Orthodox Jews “Cutting Out” Genders

The White House’s “Situation Room” photograph has inspired (as any photo that is now the most-viewed photograph on Flickr) a number of spoofs, including a photograph of what makes Obama look like he was playing video games when he was observing the operation that led to bin Laden’s death. (There are other examples, too, however, this was by the far the most original.)

Those, however, were done in reasonably good humor. Continue reading

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A Rather Worthy Metaphor: The Boogiemonster

When I came out to my friend, she, being a both caring friend who needed some explanation and a writer who takes would stop at nothing to get a good story, asked what it felt like to be in the closet, gay, possibly transgender (the committee is still out on that one, so stay tuned), and not be able to tell anyone.

At first, I answered that it was lonely, like there was no one else around me to talk to, and that it was dark and scary in the closet — I joked that whenever I tried to move, all of the clothes hanging inside the closet with me made nosies that were freaky and caused me to never move. Continue reading

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Gay (and possibly transgender) in the Orthodox Community: Part I of an an ongoing series

I created The Teen’s Blog only a few days after coming out to one of my closest friends, but no one else. So, to backtrack a little: I first discovered that I was gay (or something like that), when I was around 12 years old, in the typical pre-teenager style (I don’t think that needs any further explanation). At first, I denied it. I wasn’t feeling well that day, I told myself (which was true — I was home sick on the fateful day), I was horny, and I had no idea what I wanted as a 12-year-old.

And so, for almost four years, I rejected  the fact that I was gay, and I didn’t even think about the fact that I might be transgender. Throughout middle school, I went out with girls in an effort to convince myself that I was, indeed, straight, and that my being turned on by watching to gays going at it was a mere fluke — I wasn’t gay, just horny, sick, and confused.  Continue reading

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Closer to the End Than We Thought?

I’ve been following the slow process to the repealing of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy closely on my other blogs, which are now retired. This is a continuation of the aforementioned coverage.

Last Tueday, the conservative gay political group, the Log Cabin Republicans, asked the Obama administration to immediately repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy even though the Pentagon can reach a final verdict on how to implement the repealing of the law, originally passed in 1993 under the Clinton Administration.

Under the terms of the (hopefully) soon to be repealed law, gays and lesbians were told to keep their sexual orientation to themselves, in an effort to make everyone feel comfortable. Repealing this law would, finally, allow gays (like myself) and lesbians to serve openly in the army.

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Photo Shoot: The New York City Subway, Part I

The following are some of my first ever pictures that I’d taken of the New York City Subway, and are finally ready for me to exhibit:

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The Brooklyn College-Flatbush Avenue Station

This was one of the first pictures that I’d taken in, and is the station sign inside the Brooklyn College-Flatbush Avenue (2)/(5) station. This mosaic is parallel to the outbound track (track #2), where (5) trains layover when they are running.

 

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Interior FIND sign for the (5) train

This picture, cropped into a banner, is the last stop sign for the (5) train when entering Brooklyn College.

 

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A view of the Canal Street (6) station, as a (5) train passes through on the express track.

This photo, possibly one of my favorites, was taken as the (5) Express train to Brooklyn passed through Canal Street Station. This photo was taken during one of the (5) train’s long express stretches between stations; here, between Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall and Union Square. This later became my profile picture for WordPress.

 

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A departing (4) train on the outbound express track at Grand Central-42nd Street

While waiting for a (5) train to Brooklyn at Grand Central Terminal, I got this excellent shot of a (4) train to what should be Crown Heights-Utica Avenue right before it left the station. You can tell that the train was already moving by the time that I had taken the picture, because the person sitting by the window on the bottom-left corner’s face is blurry.

These pictures are all from “A Division” of the Subway, on tracks built originally by the IRT in the early twentieth century. I hope to soon edit and upload some of my photos from the “B Division” (originally the BMT and the IND systems) soon.

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Hello Blogosphere!

Hello, everyone!

Although not my  first attempt at blogging — I have had several others which are currently resting in the great graveyard of retired blogs in the heavens — I hope to keep this website updated regularly.

Just a little bit about myself (in case you’re too lazy to see the About page): I am a Conservadox-Jewish gay teenager living technically in New York, but what many consider to already be the much-mocked suburbia; as proof, I say that I go to school “In the city.” As mentioned before, I have made several other forays into the blogosphere, and I hope that this will be more successful than the others. I am also a creative writer (both prose and poetry) and an amateur photographer to boot. I have also worked as a lighting designer for my school’s theatrical productions. (At one point, I also tried to do some acting, however, it did not work out.)

As a commuter, I get to spend tons of time listening to music on the subway, and some of my favorite bands are Angels and Airwaves and Owl City. I also read Oscar Wilde, Robert Frost, and a wide assortment of authors of whom there are too many to name.

On the The Teen’s Blog, I hope to publish frequently and upload some of my better photos from my shoots. At present, I have been photographing the NYC Subway, a personal interest of mine. At some point or another, I should have a Twitter account up and running.

Happy blogging!

UPDATE (11:08 PM): I am now on Twitter: @theteensblog

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