Mombian: Of Budget and Bias

By | 2019-03-20T14:12:44-05:00 March 20th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget, released March 11, reinforces his intention to let foster care and adoption agencies discriminate against LGBTQ people and others in the name of religion, using taxpayer money. There is legislation pending that could stop these religious exemptions to non-discrimination laws, however. Here’s what you need to know.

Ducking Transgender Athletes

By | 2019-03-13T13:43:26-05:00 March 13th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Centuries ago, during the witch trials of the medieval era, a unique way of determining who was or wasn't a witch was created. A woman suspected of being a witch would have her right thumb bound to the big toe on her left foot. She would then have a rope tied around her waist, and be thrown into a nearby pond or river.

Positive Thoughts: I’m an HIV-Positive Gay Man Committed to Racial Justice

By | 2019-03-06T14:51:57-05:00 March 6th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The day the universe decided it wanted to see sugar, spice and everything nice, it was June 10, 1991 – the day I was born. Even as a child, I was always talkative and quite the jokester. Winning "Loudest," "Class Clown," and "Most Likely to Work for The New York Times" my senior year of high school proved not only that I could make anyone laugh, but that my banter always led to greater conversation.

Parting Glances Black Gay Detroit Friends (Pt. 3)

By | 2019-02-20T14:42:31-05:00 February 20th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

I had my picture taken a year ago with actress Lily Tomlin, who was in Detroit — her native city — as speaker for an LGBTQ fundraiser. I was wearing a blue-patterned hoodie I had designed for ArtWear Detroit. And the juxtaposition of my design wear and Ms. Tomlin's vivid popularity was good PR. (For both of us I like to think.)

Creep of the Week: Randy Garber

By | 2019-02-20T14:39:45-05:00 February 20th, 2019|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Oh, hey, did you hear that in Kansas lawmakers are trying to establish the LGBTQ community as a religion? Or, more specifically, they’re trying to argue that LGBTQ people are actually secular humanists so that Kansas doesn’t have to recognize marriage equality anymore; also that gay people aren’t black, I think.

Whatever Happened to? …

By | 2019-02-20T14:38:10-05:00 February 20th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

As I rework my dissertation into a book manuscript — cutting sections here, smoothing out passages there, tugging at paragraphs like taffy over there, finding the through line — I have been sneaking out and doing some last-minute oral history interviews. Even though many people have told me to stop, that I need to get the book done. I can’t quite help it.

Valentine’s Day Visibility: To Stay in or Go Out?

By | 2019-02-06T15:56:46-05:00 February 6th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

As a lesbian, I often feel the urge to be vocally happy in my engagement to a woman. It’s a spiteful parry to a book I keep on my shelf as a joke: "The Unhappy Gays," a messy assortment of Christian ramblings about how queer people are actually miserable, pilfered from the collection of my deceased grandmother.

A Look at LGBTQ Artists in Burlesque

By | 2019-02-06T15:54:35-05:00 February 6th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

One would think that in the field of burlesque, sex and the discussion of it would be welcome, but this may not always be the case. In 2019 there is open discussion about all things LGBTQ as well as openly gay celebrities, but in the burlesque world, sex and sexual orientation are still considered dirty words by some. Why is this the case? Perhaps the answer to this and many other questions lies in pondering why humans readily embrace some things and people and not others. Normally, that which is deemed different is looked at with suspicion and approached with caution — as is the case with the LGBTQ or queer burlesque performers.

I’m Positive

By | 2019-01-23T15:38:35-05:00 January 23rd, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Every HIV story is a sad story. And, generally, it’s always a surprise story for people, something they weren’t expecting. In January 2014, I was dating a guy in Memphis, Tennessee, named Andre. We fell [...]

A Holiday Wish

By | 2018-12-19T12:48:11-05:00 December 19th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

So, once again, we reach the closing of the year. For many of us, this is a time of trees festooned with tinsel and glass baubles, or nights filled with candlelight or a myriad of holiday traditions. It's a time of gingerbread and gelt, kinara or hanukkiyah, and all sorts of things we hold dear.