Tag Archives: African-American

Toward a More Queer World

Words are so important. A subtle shift in the way someone is described can mean the difference between acceptance and rejection. In queer history, just as in other minority communities, we have evolved through many word choices to more clearly … Continue reading

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Candlelight

When I arrived at the candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin there was one other person there, a young African-American male who asked my name and then introduced himself as Ibraham, the Muslim variation of the Judeo-Christian prophet Abraham. Shortly two … Continue reading

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To My “Christian” Friends

Let me start by saying that this is not for all of my Christian friends. It is for those who profess to be Christian, yet seem to live in a world of hatred, revenge, and violent rhetoric that does not … Continue reading

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Why Marriage Equality is Important

As the U. S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of California’s proposition 8, which overturned same-sex marriage in the state, the question arises, “Why is marriage equality important?” Some would argue that it is not, that married couples … Continue reading

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Oneness

I beat a drum that beats hundreds of miles away. My heart beats with it. I am one with it. I sing a song with brothers and sisters in another land. Our voices harmonize across the distance. We are separated … Continue reading

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Indictment

Today I attended a sentencing hearing for a former co-worker who had embezzled more than $120,000 from our company.  I wanted to attend and speak after seeing in the newspaper that the District Attorney’s office did not intend to pursue any jail … Continue reading

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To President Obama on the Next Four Years

November 13, 2012 Dear President Obama, Congratulations on your election to a second term. I sincerely hope that as a nation we can set politics aside and all work together to move this country forward. It was your campaign theme … Continue reading

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The “N” Word

Yesterday I overheard an African-American teen I know telling an adult about an experience from earlier in the day in which she had been called the “n” word. She is one of the sweetest girls I know and I felt … Continue reading

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