A Day to Remember a Lifetime of Memories

Souls tend to go back to who feels like home. N.R. Hart This past Friday is a day I will long cherish. My college friend, Wendy, lives in Australia now but comes back home to the states from time to time. We last saw each other before the pandemic — too long! Freed now of … Continue reading A Day to Remember a Lifetime of Memories

National Coming Out Day 2022 — It’s Never Been More Important

A list of support resources is provided at the end. October 11 was declared National Coming Out Day in 1988 to mark the first anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It had been almost 20 years since the 1969 Stonewall riots when thousands of us descended on Washington DC … Continue reading National Coming Out Day 2022 — It’s Never Been More Important

Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

Effective today, beginning with this post, I am adopting the expanded acronym of LGBTQ+ over simply LGBT. As I've delved deeper into transgender issues, I've come to understand the old acronym is too limiting. The "LGBT" community is broader and more diverse than the traditional 4 letters represent. There's nothing wrong with "LGBT" and it's … Continue reading Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

I feel a need to go on record regarding the latest transgender/women's rights controversy that has broken out this month. Starting last summer I've found myself in the unexpected and unpleasant position as lone defender of trans women in debates on Facebook. The intensity of people's opposition to transgenderism has shocked and shaken me. I've … Continue reading For the Record: On ‘Bodies With Vaginas’

Acts of Kindness & Love: An Olympic Story

So much attention has been focused on Simone Biles in these Olympics — and hers is truly an inspiring story of courage, self-care, generosity and victory. She had the bravery to step back after years of preparation to acknowledge she was unable to safely perform. This was an act of courageous self-care in the face … Continue reading Acts of Kindness & Love: An Olympic Story

Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

An Epilogue updating this post appears at the end. Back in college one of the organizations on campus was the Revolutionary Student Brigade (RSB), a short-lived youth group aligned the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). Being a socialist and gay, I inquired about their position on gay rights. I can't recall what they said exactly, … Continue reading Bone of Contention: Socialists & the LGBT Community

The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights

There are two aspects to the transgender debate that trouble me most. First is the all-too-frequent rejection of transgender people’s lives and experiences. Their very lives are discounted as unscientific and delusion. The counterpart in my world are those who insist I’m gay because I choose to be, like choosing tea instead of coffee. I … Continue reading The Conundrum: Trans Rights vs Women’s Rights