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Study for LGB Latina/o Individuals [24 Nov 2010|05:45pm]

Hello! My name is Brandon Velez, and I am a graduate student in the University of Florida’s Psychology Department.  I am conducting a study that I hope will contribute to understanding the experiences and well-being of Latina/o lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Participation will involve completing a survey online and will take approximately 30 minutes. Because your participation is very important to this goal, I hope that you will set aside time to complete this study. 

In order to participate you must:

·         be 18 years of age or older

·         reside in the United States

·         identify as Latina/o or Hispanic

·         identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or some other sexual minority status (e.g., queer, questioning)

If you would like to participate and you identify as a woman, please follow this link:



If you would like to participate and you identify as a man, please follow this link:



Thank you VERY much in advance for your time and effort!  Please feel free to pass on this link to other people who might be eligible.  


If you have any question about this study, please feel free to contact me at velezbl@gmail.com. This research has been approved by the University of Florida’s Institutional Review Board (UFIRB#2010-U-0579).


Brandon Velez, B.S.

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Bisected Mind [30 Apr 2009|11:39am]

Just thought I'd share and for those of you who are still uncomfortable in your sexuality, you're not alone. :)

My body holds mystery
a shadow and doubt
Have I failed as a human if I can't understand
why a cute pout
sends me spinning
why it sends me wishing
to touch soft skin, soft breasts
when I have a pair of my own

Do I have some sin to atone
for when I can fall into the arms
of woman
or man
and be complete?

Do I have a curse between my legs, between my breasts
a heart that beats out of my control
and a cloud that tells me
you're different

No rest, no peace for my reeling mind
seeking resolve
seeking identity
looking, clinging to others like me
if and when the love of my life falls into my lap
will I be banned from home
denied heaven
if that person is called

My soul knows my heart is good
but my body betrays
and I find myself falling
and so grasp those who help me feel
somewhat human...

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[28 Apr 2009|02:05pm]

I'm 17 and new to this community but not new to bisexuality. I've encountered much resistance and prejudice because of it despite the fact that I live in southern Cali. Email if you ever want to talk i've come to find some very good solutions to these problems :)
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good morning [16 Apr 2007|09:32am]

is anyone from the triad area of NC?
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[15 Feb 2007|06:58pm]


hi, im  new to this community.  im 22, female.   

i dont know if this is the right one for me.  if you have any  suggestions, please tell me if you know a better community.  i am confused about my orientation.  for the longest time, i was sure i was straight.  but, now i always think about other girls.  i check them out.  look at their bodies, and think about what it would like to kiss them.  i seriously dont know if i am bi or a lesbian.  any1 went thru something similar???

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[05 Feb 2007|03:40pm]

is anyone here from the triad area of NC?
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[02 Jan 2007|09:04pm]
Hey. I'm new here. My name is Tracy, I'm 17 and I live in Massachusetts. I'm just looking for new friends to talk to. Especially new girls. I haven't been with a girl or had a girlfriend in a long time. So feel free to add me :)

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[03 Nov 2006|09:26pm]

I don't know what to do anymore. I feel like killing myself tonight. I sometimes feel like that would be best. I'm done. I ask myself what would happen if I went to the kitchen and got a knife and took it to the bathroom and ran a hot bath and felt it slice through my wrist. and the hot sticky flow to my appendage. just a thought. it feels like there's no hope. i hate this. I feel like giving up.
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...... [10 Oct 2005|04:15pm]
[ mood | aggravated ]

im bicrurios so look

o god another day of misery and sorrow awaits me as i ask why i have all of these disorders that made me loose feeling for the guy whom wouldnt ever hurt me or my body.i ask why.
his feeling about me faded away.
i didnt realize and opened my eyes.
but krama has gotten me again.
and im feeling heart broken and wrothless also hopeless.

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[05 Aug 2005|08:32am]

[ mood | busy ]

face lies shattered by the door

Friday, August 5th, 2005

8:22 am
Prozzak Lyrics

Be As Lyrics

Julie wants to get out of town
She needs to settle down
Move to a place where no one knows her
Lisa just had to get away
Nothing could make her stay
Tired of living under cover

Everybody knows somebody trying to get free

Be as white as you want to
Be as black as you want to
Be as brown as you want to
Don't let anybody stop you

Be as straight as you want to
Be as gay as you want to
You can wait if you want to
We all need something to hold on to

And if there is a way that you and I could both be free
Have a little understanding and we will be

Daniel moved to another school
Alliances can be cruel
When you're alone without nobody

Michael begged Jen to take a stand
And fight for the love they had
But she'd rather deal with being lonely

Everybody's got somebody telling them what to be


And if there is a way that you and I could both be free
Have a little understanding and we will be

Na na na na na na...
And if there is a way that you and I could both be free
Have a little understanding and we will be


Be as shy as you want to
Be as loud as you want to
Be as small as you want to
Don't let anybody stop you

Be as thin as you want to
Be as fat as you want to
Be as short as you want to
We all need someone to hold on to

Cat saw me listening to this one day, and I was dancing(I hardly ever dance). So she drew me, I was wearing a corset, a short skirt, and fishnet stockings. And I think my runners. 'Twas cool. Anyways, that is my story behind this song.

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[03 Aug 2005|07:37pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I love drawing the female faerie as a nude...It's fun...

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[31 Jul 2005|11:03pm]

Hey- this is
I've just got a new lj so I thought I'd tell ya'll
I wont be using this one until my paid account is up on the old one tho :)
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Umm, Hi. [02 Jul 2005|08:52pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hello all,
I'm new to the community.
I'm bored out of my mind,
just looking for good conversation as I sit and watch live8

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[17 Jun 2005|11:48pm]

I’m sorry for this but my friend made this community and I’m co-mod and just please join…no it’s not another dumb rating community

please just check it outCollapse )
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[28 May 2005|08:24pm]

So, I'm trying my hand at digital art and I need some help. This is my first EVER photo manipulation and I need it critiques, and to paraphrase myself from my last post, "here's something better than a promo."
This is my former roommate when she posed for me. The actual shoot was a hear-speak-see no evil shoot and then we worked with masked so that I could do a project for a class. I never knew what to do with these images until the other night when I just decided to play around with photshop so here they are.
Angels/DemonsCollapse )
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Pimpin PL on LJ [23 May 2005|11:41pm]

[ mood | complacent ]

I'm sorry that my first post in here is a pimp for another community, I promise that i'll make a decent post tomorrow.


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[16 May 2005|08:18pm]
The Grinch who stole Gay Marriage.
by Mary Ann Horton, Lisa and Bill Koontz

(with apologies to Dr. Suess.)

Every Gay down in Gayville liked Gay Marriage a lot......
But the Grinch, who lived just east of Gayville, did NOT!!

The Grinch hated happy Gays! The whole Marriage season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, his Florsheims were too tight.
But I think the most likely reason of all was
His heart and brain were two sizes too small.

"And they're buying their tuxes!" he snarled with a sneer,
"Tomorrow's the first Gay Wedding! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find some way to stop Gay Marriage from coming!"

For, tomorrow, he knew... All the Gay girls and boys
would wake bright and early. They'd rush for their vows!
And then! Oh, the Joys! Oh, the Joys!

And THEN they'd do something he liked least of all!
Every Gay down in Gayville the tall and the small,
would stand close together, all happy and blissing.
They'd stand hand-in-hand. And the Gays would start kissing!

"I MUST stop Gay Marriage from coming! ...But HOW?"

Then he got an idea! An awful idea!

"I know what to do!" The Grinch laughed in his throat.
And he went to his closet, grabbed his sheet and his hood.
And he chuckled, and clucked, with a great Grinchy word!
"With this beard and this cross, I look just like our Lord!"

"All I need is a Scripture..." The Grinch looked around.
But, true Scripture is scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch...? No! The Grinch simply said,
"With no Scripture on Marriage, I'll fake one instead!"
"It's one man and one woman," the Grinch falsely said.

Then he broke in the courthouse. A rather tight pinch.
But, if Georgie could do it, then so could the Grinch.
The little Gay benefits hung in a row.
"These bennies," he grinned, "are the first things to go!"

Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most uncanny,
around the whole room, and he took every benny!
Health care for partners! Doctors for kiddies!
Tax rights! Adoptions! Pensions and Wills!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, with a chill,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, in his bill.

Then he slunk to the kitchen, and stole Wedding Cake.
He cleaned out that icebox and made it look straight.
He took the Gay-bar keys! He took the Gay Flag.
Why, that Grinch even took their last Gay birdseed bag!

"And NOW!" grinned the Grinch, "I will pocket their Rings."
And the Grinch grabbed the Rings, and he started to shove
when he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast, and off flew his hood.
Little Lisa-Bi Gay behind him sadly stood.
The Grinch had been caught by small Lisa-Bi.
She stared at the Grinch and said, "My, oh, my, why?"
"Why are you taking our Wedding Rings? WHY?"

But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
"Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Shepherd sneered,
"The judges are evil, the other states weird."
"I'll fix the rings there and I'll bring them back here."

It was quarter past dawn... All the Gays, still a-bed,
all the Gays still a-snooze when he packed up and fled.
"Pooh-Pooh to the Gays!" he was grinch-ish-ly humming.
"They're finding out now no Gay Marriage is coming!"
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
then the Gays down in Gayville will all cry Boo-Hoo!"

He stared down at Gayville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Gay down in Gayville, the tall and the small,
was kissing! Without any bennies at all!
He HADN'T stopped Marriage from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?"
"It came without lawyers, no papers to sort!"
"It came without licenses, came without courts!"
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe Marriage," he thought, "doesn't come from the court.
Maybe Marriage...perhaps... comes right from the heart.
Maybe Marriage comes from all the words the Gays say.
Words like Husband, like Wedding, and Spouse who is Gay."
And what happened then...? Well...in Gayville they say
that the Grinch's small brain grew three sizes that day!

And the Gays had their Weddings. They promised for life.
They swore to be faithful, to Wife and her Wife.
The Husbands were happy, to each other they vowed
To be Out and be Honest, be Gay and be Proud.
They told all their neighbors and friends of their Spouse,
They told of their Marriage and sharing their house.
They said "We got Married." They shouted it loud.
Their marital status was "Married and Proud."

And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light.
And he brought back the rings, cake and Gay birdseed bags!
And he... ...HE HIMSELF... hung the Gay Rainbow Flag!
The Lord looked down, at the proud and the tall,
and said "These are my children, and I love them all."

The moral of this story is that we don't need a piece of paper and the
approval of the state to get married. We can just get married. Instead
of having a committment ceremony, we can have a wedding. Instead of
partners, we can have husbands and wives. Instead of calling our
relationship a Domestic Partnership or a Civil Union, we can call it a
Marriage. Whether any government recognizes it is separate from what we
call it. It's a free country and we can call ourselves what we like.

In 5 or 10 or 20 years, with plenty of visible same-sex married
couples, the world won't see us as strange or scary, we're just the
married couple down the street that happens to be gay. Eventually, the
legal recognization of our marriages will follow.

If we allow ourselves to voluntarily sit in the back of the bus, we'll
never make any progress. Rosa Parks had to sit in the front of the bus
to make a difference. We must as well.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Mary Ann Horton. Permission granted to copy in
whole, with attribution. This is a parody of "How the Grinch Stole
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[22 Apr 2005|07:00am]

[ mood | bored ]

Morning people. I hope everyone had a great nite last nite.

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O.M.G [21 Apr 2005|08:38pm]

[ mood | so damn sleepy ]

I can't beleive that tonite is thursday and I still don't have a date for prom. I mean my weird but cool teacher said that I should go with a bunch of friends. Which is cool because me and my friends get along really well. New topic: Guys are so Sh!ty who will be from here on out known as G.A.s.S. I asked three guys out to my school dance and they all turned me down I guarentee That if I asked a gurl she would say yea. G.A.s.S errrr I so hate guys! Well right now I am tired so I am going to go to bed, I hope that I can get to sleep without fantasizing about people.



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Coming out of the closet....? ? .... or not..... ?? Hmmmmm [21 Apr 2005|09:28am]

[ mood | confused ]

It's kinda scary to think about telling some of my friends that I'm bi because
a)I wonder how it will impact the way they think of me as a whole
b)I'm afraid they'll think that I have been/will be/could be attracted to them
c)They may feel as though I've been lying to them this whole time
or d)Maybe they'll be hurt that I hadn't told them up until now.

Kinda whacky isn't it. I mean, you have this identity... right? ...and then you're just gonna go switch it up on people? For what purpose.... so I have peace of mind? I think to myself "I could still have peace of mind and accept myself without telling my close friends." but then, you see, I am not able to really "be myself" with them because there is this major part of me that I'm shadowing out... and if I really accept myself than why am I shadowing it out? ????

So many questions pertaining to this. And I'm still sober. Praise God for that!!!

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