Words still hurt

Posted on 20 Mar 2015 at 8:50am

Even at 65, anti-gay slurs have the power to cause pain, fear It would seem like time might soothe the sting of anti-gay hate slurs such as “faggot.” But I recently learned that the hateful language shocks my senses as much at 65 as it did a half-century ago. A dispute with neighbors about their [...]

Retiring the elephants

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:50am

The news that Ringling Brothers Circus is phasing out elephants in its show is heartening. Elephants are large animals, and spending most of the year in rail cars traveling has to put an amazing amount of stress on these beautiful creatures. And so as the performing elephants retire, I am reminded of the other performing [...]

Tastes like irony

Posted on 06 Mar 2015 at 7:45am

This past weekend we loaded up the car for a trip to Phoenix. My girlfriend, Katie, and I were off to visit my daughter. We decided to drive the 1,100-plus miles instead of flying because it is a heck of a lot cheaper. And with all of the TSA hoops at the airport, combined with [...]

The bigots’ ‘bigotry map’

Posted on 06 Mar 2015 at 7:40am

American Family Association claims to ID anti-Christian group with ridiculously deceptive map The American Family Association’s new “Anti-Christian Bigotry Map,” which claims to identify LGBT groups nationwide, is long on hype and short on facts. You might even call the map and its categories of “anti-Christian, humanist, atheist and homosexual agenda” laughable — if it [...]

Policing the bathroom police

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 7:55am

Debbie Riddle’s ridiculous legislation would block trans people from public restrooms — and more This isn’t the first time I’ve had problems going to the bathroom. When I was 21 years old, I worked in an office complex. I was openly transgender and an activist for six years already. The whole town knew about me. [...]

Running scared?

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 8:05am

What is it about the trans community that scares elected officials so much that they have to make laws against us? Has the right wing completely taken leave of their senses? Or are they just running scared? A bill introduced by Arizona state Sen. John Kavanagh, if passed, would have serious consequences for transgender people [...]

Missy’s tale

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 8:00am

One stray has been saved, but many more are out there suffering because people do not spay or neuter their pets A first-hand lesson in animal rescue might be what some people need to convince them of the desperate need for neutering and spaying household pets. A little heartbreak could go a long way toward [...]

Shocking discovery: Everyone just pees

Posted on 13 Feb 2015 at 7:40am

And sometimes updates a Facebook status My first Creating Change Conference — held Feb. 5-8 in Denver — was quite an experience. A definite bucket list check-off in my new life as an activist, Creating Change provided a wealth of experience, insight and access to LGBTQ leaders and strategies. Among other firsts, Creating Change at [...]

Why the Middle East matters to LGBT Americans

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:45am

Americans tend to ignore news about people who don’t look or sound like us. Here’s why that needs to change I suspect most Americans are watching events in the Middle East with one eye closed and the other on the latest sports event. In other words, we don’t care unless it involves Americans. I don’t [...]

Archie Huckabee?

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:40am

Presidential candidate’s anti-gay bigotry sounds like something out of a 1970s TV sitcom If television executives ever decide to remake the wildly-successful 1970s-era All in the Family sitcom to address this century’s issues, I sure hope they will borrow some material from today’s 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls — especially former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. When [...]