Tag Archives: queer

On Marriage and Equality

It was the late 1970s and I was struggling with my identity. I knew I was gay but I didn’t know how I could be gay. The Stonewall Rebellion, considered the watershed event of the modern gay rights movement, was not even … Continue reading

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More than Benefits

Often when the subject of marriage equality comes up there is talk of the financial benefits of marriage, especially in America where everything is typically reduced to the bottom line of expenses and profits, where people often look most to … Continue reading

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Brian Boitano is Gay

So Brian Boitano came out recently and nobody is surprised. And that is irritating me. Matt Lauer interviewed him on the Today Show a couple days ago and made a joke about not being shocked by the news. Boitano graciously … Continue reading

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A Dream Realized

When I was in about second grade or possibly third I remember sitting at the feet of my Great Aunt Leona, listening to her talk about writing. She was a poet, composer, and a stringer for the Wisconsin State Journal, … Continue reading

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The Secret Queer Ring

So Pat Robertson reported on the “700 Club” the other night that gay people in large cities like San Francisco (the modern-day Sodom) are spreading AIDS by wearing special rings that cut people when they shake your hand and put … Continue reading

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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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