Lest we fall into an argument of unfounded ideologies and nationalist mythologies, it is important to point out a few facts. The National Anthem is "The Star Spangled Banner." It was written in response to a scene in the War of 1812, and was not a direct result of the Revolutionary War. It is not a product of our original government and was not made the official anthem until the 1930’s when a group of vets collected over five million signatures to make it the Nation's first National Anthem. Most football games only use the first stanza of the song which ends with a question, not a statement:
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave Read More
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
But here it is… Today’s healthcare vote in the house is as much about America’s racism as it is about capitalism. And I don’t mean in a general sense, I don’t think the bill is specifically formulated to effect people of color disproportionately (it might be, I don’t know). I mean that it is an active, racist attack on the legacy of the first black president. Read More
January 29, 2017
Today at PHX Skyharbor
I stood hand-in-hand with Malcolm X,
Ceaser Chavez, Harvey Milk and Maya Angelou.
Today at PHX Skyharbor Read More
I stood hand-in-hand with Africans,
Mexicans, Mid-Easterners, and all those you dislike.
Shortly after the election, a friend posted this image on Facebook, with the caption "Now the great work begins..." Read More
I have spent most of my life fascinated with heroes - because as an adolescent the only heroes I had were fictional ones. Most were pulled from the pages of DC and Marvel comics, well drawn dreams of super strong men & women with an almost inhuman code of ethics, gifted ones who valued all life equally, and in many cases whose very existence was a metaphor for my sexuality, a metaphor I understood long before I could articulate it. This gave me hope where the rest of the world had failed me. Read More
On February 2nd, 2014, I launched this blog, shortly after the publication of Leaving The Rest. I had not even considered that the next day was my former sobriety anniversary. As I proudly posted the notices of my first blog entry on to Facebook, my heart sank to learn that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died of an apparent drug overdose. Read More
For those of you that have read Leaving the Rest, it will come as no surprise to you that I no longer identify as “Sober.” In fact, I no longer identify as an “Addict” or an “Alcoholic.” For the past few years, a cloud of doubt has hung over me on February 3rd. I have spent the past few years trying to remove those labels from the construct of my self-image. I am succeeding, but it is a daily journey - much like getting sober was. A fear that my choices were hubris run amok and could ruin me—how dare I claim to be different than anyone else, how dare I suggest that I could be healed in some way when other believed themselves incurable? That fear, combined with a painful loss for a sober community that I once called home, meant that February 3rd has been filled with melancholy and reflection of late. It was also the day that I learned Phillip Seymour Hoffman had OD’d. Read More
It has become painfully obvious that the title of my book, Sally Field Can Play The Transsexual, or I Was Cursed By Polly Holliday has prevented many potential readers from exploring the book’s subject. Read More
the past few years the observation of the day has been experienced a kind of renaissance. As the AIDS Free Generation movement has taken hold, and the Berlin Patient, PrEP and other scientific advances in the field of AIDS treatment and prevention, a new hope seems to be inspiring us to rediscover our passion to fight, or at least to make the discussion of AIDS and HIV to return to a place of relevance. Read More
The publication of this Sally Field Can Play The Transsexual, Or I Was Cursed By Polly Holiday has taught me a lot. After an absence, I am returning to regular blogging to tell you about those lessons today. More is to come.
Mostly the experience has taught me that as far as we have come on Transgender rights in recent years, we still have a long way to go. On my tour, I learned that I live in a rarified bubble that surrounds transgender issues. In spite, of Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner and hundred of other public Transgender figures, the seemingly collective celebration of their bravery, and the media’s portrayal of their journey as normal, there are more Americans than not who still have an incredible fear of trans topics. Read More