Forest for the Trees

LGBTQ people now have television representation of about 10%, in the U.S. we are allowed to marry, many states have some form of protection rights (many do not), and it would appear we even have a more tolerant climate, the truth is we are missing the forest because of all of the trees. This Administration [...]

How Do You Define Your Community?

In my 46 years, I have lived in many places but most of them have always been smaller towns. The one thing that rings true to all of them is that the LGBTQ people there always say there is no community. Some take the literal meaning of a group of people living in the same [...]

Rise and Resist

With marriage equality, people seeming to be more accepting of LGBTQ people, and many states starting to offer protection status to LGBTQ people, we often forget that there are still vast hurdles to overcome. In 2018, there were 26 tracked deaths of transgender or gender non-conforming people in this U.S. and for 2019, we have [...]

LGBTQ History of the Holocaust

I have found, personally, that when discussing the history of LGBTQ rights that it can lead to very different conversations. Some feel that the past is best kept there and focusing on current issues are more important. Others feel that we should use our past struggle as a guidepost for how to meet the challenges [...]

How LGBTQ People Have Contributed to the World

Our city, Cleveland, has had a few victories this year that definitely need celebrating. While we still have a fight ahead of us, acknowledging where we have made advances gives us strength to fight on. Share with me in this and know that each of you are a part of this. All to often you [...]

Clinging To The Shadows

A Gallup PollĀ in 2017 showed that 4.5% of Americans verbally identified as being LGBTQ. It's a staggering statistic to imagine. Four out of every 100 hundred people are LGBTQ. I was at an event at work recent and we had about 170 people in attendance. There were 10 LGBTQ that I was personally aware of, [...]

LGBTQIA+ Must Unite and Fight

Each and every one of us, drag queen/king, gender non-conforming, gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans gender, and any others of us has a voice and we matter. We have our own power and point of view, our abilities and self-worth. Each of us has a rightful place at the table for our very rights. This administration [...]