Shots and Shutdown

I received my first COVID-19 vaccination shot last week. My second right-arm shot is scheduled for March 11. Among 300 seniors inoculated in a well-coordinated system at Dearborn’s Henry Ford Village, I was number 13. [...]

By |2021-03-03T13:33:01-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Opinions, Parting Glances|

700 PGs later

I started writing my Parting Glances column in 1999. Its premise was simple enough: choose an important LGB — and occasionally T — historical event that actually changed things for us, or challenged us to [...]

By |2021-01-14T11:37:02-05:00January 14th, 2021|Opinions, Parting Glances|

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|

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|

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|

Artist’s Statement

There is little conscious planning as I create my art. I work intuitively and rather quickly. I start with a geometric shape, a humorous or serious doodle, a fluid symbol fished from my subconscious, a newly minted hieroglyph or alphabet, sometimes a line expressive of energy and movement, and I proceed from there.

By |2019-09-11T14:33:20-04:00September 11th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: Looking Bassakwards

As a teenager I learned the lay of the land from word-of-mouth sharing from those who had navigated Detroit's watering holes years before me. I did however once venture - daringly - on my own into the Greyhound Bus Depot to check out noonday comings and goings. I was cautious. I had been forewarned.

By |2019-06-19T14:59:37-04:00June 19th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

A Slogan Come True Big Time!

“Gay is good. You are not alone.” This was the slogan when the Affirmations LGBT Center opened its doors in Ferndale more than 20 years ago. It was a bold statement to make at the time: reassurance for many cautious, confused, isolated young people in need of understanding, trained organizational support and a place to hang out.

By |2019-06-05T15:12:24-04:00June 5th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: May Babies May Be Gay Babies!

The “Coffee Table Book of Astrology” tattles that “taurus is the astrological sign of sexual deviancy.”Or, as a friend of mine used to tell me year after year of our 40-year friendship, “Brandy” — his nickname for me, as in the alcoholic beverage, brandy Alexander — "May babies are gay babies.” There may be some truth to this observation.

By |2019-04-24T14:21:05-04:00April 24th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: A Hug in Time

An open house I attended a blossoming spring or two ago was winding down at the home of BTL co-publishers Jan Stevenson and Susan Horowitz. Two boys of some of the invited party guests were fussing over who’d get to release balloons at the festive closing of the couple's full bloom garden showcase.

By |2019-04-10T16:05:35-04:00April 10th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances Black Gay Detroit Friends (Pt. 3)

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.)

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