An evening at the The Pantages in Los Angeles for the touring production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is exactly what one would think: an evening of camp, of glamor, of sequins and catty remarks, of laughter and tears.
Why can't the leading ladies be badass and lesbian? And if they are, why can't we see them as authentic, whole beings -- sex and all? When we throw stones at each other for including sex, we're telling ourselves that depicting our sexuality automatically shames us. I disagree.
"Cancer doesn't discriminate." I don't know who originally said that quote. It must have been someone who realized how large and diverse a world we live in, and how broad the term cancer is. For as far as the LGBT community has come, there are still those who view us as "other."
Baby steps. That was my reaction to the Easter weekend comments of Cardinal Dolan, the affable Archbishop of New York, about gays and the Church. I give the man credit for taking a more positive and welcoming tone. But it's also a sign of how low the bar is set.
They have one million views on YouTube, eleven thousand subscribers and are called the cutest couple on earth. Besides taking my mind off my ugly break up, Bria and Chrissy have showed the power musicians can have on the queer community.
No photo, witty posting or apt political cartoon can match sitting on a park bench with a friend. No amount of clicking "like" stands in for keeping me company before a scary mammogram. Friends take that seat next to you so you don't sit alone.
My transgender daughter said recently that "stories move the walls that need to be moved." I hope that our Transgender Remembrance Day story will help others begin to "move the walls that need to be moved."
It is important that Colleges and Universities know where to draw the line between free speech and hate speech. Kudos to Guilford College for not placing this issue on the back burner and not allowing capitalism to get in the way of the values we embrace as tomorrow's leaders.
It was a very difficult time in so many ways. Imagine a brother and sister keeping this vital secret at such a young age. Every day we worried that someone might find out and we would have to move again.
Ever wonder what it's like to live as the other gender? No, I am not announcing my upcoming plans to transition. But leaving San Francisco to travel through 16 countries, I discovered how much gender is a binary concept.
Dr. Robert Spitzer, considered by some to be the father of modern psychiatry, just made front page news when he apologized to the gay community, recanting a well-publicized 2003 study he had done supporting the use of reparative therapy to "cure" homosexuality.