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Shock and awe and the weaponization of sexual harrassment

Politics and political campaigns have often been compared to warfare and have frequently been named a “blood sport”. Last year’s campaign for Congressional District 52 pitting former City Councilman Carl DeMaio against Congressman Scott Peters offered up an excellent example of the military strategy called “Shock and Awe”.

We now know the truth: Carl DeMaio was falsely accused of sexual harassment. Peters used the smear to create an “ick” factor on the openly gay DeMaio and spook socially conservative Republican voters.

Obama used the n-word appropriately

When news broke that President Obama used the n-word during the podcast interview “WTF with Marc Maron” about America’s racial history, it caused shock waves. We are shocked because we are all confused as to when — if ever — there is an appropriate context to use the word.

On CNN, legal analyst Sunny Hostin said that Obama’s use of the word was inappropriate because of his office, and given the history of the word itself.

New York Times columnist Charles Blow countered Hostin’s assertion, pointing out that Obama used the word correctly: as a teaching moment.

Transgender activists to disrupt San Diego Pride with 'die-ins.'

An open letter about the 2015 San Diego Pride Parade

By Stephen Whitburn, Executive Director, San Diego Pride

Thank you to all who plan to attend this year’s San Diego Pride Parade. I’m writing in regard to activism that may temporarily disrupt the parade’s flow.

This year’s Grand Marshal is the entire transgender community, and both Champions of Pride are transgender. We’re proud they’re leading the parade.

An open letter about the 2015 San Diego Pride Parade

Thank you to all who plan to attend this year’s San Diego Pride Parade. I’m writing in regard to activism that may temporarily disrupt the parade’s flow.

This year’s Grand Marshal is the entire transgender community, and both Champions of Pride are transgender. We’re proud they’re leading the parade.

Queering the confederacy: why #TakeDowntheFlag matters to LGBTs

The Civil War wasn't about slavery. That's what I was told by teachers, family, friends, churchgoers and casual motorists at gas stations throughout my childhood in rural Alabama. Black and white had nothing to do with it, they said. States' rights, they would all echo. States' rights, yes, now that was the real reason--usually punctuating that last bit by spitting out a wad of chewing tobacco.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro”

In trying to make sense of Rachel Dolezal, the self-identified “black” woman of two white parents, and the thought -provoking queries now raised about transracialsim and transethnicity Boston Globe cartoonist Dan Wasserman provided me with an answer:

“How does a confused Caucasian woman come to define the national conversation on race? White Lies Matter!”

According to Dolezal her “transracial dysphoria” (a black woman trapped in a spray-tanned white blue-eyed blonde’s body) began around the tender age of 5.

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Many big corporations are branding "Pride" and bringing LGBT money into their markets without fear

Although Christmas remains the biggest time of year when retailers pull out all of the stops and spend most of their marketing budget on advertisements and commercials starting in early November, Pride Month is slowly becoming a mainstream retailer’s first chance at getting LGBTQ consumers to spend money in June.

Suddenly, giant retailers such as Target are no longer afraid to market to a community that has been absent from the national commercial machine for decades.

Tuning In, Tuning Out

Don’t tell anyone, but I watch a lot of television. Mostly reruns of “The Golden Girls,” “Will and Grace,” and “I Love Lucy.” (I can’t help it—I’m a gay man.) And occasionally, “Two and a Half Men” (with Charlie Sheen. Ashton Kutcher is really cute, but it’s just not the same, in my opinion.)

I don’t watch what is often referred to as “reality” television. There is no judgment here, so if you do, more power to you. But I am often just amazed at the situations people get themselves in that winds up being a television series.

RGOD2: My Family War Story

Extracted from my Memorial Day tribute at St Peter’s Lithgow NY

On my bedside table, I placed several faded photographs of my grandparents, taken almost a century ago. Photographs were rare and expensive back then. They were also often extremely formal.

One is of my paternal grandparents where my grandfather is wearing the uniform of a member of the British Army, a Cavalry Regiment, with his wife Sara Anne, dressed in her Sunday best, looking out from the beginning of the 20th century now into the 21st century.

Coming out to the classroom, a teacher's story

Teachers never forget their first class of students. They hold an irreplaceable spot in our hearts, perhaps more than any other. My first group was no different, and when they left, I felt an immense loneliness reentering my classroom without them -- not only because they were gone, but because I had let them down.