The Santa Claus of Stonewall

The marketing of LGBTQ Pride has become so strong that soon we won’t make it through Easter or Mother’s Day before stores erect rainbow-themed displays. While there’s a tinge of progress in Target having kiosks...

Georgia GOP Delivers Stealth Win for LGBTQ Parents

It’s hard to say anything nice about Georgia Republicans since there are only so many times you can compliment people by comparing them to Alabamians. The state GOP enjoys playing roulette when targeting minori...

Literary Bathhouse

I attended my first writers’ conference this weekend and was surprised by how similar it felt to a trip to the bathhouse, just with more small talk. About a hundred aspiring novelists were at an airport hotel t...

The Perilous Mirage of Monogamy

The last thing I wanted to be doing at five o’clock on a Monday morning was escorting a member of one of Atlanta’s royal couples out of my apartment. The bemusing scene became more unsettling a day later when I...

Proud Trailblazer or Political Catfish?

The Victory Fund has played an instrumental role in electing the first out lesbian U.S. senator, as well as openly lesbian mayors in two of the nation’s largest cities, Houston and Chicago. In the special elect...

How to Lose Love at First Sight

As the stranger stared into my eyes and pulled my body against his body, my face close to his face, and my lips inches away from his lips, I remembered how I’ve always thought it was tacky when people kiss in a...

Methodist Madness

There is a superficiality to American spirituality that makes me doubt the average Methodist could explain what differentiates his or her denomination from Lutheranism, Presbyterianism or even Catholicism. Lent...

What Would You Do?

Our society is turning into an episode of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” Of all of the possibilities in this golden age of television, we’ve decided to emulate a hidden-camera morality farce. My long-s...

Leveraging a Lack of Secrets

It was adorable to hear my 92-year-old grandma talking about the gentleman friend she recently met, but for the past week, I’ve been wondering whether I should have checked her cell phone to make sure the guy d...

Cheers for Two ‘Super’ Men

Super Bowl activities are taking place across the street from my apartment complex this week, and one of my transgender friends has dreams of being the mistress in a sex scandal with one of the athletes on the ...

Opening a ‘Box’ of Stigma

I was close to succumbing to the “Bird Box” craze until I saw Sandra Bullock in the opening scene and decided sitting through another of her movies would be more horrifying than any plot. Despite m...