VP Mike Pence is on My Radar, Wonder Why?

Is Vice President Mike Pence a closeted, deep-in-self-hate raging homo? Is that self-hate so intolerable for him that he’s become the commander in chief at the White House in pushing the most homophobic agenda since McCarthy’s un-American hearings in the 1950s and the George W. Bush anti gay-marriage reelection bid? When they witness a rabid homophobe, many people in our community believe that they’re acting out due to their own sexuality issues. I’ve never subscribed to that point of view, but Mike Pence is about to change my position. Like you, I’ve heard the rumors that he went through conversion […]

Racquetball as an Exercise in Humility

  My friend Jon is a gracious winner, as well he should be. He’s had a lot of practice. During the months we have been playing racquetball together, I have never won a game. Not one. I hate Jon so much. I like to play games I can win, which is why I have a ping-pong table in the basement and will invite anyone who visits to play a game. I’m a great ping-pong player. If you say you haven’t played in years or that you aren’t very good, I will talk you into a friendly game anyway and yes, […]

Sexual Harassment in Our Community

The current presidential administration does not understand spousal abuse or sexual harassment. Most are saying that the person at fault stops at the door of the chief of staff but, no, it stops in the Oval Office at the desk of President Donald Trump. Former President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk stating, “The buck stops here.” He took responsibility. Trump runs and hides from it like a bad bully. This column isn’t about Trump, but it is about sexual harassment and abuse that we don’t talk about much in our community. Several years ago, Philadelphia Gay New […]

An AIDS Survivor, Barely Surviving

Sam Cooper, a shell-shocked gay veteran of the 1980s, has invited Braeden, a much younger man, out for a hamburger after their sexual tryst. Braeden has been mindlessly chattering about his life and friends and how he negotiates casual sex outside his relationship. Hookups carry no more weight for Braeden than the phone he uses to find them. When he was younger, Sam pointedly responds to the pleasant but unequipped Braeden, all of Sam’s friends were dying. He went to funerals twice a week. Sam delivers these facts with a satisfied but weary glare across the table toward his companion. Braeden looks […]

That Amazon LGBT Ad

The national obsession with where Amazon will plant itself reached new absurdity last week when numerous media outlets published a report that a group of gay activists were going to run ads suggesting that many of the 20 finalist cities should be disqualified based on LGBT equality criteria.  One of those 20 was my own Philadelphia. As an LGBT activist for almost 50 years and a proud Philadelphian, the misrepresentation of facts can’t be ignored, and while I’m sure the 19 other  cities are scratching their heads as well, I’ll take the privilege of using my own city as an […]

Hooray! HIV Stigma is Over!

Oh, to be a Hollywood producer. High-powered meetings and mimosas. Swimming pools. Movie stars. And as far as the eye can see, not a single person living with HIV experiencing stigma. That’s the candy-colored scenario presented by Brad Simpson, one of the executive producers of the FX series “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” as part of a radio interview on NPR’s “Here and Now” on Wednesday, January 31st. Simpson and co-producer Nina Jacobson were being asked about the objections of the Versace family to their fictionalized account of the last days of Gianni Versace, including the suggestion that Versace was HIV-positive. Brad Simpson defended […]

‘Skeleton Crew’ Walks Many Lines

She strides across the stage with the confidence of a spry mother tiger in her prime, ready to pounce. She lowers herself into the breakroom couch with the near-unbearable weight of the world on her shoulders. She inhales on a cigarette as if it is her last breath on this grimy, wretched earth, and then breezily exhales like she hasn’t a care in the world. She holds everyone else together, knows what they’re going to feel before they do, bears all but never bares all, and in the end, she does what needs to be done. She is Faye – […]

Why Are We Still Haunted by The Boys in the Band ?

When I was 15 years old in the mid-1970s, I couldn’t wait to attend a local community theater production of The Boys in the Band. I was intrigued by the play’s dark and mysterious reputation and had heard that it included a lot of homosexuality (funny how that word isn’t used much anymore). It sounded like exactly what this budding young queer needed: some lessons about the yellow brick road ahead. I didn’t like what I saw. The characters, a group of gay men celebrating a birthday, were mean and sad and angry with one another. And they were all presented […]

Actions Louder Than Words

Trump & Pence threaten our survival every day As we commiserate on one whole unbelievable and horrific year under this homophobic administration, it is vital that we know exactly what we are up against. The following is a list of anti-LGBT and anti-transgender actions from the Trump-Pence administration. We Must Resist, resist, resist: January 18th, 2018: The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights opened a “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” that will promote discrimination by health care providers who can cite religious or moral reasons for denying care. December 14th: Staff at the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Is North Korea Gay-friendly?

With the North Korea situation being in front of the news, the answer to that question is simple: No. But it gives us an opportunity as a community to look at how the US and our community are dealing with other nations and their LGBT policies.  The best examples from the last few years are in the Middle East, Africa, and Chechnya. Please follow and like us: