It’s Our 26th Wedding Anniversary …

15 04 2015

… and if I wasn’t gay, we might still be together!

That story and much more as my life v2.0 continues to evolve in the the newest Kirk Cast. 

Hopefully it’ll be worth five minutes of your life?

The shows are getting better, but keep in mind they are put together with a $200 camera, a five year old computer and a green cloth.

Here is a look at my ‘studio’;

15 4-15 KC Studio

Thanks for taking a look at this post I hope to hear from you … enjoy the day in your life’s journey!

What are you waiting for? Click it to be one of the first 1,000!

Tell a friend about Clyatt.net … outside of ‘has been pronounced dead, most all other publicity is good news :-)





At Last The Cans Go Into Recycling! – Watch And You’ll Understand

2 04 2015

Kirk Cast – Episode Two – April 1, 2015 (No Foolin’)

For more information please check the show notes from episode One.

http://bit.ly/1KC331

Number three will be online over the weekend!

Thanks for watching and I hope to hear from you … Kirk@KirkClyatt.com

We’ve only begun ;-)





The First ‘Kirk Cast’ Is Now Live …

31 03 2015

Yeah, last week’s video was too much, in more than one way.

You can still find the link in the next post.

This week less is more … video is less than four minutes.

Plus an all new Clyatt.net is on the way in days!

Would love to hear from you … comment below or email direct at Kirk@KirkClyatt.com

Updates are normally first on Twitter, @Clyatt, would love to have you follow!

Thanks so much for stopping by!





There Have Been Worse … March 26th NewsBlues Story

26 03 2015

Too poor to subscribe, so my thanks to the editor for sending me the full story, below it is my reply. The story has links, there are also videos and more of this TV tale in the next few blog posts. The link to where this story is from; http://www.NewsBlues.com
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WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

[] Kirk Clyatt’s wild career ride continues.

The high-strung former Philadelphia (WPHL-17-MyTV) and Baltimore (WBFF-45-Fox) weather guesser, who was fired from crappy little WHSV-3-ABC in Harrisonburg, VA (Market #178) in 2010, found work four years ago at WHP-21-CBS in Harrisburg (Market #45). Last August, he was fired from WHP, he says, for requesting a reduction in hours so he could spend time working in radio.

He landed, almost immediately, as a weekend meteorologist at Waterman’s WVIR-29-NBC in Charlottesville, VA (Market #183). Yes, the pricklyWaterman Broadcasting Corporation…and openly gay, mercurial, highly opinionated Kirk Clyatt…what could possibly go wrong, right?

In February, Clyatt went before the Charlottesville City Council to speak briefly in opposition to Lee Jackson Day, a Civil War-era holiday that falls a week before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

[] “I didn’t really think much about it,” said Clyatt. But a few days later, he got a letter from News Director David Foky saying that his comments had been highly controversial. Foky wantedClyatt’s assurance that he wouldn’t speak out on the subject again.

Clyatt refused, so Waterman fired him. Clyatt says the station violated his rights as an American citizen to speak freely. “I was shocked by their reaction,” he said. “To gag myself as a weatherman, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to bring you TV weather, it’s just a point where I have to say, it’s just too much to ask. Just…too…much…to…ask.”

On Monday, March 16, Clyatt went back before the Charlottesville City Council and publicly “came out as a gay man.” He described the actions of Waterman as “unethical and possibly illegal” and said the “Civil War is not yet over, especially here in Virginia.”

Bottom line: Kirk Clyatt…talented, troubled Kirk Clyatt…is once again living in his car. If you can spare 30 minutes of your life, here is his video explanation of it all.

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In the ballpark, but the story needs some corrections … my reply to NewsBlues;

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Ahh not too bad, considering, but I’m not living in my car again … yet … I know there is a lot of minutia with this story. The car was in the future tense … I’m OK for a month or two, well see how hard they fight me trying to get unemployment and how much I’m eligible for when I apply?

As WVIR told me, “I’ll never work again.” … Oh well.

Also it was not speaking again just about Lee-Jackson Day, but about ANY issue even though I was a weatherman, I was not working in a news reporting capacity at WVIR.

I was strictly forbidden to say anything about Climate Change, since it was weather related … too controversial. I did follow that edict … but Lee-Jackson Day? Hopefully the blog explains some of my motivations?

L-J Day is the Friday before MLK day … its a unique four day winter weekend in VA.

When you have time dig deeper into the blogworking to get it all converted to a more user friendly web site ASAP, I know its now a little all over the place.

What no mention of the WVIR hypocrisy and Churchill giving the finger?

Community support has been amazing, attached is a sign one of my supporters suggest I start using, maybe? … I’ll try to have some of the comments I have received posted ASAP.

protestsign

Love the word … mercurial. I may have appeared that way at times, but I’m really not. For so much of my life I felt I had to show a different side to the world than the person I really was … for better or for worse that has now changed and I feel better for it.

If I had had more courage 20 years ago … I wouldn’t have appeared to be so mercurial and would of had a better life, different challenges, but I know better. Maybe some of today’s young gay TV talent can learn from my experiences?

Happy, more or less, to answer any other questions you have … thanks for sending the copy.

To end; does ‘troubled’ necessarily mean unhappy or unproductive? Wasn’t Abraham Lincoln a ‘troubled’ man?

For now enjoying this unmapped highway … and thankful I have a better car, hopefully we can continue to enjoy the journey together?

Oh and the video is only 23 minutes, plus it’s real life TV News drama, the Butterfly Effect in full force ;-)





I Am So Grateful And So Lucky …

24 03 2015

… Unlike so many of my generation, I’m still here, feel great and ready for the next turn in the road that is the adventure of my life.

Sometimes I wish I could watch it instead of live it.

That is what you can do can do. More interesting than a rerun!

The events of this year have changed the direction of my life.

Wow … I never would have guessed the catalyst for much of this change would be speaking to the Charlottesville City Council about a Civil War era holiday … but why not? As it did for so many, the Civil War changed the course and direction of my family for generations and it is still changing lives, including mine.

Some historians may not agree, but Abraham Lincoln was our first gay president. OK that topic for another day!

For now the video below will give you a rundown of the back story and if you already know it, the amazing hypocrisy of the blow back from NBC29, that is now part of the tale, it starts at ~7:30 into the video.

What price do you sell your basic freedoms as a citizen?

For once maybe we have an issue that can unite rather than divide?

Click the link BELOW;

If you are new to this and who I am, here is the link to my ‘Bio Demo’, more than you would ever want to see of my professional life;

If you want to know about the father that I try to be, as referenced in the first video; take a look at my Flickr account, now close to 10,000 pictures and even a few videos;

Kirk Clyatt – Flickr Photo Stream

Please feel free to email: Kirk@KirkClyatt.com and follow on Twitter; @Clyatt

Also below is another brief except from my book – ‘Tangled Wires’, which may never actually be finished, but gives you a little more background into who I am and why this is an issue where I must make a stand.

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Kirk Clyatt – Tangled Wires – Excerpts

… Two quotes both from Winston Churchill help keep me going, ironic because of all the pain I felt going to a high school that bore his name;

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

The other from the dark days of late 1941 in Briton;

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Still I feel like a warrior, but in the past I was often too afraid to fight for what I believed in, or chose to fight the wrong battles, for the wrong reasons.

There are kids today who are like I was 40 years ago … my hope is they have the courage to see who they are and live their lives as they know in their soul they should. Not what I often did; take the easy way, the expected way or is what the expedient path for the moment. Not to try to pretend and try to convince themselves and others of what they are not.

This tale of my life’s road; a life in many ways that almost got away from me, completely out of control, because of the fear of really facing and being open to the world. My lie by omission caused me to walk way too far on life’s edges, where a fall means that is no coming back and hurt and confused others in the process. Many nights I thought I felt myself falling, my journey was over, leaving just a pile of rubble, because of a life shaken and shaped by fear.

That it will give someone the courage to live the way in their heart they know they should, even if it at that time it seems the much harder, scarier path to take …To do otherwise is to risk repeating some my history, spend years pretending and miss out on what could have been a happy reality.

(The following paragraphs were written in 2006 … because of the brave leaders of the LGBTQ movement of which I was too afraid to be one  … in the last nine years, the attitude of many may have changed.)

For those who still believe that being gay is a choice … how much simpler my life would have been and how much more professionally successful I may have been had I been made straight?

There are very few gay and lesbians that I have met that would have made the choice to be gay. It is who, it is what I am, it is not something I chose any more than I chose my parents. I just wish I could have better faced the reality many years ago, but I kept thinking I could, I would change … in some ways nothing would have pleased me more. It never has happened and never will.

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Fear … Americans are consumed by it.

Fear that goes way beyond being prudent and careful, the kind of intense fear that is whipped up by our government to suit their own needs and stoked by TV newscasts that often no longer have the budget or the talent to do the kind of reporting that makes a difference … so the easy road is taken.

From bird flu to bed bugs, to the sex-offender living next door to your kid’s school, to you being afraid of that big black man walking towards you on the street … we are so afraid.

There are so many kinds of fear; from the time we are kids … especially if we’re different from the rest, then when we become adults, for so many the fear of what would happen if the truth was known?

Confusion and misinformation leads to fear.

Fear that the other guy may have something better than you.

I have been very guilty of leading a life of fear, but for the rest of my life the story will be different, for me fear will be part of the past.

This book lays it all out as to who I am and how I got here.

My challenge is to put all of the events in some kind of an order that makes sense to you. Of course the easy way would just to go chronologically, but that may not be the best way.

I do have one advantage, I don’t have to use any imagination to write this book because, as Mark Twain said, “The difference between truth and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.” There is no way I could just make this story up.

My fear is still not all gone, to exercise it from my life is one of the reasons for this book. Shed the fear and it is so much easier to just enjoy being in the journey, having the experience that is life.

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Why am I not overwhelmed with what is happening now in 2015? … It’s kind of been the story of my life;

CHAPTER 2 – MY MEMORY BEGINS WITH A GUNSHOT

I was born into dysfunction; my first memory in life is the suicide of my maternal grandfather.

It was the day after Christmas in 1961, I had just turned 3 on the eighth, my mother, Lucy Lennox Cliatt, still just 24, left Florence, South Carolina early in the day to return alone to her job in Washington, DC. She left me in the house she had been married in just four Decembers before, leaving me in the care of my grandparents.

My grandfather, James Sanders, 61, went out the kitchen door. He was part owner of a small chain of gas stations, ‘Super X’ in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

How was he carrying his pistol; was it in his hand, in his pocket, in a holster? I don’t know. What I do know is that he went from the kitchen door, about 50 feet to a small white one car garage, climbed into the drivers side of the front bench seat of his ‘56 DeSoto and ended his life and began my memory of life by taking his gun turning it on himself and firing one shot right through his heart.

The chaos of that day stained the fabric of my life.

There was never any consideration of moving from the house. The small garage stood for many more years; I even painted it a couple of times as a teenager and a young man.

I have gone to my grandfather’s grave in the Quaker Cemetery in Camden, South Carolina and yelled at him for what he did, not for what he did to himself, but for what he took from me.

I still wonder why the heart, not the head? There must have been pain as he died in his DeSoto. Was his shot to the heart a last message to his wife, my grandmother, did he feel his heart was broken?

My grandmother was a small, but in her own way very powerful woman, so much so that she ran off my father, James Edward Cliatt, III, at the time of my birth an Air Force officer, second in his class at the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in 1957.

Her birth name was; Frederica Alexander (Alexandra) Kirkland

My name at birth was; Frederick Kirkland Cliatt

I don’t think my mother had much choice about it.

By the time of my birth my father was already out of the picture, he never saw me until I was six. …

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As bleak as the picture looks today … I feel better than when I had ‘it all’.

Life pushes you in ways and into places you would never go yourself.

I am blessed to have survived it all … I am still here, still able everyday to see the darkness of the night fade into the day.

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In the big picture of my life the NBC29 issue is not a big deal … the only reason I am spending so much energy on it is because of the important basic issue that it holds for so many … where do your basic rights as an American start and stop and who has the power to unilaterally take them away from you?

There comes a time where you have to practice what you preach … I’m taking a stand.

Please join me … Thank you so much for reading this, right now that is all I ask.

More information on how you can help keep America the land of the FREE coming ASAP!

One of my supporters told me my message is all over the place … he is right. A new consolidated web site coming ASAP as complexities of this story only grow deeper … Stay Tuned!





Aftermath Of Being A Responsible Citizen? … You’re Fired!

22 03 2015

My statement to Charlottesville City Council on Monday, March 16th, 2015

Here is the audio version;

Kirk Clyatt – Charlottesville City Council – March 16, 2015

Link to the video, my appearance is at ~25 minutes into the meeting;

Video Charlottesville City Council – March 16, 2015

This is the transcript;

Mayor: Kirk, Kirk Clyatt?

Clyatt: Clyatt, that’s right thank you Mister Mayor and Council, my name is Kirk Clyatt, 208 Meade Avenue and I’m going to talk about what happened after I was here last time.

In 1968 I remember as a small boy, nine years old, the impact of Walter Cronkite’s words in changing America after his trip to Vietnam.

Well unfortunately that can’t happen anymore; I have learned the hard way after having the audacity to speak before this council as TV weatherman about the Civil War and Lee-Jackson Day, that act of civic responsibility, has cost me my job and I have never been prouder to be fired.

I was told by NBC29 management that by coming here tonight, that I would make a fool out of myself and I never work again and by innuendo it was inferred that they would make it hard for me to get unemployment compensation.

Well I say to this council there are things that more important than TV weather.

I’ve prepared a packet; here is one if you’d like to take a look at it. I’ll be emailing them to you individually and I’ve got an extra here if you’d like.

In case you don’t remember I was here on February 2nd, I’ve also included in the packet a little background on why this is an important issue to me.

I came to Charlottesville because I viewed this as a progressive community and NBC29 seemed to fit into this community.

The company handbook even stated;

“It is policy to allow and support ALL employees to participate in civic, political, charitable or other community activities of the employee’s choosing.”

Then on February 3rd, even though there were no complaints about my actions, I get an email that states in part;

No testifying before a public body on personal opinions.

Now I certainly understand not taking a public position on stories that you are actively covering, but I wasn’t covering this as a story … I was a weatherman.

Then on February 6th I received a letter that directly contradicted what was said in the employee handbook.

This is amazing to me because the station knew when they hired me that my side job is a USA news commentator with politically tinged commentaries for radio stations in Australia, including some of the major cities, for the past 13 years.

To obey this letter, as a gay man … and I have to wonder as a side bar if that is part of this, as I had planned to soon publicly come out … well I guess my coming out is to this council and to this meeting tonight.

(Applause)

Thank you.

I didn’t expect applause, but I appreciate that.

You know I would not be allowed to take a position whether it was OK for me to be discriminated against.

Would I be allowed to write a Facebook commentary on the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn the 17-year-old transgender girl you may remember last December in Ohio that brought me more than a few tears?

There is also the issue of religion;

I was told if I had said the exact same things that I said to you in a place of worship that would be fine, but to me coming here had such an impact that it rises to the level of freedom of religious expression, so much so that I have registered the website after this happened ChruchOfTheCitizen.org.

I consider the actions by NBC as unethical and possibly illegal.

I’ll be in touch with you independently about how maybe this council can help me?

And it just goes to show unfortunately in too many ways the Civil War is not yet over, especially here in Virginia.

Mayor: Thank You.

Clyatt: And I thank you for listening to me.

(Applause)

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It would seem hard to imagine, but the story is getting even stranger … more to come ASAP.

Thank you for reading … your comments are welcome.





… Really? Fired For Speaking To City Council About A Confederate Holiday?

19 03 2015

Sometimes you have to take a stand!

This is a condensed version of the podcast hour that was posted by WINA.

Kirk Clyatt on the Schilling Show – March 18, 2015

Please Note: If you came here via Clyatt.net or one of my other associated sites for the links to work you may have to Right Click on the link and Open In A New Tab … if you came directly from WordPress, clicking on the link should work OK … please let me know about any issues you have and thanks for joining me … more to come soon, it has been an overwhelming week!

My transcribed comments from February 2nd are in the next post.

Here is what it looked like, the photo is from the Daily Progress;

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I invite The Daily Progress and all other interested groups to cover what happened. If it can happen to me, could you be next? How much fear is too much fear in America? How many of our basic rights are we willing to give up for a paycheck?

If you’d like see what it looked like; here is the link;

Charlottesville City Council – February 2, 2015

I’m on at about an hour and forty-six minutes in.

If you’d just like to hear what I said that so upset NBC29;

http://bit.ly/2215KC

My thanks to the Schilling Show for inviting me to appear on Wednesday March 18th, I loved it, but one reason I hesitate to listen to myself is I catch mistakes, near the beginning I said, “I was hoping that fear would be contagious,” unfortunately it is. What my brain thought I said, “I was hoping the COURAGE would be contagious.”

It also says how far we’ve come that my public coming out, at city council on Monday March 16th was not brought up until ~16:00 minutes in, (the first link at the top of the post) but still could that have been a factor in what happened?

While we have come a long way with LGBT rights … there is still a long way we need to go!

Thank you so much for taking the time to listen, you’re support means so much to me … I have no idea where this road is going to lead, but so far this has been exciting and who knows it may be become more than only gossip and make a real difference.

Coming up ASAP, I’ll have the transcript from Monday’s meeting when I informed council of the aftermath of my February appearance. I’m getting comments from so many sources that I’ll try to also get some of them consolidated for your review.

What gives me so much hope is that there has not been one negative comment … yet. Thank you so much, your support helps keep me going down this road!

The future is unwritten.








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