A message for black SGL/gay men:

Posted on 22 May 2015 at 7:35am

Wake the hell up! June is rapidly approaching, and we will soon know if the U.S. Supreme Court will deliver a landmark ruling deciding whether the U.S. Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Thinking about this takes me back to [...]

Harvey’s ghost

Posted on 15 May 2015 at 7:50am

  I never met Harvey Milk, yet he has always been a figure that looms large in my mind. I sometimes think his spirit haunts me and every other LGBTQ activist, unwilling to move on to whatever lies beyond. His spirit is restless because of the unfinished business left to do here in this world. [...]

What Would Harvey Do?

Posted on 15 May 2015 at 7:45am

  If Harvey Milk were here today, I feel fairly certain he would be helping advance the cause of marriage equality. And why wouldn’t he? Though we didn’t get to pick the issue that will forever define a movement, the rapidly escalated fight for marriage equality has certainly advanced the notion that gay people are [...]

The letter I always wanted to write my mother

Posted on 08 May 2015 at 7:55am

Dear Mom, First of all, I want to tell you how much I miss you and love you. You have been gone now for 23 years, and when you passed away you left a hole that can never be filled. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve wished I could pick up [...]

Crossing the viral divide

Posted on 08 May 2015 at 7:50am

  It was little surprise when HBO’s Looking — a critically acclaimed but poorly rated TV series about gay men in San Francisco — introduced an HIV-positive character in season two. After all, the city was once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis and now has one of the nation’s highest rates of HIV-positive gay [...]

From the perspective of privilege

Posted on 01 May 2015 at 7:45am

The civil rights battle became real when privilege disappeared I was assigned a male gender at birth during a time in our nation’s history when it was all but impossible for me to articulate my feelings of not being in the right body, let alone realize my dream of living life as the little girl [...]

Legal marijuana in Texas?

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 8:20am

It’s not likely in this Legislature, but polls show times and opinions are changing Cannabis legislation is popping up like seedlings in states across the nation because public opinion polls show most Americans support the decriminalization of marijuana for a variety of reasons. A Gallup poll in late 2014 showed 51 percent of Americans favor [...]

Log Cabin in the Skinner Box

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 7:50am

The GOP keeps shocking LGBTs, but LCR still keeps getting in the box There is a nasty little experimental device invented by B.F. Skinner that bears his name — the Skinner Box — and is used to study the behavior of rats when subjected to “negative reinforcement.” It works like this: The floor of the [...]

Spitzer’s unrealistic expectations

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 7:50am

Tea Party darling from Cedar Creek Lake gets amendment passed transferring HIV education funds to abstinence-only sex ed Anyone surprised by Texas Rep. Dr. Stuart Spitzer’s advocacy of abstinence education over HIV/STD public awareness campaigns shouldn’t be. And you should expect more of the same from the East Texas legislator who represents much of the [...]

The politics of the bachelorette party

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 7:45am

What does a bi girl drag fan do when planning her bachelorette blast?   I joke all the time about having been raised by drag queens, but it’s actually not far from the truth. After a particularly heinous breakup left me shell-shocked and suddenly single at the starting line of my 20s, one of my [...]