viernes, agosto 30, 2013

A veces pienso que:

Que no se confunda la paz con no hacer nada, el respeto es la expresión de la paz, la indiferencia un tipo de guerra.

miércoles, agosto 21, 2013


Me gusta la gente complicada, la gente rara, la que se admite defectuosa pero se sabe funcional.
Me gusta la que gente que cree en la palabra antes de usarla, la que no supone sino que pregunta.
Me gustan las personas con historia, las Cesárias descalzas, las Chavelas tristes.
Las noches frías color Violeta Parra.
Las madrugadas como el mejor momento del día.
Me gusta la gente complicada, cuya pasión no le cabe en el cuerpo.
La que siente miedo pero el miedo no le impide hacer nada.
La que educa su angustia para que no vaya mordiendo a todo el mundo.
Me gusta la gente rara, la que se equivoca, la que se anuncia, la que pelea, la que lo admite, la que perdona, la que se queda y la que sobre todo sabe irse.
Porque marcharse es un arte que no le queda bien a todo el mundo.
Entonces si no le sirve la mente para desarmarme, la boca para decirme y las manos para domarme,
es mejor, y admito sobre todas las cosas, que no me busque.

lunes, agosto 19, 2013

No Soy Tu Chiste (Edición Especial)

Dijo una vez John Lennon: 
"Vivimos en un mundo donde nos escondemos para hacer el amor, mientras la violencia se practica a plena luz del día." 

Entonces allá afuera un montón de gente considera obsceno lo que realmente es natural.

No Soy Tu Chiste la primera campaña viral de Venezuela cuya intención es sensibilizar sobre la comunidad LGBTI por medio del Arte. No Soy Tu Chiste, es una campaña creada por Daniel Arzola (@Arzola_d) En vista de los recientes actos violentos ocurridos contra la comunidad sexo diversa en Venezuela. No Soy tu Chiste maneja la filosofía de que no todos somos iguales, pero merecemos ser tratados del mismo modo. Si quieres compartir tu opinión puedes hacerlo en twitter con el tag #NoSoyTuChiste , puedes seguir la página en facebook y compartir los posters para apoyar la causa.

domingo, agosto 18, 2013

A veces pienso que:

El machismo es un síntoma bien notable de esa famosa enfermedad llamada "Estupidez Humana".

miércoles, agosto 07, 2013

“I'm Not a Joke” – An Interview with Daniel Arzola

Fotografía por Luis Abraham Castillo

Daniel Arzola is a 24-year-old artist from Venezuela, whose work I came across when browsing “gay rights” related posts on Tumblr. Someone had posted a few of his “No Soy Tu Chiste” 
(“I Am Not a Joke”) campaign posters (described by Daniel as a “campaign spreading awareness for the LGBTI community through art and design”). I was impressed and thought they were extremely effective, so I downloaded them on my computer to post to my Facebook page Gay Marriage Oregon.

Have you lived in Venezuela your whole life?
-Yes, I have lived here my whole life; in fact, I have never had the opportunity of getting to know another country. That forms part of a dream that I still haven’t fulfilled.
Are you LGBT?
-Yes, since I can remember I have been gay.
What are things like for LGBT people in Venezuela?
-It depends. On TV, gay people are mocked, lesbians are seen as a male heterosexual fantasy, and the trans community is invisible. On the street, a simple gesture of care between same-sex individuals can bring some problems. The issue is that in a society as violent as the Venezuelan one, it’s hard to identify hate crimes. In fact, there is some silence regarding the matter. LGBT identities are typically generalized; everyone thinks that if you’re gay you must be feminine, be manly if you’re a lesbian, and that all transgender people are gay.
How long have you been creating art?
-Art has been the translator and catalyzer of my world. I used to draw much more than I spoke. When I write a story, a poem, or design an illustration, it’s my way of giving what I feel a form. Therefore, since I can remember, art has been a part of me. If I have a lot to say, I am going to make a lot things; I’ve written more than 300 poems.
Why did you start the “I’m Not a Joke” campaign?
-This question has a lot of answers. I grew up being attacked for being different; I’m an Aspie, and I’m gay. People would find something “weird” about me, and consequently would attack and make fun of me.
On one occasion, some neighbors tied me to an electrical post and threw fireworks at my feet. I was able to get out of that one, but some people don’t. In my city, a boy was burned alive for being gay. As he left school he was sprayed with gasoline and had a match thrown at him. Not a single means of communication here said anything about it.
“I’m Not a Joke” is about the art against bullying; it’s about knowledge against ignorance.  Mockery is a model for violence.
How long did it take you to create the posters? How many different ones are there? Will you be making more?
-At the moment there are 36 published posters; every one of them has variations in three languages. I am hoping to make 50 posters. I still have a lot of things to say; I am just giving way for them.
The poster I took the most time with took me three or four days to make; the rest take me about a day to make.
The process that takes the longest for me is forming them in my head and being satisfied with it. This can take weeks.
What are your goals for the project?
-My goal, dream, objective, or whatever it can be called is to take this to the streets, to see it in a bus stop, at the metro station, in schools. I would like to be able to go to other countries that appreciate this kind of work more. There are people out there that feel guilty of being who they are; that blame doesn’t belong to them.
There are lots of people that need to know that nobody has the right to hurt them for being different, that being different makes us valuable, and that it’s our right to be treated equally.
You can find Daniel Arzola on Facebook and Twitter (his personal Twitter and the “I Am Not a Joke” Twitter), and you can also visit his online store. $1 from each t-shirt sold will be donated to his campaign.

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