They bought the lie

Posted on 13 Nov 2015 at 7:35am

I used to live and work in Houston. I spent nearly five years there, co-hosting the “Morning Buzz” on the alternative station, 94.5 The Buzz. The people I met in Houston were warm, welcoming people who seemed like they had good heads on their shoulders. I formed a charity, called “Santa Letters,” to bring Christmas [...]

A wake-up call from Houston

Posted on 06 Nov 2015 at 7:50am

HERO’s defeat proves again that legal rulings don’t change hearts and minds   The LGBT community in this country has been riding a wave of euphoria for months now, celebrating the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court — the highest court in the land — has ruled that, yes, our right to legally marry the [...]

Creep of the Week

Posted on 30 Oct 2015 at 7:35am

Eric Metaxas warns against ‘compassionate’ YA adults I may be a grown-up, but I read a lot of young adult fiction aimed at LGBT teens. Wait. I shouldn’t use the term “aimed at” less I fuel the fire behind Eric Metaxas’ idea that YA books are “disproportionately gay” and are trying to turn young people [...]

A quarter-century of kink

Posted on 16 Oct 2015 at 7:35am

Beyond Vanilla started 25 years ago as a small safe-sex workshop   It was a Thursday night in 1990 and I had decided to attend a meeting at the Resource Center presented by the unlikely pairing of the Dallas County Health Department and a group called the Disciples of de Sade. It was a class [...]

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, [...]