Outspoken

Religion’s Rule Over Me

For over half my life – over 20 years, a religion ruled it. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness so, I spent three nights a week at some meeting at the Kingdom Hall, the place of worship, and my weekends were sp...

Pancake Surprise!

I love to bake and look forward to any opportunity to do so. Let’s not confuse this with cooking, since the two are quite different and when it comes to the latter I honestly could burn water. However, somethin...

God Doesn’t Care If I’m Gay

Being gay in the bible-belt South isn’t an easy thing to be, especially when you live in a town with a church on every corner where bible verses are thrown at you like rice at a wedding. I remember growing up k...

A Tribute to Deborah Batts, First Out Federal Judge

“Lets kill all the lawyers,” Shakespeare says in “Henry VI.” It’s easy to bash lawyers! A non-lawyer, I’m shy among lawyers at a party. Reading about court rulings, it’s hard to visualize judges as human bei...

What is Love?

For Valentine's Day, I will try to answer a simple question: what is love? Everyone has their own idea, but not all people will see it the same. To me there are different types of love: such as puppy love (crus...

Bare-Naked with No One to Fuck

I was having second thoughts about the accommodations I made for a trip to Miami when my friend reassured, “How bad could an American hostel be?” The answer, I’ve learned, is not awful until you want to have so...

Fire Drill Bootcamp

I admit I was never a committed athlete. I have athletic abilities when pushed, but have never developed an interest in sticking with a sport very long. However, I understand the importance of physical health a...

Late Lifters

I hate to be that guy but it’s time we start calling those gym-goers out who disrespect the sanctity of our workout spaces. I’m talking about those late lifters who seem to think they have the right to continue...

Gay Men & Other Peoples’ Plague

My new kitten is utterly adorable, and I bet she tastes delicious, too. Fixie’s bright enough to play fetch, sharp enough to catch onto the tricks I use to get her out of my bedroom, and has such a lively chara...