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The Democrats Got Their Balls Back

Stephen Colbert said, “Isn’t an agnostic just an atheist without balls?” I would paraphrase that. Isn’t a Democrat just a wimp without Trump? What Trump has done is to remind the Democratic Party it has balls. Beginning with Ronald Reagan Republicans have successfully sold the America people the idea that government is bad. It’s taken […]

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I completed a novel

Yesterday I completed writing a novel and I don’t feel elation as much as fatigue. For years I refused to write a novel because I didn’t think I could plot my way out of a paper bag, but a novel was the only way I could tell the story of the most important time in […]

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straight acting

When a gay man puts the word “straight acting” in an on-line dating profile it’s not just the worst pick up line it’s a sure sign he is very unsure of his masculinity Out in the straight world things are different. This happened on a one of ABC’s recent Bachelorette Programs. Clint Arlis, a 27-year-old […]

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BILLY’S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS

This 1998 movie reminds me of how far we’ve come. The movie launched Sean Hayes’ career and he was quickly picked up for the role of Jack McFarland in Will and Grace. The movie may have been the screenwriter’s idea of gay life then, but it wasn’t mine. This early movie was a well-meaning attempt […]

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workman’s comp

WORKMAN’S COMPENSATION 1972 I was standing in line at the VD clinic with Paul who was the reason I was standing in line. The clerk at the counter knew the name of the man in front of me with long sideburns in a denim jacket. I was new in town and liked the look. I […]

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philantropy

I told a friend in college that I would rather be someone who granted money than someone who worked in the trenches. He and I shared a common interest in raising the poor out of poverty, and he eventually went to work for the federal government in Seattle making grants while I worked for Mayors […]

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LAMBDA LIT RECEPTION, SEPTEMBER 20

The reception begins at Two PM and readers and fans of Lambda Lit are invited to spend a couple hours with Trebor Healey, award winning author, Kevin Sessums who wrote Mississippi Sissy and others who will read from current work. Light refreshments will be served. There will be valet parking and there is access to […]

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we are not at the table

We’ve come a long way with recent court decisions and elections but last night watching Larry Wilmore’s show it was clear we weren’t at the table. The topic was extra-marital affairs. Wilmore’s panel included a comedy writer, a rapper and an actress I assume a worldly and intelligent group but not a single gay man. […]

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who am I?

I am part of the generation of lesbians and gay men that declared, “We’re not going to take it any longer.” No one could tell us what we did sexually was wrong. As a matter of fact, we knew it was our strength, and it made us strong enough to build our own neighborhoods with […]

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stopped watching LOOKING on HBO

I’m a big fan of gay movies, but I stopped watching Looking when the woman got between two men in their bed. I’m not saying that never happened in San Francisco, but I considered rude. Our beds are sacred. I don’t fault the actors. They are solid and Russell Tovey, I loved in History Boys […]

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