Fear of a gay planet

Hopefully you remember that 2009 is the year of the queer. Those of you who are frightened by this either need to get over it or move out of Kentucky, because if Iowa, a red state in the middle of... Read More ›

Say it straight

Clarity is a fundamental principle of a successful sentence. In 2004, Kentuckians were asked to vote on what had been deemed “the Marriage Amendment” via this ballot question: “Are you in favor of amending the Kentucky Constitution to provide that... Read More ›

A life more ordinary

The unfortunate has finally happened: “The L Word,” the lesbian soap opera of Showtime, is no longer with us. Let’s all take a moment. I’m always curious why certain shows go off the air when they do. I mean, it’s... Read More ›

The virgin lobbyist

Last Wednesday I found myself standing in a line, in front of a state representative, waiting for my turn to tell him in two sentences why I, being a lesbian, was a decent enough human to adopt or foster a... Read More ›

Fairness, phase one

I have relatively few pet peeves. I’m just that great. However, a few minor annoyances really, really peeve me. The first one that comes to mind: a monkey dressed in people clothing. I hate that. I also generally dislike most... Read More ›

The queer patriot

I now have a winter hat that says “I (heart) Obama America.” I have never owned anything that would identify me as an American in a foreign country; there is a Canadian flag patch sewn on the backpack I use for... Read More ›

Nothing to fear

I want to name my two new (and by new I mean “possibly future”) Betta Splendens (Siamese Fighting Fish) Sodom and Gomorrah. Has a nice ring, no? And fitting, yes?The cities Sodom and Gomorrah were burned down because they were... Read More ›

Year of the Queer

You may not be aware of this, but 2009 is the Year of the Queer. If you’ve heard of any other year, prior to 2009, deemed that of the queer, please report it to the authorities immediately. We cannot have... Read More ›

Milk’s wagon is rolling away

When I was 16, Lyman T. Johnson told me, “Don’t let the wagon roll down the hill.” I was interviewing him for a class and had just asked him about his motivation for becoming a leader in the civil rights... Read More ›

Gay, in two acts

Act I: “Gay day is finally here” Dec. 10, which could be today, is national “Day Without a Gay” day. Day Without a Gay is intended as a nationwide protest; all queers and their straight allies are encouraged to participate... Read More ›