Welcome to the Café Palermo. This is one of two connected web sites I created back in 2011 when I first started posting stories online. Just so you know, my stories feature characters who are young, gay, and sexually active. If you’re not into those kinds of characters or stories, consider yourself warned.
You can learn more about this site and the Café Palermo Annex, a different but connected site, by checking out the About page from the menu above. The main difference between the two sites is that this one is devoted primarily to blogging, including on topics unrelated to my stories, whereas The Annex is where I actually post my stories for people to read.
In many ways The Annex has become the primary site these days because I no longer have time to blog as much as I used to. That’s my way of encouraging you to take a look around there as well. The easiest way to do that is by clicking on the Stories link in the menu above, but keep in mind you’ll be leaving this site if you do.
You can also access any of my stories from that link as well. But you’re probably better off doing that from The Annex rather than here because the menu over there provides access to the individual chapters in a particular story, not just to the story introductions I’ve linked to above.
I may have something to say here occasionally that I don’t post at the Annex, usually something I think members of the LGBTQ community should be aware of or perhaps some commentary on American politics and the clowns like Donald Trump who run this country.
If you’re not into political rants or stuff like that, you may be happier wallowing around in the muck over at The Annex like that cute boy above 🙂
Have a question that needs answering? Want to share a comment or opinion about this site or something else? You can e-mail me directly by clicking that button to your right or fill out the Contact form in the menu above. The Contact form also provides an option to be notified whenever I start posting a new story online or even to receive a free hug if you need one 🙂
Finally, if you’re young, gay or questioning and need help, please check out the resources to your right and on my Resources page from the menu above. If neither provide the help you’re looking for, feel free to email me and we can talk about whatever is on your mind.
We’re one week away from Christmas, people, but there are still many homeless and runaway boys and girls in need of your help. Here is your chance to make a difference in the life of one of your brothers and sisters. You’ll be a better person if you seize this opportunity and show that you care.
November 28, 2018 Original Post
Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement you can learn more about here, here, and here, among other places. Giving Tuesday, usually stylized #GivingTuesday, is a new addition to the holiday season.
It was launched six years ago by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City to counterbalance the consumerism exemplified by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States, #GivingTuesday seeks to engage people in small acts of kindness that show how much we care about one another.
It also fits in quite nicely with my annual appeal on behalf of the young men and women, many of them gay, who find themselves homeless at the holiday season. Every year since I started posting my stories online for free I’ve tried to encourage my readers to make a special effort to help those who face a very difficult and uncertain future at this time of year.
While I hope you’ll enjoy the holidays, there won’t be any gifts, good cheer, or time spent with family, friends and loved ones for all the homeless and runaway boys and girls on the streets this holiday season, Many will be out in the cold day and night struggling to survive. The good news?
You can help them!
I realize everyone has their own favorite charities and #GivingTuesday is a good opportunity to support them, but most of you are also gay after all. I assume you know that many of the boys and girls in the United States and around the globe who run away and are homeless are also members of the LGBTQ community.
They’re your younger brothers and sisters and they need help, but they won’t be getting very much help from government or the private sector. The help needs to come from people like you and me. So I’m asking you to take a moment out of your busy holiday schedule this year to get involved and make a difference for some kids you know nothing about.
They run away or are homeless for many reasons, including parental rejection and worse. They can be found everywhere, but usually end up living in the shadows; hidden, out of sight and usually out of mind as well. And I’m ashamed to say too many of us who are members of the same community are not doing enough to help them.
There are many others as well that can be located by clicking on this map and using good judgment.
In the United States you can also go to a site like Charity Navigator or GLBT Near Me and enter homeless, student, youth, runaway, LGBT, or even your zip code as keywords.
You’ll be sure to find some organization near you worth helping. Once you have, you can often contribute anonymously through an organization like the Network for Good if you want to avoid being asked for additional donations in the future.
Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Click on that email button above to your right and ask me. I’ll do my best to help you find what you’re looking for.
Many of you live abroad, of course, but the problem exists in your country as well and there are organizations that deserve your support.
The Albert Kennedy Trust in the United Kingdom supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisis. It has offices in London, Manchester, and Newcastle that could use your support; and while I may not know the specific charities in other countries worth supporting, you do or can probably find out by asking around.
Please help me out by posting a comment below with a link to a charity you would recommend that helps young men and women in need. They don’t even have to service just gay youth. Not all runaway and homeless boys and girls are gay, but all of them do need help.
And you don’t even have to give me a name or an e-mail address to do this. You can remain completely anonymous if you wish and just provide a link to a web site. I’ll check them out and pass them along if they seem legitimate.
Whatever you do, please don’t just read these words and quickly move on to something else. Show the love! Get involved! Make a difference!
And please do it now while the memory is still fresh.
Now that congressional Republicans and President Trump are on the verge of passing tax legislation that will greatly exacerbate income inequality in America, we can expect Congress to sneak off for the holidays before returning sometime in January.
Count your blessings, people 🙂
Once Congress does return, however, expect a steady drumbeat of comments from Republicans to the effect that spending is out of control, especially spending on entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Tom Toles, more of whose work can be found here, captures this nicely in that cartoon up above.
We’ll be told we simply cannot afford to continue these programs at their current levels; that something needs to be done and that what needs to be done is to cut spending on programs that actually benefit ordinary Americans rather than the rich and the powerful.
Coming from people who’ve never met a tax cut for the wealthy they didn’t favor or spending on the military no matter how wasteful and misguided, this is chutzpah, of course; and it’s not at all clear the Republicans will succeed in their efforts to scale back these important programs.
That’s not because they don’t want to. Paul Ryan and House Republicans would clearly like to do cut these programs deeply. But Republican control of the Senate is far shakier and Senate Republicans may not have the stomach for that kind of fight heading into the 2018 election.
Still, you never know so keep an eye on your wallet, folks. Having filled the pigsty for their corporate and wealthy supporters, Republicans will be looking for any opportunity they can to stick it to ordinary Americans.
Our runner-up for the week does a nice job of capturing another issue we will be seeing more of in 2018, i.e., a stepped up Republican effort to discredit Robert Mueller and the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
It’s been apparent for some time now that both Donald Trump and the tea party conservatives are determined to bring Mueller down no matter what it takes. We’ve already seen a stepped up effort to do this, including a ridiculous charge this weekend that Mueller received transition team emails illegally.
But what else do you expect from people who put their own interests and the interests of their party above those of their country?
Whether these Republicans succeed remains to be seen. Richard Nixon had many supporters among congressional Republicans right up until the very end I’m told and that was more than four decades ago when partisanship was less intense than it is today.
The point is, Mueller may not survive and we may never know the full extent of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. But we know enough already from the indictments that have already taken place to know that Donald Trump is a liar and that there clearly was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
The facts are there for anyone at all interested in examining them so I hope you’ll keep that in mind when you vote next year, people.
In any event, this will probably be our last weekly toon for 2017 … and perhaps for the indefinite future as well. 2018 will be a critical year for America and it’s time for everyone to start organizing for the fight to save our country from the disastrous future it is rapidly speeding toward under Trump and the Republicans.
In case you’re wondering, the Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control, from using a list of seven words or phrases in official documents being prepared for the next budget. The words Blake Farenthold are not included.
You can read more about all of this here, but for now I thought it only appropriate to memorialize this latest manifestation of stupidity with the words Trump and his minions apparently find so loathsome 🙂