McNaught's Notes

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be sending American “experts” on homosexuality in an attempt to persuade Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that the horrific anti-gay bill he signed is based on faulty science.

  • When we think about the issues facing LGB and gender variant (transgender) people in the workplace, we work with the assumption that there is a war for talent in the workplace that somewhat evens the playing field. In theory, companies can't afford to lose the best and brightest workers because their workplace is unwelcoming. To attract and retain highly-qualified people, and to maintain a competitive edge, most companies seek to create conditions in which the diversity of their workforce is celebrated and fully tapped. That should mean that older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are seen as having the potential to be among the company's best and brightest employees, increasing the odds of profitability.

  • As I remember the story, Noah Webster was caught by his wife making love to the maid. "I'm surprised," she said angrily. "No," he replied, being a well-known stickler for definitions, "I'm surprised by your entry. You're shocked by my behavior."

  • We customarily hold hands with guests before starting dinner. Not long ago, one of the stars of the Miami Dolphins held hands with his younger brother (also a football player) and with Ray. I held hands with the younger brother, and with a gay man to my left, who owns a local gay guesthouse.

  • "You spend too much time on Facebook," Ray said the other night from his side of the bed.

  • The woman in front of me signed her name on the credit card checkout machine with three quick slashes, like the Zorro of my youth. Perhaps her name is Zorro, but I'd never find her in a phonebook based on her signature.

  • The dream is recurring. I'm in a panic because I don't have a job, and I question if I've ever worked. I'm sure that I'm too old to find meaningful employment, but I need money. I eventually become conscious that I'm dreaming, and I remind myself that I've had a personally rewarding career, and that I don't need to work.