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A Message to BTL Readers and the Greater Michigan LGBTQ Community

The message could not be clearer: respond to the COVID-19 crisis by staying home whenever you can, wash your hands frequently and do whatever you can to not spread the virus. But there is also a much larger message to spread: take care of each other, reach out to people who are isolated and fearful, and let's open our hearts to each other – even if we can’t physically open our arms.

By |2020-03-19T23:28:38-04:00March 19th, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Creep of the Week: COVID-19

There’s a reason #StayTheFuckHome is trending. Because that’s what we should all be doing. As much as possible, of course. There are lots of people who can’t, maybe because they have to work or have medical appointments they can’t miss. In other words, good reasons.

By |2020-03-19T23:23:39-04:00March 19th, 2020|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Parting Glances: A CT Black History Remembrance

As an emerging gay teenager, I attended Cass Technical High School where I was fortunate to soon discover there were others like myself in the process of coming out. Although back then there was no such thing as coming out, there was, however signaling — by dropping verbal hairpins — and exhibiting tell-tale touches of creative flamboyance.

By |2020-02-19T15:46:10-05:00February 19th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Creep of the Week: Steven Hotze

When I went to the library recently there was a black man, maybe in his 30s, standing outside collecting signatures. Being civic-minded and nosey, I approached him to see what the signatures were for. “I’m running for Congress and I am collecting signatures to get on the ballot,” he said.

By |2020-02-05T15:02:47-05:00February 5th, 2020|Creep of the Week, Opinions|

Parting Glances: Dopplegangers, Big 10 and Me

As a recent resident of the Henry Ford Senior Retirement Village Community, consisting of some 800 units — I live in Berkshire Gardens — I have had some interesting, shall we say, metaphysical, perhaps psychic experiences. At separate dinner times, for starters, I've encountered three fellow diners — the food served at the St. Clair and Windows restaurants is excellent and varied — who are double takes for friends I have known for some time.

By |2020-02-05T15:00:01-05:00February 5th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Reading About Love

The romance genre is a billion dollar plus industry and it’s finally starting to look like there’s a little something for everyone. That includes new adult — post high school/early college protagonists — more mature adults and second chance love stories, LGBTQIA relationships and protagonists who are people of color.

By |2020-01-22T16:21:37-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Canes, Walkers and Rehabilitations

My brand-name watch battery quit after six years of service. I replaced it last week for another six years of second-by-second, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, month-by-month timeline reassurance. It occurs to me that the battery replacement is [...]

By |2020-01-22T16:19:18-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Silent Shame

This past year in my practice, I began to see both male and female clients who presented with a past history of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the statistics prove that someone misusing alcohol or other drugs most likely has some form of child abuse in their past as well. Add that this person identifies with the LGBTQ community, and the numbers change dramatically.

By |2020-01-22T16:18:14-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

How the Trump ‘Medical Conscience’ Rule is Harming LGBTQ Liberty

In November a federal district judge in New York found that the Trump Administration lied. The Court also held that the Administration had overstepped its authority. Let me explain. In May 2019 the Administration issued its “Medical Conscience” rule. We’ve had medical conscience rules in the past that have protected health care employees who refuse to participate in performing abortions, sterilizations and assisted suicides, based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.

By |2020-01-07T16:22:36-05:00January 7th, 2020|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The Trans Body

Transphobia, like homophobia, isn't generally using the suffix "-phobia" to mean "fear," but to mean "aversion." It's the same notion as hydrophobic surfaces refer to their ability to repel water. That said, I feel there [...]

By |2019-12-11T14:29:06-05:00December 11th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|

We Must Not Betray Their Sacrifices

The New York Stock Exchange. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The National Institutes of Health. All three locations are icons in America not just because of their status in the broader culture but because of their seminal roles in bringing the urgency of our community in addressing the HIV crisis.

By |2019-11-27T15:41:20-05:00November 27th, 2019|Opinions, Viewpoints|