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We, collectively, the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great great grandchildren have had amazing and wonderful opportunities. We have lived in distant places from Guam to London. We gave received degrees and scholarships from universities and graduate schools. Some have received recognition and honors for service to our country. Many of us have received medals, awards, and trophies for excellence in scholastics, sports, and our various vocations. But there will never be a greater honor than being the grandchild of Thomas Mosley, Sr., or PáPá (PawPaw), as we liked to call him.
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride…
We all know the words to the song but PáPá lived by them. All of PáPá’s grandchildren were told at some point in time that “You’re smart,” or “You’re cute,” or “You’re cool,” these phrases were usually followed by a “Ain’t ya?” As in, “You’re good, ain’t ya?” And when Granddaddy said it, you always believed it because he believed it. His love and approval was usually accompanied by a hug, a kiss, or a smile (teeth were optional). His humor, which was brilliant and infectious, was always available if you needed it.
This man that once worked in Kentucky coal mines; and bragged about riding untamed horses; would be overcome with emotion and his eyes would be filled with tears when one of his grandchildren got married, or received straight A’s on their report card; or graduated from kindergarten. He was fiercely proud of all his grandbabies aged 0 to 38. There is not one of us that wasn’t personally indebted to the man. His charity, loyalty, and dedication built a better world for all of us.
Everybody’s searching for a hero…
Maya Angelou said that our heroes are found in our neighborhoods and families. PáPá was a hero to all of us, each in our own way. All of us have volumes of personal stories with PáPá but collectively we have BBQs, Christmas breakfasts, and the greatest love of all, which PáPá gave as a gift to all of us. That love will be with us always. We will travel home with it. And it will comfort us through this hard time because we’re going to miss him so much.
A northwest suburban woman charged with killing her two young children by stabbing each of them more than 200 times may soon undergo a mental health evaluation
Noche de Arco iris: Queer Prom 2005
Friday May 27th 2005, 7PM*
*The space will be open at 6pm for pre-party preparations.
Any youth who want to come and get ready at the museum are welcome.
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
1852 West 19th Street, Chicago. IL. 60608
Dinner. Music. Dance. Drag. Break Dancing. Performances.
Tickets are $10 / Sliding scale
Dress to express
We deserve to have our queer prom because even though we are athletes, class presidents, students, and activists, a lot of times in our schools we get pointed at, excluded, and harassed; because we are an important part of this community, and we have a right to a claim spaces within our neighborhoods that reflect the complexities and diversity of our identity; because we need to erase the invisibility of LGBT youth in our communities; and mostly because we like to party and have fun.
We invite all LGBTQ identified youth and their allies
(adults, hetero and otherwise) to join us for the first
"Noche the Arco iris: Queer Prom 2005"
If you have questions, want to volunteer, or want to buy tickets in advance, contact Tania at
or 312 455 9455 x 108
This event is organized by Homofrecuencia, the first Spanish-language LGBT youth radio show in the country. Listen every Monday night from 8-10 PM on Radio Arte 90.5 FM Chicago or on the web at www.radioarte..org/homofrecuencia.
Homofrecuencia is a production of Radio Arte WRTE 90.5 FM Chicago.
Radio Arte is a youth initiative of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum.
NEW YORK -- To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.
The FDA has rejected calls to scrap the provision, insisting that gay men collectively pose a higher-than-average risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Critics accuse the FDA of stigmatizing all gay men rather than adopting a screening process that focuses on high-risk sexual behavior by any would-be donor, gay or straight.
"Under these rules, a heterosexual man who had unprotected sex with HIV-positive prostitutes would be OK as a donor one year later, but a gay man in a monogamous, safe-sex relationship is not OK unless he's been celibate for five years," said Leland Traiman, director of a clinic in Alameda, Calif., that seeks gay sperm donors.
Traiman said adequate safety assurances can be provided by testing a sperm donor at the time of the initial donation, then freezing the sperm for a six-month quarantine and testing the donor again to be sure there is no new sign of HIV or other infectious diseases.
Although there is disagreement over whether the FDA guideline regarding gay men will have the force of law, most doctors and clinics are expected to observe it.
The practical effect of the provision -- part of a broader set of cell and tissue donation regulations that take effect May 25 -- is hard to gauge. It is likely to affect some lesbian couples who want a child and prefer to use a gay man's sperm for artificial insemination.
But it is the provision's symbolic aspect that particularly troubles gay-rights groups. Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, has called it "policy based on bigotry."
"The part I find most offensive -- and a little frightening -- is that it isn't based on good science," Cathcart said. "There's a steadily increasing trend of heterosexual transmission of HIV, and yet the FDA still has this notion that you protect people by putting gay men out of the pool."
In a letter to the FDA, Lambda Legal has suggested a screening procedure based on sexual behavior, not sexual orientation. Prospective donors -- gay or straight -- would be rejected if they had engaged in unprotected sex in the previous 12 months with an HIV-positive person, an illegal drug user, or "an individual of unknown HIV status outside of a monogamous relationship."
But an FDA spokeswoman cited FDA documents suggesting that officials felt the broader exclusion was prudent even if it affected gay men who practice safe sex.
"The FDA is very much aware that strict exclusion policies eliminate some safe donors," said one document.
Many doctors and fertility clinics already have been rejecting gay sperm donors, citing the pending FDA rules or existing regulations of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
"With an anonymous sperm donor, you can't be too careful," said a society spokeswoman, Eleanor Nicoll. "Our concern is for the health of the recipient, not to let more and more people be sperm donors."
However, some sperm banks, notably in California, have welcomed gay donors. The director of one of them, Alice Ruby of the Oakland-based Sperm Bank of California, said her staff had developed procedures for identifying gay men with an acceptably low risk of HIV.
Gay men are a major donor source at Traiman's Rainbow Flag sperm bank, and he said that practice would continue despite the new rules.
"We're going to continue to follow judicious, careful testing procedures for our clients that even experts within the FDA say is safe," said Traiman, referring to the six-month quarantine.
The FDA rules do not prohibit gay men from serving as "directed" sperm donors. If a woman wishing to become pregnant knows a gay man and asks that he provide sperm for artificial insemination, a clinic could provide that service even if the man had engaged in sex with other men within five years.
However, Traiman said some lesbian couples do not have a gay friend they know and trust well enough to be the biological father of their child, and would thus prefer an anonymous donor.
Dr. Deborah Cohan, an obstetrics and gynecology instructor at the University of California, San Francisco, said some lesbians prefer to receive sperm from a gay donor because they feel such a man would be more receptive to the concept of a family headed by a same-sex couple.
"This rule will make things legally more difficult for them," she said. "I can't think of a scientifically valid reason -- it has to be an issue of discrimination."
I just want to post one more pic of my sister's kids. This is Morgan and Brandon. Lauryn (their youngest sister) is not in this photo but I do love this one. A couple of nights ago, a friend mentioned that he had seen Brandon's photo on this site. My response was simple, "Brandon. Isn't he adorable? He looks just like me." Ahh, vanity...But he does look like me...And he is adorable.