The O-town Scene

March 03, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Jim Koury Be generous with wisdom Wealth and prosperity are usually terms associated with money and financial mat- ters. Being wealthy generally means having a lot of money in the bank and being influen- tial in matters of business. We also would like to think that well-to-do individuals have some philanthropic commit- ment to humanity, generally. In much more subjective terms, however, wealth and prosperity do not necessarily equate to matters grounded in money. An individual can be wealthy and prosperous in spirit and have a benevo- lent outlook on life, yet have very little monetary worth. people struggling with their own lives, just trying to make ends meet, but they are constantly offering what little they have to others; thinking of someone else’s well being before their own. In this instance, one’s phil- anthropic commitment may be more focused on improv- ing the human condition and imparting wisdom to others. How many rich people have you known that seem to be void of any obligation to helping others or reach- ing out to someone who has been wronged or just in need of a helping hand? Conversely, there are It would appear, anecdot- ally anyway, that when wealthy people have some grounding in the converse situation, they seem to have more of an appreciation of the human condition and the needs of those less fortunate. In the context of LGBTQ issues, how many times have you seen an LGBT person turn the other cheek and deny a helping hand to someone struggling with their sexuality? They make a conscious decision to withhold their wealth of knowledge, and do not give of themselves to help those in need with a kind word, a smile or some other reassur- ing gesture to make them feel that they are not alone. If you are out, do not be void in your obligation to help someone else not yet out of the closet. Remember the days of your solitary anguish, and use your experiences to help others move toward be- coming who they truly were born to be. You do not need to be wealthy to be generous with your willingness to help oth- ers become strong, complete and prosperous LGBTQ individuals. Decide to impart yourself to others instead of keeping yourself within yourself. Jim Koury was born and raised in Oneonta. He is a gay activist, and the city clerk of Oneonta, a position he has held for 18 years. He can be reached at editor@ Trash Thursday with Katrina, 9 p.m. Merlin’s, 201 State St., Binghamton. Miss CoCo Peru – Live, Wise Guy’s Comedy Club, 201 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Tickets are available at www. and are limited so get yours reserved early. Dialogue Session: The G-Spot and Female Ejaculation, 7 to 9 p.m., Gender Sexuality Resource Center, SUNY College at Oneonta, 219 Hunt Union. LGBTQ Events Thurs. 3/3 College Night at Merlin’s, 8 p.m., 201 State St., Bing- hamton. College ID’s in free before 11:00 p.m. Fri. 3/4 Dialogue Session: The Peeper Creeper, 7 to 9 p.m., Gender Sexuality Resource Center, SUNY College at Oneonta, 219 Hunt Union. Thurs. 3/10 Movie Nite at the New Uptown Theater, 7 p.m., RENT. Admission $6. 2014 Genesee St., Utica. Fri. 3/11 Divas to the Dance Floor: The Irish Mist, 8 to 11 p.m., 285 Second St., Troy. Sat. 3/19 George Walsh, 9 p.m., Back to Human Tour: Black Box Theater at the Stone Mill, Little Falls. Fri. 4/1 STAP’s Rock Star Celebrity Bartending Bash, 4 to 7 p.m., Tranquil Bar and Bistro, 36 Pine St., Binghamton. A fundraiser for the Southern Tier AIDS Program. Sun. 4/17 Southern Tier AIDS Walk/Run, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Recreation Park, Beethoven Street, Binghamton. Sat. 4/30 24 O-Town Scene March 3, 2011 the Diversity Scene March 3-9

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