The New GOP Meme

July 22, 2016

As I continue to observe the LGBT news regarding threats coming from both Christians and Muslims, this curious message has started to bubble up in my brain pan several weeks earlier. And it crystallized the moment I heard a Youtube video of Newt Gingrich’s speech at the Republican National Convention on July the twentieth, two thousand sixteen:

“Christians are using Muslim anti-queer jihad to make themselves look gay friendlier than a hot, bisexual, 19 year old Navy Seal tweaking his buns off in downtown Montreal on an arctic chilled Christmas Eve ready to do anything to keep warm tonight.”

Forget for a moment, the hilarious manner in which My Glorious Gay Angels have conveyed such a revelation, and see for yourself what I mean. Click on the video link below, then listen to what he says for the next twenty seconds.

Newt Gingrich’s Speech at the 2016 RNC

I find Mr. Gingrich’s declaration in that snippet of film so robust with import, at least from a gay man’s perspective (but surely from an Imam’s perspective, too, though for the opposite reason), as to be more than worthy to repeat below, in plain text, that it become deeply ingrained in posterity:

“If our enemies had their way, not a single woman in this room could define her future. If our enemies had their way, gays, lesbians and transgender citizens would be put to death, as they are today in the Islamic State of Iran.” – Newt Gingrich, RNC 2016

And also as a public domain pic, free to the entire planet:

Gingrich’s speech is a WINNING STRATEGY to beat the Democrats this November. But IT IS A TRICK, and a very clever one at that. For the GOP is obviously picking up issues that our party is either neglecting, or on which they’re dragging their feet. And NO OTHER TOPIC is as timely and of such great import, than LGBT rights!

When has President Obama or any other progressive leader (such as Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, and a whole slew of others) directly addressed the rainbow striped elephant in the living room that threatens to divide our nation along the bloodiest line: HOMOPHOBIA? The Orlando massacre was their golden opportunity to do just that, but instead, Obama focused on guns and not being Islamophobic…even when he knows that the perpetrator was raised by a fanatic Muslim who SUPPORTS THE TALIBAN, and who spoke VEHEMENTLY to his son about the evils of homosexuality, throughout his entire, short life.

In fact, I believe that Obama has BETRAYED our community by downplaying homophobia, along with never confronting anti-gay bigotry in any of his speeches, including his State of the Union addresses. Especially in light of this tidal wave of anti-queer bills flooding the red states, and Republican lawmakers here and there, vociferating DEATH TO GAYS.

So now Newt Gingrich steps up to the podium and gives one of the most breathtaking–albeit brief–declarations in stolid support of sexual minorities, than any politician that came before. But I know it’s a deceptive play in this game of party rivalry. And Donald Trump’s selection of a rabidly homophobic vice president confirms my suspicion as clearly as the sun is bright.

The new Republican meme, therefore, is: “We are the strongest allies of LGBT rights than any other party in history!”

And THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT for two reasons: (1) the Dems have never addressed anti-gay bigotry, even when that is precisely what is so sorely needed these days, and (2) Islamic homophobia is far worse than that of the Christian brand. And that’s saying a lot, since Christians are directly responsible for inciting hatred, discrimination and violence against LGBT’s with especial vigor in recent years. THEY ARE HIDING BEHIND THE SKIRTS OF ISLAM in order to appear like cuddly puppy dogs to LGBT’s.

But I am hoping that Newt’s inspiring (though devious) speech will force the Democrats to catch up, and even surpass, the GOP’s newfound “rally ’round the gays” scheme. Just as Sanders’ own progressive platform has motivated Hillary to swing more to the left than she would otherwise. But if this does not occur, look forward to:

AN OVERWHELMING RUSH TO THE GRAND OLD PARTY BY FORMERLY DYED-IN-THE-WOOL-DEMOCRAT SEXUAL MINORITIES. I’m sure the Log Cabin Republicans will cream in their Dockers over this.

For unless she makes a sea change (and I hope she will), Hillary will do little to advance our struggle for equality, except for a baby step here, a baby step there. EVEN NOW, WHEN WE’RE UNDER PHENOMENAL ATTACK BY BOTH CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM.

There are some of us who believe, at this point, that a win for Trump will give us better odds than a win for Hillary. The reasoning is thus: should “The Donald” gain the highest office, he will be a lame duck throughout his entire term. In which case, LGBT’s can generate a greater force for change in our favor, than Hillary’s pro-disaster capitalism and war-hawk neoliberalism ever can. (And this will obviously be true for all other progressive causes.) The Republicans may even cater to our every whim in order to upstage their adversary, in hopes of making further inroads into their political aims.

And maybe even morph into a party more liberal than Bernie Sanders, as they inadvertently fall into a bottomless well of progressive waters, in their blind scramble for power by seducing left-wing sirens! Oh what a tangled web we weave.

No doubt about it: we are stuck between Iraq and a hard place (pun intended), for it looks like either vote is a roll of the devil’s dice.


Does Your Vote Really Count?

July 20, 2016

The only option we have is revolution and overthrow of this corrupt government. There will never appear on any ballot, anywhere in the United States, the following question: “Should we take down our present form of government…yes or no?” Even though it states right there in our Declaration of Independence:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

As a gay person born and living in the United States for 66 years now, in an unabashedly terrorist society as a result of my sexual persuasion, with little that has changed for the better (and actually gotten worse since the Supreme Court legalized LGBT marriage due to right-wing backlash and spineless reaction or lack thereof by our “progressive” leaders)…I feel totally confident about fomenting a full blown rebellion.


Flower Child

July 19, 2016

Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:47:07
Subject:
Flower Child
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My E-frenz

A brief conversation from the Nextdoor online forum, for residents of San Francisco, and which I recently joined. Names have been changed to protect the wonderful:

====

Random Act of Kindness [ 23h ago ]
Beverly Carver from Church and Market

Thank you to the sweet girl walking down Landers St who stopped me and my friends to hand us each a lovely flower. She said, “I want nothing in return, I’d just like to give you each a flower.” Now that’s San Francisco!

Zeke Krahlin from Duboce Triangle [ 3h ago ]

Meanwhile, the low income, the poor and people of color have been driven out in droves, and the homeless population surges. No flower for them! Yes, here comes another summer of love…go to the boutique on Haight Street and get your flower child costume before they run out!

Winnie Wentworth from Church and Market [ 2h ago ]

Zeke, somebody did something nice, and it was appreciated. Why do you have to be so snarky about it?

Beverly Carver from Church and Market [ 1h ago ]

Hi Winnie- hey the post made it for nearly 24 hours before the bitterness bubbled up. That has to be a record for NextDoor. BTW Winnie, your street garden on 15th always makes me smile.

Marlina Ravinsky from Church and Market [ 1h ago ]

Sorry Zeke. Hope you find something to make you smile.

Zeke Krahlin from Duboce Triangle [ 11m ago ]

Winnie: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night…and then came the yuppies, the dot-com boom, and the IT zombies.

Beverly: I know, right?

Marlina: Didn’t say I wasn’t happy. IOW, this is /my/ San Francisco perceived with honest eyes. Random acts of kindness happen everywhere, it is not what makes this city unique. But I see I stumbled into a women’s support group, so I’ll hightail it outta here. Buy union.

=====

– Zeke


Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:02:17
Subject:
Re: Flower Child
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Eleanor Cooney

On Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 10:56 PM, Eleanor Cooney wrote:

{{ Ooh! You snake at the garden party, you!!! Hilarious. Nicely done. }}

San Francisco is my bitch.


Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:56:27
Subject:
Oops! (Flower Child followup)
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My E-frenz

Winnie Wentworth from Church and Market [ 5m ago ]

…and we’re done. I’ll delete the post.

Zeke Krahlin from Duboce Triangle [ 1m ago ]

I’ve never been an old curmudgeon before, so I thought I’d try something new.


Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:08:46
Subject:
Oops! (Flower Child followup addendum)
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: My E-frenz

Winnie Wentworth from Church and Market [ 9m ago ]

It’s ok. I didn’t want this post to start controversy. Really, I was hoping that the girl who was handing out the flowers was a member of next door and would see that what she did was appreciated. But I totally understand your frustration with the evolution of the population in the city. There are so many reasons to be pissed off at the way things are in SF. NextDoor is a good place to vent the frustration. I’ve done it too and will continue to. No hard feelings.

Zeke Krahlin from Duboce Park [ 2m ago ]

Wow, what an amazing reply! You just made my day, Winnie. My comments were my own SF eccentric brand of humor. Even in my frustrations and despair, I always put a wry spin to it. Thanks for the explanation, anything for a little girl. I gladly sacrifice my outstanding wit and stellar charm for such a good cause. Delete this message too, if appropriate. And always buy union.


Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:06:56
Subject:
Re: Oops! (Flower Child followup addendum)
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Eleanor Cooney

On Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 10:59 PM, Eleanor Cooney wrote:

{{ “Buy union.” By gum, I will! }}

“I used to buy gum, but it kept sticking to my ribs.” – Gay Zombie Jesus


Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:58:04
Subject:
Re: Oops! (Flower Child followup addendum)
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Eleanor Cooney

On Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 11:50 PM, Eleanor Cooney wrote:

{{ “Just so it doesn’t stick to your shoe.” –Buddha Pest }}

“Then what’s shoeing gum for?” – Gepetto


Contact Form

July 16, 2016


Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 16:11:36
Subject: Fwd: [Contact Form]
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Osmium Empress

Honorable Osmium Empress:

Thought you’d enjoy my response to a mother whose daughter just came out to her. She posted me via my web site’s contact page. Maybe I’ll post this as a blog entry entitled “Yes, Whitney, There is a Zeke Krahlin.”

———- Forwarded message ———-

On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:40 AM, Caitlyn Rossi ( noreply AT 123contactform.com ) wrote:

*Name* Caitlyn Rossi
*Email* crossi@anokacountysocial.org
*Phone #*
*Message* I’m writing to you on behalf of my daughter, Whitney. She recently came out to me and said your page, gay-bible.org/links/index.htm, had been a great help to her. Just wanted to say thank you for all your help and encouragement on behalf of the gay community.

I also wanted to let you know about another page that Whitney thought was very useful, jimadler.com/law-resources-for-the-lgbt-community . Can you add this to your page? I thought her sharing her suggestion would help her feel like part of the online LGBTQ community and help others online. :-)

Thanks again! Any advice you might have for us, we’d love to hear.

Best,
Caitlyn (and Whitney) Rossi

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From: Zeke Krahlin
Date: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Contact Form]
To: Caitlyn Rossi

It is an honor, Caitlyn. I just placed the link in the “lists” subsection, here:

http://www.gay-bible.org/links/index.htm#lists

Scroll down a teensy bit, and you can’t miss it.

Advice? Well, based on my own hard-won experience, here it is:

My Dear Whitney,

Every group of people has its dark side, as well as good. Don’t let the foolish ones distract or discourage you; they are only in on it for self glory or profit. They may steal your ideas for their own greedy motives, or tell you that LGBT rights is a lost cause. STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS.

Fighting for the liberation of sexual minorities is one of the most noble causes you could choose. As you set on that path, many obstacles will suddenly appear and stand in the way. Many disappointments, many tragedies. So always keep your eye on the prize and never give up the good fight.

The Buddha’s saying, “We have no enemies, only teachers” has been a great influence on my life. For if this is true, there can be no exception…including homophobes themselves, as well as those fake participants in the LGBT movement whom I just noted above.

“If they are not really enemies, then what’s going on?” you might ask at this point. The answer I’ve come up with (and which has proven to be an anchor through rough seas each and every time), is:

They are testing your mettle, and nothing more. Respect their role in strengthening your will, and even thank them (if you possibly can) for putting you through the gauntlet. Without enemies, we’d never have the chance to resist wrongdoing, and thus grow into heroes not just before God, but in our own eyes too.

I don’t know if you believe in a creator, and if you don’t, please accept my apology, and replace the word “God” with…oh I don’t know, how about “the world.”

One more piece of advice: NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR, DAMMIT! So I’ll end with a joke:

Wishing you a most successful life in your worthy endeavors, and much joy,

Ezekiel J. Krahlin


My “No PrEP for the Poor” letter PUBLISHED!!!

July 9, 2016

Not in either of the two major gay papers here in S.F. (Bay Area Reporter & SF Bay Times), but in a relatively newborn neighborhood rag, The Castro Courier. THEY PRINTED IT IN FULL, taking up a full quarter page on page 4. This is unusual, because newspapers rarely print a letter more than two paragraphs long, if that. (Note: I sent my letter to four local LGBT papers.)

I think that the BAR and the Bay Times fumbled and missed out on a groundbreaking expose that may rock boats beyond the local pond. So kudos to the Courier for recognizing a newsworthy item of great import…definitely a feather in their cap. They changed the title of my letter to “PReP for those with Money,” but it doesn’t appear online yet, I checked at:

http://castrocourier.com/letters.html

But what is peculiar in a hilarious and self-aggrandizing way, is that the first two letters on that page are mine from past issues! I’m sure you’ll get a laugh when you see what they’re about.

Today is a celebratory day for Zeke. So extra cream cheese on my bagel.


On PTSD & Larry Kramer

July 5, 2016

Like the air we breathe, intense stress has become part of everyone’s life on this planet. This explains all the explosive violence ’round the world…and why I conclude it will lead to a sort of nervous breakdown for the entire species of man. You may not call it PTSD unless it manifests in the public eye as rage…but it leads to drug/alcohol abuse, bad tempers, ill health and broken friendships. For example, if a person is homeless more than a month or so, I’d say he or she has PTSD by default. Though not diagnosed as such, since medical care is beyond that person’s reach. The suffering and violence across Africa, for another example…well, no way PTSD is going to stand in the wings. I see homeless people, and those too poor to live in anything but derelict housing in bad neighborhoods, suffering from this or that malady, whether physical or mental. They are not classified as PTSD sufferers, solely because they do not belong to at least a reasonably affluent level of society, and thus are not classified by those well paid doctors and psychiatrists as suffering from PTSD. In fact, they are not counted at all. Not everyone may have severe PTSD, but they certainly have either mild or moderate PTSD.

Plug in my sensitivity chip? Ah, yes, I’m such a mean, cold spirited person, I don’t know why you even bother to communicate with me. Sensitivity chip, my ass. Where do you come up with such phrases…you sound like a new age armchair psychologist who watches Dr. Phil reruns all day long. Considering all the sacrifices I’ve made all my life on behalf of my gay brothers and sisters who are homeless or destitute in other ways, taking many risks that threaten my survival (including from affluent gays as well as hetero dipshits), and living hand to mouth for many decades in order to perform my good works than get absorbed by the capitalist Borg, working in a cramped office making another person rich…I really don’t see where you get off saying this. I get numerous threats on my life throughout each year, both online and offline for being such a bold, outspoken whistle blower for our lowest class sexual minorities. So I make a point of patting myself on the back now and then, since it’s so very rare anyone else does.

My latest whistle-blowing achievement is a piece I posted just yesterday, called “No PrEP for the Poor.” It’s about how our low income LGBT’s cannot afford PrEP, which is a drug that prevents, as well as halts and eradicates, AIDS. So while the rich in our community can live a good life w/o the debilitation that comes with untreated AIDS, the low income among us must continue to exist in a virtual 1980’s “gay plague” kind of world. See:

https://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/no-prep-for-the-poor/

Just before that piece, I released a related one, called “Expanded Medicaid = Sick Joke,” ’cause that’s what it really is for the low income. Yet our gov’t wants everyone to think that Obamacare is a godsend for the poorest among us…at least, in the blue states. And I gave /proof/ of my claims by providing links to appropriate resources. You mocked me by posting an “Obama is Satan” pic, which colors me as one of those right-wing nut jobs. Instead of taking a serious look at what I’ve claimed in these posts, you are like so many naive liberals who really don’t see the dirt piling around them, as a result of not just GOP treachery, but the duplicity by the Democratic Party, which is but a gutted out version of its once proud history. Here’s my Medicaid piece:

https://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/expanded-medicaid-sick-joke/

I know your Obama/Satan pic was in response to my original Medicaid rant, which I titled “Obamacare Defecates on the Poor.”

https://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/obamacare-defecates-on-the-poor/

Maybe that language was too much for you…yet that is a very good way of putting it. For it handed a death sentence to 10’s of millions of poor citizens, including myself…while the Democratic Elitists pat themselves on the back for what a “miraculous” success Is Medicaid.

I’m wondering if you’ve read any of my recent pieces about the attack on the poor and LGBT’s by both the RW and the progressive wing. Maybe so many folks like you, who have /some/ level of affluence that keeps the wolves at bay, are so shocked by looming specters of /genuine/ terror enveloping our society in greater proportion each day, that you cannot face the truth, and have become hypnotized into convincing yourselves that things aren’t really as bad as they are. Did you see my piece about Republican lawmakers proposing death to gays? Do you think I’m making this up? Here it is:

https://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/killing-gays-the-republican-agenda/

You and other naive liberals sure make my work an uphill climb that is far steeper than it should be. Bad enough I get ridiculed by the right wing for being an alarmist, and a deluded old fuk…but to have those on /my/ side (progressive and Democratic) do the same thing, is disgusting (to say the least). Let me tell you a secret about PTSD:

One can learn to harness this chaotic force to work in your favor, as a creative tool for righteous outrage. And that is what I have done. So enough of your flippant remarks (and here I’m not just addressing you, but the many others of your ilk whom I call “clueless liberals”): get off the pot pretending the poor and disenfranchised, especially LGBT’s, of our country, don’t really have it all that bad. For we are one step away from full blown holocaust. One may easily make a case that it’s already here, though in the form of a slow genocide. Slow enough, in fact, to make it easy for everyone to look the other way (and mock anyone who speaks out, such as yours truly)…as did the people in Germany as they saw Jews being shipped away by rail, to what they thought were neighboring nations and not (as it really turned out to be) concentration camps.

While I may keep a light heart and sense of humor most of the time, really, Marla, I deal with very serious issues. And some of your responses are grossly insensitive. Like so many on Facebook who prefer this space to be their frivolous getaway from life’s problems, and don’t really appreciate activists like me, who make their presence known. For the truly poor in these disUnited States can /not/ afford to participate in social media. In that way (among other ways), I am an anomaly.

In conclusion: I don’t think you’re that much in touch with the dark side of America, growing darker each day BTW, and seem to behave like things are far better than they really are. News flash: I think your own sensitivity chip needs some fine turning or (better yet) a total replacement. Maybe it’s just the battery, what do I know.

P.S.: I had a similar argument with another “clueless liberal” two months back…a gay, retired person living in Alaska, as it turned out. When I described the inequity of Medicaid, how it’s a death sentence for many poor folks, he told me to “get off the pity pot!” So I just ripped into him like nobody’s business…and called that piece “Baked Alaskan.” Obviously, his sensitivity chip is broken, too.

https://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/baked-alaskan/


The foundations set up by Larry Kramer and his ilk…which are upper middle class gays…do not benefit low income, and homeless within the queer community. Well, maybe just a little. The LGBT family is just as elitist as any other. ACT UP et al merely serve to save the lives of the affluent within their community, not the poor. Larry founded GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) that now has outposts in all major cities across America. But for the most part, they do little for those who are homeless or low income, even though they claim to include them in their mission.

You can visit their web site, gmhc.org, and see for yourself, that there is nothing they provide for the homeless (or poor), except links to other organizations. And even those organizations offer threadbare assistance, at best. And mostly for “youth,” which they consider to be no older than 25. Once you hit the ripe old age of 26, it’s “fuk you” and you’re back out on the streets again (unless you’re already there). There is nothing provided by the queer community, for homeless LGBT’s who are no longer considered young.

Mr. Kramer /did/ speak out for our poor and disenfranchised LGBT’s, but they/we were dropped from the community as an increasing number of wealthy queers infiltrated these political groups and took over. Here is a 9 minute video of Larry being interviewed by a fluffy drag queen called “Lady Bunny”:

A Conversation With… Larry Kramer _ Lady Bunny

What Kramer had to say is right on, and I appreciate that. But c’mon, someone by name of Lady Bunny adorned with a humongous, puffed up wig turns the entire interview into a mockery of the horror of homophobia and what we are up against. Bad enough that heteros treat us like a joke, but for a queer celebrity to do the same thing, is beyond pathetic. She certainly doesn’t convey the gravity of this ongoing anti-LGBT persecution, to her hetero viewers who are concerned enough to educate themselves.

In the video, she asks where all the vibrant activists and leadership have gone. I’ll tell you where they’ve gone: into their own shells, because those already in power have repressed and marginalized us for decades now. Some, like me, continue to fight the good fight, in spite of rejection from our own community. Thank goddess for the Internet, for it gave me a voice to the world that would otherwise have remained obfuscated by our local, petty politics. I think most, if not all, of our present leaders are in it for the self glory and monetary profit, more than out of any true desire to elevate our position in this world.

I participated for a short while in both ACT UP and Queer Nation. But I soon grew discouraged, due to the numerous self-serving members who spurned most participants that were not white like them, or older than 35, or did not espouse their watered down, pampered middle class version of progressive activism. Very cliquish. It was no longer their strategy to embrace our homeless and low income brothers/sisters, as part of the struggle. What they achieved, therefore, was AIDS prevention and treatment, and other benefits for their own middle and upper class needs. Just like medicinal marijuana.

A perfect example of this is described in my own recent blog entry, how our lowest income queers are denied both AIDS prevention and AIDS recovery, while the reasonably affluent and up have full access, Have you read it yet? I just uploaded it two days ago. It’s short, though important, and I hope you do check it out.

https://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/no-prep-for-the-poor/

I have little to no support or recognition for my dedicated activism, by our SF community. Which is shocking, considering my talent as a reporter and author…that could be quite a groundbreaker for furthering our struggle. The social circle of both Harvey Milk and Larry Kramer pushed me out of their world, and for this reason I wonder how many other good souls they’ve repressed, that could’ve contributed much to our cause. I think what’s going on, is that they want to keep their own positions of power and adulation, more so than actually conquering AIDS and homophobia. For if that ever happened, they fear they’ll fall to the wayside and be replaced by others.

Many times over the last few decades I’ve offered my services to various LGBT newspapers and organizations, as a columnist or investigative reporter, as well as an activist with many novel tactics that could shatter the walls of our enemies. Yet not a single nibble. Though ounce in a while, one of my ideas gets stolen by an already-known activist, who then takes credit for it. Such as my dispute with Queer Nation in 1991:

http://www.gay-bible.org/truetales/6_dispute.htm

So thank you for comparing me with Mr. Kramer, it’s quite flattering. Just thought I’d fill you in with the reality of my situation, and that of disenfranchised queers at large. Though I do hold onto an ultimately optimistic viewpoint, based on the Buddha’s tenet: “We have no enemies, only teachers.”

For perhaps, just perhaps, the LGBT community is so hard on me, is because they have great expectations for my activism, and want me to be very strong. What better way to be strengthened through oppression by the very own people you struggle to save? And in never giving up and forging onward in spite of this undeserved backlash, I grow keener and more powerful, as well as wise. Until the time this community has enabled me (through testing by one obstacle after another) to reach a certain level of perfection…whereby they will finally cease their animosity, and let me through that gate like a charging bull.

I therefore think there is some secret society of LGBT’s that is grooming me and others (who they are, I have no idea) for leadership. Without letting me know, though expecting me to figure it all out in the long run. And that conclusion I reveal in Chapter 9 of my novel, “Free Me From This Bond”:

https://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/dragon-fire-in-the-hole/

How’s /that/ for a response to your chat comment? :D


No PrEP for the Poor

June 30, 2016

Many of you now reading this are under the illusion that if one is poor, he is covered for all his health needs at zero cost…especially since the advent of Obamacare’s expanded Medicaid. This is poppycock, though exactly what the government and mainstream media want you to believe. (And also the alternative press, so it seems.) The truth is this:

Our state, California, is a blue state, and thus has accepted expanded Medicaid. While I don’t think anyone destitute enough to be eligible for Medi-Cal should be charged any share of cost, the Golden Bear State instituted SOC in 2007 under the watch of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). Though it is absurdly based on the cost of living eighteen years prior: 1989 (and never been raised since)! Which means that Medicaid will not kick in until you’ve paid the remainder of your income above $600. For example, if you collect $1,100 monthly, your SOC will be a whopping $500. PER MONTH.

Other blue states have followed suit, except for a few fair-minded ones such as Minnesota, which charges zilch on incomes below $1,301. For affirmation of my claim, get on the web and check out:

http://www.shareofcost.com/state-assistance/share-of-cost-california.html

How does this impact low-income LGBT’s in San Francisco? Very badly, as you can imagine. “But can’t they go to free services such as the city clinic, to make up for this shortfall?” you may be asking right now. Well, for some things, yes, such as certain vaccinations and STD treatments. But not for preventing or healing AIDS. While they offer PrEP and PEP capsules under Medi-Cal billing, you are still required to match your SOC first. Which is impossible for those collecting Social Security, whose monthly income exceeds $600. (Unless they starve or go homeless in order to cover the cost, I guess.) Thus you’ll be charged out of pocket, the full price. Even though in this meager financial state, you’re lucky if you can cough up ten dollars.

Note: the implications of other medical needs not affordable to most Medi-Cal recipients is horrendous, but I’ll save that for another time.

This means that, while affluent queers now enjoy partying and humping to their heart’s content with no fear of HIV complications, the poor in our community remain stuck in a virtual 1980’s era of the “gay plague.” For should they be unlucky enough to contract that disease (and more likely they will for obvious reasons), low income LGBT’s cannot afford any AIDS treatment, as well. As I walk by billboards and posters of handsome young men smiling because they only need a single pill to vanquish This Demon of Decimation, and live a good life:

I shudder to think of my brothers (and some sisters) who must live in terror and misery due to denial of such a providential cure. Thanks to the wonders of medicine provided only to the affluent for whom the poor, such as myself, remain invisible and even unwelcome. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party elitists pat each other on the back over the “miraculous” success of Medicaid.


See also: Expanded Medicaid = Sick Joke


ADDENDUM

Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:01:46
Subject:
No PrEP for the Poor
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Eleanor Cooney

Ellie,

I am preparing the following letter to send to our gay papers here in SF. It’s short. I’m hoping I can receive your valuable input before I post it.

Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:17:22
Subject:
Re: No PrEP for the Poor
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Eleanor Cooney

On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 10:48 PM, Eleanor Cooney wrote:

> I think it’s terrific. Powerful, explains it succinctly.

I performed my own investigative reporting by being a client at the city clinic. As I talked to different workers while being tested for this and that, I asked questions. It was difficult to get one counselor to admit that low income gays cannot get PrEP. They were very uncomfortable, especially since I was quite calm and personable while asking them loaded questions, such as:

“I am befuddled that health care workers like yourself, who focus on helping the low income, seem to be clueless about this outrageous Medicaid share of cost.”

and

“Why do you administer penicillin to those who may have been exposed to syphilis before the rapid test result comes in, which only takes ten minutes? I took that test last year, and the outcome was negative, yet I received the penicillin anyway, while waiting for the result. Isn’t that wasteful of resources that should be used sparingly to allay any superbug nightmare? Do you get gov’t money for each shot you administer?”

and

“Obviously I cannot possibly match my share of cost, so what will you bill me for PrEP?”

The counselor would never reveal the fee, and this was before he admitted that the poor can’t afford PrEP, because of this share of cost. Yet, even then, I couldn’t get the actual price for the medication out of him. I wonder if they charge a HUGE amount to Medicaid, and don’t want me to find out.

But, I did benefit by getting the first of three shots of the hepatitis B vaccine, and the vaccine for Invasive Meningococcal Disease which is the latest curse to have started spreading in the LGBT community, especially Los Angeles and Chicago. It is a very deadly microbe, and easily spread by sharing saliva, such as through kissing, drinking from the same glass, sharing a joint, etc.

And I can’t just be afraid of giving my buddies hugs and kisses, and smoking pot together. So I gotta persuade Zach to go to the clinic, and get vaccinated for both, ASAP. He is even /more/ vulnerable to these scourges, than I am.

This is horrible…after suffering AIDS for so long, and learning safe sex, now we must start fearing even kisses, sharing a fork or glass or doobie? I’m thinkin’ biowarfare here.

And we poor gay folks are denied PrEP…disgusting. All this, on top of this tidal wave of homophobia coming from both Xians and Muslims. No sooner had we begun to make inroads, turning Xians to our side (at least a bit, but progressing nonetheless), than Islamic demons burst through the door and threaten to wipe out all this painful progress.

> Will they use your utterance of “fucking” as an excuse to block you??

I doubt it, it’s just a newspaper. If they like my letter, but not the word “fuck” they’ll just change it to something else. But I doubt that will be any problem in the first place.

Thank you so much for reading my letter…I am fighting for Zach’s life, and that of all my low income and destitute gay brothers.

– Zeke

Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:44:09
Subject:
I changed…
From: Zeke Krahlin
To: Eleanor Cooney

…”fucking” to “humping.” Good call.

– Zeke


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