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Natalie Snyder
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As always: Artist at heart; salesman by circumstance.
As always: Artist at heart; salesman by circumstance.

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Some laughs to end a heavy day.
It's Saturday. Take a break and enjoy some internet-based hilarity with this week in memes! http://ow.ly/g8c99

NCOD.

Let’s assume you don’t know me. 

I will sketch a picture of what you might see if we bump into each other at the grocery. You’ll see a middle aged woman, with a couple/few kids tailing behind me. I’m casually dressed in jeans, some iteration of a t-shirt and checkered Vans  You may or may not notice my wedding band or that I’m driving an inexpensive American made car with no bumper stickers. In the general public, you’re not likely not think about who I am inside, what my dreams are or what kind of stuff I’m “into”. Your subconscious assumption will likely be married, straight, average-Jill white female. No one would challenge this. I am an anonymous woman in the grocery store. 

We all make presumptions about people. In my case, these outward characteristics will possibly get a door held open for me or kind looks from old people who remember when their children were that adorable or unruly. I am fortunate to be in this class of people who are met more easily with trust and kindness on the basis of these snap judgments. 

This advantage does not escape me. I sometimes feel a little guilty that I have things as easy as I do. Maybe that is why I do not challenge these assumptions... Until today.

I have been rolling this thing around in my head for since the last NCOD. I had an epiphany this past April. I was an occasional volunteer for the One Anchorage Campaign, the group behind ballot measure 5, the initiative to add gender and sexual identity to Anchorage’s equal rights laws. I did several nights of phone banking to try and sway undecided voters. It was suggested we make the calls personal, share our or our friends’ experiences, especially those of gender identity discrimination.

I have many friends in the LGBTQ community, so sharing of experiences was easy but my moment of clarity came via call recipient Mike Something-or-other who stumped me with the simplest, most obvious question. He asked me if I was gay. After a very long pause, I answered, "I guess I would call myself sexually ambiguous". 

This was not news to me, I have always known this thing that is not colored on my skin, but is part of who I am. Still, it was this moment when it dawned on me how rarely I’d said this out loud. But here I was telling Mike Q. Voter. There and then I realized: I am in the fucking closet.

I think it’s time to come out.

I've many times been the trusted first-friend-to-come-out-to. I’m a vocal community supporter. I love Pridefest and gay bars. I’m a go-to girl for petitions and volunteer opportunities. I’m an avid Facebook and Twitter human rights slacktivist. Natalie is in the closet? That’s really kind of absurd... if you knew me.  

So for a minute, assume you DO know me and accept my apology for being incognito for all this time. I really kind of thought you all knew.

To the LGBT community, I owe you this outing and my honesty. In the eventual, albeit gradual, acceptance of us, the more people who are out the better. I owe it to society to be a positive face of the LGBT movement.

To those who would presume sexuality is a simple binary, I present you an alternative view. Sexuality is a spectrum, with many shades of harmony and love. I am just another facet of the rainbow. 

Today is National Coming Out Day and today I declare I am bisexual. 

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Awesomesauce right here!  

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Education should be the cornerstone of our society - not an afterthought, and NOT a battleground. 

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whoo hoo

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Hey Writers - Check it - a teeny tiny survey.
If you consider yourself a writer, you can help me with my statistics final project. I have  quick three-question survey. Feel free to share this with anyone who also considers him or herself to be a writer. Thank you!

- Send replies only to beverly.bambury@gmail.com

- Responses will remain completely confidential and will be deleted from my account once they are collected.

- The survey closes August 4th, 2012.

Questions:

1 - Were you born: male, female, other/prefer not to say?

2 - Are you: right-handed, left-handed or fully ambidextrous?

3 - Is your primary genre: science fiction, fantasy, horror, or something else?

Thank you for taking a look!

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Please read today's Alaska Commons article by my friend Kokayi. 

Too many of us are asleep to the actions of our Congress. In our workaday life, it is hard to pay attention to all that goes on in DC. Seems unless it pisses off Fox news, or has entertainment value the media doesn't cover it and the talking heads don't saturate us with the information. 

Too often the average folks never know about the foolish things that happen in Congress until they have been voted on, the laws are passed and people are suffering. 

The self serving, stagnant 112th Congress has an issue with poor people. In a recession, and now on the forefront of a major drought, they want to cut food assistance. 

No matter your political lean you cannot argue: Almost ALL the money provided to the needy is injected right back in to the economy. THIS is actual stimulus. ACTUAL action for the American people. 

READ and ACT. Thanks so much
http://www.alaskacommons.com/2012/07/17/farrm-bill-in-jeopardy-and-if-it-passes-as-is-so-are-we/

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This is why I write; why I read. <3
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