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Living Gay in the Garden State: Collingswood


It’s no surprise that Garden State Equality has its southern base in Collingswood — a Jersey oasis just seven miles from Philadelphia.

You can buy tickets to Gay Day at Six Flags at Grooveground on Haddon Avenue; call up the local chapter of PFLAG, for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; take in this year’s 4th Annual Southern New Jersey Gay Pride Festival or simply go to church at welcoming congregations, such as Holy Trinity Episcopal.

In this picturesque town where actor Michael Landon of “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie” once went to school, there’s a sense of easiness in being just who you are, says Michael Snyder, who runs the Grooveground Coffeebar with his longtime partner, Christopher Rocco.

Partners Mike Snyder, left, and Chris Rocco at their coffee shop, Grooveground.

[Partners Mike Snyder, left, and Chris Rocco at their coffee shop, Grooveground.]

“They’re just very — open is not the right word — a very, very caring and close-knit community, from one end of the town to the other end of the town,” Snyder says…

Why We Love It

• Great business community: Lots of great shops and restaurants to choose from. No need to travel into the city for a date night, some shopping or just to hang out, listen to music and have some coffee.

• Strong community spirit: Residents of the borough are active in community organizations and town activities and there is a great, open and welcoming spirit to the town.

• Great place to live: The town is beautiful. From Knights Park to the streets near Cooper River, everyone takes great care of their homes with pride.

• Events: Collingswood is known for its town events, from arts and crafts festivals, such as Mayfair, the Before the Bridge Music Festival, Second Saturday and a dozen other things throughout the year.

• Supportive borough administration: From the mayor and commissioners to the public works team, all members of government show pride in what they do and support the community at large.

Love my town!



The Loneliest Whale in the World.

In 2004, The New York Times wrote an article about the loneliest whale in the world. Scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem:

She isn’t like any other baleen whale. Unlike all other whales, she doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t have a family. She doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn’t have a lover. She never had one. Her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. But her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. It is unique—while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25hz, she sings at 52hz. You see, that’s precisely the problem. No other whales can hear her. Every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. Each cry ignored. And, with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.

Just imagine that massive mammal, floating alone and singing—too big to connect with any of the beings it passes, feeling paradoxically small in the vast stretches of empty, open ocean.

I can’t. I can’t.


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Fuck you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s response to Kings Of Leon’s refusal to grant rights for one of their songs to appear on Glee, from the Hollywood Reporter.  Apparently deciding that you have enough money and declining the “privilege” of having your song neutered to serve some saccharine pseudo-storyline makes you a self-centered asshole?

Also, I love that Ryan Murphy come to the defense of the 7-year-olds with “Fuck you”.

Look up hubris in the dictionary.

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Also, when people use “hate on,” they immediately become Colie from The Real World in my head and I cannot take them seriously. 

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