The Truth About Race

So often people are concerned with race. In America, it is a most volatile subject, one that causes hate crimes, murders, hatred, bigotry, prejudice, discrimination and many other horrible consequences. To be concerned with race does not necessarily make one a “racist” per se....

My Big Fat Legal Wedding

  My wife of three years and I are going to get married in New York next week. We have intermittently discussed going somewhere to get legally married, but have always decided that there is no point in going out of the way for it...

America as Dystopia

Dystopian novels have been regarded as everything from warnings to prophecies to a rebellious but harmless form of entertainment which can make a big profit with teenagers. But sometimes it seems as if major political leaders have studied these books for tips.  In many...

An Autonomy of Self

The United States lags behind in social progress as many countries regulate and legalize prostitution. In 2003, the United States Supreme Court oversaw Lawrence v. Texas, ruling to legalize sodomy in the entire nation. Justice Kennedy remarked, "Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes...

The New Rainbow Radicals

The question of equality in America is really a matter of time at this point; polls show an increasing number of Americans support marriage equality and those numbers show no signs of decreasing. President Obama came out in favor of marriage equality and a...

Trayvon Martin: His Shooter’s Intentions

Intentions?             “He’s got his hand in his waistband and he’s a black male,” George Zimmerman told the 9-1-1 dispatcher.             Do not follow him, the dispatcher advised Zimmerman.             Zimmerman followed...

Out Is The New In

For me, the most important evolution in any GLBTQ person’s life is becoming comfortable in their own skin. We’ve come a long way from bullying and hate crimes and made coming out more comfortable than before. But as world leaders, advertising executives and pop...

Editor’s Letter

Last month we dealt with race, and this month’s issue we’re dealing with the topics that apply to the GLBT community. I am gay. I came out when I was 14 and have never had an issue with my sexual orientation anymore than a heterosexual...

Gays In The Prison System

During a recent stay at the Philadelphia Prison System I saw, first hand, how the gay population in a correctional facility so large is treated.  A county jail in which inmates prey upon each other and the officers charged with keeping order are complacent...

Evolving

As June arrives and PRIDE celebrations begin I like to take inventory of my impressions and thoughts over the past years. Much like President Obama, my ideas on gay marriage have been evolving. As an out lesbian who identifies as both femme and queer the...