Humor, biography and historical tragedy often make for strange if not incompatible bedfellows, but Lousine Shamamian has managed to unite the three with brilliant gusto at this year's New York Fringe Festival.
It was an emotional experience the night I came out to my family, but those painful few hours were nothing compared to the decade of denial and exhausting deceit I had endured up until then.
It was an incredible moment, and the campaign continues to change the publishing landscape. We need more books by authors of color, by women, by queer people and by people underrepresented in New York publishing.
While I shed tears of joy on Supreme Court marriage day, a whole new doom cloud of fears set in. Now that marriage is law of the land, us gays were going to start to feel some of the same stupid social pressures everyone else did. Cue the headache.
The justices serve up a healthy portion of civil equality for everyone to digest. Some people will complain about having been forcibly fed this meal, while others will swallow and move on with their lives knowing that their well being matters.
Newsflash: sex is not just for making babies. It's supposed to be enjoyable. It's supposed to be wet and noisy and silly and raucous and romantic and thrilling and any combination of all of those things. What it is not is lurid and disgusting and something to be ashamed of.
It felt as if no one understood the hurdles I knew I had to overcome to get to a point where the "happy news" wasn't underlined in bold with a huge asterisks of "but what happens when..."
I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives.
When I first heard that professional eyebrows Cara Delevingne was on the cover of Vogue talking openly about her relationship with St. Vincent's Annie Clark, I thought, "Awesome! We need more queer cover girls!" Then I read it. And sighed a deep, painful sigh.
Standing in the shadows next to happy couples celebrating their love and marriage benefits is something no one wants to talk about: in establishing a legal foundation for marriages that last, the marriage equality movement also has laid a safe, clear, and legal path for those people like Tracie and me, who have decided to divorce.
I thank you Bea, for flying across the country into the cold, to help us protect our youths. I thank you for your compassionate heart and your noble spirit. I thank you for recognizing that LGBT youths are deserving of love, and speaking out for them.
When I read the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, I do think of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. I also think of Penny Proud, London Chanel and Candra Keels. But I also think of Andre and the two other young queer people of color who been murdered in Pittsburgh in the past two years.
So, if inherent in the ruling is the underlying acceptance that everyone is equal under the law and that our relationships are legit, therefore there is no reason to hide our relationships or enable others to hide: This is the "new" gay-positive/post-bigoted America: The court has basically said so.
It isn't "treatment" to withhold food and water from a youth. It isn't treatment to beat a teenager. And nothing should ever be considered treatment that involves denial of medical care, solitary confinement, electric shocks or public humiliation. That's not therapeutic. That's child abuse.
Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom.
Friday night. I was waiting for my wife to come home with the pizza dinner and half watching the new season of True Detective. I casually cruised over to Facebook, certain everyone in the world was having a more exciting life than I. When I saw the message from the famed Loraine Hutchins, I knew immediately. I screwed up.