At the end of the day ….. Life is a Journey!!


~~February 16, 2014~~

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
~~Ernest Hemingway~~

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” 
~~Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass~~

“Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.”
~~Bob Marley~~


“The only journey is the one within.”
~~Rainer Maria Rilke~~

“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” 
~~Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience~~

“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.”
~~Norton JusterThe Phantom Tollbooth~~


“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
~~Henry Ward Beecher~~

“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” 
~~David MitchellCloud Atlas~~

“One of the greatest journeys in life is overcoming insecurity and learning to truly not give a shit.”
~~J.A. Konrath~~


Life is a Journey


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Life is a Journey


We ALL are on this journey called LIFE!! 


We ALL are ONE!!

BAFTA Awards: “12 Years a Slave” Wins Best Film, Best Actor Prizes

This film well deserves it!!!


12 Years A Slave

According to, the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Film went to 12 Years a Slave.  In his speech, helmer-producer Steve McQueen said that there were “21 million people living in slavery as we sit here now.” McQueen was joined at the event by fellow producers Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

The leading actor award went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. He paid tribute to McQueen, and said that the award really belonged to the director. “It’s yours. I’m going to keep it, but it is yours,” he said.  Although 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o lost out to Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress, the award for Supporting Actor was picked up by Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips. He thanked the performers who played the other pirates…

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Sochi arrest of former Italian MP waving “Being Gay Is Ok” flag

Bound to happen …. for “them” it’s the law. SMH ….


By Cathy Kristofferson, February 16, 2014

Italian media is reporting that former MP Vladimir Luxuria (the first transgender person to hold that office in Italy), was arrested in Sochi Sunday night after displaying a banner reading “Being Gay is OK’.

Earlier in the day, Luxuria had tweeted “I’m in Sochi! Regards with the colors of the rainbow, in the face of Putin!”

Luxuria1Later in the evening, Luxuria was stopped and arrested by the police for waving a banner that violated Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law.

News of the arrest came from Imma Battaglia, honorary president of The Gay Project, who reported “Vladimir has sent me a text message saying “Help me, I’m trapped, I’m alone. ‘”

Luxuria was reported to have received brutal and aggressivetreatment and held for a few hours before being released. The arrest triggered the Italian “crisis unit” in Sochi. Italian Minister  of Foreign Affairs, Emma Bonino, tweeted “Staff:…

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Rescue Fund to Help LGBT People Escape Africa …..


~~February 16, 2014~~



Melanie Nathan from …. …. has started this Rescue Fund to help persecuted LGBT Africans. Check the story below.


“I have established a Rescue Fund to help persecuted LGBT Africans escape from their countries, as well as supporting safe housing, and quests for asylum.

I was born in South Africa and became an attorney during the Apartheid era, before immigrating to the U.S.A. in 1985. I am a former Marin County Human Rights Commissioner, and founder of Private Courts, a conflict resolution and global human rights advocacy firm based in the Bay Area.

All my advocacy work has been pro bono.

I blog at, and use my writing as a platform for my advocacy work.

I learned at a young age about the Holocaust and scapegoating and the importance of Jews in the Diaspora to help others escape persecution. As a member of the global LGBT community I could not sit back and ignore the plea for help generated by my writing, from Africa’s LGBTI community.

The letters I have received will break your heart and they are numerous.

While the US has made strides in equality for LGBT people, African countries such as Uganda and Nigeria have passed Draconian legislation, that has served to increase persecution against gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. 


Currently LGBTI people are being arrested, taunted, paraded in front of press, outed in tabloids, seized and assaulted in incidence of mob justice, and all this after being rejected, ostracized by family, friends and Government alike. They are terified and have nowhere to turn, as President Museveni is poised to sign a Bill that will put many of them in prison for life.


~~This is URGENT~~

Most of the persecuted are from Uganda where the President is about to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which mandates Life in prison for gays.

The stories of rejection by parents, family and friends, the arrests under these laws and resulting assaults, insidious mob justice are horrendous. Many fear for their lives.

By contributing to this Rescue Fund you will help me to save more gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people from Africa escape terrifying persecution. For some this is a matter of life or death.

I have been doing this since 2010 and can no longer do it alone. 

The need is far too great.


~~What We Need~~

We need to raise as much as possible – there will be many more to help. The more we raise, the more we can do. This is how the funds will be used:

I have a list of 20 people who have been verified and need to escape from Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia and the list is growing. 100% of the funds raised will be used for fees for passports, visas, transport out of the countries, and safe shelter and food, pending escape:

Minimum per person is $3,250 approximately:
$100 pays for passport
$200 pays for a visa
$350 provides food and shelter for a month in Africa pending escape
$1,100 – $1,600 buys an air ticket – or
Place of settlement – $1,000 travel cash
Legal fees – pro bono/ accommodation donated.

At this time there is not a single USA organization addressing this problem of direct funding to help victims escape. Please write to me if you have specific questions you would like answered.


I will love to help more than 6 people. I have kept my goal low -$19,500. Though I would love to help all 20 for approximately $65,000.

Unfortunately without air tickets and visas, some people may have to escape across borders and in such event $800 each will cover immediate costs. This is not ideal as those people are usually housed in African refugee camps and it takes over 18 months for the UN to resettle them. Often their nightmare continues….


Ultimate Savior: Just last week, Edie Windsor, the Plaintiff from the U.S.A. Supreme Court case which ruled The Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and who was named Times Magazine #3 Person of The Year, signed a South African Gay Flag for me and agreed that I could use it to raise money for LGBT asylees. I will award this beautiful flag to the person who donates the most money over $3,250. The Gay Flag of South Africa has received National status. One day Edie’s autograph will be worth a lot of money.

Picture: Autographed Flag with Edie Windsor pictured with Filmmaker of GAY USA the Movie, Kristina Lapinski.

Air ticket Provider: I will also provide an Elie Wiesel Silver Coin, in a descriptive 4 page sleeve pack, newly released by Mint of Norway, and in limited edition to be purchased from the South African Gold Coin Exchange, to the first 10 people who provide more than $500 donation.  (pic below)

Passport Provider: I will provide Nelson Mandela Coins (gold colored made from metal BU) depicting the image of Nelson Mandela with the words “A Long Walk to Freedom”, donated by The South African Gold Coin Exchange to the first 20 people who donate $100 or more. (pic below)

I do not have much to offer in return for contributions, other than the satisfaction of knowing that you may have contributed to the saving of a life.”

Full Credit for writing/Information/Pictures:

Rescue Fund Site:


We ALL are have equal and inalienable RIGHTS!! 


We ALL are ONE!! 

Nosey the Elephant Needs Your Help in Florida Today!

Help Nosey ….. I read and signed petition! Please …. check this out!

Our Compass

Please click HERE to take action

PETA has just learned that a strawberry farm in Florida is teaming up with infamous exhibitor Hugo “Tommy” Liebel to host rides featuring the suffering elephant Nosey (aka “Tiny”) this weekend, despite abundant evidence of Liebel’s decades-long neglect of her. Please join PETA in urging Oak Haven Farms & Winery in Sorrento, Florida, to cancel the rides immediately.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered Liebel to pay a penalty to settle nearly three dozen charges of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, most of them related to his mistreatment of Nosey, including repeatedly chaining her so tightly that she could barely move and denying her necessary veterinary care. Click here to learn more about Liebel’s unrelenting neglect of Nosey’s health and well-being.

Please urge Oak Haven Farms & Winery to make the prudent and compassionate decision to cancel the rides on…

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