The Father’s Day I should have seen coming

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 8:25am

Growing up in Southern California, I idolized my dad. He was everything I wasn’t. He was bigger than life. He was a gentle giant. He was our protector. Father’s Day was a day to honor him but he always turned it into a fun day for us. He didn’t want a lot of fuss over [...]

‘Fabulously and wonderfully made’

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 8:20am

Celebrate Pride month by finding pride in yourself, then sharing with others Growing up in church, I was familiar with the verse from the Psalms: “… I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” But most of my life I did not believe it about myself. Despite the things about me that were good — including those [...]

Losing sleep while waiting for SCOTUS

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 8:15am

We are on the verge of marriage equality, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over As we move further into June, the days get longer. That’s science — the tilt of the earth’s axis. But, I noticed the nights seem to be getting longer, too, which seems to be caused by my obsession over [...]

Real progress. Real Pride

Posted on 12 Jun 2015 at 7:40am

June Pride means so many different things to different people. For many, it’s just a symbol of the LGBT movement for equality — how far we’ve come and all the work left to do. For others, it’s an actual event, a real celebration of who we are, where we’ve been, where we’re going. At Dallas [...]

Surviving with pride

Posted on 05 Jun 2015 at 7:45am

It’s up to those who survived the early days of AIDS to remember, and to remind The month of June is typically jam-packed with parades, events and festivities that bring many of us in the LGBTQ community together to revel in our uniqueness, pay tribute to our leaders and honor achievements in our ongoing fight [...]

Mirror, mirror

Posted on 29 May 2015 at 7:35am

Women must see past their own overly critical body image issues I recently went to my regular beauty salon in Highland Park — I live nowhere near Highland Park, but the salon was super convenient when I worked for CBS on Central and Fitzhugh and Jamie does a wonderful job — and while I was [...]

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 [...]