Hello Beautiful

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 7:40am

Just taking the time to tell someone how beautiful they are can make all the difference   Back in the day, when I was married and trying to get through life as a guy, I didn’t fully appreciate a whole slew of things about what life was like as a woman. My ex-wife liked horses [...]

Claiming Pride every day

Posted on 02 Oct 2015 at 8:10am

I was invited to capture what Pride means to me. For many that is an easy request.  It means solidarity, social justice, becoming more visible, finding a voice, being with a larger community with a similar story to commiserate and celebrate. I remember my very first Pride parade many, many years ago in Austin. The [...]

Creep of the Week: Mike Huckabee makes much ado over Eric Fanning’s gayness

Posted on 25 Sep 2015 at 7:45am

Tust out the rainbow M16 assault rifles because things are about to get fabulous! The United States Army is about to become the world’s biggest Pride parade, thanks to President Obama’s nomination of Eric Fanning for secretary of the Army. The only thing you need to know about Fanning is that he’s a gay. What [...]

Party or advocacy: What’s Pride really for?

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 9:50am

  It is an interesting time in the LGBT community. It is very much like A Tale of Two Cities: We have the best of times and the worst of times happening all at the same time. As we approach another Pride celebration, it is important that we take a moment to reflect on our [...]

Why do I march in the Pride parade?

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 9:45am

This weekend we celebrate Pride here in Dallas.  As a newcomer to the Dallas community, I am very much looking forward to being a part of this annual event. Over the years I have been asked why I march in a LGBTQ parade. Why is it important for me to be a part of this [...]

Focus on HIV+ trans women now

Posted on 11 Sep 2015 at 7:40am

Trans women 49 times more likely to have HIV; here’s why you should care Let me tell you about a woman I met. Let’s call her Trina. On the surface, we have some similarities. A woman of color and a bottle blonde, Trina grew up feeling like she never fit in. Shuffled between family members, [...]

Everybody must get stoned

Posted on 04 Sep 2015 at 8:00am

Yet another right-wing preacher incites anti-gay violence with his interpretation of scripture Maybe you have heard of Ben Bailey, pastor of Central Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tenn. Apparently, Pastor Bailey has a direct connection to the “mindset of God,” and through this holy hotline has determined that gay people should be stoned to death. [...]

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 [...]