect you?”

Since: Mar 11

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#10 Nov 27, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
<quoted text>I voted 11 times in the last election so I'm probably working harder than all of you !

:)
I tell people all the time that the cannot dictate how others lead their life. You don't agree with SSM, don't marry a same sex partner, but you can't tell your neighbor they can't do the same. The bible tells me to love my neighbor as myself, how am I doing that if I am continually trying to tell my neighbor how to live his life?
As far as the people in office, I didn't vote for him, he is not doing what we put him there to do. The majority wanted Arkansas to be the next to approve SSM, but he rejected the wording or some bullcrap. From what I see on the News Facebook pages people are tired of it. I mean, sure, we do have our homophobics, but the last couple of polls I've seen they are around 30%

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#11 Nov 27, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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All I can do is vote.
Not even close, unless you are bedridden; but still even then since the invention of the InterNet.

Get active!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#12 Nov 27, 2013
Fa-Foxy wrote:
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I voted 11 times in the last election so I'm probably working harder than all of you !
:)
Yeah but you did it in a photo booth at Wal Mart MORON!

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#13 Nov 27, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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I tell people all the time that the cannot dictate how others lead their life. You don't agree with SSM, don't marry a same sex partner, but you can't tell your neighbor they can't do the same. The bible tells me to love my neighbor as myself, how am I doing that if I am continually trying to tell my neighbor how to live his life?
As far as the people in office, I didn't vote for him, he is not doing what we put him there to do. The majority wanted Arkansas to be the next to approve SSM, but he rejected the wording or some bullcrap. From what I see on the News Facebook pages people are tired of it. I mean, sure, we do have our homophobics, but the last couple of polls I've seen they are around 30%
Any links to those polls? I'd really like to change my opinion of the place.

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#15 Nov 27, 2013
snyper wrote:
<quoted text>Any links to those polls? I'd really like to change my opinion of the place.
Nothing official.

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#16 Nov 27, 2013
snyper wrote:
<quoted text>Not even close, unless you are bedridden; but still even then since the invention of the InterNet.

Get active!
Well, I'm pretty close, but I would like I do more. I am disabled, several illnesses (autoimmune, kidney failure, etc.) I use the internet, discuss things with people on social media, like I said. I write letters, emails to the attorney general, etc. I think I'm like a lot of people, they would like to be more involved, they just don't know how. I spend a lot of my time with three children, one has cerebral palsy. I'm it trying to make excuses, I do have some time on my hands, not a lot, just not sure what else I can do.

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#17 Nov 28, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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Well, I'm pretty close, but I would like I do more. I am disabled, several illnesses (autoimmune, kidney failure, etc.) I use the internet, discuss things with people on social media, like I said. I write letters, emails to the attorney general, etc. I think I'm like a lot of people, they would like to be more involved, they just don't know how. I spend a lot of my time with three children, one has cerebral palsy. I'm it trying to make excuses, I do have some time on my hands, not a lot, just not sure what else I can do.
Your activities are just the right thing to be be doing. I'm sorry that I got pushy. Have you joined the HRC yet?

“and how does this effect you?”

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#18 Nov 28, 2013
snyper wrote:
<quoted text>Your activities are just the right thing to be be doing. I'm sorry that I got pushy. Have you joined the HRC yet?
I understand you being guarded. I have a special needs son, so I come across snotty, overprotective, even b**chy, when it comes to my son. You don't know who you can trust. I have a family member in the LGBT community, I just want them to be treated like anyone else. I haven't joined the HRC, what do I have to do? I'm in!

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#19 Nov 28, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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I understand you being guarded. I have a special needs son, so I come across snotty, overprotective, even b**chy, when it comes to my son. You don't know who you can trust. I have a family member in the LGBT community, I just want them to be treated like anyone else. I haven't joined the HRC, what do I have to do? I'm in!
It's easy.

http://www.hrc.org/

And this one is a must.

pflag.org

You may find that there are things you can do to help even with your limited time. Both organizations are just chock full of plain good people.

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In ancient Rome, a Senator was visiting a friend on his farm estate on the upper Tiber river outside Rome. They were strolling along the riverside when a messenger ran up and handed a scroll to the farmer who read it and rushed to the river and, moving his toga aside began peeing into the river. The Senator, startled, asked the farmer what he was doing. The farmer replied, "My son has all his money invested in a shipment of olive oil from Athens, and the ship is stuck on a sandbar in the mouth of the Tiber." Finished and patting his toga back into place he commented, "Every little bit helps!"

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Since: Mar 11

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#20 Nov 28, 2013
snyper wrote:
<quoted text>It's easy.

http://www.hrc.org/

And this one is a must.

pflag.org

You may find that there are things you can do to help even with your limited time. Both organizations are just chock full of plain good people.

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In ancient Rome, a Senator was visiting a friend on his farm estate on the upper Tiber river outside Rome. They were strolling along the riverside when a messenger ran up and handed a scroll to the farmer who read it and rushed to the river and, moving his toga aside began peeing into the river. The Senator, startled, asked the farmer what he was doing. The farmer replied, "My son has all his money invested in a shipment of olive oil from Athens, and the ship is stuck on a sandbar in the mouth of the Tiber." Finished and patting his toga back into place he commented, "Every little bit helps!"
Pflag- Parents, family (friends) of lesbians and gays- I know it well, wonderful organization. Family support helps so much with everything. I didn't know anything about the other one.
I agree 100% every little bit helps and everyone needs to speak up.

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#21 Nov 28, 2013
Kimberling wrote:
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Pflag- Parents, family (friends) of lesbians and gays- I know it well, wonderful organization. Family support helps so much with everything. I didn't know anything about the other one.
I agree 100% every little bit helps and everyone needs to speak up.
You read and hear about all the corporations and businesses that have emplaced anti-discrimination policies, and signed-on in support of marriage equality and ENDA, etc.? Who do think heard "FETCH!" and went and fetched? lol

HRC is the coordinating clearing house for efforts at all levels, keeping things organized, and keeping tactics from undercutting strategy. The HRC is an outgrowth of PFLAG, GLAAD and LL.

“and how does this effect you?”

Since: Mar 11

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#22 Nov 28, 2013
snyper wrote:
<quoted text>You read and hear about all the corporations and businesses that have emplaced anti-discrimination policies, and signed-on in support of marriage equality and ENDA, etc.? Who do think heard "FETCH!" and went and fetched? lol

HRC is the coordinating clearing house for efforts at all levels, keeping things organized, and keeping tactics from undercutting strategy. The HRC is an outgrowth of PFLAG, GLAAD and LL.
I've spent the afternoon on their Facebook page. My phone doesn't like webpages for some strange reason. I have a hard time getting on my computer with three kids, especially my special little guy ;) I may have to wait until they go back to school on Monday to look up the website, but it definitely looks like something I want to be involved in. I already do Special Olympics, United Cerebral Palsy, and some physical volunteer work at the local special needs school, not a lot because I can't, but at least I feel useful.

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