Birthday Musings

With tomorrow being my birthday, I sit here and look back on what I have seen and experienced. June 1973 was when the Upstairs Lounge was set on fire and killed 32 people. At the time it was the largest mass killing of LGBTQ people. In the month of August, the first major LGBT event [...]

The Curious Case of Candice Keller

We live in a world where we have measured freedom, often times we don’t realize just how limited it is. We can look back 60 years and see the strides we have made, how disease brought our community to the brink, and won the right to marry, should we choose to do so. We have [...]

Trials to Change the Future

Okay, you can argue that it is a more accepting time in history than, let's say 1960, for being LGBTQ and that is true in a way. We are more out than we have ever been, there is more coverage in the media, and more people in positions of power speaking out about who they [...]

Seeing People For Who They Are

My recent article prompted some heated discussions on a Facebook group for Cleveland’s LGBTQ. Things like pronoun usage, gender identity, and sex are topics that have become something of a large amount of focus in recent years. And it is easy to understand why people have a hard time with the terms and usage. For [...]

Gender and Pronouns

Human Condition is defined as  the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and morality, as defined by yourdictionary.com. Life is the quintessential human condition because it is the sum of our existence. How the unique identifiers are understood by us is how [...]

The Best Advice…

Often overlooked in our LGBTQ community are transgender men and women. I feel it is important to be able to share some of their stories. It is time for us all to set our differences and beliefs aside. We must unite and fight we lose all the progress we have made. That requires us coming [...]

Small Step Activism

Activism is a huge idea and often times scary for the individual. We look back at history and see the marches for civil rights, the sit ins for peace, and the demonstrations for freedom and it call all be too much to process. You get swept up in the current thinking how you can help [...]