Jesse's Journal

  • (CNN) Stuck at home during the pandemic with not much to do, Kenneth Felts began to write a memoir, chronicling the past 90 years of his life.

  • PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers who persuaded a judge nearly a year ago to overturn Arizona's same-sex marriage ban will receive $200,000 from the state to cover attorney fees and other costs in bringing the legal challenge.

  • The major news story of the week.

  • A Black woman was swimming. The police were called. She was kicked out.

  • This is the second of a two-part article first published in 1994 as part of a series about South Florida LGBT history written for Miami’s The Weekly News (TWN). Part one was about Broward County’s queer social life. Part two looks at the rise of the LGBT rights movement at a time when most of us were still in our closets.

  • As part of the Parliament House Orlando’s 40th anniversary celebrations, David Bains of the GLBT History Museum of Central Florida (GLBTHistoryMuseum.com) premiered a documentary, “40 Years of Parliament House,” which told the story of the resort and its place in Florida’s LGBT history. Though I could not make it to Orlando for the festivities, I had the opportunity to view “40 Years of Parliament House” online.

  • On the day that the State of Florida celebrated its first same-sex marriages, former Governor John Ellis “Jeb” Bush realized that marriage equality was now the law of the land.

  • I love country music. Through the years my love of country and western music has inspired me to amass a sizable collection of country CDs and tapes, though my country collection is still not at large as my rhythm & blues or jazz collections.

  • One of the musical events of 2014 is the emergence of singer Sam Smith. Smith, a 22-year old from London, has been called “a male Adele” who “looks like the child of K.d. Lang and Boy George.”

  • Florida Man is an Internet meme that links news stories about unusual or strange stories out of Florida, particularly those where the subject is referred to as “Florida Man.” Featured on Twitter (@_FloridaMan), Reddit (reddit.com/r/FloridaMan) and Tumblr (floridamanandwoman.tumblr.com), Florida Man showcases the crimes, follies and misfortunes of the Sunshine State’s most unique characters.

  • As most people know, Gay Naturists International (GNI) had to cancel its annual Gathering this year because of a scheduling conflict. Instead, GNI hosted its first-ever NakedFest at Camp Ramblewood in northern Maryland, a venue more convenient than the Poconos for those of us who travel the Auto-Train from Florida. Holding NakedFest in early August also worked to my advantage, since my day job kept me from attending the late-August Gathering, year after year. Though I have been a proud member of GNI since 2000, NakedFest 2014 is the first time that I attended a GNI event.

  • I will start this article with an undisputed truth: The Nazis were evil. As rulers of Germany and conquerors of most of Europe, Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers’ Party killed tens of millions of human beings. Though they are most infamous for their genocidal murder of six million European Jews (in the Shoah or Holocaust), the Nazis also combined prejudice with power in the extermination of countless Roma Gypsies, Slavs, LGBT people, people with physical or mental disabilities, political dissidents, allied troops and anyone else whom they did not like (which included almost everybody). Hitler’s “Thousand Year Reich” (thankfully shortened to twelve years) set a standard for totalitarianism matched only by the Communist regimes of Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong. Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, Hitler and the Nazis are remembered as the epitome of evil, just as WWII itself is still referred to as “The War.”

  • South Florida Gay News is five years old. The child of Norm Kent and Pier Angelo Guidugli, SFGN flourished at a time when many print publications went out of business.

  • Now more than ever we must stand with our trans sisters and brothers

  • Religious groups – churches and synagogues – are among the LGBT community’s most durable organizations.

  • The National LGBT Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference is often grounds for controversy and this year’s conference, held at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, was no exception. The most contentious event on its schedule was a reception organized by A Wider Bridge (AWB), a group that foster relations between the State of Israel and the LGBT community, with representatives from Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance.

  • LGBT leaders, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, get no respect. We expect them to be paragons of perfection, impeccable role models without flaw. They cannot have outside jobs, interests, friends or partners, because they could get in the way of full time service to the cause. We expect them to do the dirty work for us and complain if they fall short. We bewail the lack of a queer Martin Luther King, Jr. or Nelson Mandela, without realizing that a King or a Mandela can only emerge from a supportive base.

  • Roland Emmerich is a filmmaker who is best-known for directing blockbusters like “Independence Day” (1996) and “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004). For his latest project Emmerich, who is openly gay, filmed a dramatization of the most important event in LGBT history, the Stonewall Uprising.

  • When I came out 40 years ago, I learned much of what it is to be gay from older gay men, Hispanic and Anglo, who I met in Miami’s then-flourishing gay bars. (There were more gay bars in Miami in 1974 than there are in 2014.)

  • 2015 has been a particularly violent year in the U.S. Since Jan. 1, there have been 353 mass shootings in the U.S. However, none of the shooters got the attention given to Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashleen Malik, the married couple who on Dec. 2 killed 14 people and injured 22 more at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, where Farook worked.

  • In 2005, the gay-owned Suspect Thoughts Press published “Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men about More-or-Less Gay Life” edited by Wendell Ricketts. The book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and also appeared on my own list of the best books of 2005.

  • Of all musical genres, country music is the one that seems most willing to accommodate female stars. The greatest of them are the stuff that country dreams are made of: Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Reba McEntire. Though a case could be made for any of these ladies, in my opinion Dolly Parton is the greatest of them all.

  • Mark Segal is one of the major actors in the struggle for LGBT equality in the U.S. Most people know him as the award-winning founder and publisher of Philadelphia Gay News, one of our oldest and most important community newspapers.

  • …and why the LGBT community should care

  • President Barack Obama’s decision to restore full relations with the government of Cuba sent a tidal wave through South Florida’s body politic, where opposition to the “Castro regime,” like support of the State of Israel, is required of all politicians, regardless of party. This is a personal issue for me, having been born in Havana, migrating with my family to the United States during the first years of the Revolution, growing up in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood and witnessing more than fifty years of Cuban-American politics.

  • In a recent column I followed the progress of marriage equality and noted the widespread belief that, once marriage equality is achieved, we will no longer need to fight for our rights as LGBT people. This might be true for those of us who are white, affluent, cisgender, adults, physically and mentally able, and in a stable marital relationship.

  • Gay Naturists International (GN) began as part of The Naturist Society in 1981 and became an independent organization in 1993. Through its affiliated clubs, GNI “lends a bare hand to any fellow who’s comfortable being gay and naked.”

  • (WM) The family of a transgender woman with epilepsy who died in an isolated cell in New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has settled its lawsuit with the city, the family’s lawyer said.

  • A memorial service was held Saturday Dec. 5, 2015 for Larry Daniel Kaufman, 42, a gay man who was killed while working at a coffee cart inside the Inland Regional Center for people with disabilities in San Bernardino. He was gunned down when Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked the facility killing 14 and wounding dozens more.

  • The president of a hedge fund contributed $1.25 million to the National Organization for Marriage's efforts to defeat Maine's gay marriage law in 2009, providing more than half of national anti-gay marriage group's donations during the campaign, according to a campaign disclosure report.

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