Outspoken

Our Cry For Friendship

Paraphrasing the philosophical stoner known as Smokey, some people might ask if they can borrow a cup of sugar or some ketchup, but my folks wonder if I can spare a 5K run. One of my straight friends called thi...

My Eyes Are Up Here

It happens everywhere. I originally thought what I’d observed the other day at a meeting was something reserved for less-formal environments, like radio. However, it seems even those immersed in what many co...
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Introducing Old Friends to the New Me

There were no “reunion show” antics at my 20-year high-school reunion, except when I was talking with one of the people I most anticipated seeing and observed how so many of our former classmates looked exactly...

Katie Burkholder: My Ally Story

As a self-absorbed pre-teen living in a small town, all I knew of the world was what was immediately around me, and “diverse” is not the word I’d use to describe it: a lot of straight, white people who said tha...

The Human Pose

Set in 1987’s New York City vibrant ball scene, the FX musical drama Pose has scored high marks for its winning combination of alluring characters, fine actors, keen stagecraft and superb performance spectacle....

Sometimes “Y”: The Court’s All Right

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was overrated, as is the overall import both political sides attach to supreme court nominations. There are reasonable and well-meaning conservatives who cared enough ...
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The Goodness in Being Naive

I know Mr. Carter’s uncle didn’t mean to upset him. However, in my son’s mind he was certain he was heading into the abyss. My 3 year old is very practical. This is not a kid who relies on imagination to cre...