Media and the community

Posted on 24 Jun 2016 at 8:00am

Looking back on a life in the field of journalism When you count your blessings this month during gay Pride, don’t forget to say a word of thanks to the Dallas-Fort Worth mainstream media. You wouldn’t enjoy the freedom you experience today without the editors and reporters of those newspapers and television stations. My thoughts […]

Appreciating, protecting our safe spaces

Posted on 17 Jun 2016 at 8:45am

  Like many Gaytinos, I began my Pride Month with a visit to Latin Night at Washington, D.C.’s popular gay bar, Cobalt. Every first Saturday of the month, Cobalt dedicates its third floor to Latin music and performances by drag talent that appeal to the small, but growing Hispanic lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population […]

Defining moments

Posted on 17 Jun 2016 at 8:40am

It was 1992 and I had just moved to Dallas from a small college town in Florida. HIV/AIDS was a growing issue in my experience, but it had already taken many people in Dallas, including leaders in our LGBT community. I was too young to understand the power of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, so […]

Standing strong against the haters

Posted on 10 Jun 2016 at 7:50am

Transgender couple put a human face on the debate over inclusive EEOC polices in Mesquite On Monday night, June 6, my wife, Ashley Boucher, and I braved Metroplex evening traffic to make it from Grand Prairie to Mesquite for the Mesquite City Council meeting. The council was set to vote on adding sexual orientation and […]

Enlightenment, enschlightenment

Posted on 03 Jun 2016 at 8:10am

Democrats have to focus on the threat of Trump to beat him   When you look at the election rationally, it is impossible for a candidate who has no political experience, is a serial philanderer, has bankrupted several companies, has a fourth-grade vocabulary and has a history of shady business practices to even make it […]

The shocking truth about HRC

Posted on 27 May 2016 at 7:40am

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC says it envisions a world where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work […]

“Bro jobs” and what it means to be gay

Posted on 20 May 2016 at 8:10am

Arecent article talking about the “bro job” — a sex act between heterosexual men — has me questioning the whole sexuality alphabet soup we live in. LGBTQAAI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, allies, intersex), etc., seems to be getting a bit awkward, and perhaps someday soon we will just refer to people as “people.” […]

Face the facts: Transgender people aren’t the ones to fear

Posted on 13 May 2016 at 7:45am

I’m tempted to characterize those who joined Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in opposition to the guidelines for transgender students during the Fort Worth Independent School District’s May 10 board meeting as an angry mob, with glaring eyes, carrying pitchforks and torches — out for blood. But that wouldn’t be true. Or fair. In reality, […]

Young at heart

Posted on 06 May 2016 at 7:55am

Why we need to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among young people   I was 22 years old when I was diagnosed with HIV in 1992. I have now been living with the virus longer than I did without it. I’m grateful for being alive and healthy, but I can’t say that I’m happy to have HIV. […]

An open letter to the Texas Legislature

Posted on 29 Apr 2016 at 7:50am

(Or, ‘The Donkey in the Bathtub’)   Dear Lawmakers: What have we, as transgender people, actually done to frighten you so much? I mean, what have we actually done that is making you consider taking up precious time that should be allotted to conducting important business for the great state of Texas to instead enact […]