Off The Wall

  • AIDS: A Cocktail of Stupidity and Big Business As Usual

    In 2011 Michael Musto wrote a column for The Village Voice called "Why I Hate Being Gay.” At the time I thought it was tongue and cheek. Perhaps not. It made me stop and think.

  • Column: It's The Economy, Stupid

    This is a great country. From the time you are a toddler they tell you that you “can be anything you want to be” regardless. And it is true. After all, George W. Bush became president and Vanna White has been turning letters on Wheel of Fortune since 1982. I guess Ms. Pam Bondi’s dream was to become Florida Attorney General regardless of her IQ and her haphazard interpretation of the law or the incoherence of her dumb decisions.

  • Column: Almost All The News That Fit

    A couple of months ago I went to the Newseum in Washington D.C. It is an interactive museum of news and journalism featuring 15 theatres and 14 galleries on six levels. Its mission is "to help the public and the news media understand one another better" and to "raise public awareness of the important role of a free press in a democratic society.”

  • Column: Do You Know Where Your 72 Virgins Are?

    Dear Farook,

    Hey how does it feel to be totally betrayed and cheated and so far off base?

  • Column: Happy 5th Anniversary

    It is a pleasure to celebrate with you SFGN’s Fifth Anniversary. How did it all start? In the late summer of 2009 I had some legal matters to discuss with my attorney, Norm Kent. That day, in his office, he told me he was considering starting a gay newspaper. I have always been militant and the idea appealed to me. According to him he needed four partners. I offered to be one of the four.

  • Column: Have Our Brains Gone Thru A Car Wash?

    Life is a Russian roulette. A game of chance. Or so I thought. I am now convinced the rules have changed and we are playing Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun. On a daily basis we witness acts of pure folly.

  • Column: In Praise of The Don

    I was dreading the arrival of the circus. The thought of having to listen for months on end to a score of shallow Presidential Hopefuls made me shudder. Fortunately somebody is throwing a much-needed monkey wrench into the process.

  • Column: In the Year of the Monkey

    In what could be a watershed moment of global proportions a court has agreed to hear China’s first same-sex marriage case. Homosexuality is not illegal in China but same-sex couples have no legal protection. The country itself is becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, which until 2001 was listed as a mental disorder and considered “spiritual pollution.”

  • Column: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a Peaceful End

    This past week the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on providing a doctor-assisted death. The groundbreaking decision from the country's top court sweeps away the existing law and gives Parliament a year to draft new legislation that recognizes the right of clearly consenting adults who are enduring intolerable irremediable suffering — physical or mental — to seek medical help ending their lives.

  • Column: The Ecstasy, The Agony and The Anger (Reprinted from April 20, 2011)

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;I thought that it would last for ever: I was wrong.(Stop the Clocks by W.H. Auden)

  • Column: The Sin of Pride

    In June of 1970, the nation's first gay parade commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots – the nearly week-long uprising between New York City youth and police officers following a raid of Stonewall Inn.

  • Column: The Vatican’s Gorbachev

    As a recovering "cathaolic" and more precisely as a proud practicing atheist, I find myself in uncharted territory. I despise organized religions. Everywhere you turn somebody is killing, bombing, terrorizing in the name of God. A god, whose existence has never been proven, and most importantly nowadays, does not have a Facebook page or a Twitter account.

  • Column: Voulez-Vous Coucher A Vec Moi?

    Here we go again.

    Monica Lewinsky is back in the news. Is it possible we cannot swat this annoying fly?

  • Column: Your Facebook Wall is Shit

    The greatest single contribution made by Facebook to society is an unintended byproduct of the ubiquitous social media platform. By having a Facebook Page you can no longer hide in the closet. The process of "coming out" is a thing of the past.

  • During GOP Debate, Carson Denies He's Anti-Gay

    Despite his views on the LGBT community and same-sex marriage, GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson suggested during the latest Republican debate Wednesday that he isn't anti-gay, the Los Angeles Times reports.

  • News Bites for September 9, 2015

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender stories of the week.

  • Off the Wall: Chardees Redux

    What do the Mini Cooper, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Fiat 500 have in common? They are classics and icons from the past that have been brought back with great success and a touch of nostalgia thrown in for good measure.

    Now Wilton Manors is getting its own trip down memory lane revived and repolished. Chardees is baaaaack!

  • Off the Wall: Lesbian Inmates - A Tale of Two Countries

    A couple of months ago SFGN reported on a British Prison banning lesbian inmates from rooming with each other. Women in relationships could apply to be in the same unit but not in the same cell.

  • OpEd: Go Your Own Way

    Last month Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom. The campaign for independence galvanized the country but also divided families and friends. The decision of the Scots to stick with the UK hasn’t deterred leaders of the remaining break-away movements brewing across the European Union. Flemish nationalists in Belgium, Catalans in Spain and Italy’s Venetians believe they have not lost momentum even though the pause button is on after the descendants of Braveheart opted to remain with Britain. Mel Gibson be damned.

  • Trial Starting for Ex-Pasco Deputy Accused of Trying to Meet Broward Teen On GrindR

    Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday morning in the trial of a Broward man who was fired from his job as a Pasco County Sheriff's deputy after he was accused of trying to meet an underage teen for sex in Davie.