…sweeter than wine…


Hey, guys, it’s Ben. As most of you know, we got a wonderful “Pride Month” surprise today when the Supreme Court announced it’s decision that “existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status.” It’s a huge victory for gay rights and the transgender rights movement. It was a surprise because the (6-3) majority opinion came from an increasingly conservative court – and was written by Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four more liberal members.
As Rick pointed out in his “Pride month post” we still have a long way to go, but days like today move us closer and closer to the equality we deserve.
xoxo

It’s a “Friends Friday” Pride Month interracial mega-post.

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Last week, I texted David and Ben asking if they’d like me to do a “Pride Month” post. David texted back “Of course.” Ben said “Absolutely.” I think this year with all the racial unrest in the Country, Pride Month” has a special meaning, and that’s what I’ve tried to capture with these pics.
As you know, Pride Month is celebrated in June each year. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:
“The Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ) community in Greenwich Village, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, gay street kids from the surrounding area, and members of the community who came from neighboring gay and lesbian bars, fought back against an early morning police raid, refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being out in public. The Stonewall riots are widely considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.”
It’s taken more than fifty years for gays in America to achieve a decent amount of justice and equality – and much work remains to be done. None of the Northland gang members are old enough to have experienced the discrimination, ignorance and ugliness suffered by gay people fifty years ago. Hopefully, our kids will grow up in a World of even more justice and equality for gays, blacks, hispanics, american indians and other minorities. Cal often points out that our little group doesn’t live in the “real world” and, of course he’s right. In our Northland family, it makes absolutely no difference whether you’re white, black, ginger, hearing-impaired or anything else. Heck, we even treat Aussies like “real people” 🙂
Our hope is that all the recent demonstrations will someday result in true equality for gays, blacks and other minorities. We can, at least HOPE!
xoxo Rick and Keon

Hooray. Horray. It’s the first of May. Outdoor fucking begins today!

Hey, guys. In the midst of this pandemic, we may not be able to watch outdoor baseball, or golf, or football (?)… but here’s an outdoor sport that isn’t limited these days. And… it’s THE BEST outdoor sport of all 🙂