LaTia's World

Wishing on a star...

Stolen from someone, somewhere...
latia
Age: 28

Where did you grow up: Chicago

What do you call:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Pond?

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
A Cart.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
Lunch Bag

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Skillet

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
Love Seat... or a couch i suppose a love seat seats only 2 people.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Gutter

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
Porch

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
Pop

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
Pancaks

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Sub

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Speedo

12. Shoes worn for sports.
Gym Shoes

13. Putting a room in order.
Cleaning up

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
Firefly or lightning bug (usually firefly)

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
Rolly-poly

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
See-saw

17. How do you eat your pizza?
Held by the crust, folded if it's big enough

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Garage Sale

19. What's the evening meal?
Dinner

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
Basement

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Water Fountain

Pow Wow
latia
Tonight I went to 'Pow Wow' for the first time. I am amazed. I am in love. I wanna go back several thousand times. It was the first time I truly felt in a safe space with women who look like me. There were black lesbians from every different spectrum on the scale. All expressing their souls and being the beautiful black beings they are. I am inspired to write poety now. No matter how good my poetry is, I feel like it will be welcomed. It was such a warm and inviting and accepting environment there. I loved it. I will be going back again and again. And I got to see my fav part of south shore drive and remind myself why I am in love with it. *SIGH* I must say, today was a good day.

It's my 28th!
latia
So, it's my 28th Birthday and I feel... good! I have EXTREMELY positive  hopes for this year. From March of 2010 to March of 2011, a lot of  great and amazing things will happen. Isn't that exciting? Thanks Universe for making it so!

IF MARCH 9 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: This is a great year to look at your options and find the best course of action. Professional gains are possible if you take the necessary actions. Added discipline and a broader outlook will contribute to your success and lead you to a challenge that can turn into something spectacular. Your numbers are 9, 13, 18, 20, 25, 31, 42.

IF MARCH 9 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin (1934-1968) shares your birthday today. You're highly intuitive and sensitive, and you're curious about everything. You're powerful, and you have a strong magnetic quality that attracts others, especially children. You're very psychic. You have a kind, compassionate, nurturing nature. Nevertheless, you are a free thinker with original ideas. Always trust your intuition. A lovely, social year ahead awaits you. (Enjoy warm friendships.)

I am the little engine that could!!!! And did!

hmmm
latia
Good Day January 4th 2010. What will this decade hold for me?

Good Day...
latia
Well well-  As always, there has been a lapse in time between posts. Real posts.

Updates?

Job- Kaplan... doing well and liking it very much!

Car- Finally fixed after 3 months of being out of commission... thanks Grandma!

GF- The one and only love of my life... My Brandy Bear

And it's summer. Chicago Pride is coming up at the end of the month. Excited am I? YES! I have friends coming from Iowa (Joy and Sarah), from Detriot (Brandy, Melissa), and back home.. SHAWN! It'll be a huge group of us, plus Dean, Karen and Sandra so,  it should be a WAY better time than it was last year. This past weekend was Midsomerfest, which as always is AMAZING! I actually had a lot fo fun. Hung out with my Boi Toiz, and my sis and her gf. Went both days and had tons of fun. Visited Detriot pride last weekend, which was a blast too! Um, I may be performing at Pridefest... fun fun! I quite Lane Bryant for now (surprise surprise), yeah life is tugging along quite well for me at this point. I could complain about how far away my gf is and how I miss her day and night, how the bills keep piling up, or how the Calendar says June, but the weather feels like March... but I choose to focus on the Positive. I mean, My gf and I get to see each other at least once a month, so thats always a treat to look foward to, I am doing what I need to do to handle my debt, and the weather could be a lot worse. Tho if it rains on Pride, I might cry and punch somebody. Well, that is all... til next time...

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latia
I am sleepy... its 12:34am... 1234 heh. I  should be sleep. Excited about Detroit pride and visiting my gf. Lovin' Kaplan and life. Thanks Grandma! G'night.

Iowa legalizes gay marriage!
latia

I'm moving back to AMES! Whose coming with me?!


Iowa high court legalizes gay marriage in state


Laura Fefchak, right, and Nancy Robinson, center, of Urbandale, Iowa, react to AP – Laura Fefchak, right, and Nancy Robinson, center, of Urbandale, Iowa, react to the ruling from the Iowa …
By AMY LORENTZEN, Associated Press Writer Amy Lorentzen, Associated Press Writer 42 mins ago

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage Friday in a unanimous and emphatic decision that makes Iowa the third state — and the first in the nation's heartland — to allow same-sex couples to wed.

In its decision, the high court upheld a lower court's ruling that found a state law restricting marriage to between a man and woman violated Iowa's constitution.

"We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective," the Supreme Court wrote in its decision. "The Legislature has excluded a historically disfavored class of persons from a supremely important civil institution without a constitutionally sufficient justification."

The ruling set off celebration among the state's gay-marriage proponents.

"Iowa is about justice, and that's what happened here today," said Laura Fefchak, who was hosting a verdict party in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale with partner of 13 years, Nancy Robinson.

Robinson added: "To tell the truth, I didn't think I'd see this day."

Richard Socarides, an attorney and former senior adviser on gay rights to President Clinton, said the ruling carries extra significance coming from Iowa.

"It's a big win because, coming from Iowa, it represents the mainstreaming of gay marriage. And it shows that despite attempts stop gay marriage through right-wing ballot initiatives, like in California, the courts will continue to support the case for equal rights for gays," he said.

Its opponents were equally dismayed.

"I would say the mood is one of mourning right now in a lot of ways, and yet the first thing we did after internalizing the decision was to walk across the street and begin the process of lobbying our legislators to let the people of Iowa vote," said Bryan English, spokesman for the conservative group the Iowa Family Policy Center.

"This is an issue that will define (lawmakers') leadership. This is not a side issue."

The Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr., pastor at the Maple Street Baptist Church in Des Moines, went to the Supreme Court building to hear of the decision.

"It's a perversion and it opens the door to more perversions," Ratliff said. "What's next?"

Technically, the decision will take about 21 days to be considered final and a request for a rehearing could be filed within that period.

But Polk County Attorney John Sarcone said his office will not ask for a rehearing, meaning the court's decision should take effect after that three-week period.

"Our Supreme Court has decided it, and they make the decision as to what the law is and we follow Supreme Court decisions," Sarcone said. "This is not a personal thing. We have an obligation to the law to defend the recorder, and that's what we do."

That means it will be at least several weeks before gay and lesbian couples can seek marriage licenses.

Sarcone said gay marriage opponents can't appeal the case at the state or federal level because they were not party to the lawsuit and no federal issue was raised in the case.

Opponents can try and persuade Iowa lawmakers to address the issue, but state Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said it's "exceedingly unlikely" gay marriage legislation will be brought up this session, expected to end within weeks. He also said he's "not inclined to call up a constitutional amendment," during next year's session.

The case had been working its way through Iowa's court system since 2005 when Lambda Legal, a New York-based gay rights organization, filed a lawsuit on behalf of six gay and lesbian Iowa couples who were denied marriage licenses. Some of their children are also listed as plaintiffs.

The suit named then-Polk County recorder and registrar Timothy Brien.

The state Supreme Court's ruling upheld an August 2007 decision by Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson, who found that a state law allowing marriage only between a man and a woman violates the state's constitutional rights of equal protection.

The Polk County attorney's office, arguing on behalf of Brien, claimed that Hanson's ruling violates the separation of powers and said the issue should be left to the Legislature.

Lambda Legal planned to comment on the ruling later Friday. A request for comment from the Polk County attorney's office wasn't immediately returned.

Gov. Chet Culver, a Democrat, said the decision addresses a complicated and emotional issue.

"The next responsible step is to thoroughly review this decision, which I am doing with my legal counsel and the attorney general, before reacting to what it means for Iowa," Culver said in a statement.

Around the nation, only Massachusetts and Connecticut permit same-sex marriage. California, which briefly allowed gay marriage before a voter initiative in November repealed it, allows domestic partnerships.

New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont also offer civil unions, which provide many of the same rights that come with marriage. New York recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, and legislators there and in New Jersey are weighing whether to offer marriage. A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Vermont has cleared the Legislature but may be vetoed by the governor.

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Associated Press writers Marco Santana, Melanie S. Welte, Michael Crumb and Mike Glover in Des Moines, and Nigel Duara in Urbandale contributed to this report.

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On the Net:

Iowa Supreme Court: http://www.judicial.state.ia.us/

Lambda Legal: http://www.lambdalegal.org/


Caution your heart...
latia

Today's Horoscope for 11/25/08

Daily Singles:

As tempting as it may be to fall for someone new, don't get involved with stuff you are unsure of. Take the time to get to know this person better before you invest too much of yourself. Be careful with your heart.


Lesbians... and straight girls..
latia
Riddle me this Batman...

Why do some lesbians love straight women? Just curious...

I was talking to a friend of mine last night and she told me that she's only dated 1 lesbian, all the rest have been "straight" girls. What is the allure? The attraction? What is it about straight girls that make some lesbians (in my experience the more butch lesbians) choose them over the femme lesbians? There are plenty of femme lesbians, or even true bisexuals, that like girls and are not confused about it. I mean I get that some women are going through that coming out transition, but... most of these so called "straight" women who are curious and who mess around with lesbians just for the experience end up back with men anyway. And these lesbians end up with a broken heart time and time again? Does this really all go back to these lesbians liking the percieved competition they have with the straight male by vying for the attention of girls? So is it about the guy and not really about the women at all? Is it the "allure" of turing a straight girl out? Someone please answer this for me because I am so lost...

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latia
 Quick update:

Teresa called me, we made amends for now. Hopefully for good. Fun times drunk on a beach at night.

I just had a phone interview with Northwestern, we'll see what happens!

Dinner date with the fantas tonight! Excited!

New layout! Even more excited.

I kissed a girl and she liked it... she even asked me to go  home with her. But I didn't. Where are my Ho tendencies when I need them?

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