From Asia, with Pride

I’ve been traveling out of the country for the last couple of weeks, and with what seems to be so much disagreement in our community on a range of issues, and the ongoing doubts about where our struggle is leading, I thought I’d share with you a few snapshots from my trip– which should give you a different view of our community and our accomplishments.

Two Lesbians on a Tram, and Australia’s Historic Vote

Same-sex marriage Down Under in a tense contest In Australia this week, it will not be business as usual for commuters on the tram. For a group of elderly lesbians with a sparkle in their eyes and attitude to boot, it’s time to reclaim the train, and reclaim their history. To commemorate a historic act of lesbophobia which occurred there in 1977, they will board and they will hold hands. And they will be proud.

Two Lesbians on a Tram, and Australia’s Historic Vote

Same-sex marriage Down Under in a tense contest In Australia this week, it will not be business as usual for commuters on the tram. For a group of elderly lesbians with a sparkle in their eyes and attitude to boot, it’s time to reclaim the train, and reclaim their history. To commemorate a historic act of lesbophobia which occurred there in 1977, they will board and they will hold hands. And they will be proud.

‘Gypsy’ the Musical is LGBT History

Outrageous lesbian murderess steps out of the pages of history LGBT history can be found in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it just comes as a surprise to learn that something, or someone, you’ve known about was gay. Given the title of this column, you may think this is going to be about the lyricist of Gypsy – my favorite Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim, who’s gay – it isn’t. And if you think it’s about another member of the production company of that original Broadway bombastic hit– so many of them were gay– again, it isn’t.

Ending Ignorance, One Circle at a Time

“Circles of Voices” Airs Diverse Opinions Once a month on an early Saturday evening, a small but powerful vocal transformation is taking shape in Baltimore. At a time when the players on the national scene are brazenly sowing division and putting all minority communities in danger and our local Baltimore streets are rife with a record number of homicides, a new space is quietly being born. A now and future safe space. Its birth pangs are not always pretty, as it entails connecting people who do not occupy the same space in any way in the city. This connection and […]

Conversion Therapy is Torture

To the entire LGBT community: Let’s begin as a community to state the truth without putting lipstick on a pig. Personally, it sickens me when I see someone from GLAAD or HRC on television calling conversion therapy “praying the gay away.” That is downright as truthful as a Donald Trump tweet, and might show how we attempt to soften our message for consumption by the mainstream. Or, it might hide something very sad: our own attempt to not accept what has been done to us as a collective community for years – and that, my friends, is torture.

Stand Up for Our Humanity

When the Ravens announced that they are considering signing Colin Kaepernick to the team, the floodgates opened in Baltimore. It is not simply a matter of football. It is loaded, political, and rife with meaning. It is news underlying actions wielding the jagged edge of a knife, it is coming down on one side or the other, it is fierce, defiant, divisive and ugly – though for many it holds the possibility of healing, reconciliation, and a ray of hope. It is a symbol and symptom of life in Donald Trump’s America.

Stand Up for Our Humanity

When the Ravens announced that they are considering signing Colin Kaepernick to the team, the floodgates opened in Baltimore. It is not simply a matter of football. It is loaded, political, and rife with meaning. It is news underlying actions wielding the jagged edge of a knife, it is coming down on one side or the other, it is fierce, defiant, divisive and ugly – though for many it holds the possibility of healing, reconciliation, and a ray of hope. It is a symbol and symptom of life in Donald Trump’s America.