I am still going. I got a text message from a friend last night from his phone number that was supposedly sent by his sister stating that he was the victim of a gay hate crime and has been put into an induced coma because of swelling in his brain. I have been unable to verify if this is true or some scam someone is trying to pull off. Sorry I am a skeptic like most. The text gave a bank of america bank account asking for donations to help. So far I have checked the Houston TX police records and called branches of the bank of america but they must not be open yet. If it is true I want to help but I know that people can clone phone numbers and pull all kinds of nasty tricks. My friend is the only provider for his two parents who live with him. We were in bible college together (yeah thats really funny) I have a different perspective on religion myself but he is a conservative republican gay male christian. Wait it gets better. We were at JSBC in 1988 for the uninformed that is Jimmy Swaggert Bible College and we were there during the scandal where he got caught doing whatever it was he did and confessed on national tv. I was on the video clip that aired nationally. The camera went right onto me after the confession as I stood up clapping after Jimmy's confession. Yeah that seems like a lifetime ago. Of course he came out several years after college and if you have read my blog you know my back story as well. There is also a picture of me praying for Mike in the 1988 issue of the Flame ( appropriate name?) college yearbook. There seems to be a lot of young men at least in bible college who are gay and I know of at least one that is trans (me) and I think that we were just trying to religion the gay-ness/trans-ness out but that doesn't work. Sorry Iv'e tried and lived as a very devout and judgemental believer for about seven years of my young life. The thing I like about my beliefs now is I don't have to be "Right" anymore. I am absolutely fine with being absolutely wrong with my personal beliefs. I do not believe that any relligion has the whole loaf of bread so to speak on the understanding of god. It is very freeing not to live within the confines of a belief system although my perspective will always be colored by the western version of christianity. I get that. So I am still going to try and get to the bottom of this text message to see if it is true. Usually hate crimes against gays at least make the newspaper. I haven't found anything yet and this gets me un-focused on my own personal problems. I'll post an update if this turns out to be true or false. K
Michael called me thursday evening 9-13-12 and he was in a coma. It wasn't a hate crime it was a mugging outside of a wal-mart. His sister panicked (she just had a baby in June) because of the stress. Mike is out of the hospital and home again. This was a real attack and not a scam. He doesn't want money but thanks everyone for their prayers.