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...

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...

The Gas About Religion and State

The Gas about Religion and State Like it or not, humans are predictable, no matter what you are hearing from mass media these days. Politics and religion are two of the most consistent and predictable behaviors of all. Can you remove politics from religion? No....

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...

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...

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...

Editor’s Letter – Race Issue

The complexities of race are something that I personally understand and feel I have a unique perspective on.  I am biracial (half German and half African-American), whom is often perceived as either Hispanic or Middle Eastern.   As a result of this combination, I...

Stay and Fight!

I realized early on last night, election night, that Donald Trump was going to win the election.  My friends and family were enthused and excited until it all became clear that Hillary Clinton, although she won the popular vote, would not win enough electoral votes...

The Post Election Freak-Out

Based on conversations I’ve had, hysterical posts on Facebook I’ve seen, and alarming news stories I’ve read, the panic at the re-election of President Obama among conservatives is more dramatic than possibly any presidential election in our nation’s history.  People are still posting rants,...

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....