With friends like Plano …

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:30am

‘Nondiscrimination’ ordinance leaves the Ts twisting in the wind, and LGBs let it happen In the politically correct times in which we live, if you are a savvy city council and wish to permit and condone discrimination against a marginalized class of people, what is the safest way to do that? With a “nondiscrimination” ordinance! [...]

The ‘Golden Rule’ is not enough

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

Plano serves as the perfect example of why nondiscrimination laws are necessary, despite progress made Despite where I stand on some political issues, I do understand the desire of many people to want to limit the role of government in their lives. And I understand firsthand the importance of faith and why people want to [...]

Changing traditions

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:30am

Much gets left behind when you transition, so treasure the things and people that go along for the journey I don’t think I’m alone in my love of the familiar. There is comfort in that, a predictability that doesn’t exist in this unpredictable world. Maybe that’s why we tend to be creatures of habit — [...]

Ferguson: No easy answers

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:25am

Violence and nationwide protests in the wake of a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of a black teenager in August reveals the depth of the racial divide in this country and the distrust of our criminal justice system. Despite weeks of preparation by government officials [...]

‘Identity theft’ in the AIDS-free generation

Posted on 28 Nov 2014 at 7:30am

Don’t let the importance of education and prevention efforts get buried amid science and technology The theme for World AIDS Day 2014 — “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation” — is much more than rhetoric. Since the inception of World AIDS Day in 1987, Dec. 1 has offered all people a simple promise: We not [...]

Counting your blessings

Posted on 21 Nov 2014 at 7:25am

Living life as a trans woman isn’t easy. In fact, it can be hard as hell. It hurts; it’s expensive, and at times can seem an insurmountable challenge. There are still many obstacles stacked before us that all seem to conspire to derail transition, or worse. We need look no further than our annual observation [...]

Going homo for the holidays

Posted on 21 Nov 2014 at 7:20am

When you are out and proud, with a loving and supportive Rockwellian family, the holidays are a face-stuffing good time filled with presents, merriment and drinking for good times. If you are not out, or if you come from a judgmental and conservative family more akin to something out of Tennessee Williams, it can mean [...]

“He-man, woman haters”?

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 at 8:05am

Why aren’t gay men stronger allies for our lesbian sisters? Since coming out, I always thought — perhaps naively — that gay men and lesbians were natural allies: We face similar societal disdain. We are often bullied and marginalized by heterosexuals. People use religion to ostracize and discriminate against us. But it seems that lesbians [...]

Witness to change

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 8:15am

Aged faces of those in All Saints memorial program offer hope that the depths of the epidemic have passed It’s rare that a PowerPoint presentation makes me cry. It happened last Sunday. Every year, our church celebrates All Saints Day with a service dedicated to all the congregation and family members we lost during the [...]

A personal perspective on Perry

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 at 8:10am

Looking back at the longest-serving Texas governor’s time in office We knew a new governor would be taking power in Texas come January 2015, one way or another. Gov. Rick Perry — the longest serving, most blatantly anti-LGBT governor in Texas history — finally will be stepping down. What a wild ride Perry gave Texas’ [...]