Category Archives: Prejudice

An Open Letter to Progressives Who Can’t Bring Themselves to Vote for Hillary

I campaigned for Ralph Nader in 2000. Even in such a close election as that, it is unlikely my efforts turned the tide, plus I lived in a firmly red state at the time. Still, here is what I have … Continue reading

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Hey My Fellow White People! Stop talking about black-on-black crime

“But what about black-on-black crime?” is a common counter-argument to Black Lives Matter. This argument is simplistic and attempts to cherry-pick a fact. It ignores systemic poverty in the black community, the disproportionate impact of the Vietnam war, and the ongoing legacy … Continue reading

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12 June: a vigil in Astoria

Originally posted on Tangly Cottage Gardening Journal:
Sunday, 12 June 2016 Last night at 1 AM I checked the news as is my habit before bedtime, to learn that something horrific was unfolding at the Pulse dance club in Orlando,…

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Orlando you have my heart

I constantly worry for the safety of my girls (my daughter and her partner). They are publicly open about their relationship — I fear it puts them in danger, even in Seattle. Yesterday’s events reminded me again that this world is not safe for my precious ones. Continue reading

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A Gay Dad’s Open Letter to Donald Trump: Stop Dancing on the Graves of our Slain LGBTQ Brethren

  I woke Sunday morning to my phone chirping that a new text message had arrived. It was from my radio show co-host, Steph Taylor inviting me to a vigil to be held in our local town… a vigil for … Continue reading

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Homophobia in the Family that Produced the Reigning Miss World 2015

Miss World may have set the standard for beauty, but a member of her family has set a new bar for ugliness. Continue reading

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Donald Trump and Mark Rubio’s War of Penises

  Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate male physique and anatomy. That would define the “gay” part of being a “gay dad.” I have a healthy appreciation. I don’t particularly like when male genitals are referred to as “junk”. I … Continue reading

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A Gay Dad Letter to Matthew Shepard

  Today Matthew Shepard, had he lived, would have been 39 years old. Instead, he forever will be remembered as a gentle looking young 21-year old who left for dead on a cold Wyoming plain, crucified for being gay. I … Continue reading

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The SCOTUS Same Sex Marriage Case Plaintiffs Sound Off on the Mormon Church and Call for a Boycott

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the Mormon Church over its new change of policy. That policy not only compared the act of a loving commitment in a same sex marriage to the sin of murder, it … Continue reading

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What a Transphobic Texas Teacher Needs to Learn from an Amazing Transgender Five-Year Old

In Texas, the latest punch in the “religious freedom” strategy has been thrown. Previously, the anti-gay movement enlisted cake bakers, florists and a hapless county clerk, Kim Davis (you’ve heard of her, right?). The latest to step up to the … Continue reading

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