National Transgender Awareness Week

Today started National Transgender Awareness Week and it usually takes place between November 13th and 19th. It has become a time for transgender people and their allies to come together, share their stories, highlight the community, and talk about issues that they face every day. This is also a time in which the general public [...]

Asian Lantern Festival August 2019

This year I got to go back to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The lanterns were as awesome as last year but they were all new exhibits. It was as amazing as it was last year and the crowds seemed to be more mindful of photographers this year. Being 6'4 and [...]

Queercore

The first real punk group that really spoke to me was Pansy Division, I was turned on to them in college one summer in the early 1990s. It was the closing of a school year where I had been dealing with my sexuality and experienced a first real lover. His name was Kevin and he [...]

Reconciliation in the LGBTQ Community

I wrote a few times about when I came out and what it was like. As a short recap, it was the summer of 95 and my mother wasn’t surprised. My father found out a couple years later, more by accident and stupidity than anything. We had gotten a desktop computer and as most young [...]

From Where Did It Start?

Most of us, thanks to Pride celebrations the nation over, are aware that the first marches took place fifty years ago at the Stonewall Inn. Stonewall was only the turning point for our movement. Yes, Stonewall was monumental because it was the point where many of us were tired of the mistreatment we were enduring, [...]

The Importance of Pride

What does the importance of Pride mean? How does it relate to us, each and everyone? Sure each of us could argue if it is needed or why it is, but the truth is in the climate we are currently in, Pride is what will keep us together and show our strength. So much of [...]

What Are You?

I am fortunate to have several friends who were born outside of the United States and moved here to attend college.  When chatting with these friends, I often gain new perspectives on American culture through the benefit of an outsider’s view.  For example, my friends have pointed out that Americans tend to be obsessed with [...]