How I live

Posted on 08 Apr 2016 at 7:45am

A revealing behind-the scenes look at the real lives of transgender women I was asked recently by a dean at the UT Southwestern Medical School to come speak to a group of medical students about LGBT issues. In my case more specifically, about being transgender. She said I ought to help the students understand how […]

The victory of Evenwel

Posted on 08 Apr 2016 at 7:40am

Why preserving ‘one person, one vote’ matters to the LGBT community Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, turned back efforts to reinterpret the constitutional rule of “one person, one vote” in the Evenwel v. Abbott case. Had the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, the case would have changed the processes Texas […]

An open letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory

Posted on 01 Apr 2016 at 7:55am

Dear Gov. McCrory, So on Monday, March 28, you told NBC News that the nation-wide uproar and backlash over legislation you signed into law the previous week is just a bunch of “political theater,” a “calculated smear campaign” concocted by the big, bad gay people who are throwing a temper tantrum because they didn’t get […]

The new confederacy?

Posted on 01 Apr 2016 at 7:50am

The lines of division are once again forming between states, individuals About 160 years ago, the cracks of division were forming between the states over the issue of slavery in the United States. It was North vs. South, Democrat vs. Republican. A few years before the war, the Supreme Court had ruled in Dred Scott […]

Not THAT kind of Christian

Posted on 25 Mar 2016 at 7:50am

It’s Easter weekend, and there is a religious holiday hidden somewhere under the orgy of chocolate bunnies and crème-filled eggs. I know because I see my neighbors putting up little foam-core crosses on their lawns. I also know because I am a Christian. Just not THAT kind of Christian. These days, I often feel I […]

National chamber struck out

Posted on 25 Mar 2016 at 7:45am

National Gay and Lesbian CoC should have given LGBT newspapers the scoop on their deal with MLB   Norm Kent Special Contribtor The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce recently announced an historic partnership with major league baseball. I was thrilled. Except for one detail. They gave the exclusive to Fortune Magazine, a very […]

LGBTs can’t expect support from President Trump

Posted on 18 Mar 2016 at 6:14am

Who knows where the candidate really stands on anything? Either way, he’s no friend to us A recent episode of This American Life featured a gay teenager who was totally gay for Donald Trump. This kid’s parents were totally opposed to him being gay and he cited his number one issue as being marriage equality. […]

Let’s get radical again

Posted on 18 Mar 2016 at 6:07am

It’s time to start acting up, acting out to create the change we need   It’s time to start acting up, acting out to create the change we need We live in a troubled, deeply divided country — a fact that is frightening when you stop to think about it. Like many others, I find […]

Bully Boykin

Posted on 11 Mar 2016 at 7:45am

Family Research Council leader threatens violence toward trans women in bathrooms   Lately, I’ve grown weary of the relentless assaults we are seeing on one of the most basic freedoms a person can enjoy: using a public bathroom in peace. One such assault came in the form of a bill that would have hurt school […]

The cult of ignorance

Posted on 04 Mar 2016 at 7:35am

When I was a kid … . Anytime I start a column with this phrase, you can bet there will be at least one quote from my grandfather. My grandfather was a genuine hillbilly, a blacksmith from Giles County, Tenn., who moved to Texas to raise a family. He played a fiddle and chewed tobacco […]