Time to grow up, America

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 7:40am

Michigan’s new sodomy law highlights this country’s childishness about sex Most Americans understand that the 2003 Supreme Court decision we call Lawrence v. Texas ruled that sodomy laws in this country are unconstitutional. Specifically, the court ruled that intimate consensual sexual conduct is part of the liberty protected by the 14th Amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy [...]

Black history, black excellence

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 7:50am

Make change happen instead of being a line-item on someone else’s agenda   So. It is Black History Month, right? Do you care? Should I care? There is constant debate among white people — and even black people — about the need for a Black History Month. As someone who studies the lives of black [...]

Calling out Creating Change protesters

Posted on 29 Jan 2016 at 7:40am

‘Rally’ outside event for A Wider Bridge was insensitive and anti-Semitic When I was a boy of 13, my grandmother took me to my first civil-rights demonstration to teach me about racism and social justice. She knew those issues well: Much of our family fled from the pogroms in Russia; others in our family perished [...]

Liberty Ridge Farm: Faith or discrimination?

Posted on 22 Jan 2016 at 7:55am

  While I’ve never been there in person, Liberty Ridge Farm looks like a beautiful place, based on the photos on their website — lush green grass, handsome horses and goats, a rainbow of various flowers, hearty corn stalks taller than your head. It’s the kind of place a couple looking to get married might [...]

Amend this!

Posted on 15 Jan 2016 at 7:45am

Texas moves into the 21st century when it comes to amending birth certificates One of the things that cis-people (those who have a gender identity matching their physical anatomy) seldom — if ever — think about is the little letter designating their “sex” on identity documents. When someone “comes out” as gay or lesbian, they [...]

The outcasts do it better

Posted on 15 Jan 2016 at 7:40am

When it comes to parenting vs. not parenting, the heteros could learn from the LGBTs When it comes to parenting vs. not parenting, the heteros could learn from the LGBTs As an inhabitant of our heteronormative society, one can’t help but notice the passive-aggressive, ever-present battle between heterosexual couples with children and childless (by choice [...]

Holiday vacation nightmare

Posted on 08 Jan 2016 at 7:50am

Misadventures of a gay traveler include flight delays, a missed ship, a gay resort and a broken ankle “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” That was me just before Christmas, on a public phone in the popular LGBT Blue Chairs Resort in Puerto Vallarta, after tripping and falling on the rooftop veranda floor. “Very [...]

Prognosticating

Posted on 01 Jan 2016 at 7:25am

Some ‘visions’ of the possibilities of 2016   As the New Year approaches, it’s tempting to look back at the past and recount the events that made 2015 what it was. For me 2015 was not a bad year — if you take out the whole heart attack thing and seeing several friends pass on, [...]

Trump’s no savior

Posted on 28 Dec 2015 at 9:39am

Playing at politician, candidate has adopted an old — and dangerous — trick   There is a technique politicians have used over time to gain favor from the masses, and it’s pure evil and morally bankrupt. It can also be lethal. It’s called the Karpman Drama Triangle. Here’s the gist of it: You, the politician, [...]

Enough!

Posted on 04 Dec 2015 at 7:50am

As the killing continues, we have to move beyond hyperbole and hate Enough. No more. Really. No more shootings. No more bombings. No more hatred and rage. Less than a month ago, on Nov. 13, terrorists associated with DAESH (some people incorrectly call the group ISIS or ISIL) murdered 130 people and injured 360-plus more [...]