Wed, 30 June 2010
A few hours ago, I learned of the sudden and very sad extinguishing of a light in the podcasting world.
The producer of this podcast is not dead, but his show definitely is. What's worse, due to the nature of his career--and people's ignorance--he stands a good chance of losing a job he has worked at for many years. Due to the sensitive nature of what is happening, and out of deference for this podcaster, his career, and his family, he must remain nameless.
As charged up as I was in the aftermath of a weekend that went far better than I imagined, this news has left me saddened and angered at the way that people choose to politicize a person's life. This guy was seeking the same thing that all of us are: to exercise his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What's more, he was exercising his First Amendment right of free expression. And now, due to a society that is tilting in favor of so-called "rights" of corporations and organizations and away from the rights of individuals, his right to free expression has been abridged.
I often question whether or not I should continue to blog and to podcast. It is no longer a question. I am committed even more to get my voice and my text out there on the internet. I am more determined than ever to be out, loud, and proud on the internet. I am dedicated even more to telling my story to anybody who will take the time to download and listen.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to this now-former podcaster, since his show gave mine a much-needed boost in listenership. Every time I turn on the microphone and record my voice for my podcast, it will be in tribute to this fallen colleague. Every time I type out a blog entry--and there will be more--it will be in tribute to this fallen colleague. As long as I have the means to do so, this blog and podcast will continue to be posted. It's personal now, and I can't afford not to do it.
Until the next time you can speak and write freely, I'll take up your fallen torch, my friend.
aka, That Blue Jeans Guy.
Category:GLBT Issues -- posted at: 10:13am EDT
I\'m really saddened and angry by the fact that this podcaster had to leave the thing he loves the way he did. I believe I know who it is because I tried going to his site and it\'s no longer there. He is an amazing guy and I wish him all the best. As a straight person, I\'m sickened by how other straight people act out in hate and then use their religion or other things as reasons for their hatred. Just so you know, and I\'m sure you already do, not all straight people are like that. Finally, assuming I have the right podcaster (and I\'m pretty sure I do) I find it interesting that the last name he used was \"Me\" instead of his real name. Because, really, the fact that he\'s gone doesn\'t just effect him, it effects everyone in the podisphere...it effects you and me. Me. In every sense of the word. --Tracy (aka octopusouphut on the Twitters)