Love is so easy to recognize sometimes. On Tuesday of last week, Mike, my mother's boyfriend of seven years, called me to let me know that he would be asking her to marry him. I'm not sure that he was really asking my permission, but I would have gladly granted him permission.
Simply put, we homosexuals are faced with the greatest civil rights battle of our time. Although we have not completely mastered the idea of equal rights among women and minorities, our battle to be recognized as human beings and citizens of this country has just started.
This week I talked with Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride, which takes place June 6 through June 15, 2014. This is the 44th celebration of Boston Pride, and this year's theme is "Be Yourself, Change the World."
I no longer wish toxic harm on those high school bullies, but I sometimes regret that I let their homophobia damage the chords of my gay voice. It's coming back but the higher octaves have given way to a more seasoned, jazzy baritone.
The Normal Heart remembers moments, then reinvents others, and it reminds me that AIDS fiction is not the truth but a reflection on the emotional truth of an epidemic. That's all I ask for. Lie to me about the look of a lesion and I will forgive you. Lie to me about the emotional truth of the epidemic and I'll pitch you out like an old AZT bottle.
Improvements in the fight for gay rights! And Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got married! No better way to sum up those topics than with Frozen's "Let It Go"! Because if Disney doesn't make you happy, nothing will.
The movie is garnering much attention because of the extraordinary star power -- not unlike how the celebrity of Hanks helped to propel Philadelphia. But, as with Philadelphia, it is the humanity imbued in a story being told at a necessary time that promises to enrapture audiences.
History shows us that critics--outliers, whistleblowers, radicals of various kinds -- are usually the first to be silenced, so we should never be complicit in the work of silencing those with whom we disagree.
A doctoral student at Columbia University complains that political scientists have been ignoring the 25 million residents of Appalachia. He is correct.
He grew up and so did his shadow; but the older he got the more he realized that everywhere he went his rainbow cast its shadow. Society feared it most.
There were many signs of change at this week's ceremony in the Old Executive Office building to roll out the new forever stamp honoring Harvey Milk. But as I watched I thought of another, overlooked sign of change. Fifty years ago, the U.S. Post Office, was actively working to suppress that movement.
Since December, when U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby declared that Utah's refusal to allow same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional, similar rulings by judges in other states across the country have been coming fast and furious.
This timely book addresses sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports. We've all been following the coming-out stories of male athletes Jason Collins, Michael Sam and, recently, Derrick Gordon, but it's rare to hear about the experience of a lesbian female athlete.
I gave my friend a high five, kissed my partner (now my legal partner/spouse), and as we drove home, we joked about putting a sign and a trail of tin cans on the back of our car.
A coalition of black pastors filed an amicus brief in Michigan's gay marriage trial last Wednesday. The group hope to defeat efforts to make same-sex marriage legal in Michigan and in the brief they particularly rejected comparisons between the gay civil rights movement and the struggle for African Americans in this country.
Today, 29 states still lack protections for workers based on sexual orientation, and 32 do so based on gender identity.