Outgrowing the Lone Star State

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 8:25am

I’m proud to be from Texas, but I’m also proud to have left behind some of the insanity that goes with it I am an out gay man born in Texas the year after Stonewall. My mom was a wacky matriarch who assumed Auntie Mame offered a blueprint for childrearing and that disco could save [...]

Cedar Springs is our Champs-Elysees

Posted on 17 Jan 2014 at 7:45am

S4 occupies the space once taken by The Old Plantation, but when I walk by it, I remember my first time on The Strip 34 years ago It was a moment that would have done Barbara Walters proud. Last week, I was working with Dallas Voice reporter David Taffet on his story about the evolution [...]

Letter to me, age 14

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 at 8:15am

If I could share some accumulated wisdom with my younger self, it would sound about like this Dear Abby, As another year wraps up, I realize I’ve owed you a letter for way too long. I know you feel hopelessly awkward and out of sync with people, but you haven’t been around long enough yet [...]

Gay men, lesbians and the ocean between us

Posted on 03 Jan 2014 at 7:45am

And why don’t gay men get a cool name derived from Greek mythology? It may not be the topic that most LGBT activists are clamoring to address, but the unspoken differences that divide the boy bars from the girl bars can be seen and felt throughout the country. It’s not because lesbians prefer acoustic rock, [...]

Haven’t we had enough of the bigots?

Posted on 27 Dec 2013 at 8:45am

For too long, religious and political maniacs have battled equality and social progress, and we should be tired of it More than eight decades after the Scopes Trial, we’re still fighting that same religious mentality that throws up barriers each time someone fights for an enlightened government or equality for all Americans.  Aren’t we tired [...]

Homo Resolutions: Five commitments all gay men should keep

Posted on 26 Dec 2013 at 4:09pm

Before we don our gym clothes and go back to punishing ourselves at the overcrowded gyms, there’s one more big blow-out night filled with champagne, confetti, poor judgment and a few half-assed resolutions.

Pope Francis: I’m ready for my closeup

Posted on 20 Dec 2013 at 8:10am

The Advocate’s selection of Pope Francis as its Person Of The Year for 2013 signals a major shift in the Catholic Church’s LGBT tone Recently, The Advocate magazine announced its Person Of The Year for 2013, choosing Pope Francis for the title. Since the announcement, the magazine has been defending its choice to some among [...]

Christmas is another reminder I was switched at birth

Posted on 20 Dec 2013 at 7:33am

I was switched at birth. I’m certain of it, and each time I attend one of those torturous rituals some people call family reunions, I become more convinced there is no possible way I could share any genes with the people who mysteriously share my last name.

We have nothing against you, but…

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 8:05am

A lesson from one Louisiana town on the polite way to send LGBT people back into the closet No sooner had I written a column a few weeks back about how nice it felt to see a rainbow flag in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall, than I saw this headline from July (my online news [...]

Wedding bells ring for ex-gay star

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 8:40am

When an ex-gay marries, the opposite-sex spouse is a victim who will get hurt when the ex-gay finally decides to come out again One can’t be an official “ex-gay” rock star until wedding bells ring. Apparently, this happened for publicity hound Michael Glatze, who married his prop, er bride, Rebekah, recently. The victim is attractive [...]