"From where I stand... You're beautiful."

If you are in the Philadelphia area and want to help organize support for Gaza in the City of Brotherly Love, please like and share this page. Only like if you are from/in/around Philadelphia though so we can get an accurate count. If you want to help us but are not in the area, please share the page. Thank you.

Messages + Gaza Update:

Alright, so if you have been paying any attention to my posts, you know my tumblr has sort of been taken over by the situation in Gaza. While I will continue to support and speak out on the issue, I will not be responding to any anonymous messages about Gaza. I will read them all, but they will all be deleted to clear out my inbox and not spam my page. If they are not anonymous, I will try to respond to them when I can. My inbox has been flooded so it will take me about a week to get through everything that is in there now, and that is not counting what will be sent in the coming days. Be patient. While I have gotten a disgusting amount of hatred, I have also gotten a lot of thank you messages and support mail which I am very grateful for. We must all stand up to this oppression.

With that said, I want to touch base on the situation in Gaza and let you all know that the latest. The official death toll in Gaza is 616 people, including at least 100 children. Over 3,500 injuries are also reported. As of this morning, 118,000+ Palestinians have been displaced to shelters. Right now, heavy shelling by Israeli forces is being reported so expect those numbers to rise. While Israel still has a disturbing amount of support, especially from the United States, a growing portion of the international community is now speaking out against Israel’s actions and calling for an end to the occupation and violence. Again, I want everyone to know that both sides are guilty of extreme inhumanity and violence, but what Israel is doing cannot be accepted because it is mass genocide, terrorism, and it must be stopped.

"Can you be my nightingale? Sing to me I know you’re there You could be my sanity Bring me peace Sing me to sleep Say you’ll be my nightingale”


"Can you be my nightingale?
Sing to me
I know you’re there
You could be my sanity
Bring me peace
Sing me to sleep
Say you’ll be my nightingale”

"I don’t know what I’d do without you Your words are like a whisper cutting through As long as you are with me here tonight I’m good”

"I don’t know what I’d do without you
Your words are like a whisper cutting through
As long as you are with me here tonight
I’m good”

"I never see the forest for the trees I could really use your melody Baby I’m a little blind I think it’s time for you to find me”

"I never see the forest for the trees
I could really use your melody
Baby I’m a little blind
I think it’s time for you to find me”

"I can’t sleep tonight Wide awake and so confused Everything’s in line But I am bruised I need a voice to echo I need a light to take me home I kinda need a hero Is it you?”

"I can’t sleep tonight
Wide awake and so confused
Everything’s in line
But I am bruised
I need a voice to echo
I need a light to take me home
I kinda need a hero
Is it you?”

Tomorrow marks 100 days since I moved to Philadelphia, and while my life has improved dramatically in that time, the next 100 days presents many challenges that prove I still have a long way to go. I am preparing to make some significant changes to my life both privately and publicly, one of which scares the hell out of me, but I’ve come this far so there is no backing down. In the words of Nelson Mandela; “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” So what are these changes I speak of? Some of you will pick up on them, some of you won’t, but for the few who really know me, I hope you will see how determined I am to finally lay my past to rest and focus on a new future. Thank you all so much for your support.

Tomorrow marks 100 days since I moved to Philadelphia, and while my life has improved dramatically in that time, the next 100 days presents many challenges that prove I still have a long way to go. I am preparing to make some significant changes to my life both privately and publicly, one of which scares the hell out of me, but I’ve come this far so there is no backing down. In the words of Nelson Mandela; “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” So what are these changes I speak of? Some of you will pick up on them, some of you won’t, but for the few who really know me, I hope you will see how determined I am to finally lay my past to rest and focus on a new future. Thank you all so much for your support.

About 36 hours ago, I spoke out against the Israeli invasion and slaughter of Gaza, within that 36 hours, I have lost over 1,000 follows, received dozens of hate messages and death threats, and people are now threatening to “take down” my tumblr. People have also concluded that I am Muslim and part of Hamas, despite the fact that I am an Atheist and look at all religion as false. I literally cannot decide whether to be more amused or disgusted. I cannot fathom why we are once again defending Israel when they have now killed over 500 innocent people, 70% of which are children and women. They are not defending themselves, they are committing terrorism in a land they want as their own. Their citizens have literally started camping on a mountain to watch and cheer as rockets fall on Gaza, home to 1.8 million people. As I have said many times, both sides are scum for putting innocent people at risk, but if you believe Israel is only “defending” themselves or that they are somehow on an equal playing field, you are extremely misinformed. If you would not trade places with someone in Gaza right now over someone in Israel, that means you know the truth but choose to ignore it. I just cannot believe that I am getting death threats for wanting peace. I try to see the best in humanity, but right now, I see no humanity.

I am now getting death threats for wanting peace in Gaza.

That’s right, my inbox is overrun with hate mail and death threats because I want Israel to stop killing innocent people in Gaza. No, I do not support Hamas, nor do I support Islam (I am an Atheist), but that doesn’t mean I can turn a blind eye to children and innocent people being slaughtered in the streets of Gaza. What did they do to deserve this? 

Hey, so I know this is an odd question, but how and at what age should I start getting into dating?
Anonymous

There is no one age, it just depends on you. Some people start dating young, some start in high school/secondary school, some wait until college,  some may even wait until their 20’s. it is all up to you and what feels right.

I will say this though, most people now do not actually date, they just… idk. I mean dating is going bowling, going to dinner, going shopping, walking around taking pictures of the city, laying under the stars, getting breakfast before school, watching Disney movies together, going to concerts… For some reason now people think of sitting at home as dating.

I will also say that since you are likely pretty young, remember not to take relationships too seriously. Yes, be faithful, but unless they are long term, you probably won’t even remember their name once you get out of school. I literally can only call 2 guys my exes, otherwise, they were flings.

I asked the question about sewing my oats. Thank you for your wisdom. Another friend helped me as well. It is really about what really matters. I appreciate your honesty.
Anonymous

Anytime! I really hope I did not come off too harshly, I just wanted to be very clear that you have something with your wife, you can’t just abandon that. I wish you the best!

Hi, how are you?. I have a question about what should I do. I'm gay, and I'm gonna move to another city next year alone. I have never had something with a boy because I haven't dared. I'm afraid of what people can think. And I have waited all my life to that moment to finally live my life, but I don't know if I should try something now because is already too late (I'm 17) , or is ok just wait till next year. Hope you could help me, bye! :)
Anonymous

Alright, well I do have experience on moving to a new city alone part, so I certainly wish you all the best there. Now, if you are dead set on your plans and you already know when/where you are moving, dating could complicate that because if you fall for someone and then move, it will put a tonne of strain on your relationship if he does not live nearby. It is hard to tell you one way or the other because that is completely up to you. I guess if I had to tell you my opinion it would be to not close yourself off to guys, but do not seek them out either until you move. This way when you move it will be a 100% fresh start.

I have a problem. I'm a girl. I've liked this other girl for a year. And we dated... I'm literally in love with her. She acts like she still likes me... But I'm not sure. And it kills me that she isn't mine... A lot has happened between us. But I'm not sure whether I should give up or keep trying..
Anonymous

It is difficult to judge this situation based on what you have written, and I hate jumping to conclusions but I am going to have to on this one. I think that if you really do believe she is more than just another crush, and you truly do love her, then you should keep trying to bind up the wounds between you two. At the same time, you cannot close yourself off to other options because you are probably quite young and you need to live your life. Basically, explore other options but don’t close the door on her completely. Also, since I assume you are under 18 based on the fact that you are asking me for advice and used the term “girl,” I am going to caution you against the L word. Remember there is much more to love than dating.

You have no idea how much I love you right now after what you said about Gaza, most people just say that Israel is just "defending" itself, they have the Iron Dome they don't need as much protection, so far 1 Israeli is dead, and you know how many Gazans? more than 350 including children no older than 10, I have to admit that I didn't expect that to be you're position since Pro-Israel propaganda in the US is everywhere but you're too smart to cave in for their bullshit religious "arguments", ILY
Anonymous

Exactly! The newest death toll is 450 innocent Palestinians to 1 innocent Israeli. Again, both sides are being ridiculous but this isn’t about sides, this is about saving the lives of millions of people caught in the crossfire of two religious extremes. As for me, I am Pro-Peace and that is what matters here. Neither side is in the right, but Israel is guilty of an egregious slaughter that must end.

I'm not trying to get into an argument here but it's not fair to be so critical of Israel when it's Hamas who are hiding their rocket sites in populated areas. Every nation has the right to defend themselves and anybody who cries war crimes for every damn little thing in the world drives me insane. At what point should the Palestinian Authority to be responsible for terrorist in there region? This whole thing brings me to the point that we need to stop babying the world. People need to man up.
Anonymous

Every little thing? You have got to be joking right? You think the deaths of 450 innocent civilians is a little thing? You think almost 3,000 injuries is a little thing? You think thousands of bombings in a 13 day period is a little thing? Let’s make one thing very clear - Hamas is not Gaza. Hamas is a percentage of the 1.8 million people of Gaza who have rockets raining down on their heads. Those people do not deserve to die because of an extremist percentage of the population.  It is completely fair to be excruciatingly critical of Israel when they are killing innocent people, especially children. No one needs to man up, that is part of the problem here. You have a bunch of men with guns and rockets comparing who has a bigger dick. What everyone needs to do is sit the fuck down and stop acting like primitive fools. We need to stop acting like war is a reasonable resolution and act like we have a bit of common sense.