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.
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.
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.”
Hey how does it feel to be totally betrayed and cheated and so far off base?
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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)
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.
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.
Here we go again.
Monica Lewinsky is back in the news. Is it possible we cannot swat this annoying fly?
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.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender stories of the week.
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!
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.
DEFINITION OF PET PEEVE: Something that is very annoying or upsetting to a person. Related to the word peeve meaning an annoyance or grievance, a pet peeve is something that an individual has adopted (like a pet) to be extra annoying or upsetting to them.
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.
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.