Who gets to judge the protestors?

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 at 7:30am

Black Lives Matter advocates have come under fire for targeting Democrats. But aren’t they getting results? As a gay man in his 40s, I have a long history with direct action protests for LGBT rights. I’ve earned my right to critique and criticize groups like GetEqual when I think their protests are misguided or unproductive. [...]

Dear Dallas:

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 7:45am

Stand together and keep fighting Dear Dallas LGBT Community: First of all, I want to thank you for being the beacon of hope and the example you are to the rest of the state of Texas and to our entire nation. You’ve worked tirelessly and diligently for decades, and have helped accomplish so much in [...]

Lives in the balance

Posted on 14 Aug 2015 at 7:55am

Transphobia in the medical field can have dire consequences One of the major issues transgender people face is access to healthcare. Time and again, I hear the stories of doctors who are disrespectful or flat out decline to treat a patient because they are transgender. There are plenty of insurance nightmares — I’ve personally been [...]

Innocent, dirty fun

Posted on 07 Aug 2015 at 7:00am

Tongue clucking over Exxxotica conference is sexual repression masquerading as something else I’m hoping to get to walk through my first picket line this weekend. Exxxotica is coming to Dallas, and so many people have their panties in a wad about it, I can hardly believe it. We have homeless people melting in 100-plus-degree heat. [...]

HIV is not the enemy

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 at 8:05am

Please don’t be afraid of HIV. It doesn’t deserve it, and you deserve better. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not anti-fear. I’ve got a whole mess of fears myself — of failure, of illness, of crossing the hectic street outside my office in Manhattan. I’ve got fear pretty down pat. Heck, it’s even healthy. Fear [...]

Rape and good times!

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 8:00am

I was heartened when Baylor University recently dropped its policy prohibiting “homosexual activity.” So nice the school is moving slowly into the 20th century as the rest of us fly through the 21st. But that announcement that gave me pause to reflect on my brief academic career in Waco. Looking back on my college days [...]

A quiet victory

Posted on 17 Jul 2015 at 8:05am

  In a recent TED Talk, transgender model Geena Rocero referred to her driver’s license with the corrected name and gender not as a license to drive — but a license to live! I’m continually surprised by the number of people who aren’t even aware that your driver’s license identifies you with the gender binary [...]

Mortality is a bitch

Posted on 10 Jul 2015 at 7:55am

Getting to the heart of the matter after a health scare Mortality is a bitch. Having survived the 1980s and, by some twist of fate, not acquiring HIV/AIDS, I felt that I had somehow cheated fate. Once The Epidemic began, I figured I would end up checking out sometime in my mid 40s, if I [...]

The fight isn’t over

Posted on 03 Jul 2015 at 8:30am

An open letter to the LGBT/same-gender-loving community What a WEEK we have had! After the monumental Supreme Court decision on June 26 legalizing same-gender marriage in all 50 states, emotions run the gamut — from extreme elation to contemplation over what the future holds for us individually and collectively, to, in some instances, anger over [...]

Family matters

Posted on 26 Jun 2015 at 8:10am

Put aside the myth of ‘traditional marriage’ AND the myth that SCOTUS can solve all our problems The Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage will undoubtedly bring some cheers, and some jeers. Needless to say, the LGBT community will celebrate and those on the far right will gnash their teeth and rend their garments. One [...]