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Warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual violence.
Zeke Thomas can't remember all that much from the night it happened. But he remembers enough.
He remembers meeting the guy at the bar. He remembers taking a sip of the drink — "something didn’t taste right," he can recall a year later. Then, everything went dark.
Thomas, the 28-year-old son of NBA legend Isiah Thomas, had been drugged.
As he explained to New York Magazine, he woke up the following morning — bleeding from an apparent assault that'd happened while he was unconscious — to the sight of his rapist handing him a glass of water.
"'That was great,'" the man said nonchalantly shortly before he left, Thomas recalled. "'Let’s hang out again.'”
Traumatized, Thomas didn't leave his apartment for two days: "I didn’t move," he noted. "I didn’t talk to anybody. I froze.”
Now, Thomas is sharing his story in hopes that more survivors, particularly gay men like himself, will open up about their own experiences. And, as his new PSA highlights, he also wants everyone listening to survivors to understand how to be there for them.
Thomas is the first male ambassador for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).
It's vital to note that women, as a whole, are much more likely to experience sexual violence in their lifetime. But Thomas, who is openly gay, is part of a community that's also disproportionately affected by rape and assault.
There's an "epidemic of sexual violence in the LGBTQ community," according to the Human Rights Campaign, which notes that gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women are often more at-risk of sexual assault and more often denied access to the type of post-assault services they need.
As a survivor and queer man of color, Thomas is one voice that certainly deserves to be heard on this issue.
“I want every young black, brown, white gay kid to know that we’re going to breathe," Thomas told New York Magazine. "We’re going to keep going. We’re going to keep marching.”
Watch Thomas in the PSA for NSVRC below:
* Royally Screwed by Emma Chase -- which reminded me of why I'm generally speaking not a fan of contemporary romance novels. This was recommended by the ladies at SmartBitches and on sale for $1.99 which is how I got suckered into grabbing it. Also I thought I needed to read it to appreciate the sequel. (I really didn't.)
( Royally Screwed by Emma Chase )
* Royally Matched by Emma Chase
( review below )
I won't be reading any more by her. They were okay. But not worth spending more time or money on. Flirted with "The King's Bought Bride" but once again, same trite tropes...broke elementary school substitute teacher/art gallery temp is hired by rich prince to pose as his wife for one year, in exchange for paying off her brother's debts and drug rehab. I found the set-up somewhat interesting, but the writing didn't work for me in the sample and ...I wanted a stronger heroine.
2. What I'm Reading Now
Witches of Karres by John Schmitz -- I think. On Kindle, I was reading Kerrigyn Byrn's The Highlander. But I think I will attempt Witches instead, if I like it, I might buy on Kindle. I don't like reading paperbacks, I find them tough on the eyes.
Also I'm hard on books and I'm borrowing this one from a co-worker.
I don't know what I'm reading next.
Do I be happy or sad? I can't tell.
Unfortunately, all the Freshman shows whose renewals I'm antsy about-Powerless, Timeless, and Emerald City-are NBC, and it doesn't look goof for any of them.
Date: April 27, 2017
Today South Africans celebrate Freedom Day! The first post-apartheid elections were held on this date in 1994, and each year this important event is remembered with a public holiday.
Today's Doodle honors choirmaster, poet, and composer Enoch Sontonga, who wrote the first version of Africa’s democratic national anthem, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (“God Bless Africa”), in 1897. Over the years, the song developed and gained popularity, even making it to a London recording studio in 1923. It later merged with the country’s other anthem, “Die Stem” (“The Call of South Africa”).
Location: South Africa
Today I set about finding a place to stay. Since I'm 5 states away, I outsourced this to a property management group and it actually worked out. the places they're showing me are within my price range and nice. I asked my contact there to set up a viewing, so hopefully soon, I'll have a place set aside in Georgia to stay.
The last thing I have to do is negotiate a time to actually leave. My intent was the last week of June. Turns out: that's the literally worst time since I wrote the certification system and that's when we're certifying. Goddamn it. I'm still going to move my stuff in June, but when I'll join it, who knows.
Age: I watched the Challenger explode live at school when I was in the 5th grade.
Location: Small Town, USA
Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm an artist / a creator/ a starry-eyed optimistic. I'm an introvert, a smart ass, and I say fuck a lot. (Don't worry, it offends me too) I live on a farm. I have muddy boots, painted fingernails, my own business, and a large collection of bungee cords. This is my fifth sentence.
Top 5 Fandoms: If you want to consider them as such... veg*n food, my husband, marketing/design, cruelty-free living, daydreaming
I mostly post about: Daily ramblings. Farm life. People in my life. Work. Smart ass things I should leave unsaid, so I write them instead.
I rarely post about: Politics & religion. I steer clear of both.
My last three posts were about:
-- Awkward encounters all day long
-- A trainwreck of an issue with a former friend
-- Whacking the fuck out of my leg while feeding the goats
How often do you post? Daily, for the most part. My writing style fluctuates greatly with my moods. I reserve the right to not make any sense at any given time as well as the right to make you think that six totally different people are writing in my journal. I even entertain myself in that aspect. Just go with it.
How about commenting? I comment when I have something to say, which is sometimes a lot and sometimes not.
A GIF to describe how your day has been so far: