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Domenick Scudera, M.F.A., is Professor of Theater at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. He is also a professional theater director working in the Greater Philadelphia area. As a performer, he has created several one-man shows that have premiered in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and have been performed in many venues nationally. Domenick and his dogs volunteer in pet therapy programs for several hospitals in the Philadelphia area each week.

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Pokemon Gay

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 9:02 AM

The phenomenal success of Pokemon Go has inspired me. I have developed a new game for the gay male community that combines the best features of the augmented-reality game Pokemon Go with gay hook-up apps like Grindr. I call it Pokemon Gay.

Here's how it works:

To start, the gay...

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It's Just a Star. And This Is Just a Finger.

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 8:56 AM

Donald Trump has been accused of using anti-Semitic symbolism in a recent tweet about Hillary Clinton. A six-sided star highlighting the phrase "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" is seen with a backdrop of cascading money. The media pounced and suggested that Mr. Trump was using the imagery to pander...

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Thank You from a Gay Guy

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 10:18 AM

This week has been rough for those of us in the LGBTQ community.

First, the horrific murders in Orlando hit like a ton of bricks on Sunday morning. Many of us - including my husband and I - were out at gay clubs on Saturday night. The killer could just...

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Gays In Spaaaaaaace

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 9:04 AM

Date: May 26, 2066

Log Entry: MMMCCLI

Well, it has been 50 years since Texas Representative Louie Gohmert's famous "Modern-Day Noah" speech. I decided to watch the old clip and, boy oh boy, is it quaint:

It is almost comical to listen to this speech today, considering how off-the-mark Gohmert was about a gay space colony. He scoffed at the idea of sending same-sex couples into space because he believed that this was no way to "save humankind for posterity." But my comrades and I are living proof that such a colony can thrive and flourish. Did anyone take this man seriously when he made this speech? He thought we gays were attacking "natural law" and that humans "don't have much longer to go" if we promoted LGBT people. Ha ha ha!

Gohmert asked "if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples?" Less than a year after he made those remarks, a plan was hatched to send exactly 40 gay people into space to put his hypothesis to the test. Who would have known that it would be a necessity?! When the United States Civil War II broke out and international chaos ensued, threats of nuclear annihilation caused us to speed up our plan. The 40 of us were launched into space a year earlier than we had original scheduled. Being resourceful and focused, we managed to found the first space colony on Mars.

The 40 of us had been chosen carefully. There were 10 gay couples and 10 lesbian couples. Almost all of the colonists were in their twenties. [My husband and I were 24 and 22 at the time.] We were all recently married. None of us had children.

Gohmert had assumed that we would die out. He was wrong. Upon arriving on Mars, we made a plan to perpetuate the human race in case the battles down on Earth caused human extinction. Initially, ten of the women volunteered to carry children. Gohmert thought we could not do this but, in fact, there are ways gay people can conceive children. Several assisted reproductive technologies were used. Some of the gay men physically coupled with the lesbians. We do not have data on how all the children were conceived because it was decided that these were private choices with no necessity to share information. Only the medical personnel amongst us knows how many women chose in vitro fertilization, for instance. These professionals have vowed to maintain patient confidentiality.

Within no time, our little colony was bustling with babies! It was fun, exhausting, joyful (although we were saddened by reports of widespread misery down on Earth). We had decided to take on parental responsibilities as a group because we were all invested in the future of our species. Our colony grew quickly as more babies arrived in the next few years.

Gohmert's theory that gay people cannot conceive or successfully raise children was quickly debunked. His concerns about the religious ramifications of our experiment also proved to be way off-base.

Many of the initial colonists had no religious affiliations. Having been burned and maligned by religious fanatics on Earth, they steered clear of religion to avoid any further harm. However, some of the colonists did retain their faiths. A decision was made to keep religion private. Organized religion was effectively eliminated. Our religious comrades focused on the peaceful and beautiful messages of their faiths and eschewed prejudices that had been layered on through organized religion. Over time, some of the non-practicing colonists were newly attracted to religion. Many of the children, as they grew, aligned themselves with one faith or another. There are no statistics for this because religion is not promoted publically. But, removing judgment from the equation made religion more inviting to more people.

Of course, we are not perfect. Squabbles bubble up here and there. But, mostly, we live peaceably and happily as a community. We raise our children to be respectful of others, private in their religious and sexual practices, and devoid of prejudice. My husband and I are in our seventies now, and we have grandchildren and great-grandchildren! There are no statistics about how many of the Martian-born children are heterosexual and how many are homosexual because we respect each other's privacy.

When the Earth's troubles began to simmer down about 20 years ago, the Martian inhabitants were given the option to return. Not one of the original colonists chose to go back. Many of the offspring, however, made the journey to Earth to explore new options. Every one of them returned to Mars within six months. Appalled by the dominant hatred and discord that they experienced on so many levels, they chose to return to a place where they were valued for their contributions and not judged by their physical traits or personal choices.

Gohmert is long gone. It is too bad that he never lived to see his Modern-Day Noah / Gay Space Colony in action. He believed and promoted misguided messages. We are left to wonder if, in death, he ever saw the...

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Coming Out of the Closet Is Now a Marketing Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 9:52 AM

Congratulations to Infiniti for trivializing a painful experience for commercial gain. In its new ad, the car company has a young man coming out to his conservative, wealthy, BMW-lovin' father. At first, the audience is led to believe the son is coming out as gay. But then we learn that...

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What Do Your Favorite Movies Reveal About You?

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:46 AM

Try this: jot down a list of your Top Ten Favorite Films. Now, take a look at the list and ask yourself: what ties these films together? What does this list say about me?

Here is my list:

Domenick's Top Ten Favorite Films

  1. King Kong (1933)

  2. Silence of...

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'Drag Queen' Is Not a Mental Disorder

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 10:45 AM

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is in hot water. He has been suspended from the bench for stopping probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

How does Moore defend himself? By bashing a local Alabama drag queen, of course.

The thorn in Moore's side is Ambrosia Starling, one...

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The Reasons Why I Need to Hug My Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 5:01 PM

I have put up with some annoying and downright upsetting stuff on the internet. I endured posts debating the color of The Dress. I have sifted through the minutiae of every Kardashian's life. I gritted my teeth scrolling through articles about Ted Cruz equating transgender people with sexual predators. Endless...

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The Orwellian Plot to Unseat North Carolina Governor McCrory

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 9:23 AM

To reasonable Americans, it would appear that the backlash over North Carolina's HB2 legislation is the reaction to an egregious injustice. The "bathroom bill" is a far-reaching piece of legislation that denies basic rights to LGBT individuals. The boycotts from companies and entertainers are part of a collective...

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I Put Trump's Name In This Headline To Attract More Readers

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 9:23 AM

Trump chairman of CBS, Les Moonves, recently stated that covering Trump GOP frontrunner was bad for America, but "damn good" for CBS. It appears that Trump other news agencies agree. Trump name of Trump Republican candidate appears everywhere, in a majority of headlines, as Trump focus of numerous...

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Using Republican Tactics in Real Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 8:20 AM

Last week, I used GOP leadership skills to teach my Shakespeare class. I put myself in a Republican mindset and kicked out all but the male, white, Christian students. I thought I had really succeeded in making my class great again. Until this week, that is, when the...

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A Republican Leadership Lesson Plan

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 8:20 AM

The leadership skills displayed by the Republican presidential candidates inspire me. I am a teacher and I recently applied GOP leadership techniques in my classroom. They work like a charm! I share my story with you in the hopes that these practices might filter into your workplace. As a community,...

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O-Kern-Homa, the 2016 Edition

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 9:47 AM

Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern is at it again. It is a new year and she has put forward a series of new, particularly cruel, anti-LGBT bills. "If that flusters the homosexuals, I'm sorry," she declared.

I am a homosexual, and I am flustered.

And I do not...

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A 51-Year-Old Gay Man's Response to The Force Awakens

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 7:27 AM

I was twelve when George Lucas' Star Wars opened in 1977. Seeing the film was an event, not another night at the movies. My family drove several towns away from our home and waited on a line that wrapped around the large theater several times. Once in, we sat down...

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Stop the Massacre of Stray Animals in Egypt

(7) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 10:23 AM

The images are brutal. Dogs shot in the streets, left to die in pools of their own blood. The new governor of Alexandria in Egypt, on his first day in office, ordered that the streets be culled of stray dogs. Ruthlessly, these innocent animals were gunned down one...

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1 Million Doms Supports Samantha Bee's New Show

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 9:00 AM

The conservative media watch group, One Million Moms (or 1MM), has launched a campaign against a new TBS show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, that will air in 2016. The organization, a branch of the American Family Association, is offended by the title and "the vile content and...

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Woo Hoo! Pennsylvania Says We Can Keep Our Wedding Anniversary!

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 8:42 AM

In 2013, Pennsylvania's state ban on same-sex marriage was in effect. Montgomery County register of wills, D. Bruce Haines, defied the law starting in July of that year. His office issued marriage licenses to gay couples for a short time. My now-husband and I were one of 174 pairs who...

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Keeping America Safe By Altering Our Favorite Films

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Republicans are fearful that accepting Syrian refugees into the United States will threaten our national security. Almost half of our nation's governors (almost all Republican) have vowed to block Syrian refugees from their states. The House of Representatives passed Republican-backed legislation to effectively halt Syrian refugees from gaining access to...

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I Am an Out-and-Proud Happy Face Carved Into an Open, Pussy Sore

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Picture this: A church beautifully festooned for a lovely wedding. White tulle is swathed everywhere, fragrant flowers fill the air, the wedding march plays. It is the wedding of two open sores -- oozing, pus-filled, gross, gaping sores. Happy faces have been carved into the sores. Crimson blood and yellowy...

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Our Gay Anniversary: 20 Years and Counting

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 8:39 AM

Many years ago when I was away at college, my mother discovered I was gay when she found a letter written by my boyfriend that I had left at home. She was upset, to say the least. She phoned me and insisted I see a psychiatrist. I agreed. After one...

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