Outspoken

A Letter to Those Who Still Support “45”

Being in front of a news camera for almost a decade has taught me to keep my thoughts to myself, especially when it comes to politics. I’m not sure if anyone else did this or still does this, but I would read a...

Locker Talk: Social Pressures Still Linger in 2019

Peer pressure is a constant battle that will never cease to exist. We face it as children, teenagers, and even as adults. As children, we all have a friend that dares us to jump from a high elevation. As teenag...

No Soap, No Bathing … No Bueno

I don’t smell!That was part of the headline I saw from The Guardian for a story that introduced me to people who chose to no longer shower or bathe. You read that correctly; these people have decided to liv...

Maricón in the Mediterranean

I went on a cruise around Italy, Greece, and Croatia last week, and was the only gay passenger aboard the ship (officially). There was supposed to be a cocktail mixer for LGBTQ cruisers one evening, but no one w...

Finding the Joy of Butt Pain

The last few months have felt like my bicycle gave me an STD. The discomfort and embarrassment I’ve experienced periodically since April has reminded me of some of the riskier eras of my life. I would go to a f...

Saying Goodbye

I’m not a fan of house-flipping shows. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve sat through many of them and am curious what the end results look like. However, what I don’t like is the idea of a home as just a building and th...

Clover: A Cat Rejected From Hell

Unlike people, unlikeable animals are hard to come by. From my experience, cats lack a sinister motive and the sense for a deliberate betrayal that humans often calculate. Meeting awful people is like seeing a ...

My Own Crazy Cat Lady

Ever since I saw Michele Pfeiffer overpouring milk into her cats’ bowls in her portrayal of Selina Kyle, better known as Cat Woman in Tim Burton’s 1992 Batman Returns, I’ve admired crazy cat people. Cats are of...

Outing Myself for a Greater Cause

When I was a sophomore in college, the student government put me on trial for satirizing transphobia. It was the culmination of a year and a half of controversy that began with the start of my freshman year and...

‘Pleasantville Pete’ and the New Gay Love Story

Pete Buttigieg’s nerdiness may be a bigger liability than his sexual orientation as he attempts to become the first openly gay president of the United States. As admirable as his mind, words and biography are, ...